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 3 of 13)

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problem #218

Feb 132015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 29,056 miles


I was pulling out of a parking lot. I drove a few yards and the car would not accelerate over 25mph even though I was pushing on the accelerator. There were no warning lights, but the RPM's would not go up. I stopped and put it in park, revved the engine, and put it in drive again. It worked fine for about a mile until I pulled up to a stop light. As the light turned green, I could not get the car to go over 25 mph. (I was turning left at the intersection, so it was very dangerous that I could not get the car to accelerate as I was facing upcoming traffic.) I pulled onto the shoulder and put it in park again. I was able to make it the additional mile home but thankfully did not have to stop at a light again. The dealership has ran diagnostics on it and can't find anything wrong with it, but I'm scared to drive it again.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #217

Feb 102015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Over the past two month I've had 4 incidents when I stop at a light or sign and when I hit my accelerator pedal to start moving again nothing happens. Sometimes I lift my foot off of the pedal and them back again and it starts working normally. Other times the accelerator starts working after a few seconds of being depressed.....more than a little nu-nerving when entering heavy traffic areas.

- Seffner, FL, USA

problem #216

Feb 032015


  • 24,803 miles
Just purchased this vehicle. Drove beautiful while test driving. The next morning the vehicle started her jerking so bad that I thought something was falling out from underneath the vehicle. I thought I was going to stall out in the middle of an intersection. Wondering how safe this vehicle really is when needing to Transport children. Disgusted with the power I am finding.

- Menoken, ND, USA

problem #215

Sep 202014


  • 26,000 miles


Driving would notice that car would not go when I would accelerate so took in many times to dealership which always told me it just needed updating so it happened again then they said it was the transmission and would have to replace. But the thing that upset me was they put a refurbished one in which wasn't right since I bought brand new. Still having problems took again and once again needed updating don't know what else to do dint understand why nissian doesn't take care of these issues or buy back these lemon cars frustrated. Also never received recall notice from nissian ever since I bought car I had to google search which is horrible unprofessional

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #214

Feb 042015

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 34,100 miles
I bought this car used, I had it for 10 days, I was driving at a low speed 10-15 mph and my Pathfinder started jerking. I thought I was driving on a bad part or my tire had blown up. I pulled into a store, everything looked fine, I left and as I was making a turn, it started the jerking again, I was heading home and only a few min away and after another turn, it started jerking again!! I called the dealership, they called saying nothing is wrong with it. I have a 2 year old! it's horribly frightening and sickening to not know when this is going to happen and to know you've spent all this money on a crap car that they won't fix under warranty!

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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problem #213

Oct 012014


  • 16,000 miles
I purchased this car in March 2014. It was a used platinum Pathfinder with 4900 miles on it. Within months, I noticed a violent shaking when traveling at low speeds. I took it in October 30, 2014 to get the shudder fixed. I was told nothing was wrong, its just how the cvt works. So, I left. On January 22,2015, the car lost power as I was crossing into traffic on a 4 lane road. This nearly resulted in me and my children being tboned by a uhaul. Thankfully they were able to stop in time. It happened one more time on the way home that day as I pulled off from a stop light. The car gets to about 20 mph and nothing. I immediately call jerry rome Nissan and told them I wanted a rental and they needed to fix my car. I agreed to bring it in the following week. In the meantime, the power loss continued to happen. After taking the car to the dealership, a master mechanic took a ride with me and I could not get the car to do it. They hooked the car up to the computer and got no codes...and they were unable to duplicate so there is nothing wrong. I have spent the past week researching this issue and I'm sure you are aware, this is a widespread, very serious issue with these cars. Nissan is negligent in continuing to sell these cars knowing the cvt is too small for this vehicle. I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs and they told me there was nothing I could do. Then I get a call today from jerry rome stating that they have a service bulletin about this car so they'll be reprogramming the transmission. I researched that and the bulletin they're speaking of came out Nov. 2014. It's important that everyone know the scam they're running. This is corporate greed at its finest. It's just a matter of time before some poor family gets crushed getting on a highway. Maybe that's what they're waiting for.

