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 11 of 13)

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problem #58

Jul 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Vehicle is rumbling or shaking at slow speed. It had happened a few times before but seems to get worse recently and was very noticeable when I was driving up/down at the airport parking garage and having to maintain slow speed. It also happened from time to time while on slow speed but happened most of the time while making turns. It last a few seconds and during that time it was as if the car was riding on very rough continuous surface (like driving on the warning strip to slow speed at the toll booths). I just took the vehicle to the dealer which the description on the invoice said "confirm vehicle surge at 30/33 mph PC1970 0.6 perform tcm reprogram and vehicle road test problem steel there. Reschedule; need to call tech line". the service adviser at the dealer asked me to keep driving if the problem is still there and it is. Less than a mile out of the dealer, while making turn at the traffic light, the noticeable rumbling happened again. I am rescheduling this for service. I hope it is fixed before our road trip.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #57

Jun 062013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
I have become aware of two different issues with my 2013 Pathfinder. First, and most important, is an issue with the passenger airbag. The light that illuminates to inform you if the passenger airbag is on or off will come on or off intermittently with the same person/object in the passenger seat. This has occurred on 4 separate occasions. It happened twice with myself riding in the passenger seat, once with my son, and once with a backpack. The passenger airbag light would be off, indicating the airbag was on, and then after several miles the light would come on. Or the light would be on and after several miles it would go off. This is a safety issue and could cause death if in an accident! I took the vehicle to my local dealership where it was put on the computer, which showed everything was fine. They also drove the vehicle 20 miles to see if they could get it to happen and it did not. Mine was not one of the models on the recall list for this very same issue. They told me to bring it back if it happens again, but I am afraid to drive it. We are a family of seven, so someone has to sit in the passenger seat. The second issue is a shuddering that occurs when decelerating or accelerating at lower speeds. It has happened several times causing me to take my eyes off the road and look at the instrument panel to see if something is wrong. The vehicle is sluggish when this happens. I am worried that it will happen turning into traffic and cause an accident.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #56

Jul 052013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
As you decelerate from 50 -55 mph and slow down to 40 mph, the vehicle begins to "shudder", similar to driving over rumble strips that are typically found along highways that alert drivers that they are moving onto the shoulder. After 4-5 seconds, the shudder stops and the vehicle drives normally. Reading on the internet, this appears to be occurring with a number of vehicles and may result in transmission failure over time.

- Branchburg, NJ, USA

problem #55

Apr 102013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 700 miles


Transmission shudder and loosing power for a brief moment on accelerating around 20-30 mph. It feels as if driving on rough surface. It is progressively getting worse.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #54

Jun 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 900 miles
We purchased vehicle with 9 miles on odometer. After driving from billings mt to riverton wy, approximately 4 hours, we noticed what we thought was a slight shutter, vehicle failed to accelerate. Now, when the vehicle reached approximately 800 miles, it now has 1100 miles, the vehicle has done this approximately 20 times. The problem is progressively getting worse and more frequent, and having two kids, a 8 year old and 6 month old, we are kinda scared to drive the vehicle. The computer screen also shown 3 times, has said, key failed to sync.

- Riverton, WY, USA

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problem #53

May 132013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,545 miles
Transmission shudder on accelerating 18 to 20 mph.

- Moneta, VA, USA

problem #52

May 012013


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle vibrated jerked and lost acceleration. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed; which located the failure at the transmission. The contact did not know the name of part that needed to be replaced within the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileage was 1,000.

- Novato , CA, USA

problem #51

May 312013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 700 miles
When I had my new car for only two weeks, while driving on side streets, I started to hear rumbling like I was going over rough road or a warning strip at random times when I accelerated. Then it also happened when I tried to accelerate on the parkway. When I called the dealership, they stated that they had no idea what I was talking about. Told me to bring the car in a week later when they had a loaner car available. I took it on june12th, and they still stated they did not know what the problem was. I started to research and found out that this is a common transmission problem in the 2013 Pathfinders.when I told them I knew this was a common transmission problem, the dealer is still stating they know nothing about it, but now want to replace my torque converter when they get the part that is currently not available. I called Nissan and have asked for a refund of my money. I do not want a brand new car with transmission problems! I can't use it to tow my boat and am afraid to go any long distances. They still have not called me back. How can they continue to sell this car when there are nationwide problems with this transmission?

- Oyster Bay, NY, USA

problem #50

Jan 152013


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle shook while shifting gears on several separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- New Athens, IL, USA

problem #49

Mar 112013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
June 23, 2013 - I purchased my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder in March. It has had the following problem since I got it. When accelerating from stopping, or when increasing speed when turning, the vehicle sputters. It sometimes vibrates and also feels like I'm going over something rough. It feels like the vehicle is going to shut completely off when it does this. This problem has been going on now for 3 1/2 months.. I have contacted Consumer Affairs but as of today, nothing has been done to correct the problem. The problem is consistent every time I drive it and is getting worse.

