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 5 of 13)

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problem #178

Apr 262013


  • 60 miles


********basically we traded in our 2012 Pathfinder for the 2013 Pathfinder on April 2013.************* we immediately noticed some flaws with the vehicle. My experience with the vehicle began to shudder at low speed every once in a while. Also the hood will shake while driving over 40mph., as if it wanted to fly off. I called Nissan dealerships, spoke with service managers and they stated that Nissan is aware of the issue and working on issuing a recall. Their advice was to continue driving vehicle as normal, shouldn't result any damage. Oh, were they wrong! it's been about a year with this vehicle and the problem not only continues but, has become worse. I can't drive 5 mph without the vehicle shuddering recklessly, as if part of the engine wants to fall off. Well, now I have a new issue, on startup my vehicle throws white/gray smoke as if a bomb blew up. This is so embarrassing. I immediately took the vehicle to the dealer, they came back to say they found "sludge" in the engine, that it has to be replaced! ok, but according to Nissan they are not going to cover this, since they assume we are liable. We have maintained this vehicle properly and if this engine failed and covered in sludge, that has to be a recall. At, this point in time Nissan has communicated with me one time in a week. I spoke to the service manager, he's not very helpful in trying to resolve this issue. He just advised that we sell the vehicle back to Nissan. Unbelievable, this has become a total nightmare, I overheard some workers at the dealers discussing issues about the 2013 Pathfinder, they are aware of the issues this vehicles has, but their main goal is to sell. Not inform the consumers about this piece of crap!!!

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #177

May 172014


  • 8,000 miles
While stopped at a 4-way stop intersection, our Pathfinder did not move when the gas pedal was pressed. The transmission was replaced at 4,000 miles because of shuttering/shook like it was going to fall apart.

- Windham, OH, USA

problem #176

Sep 102013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,666 miles
When I start to accelerate my 2013 Pathfinder, it acts like I have run out of gas. My husband thinks it has something to do with the transmission. This has happened several times, twice yesterday (5-19-14).

- Sulphur, OK, USA

problem #175

May 182014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,900 miles


Vehicle at 5400 RPM on level road would only achieve a speed of 41 mph, this was on a highway paused with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. Vehicle paused, shuttered and engine seemed to be working but transmission would not engage completely. We felt that we could have been rear ended and killed. This was three days after Nissan had replaced the transmission for shuttering at 19 mph over a six month period. After stopping several times the vehicle reacted as close to normal as we would expect, just in time to get home. We have brought this vehicle to the dealer ship for passenger side airbag light showing it was off, when it should have been on, for back up sensor acting as though off but actually off, the smell of antifreeze and no leaks and last the brakes delaying. Nissan continued until recently stated that it was normal. There are numerous sites stating these same issues. We could have been killed, this is serious, no power on the expressway.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #174

Sep 182013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,100 miles
Vehicle shutters at 19 mph, loss of power.

- Loganville, GA, USA

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problem #173

Sep 142013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
June 4, 2013 I purchased a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder platinum model. Around September 2013, while ascending a small hill I noticed a shudder shake that lasts about 4 to 6 seconds. The situation happens while driving around 25 miles per hour when accelerating from low speeds. It occurs intermittently so I thought it could be the pavement however within the past year it has been more frequent. I have experienced the shaking during slow turns and upon hills the transmission feels stuck and you finally feel the gear kick in and after making it uphill or stopping vehicle drives smooth again.. it seems as if the car loses acceleration power and I have to release the gas pedal in order for it to stop shaking and then return to normal. Nissan needs to carefully investigate and fix this serious safety issue and issue a mass vehicle recall.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #172

Jun 052013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 800 miles


Shortly after purchasing my new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder in may of 2013, I started to experience the vehicle violently shuttering at lower speeds. It seemed as if the car would lose power and I would have to release the gas pedal in order for it to stop. I have called multiple Nissan service dealerships and have spoken with service managers about the issue but, they all say the same thing, "Nissan is aware of the issue and they are working on issuing a recall. Continue to drive the vehicle. It will not cause damage to the vehicle itself". I am reaching my one year anniversary with this vehicle and the problem continues and is becoming noticeably worse. While at first the shuttering occurred only in low speeds, it seems to be occurring while at high speeds as well. I have contacted Nissan and was told that there was not an existing recall for this issue and that my VIN was not a match for any transmission recalls. I was also told that a regional manager would get in contact with me and I was given a case number.

