2013 Nissan Pathfinder Shuddering, Losing Power

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Shuddering, Losing Power

Owners of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are reporting issues with their new crossovers described as “shuddering” and a sudden loss of power.

Some owners have taken their vehicles back to their dealerships with one mechanic’s report saying the vehicle was hesitant upon acceleration from a stop. The Japanese automaker has been contacted in regards to the issue and hopes to have a fix in June.

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Currently, Nissan is telling owners that the vehicle is safe to drive, but owners experiencing the issues disagree. Some owners are so concerned that they’re negotiating a buyback with their dealerships, which is understandable considering some have fewer than 1,000 miles before exhibiting the problems.

The shuddering sensation is being described by some forum members as “driving over a rumble strip” and typically occurs between 20 to 40 mph and the power loss lasts for three to four seconds.

GALLERY: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder


[Source: ABC 13 Houston]

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  • Happygma

    NOPE, not fixed yet! We a new 2013 Pathfinder on June 6th, 3 days later it began shuttering. We took the car back to the dealership and were told that the Torque Converter had been recalled. After waiting 2 wks to get the part in and fixed, we picked it up. Within 18 hrs the same problem was happening. We took it back and they determined it was the transmission. We were told they would reppace it with a new one. Upon picking it up for the 2nd time, we noticed that the invoice said it was a “reman” part. Needless to say, we are extremely frustrated. The dealership has bent over backwards to help us, but we are not having much luck with the Executive offices addressing this very seriously. Did you ever reach any satisfaction?

  • Bill

    I had the torque converter replaced on my 2013 pathfinder in July. The shudder was ther after driving 76km from the dealer.

  • Kevin

    The newest Pathfinder supposedly averages 22-23 mpg, for a regular-gas version. Fairly popular to start, but I’ve heard about quality issues popping up so suddenly.

  • Moderate Dave

    I have a 2013 Pathfinder, total times into the shop…nine, fourth time on the transmission they replaced it. We had it for three day and at 5400 RPM we were rolling along at 41 mph, that’s it for over forty seconds. this could be repeated several times.
    When I had the high rpm an low mph issue, it did not matter how hard you pressed on the gas, I was on a 65 mph highway.
    I will now pursue the lemon law and once accomplished will post video of it all.