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 2 of 13)

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problem #238

Feb 122016


  • 21,000 miles


Vehicle stalls at various times while driving, will not accelerate while pressing on gas pedal. Has now happened 6 times in 3 months. Stalled also, while on cruise control going downhill and would not engage until on level surface for 15 seconds, lost 35 mph during this incident. Passenger side front airbag light is illuminated indicating that no one is in seat while seat is occupied. I have several photos and dates of this particular problem.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #237

Jan 302016


  • 40,000 miles
Experiencing a low speed judder and lately a soft judder at about 70 mph

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #236

Jan 292016


  • 25,000 miles
Problem is intermittent while stopped. When pressing accelerator pedal while in drive engine does not respond. Engine RPM will go up once shifted to neutral, but not while in drive. Does not produce error codes, so no one knows how to fix. I have found a lot of other complaints of the same situation online, Nissan has not acknowledged this as a problem as far as I know.

- Clarkston, WA, USA

problem #235

Sep 012015


  • 15,000 miles


I have had the door handle on my Pathfinder break twice making you unable to get out of your car in a emergency! this car was purchased new by me. Also I have had many problems with the transmission slipping while in acceleration. Now that it is out of warranty they seem to have no interest in fixing it.

- Arden Hills, MN, USA

problem #234

Feb 022015


  • miles
Transmission slipping and sputters and airbag light comes on when anyone is I the seat.

- Austin, TX, USA

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problem #233

Oct 302015


  • 51,000 miles
Vehicle jerks and shudders in light acceleration. No acceleration on vehicle even when accelerator is pressed to floor. It was brought into dealer who claimed there was a computer programming update for the transmission. Vehicle continued to experience same issues. Last week my car shuddered, would not accelerate with pedal to the floor then shut down completely as I was pulling out of gas station almost causing accident. It is now in shop. No repairs done yet.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #232

Sep 262015


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. After the vehicle was serviced under a manufacturer recall for a transmission software update, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- West Port, MA, USA

problem #231

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 #230

Apr 012014


  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle stalls on hills and has bad mileage and hesitates. This has happened on several occasions. It has been checked in dallas, tx and now twice in el paso, tx. The last inspection was a recall and all I was told was it may need a new transmission. It has gotten worse and now hesitates on hills and is very sluggish. It stalls while taking off on hills. Very dangerous.... all I have received is lip service. Please contact asap.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #229

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 #228

Jun 012015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles


While driving, vehicle looses power, acceleration, pressing on gas and nothing happens, shift car to neutral and press on gas and RPM"S go up, shift back to drive, press on gas and RPM's don't move, vehicle does not go. All the times that it has happened we had to coast either to the side of road, or to next light. This is a rear end collision waiting to happen, this is definitely a safety issue!!! took car to Nissan dealer, but since car did not detect any error codes, dealership was unable to find fix, but there is definitely something wrong with car, went unto this site and found more than 100 complaint similar to mine, about car loosing power. Somebody has to look into this before someone gets seriously hurt or dies. This is my wife's car and I have a 3yr old and a 2yr old that she drives around, please, someone look into this.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #227

Jun 122015


  • 52,000 miles
I got a Nissan Pathfinder platinum 2013, while I was driving at 40 mph, right in the middle of the road it stopped accelerating for a good 5 to 15 seconds, even thu I pressed the gas medal all the way down to the floor. That happened very often now. I took it to the sutherland Nissan dealership in fort myers, Florida, they were telling it could be the cvt transmission. I encourage everybody who has this same problem with their Nissan vehicle to come forward and complained. That cvt transmission problem is a big safety issue and that directly put people life in great danger.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #226

Aug 272014


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure recurred numerous times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing, but was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #225

Nov 082013


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission began to hesitate excessively in a jerking motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the transmission computerized system was reprogrammed. The failure recurred after the repair. On a separate occasion, the transmission failed to operate while driving. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Ball Ground, GA, USA

problem #224

May 052015


  • 49,000 miles
I had that Nissan Pathfinder patinum for a week, I noticed it shuddering and shaking when I press lightly on the gas pedal to accelerate., its like the vehicles shutting down on me. I took it to the dealer sutherlin Nissan in fort-myers, Florida and I'm still waiting on them. For whoever who has experienced this kind of shuddering problem, its a very scary and frightened moment. Nissan needs to do something about it as quick as possible.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #223

Apr 012015


  • 4,100 miles
I was driving down a local street traveling about 35 miles per hour. As I was accelerating down the street my car begin to slow down without me hitting the brakes. I had to turn in the turning lane so know one would hit the back of my car. I took my car in to the Nissan dealer where I bought my car. They couldn't find anything, but the said it was a recall on a part on my transmission. They fixed it. I noticed the same thing happened two weeks later.

- Sauk Village, IL, USA

problem #222

Apr 032015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 13,700 miles
Upon acceleration from idle or at traffic light, depressing the acceleration pedal produces no movement. You have to press the gas pedal all the way down, upon which no movement forward is created. Also, the passenger front airbag, even with a 160 pound passenger sits in seat, airbag light is still turned off, subsequently turning off airbag.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #221

Mar 132015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 17,984 miles
Had recall on transmission for software update, left dealership once it was done. Could not accelerate to get off of hill behind the dealership. Vehicle would only go in reverse. Had the pedal down to the floor and the vehicle would not move.

- Harrison, AR, USA

problem #220

Mar 112014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Maryville , TN, USA

problem #219

Feb 272015


  • 35,800 miles
When the car is full of passengers the transmission starts to miss shift causing a vibration. Feels unsafe when carrying passengers. Also vehicles backup camera is starting to act up. The video is screen has lines through it and sometimes the backup alarms deactivate.

- Miami, FL, USA

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