- Saint Cloud , FL, USA

problem #171

Jan 022014


  • 6,000 miles
While driving at a slower speed on the parking lots, around my neighborhood streets and on turns when the vehicle speed in less than 25 mph and when the RPM is between 600 and 1200, the vehicle slows down, shudders and shakes as if the transmission was going out. This happens for 4-5 seconds. I have seen this happen more often when I slow down on the parking lots or on the neighborhood streets. At that time the vehicle acts as if the it is having issue shifting down and just shakes/shudders. I have taken the vehicle to a Nissan dealer multiple times but still the problem has not been corrected. The first time I took it, the dealership told me that there was a bulletin out from Nissan and they knew what to fix and they claimed they fixed it but the issue resurfaced after few hours. The second time I took the vehicle to the dealership, they told me they could not reproduce the issue! Nissan needs to carefully investigate and fix this serious safety issue.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #170

May 052014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 31,500 miles
Since purchasing the 2013 Pathfinder, problems are relentless. Liftgate sticking and rubbing. Broken door handles, driver and passenger. Bolt falling out of alternator while driving. Airbags not working properly. Now for the past few months a shudder/vibration which happens intermittently. Usually at low speeds when turning or accelerating. Brought to dealer in 2/14 and needed reprogramming. Started happening again, brought to dealer was told they can't duplicate so there is nothing they can do. Happening again now on 5/6 and there is no answer. Afraid car will stall out in intersection causing a major accident. Same issue happening to tons of people, yet no response from Nissan.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #169

Apr 302014


  • 9,000 miles
There is a sudden juddering shake that lasts about 4 to 6 seconds driving around 25 miles per hour. I have experienced the shaking during turns and upon hills the transmission feels like driving a stickshift and you finally feel the gear kick in and the after making it uphill or stopping uphill. Vehicle drives smooth again. My girls are very scared with the shaking I have left my vehicle at the dealership pending a fix/solution.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #168

Oct 012012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 900 miles


Drivetrain software issue: When I bought the 2013 Pathfinders, like any new owner I was thrilled.. unfortunately there were a few things I did not anticipate.. so when my Pathfinder began shuttering and shaking at 900 miles, I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs, who said they had no knowledge of the problem, who then referred me to the dealership service department, who with all of there up-to-date computer diagnostics could not fit the problem. The shuttering & shaking continue every few days. The more mile I put on the car, the worst the shakes and shutters became. Sometimes the car would shake so violently, that the engine would bog down and loose all power. So, after multiple trips to the service repair department, I finally got a straight answer.. apparently, software that controls the drivetrain, and was designed to improve the vehicles mileage, actually ends up damaging the belt drive. Not something Nissan was expecting, but knew about before I bought the car. What has happened to my vehicle, also was reported by other people earlier in the year. "the shuttering is actually the result of damage to the drivetrain from the glitch in the software". so if the shuttering occurs to the vehicle, the drivetrain is already damaged and needs to be replaced.

- San Lus Obispo, CA, USA

problem #167

Mar 152014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 440 miles
While turning in traffic vehicle shutters and loses power. Also loses power while moving 25-30 mph in stop and go traffic. Took the vehicle to Nissan after it only had approximately 400 miles on the odometer and they replaced the transmission and torque converter. After about a two weeks the vehicle started having the same problems and I took it back in. They have now had my vehicle since 3/31/14 and is still currently at the shop as of 4/25/14. Nissan service manager stated its a problem that he feels Nissan has yet to sort out. This is a safety issue and I hope you will step in and make Nissan accountable for this problem.

