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:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,719 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Jul 052016


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled. The check engine indicator illuminated and the vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The gear shifter failed to move out of park and the steering wheel seized. The contact waited five minutes and was able to resume driving. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes and battery failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. In addition, the rear door failed to open. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #34

Apr 222016


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed; however, the vehicle failed to respond as intended. The contact stated that the brake pedal felt spongy. When the air conditioner was actvated, the failure was more evident. The contact stated that the brake pads and rotors were replaced by an independent mechanic; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Greenvale, NY, USA

problem #33

Jul 262016


  • miles
I was notified of a recall for the brakes top lamp switch & passenger air bag detection. I took my truck into the dealership & was notified there was nothing they could do because Nissan had not given them the necessary parts to fix the defects. So what happens if I have an accident as a result of this defect?

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #32

Jul 302016


  • miles


Few weeks ago, I received a recall letter number NHTSA recall 16V-244. I called Nissan dealer at sw freeway to make an appointment to fix the problem. They told me there is no part to fix it yet. I called the dealer second time one week after the first time. They told me the same answer. I received the second recall today 7/30/2016 with different problem. The recall number NHTSA recall 16V-380. I called the Nissan dealer right after I received the second recall. They told me there is no part to fix the problem. I am really concern and worry about these. The second recall is regarding about "the brake stop lamp switch may have been installed out of specification". I think this is very dangerous and risky for the drivers and the passengers. Who are responsible for the injury or the death of the drivers and passengers (especially for myself and my family members)? please solve these recall asap before the issue occur. Thanks!

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #31

Jan 292016


  • 19,800 miles
After less than 20000 miles on new Pathfinder, rear brakes and tires needed replacement, were down to minimal safe manufacturers specification, verified independently by 2 auto repair places. Both service locations called this kind of wear excessive.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #30

Feb 052014


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 25 mph, the transmission began to jerk and slip gears. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired under a manufacturer's voluntary recall related to reprogramming the transmission control unit. In addition, the front and rear passenger side wheel bearing were replaced on two separate occasions. The front and rear brakes were also replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #29

Nov 282014


  • 10,000 miles


I was driving my car into a gravel driveway, I braked on the pavement to make my turn, turning into the gravel driveway, when I pressed on the brake pedal to slow the car, I had absolutely no brakes. The car would not stop. I had to quickly turn the car to avoid hitting another vehicle and a building, and had to slam the transmission into park to get the vehicle to stop. I contacted the dealership, advised them of the issue, as they were over an hour away, they sent someone with a trailer to come pick up the car. During this time, I also advised them of the passenger airbag light coming on while I had a passenger in the seat, stating that the airbag was off. My passenger was my teenage son, weighing over 120 lbs. I also had my husband in the seat, over 250 lbs, the light still came on. Nissan stated this was all due to a computer issue, they provided me with a loaner car as I was without my car for over 1 week. They even tried to sell me the loaner car, this should tell a person something right"? I have had weather stripping come off my car while I am driving, around the driver side roof, paint is peeling on the rear bumper, sometimes the car won't recognize my key fob to start, stating incorrect key id. The car stalls, hesitates, smokes, transmission "jerks", like it wants to give up, the ac does not blow cold air, sometimes its even warm. I will not let anyone drive my car for fear that it will stall out or not stop. Sometimes, when you press the gas pedal, the car will not move, or it hesitates to move. I have another recall to have repaired, the hood latch...with the dealership over an hour away, working full time, they only repair recalls during the week, how am I supposed to have it fixed, when the hood latch fails and I wreck" seriously, recall the vehicle, it has so many safety recalls, its just not safe.

