Notes: The 2013 has a growing number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the transmissions shake violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,684 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Oct 262016

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


The rear lift gate has stopped functioning for the second time since the purchase of the car on 12/21/2012. It is unacceptable to have to replace the motor again in 4 years and to be told by Nissan the motor will not be covered unless the struts are also to be replaced due to their own faultiness. Not only is this a costly and inconvenient repair, but the motors are on back order according to Nissan parts. There is no estimate of a delivery date. The door won't latch if the motor isn't functioning. So, as a result, I am driving around with a rear lift gate that can't be manually closed due to a poor design by Nissan. Since the lift gate won't latch manually the lift gate has had to be tied down internally to prevent the lift gate from flying open while driving. The interior lights come on every time I accelerate since the door won't latch and this makes the hazard lights start flashing externally and internally in addition to warning lights coming on continuously in the message center. There are loud beeps the entire car ride which are incredibly annoying. Cars driving behind me are not sure if I am in distress or having a medical emergency since the lights start flashing at will. I am concerned I will cause an accident! it has been one week and no resolution in sight. I have to pay to get a new motor to close my tailgate even if I wish to use the manual close method. This is unacceptable!

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #21

Oct 052016


  • 40,000 miles
The driver's side door latch broke and the door won't open from the inside. You have to roll down the window and open the driver's door from the outside. The door can only be opened from the outside. There is no recall for this from Nissan. This is a hazard and potentially cause death if someone can't get out of their car in an accident or other emergency.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #20

Jul 042016


  • 23,000 miles
The hood on my vehicle flew open while driving 40 mph down the road. Nissan fixed the issue. The passenger airbag does not work when someone is sitting in passenger seat under 130 lbs. I got a recall notification. I have called Nissan to have them fix this 3 times and they tell me they don't have the part. My husband weighs 128 lbs and the airbag does not detect him sitting in the passenger seat. If I were to get in a wreck the airbag will not deploy with my husband sitting in front passenger seat. I have told Nissan this numerous times but they say they cannot get the part in. I think that is very dangerous.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #19

Aug 152016


  • 52,000 miles


Interior driver's side door handle stopped working. I tried to open the door under normal use and the lever just moves freely without catching the latch. Exterior handle still works, but interior handle no longer functions.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 202016


  • 42,000 miles
The driver's side interior door handle failed. Upon regular use (I.e., no pulling, twisting, excessive force) it failed to open the driver's side door and made a crunching noise. The vehicle was parked. The only way to exit the driver door is to put the window down and pull the exterior handle. The interior handle moves, but does not engage the door. The driver cannot exit the vehicle if the power is off. There are many complaints about this very issue (down to the "crunching noise" detail) on various Pathfinder owner forums online. This is clearly a massive manufacturer defect that needs to be recalled. In case of an accident or other emergency a driver will not be able to get out of the vehicle quickly enough and this poses a serious safety risk for the driver.

- Germantown, TN, USA

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problem #17

Jul 182016


  • 50,000 miles
Concerning the 2nd row door on the driver's side of the vehicle: The interior handle is "sticking" open such that the door does not fully close, and at one point opened entirely while the vehicle was in motion. The interior handle must be manually pressed down and the door tested from the exterior of the vehicle to confirm that it is in fact closed.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #16

May 142016


  • miles


Inside door handle broke all of a sudden (driver side)! need to roll down window to open door from the outside handle which is concerning in case emergency and cant roll down window, wont be able to open car to get out!

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

problem #15

Sep 012015


  • 15,000 miles
I have had the door handle on my Pathfinder break twice making you unable to get out of your car in a emergency! this car was purchased new by me. Also I have had many problems with the transmission slipping while in acceleration. Now that it is out of warranty they seem to have no interest in fixing it.

