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.


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,251 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jan 302015


  • 41,056 miles


Vehicle jerks/hesitates when trying to accelerate after stopping at stop sign and/or red light, going through a yield sign, and when making turns.

- Pelham, AL, USA

problem #29

Apr 112016


  • 33,000 miles
Issue has happened multiple times in 1 day. When pressing the accelerator vehicle does not react. It has happened while moving at multiple speeds or stopped. I press the brake and go to accelerate again and it will not accelerate. Or I can be stopped at a light and press the accelerator and vehicle will not react. Issue is happening about 4-5 times during a 15 mile drive. This is happening on flat surfaces. It looks like the RPM increase very little but even if I continue to press down further on the pedal it will not accelerate.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #28

Apr 022016


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled, while driving at 60 mph. In addition, the vehicle rpms increased to six and seven. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact stated that failure occurred on two separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Appalachia, VA, USA

problem #27

Mar 162016


  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle vibrated, decelerated, and momentarily accelerated. There were no warning indicators. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and called a local dealer who advised her to drive the vehicle to the shop. The following day, the failure recurred. The technician kept the vehicle for a couple of days, but was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but stated that nothing could be done. The failure mileage was 59,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #26

Sep 012015


  • 38,000 miles
My 2013 Pathfinder studders like it's not getting gas. It has completely stalled while driving in busy traffic. I took it to the dealership which stated they could not get it to duplicate the problem. This can happen on inclines and when I got to stop or slow down then go to accelerate against it studders really bad. It sometimes will not start due to not recognizing the key fob.

- Logan, OH, USA

problem #25

Sep 102015


  • miles
The vehicle stops accelerating even after pushing the accelerator to the floor. Then start to go back to normal very dangerous on the highway.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #24

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 #23

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 #22

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 #21

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 #20

Dec 162014


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph and making a turn, the vehicle failed to accelerate over 25 mph. The contact mentioned that the brake pedal needed to be depressed prior to depressing the accelerator pedal in order for the vehicle to respond. The failure occurred on four occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the software and tcm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #19

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 #18

Oct 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
I have had about 5 incidents of failure when I hit the gas from a stand still. When I push the gas pedal, I will accelerate a little (enough to get in traffic), then nothing. I lift my foot off the gas and put it back down. Still nothing. It is a good 4 seconds before I get power to go. This has led to a couple near crashes, as 4 seconds is a long time if you are pulling out in traffic.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #17

Sep 062013


  • 2,711 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated while traveling at various speeds, the vehicle failed to respond to acceleration attempts. The contact also mentioned that the brake switch failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the transmission and the brake switch but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2,711.

- Lonetree, CO, USA

problem #16

Jan 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
On an intermittent basis, the gas pedal does not engage when depressed ? the driver has to release and press the gas pedal multiple times or hold down gas pedal and then the engine revs hard and the car suddenly lurches forward. It happens both when beginning to accelerate from a stop as well as when the car is driving and in motion and the driver presses the gas pedal to accelerate (such as when passing another car on the highway). By early April 2014, this had happened at least 20 times in a four-week period and sometimes happened daily. I took the vehicle to our local dealer, who consulted with a regional Nissan warranty rep. He said he had seen the problem before, and they replaced the the brake lamp switch and relay. I have had one incident where it happened again after this work was done on April 9.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #15

Oct 102013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Vehicle starts to shudder very hard and starts to lose power when starting to enter the traffic lanes I was almost rear ended by a tractor trailer.this has happened three times vehicle has been in the shop. Times and Nissan still haven't fix this problem.I guess someone has to die before anything is done. It, S really a shame !

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Feb 122014


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle would shutter and lose power. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they could determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Mar 212014


  • 17,000 miles
When I attempt to drive the vehicle after a full stop, or when proceeding at a slow rate of speed, by applying pressure to the gas pedal, the car does not move. I have to lift my foot and reapply pressure to get the car to move forward. Nissan has changed the brake sensor, however, that made the problem worse.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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