Notes: The 2014 has a small, but significant number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the Pathfinder's transmission shakes violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,982 miles

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Nov 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 600 miles


Accelerating from stoplight across highway when transmission begins to violently shake the entire vehicle. Released accelerator pedal to stop violent shaking. Reapplied pressure to accelerator pedal to keep vehicle behind us from smashing our vehicle. This exact same scenario has occurred over and over again in the last 4200 miles. This exact violent shaking (juddering) has also occurred when accelerating onto the highway. Nissan corporation is fully aware of this issue and refused to fix my vehicle. The Pathfinder transmission has a design defect that is a serious safety issue.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 092014


  • 5,289 miles
Please note the following: All 2013 2014 Nissan Pathfinders have a faulty transmission that shudders, vibrates, jerks, shakes.. when you slowly accelerate or when you come off the highway doing cruise control and then go to bumper to bumper traffic. When the car gets to about 8,000 there is no denying the problem. Nissan refuses to recall the car. They continue to ask that you bring the car in.. and they don't have the 1st clue on how to fix it.. their answer is to give you another transmission and claim the problem is fixed. I had a 2013 the bought back the car and gave me a 2014 and guess what the car is still a piece of garbage. And now they refuse to acknowledge the defect the 2014 has. Stay away!!!!!!!

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 212014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
I bought a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder platinum with 9 miles, I drove it home approx. 50 miles and found I was getting I-key system error. Dealer instructed me it was the fob programming error, then they inspected the car and told me a transmission switch was defective which prevented the ECM to recognize the car was in drive mode not in neutral or park. Within the next 50 miles the check engine light came on with P0850 error. Mechanic fixed the issue after several days, not the passenger side airbag (on/off) indicator is intermittent even when an adult over 140lbs is sitting on the passenger seat. Sometimes it is not off as required. I think both issues could pose risks to passengers and may cause accidents. I am not a mechanic so I am not sure if the shifter switch has anything to do with the transmission problems directly or indirectly.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #4

Oct 122013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,400 miles


Since 10/12/13, the vehicle has experienced violent shuddering and loss of power. When the vehicle is brought to the Nissan service department it is always unable to duplicate. We continue driving the vehicle and it gets worse. Finally after it becomes almost unable to drive Nissan admits there is a problem and replaces the cvt. We are now on our third cvt since we purchased the car on 7/22/13. We have to travel a two lane mountain highway and it has happened several times and due to losing power going uphill we have almost been hit on numerous occasions. It has also happened on the freeway. It has happened at a busy intersection and the car completely lost power and the car behind us slammed on their brakes and swerved to avoid hitting us. It has happened at speeds from 30 to 60 mph. I am gravely concerned for my family's safety, we also have a newborn and I am scared to have him in this car but I have no choice. I honestly feel that it is a matter of time before we are hit due to these issues. Nissan continues to deny this is a safety concern.

- Running Springs, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013


  • 650 miles
Car loses power and shakes a lot during acceleration and during turns.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

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problem #2

Oct 142013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 330 miles
Purchased 2014 premium platitum Nissan Pathfinder on 10/9/13. The same evening I noticed the car violently jerking from stop to 35 mph (2000 RPM). I thought it was just a fluke. 4 days later the car did the same thing several times. I immediately took car back to dealership. They claim they could not duplicate issue. 3 days after that, the car violently jerked from stop to 35 mph all morning. I took it back to dealership. They duplicated the issue. Said car needs a transmission. I have researched online to determine this is a known issue with Nissan. It happens quit frequently with the 2013/2014 cvt transmissions in the Pathfinders. Check,, etc for reviews. The customer reviews all say the same thing. This is a safety hazard because when the car is trying to leave 2nd gear while jerking, it is not picking up speed and can cause someone to run into the back of the car; causing injury or even death. This needs to be looked into immediately and Nissan needs to stop production of these transmissions until they can fix the problem. NHTSA please get involved to stop Nissan from producing these faulty transmissions and to force them to fix the ones they have sold to innocent purchasers. It's not right that they continue to take innocent people's hard earn money and profit from that, while we are forced to pay to ride in what could be a accident causing vehicle; resulting in injury and/or worse case, death!!! please be proactive. Let's save lives before it's too late!

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 242013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Hi sir/madam, my name is [xxx] I reported to Nissan usa corporate office. I got a call from [xxx], Nissan corporate office on 24 September. Informed him the issue.then called [xxx], customer relations of brown's fairfax Nissan office. He asked to open a ticket with Nissan customer relations. I opened a ticked on 09/30/2013. The case number - [xxx]. gave the information to [xxx], customer relations in brown's Nissan, fairfax, Virginia. He said he will follow up and update me. There was no update from him so far. Today (10/18/2013), I went to the dealer. Showed the door sales manager - [xxx] and workshop - [xxx]. [xxx] fixed the door part and transmission (from drive mode to park mode. It is getting stuck at R in power train), he said there is an issue. He checked with the mechanic in the shop. He has to follow up with Nissan and I had informed I had opened consumer ticket. [xxx] gave the car back. There is no action so far !!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chantilly, VA, USA

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