- Arden Hills, MN, USA

problem #14

May 012015


  • 15,000 miles
Driver interior door handle broke at 15,000 miles and passenger interior handle broke at 17,000 miles. You cannot get out of the vehicle using the door handle. The power window has to be put down, then you have to unlock the door, then reach outside the car to use the exterior door handle to get out. This is a serious hazard if needing to exit the vehicle in an emergency.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 242015


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when driving at an incline or at a stop before accessing a highway, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact also mentioned that the rubber and the roof racks deteriorated causing the rubber to partially detach. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #12

Aug 212013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 50 miles


While driving to work on the Florida turnpike, the hood kept vibrating. It look like the hood was lifting and would fly up. My brother looked at it but could not find what would cause the problem so he suggested I take it to the dealers. The dealer told me that it was just the way the hood worked and did nothing. The second time I reported the problem I threatened that if I got into an accident I would sue the company. This time they did take a look at the hood. They did something which resulted inless vibration, however at higher speeds and windy weather, I encounter the same problem.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 242015


  • 18,596 miles
While opening the door to get out of the vehicle the internal mechanism of the door handle stripped and broke, causing me to have to exit the vehicle on the passenger side. This took a week for Nissan to order the parts and get it fixed. This was a very dangerous situation for my family and I, as I could not exit the vehicle in case of an emergency.

- Clifton Park , NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
Hood shakes/vibrates at highway speeds. The higher the speed, the more it vibrates, and it is much worse if it is windy; it seems as the hood was not close properly -although it is- and is about to pop open. The dealer claimed that there is nothing wrong with the hood, and simply adjusted some knobs under it, but this made no difference.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 212015

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 63,257 miles
Left front interior door handle broke off. You cannot get out of the vehicle. The power window has to be put down, then you have to unlock the door, then reach outside the car to use the exterior door handle to get out.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #8

Oct 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
While traveling at hwy speeds (65 - 80mph) the hood of the Pathfinder begins to move up and down as the wind catches it. It looks like it's about to pop off and crash into my windshield. The dealer orr Nissan in corinth says that this is normal for the Pathfinder and that there is nothing they can do about it. I find it hard to believe that this is what Nissan intended when producing the new Pathfinder. I have a 2004 Nissan titan and it does not have this issue at all. I am afraid to travel on the hwy with this Pathfinder as I have no clue if the hood will detach and crash into my windshield or into a car traveling behind me. This seems to be a very serious defect that Nissan is deliberately ignoring. I have reported this issue to Nissan Consumer Affairs and am waiting to hear back from them.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 302013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 656 miles
The hood jumps up and down as you drive on the highway going anything over 60 mph. If it is a particularly windy day, it is even worse. I am terrified that one day it is going to fly up, block my view or break the windshield causing a fatal accident. It makes me dizzy just watching it, but you can't stop watching because you are completely terrified that it will fly up! I have been to the dealership about this. I received the standard, we didn't notice anything on our test drive (mind you they had my vehicle 3 days). The dealership did admit that they have received numerous complaints about the same issue. They told me that it is an "easy" fix, that I just needed to un-screw the 2 rubber pieces on each side of the hood so that they are longer. Of course... they didn't do this at the dealership for me. I had to call back and the technician guided me through it at home. Not much of a fix if you ask me. They 2 rubber pieces only unscrewed one more turn before completely falling out! they are only a little over an inch long to begin with. If this is all that is holding down the hood besides the one metal clamp -- I'm guessing someone's hood is going to fly up one of these days and there will be a class action lawsuit against Nissan. Safety is not Nissan's number one priority that is for certain.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #6

Jul 312013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
My Nissan Pathfinder is white in color. It is very noticeable that the front and back bumpers, spoiler over hatch back, and the two size mirrors are a different color than the rest of the SUV. These areas appear to be a cream color instead of white. Every person that I have pointed out this issue to agrees with me.I have taken it in twice to the dealership and complained. They took pictures and said that they would file it will Nissan. I have called and haven't gotten any feedback. I am very disappointed and will never purchase another Nissan.

- Church Point, LA, USA

problem #5

Apr 072014


  • 10,000 miles
While driving between 60 thru 75 mph the hood vibrates and moves excessively in the air stream. I informed the Nissan dealer and Nissan Consumer Affairs. They did adjust the hood and assured us it was safe but the problem is still there. Since the adjustment I think the movement with the wind made it worse. My concern is fatigue caused from the movement will eventually cause the hood to fly up causing an accident or even blowing off.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #4

Apr 262014


  • 12,000 miles
Vehicle hood starts vibrating at or above 50mph and even earlier in cross wind.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Apr 232014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Driving the vehicle approximately 20 - 25 mph, and heard the rear driver's side window slowly cracking, and then by the time we got home, likely due to the heavy wind, it was completely shattered. I've never had a window shatter for no reason whatsoever. In the past I've noticed the window a little slow to go up or down, but had no idea it would result in this. My daughter was sitting in the seat, but thankfully she moved immediately as the cracking began.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

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