- Ambrose, GA, USA

problem #48

Apr 302013


  • 3,400 miles


On my new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder sl 4X4 I am having the following problem. When accelerating from a stop, or increasing speed from a turn, the car sputters, power fluctuates, and sometimes it vibrates and feels like I am driving over a grid. Shifting is rough while driving, and the car sometimes feels like it's going to stall, or like I'm driving a standard transmission and I've let off the clutch too soon. The problem has been ongoing and started inconsistently where I thought maybe it was road conditions and not the car, but the problem now occurs every time I drive the car, it's getting worse, and I'm expecting any day for it to break down on me. I purchased the car new on 2/26/13, so I've had it just over 3 months.

- Whitestown, IN, USA

problem #47

May 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
When my vehicle is not experiencing shuddering at either 10-20 mph or 40 mph, it will exhibit a new condition at those speeds. Currently I am seeing the engine rev up 300-500 rpms prior to the torque converter locking up and a loss of acceleration (feels hesitant) until the engine rpms return to the lower level they were at prior to the rev up. My service rep said he did not reprogram the transmission controller so this may be a "learned condition" to offset the shuddering I had been and still do experience.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #46

May 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 900 miles
On several occasions that day I experience the transmission shuddering while accelerating lightly between 10-20 mph feeling as though I was going over a warning strip. It would occur during turns and when I slowed nearly to a stop for a stoplight and cars ahead of me and then accelerate through that 10-20 mph.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #45

Jun 042013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,650 miles
While driving the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder the vehicle will shudder during acceleration for unknown reasons. It is intermittent and makes a driver think they have gone off the road and you are riding on a rumble strip when you are not on a rumble strip. The event is very unpredictable. It frightens the driver when it occurs and is very distracting while operating a motor vehicle.

- Lake Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #44

Mar 072013


  • 3,000 miles
Purchased this crossover on 12/14/2012. Loss of power has occurred twice while accelerating from between 15-30mph while accelerator was depressed. When I tried to floor the accelerator, the RPM's increased but the cvt did not engage. Had to remove foot from accelerator then reapply for the cvt to re-engage. Called Nissan Consumer Affairs on 5-31-13 who said my VIN is not part of any updates/recalls for this issue. Said to take the car to the dealership for evaluation. Additionally, I have experienced the 'judder/shutter' about 3-4 times as we'll at highway speeds and in the city. I have read on some discussion boards that a 'fix/part' is in the works for late June.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #43

Dec 172012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
While driving the vehicle when the car goes to shift gears it start S shuttering like you are rolling over rumble strips. I tried to climb a small hill by my office and the car could not get up the hill. I let off the gas and then pressed the gas again and it finally made it. Sometimes while trying to merge into traffic the car loses power to excel. Also bought this car to specifically tow a trailer/boat and have been advised that I should not tow with it.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #42

Apr 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 21 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the problem persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 21.

- El Peso, TX, USA

problem #41

Jan 252013


  • 100 miles
During slow acceleration from a full stop, the vehicle will vibrate/shudder as if driving over rumble strip for a second or two usually somewhere between 15-25 mph. The vehicle stops accelerating during this shutter. This happens 3-5 times a day. It has also occurred around 40 mph, but much less frequently. I took it to the dealer who deemed the shuttering characteristic for the cvt design. The dealer also indicated that Nissan has not issued any service bulletins addressing known concerns for either the transmission or engine in the 2013 model year Pathfinder. I have not been able to consistently reproduce the problem. If this shuttering were to occur as I pulled into traffic, I fear this may lead to an accident.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #40

May 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 320 miles
In stop and go traffic from the doubletree hotel at I-85 to emory hospital at about 20 mph when accelerating from a stop the transmission would shutter and vibrate as it moved into the next gear ratio it happened three times that day and on two other occasions back home with 6 to 7 hundred miles on the car. This car has the cvtransmission. No problems at any other speed.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #39

Apr 272013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
I purchased a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder sl. The vehicle shudders and vibrates excessively from 20 to 30 mph and at low RPM's(1000 to 1,500 RPM's). Also, the vehicle has begun to shudder like this at speeds up to 50 mph. I tried switching to 2wd and to full time 4WD mode but without luck. I also tried to switch off the overdrive also without luck. The service advisor at the dealer told me that this is happening with all of the Pathfinders and that these new cvt transmissions operate this way. I asked to speak to the service manager, who repeated everything the original advisor stated, but stopped short of saying it is 'normal' for the vehicle to perform in this fashion. He also told me he is driving the same model as me and that he has gotten used to the vibrations. I hope Nissan comes up with a simple fix for this problem, until then I am unpleasantly surprised.

- Washington Crossing, PA, USA

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