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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,153 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 10 of 13)

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problem #78

Sep 142013


  • 666 miles


My car started missing like it was going into neutral and RPM's went up to 5 and engine was roaring while I was on the highway going 65mph. The SUV lost all power and had to coast over to side of highway. Rested the SUV for 5-10 minutes then started to move along and car would only go between 20-40 mph with intermittent periods of losing all power just like I was in neutral. This is a brand new vehicle only two weeks old and having 666 miles at the time of incident. The transmission was diagnosed with internal failure of transmission by the Nissan dealership.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #77

Aug 082013


  • 600 miles
Problem 1: we bought the vehicle new in July. After about two weeks the car begin to shudder between 15-20 mph. It feels like we are driving over rumble strips. We took the car to the Nissan dealer where we purchased it. They said there was a campaign for the problem and would order a torque converter. We were told it was on back order. After two and half weeks the part was installed. The day we picked up the car it still had the same issues.we have notified the dealership of the continuing problem. Problem 2: the front passenger side airbag goes on and off randomly, turning off the airbag. We told the dealership when we brought it in for the shuddering. They said it was a weight limit issue and the way we sit. We told them it does it for our son who weighs 90 pounds and that we sit the same way every time. We also told them it does it for me off and on in the same day and that our weight doesn't fluctuate that much in the same day. We were told it tested fine, so it will not need repair. Just this morning I got in the passenger side the light was off, we went into a store and when I got back in the car the light was on. I have told the dealership about this again today.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #76

Jun 192013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
At speeds varying from 16mph to 40mph the vehicle can have a horrible shake. One way to describe it is when you run over rumble strips at highway speeds. The vehicle did have the Nissan tsb repair performed which installed a new torque converter but this did not fix the issue. My wife will describe the shaking similar to when the engine on a manual transmission gets too low and the car shakes. I have not been able to determine a pattern to recreate the problem but it happens nearly every day. I have done multiple test drives with Nissan service personnel but was unable to "make it happen" when the person was in the car. I was told by one service personnel that they see this complaint mostly by women because men have a tendency to be more aggressive with the throttle. Since the shaking occurs at low RPM's and within that speed range, the only way I know to make sure it doesn't happen is to make sure the RPM's rise quickly above 2,000-2,500 RPM. It is not safe to be coasting thru town at 25mph then have to rev the engine just to maintain speed... I also do notice a lack of power or "transmission confusion" when the shaking occurs. Once the shaking starts, the way to stop it is to accelerate or let off the gas. Either way there is a lack of power, hesitation and ability to accelerate!

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

problem #75

Aug 132013


  • 3,300 miles


Several times and noticed that the transmission does not engage and the car loses speed. I took the car to the dealer and they told me that because is a cvt transmission was normal. But the car is still doing the same.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #74

Jul 282013


  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after refueling, the vehicle stalled and jerked when accelerating or decelerating at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the torque converter. The torque converter was replaced however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 4,000.

- Fort Mayers , FL, USA

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problem #73

May 252013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle shuddering. My 2013 Pathfinder has had transmission shuddering for the past 4 months with no resolution. I have made 4 trips (for the same complaint) with the following results. 1) Nissan knows of the problem, will be notified when a solution is found, last week of May 2013 2) unable to find issue June 2013 3) made a call to Nissan customer service and a new visit was scheduled, on third visit the problem was duplicated but was told to wait results on current vehicles having had their torque converter and transmissions being changed. 4) on the 4th visit 9/7/2013 (due to a new metal stress noise coming from vehicle at low speeds) after duplicating the issue was told that the noise is also coming from the transmission assembly and that dealer is waiting for fix from Nissan. Originally the only solution was offered to "push the gas pedal" to get out of the shuddering. As a driver you're not always able to just push the gas pedal, specially at the speeds that this issue happens, as you may have another vehicle in front of you... and other vehicles behind you may just increase their speed believing you're doing the same and may, as a result, rear end you, because your vehicle is slowing down instead of speeding up. Another major safety concern is the breaking down of a transmission, specially during cold winter months and since a fix is not yet available makes for a potential accident waiting to happen. Nissan does also say "they don't deal with lemon laws" and to other customers, have denied buybacks. As of September 2013 I have a vehicle with transmission shuddering, transmission metal noises (stress noises) and no solution... which makes the number of attempts to bring the vehicle back for repairs useless because Nissan repair facilities are telling me "we have our hands tied".

- Grayslake , IL, USA

problem #72

May 102013


  • 200 miles


Experiencing shuddering upon slow accelerations. Feels like driving over rumble strips. Brought to dealer who was unable to replicate the problem, thus no action was taken by dealer.

