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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,779 miles

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles


Transmission intermittently shudders at 10-20 mph causing poor drivability and potential loss of control. Transmission has been reprogrammed several times and replaced with a rebuilt transmission at 19,413 miles. Shuddering has started again, the dealer applied the latest recall (PC357) but no real change in operation. I started a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs (18336725) but the contact has been extremely difficult to actually talk with. Nissan left one voice mail while I have left 6 voice mails over 2 days with no call backs.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 042015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 11,000 miles
I was involved in a roll over accident and neither the driver or passenger airbags deployed. The side airbags did. The vehicle went head first into the ditch and then flipped over. The vehicle was recalled for the passenger airbag after I first bought it and supposedly "fixed." Obviously not. The driver side airbag did not deploy either. My Pathfinder is a total loss. This is definitely an issue. This vehicle has also had multiple other issues including the engine coils, transmission computer and finally the whole transmission has been replaced. Terrible in the snow and vibrates like crazy! this vehicle is obviously unsafe and garbage!

- Rotterdam Junction, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 202014


  • 3,336 miles
We have a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder sl, with 3551 miles on it. We purchased it used on 8-6-2014 with approximately 2240 miles on it, we are the second owner. On 8-20-2014, while attempting to access an interstate from an on-ramp we experienced a shutter and strong shaking of our 2014 Nissan Pathfinder sl, at that time it had approximately 3336 miles on it. We were forced to pull over, almost causing an accident. We turned the car off and restarted it to continue on the interstate but did not experience another incident that day. The following six days the car began doing the same thing but it would usually be several times a day. I did research on the transmission and found that the cvt transmission is rife with problems. We took the car to the local dealership (not where we purchased it) and they ran a dynamometer diagnostics on the car and said that the transmission would need to be replaced. As we were discussing this issue the tech mentioned that the records showed the transmission in this car had already been replaced once before, at approximately 2000 miles. Also, I was informed by the dealership, who is going to replace the transmission, that they have been unable to get through to the Nissan "cvt hotline" to report the problem and arrange for a new transmission. We have been told by the dealership that it will be replaced but that Nissan is the hold up. It is extremely unfortunate that a car manufacturing company can get away with this and force customer to wait for a resolution when they know (and have known for years) that there is a problem. I sincerely hope that there will be a push by our government to resolve this ongoing problem with Nissan and possibly a very large fine for Nissan's deceptive practices by denying this problem, based on other people's reports who had reported this same cvt transmission problem dating as far back as 2003.

- New Albany, MS, USA

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