- Springfield , MA, USA

problem #212

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 #211

May 142014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
When I first purchased the vehicle my husband immediately began saying something was wrong with the transmission the problem got worse as time went by. Taking off from a stopped position it would stall before taking off. Then it started shuttering after take off. Then escalated to shuttering while driving down the road at speeds between 20-30 usually when I was in the school zone taking my kids to school. After several attempts Nissan finally decided to replace the transmission. I have a baby as well as two other children that are in this vehicle everyday. Once the transmission was replaced it started having a problem at any speed where it felt like the motor was going to jump out of the vehicle which jerked my children and scared them. I M also noticing more and more problems with it not wanting to go into gear. I have also had a problem with the back hatch coming open at various times for no reason. One day I walked out of work to find that it was open the doors to the vehicle were still locked. On another occasion I found the back hatch open and it had rained all night and the neighbor strays had slept in my vehicle all night again the doors were locked. No one had touched my keys so no reason for how it keeps mysteriously coming open. The previous Pathfinder I had would let down the front windows at various times for no reason. Said it was a safety feature...didn't seem very safe to me to come out of a store to find my windows down. Unfortunately cant trade it in because I would be too upside down. I know it will cost a lot to recall and fix all of these but how does that compare to the cost of peoples lives. Headed to Nissan again Saturday to see what they say about the transmission this time.

- Newton, TX, USA

problem #210

Jan 092015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The car was vibrating heavily. People said the transmission shudder.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #209

Dec 152014


  • 13,600 miles
On slow road coasting between 15-20mph, the vehicle hesitated and shaked for around 3 seconds until accelerated above 20 mph. On Dec 17, made the same in another road, same mph. Yesterday 12/30 did it again. In routine maintenance on the dealer, 12/26 informed about the two (2) first events. They recorded it on the job; they need to have the vehicle more time in order to reproduce. Imo at this time, with so many owners complaining about this same progressive defect, is no need to leave a vehicle days (and others putting mileage on it) to reproduce this random problem in addition of the inconvenience of being without transportation.

- Arecibo , PR, USA

problem #208

Dec 292014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 16,309 miles


2013 Nissan Pathfinder hesitated (shudder) when I accelerated the vehicle from a standstill in traffic on the freeway. The vehicle did not move for about 2-3 seconds. It sounded like the vehicles power just shut off. After 2-3 seconds, the vehicle then accelerated. This happens every so often from a standstill/pause at a traffic light or in traffic. I have addressed the problem to my Nissan service dealer. The vehicle is currently at the dealer for service. I turned the vehicle in to the dealer on 12/30/14 due to an "ikey error code" only to find out that the body control module unit had to be replaced. Too many issues with this vehicle. Luckily I still have warranty. Do something before something major happens.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #207

Sep 012014


  • 15,000 miles
2013 Nissan Pathfinder will hesitate (shudder) when shifting from first gear to second gear while going aprox 20mph. I have addressed the problem to my Nissan service dealer and they give me the can not duplicate issue, no check engine lite code. Nothing they can do. Today 12/30/14 going real slow behind another car aprox 20mph the Pathfinder is shuddering and banging like crazy, and loss of power. Please Nissan co. Do something before something major happens before you address the problem.

- Beverly , MA, USA

problem #206

Dec 032013


  • 10,000 miles
Often times while accelerating from a stop, or after a turn, I will step on the gas pedal and feel the car shudder, or hesitate.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #205

Jan 152014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 480 miles
Bought this vehicle advertised as "new" however started having multiple issues within the first few days. The fuel gauge would read "0" miles regardless of how much the fuel tank was filled, and the transmission started slipping the 4th day. I would be driving along at anywhere from 30-55 mph when this would happen. Took it back to the original dealer for repair, who refused to put it in the shop and check it out, so I took it to another dealer who said that they were unable to reproduce the defects in the shop. I took it back multiple times for the same issues and they ended up putting more mileage on the vehicle than I did in the first 3 weeks with continuous "inability to reproduce results, " however, as soon as I would leave the shop to go home the transmission would slip and the car would decelerate almost to a stop and then lunge again when it would kick back in. The fuel guage continued to read zero at fill ups, very frustrating. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs with no real progress. The dealer refused repair printoffs as well, so I really don't know what they did to the vehicle while it was in the shop.