- Moses Lake, WA, USA

problem #28

Jul 062015


  • 44,854 miles
While I was told that this had happened previously in the vehicle (around June 22, 2015), I experienced it on 7/6/15. I was traveling on the highway at @ 68 mph. I slowed to take an offramp left onto a connector and pressed the accelerator to regain speed. There was no response; the accelerator had no power--even when pressed to the floor. The car began to lose speed. It was a busy time of day, and there was a car behind me. I took my foot off the accelerator and pressed it again; this time it was responsive. In addition to the loss of power, the car 'hitched' as I was driving and braking, and the ABS and traction control lights came on. This happened multiple times afterwards--not just on turns. On 7/7, I called Nissan service. I did not drive the car again until they fit me in (thurs., 7/9). The drive train is still under warranty, and I was informed that there was a crt reprogramming recall that needed to be done, but it had nothing to do with what was happening, so they would run multiple diagnostics at $125 or more a piece. After multiple diagnostics and a technician driving my car 44 miles, service "could not duplicate concern, " did not know of any like problems with the car, had performed the recall, and sent me home at no charge (?) on 7/10. Afterwards, I did not drive the car for several days. On 7/16, it seemed safe, and my daughter was driving with me in the passenger seat. It happened again--on a busy road! the ABS and traction control lights came on too. We stopped; I took a picture, immediately emailed it to service, & switched drivers. There's no response yet. Nissan online forums are full of 2013 Pathfinder (and Nissan crt model) owners experiencing the exact same problems, being told similar things, and having transmissions (crt) replaced but it happening again. Nissan won't acknowledge what seems to be a widespread problem with the crt & this model.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #27

May 162015


  • 50,650 miles
I have experienced an increased in brake, every time I hit slightly the gas pedal on my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder platinum..and I was driving around 15 to 20 miles/hour, I don't know why Nissan has put in the market a car with so many bugs.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #26

Mar 102015


  • 6,282 miles
Turning into parking space at mcdonalds. Foot on brakes, shift lever in drive, engine speed at idle. A bright red flashing "emergency" light appeared inside the speedometer ring at the nine O'clock position. Simultaneously accompanied by a complete brake failure. This light is not mentioned in the operators manual. Vehicle was taken to the port charlotte fl dealer and checked out perfectly. Their maintenance supervisor knew nothing about this light--it is not in their maintenance manual. I have three eye witnesses inside the car at the time. A large SUV with no brakes! what could possibly go wrong?

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #25

Feb 062014


  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving various speeds, the vehicle began to vibrate in a jerking motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the front driver side wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The wheel bearing was replaced four times on separate occasions. In addition, both front and rear brakes were replaced three times. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #24

Jan 212015

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,900 miles
While driving my 2013 Pathfinder at slow speeds, the vehicle would lose power and not accelerate. It has happened about 10+ times in the last two weeks. The latest time I was making a left hand turn yielding to on coming traffic. The vehicle would not accelerate and stalled in the middle of oncoming traffic. The Pathfinder was moving about 5-10 mph. The oncoming vehicle approaching had to slam on their brakes so they didn't hit us (I had 6 kids in the car). The Pathfinder then kicked in and stalled at the following light around 1/4 mile down the road. It is intermittent and hasn't happened since. Pathfinder is currently at the dealer and they say that they have it fixed by a brake switch replacement. The regional consumer specialist from Nissan na assigned to us stated he was not aware of any acceleration problems at all in Pathfinders.

- American Fork, UT, USA

problem #23

Jul 022014


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated while driving at approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal seized causing a multiple vehicle crash. A police report was filed. The number of injuries was unknown. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Rockville Ceter, NY, USA

problem #22

Jun 182014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
We first got a recall notice, and took the vehicle to the dealership. I asked them that other than the recall I needed them to see why the brakes on the vehicle squeak on occasions. They said everything was good and that the brakes didn't have anything. When my wife got in a vehicle collision a couple of days ago she had my 2 daughters 3 and 4 with her. The airbags in our vehicle didn't deploy and the other vehicles did. My wife was going 15 mph but the other vehicle was going about 65 mph. Thanks to god nobody in the vehicle got severely hurt other than scratches and bruises. The vehicle was not totaled and will be repaired, I am really concern for my family's safety driving this vehicle.

