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No one appears to have a handle on the numbers, but more than a few owners are registering the same complaint about the CVT-equipped 2013 Nissan Pathfinder: that it "shudders" and loses power when accelerating from a standstill or at low speeds. According to posters at places like Pathfinder Talk, Edmunds, Auto Recalls for Consumers and About Automobile, it happens between about 20 to 40 miles per hour, the sensation is described as being like "driving over a rumble strip" and the power loss occurs for about three to four seconds.

ABC 13 in Houston rode with Pathfinder owner Marlise Holzworth to experience the issue, Holzworth saying that it feels like her vehicle is about to stop when the shudder occurs. Nissan responded to the report, saying that, "A new part has been developed for 2013 Pathfinders that exhibit symptoms similar to those Ms. Holzworth describes. The necessary part should be available at Nissan dealers in June."

Likewise, according to a post on the PathfinderTalk forum, user Krsin97 was informed by a Nissan engineer in April that "[We] are aware of the problem and Nissan is working on update that will come out at the end of June to eliminate the problem."

We've reached out to Nissan for comment but haven't heard anything as of this writing. You can watch the ABC report in the video below.

UPDATE: Nissan officials emailed with us, just after this story had been published yesterday afternoon. In the email Nissan stated, "Our Consumer Affairs team has been in touch with the customer and will advise her on timing for having the vehicle serviced." Beyond that, the company stands by the statements made to ABC 13.



