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With this iteration, the long-running Pathfinder was transformed from a truck-based workhorse into a softer, gentler, car-based SUV with three rows and seven seats. The enlarged interior and easier access moved it closer to a family-friendly minivan substitute. But we found the Pathfinder to be a little too much like a minivan.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
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2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2012
NA
2013
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2015
2016
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2018
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
2002
2003
2004
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2005
2006
2007
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2008
2009
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2010
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2011
2012
2013
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2015
2016
2017
2018
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available from 1999, standard from 2003. Head protection air bags available from 2003, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2005.
Road Test

With this iteration, the long-running Pathfinder was transformed from a truck-based workhorse into a softer, gentler, car-based SUV with three rows and seven seats. The enlarged interior and easier access moved it closer to a family-friendly minivan substitute. But we found the Pathfinder to be a little too much like a minivan. It's practical but really boring to drive and no longer capable of the off-road ruggedness and substantial towing capacity of the old vehicle.

While it handles most of the everyday-driving basics pretty well, the Pathfinder doesn't stand out from the pack. It has a pretty good ride, decent power and straightforward controls. The second row can slide forward to clear a path to the third row. Kids will probably like the two-person third row seating just fine. Adults won't be comfortable there though, so this isn't a great choice for car-pooling grownups. Furthermore, mounting child seats can be a bit of a chore.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Nissan Pathfinder owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Left stranded after blowing transmission cooler line. Time I realized it the transmission was very hot and smoking. It was towed into dealer and repaired. They claim there was no harm done to transmission. I guess I must wait and see”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

“Transmission locked in park. They had to replace the inter lock mechanism”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Gear selector kept sticking. Spent roughly $650 for repair”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“VIBRATION/PULSATING SHIFTING UP FROM LOW SPEEDS”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

“Sloppy CVT shifts to equivalent high gear, going downhill car/tran studdered; no hold back engine brake. After detailed discussion with Nissan in Nashville, dealer was told how to fix problem. Prior, dealer would not respond to issue. Vehicle accelerates properly now without over reving and going no where”

Becky P., TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Right out of the gate we noticed that the car would not shift well and was rough to go up any incline or around some sharp turns”

Ken J., UT (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“the CVT tranny st-udders under mild acceleration . The dealer reprogramed it and it is worse!”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“It vibrates at times going up an a hill at a slow speed as if it it is not sure which gear to select”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Car periodically shutters when going up hills, turning corners, and straight at low speeds. Took car into dealer numerous times and they can not duplicate the problem on hill and straight. They said it was O.K. to shutter when turning corners”

D N., TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“At low speeds the transmission slips when accelerating”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“NOTICED THE TRANSMISSION TO BE NOT WORKING PROPERLY”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Step on the gas and nothing happens, occasionally. Had something to due with the brake switch and the torque convertor”

C T., NJ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission was replaced 08/13 and it now stutters and Nissan mechanic said I would "just have to live with it" as there is no fix”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“This past year the transmission does not respond intermittently. When u slow down and step on the gas the car does not respond. At times it will not kick into passing mode.. Must take your foot of the gas a few times and step on it for it to go”

C T., NJ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Recall has hopefully fixed it”

Ed L., CA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“OCCURS AT LOW SPEED. feels LIKE SLIPPAGE/NOT SHIFTING PROPERLY OR TOO LOW RPMS. Usually happens when turning or starting up hill. can overcome by manually shirting into low. Have recall notice for CVT software upgrade”

Anonymous, MS (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“WHEN STARTING FROM A DEAD STOP THE TRANSMISSION SLIPS OR SHUDDERS LIKE WHEN YOU HIT THE RUMBLE STRIPS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.THIS OCCURS AT BEWEEN 18-23 MPH DURING ACCELERATION. DOSE NOT HAPPEN IF TRANS IS TAKEN OUT OF OVER DRIVE RPM ARE HELD ABOVE”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission was replaced with ~5000 miles. The transmission computer was replaced and reprogrammed ~10,000 miles. Since then the transmission has become much more reliable but incidents still occur”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission started shuddering at 8,000 miles. At 20,000 miles the car became undriveable and we took it in and were told we needed a new transmission. The mechanic said that some Pathfinders needed a 2nd and even 3rd transmission replacement”

Todd M., OR (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Shuddering under load (hills) when starting to move. Dealer visit 3 times, last time under recall, replaced portion on transmission related to issue, covered under warranty”

Todd S., CA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“CVY transmission has rough spot (chudder) around 1,800 rpm”

Mike S., KY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“seemed to be between gears however it is a cvt. Eventually problem fixed after many months and visits with computer updates”

D M., PE (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“When slowing to a yield and accelerating again the gear wouldn't switch out of overdrive causing an extreme shaking. The only way to get it to switch is to turn of OD or floor it”

Patrick W., FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Even though there have been many transmissions replaced...mine was not "bad enough"...so I am living with the problem”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“needed an update from the company”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Would not shift in 4wd”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Vehicle would judder on acceleration dealer replaced valve body under warranty. Now it runs find”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced the torque converter because nissan was at a loss as to what the problem is or how to fix it”

Jeffery E., NC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Recall issue”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“I have had two transmissions replaced. The second just happened this week”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“TRANSMISSION MODULE NEEDED TO BE REPLACED”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission experienced "shift" issues within the first 10,000 miles. The CVT system was reprogrammed several times. The transmission was eventually replaced in April of 2016. This has resolved the issues”

David H., KY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“We took our Nissan in for an oil change, and we were told they needed to replace the entire transmission. There was a recall. I appreciate the pro-active approach, but it is disconcerting to learn the transmission is not reliable. They warranted the replacement transmission for 12 months only...really?”