- Imperial, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 112014


  • 14,000 miles
I have a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, bought it on January 2013, the past 4 months, I noticed the front end of the car shaking, I had previously brought the car in for 3 months check up, clay Nissan rotated the tires and since then the brakes felt like shaking, I mentioned the error to them, but they said it's okay, today I brought it back for the recall- the car appears like it wants to cut off suddenly and they are telling me I need rotors in the front and the back, to me this appears to be a defect in the rotors- there is no way a 2013 car needs rotors in the front and the back.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #20

May 232014


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while traveling 38 mph, the brake pedal hardened and would not engage even after double pumping the brakes with the anti lock brake activated. The contact mentioned that the stopping distance increased to 100 feet. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 18,600.

- Clinton, MA, USA

problem #19

May 182014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,900 miles
Vehicle at 5400 RPM on level road would only achieve a speed of 41 mph, this was on a highway paused with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. Vehicle paused, shuttered and engine seemed to be working but transmission would not engage completely. We felt that we could have been rear ended and killed. This was three days after Nissan had replaced the transmission for shuttering at 19 mph over a six month period. After stopping several times the vehicle reacted as close to normal as we would expect, just in time to get home. We have brought this vehicle to the dealer ship for passenger side airbag light showing it was off, when it should have been on, for back up sensor acting as though off but actually off, the smell of antifreeze and no leaks and last the brakes delaying. Nissan continued until recently stated that it was normal. There are numerous sites stating these same issues. We could have been killed, this is serious, no power on the expressway.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #18

Sep 062013


  • 2,711 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated while traveling at various speeds, the vehicle failed to respond to acceleration attempts. The contact also mentioned that the brake switch failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the transmission and the brake switch but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2,711.

- Lonetree, CO, USA

problem #17

May 102014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 17,300 miles
Brake failure - anti-lock brakes failed - preventing car from stopping. I was pulling into a dirt parking lot - stepping on the brakes - anti-lock brakes kicked in, brake pedal became hard and wouldn't press down anymore - truck wouldn't not slow down. I was heading towards trees - I immediately took my foot completely off the brake pedal and stepped on the brake as hard as I could - truck stopped just short of the trees.. I have ran into similar situation in snow - definitely still a major brake problem. Also rotors were warped at 17K miles. We also had a major problem after leaving the truck at the airport for a week - it felt like the calipers were extremely warped and metal on metal grinding - - this scared my wife and kids really badly.. it took at least 3 miles for the brakes to feel a little better.. I shut off my truck - got out - closed the doors and the doors wouldn't lock. I could see a error on the dash board showing the car remote. I tried several times to lock the door and kept getting the same error. I got back into the truck and restarted it - then shut it off - got out and the doors would lock. The dealer already did the service bulletin update for the anti-lock brakes in March - and it evidently didn't work. I have had numerous problems with the remote - getting in to the truck and starting the truck. I have had times I remote started the truck, then couldn't get in.. I had to hit the lock and unlock key several times before I could get into the truck.. then the truck wouldn't allow me to hit the power button - stating wrong key id..

- Clinton , MA, USA

problem #16

Jan 032014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Wow, I am one upset consumer, after notifying Nissan Consumer Affairs several times about the concern of the safety on my Pathfinder and numerous trips to service only to be told that my car was fine. I now have had an auto accident due to the failure of my brand new Pathfinder and Nissan not even attempting to try to take me seriously about my concerns of the safety of this vehicle. This is lawsuit type material and I am now having to cover the damages to my car and 2 others and pay for a rental out of pocket. I am extremely upset and this has caused me and my family huge distress all for just buying what was supposed to be a reliable vehicle from a top auto maker. The issue was due to faulty brake/pedal and the issue before was for a faulty acceleration and spudering. Why cant Nissan just acknowledge this as major issue before someone gets killed? there is over 200 complaints of the same issue that I incurred only that Nissan has not a done a thing. If they do not take care of this issue to my standards, I will be taking this the furthest I can. This is so upsetting and time consuming. Shame on Nissan for not taking care of their product and consumer.

- Katy, TX, USA

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