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 12 of 13)

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problem #38

Mar 282013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


Transmission shudders when accelerating from a low speed of approx 25-30 mph. Entire vehicle shakes like you are driving over speed bumps. Occurs everyday.

- Hanahan, SC, USA

problem #37

May 152013


  • 1,800 miles
The car shudders, periodically as you are accelerating anywhere from speeds of 20mph to 40 mph. It doesn't do this all the time, but when it starts to shudder is very nerve wracking. Concerned transmission is being damaged/or defective. Nissan doesn't seem to have a fix for this. I am told it is a problem with Pathfinders produced before Jan 13.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #36

May 172013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 5,120 miles
We have experienced intermittent problems with the vehicle shaking or vibrating while accelerating or decelerating, with temporary loss of power at low speed 10-20 mph. This has occurred several times, even after the recall reprogram was done. The most recent occurrence happened twice May 17, 2013, ten days after picking it up from the dealership after they drove it for 300 miles and did not duplicate the issue. We were told that the recall was to address the shaking issues with the vehicle and would be corrected by reprogramming the computer (which was supposed to have already been done) and it did not resolve the problem. Some Nissan employees say there is no issues known with the Pathfinder and some will admit it there is, but say engineering is working on a fix for it, but claim it is not a safety concern. My wife almost ended up in a ditch on one occasion and then missed rear ending a vehicle while the vehicle was shaking and she was slowing down on another occasion. The problem is not easily duplicated, so it tough to show it happening, but does someone actually have to get hurt before it becomes a safety issue and is really looked into?

- Rockmart, GA, USA

problem #35

Apr 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 300 miles


The vehicle shudders, as if going over a highway rumble strip, for approximately 2 to 3 seconds when accelerating from a slow roll. During this shuddering period the car loses all power and fails to respond.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #34

May 012013


  • 400 miles
I bought a new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder about 2 months ago with only 900 miles on it and the transmission started to have problem. After about 300 miles on the SUV I started to feel the shudder/jerking when I accelerate slowly from 0 to about 20 mph. On 2 occasions when I slowed down to make a turn the transmission jerk so hard that the whole car was shaking. I did not feel this jerkiness when I test drove the 2013 at the dealer or the 1st couple hundred miles on my SUV. It becomes very annoying for daily driving. I took to Nissan dealer couples time and Nissan dealer said that it's normal for a cvt transmission to act that way and Nissan does not have a software update to fix it yet. I do not think it is normal for a brand new car to act that way.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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problem #33

May 172013


  • 2,100 miles
Transmission seems to cut out suddenly. Has happened 15-20 times in 4 months of ownership. Have not taken to dealership yet. Doesn't seem to be a pattern other than happens when accelerating from a stop or from low speed. Love the car...hope they can solve what appears to be a common problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #32

Apr 062013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Shortly after buying our Pathfinder we drove up to a nearby observatory. The road is narrow, steep and has many tight turns. The speed limit on this road is 15mph, but has many sections where even this speed is too fast. When we started our decent we shifted into low to allow the engine to take some of the load. However the transmission did not downshift, it was in the equivalent of 3rd gear based off of the tachometer and we had to rely solely on the brakes to maintain speed. We were able to compensate by pulling off and stopping regularly to allow the brakes to cool. We later experimented and found that at lower speeds <35mph it will not downshift much if any when put into low, unless you press on the gas pedal. We took it to two different Nissan dealerships and were able to duplicate the problem at the second one. Since then the Nissan customer satisfaction department told us that since the mechanics reported that it "operates as designed" that there was no problem to be fixed.

- Socorro , NM, USA

problem #31

Apr 292013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,800 miles
While climbing an incline in a parking garage, turning to go up the ramp from the right hand curve, the truck lost power as I gave the accelerator more pressure. It took 2-3 seconds of acceleration before it would move. 4 days later, while turning right from a stop and putting pressure on the accelerator in order to flow into 50mph traffic, the truck lost power. It took 3-4 seconds of acceleration before it would move. I was also in a loaner 2013 Pathfinder sv, the same trim as mine, after we took mine in to service this power loss issue and it also lost power after turning right from a stop and attempting to accelerate into traffic.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #30

Apr 172013


  • 1,100 miles
Starting around 1100 miles, our car shudders and shakes as if it is going to stall when being driven around 20 mph. It has happened between 15 and 20 times now over the course of 10 days. We purchased it April 11, it first happened April 17, and was in the shop from 4/22 until 5/10. We had it out of the Nissan service shop for less than 24 hours when it started happening again. Wow. Just thought I would add myself to the below list of similar scenarios. I hope Nissan figures out what is going on and takes good care of/compensates their paying customers.