Richard B., SC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission failed very early for this vehicle. A local automotive repair shop pinpointed the problem and the dealer took two tries to get it right. The work was covered under warranty”

Robert S., VA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“4 wheel drive would not stay engaged. Upon inspection, service department determined that the CVT assembly needed replacement. Was replaced under warranty”

James D., CA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“We bought this pathfinder new and love it. The bummer is that it has had to have the transmission replaced three times. We fall into the category of being included in a class action law matter that is not yet settled”

Ken J., UT (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Installed 5 rebuilt transmissions in the last 18 months, due to "judder"; vehicle is dangerous, fails to accelerate when making turns”

Jeffery E., NC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“Had to have the transmission replaced after one month of ownership”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle surges.at low speeds and at 40 to 45 mph ,also it jumps out of overdrive at times. Replacement did not fix problem”

Henry W., FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“it just fsailed”

Robert G., NV (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“transmission had problems from the start. kingston nisson dealer said vehicle was ok. after numerous times in the shop at 7000 miles they replaced the transmission”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Experienced "shuddering" at slow speeds upon acceleration and randomly at speeds 20-40mph, car felt as if it would turn off”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Nissan ended up replacing the transmission, transfer case, and resetting a computer after multiple visits”

Thomas B., NH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission shuddered at low speeds. Nissan tried to fix initially by replacing a part, but that didn't fix the problem Transmission was replaced under warranty and I have had no problems since”

Lynn R., WA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission began to slip when car was 3 months old”

Peter B., NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission replaced after 1500 miles due to slippage. Second transmission installed after 3600 miles due to slippage. NO problems since second transmission installed”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission started shuddering at 8,000 miles. At 20,000 miles the car became undriveable and we took it in and were told we needed a new transmission. The mechanic said that some Pathfinders needed a 2nd and even 3rd transmission replacement”

Todd M., OR (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Plagued by transmission shutter that was attempted to be fixed via reprogramming of the transmission computer. Then began experiencing the transmission completely missing when turning or attempting to accelerate from a stop or a slow turn. It was as”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“The trim above the handle to open is not sturdy enough when open the rear door, it broke and fell off,”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder S 3.5-L V6)

“Poor design as to how it is attached to car”

Anonymous, SD (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Moulding under luggage rack came loose causing noise problems. Told there had been a bulletin about same. The trim was replaced with moulding that came closer to front of car and fixed problem. Dealer covered this as warranty work”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Roof rubber trim comes loose. Replaced by dealer 2x. Still comes loose after a few months”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“roof rack rails keep breakingoff”

Robert G., NV (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Dealer failed to fix after 2 visits to dealership”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“A piece of molding came off. Contacted dealer and found out it was a recall item but we had not been notified. Dealer installed new molding. Splash guard cracked at connection point to vehicle. Have not contacted dealer yet”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Roof rack water channel dislodge from vehicle”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Exterior weather stripping failed and started pealing away. Had to be replaced twice by dealership under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“noise everytime drove car. Took them 3 tries to fix it--busted seal”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Both roof rack moldings failed and were replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“the problem is the paint. Seems soft and scratches very easily”

Juliette B., BC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“the small rubber moulding underneath the roofrack was split and would come out at highway speed. The dealer eventually replaced it”

Todd D., AB (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Paint has many chips, especially on the front and hood. Contacted dealer, they responded that this is due to the type of paint on this vehicle. Will not buy Nissan again, my 15 yr old Toyota has less paint chips. This is very poor paint quality”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Not a very good paint job or reliance”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“WIthin months of bringing the car home, the driver side door paint was bubbling off and rust was there. They fixed it under warranty, but it gives me concern for the rest of the car”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Paint cracked and lifted on front bumper above wheel wells”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“I had problems with rail dust embedded in the paint starting to rust on the tail gate and rear of the vehicle. I had to deal direct with Nissan CA to get it addressed as the dealership refused to do anything about it”

Todd D., AB (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“There are several areas of rust near the window in the rear hatch. The rust is not caused by any paint damage (i.e. stones or dents)”

Mark M., OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Bubbling...rust on hood edge”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“All of the gauges went "dead". We could not tell how fast we were going, how much gas was in the tank. It was determined to be fuse related”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Brake lights light even if the brake isn't depressed, including when the car is turned off”

Chad W., NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Bulbs don't last long”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Randomly won't link to key fob, even with new battery”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Intermittent "incorrect Key ID" Eventually would start. Had reprogrammed at dealer”