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #71

Jun 152013


  • 2,200 miles
On June 15, 2013 my vehicle began shaking while I was driving it. I took in into the dealership that day. They said there was a recall on the torque converter so they replaced it. They called me 2 weeks later to come get my vehicle. Within the first day having it back it was shacking even worse like it was going to cut off. It scared me. I called dealership again they came and picked up the vehicle. After the dealership had my vehicle for several weeks they told me they had to replace the transmission. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder's were reporting issues with them and I was told I wasn't the only owner going through this problem. I should call the corporate Nissan office and start a claim. I did so that day. I got a call saying my car was ready and they would drop it off to me. After two days of having my vehicle I had problem's once again. I was driving up onto my driveway and there was a incline. My engine made the noise like it was rearing up I tried it 3 times pushing down on the gas pedal and still nothing. So, I put it in park and called the dealership the next business day, they test drove it and found no problem's with it. Meanwhile I had a open case with Nissan to try and buy back my vehicle because I didn't feel safe in it with my 3 children. I heard back a couple days ago that my request had been denied. They have offered me 2 more years extension on my transmission warranty. I am extremely dissatisfied. This will be my 3rd Nissan owning and this is the first problem I have ever had. I am worried about this matter. I spend a lot of money for a vehicle and I expect to not get a lemon. I have been out of my vehicle since June 15 pretty much. I don't want to get stranded on the side of the road because my brand new vehicle is not reliable.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #70

Jul 092013


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 12 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle became hesitant while attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #69

Jul 312013


  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while accelerating, the vehicle vibrated and shook. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, who advised that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer denied any assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 1,000. The VIN was not available.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #68

Aug 232013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 700 miles


The car started to vibrate and surge and loud bang noises at the front the car it feels like its loosing power and its hard to pick up, has done this while approaching a red light or slowing down.

- Newark , DE, USA

problem #67

Jan 142013


  • 300 miles
I was at a stop leaving an apartment complex. I entered a busy road and when I pressed the accelerator, the RPM's rose but the vehicle would not accelerate. I had to take my foot off the gas and then hit the gas again before it started to pick-up speed. This has happened on multiple occasions.

- Sterling Heights , MI, USA

problem #66

Jun 102013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Vehicle shaking/shuddering while driving. Seemed like the vehicle is loosing power and not responding to controls. Tachometer and speedometer gauge also shake/jitter.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #65

Jun 142013


  • 600 miles
1. front end shutters due to cvt transmission problem, Nissan meta replaced transmission torque convertor but that did not fixed problem. 2. both rear tail gate decals were put on at a slight angle. Meta Nissan replaced them both, the Nissan decal and the Pathfinder wording. 3. then top roof plastic molding rubber grommet came loose. The Nissan dealer ordered parts, but since they were on shortage they have not come in yet. 4. mpg and mph display is off. From my point of view it looks like a software issue with program. Mph should change dynamically as speed of vehicle change. That is not the case on this car. 5. front doors are incredibly heavy, why? when the doors are half the way open they immediately shut and cannot stay open. Often the doors shut while we are trying to get in the vehicle. 6. passenger seat air bag sensor stays one when someone in seat. 7. front brake noise.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 022013


  • 3,534 miles
The car stared to shutter like driving over rumble strips, and lost of power. I have taken it to the dealer twice and you know what they said can't reproduce it. I hate taken car back to the dealer they never fix anything. Please help!!!!!

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #63

Jul 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 825 miles
Driving from cocoa, Florida to virgina, the car kept jerking. It felt like when the engine got hot it was jerking more and worse. By the time we reached the South of the border (North Carolina and South Carolina) the transmission shut down and the car couldn't move (in the middle on I-95). We were lucky there were no cars behind us otherwise there would be a pile of car behind us.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #62

Apr 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Vehicle shudders (as if driving over a rumble strip) at various speeds, but most notably when slowly accelerating through approximately 40mph.

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #61

May 312013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag would not activate when the front passenger's seat was occupied. When a 100 pound person occupied the seat, the air bag would not recognize the weight however, the air bag would recognize the weight of a 140 pound person. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for service under NHTSA campaign id number:13V069000(air bags), but the repair did not correct the problem. The contact scheduled an appointment for further inspection. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 4,866. Update 4/7/14 va the consumer believes this vehicle is a lemon in accordance to the Massachusetts consumer protection act (Massachusetts general laws; C.90 sec. 7N1/2). Since the purchase of the vehicle, it has been taken to the dealership for failure a total of 7 times. The vehicle has been out of service for repairs for a total of 45 business days. Failures also include rear hatch scraped against the body and spoiler contacts the roof when opening/closing, vehicle shuddered around 16 miles per hour, loss of air from the left front tire, driver's window would not close, vehicle shuddered between 12 and 20 mph, and the climate control on driver's side not working properly. Updated 04/9/2014

- Hingham, MA, USA

problem #60

Jul 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,600 miles
Intermittent shudders as if I was driving on a rumble strip and loss of power after an hour of drive.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #59

Jun 192013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The transmission seems to slip or stutter or shake at low speeds. We notice it when making turns into parking lots or starting off at intersections or entering or exiting cloverleaf loop ramps at intersections. It is an intermittent problem. Sometimes it stutters and shakes harder than at other times. We first noticed it only a couple of weeks after we bought it.

- Berry, AL, USA

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