pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,700 miles

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2013 Nissan Leaf drivetrain problems

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2013 Nissan Leaf Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 282014


  • 8,500 miles


The car has its gear shifter directly behind the 2 cup holders. I learned that the shifter is some kind of electronic device like a computer keyboard. The device is so unprotected that a small spill of a drink, an oz or two can dramatically alter its ability to operate safely. I have held twice two beverages that when going over a bump ejected an oz or so onto the shifter. Now the car goes into neutral while driving or slips out of reverse backing up. Its extremely dangerous. Nissan at the customer relations dept has refused to provide any warranty assistance yet the car is now unsafe. There are no warnings on the vehicle about this design flaw, yet they take no responsibility for this. The shifter is very different in design than other Nissan shifters.this shifter is exposed unlike other models. Their other vehicles aren't exposed. This is so serious I believe upon examination a recall should be made for all owners who may be driving and their car will slip out of gear. I made several attempts to get resolve and they will not budge. In my opinion this is a product design flaw.. can you imagine a computer with a keyboard and cup holders directly in front of it? any leakage from a cup would render it useless. Now we are talking about a car going down a highway and slipping out of gear or not being able to put it in park or back up as it goes into neutral. This is a new vehicle. They should have designed the shifter to make it liquid proof if its going to be placed directly in front of drink holders. They apparently don't care about my family nor my safety by their disregard. Please jump into this and make them correct this for me and for others. The dealer said they have other situations like this yet Nissan claims at the customer relations level its not known. People could get killed from this. Help. Thanks

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 022014

Leaf 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Nissan Leaf. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical system issues. The consumer stated on two rare occasions, he accidentally pushed the power button in quick succession to turn off the vehicle. All systems shut down, no power steering, no brakes, etc, but the vehicle rolled backward out of the garage.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #1

May 292013


  • 2,600 miles
I was driving in heavy traffic on the 101 freeway in camarillo, ca on the way to work. Car suddenly flashed multiple conflicting diagnostic codes (traction control, brake system, electrical system) and reduced power to the car and put it in turtle mode. I was able to move from the middle lane (of three lanes) to the side of the freeway and called Nissan service. Power was only available to the dashboard and car would not go into forward or reverse. Car was towed to dealer after calling Nissan road side assistance. Dealer replaced the accelerator pedal pressure sensor and returned car back to me after car was in service for three days. Car drove fine for two days on very short trips. My wife drove the car again and it died again on highway 33 in ojai in town. She had no power to move the car out of traffic. She powered down the car and powered it back up and was surprised to find that power was restored. She was able to drive it back home (about a mile) and we had Nissan roadside assistance tow it back to the dealer. Car has been in the shop now for almost two weeks. Dealer is in communication with the factory to get a new computer that controls the power distribution system to other car components. However, dealer cannot give us an estimated delivery date of the part. It seems they may have to get it from Japan. Dealer is very friendly but is not able to get car fixed in a timely manner. I also am concerned that they don't really know the source of the problem. I am very concerned that if the problem happens again, either my wife or I will get into an accident on the freeway. Car was is just a month old when this started with no other apparent problems.

- Ojai, CA, USA

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