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2013 Nissan Pathfinder repairs by problem area

Engine (6%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (33%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (7%)

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (3%)

$100 - $499 (3%)

< $100 (94%)

Chart based on 34 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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22000 mi Car hesitates and does not go in stop & go traffic. Then when you push harder on the accelerator it jumps and you just about hit the car in front of you. They had it 8 days to drive it wherever they want but said can't find anything wrong. 

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

260-horsepower 3.5L V6 CVT FWD

29400 mi Transmission still has a problem. 
26700 mi

US $500
The transmission would not shift beyond first gear. 
13000 mi where transmission and trans axle join together the seal was leaking fluid 
51300 mi CVT judder and grinding 
53700 mi Transaxle replacement under warranty 
10621 mi

US $350
1st repair for car shudder at low speeds. Dealer reprogrammed automatic transmission control unit. Did not fix problem. 
16000 mi 2nd visit for car shuddering at slow speeds and hesitation when pressing accelerator. Dealer replaced torque converter. Did not fix problem. Car still studdered. 3rd trip to repair car shuddering at slow speeds and hesitation during acceleration. Dealer replaced transmission. Shuddering problem better but not gone. Hesitation during acceleration worse. 
20000 mi After approximately 7,000 miles on the second transmission. Shuttering problem started again just like the first transmission. Took car back to dealer and traded for a different car. Got rid of the problem for good. 
2000 mi Service bulletin for jittery start. A software update was required. Had problem again, this time dealer couldn't replicate. Hasn't happened again in last few days. 

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

260-horsepower 3.5L V6 CVT 4WD

79000 mi The transmission will lose power when accelerating. Its a known issue with the Nissan CVT. The problem has occured since about 40K miles, unfortunately Nissan considers it out of warranty and will not repair. 
92000 mi CVT hesitates in lower gears. Dealer says it feels normal for a CVT transmission. I can and will have a non dealer look into it. Nissan has many issues with the CVT in the heavier vehicles. Nissan has recalled may CVT's but the 2013 model year has not been included in the recalls. They have also extended the warranty for past CVT's to almost double their initial standard transmission warranty. Again, the 2013 pathfinder has not been included in the extensions 
97000 mi

US $94
There have been numerous issues that were noticed relating to the CVT transmission. The transmission would hesitate at times or would shift very hard. It was brought into the dealer multiple times each time only to be told it was a programming issue. In March of this year it was brought in again and they were told the transmission was lugging like it had slack in a belt in the transmission. This description now qualified the transmission to be taken apart at which point it was replaced under warranty. The manufacturer has a recall on the 2013 pathfinder transmissions but will only "replace" the transmission if it meets a specific criteria. Nissan has recalled many other CVT transmissions but the 2013 Pathfinder was excluded. If your vehicle is shifting hard, seem sluggish at slow speeds when coasting and turning into a driveway, have them look at it and ask about the recent recall that began in early 2017 
97000 mi

US $47
My pathfinder was making a loud popping sound in the back end that I had associated to the drivetrain. The sound was apparent when applying the gas and turning. It was taken to the dealer at which point they said the sound was due to "after market break pads". This was not the case, I took it to a local mechanic who listened to it and determined it was coming from the linkage that is engaged for the all wheel drive system. He then looked up service recall bulletins and found that there was a bulletin relating to the "electric controlled coupling" which engages when the car is in all wheel drive. The bulletin called for the coupling to be replaced. This is an expensive part costing aprox $1,100.00 for the coupling only exclusive of labor. My vehicle was originally a lease that i had and I purchased it at the end of the lease. I also purchased the extended warranty, premium level. The labor and parts were covered under the extended warranty. 
6000 mi Car shudders, feels like it's going to stall sometimes when making a slow left turn. Problem did not occur when I had it to the shop. Therefore, nothing was done. It still has this periodic issue. 
10000 mi Car continues to shudder when moving slowly under load. It's like the CVT is hunting for the proper ratio, but it feels like the engine will stall (it hasn't stalled).. 
14000 mi Car continues to shudder when a light throttle is applied. This is the third time in the shop for this issue, it seems to be getting worse. This time, like the other two times, the dealer could not replicate the issue. 
14000 mi Transmission shuddering was getting worse. After 5 trips to the dealer where they "could not replicate" we finally ask them to buy the car back because it was becoming a safety concern. 
50060 mi transfer case needed replacing 
4000 mi Dealer replaced torque convertor 
3500 mi Replaced torque converter due to CVT shudder 
36600 mi Dealer found a computer code that the transmission may fail. Nissan dealer replaced the whole transmission under warranty 
51000 mi Transmission leaked. Several parts near it replaced. 
81000 mi CVT transmission replacement for the third time. 
9920 mi CVT transmission shuddered as I turned around a corner. It did it again on a straight road and then again on an incline. Dealer gave me a loaner while they tried to recreate the problem. Service dept said they flashed the transmission md 
11000 mi Car would shudder / judder / shake at low speeds under light throttle. Transmission reprogrammed, torque converter replaced. 
13600 mi Judder returned the next day. Transmission replaced due to judder. Software was updated and the transmission seems to delay the lock up a bit longer to avoid judder. 
2000 mi Transmission blew up after a short drive. Engine compartment smoking to the point I thought it was an engine fire, and transmission fluid leaked all over the driveway. Had vehicle towed to the dealership and tranny had to be replaced.... 
2000 mi Trying to drive out of driveway, car lost all drive power, and engine started misfiring. All warning lights lit up on dashboard, and car subsequently stalled out and would not restart. 
7500 mi Vehicle exhibits shudder at light throttle, low speed intermittently. Dealer replaced torque converter. Subsequently, found transmission leak, dealer corrected. 
33000 mi Whine noise, transmission bad per dealer. 
26200 mi Replace CVT, 
48000 mi Transfer case had to be replaced. 
2000 mi Car intermittently rumbles for a second or two at low speeds, as though driving over a rumble strip. 
5100 mi Technical Service Bulletin required torque converter be replaced and transmission reprogrammed. Reprogram (done in June) was incorrect. Had to be redone. 
4340 mi Vehicle shuddered at low speed. Felt like going over rumble strips. Nissan has fix for torque converter and this problem. Dealership has replaced this vehicle for me with another Pathfinder of the same model. 
4200 mi Car shudders severely when attempting to maintain low speed. This trip was to diagnose problem only. Dealer is ordering a replacement transmission. 
4600 mi Replaced transmission 
18300 mi Intermittent low-speed shudder/loss of power. Dealer reprogrammed per TSB but said transmission would have to be replaced if it continues to happen. 
29500 mi CVT recall 
32700 mi Car shudders occasionally at low speeds despite multiple reprogramming. Shuddered a lot going up a steep hill at low speed. Transmission replaced. Also replaced drive axle and passenger side CV due to installation error. 
34900 mi New transmission was installed. Afterwards car was leaking transmission fluid, especially when parked on an incline. Faulty tranny installation (seal) was corrected.  

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