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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,250 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 022014


  • 20,000 miles


I purchased my Pathfinder in may of 2013. I loved my SUV initially. Starting around July of 2014 - I started experiencing shuddering while driving. Thought maybe I needed new tires. Beginning in August - started noticing that when accelerating from a stop that I would lose power and it would stay about 20 mph & after pumping the gas pedal several times then it would kick in. It started happening more and more. This past Sunday while starting to accelerate up a hill, my Pathfinder just wouldn't kick in. Stayed at about 25 mph & I had to put on my emergency breaks until I reached the top of the hill & then it kicked in. Then the next day as I was merging onto the freeway with my 2 children in the car & my daughters friend, my car just lost its power. Continued to drive at maybe 20 mph even with my foot pressed all the way down on the gas pedal. This was a very scary experience for myself & my kids. We could have been totally rear ended. There are so many complaints here. Does Nissan need to wait until someone is tragically killed before making steps to issue a recall? I did take my car in today to the dealership with print outs of the comments here & told them I would not drive my Pathfinder & put my family in jeopardy until the issue is fixed. They did give me a rental car & contacted me by the end of the day today that they received approval to replace the transmission & will continue to do further testing on the shuddering & reason that the transmission needs to be replace on a vehicle that is a little over a year old. Please with the dealerships response. I have always driven Honda's or Acura's and made the mistake to try Nissan. This will be my last Nissan purchase! I am also posting this on facebook to spread the word about the Pathfinder. Maybe that will get a recall going!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 112013


  • 6,000 miles
I was driving the car about 20 to 25 mph but when I tried to brake the brake did not stopped the car and there was an accident my self and my girl friend got injured and we had to go for crayaprator for long time this car is not safe at all North american Nissan is not willing to work with me nor the abc Nissan where I bought the car. Bad customer service.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I had complained to trophy Nissan, progressive insurance, wells fargo, and platinum collision about the very problem that I just received a recall about. My complaints were treated as not having merit. I had specifically described the seemingly loss of control on pavement that was slightly rough. I also asserted that when I applied brakes the Pathfinder seemed to lunge forward. In this accident I was the interstate near downtown dallas moving one lane to my left as traffic slowed and stopped. I was aware of the slowing traffic and I reacted accordingly. As traffic actually stopped I recall not being overly concerned that I was a safe stopping distance but when I applied the brake my Pathfinder seemed to lunge forward and I struck the rear of the vehicle in front of me. I again stated my concerns after the fact and was not deemed accurate. The Pathfinder spent 2 months in the shop waiting on parts and my insurance premium doubled. I refused to pay the elevated premium because I simply did not have it and I did not make any payments on the Pathfinder to wells fargo during the 2 months and the Pathfinder has subsequently been repossessed do I have actionable recourse"? what's next with this complaint?" I tried in vain to get progressive to recognize a diminished value claim. This could have saved me money and my car as the wreck was truly not my fault but it was ruled my fault because I was the rear vehicle and Texas has no diminished value for insured being at fault. Tried in vain to get wells fargo to help me but all parties were scared to death of progressive insurance with the exception of platinum collision. Their only standing in this case is as the body shop approved by progressive.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 292012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
I found this video on youtube, this the same noise I feel when iam driving my 2013 Pathfinder. I already took it in to the dealership they say it needed and added cvt fluid cause it was low on it. It seems that was not the issue cause the cvt jerking and the lost of power when driving is still there. The VIN number is [xxx],.thanks for your assistance, I was so happy with the purchase that if this issue is not resolved.I may have to return it, due to the safety concern for myself and family.I have enclosed link also will be there again tomorrow morning for the same issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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