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #29

Apr 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
I started driving up a small hill from a complete stop. It sounded like the car started shuddering, as if I was driving over a rumble strip. This happened on a number of occasions in different places but they were always around highways so I never paid attention. This time there was no highway, it was just a local street and there definitely were no rumble strips. Will have to take this to the dealer. Not expecting much as I see a lot of people are having the same problem. There must be a recall for this...

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #28

Apr 032013


  • 300 miles


Vehicle first shuttered or vibrated during deceleration coming to stop. Vehicle shifts rough at low speeds and low rpms. The vehicle has 1800 miles on it now, and has now done this at least twenty times. I absolutely love everything about this vehicle, except this shifting problem. I am most concerned about it getting worse and developing into something far worse. I plan on taking it to the dealer next week. I already had to take it back the day after I bought it for a faulty windshield wiper fluid sensor.

- Carthage, NC, USA

problem #27

Apr 272013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
Vehicle shudders as if driving over rumble bars for approximately 5 seconds when accelerating slowly -- usually around 40 mph.

- Downs, IL, USA

problem #26

Jan 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission began shuttering. Additionally, the failure occurred while the contact was attempting to accelerate. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #25

Apr 132013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
Sudden lost of power to vehicle where vehicle will not accelerate while engine RPM will spike. Later found out that a clip for the transmission cooler house had failed which allowed all transmission fluid to spill out. Was lucky that I was on a rural road when this happened and not entering into highway traffic or else accident would surely happen. Found out from dealer that there was a bulletin to replace the clips as they were not up to spec to handle the pressure. I was never notified by Nissan on this defect and it occurred before I even had my first service. Now I'm left with to me a compromised transmission which Nissan refuse to replace. They only refill the fluid and said it was ok. This is my family vehicle which I use to Transport my 4yr and 1yr old.

- Union Beach, NJ, USA

problem #24

Feb 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Vehicle shudders as if driving over rumble bars for approximately 5 seconds when accelerating slowly -- usually around 40 mph. Dealer duplicates but has no fix. Dealer indicates Nissan aware of issue -- believes to be in programming for the cvt -- but does not have a fix at this time.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #23

Mar 202013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
Transmission (cvt) on slow acceleration will shutter/shake between 20-25 mph. Also, will repeat at approx 40 mph. On 4-17-13, was told by Nissan dealer that Nissan was aware of problem but did not have a fix at this time. Problem is worse with hot engine/transmission. I worry transmission will fail while traveling as this is our vacation vehicle. Certainly a major problem as a transmission would be safety related. How long for Nissan to "find" a fix"??? one or two weeks or a year or more"

- China Grove, NC, USA

problem #22

Apr 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 880 miles
Vehicle stutters between 15 and 25 miles per hour as if there is a vibration. This affects the entire vehicle. Nissan diagnosed the transmission and found nothing out of the ordinary. Basically said to wait until it breaks. Today the problem occurred twice in one day, however the second time it sounded as if something was slipping, like a zipper, then recovered. There is a flaw here that needs addressing and I am going to contact Nissan again.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #21

Apr 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 8,684 miles
1. when the vehicle is started putting it to reverse wont engage the transmission, need to go back to park and back to engage the drive of reverse transmission 2. during driving at 0-40 mph the transmission slips, the shifting is erratic, sometimes shifting can vibrate as if the whole vehicle was vibrating, the RPM also fluctuate during this time. 3. there was no problem until April 8th 2013, I had taken this on snow, all sorts of terrain, bought the vehicle from columbia, mo from the dealership was performing excellent prior to this. 4. only thing I did was leave the SUV parked for a while (1 week) before this started in early April. 2013.

- St Louis , MO, USA

problem #20

Apr 092013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,055 miles
During light to moderate acceleration, there is a shudder in the transmission. It feels as though the transmission is slipping. This has happened multiple times in the last few days.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #19

Mar 312013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,900 miles
We to have the Nissan blues. We have had our Nissan for a month and the transmission is jerking in it. Took it to the dealership twice and they told us that it is between us and Nissan. They also said that there was nothing they could do. Now we are making payments on a vehicle that we are not comfortable about driving. Afraid that it will stall in an intersection and someone will get hurt or killed.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

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