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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,594 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 012013


  • 200 miles


Fuel gauge is inaccurate. Fuel tank capacity is approximately 19 gallons. Gauge abruptly changes. Shows close to full until 6 gallons in tank is left. Then shows half full. When shows one quarter full tank only has 2 gallons left in tank. This occurs whether driving or stationary, level or incline. This is a safety issue as the vehicle quickly runs low on fuel and does not allow for proper refueling planning.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 012015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
While driving, vehicle looses power, acceleration, pressing on gas and nothing happens, shift car to neutral and press on gas and RPM"S go up, shift back to drive, press on gas and RPM's don't move, vehicle does not go. All the times that it has happened we had to coast either to the side of road, or to next light. This is a rear end collision waiting to happen, this is definitely a safety issue!!! took car to Nissan dealer, but since car did not detect any error codes, dealership was unable to find fix, but there is definitely something wrong with car, went unto this site and found more than 100 complaint similar to mine, about car loosing power. Somebody has to look into this before someone gets seriously hurt or dies. This is my wife's car and I have a 3yr old and a 2yr old that she drives around, please, someone look into this.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 032015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 13,700 miles
Upon acceleration from idle or at traffic light, depressing the acceleration pedal produces no movement. You have to press the gas pedal all the way down, upon which no movement forward is created. Also, the passenger front airbag, even with a 160 pound passenger sits in seat, airbag light is still turned off, subsequently turning off airbag.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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

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problem #7

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 #6

Jul 012013


  • 500 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle lost power. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The dealer diagnosed that the vehicle required a high octane fuel. The contact switched to using the correct fuel however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 500.

- Bealeton, VA, USA

problem #5

May 222013


  • 400 miles
At 20mph car stutters/chokes as if it will shut off.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 122014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
When coasting into a turn through a traffic light or around a corner and attempting to accelerate, the vehicle does not accelerate. You need to pump the pedal and just wait for the acceleration to kick in. When accelerating from a complete stop at a traffic light or stop sign, the vehicle will not accelerate past 5mph. You need to wait a few seconds and take your foot off the accelerator for it to kick back in. There is no pattern to when it happens. It will not happen for days and then it will happen 2-3 times in one day. This is dangerous entering intersections. It was taken to the dealer last week and I was told they could not duplicate the problem and therefor not fix it. It has happened three times since. I googled this issue and there are hundreds of complaints regarding this problem.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
I was driving on the highway with my wife and 10 month old daughter. The engine rpms kept going up and down when I pressed the gas with limited or no propulsion. I had to avoid the high speed highway traffic while I moved over 3 lanes to the shoulder. Dealership tells me that the vehicle, with 2200 miles, requires a new transmission due to a failure on the transmission oil delivery system.

- Clifton , NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 272013


  • 45 miles
I have my 2013 Pathfinder for around 2 weeks and since day 2 it's having problems I think with the power train. It start to fail the acceleration, like when on a manual car you step out the clutch early. I went twice to a Nissan dealer to verify the problem and on both visits they said there's no problem with the SUV. So I have to wait to something more happens so they can find a problem. I changed my 2010 Pathfinder for this one... I think I made a really bad move here.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #1

Dec 312012


  • 306 miles
While driving around 35 mph the Pathfinder started sputtering between 3000-4000 rpms and would not increase in speed. I stopped the vehicle and shut off the engine in hopes to reset a problem. When I turned the car back on, the Pathfinder would not move in drive or reverse. As the tow truck driver was loading the Pathfinder he noticed a large amount of liquid coming from underneath the vehicle. Once at the dealership they found that the transmission cooler line had burst and the radiator needed to be replace. Also another owner of a 2013 Pathfinder was also having problems with their transmission and was told that a problem had been identified with the computer that was affecting the transmission. Nissan knew about the problem but didn't catch it prior to the new Pathfinder leaving the factory.

- Windermere, FL, USA

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