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:
19,401 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder electrical problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Apr 092014


  • 8,500 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle began to shutter. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the computer needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 232013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 21,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator light illuminated intermittently while an adult was is in the seat. The contact received recall notification related to NHTSA campaign id number 14V138000 (air bags, electrical system). The vehicle was taken to dealer who could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 21,800. Updated 06/10/14

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 122012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I purchased my Pathfinder in November 2012. At about 1000 miles into ownership (less than a month, my vehicle started shuddering and acting like it was going to stall. When I took it in for the first service they told me they checked for it and couldn't find anything. Then they asked me to bring it back in for a computer update. It still shuddered. At the next service repeat the same scenario and they couldn't find anything again. The shudder is progressively getting worse at this point. When I took it back for the 3rd service I told the dealership again and was told the same thing again. Repeat one more time in 9/13 and they told me I needed a new transmission. A new transmission was put in on 10/7 and I picked it up on 10/8. I left for a beach 800 mile trip on 10/9 and the shuddering is still happening and now when I turn my wheels while slowing down (entering my garage/braking in a curve) the brakes will not hold and the vehicle will surge as if out of control. If I leave it running for a 10 or so minutes in park then try to put it in drive the vehicle tries to surge away from me as if I cannot control it unless holding the brakes down. Last week the vehicle jumped across 2 lanes of oncoming traffic then quit. I quickly started it again and jumped into a parking lot. The dealer picked it up and told me they could not duplicate the problem and would do anything to help me. In fact they said it was driver error. The last I heard when you press the gas the car should go and when you press the brakes the car should stop. It is now sitting in the dealer parking lot because I am extremely afraid of it. They told me it was just fine and to come and get it. I almost died last week in it and it is not safe. The dealer will not help me nor Consumer Affairs at Nissan are helping me. No one should be driving this vehicle. So now I am out $44,000 for an unsafe car.

- Alto, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 212013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,065 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 2,065.

- Pompano, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 242013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 347 miles
My Nissan Pathfinder SUV loses power from 45hp to 2hp it is at the Nissan company at this time 7/24/2013 with 347 miles.

- Marco Island, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 222013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
It happened 3 times already, car started shaking and it stop all of a sudden, all transmission fluid and coolant drained out. Luckily we did'N get hit from the back because the first time was when we stop on a red light and it didn't move at all we tow it to the nearest Nissan dealer and they said that it was a factory defect but that was fixed. I had a bad feeling and took it to puente hills Nissan where we bought the car. But they told to comeback next day so on my way home on the freeway it started again we just had seconds to pull aside from the road and the car didn't moved at all, fluids drained out again and this time the smoke was even worst I had a panic attack because I thought it was going to catch on fire so I've jumped out of the car "on the freeway" without thinking that I could get killed. The car got towed to puente hills Nissan and "they fixed it". when they were testing it it happened again!! they towed the car back and now after a week they said that they already fixed the problem that it was the radiator that had too much pressure so was heating up and shooting the hoses off so they now replaced the radiator and told me to go and pick up the car. I don't feel safe driving around with my family this situation can cause an accident. Nissan dealer won't replace the car even though there is the lemon law that states that after 3 repairs from the same issue the car has to be replaced and even more because it was a brand new car and we only had it for 6 weeks. And there was also 2 recalls on this particular vehicle one on the electric system and other one on the air bags so now I don't know what else is going to happen with this vehicle.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 252013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 150 miles
During slow acceleration from full stop, the vehicle would vibrate/shudder for a couple or seconds somewhere between 15-25 mph. It feels like the transmission would slip and catch and slip and catch. This happens 3-5 times a day. I drive mostly city driving so its mostly stop and go driving from one light to the next. There has been a recall to reprogram the transmission computer but my vehicle is not part of that recall and exhibits the same issues. Even after the reprogram, other owners I've talked to still experience the same issue.

- Katy, TX, USA

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