Anonymous, MS (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“remote start does not always work”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

“It was drawing electricity from the battery when vehicle was turned off. Battery would be dead if not driven for a week”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Rear heated seats stopped working”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“light blube running light blub inter floor”

Alan T., MN (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“did not work properly”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“low windshield washer fluid light on and door kick plate light burnt out”

Dave M., IL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“wiper transmission failure”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Intermittent problem viewing images on rear camera. Image would shaky and have lines running through the image”

Ed Z., MD (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Backup camera flickers and sometimes hard to see in sun, even after recall repairs”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Every few months, I lose the programs i have on the buttons”

Gerald W., FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Maps show streets but no names of streets. This ocurrs in areas that previously showed the names until upgraded software was installed. This problem happens sporaticallly throughout the town we live in. Nissan says the system is working as designed”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)

“automatically changes from just a map display to a voice guided display in a foreign language”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Gps shut down completely on several occasions”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“The system will play movie and then shut off randomly. They cannot fix the problem. We don't use it now. Frustrating since we got it for long trips”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

“When it is time to give the number for the address, it doesn't respond to it”

Gerald W., FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Roof seals along roof line detaches itself, required a new design”

Roger E., FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“At the bottom of each door is a black plastic molded bumper that is attached by plastic clips. These bumpers rattle at high speeds (65) mph and sound as though there is a flat tire. there is no adjustment to tighten these units”

Roger E., FL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“The back hatch makes a loud popping noise when you open it”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Tire noise and general motoring wind noise at high interstate speeds. Sound comes mainly from the rear two passenger doors. I have noticed that the rear two doors sound tinny when closed compared to the two forward doors. It is as if there isn't any insulation in the rear. The dealer has no response”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Whistling sound required replacement of windshield,”

John C., TN (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Initially the vehicle did not produce any wind noise at highway speeds. At about 10,000 miles the rear doors, especially the right rear passenger door, began producing tire noise, especially if pavement is wet. Noise causes difficulty in carrying o”

Becky P., TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Above 60mph. Noise from rear window, dependent on wind direction”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“The Pathfinder front passenger door has a leak somewhere allowing rain /washing water to enter the cavity of door interior. Water remains in door until the door is opened for access. Then through the doors forward drain hole a considerable amount o”

Becky P., TX (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“After doing a check on fluids, after an oil change, at the dealer, I would discover the power steering reservoir empty. The dealer service people seemed not to have noticed. I took it to the repair area, for inspection. They finally addressed it, b”

J B., OK (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Leaked power steering fluid, took it into the dealership and at first they advised they did not see it but after I showed them numerous photos I took of the leaks the found it and fixed it”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Damaged at 12,000 miles. Replaced by Dealer”

Luis R., PR (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“The rear shock fail at 25000 and were replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Left rear shock leaking oil”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“They are unable to resolve the vibration in the steering wheel from driving over rough pavement. They replaced one strut and that seem to settle the issue down but then when it came back they did nothing for it”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearing had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

“The parking brake would not hold the car even on a mild hill. This occurred about two years of ownership. The dealer still did not fix it”

Robert S., VA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“premature brake wear & dealer told us this premature wear was "normal" on the pathfinder ?!”

Anonymous, CT (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“rear brake pads needed replacing at 30K miles; no trailering or heavy brake use”

Steve B., MA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Required new rear brake pads at 65,000 kms. Most miles on the car were highway miles not city traffic miles”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

“car wouldnt excelerate because of braking swith”

Michael M., MA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

“a manufactured problem which the dealership corrected shortly after purchase”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

“The dealer did not check for any leaks. They just said it would cost us around $500 to look at it. They then told us to run the heat on high to dry out all the leaves and this should take care of the problem. I took it to Firestone and they flushed the refrigerant and recharged and it works fine”

Mark B., OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Air conditioning failed at 51,000 km with no cooling at all and after repair failed again at 68,000 km, again just blowing hot air”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Setting the temperature was not accurate. Nissan US told me that there was nothing they could do about the problem. Will not purchase another NIssan”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“Would not come on”

Michelle W., NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Rear heated seat system failed. Quick repair, but necessary to function”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Door mechanism broke just after the warranty expired”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Hood vibrates when traveling at high speeds on windy days. Recall service work again performed and did not solve problem. Appears to caused by lack of cross brace being used”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

“The button to open is located in handle and plastic broke. the back trim also fell off. Poor design”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder S 3.5-L V6)

“Tailgate would not open”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“axle snapped backing out of a parking space”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“transmission (CVT) was jerky and needed replacement”

Steve B., MA (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“The vehicle would vibrate as though the transmission was going to fall out of the car”

Thomas B., NH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“In the 30 to 40 mph range starting up from a stopped position there can be a jerk. This doen't happen all the time. Had it to dealer once but as is so often the case it did not happen then. Transmission recall work performed but did not fix issue”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“I experienced a loud rattling in conjunction with a failure of the cooling system electric fan motors. The net result was a replacement of the heat shield as well as the fans. This Repair was over $1500 and was not covered by any warranty”

David H., KY (2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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