- Kennedale, TX, USA

problem #204

Nov 032014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Our 2013 Nissan path finder has been "shaking"/shuttering since we bought it. Every time we brought it in for service they said it was "not reproducible". finally the noise got so loud they replaced the transmission. Less than 2 days after the transmission was replaced. We tried to enter the highway and the vehicle refused to accelerate. We almost crashed with oncoming traffic. The vehicle then would not accelerate over 5-10 mph and started dumping fluid in my driveway. I called Nissan and they assigned a tech who was supposed to examine the vehicle with us and document the incident. The tech was not available for a month and they put the vehicle on the rack and "fixed" it without documenting the issue with us. I am going to check it out today. However this is subversive and they are actively not trying to document the issue. This is a dangerous vehicle and numerous complaints have been made online.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #203

Oct 312014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 29,800 miles
While making a right turn the vehicle started to shudder, thought the engine was going to cut off, once again while accelerating out of a turn the car started to shudder again. This is happening on a regular basis now. Bought the car from a dealership. Going to a Nissan dealer car still under warranty hopefully I can get some relief.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #202

Nov 052014


  • 36,030 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission fluid hose and clamp needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V142000 (power train). The failure mileage was 36,030.

- Palm Coast , FL, USA

problem #201

Sep 182013


  • 1,300 miles
2013 Nissan Pathfinder shudders at low speed or accelerating from stop position. Have taken vehicle to dealer several times (12) since Sept 2013. Replaced transmission 3 times, transmission software update performed twice. Each time afterwards I was told some made up story from it's working fine now to you must have been spinning your tires on the wet roads. I took videos of the violent shuddering and loss of acceleration to the service dept and was told there is no fix available for this transmission issue and to drive it as best you can. 55K for a new car to drive the best I can!!!"?" contacted Nissan corporation to file a complaint, after 5 days was denied any relief. Contacted a lemon law attorney and filed a claim. Within 2 days of Nissan being notified by the attorney, they were willing to settle. I received a full buy out and refund of all deposits and monthly payments. God riddance!!!! buyer beware!

- Westampton, NJ, USA

problem #200

Aug 022014


  • 20,000 miles
I purchased my Pathfinder in may of 2013. I loved my SUV initially. Starting around July of 2014 - I started experiencing shuddering while driving. Thought maybe I needed new tires. Beginning in August - started noticing that when accelerating from a stop that I would lose power and it would stay about 20 mph & after pumping the gas pedal several times then it would kick in. It started happening more and more. This past Sunday while starting to accelerate up a hill, my Pathfinder just wouldn't kick in. Stayed at about 25 mph & I had to put on my emergency breaks until I reached the top of the hill & then it kicked in. Then the next day as I was merging onto the freeway with my 2 children in the car & my daughters friend, my car just lost its power. Continued to drive at maybe 20 mph even with my foot pressed all the way down on the gas pedal. This was a very scary experience for myself & my kids. We could have been totally rear ended. There are so many complaints here. Does Nissan need to wait until someone is tragically killed before making steps to issue a recall? I did take my car in today to the dealership with print outs of the comments here & told them I would not drive my Pathfinder & put my family in jeopardy until the issue is fixed. They did give me a rental car & contacted me by the end of the day today that they received approval to replace the transmission & will continue to do further testing on the shuddering & reason that the transmission needs to be replace on a vehicle that is a little over a year old. Please with the dealerships response. I have always driven Honda's or Acura's and made the mistake to try Nissan. This will be my last Nissan purchase! I am also posting this on facebook to spread the word about the Pathfinder. Maybe that will get a recall going!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #199

Sep 232014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 12,033 miles
Driving home and going up an inclined hill...I noticed my vehicle(2013 Nissan Pathfinder) suddenly had a hesitation and started to judder happened at low speed of 20-25mph. Nissan is aware of this cvt issue and has not addressed it yet. I read somewhere that they are trying to reprogramming the cvt and seeing if this resolves the issue otherwise folks have had the cvt replaced and still in the same boat....this is a noticeable judder at 20-25 mph on a slight incline. I am the original owner of a 2003 Nissan murano with 88K and the first of its kind with cvt technology and never experienced this type of juddering issue. You would think Nissan would have refined the cvt to a point so these issue would not happen....I like the cvt technology but now I am having my doubts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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