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:
16,496 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 062015

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


I was driving along, going about 40 mph, when suddenly, the vehicle lost power and I was forced to coast it to the shoulder and restart it again. I had about 3/4 tank of gas, so that was not the problem. It happened at least twice since then and we had it serviced on yesterday, but the mechanic could not find anything. However, this loss of power, especially on major highways is extremely dangerous. Thank you

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 012014


  • 30,000 miles
2013 Nissan Pathfinder electric power wheels makes high pitch noise. It is very uncomfortable to me causing headaches. The noise is very loud, I have to turn on the cd or radio. And make me cannot Focus on my driving. I went to three Nissan dealers, but they all told me that it is normal. But this is absolutely not normal. And other cars do not make this noise. This high pitch noise starts when weather got cold. Nissan dealer told me that when weather gets warm, the noise will gone. But we live in the MA 01824, it is long winter.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #3

May 292013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 9,847 miles
This vehicle was purchased new in December of 2012. In less than 12 months, I have lost complete confidence in the manufacturing of the vehicle and its ability as a reliable, safe and acceptable option to meet the needs of me and my family. The details of each incident to date are listed below. The vehicle is now under review for repurchase by the corporation, and will sit in the dealership's parking lot until a resolution is reached that maintains my safety. 12/13 - 10 miles - purchased. 5/29/13 - 9,874 miles - dropped off for service, experiencing 'shudder' when accelerating after coasting, issue occurred at various of driving between speeds of 25-40mph and 1000-1500rpm. Dealer unable to replicate issue, car returned. 7/16/13 - 12,645 miles - dropped off for same issue, able to duplicate, replaced torque converter per bulletin ntb13-064A. 7/19/13 - 12,655 miles - car returned for check engine light and passenger side front wheel noise. O2 sensor failed and was replaced. Support bearing on drive axle frozen, passenger side front drive axle replaced. 9/9/13 - 15,825 miles - dropped off for continued 'shudder', similar driving conditions. Entire transmission replaced as required per ntb 13-086. 10/29/13 - 16,930 miles - returned for again experiencing 'shudder' when accelerating after coasting, issue occurred at slightly lower speeds, similar rpms. Dealer unable to replicate issue, case opened for potential repurchase.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 8,100 miles
When U pass 45 to 50 miles once U pass the speed the handle its very bad that's one two after U drive the car for little wild the noise from muffler sounds like fire cracker and there when U in the little hill the car move back words 4 same time when U press on the brakes the car almost stop complete and just keep going it feel very weird that is not normal.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 182013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,532 miles
Have owned the vehicle for 3 weeks. Wife was returning from picking of pizza and was 2 miles from house - called me to tell me the car is "dead". arrived to find fluid all over street behind and below vehicle. Had it towed to the dealer and the next day was told they would be replacing the radiator and transmission. Was told that the hose for transmission was manufactured a bit too small and they have been "falling off" resulting in a transmission and radiator burn out. Not how I wanted to begin ownership with a Nissan...

- Sewell, NJ, USA

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