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:
15,424 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder steering problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 052016


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled. The check engine indicator illuminated and the vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The gear shifter failed to move out of park and the steering wheel seized. The contact waited five minutes and was able to resume driving. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes and battery failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. In addition, the rear door failed to open. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jul 022014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 33,545 miles
Since I purchase the SUV #1 I heard little noise I when back to dealer at list 5 times and they don't find anything for last couple months I start to hear noise but I think it's the bearing because the whole well move #2 when U gas up the car never give U the same mileage always different #3 water for windshield wipes same time it works same time don't same issue since I got the SUV this SUV it's to many issue since I got it !I will not recommend anyone to get one of this SUV it's not worth it.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #5

Apr 262014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


At slow speed during a turn, the power steering failed (engine was still running). It takes a lot of force on the steering wheel to turn the car with the power steering off. My wife could never exert this much force on the wheel if she was driving while this happened. In about a mile, the power steering returned to normal, then another mile down the road it failed again, and then returned to normal again.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 042013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,650 miles
While driving the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder the vehicle will shudder during acceleration for unknown reasons. It is intermittent and makes a driver think they have gone off the road and you are riding on a rumble strip when you are not on a rumble strip. The event is very unpredictable. It frightens the driver when it occurs and is very distracting while operating a motor vehicle.

- Lake Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #3

Apr 152013


  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, there was an abnormal vibration in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500.

- Anthony, NM, USA

problem #2

Mar 282013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Transmission shudders when accelerating from a low speed of approx 25-30 mph. Entire vehicle shakes like you are driving over speed bumps. Occurs everyday.

- Hanahan, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 182013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
I purchased a brand new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder on 02/16/2013 and steering wheel off balance. 2 days later, I took the car back to henderson Nissan but it was just a patch up to the problem. Today 02/26/2013 a new problem occurs when I drive at 15mph the transmission jerk cause a big vibration to the car and I'm afraid this will lead to a major problem. I purchase this car to Transport my 4 years daughter and I don't want this car transmission to break down on freeway which could cause a major pile up. Please consider a safety to our family and many others family own this Nissan Pathfinder by investigation into this matter. Sincerely.

- Lasvegas, NV, USA

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