- Gainesville , FL, USA

problem #166

Dec 052013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder the day before thanksgiving (2013). Almost immediately, I noticed a shudder (jutter) when accelerating from low speeds. The car loses power during acceleration and a strong vibration/shaking (shudder) is felt. I returned the car to the service department and was told that the transmission had to be reset. Less than one week after this procedure (Dec. 2013) was done the shudder returned. In Jan. 2014 the service department replaced the torque converter. By Feb. The shudder had returned yet again. As of April 19, 2014 the car continues to shudder upon acceleration and has yet to be repaired because the service computer only shows "minor" error codes and technicians have been unable to duplicate the severe shudder. The vehicle is unsafe to drive as it loses power upon acceleration. This is my 3rd purchase from Nissan. I have a tremendous amount of money invested in this vehicle and Nissan refuses to correct the problem. I have filed a complaint with Nissan, have an open case, but have been unable to speak with the representative because her workday is over promptly at 5 pm and mine is not. I have tried to contact her two dozen times, but my calls go straight to voice mail. It is clear that Nissan has a problem with the cvt transmission used in the 2013 Pathfinders and that they do not stand behind their product. What is it going to take to get Nissan to address this issue" do people have to be hurt or killed because of these defective transmissions, or is going to take a congressional investigation (like GM") to get Nissan to work with its' owners and correct this problem" why are these vehicles still being sold" Nissan continues to sell these vehicles with defective transmissions to unsuspecting customers who will be burdened with unsafe vehicles which have diminished values with virtually no recourse against this automotive giant.

- Washington , GA, USA

problem #165

Oct 302013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 5,604 miles
Brought Pathfinder into get serviced October 30, 2013 at 5,604 miles as the car was shuddering when accelerating. Dealership had car and reprogrammed the transmission. On November 8, 2013, we brought the Pathfinder back in for service as the shuddering continued. At 5.945 miles they found that the transmission had failed and the dealership then replaced it. On March 25, 2014, we again had to bring the Pathfinder in for service as the Pathfinder would shudder when accelerating. At 10,075 miles the transmission was then replaced again due to it failing. We then lodged a formal complaint with Nissan na and requesting a replacement automobile because we do not feel safe driving the Pathfinder with an 8 week old daughter inside. The claim was then formally declined by Nissan with no explanation except that they are extending our warranty. I am absolutely disappointed with both Nissan na and the NHTSA for not moving forward with a formal recall because this is a serious issue that affects the acceleration of a 6,000 pound SUV.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #164

Apr 072014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
I purchased the vehicle in July 2013. In August 2013 I began to notice a skipping/chugging sensation at a low speed and which seemed to only when going around corners at the time. I called that August the vehicle was inspected by Nissan. When it was brought in they told me they could not duplicate what I had described. The skipping/chugging sensation continued throughout the next several months. I again brought the car back to Nissan in December for the same issues. However the skipping/chugging had got far worse, in occurrences and intensity. At this time the technician at Nissan was able to reproduce the skipping/chugging told me that it was "skipping on ice". I explained to the service department it had been ongoing and that I did not believe that skipping on the ice. I was told that it would be logged into the system and they would have note of it. The skipping/chugging has continued throughout the winter. The intensity is far worse, and occurs each time I am accelerating the vehicle between 5-25/30mph. I have also experienced power failures when getting out of the car. The car will turn off then turn on its own, then take multiple attempts to shut it off. I brought the car back to Nissan on April 7, 2014. Once again, they were able to reproduce the issue. This time telling me that my transmission in my vehicle is failing. At this point I am waiting to hear back if they will replace the parts of the transmission that is failing, or the entire transmission.