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      Owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own the new Nissan Pathfinder. The company issued a recall 2 months ago about this issue. There was a software change and an extended break in period. I have 6,000 miles on my vehicle and havent experienced the issue since. The transmission seems to be getting better with more mileage. I will admit that i dont tow anything. I couldn't imagine that with a vehicle of this type anyway. I would've bought something else. I'll be interested to see what this new "part" is.
      • 2 Years Ago
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          kontroll
          • 2 Years Ago
          probably better than your asian garbage like this one.
          • 2 Years Ago
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        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        the cars are made here in usa, not inn japan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
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          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          yea like incorrect tire pressure, that engineering fault.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always shudder a bit when I see one of those too.
      macutty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad that they turned a great SUV in to pretty much a mini-van. Big fail Nissan. Big fail.
      MrCubs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't surprise me. I had a 2005 Pathfinder that had the same issue. Complained to Nissan for 4 yrs straight and all they could say was to repair out of pocket and they would "see" if they can refund a portion of expense. Really frustrating. Turns out there are tons of sites online with people reporting same issue but Nissan refused to recall or correct issue. The transmission wasn't CVT but the coolant fluid for the tranny would leak into it causing same symptoms. I'm glad i went with Toyota.
        carboy55
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MrCubs
        2005 Pathfinder had completely different transmission and engine. Besides that, you\'re spot on.
        michigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MrCubs
        That is not even close to being the same issue
      JDM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carguy is right, the CVT is garbage. I am not sure what Nissan was thinking by putting a CVT in an SUV. This is clearly not just a pathfinder issue. It appears to be their new CVT 8 used in the Altima as well. Just read the complaints here: http://www.aboutautomobile.com/Complaint/2013/Nissan
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JDM
        subaru use the same CVT8 and also mitsubishi, and there are nissan vehicle all over the world that use them,so how they do not have that issue in china, japan and europe and australia, the problem is bigger than just the CVT, nissan plant in USA just recently conducted a survey with help of external source, and when it came to fit and finish and quality, usa perform the worst scoring 2.3 out of 5, nissan USA have a quality problem and it seem to be getting worst and the dealers are getting worst too. if you do not believe google nissan plant quality and see they have this problem from 2004.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          nissan has develop a three point training and start conducting some training in eye/hand coordination and some more basic training.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          they said it was both plants, the pathfinder and infiniti JX makes at one, that is why infiniti Q50 will be made in japan plant because they got a 5 in the audit. cannot find back that article with the audit but here or some discussion on nissan quality problem. http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130520/CARNEWS/130529999 http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111011/CARNEWS/111019983
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          to show how bad the usa plant score recently nissan have a recall for incorrect tire pressure in a spare tire, oh really!!.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          Links???
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          to show how bad the usa plant score recently nissan have a recall for incorrect tire pressure in a spare tire, oh really!!.
          John Montgomery
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          Which plant?
      Henry
      • 2 Years Ago
      I stand by what I said about Nissan with their decisions lately. They are cheapening their products both in design and quality and it will come back to bite them in the butt sooner than later. Most of their products made here in the states have several issues. My wife's Armada being an example. I am very disappointed. Nissan is letting their customers down. Mr. Ghosn and his cost cutting measures like I stated before will do an irreparable damage to the Nissan brand and it seems that they are well on their way. If it's not one thing, it's another and I am getting tired of it. I was waiting for the new Pathfinder to bow because I need a new family vehicle to augment the Armada but I was, and still is, disappointed with the direction they took on this Pathfinder. I voiced my displeasure then, and I am voicing it again now. As a result, I visited a Toyota dealership over the holiday weekend but did not like the options available. I will wait to see the upcoming Highlander to see if it's a better choice based on what I was told at the dealership. It's simple a sad turn of events when you can cross shop Nissan Pathfinder with the Toyota Highlander. Never thought that would happen in my wildest dreams.
        Cruising
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Henry
        " Most of their products made here in the states have several issues." But but, we Americans need them jobs. Only we can build quality Japanese cars. LOL
      Chris Burns
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn\'t know Nissan was using Ford\'s EcoBoost lol
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Nissan quality. I can\'t believe people still buy them.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scr
        the nissan are build in usa pathfinder and infiniti JX , and nissan internal audit give the usa plant a 2.3 out of 5 make it the worst performance, out of all the factory it owns,when it come to quality and reliability. So I guess we are looking in a mirror, our men perform bad, the vehicle will turn out bad. That why all infiniti Q50 will be made in Japan.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          they will be build in japan only all infinti Q50 will. http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2013/_STORY/130514-01-e.html And I donot know why the down vote Jd power carry out the audit , usa is ranked 2.3, europe 2.5 and japan got 5
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          nissan will build a transmission plant that will be operated by Jatco, to make 8 speed trans, not a car manufacture.
      550PlusX5
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this affects a total of maybe 5 customers in the entire world ????
      iscussion
      • 2 Years Ago
      in 3..2..1.. 50 responses from carguy about CVTs
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iscussion
        the altima use the same CVt, it is not a cvt problem, as the nissan spoke person state it is a part that is causing the issue On Tuesday, the company told us, "A new part has been developed for 2013 Pathfinders that exhibit symptoms similar to those Ms. Holzworth describes. The necessary part should be available at Nissan dealers in June."
          Joey Franklin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          We have replaced a few of the 13 Altima CVT\'s also already, looking forward to seeing what single \"part\" fixes the problem.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          why you not tell us, nissan internal audits show that the vehicle that are build in usa have the poorest quality and dependability compare to the ones build in japan, J D power confirm this, that the factory workers performance is below standard, nissan vehicle build in europe and japan even china, have better fit and finish, it not just engineer problem, but jobs are need in USA, but workers performance is below par. A to make matters worst dealers performance is below par.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          why you not tell us, nissan internal audits show that the vehicle that are build in usa have the poorest quality and dependability compare to the ones build in japan, J D power confirm this, that the factory workers performance is below standard, nissan vehicle build in europe and japan even china, have better fit and finish, it not just engineer problem, but jobs are need in USA, but workers performance is below par. A to make matters worst dealers performance is below par.
          Brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          I don't hate Nissan though.
          Brandon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chanonissan
          @chanonissan, are you sure it isn't just Nissan in general?
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iscussion
        I mean, he's right. CVT's are trash. I don't think it is worth bleating about post after post but it is still a fact.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iscussion
        is it to do with the CVT though?....
          Joey Franklin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Yes we have replaced a few of them already at the dealership i work at. I like selling the accessory hitches because i know we will get to do a transmission on those eventually.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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      Paulevalence
      • 2 Years Ago
      my family has been a nissan one for a while now, but when it came to car shopping this year we made the switch to toyota because nissan only offers CVTs on most of their new vehicles. 1992 240sx (me) 1995 Hardbody truck (father) 1996 240sx (sister) 1999 Quest (road trip/utility vehicle) 2012 Camry (mother) as you can see we keep our vehicles for a while.. so long-term durability is very important to us
        carboy55
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paulevalence
        Obviously, durability is much more import than pride. You\'ve gone from owning car lovers cars to appliances. Congrats. Your cajones are by the door at the Toyota dealer.
          Paulevalence
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          lol, honestly I'm the only "car lover" in the family. my sister wants something cute, father wants something reliable and easy to work on, mother something comfortable. the current car at the top of next car list is the fr-s/brz, but I can't justify the price for for the lack of performance improvement. My 240 has over 200k miles on it and still runs strong with regular auto X events. maybe I'll bite when/if they end up coming out with a BRZ STI
          John Montgomery
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          @carlittleboy55, Obviously you\'re an idiot.
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