- Andover , NH, USA

problem #163

Dec 142013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 150 miles
Purchased new 2013 Pathfinder and within the first week noticed a shudder in the transmission, however it was an isolated and didn't think it was an issue. As time has passed this has gotten more and more frequent. Then recently with only 2000 miles on the car, we were making a left turn the car shuddered and felt like it was going to stall, and car would not accelerate past a few mph. This being highly concerning from a safety standpoint prompted us to take the car into the dealer. Dealer looked over car said they were to reprogram the tcm as this is a known issue. After reprogramming dealer could not duplicate issue and told us that was all that could be done until they could personally duplicate the issue. Nissan dealership said they have owners on their 2nd and 3rd transmission and no permanent fix. The car has since shuddered and lost acceleration three times in the 24 hour period since dealer returned car. After much research it appears to be a known issue for over a year and for Nissan to continue to sell a knowingly defective and unsafe car should illegal.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #162

Oct 162013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 10,211 miles
Transmission shudders / judders at light acceleration during low speed. I took my vehicle to dealership on 1/05/2014 with 10,211 miles on it. Their technician confirmed that this is a known problem of 2013 Pathfinder, they gave the transmission a update. The problem continued so upon going back to the dealer they then installed a new transmission. It has not even been 3 weeks and we are already losing power and starting to shudder again.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #161

Sep 162013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,300 miles
Purchased in Aug 2013. Sept 2013 at low speeds under 25 mph, the vehicle begins to shudder and looses acceleration. Nissan dealership could not find a problem. Oct 2013 my vehicle was back in for the same issue. This time Nissan replaced the transmission. Nov 2013 back to the dealer for same issue, was told a software update was just released for a computer upgrade for the transmission. Problem still existed. Returned a 4th time in Dec 2013 and was told I must have been spinning my wheels in the snow, no problems were found. In addition to the transmission problems, the roof started leaking and the water ran behind the dashboard. A gasket needed to be replaced, shortly after I began to have electronic issues with wipers, volume control for bluetooth, radio. Some type of module was replaced this took two return trips before a problems was found. Again within a month these electrical issues returned. On Monday 3/24 the transmission once again failed as I was making a left turn from a stop. With this incident I was almost killed by a tractor trailer because I was stuck in the middle of the intersection and could not get the vehicle to move. Luckily the truck was able to swerve behind me a the last moment to avoid the collision. Restarting the car several times cleared the problem and was immediately took it back to my dealership. I explained everything that has been happening with my vehicle since purchased in Aug 2013, 33 days of service so far and no resolution. I have also filed a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs, case # [xxx]. Nissan admitted there is a problem with the transmission but does not have a fix. At this time the vehicle is not safe to drive and the dealer has put me in a free loaner car until they have a resolution. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Westampton, NJ, USA

problem #160

Mar 152014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,450 miles
Transmission shudders / judders at light acceleration during low speed. I took my vehicle to dealership on 3/19/2014 with only 2450 miles on it. Their technician confirmed that this is a known problem of 2013 Pathfinder but Nissan does not have a proper fix. He also said that I was the third customer complaining this problem on that day alone. He reprogrammed the tcm. However, transmission shuddering continues. It is getting worse and more frequent. Nissan needs to admit this problem and recall all vehicles with this transmission!

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #159

Dec 072006


  • 7,000 miles
Traveling approximately 55mph when my Pathfinder shuttered. I slowed down not knowing if my car was going to stall. I took Pathfinder to local Nissan and mechanic stated he did not find anything wrong with the car & until the shutter is duplicated and witnessed by them then they could log it in. A few days went by & I was turning into the residential area that I reside at approx 15mph & the SUV shuttered again. I took it back to Nissan and another mechanic who check out the car after several hours stated he could not duplicate the problem & was not able to log it in either. Ever since I have been having issues. At this point I am concerned it is a safety issue since I don't know what else to expect from the Pathfinder. Mechanics are helpful either. I came across several blogs talking about the same issue & it seems the mechanics are clueless about the problems the Pathfinders are having.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

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