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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1

Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 45 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 06/04/2015

Purchased pre owned 2014 Nissan Pathfinder sl 4x4 wit 30,000 miles from serra visser cullman, al Nissan dealer in may 2015. Shortly after purchase noticed passenger air bag light would malfunction (meaning showing that it was off) when someone was sitting in passenger seat. Even when no one was sitting in seat it would show air ag was active when it should be turned off. Took to same service dept. I bought vehicle from. They ran diagnostics and said vehicle was functioning as it should and to basically ignore light. I was told "trust me your air bag will activate". Now vehicle has 37,100 miles and starting to notice the cvt transmission will shudder/judder at certain speeds. Take for instance yesterday between 20-25 mph the vehicle just started to jerk significantly. Took to serra visser Nissan in cullman and they said that there was a technical service bulletin out on the problem and that it needs reprogrammed. The cost was 105 at my expense. I declined because this should fall under the power train warranty and proceeded to call Nissan consumer affairs hotline to open case about issues. I have researched online and have read hundreds of complaints about the same exact problems. It seems that none of the reprogramming, replacing transmissions, torque converters even solves the problem. Ive even read where it is a design flaw in transmission. I'm hoping they put a recall out for these issues or by back vehicles. I dont feel safe in it and certainly dont believe owners should pay to have any of these issues resolved.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 2
Failure Date: 03/02/2015

Issues with the transmission. Began with radiator issues. Come to find out, there has been many issues with coolant mixing into places it shouldn't. Then the torque converter went out, and now the safety neutral switch and valve body. Very short engineering and problem after problem obviously known to Nissan but no recalls reported.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 10/21/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at 40 mph, the vehicle shifted gears without warning. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque convertor and radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 148,145.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

Bought 2014 Pathfinder in 12/2013. Noticed transmission vibration and shudder during long trip and upon return complained to dealer. I had not heard of this problem in other Nissan vehicles so was unaware. Took vehicle to dealer who did test drive, but said could not duplicate, but said problem was with continuously variable transmission (cvt) torque converter. Offered no remedy. I do not feel secure in traffic as do not know if transmission is damaged by shuddering. Nissan did a cvt reprogram to improve transmission diagnostic and service, but I do not know what this does to improve performance of transmission. Nissan will tell me nothing. I am requesting a cvt recall by NHTSA to facilitate necessary repairs as it I regard the unit a safety hazard.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 03/15/2014

While turning in traffic vehicle shutters and loses power. Also loses power while moving 25-30 mph in stop and go traffic. Took the vehicle to Nissan after it only had appoximately 400 miles on the odometer and they replaced the transmission and torque converter. After about a two weeks the vehicle started having the same problems and I took it back in. They have now had my vehicle since 3/31/14 and is still currently at the shop as of 4/25/14. Nissan service manager stated its a problem that he feels Nissan has yet to sort out. This is a safety issue and I hope you will step in and make Nissan accountable for this problem.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 02/01/2014

2014 Nissan Pathfinder purchased 12/31/2013. Transmission acted odd within first month of ownership, but was told it takes some time to get use to the cvt. Accepted the judder for about a year, as it was only occurring during slow speeds in parking lots. Had a couple close calls in the spring of 2015, where the transmission shook violently and the car was stalling in intersections. Dealer said they needed to flash the computer to fix the problem. Wife drove the car 9/15 (12,000 miles on odometer), car continued to judder, so we took it back to the dealership. Dealership unable to replicate. Service manager said that they know there is an issue, but until the computer throws a fault code, they are not authorized to perform work. I called Nissan na, they didn't really care, said that the regional rep would call at some point. 9/17, service rep called and said they still cannot find a code, asked that I pick it up and continually drive it in the condition that creates the judder and force the car to throw a code so they can work on a fix. Purchase new, two times in the shop, two more and I will pursue state lemon law. Outstanding dealership and service manager support, but their hands are tied on this one. Bottom line is that the Nissan corporation knows there is a problem, but refuses to fix. The safety of my family and other occupants in the vehicle is not important. Severe injury or death, as the result of loss of power is not enough to fix. Evidently the $4000. 00 for a new transmission and torque converter is more valuable than my families life. Who says you cannot put a price on human life, Nissan does.

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Failure Date: 01/03/2014

At 30 miles the car starter jerkings and shudder loose power shaking a lot have to pull over for not have an accident take the car to the dealer to issue the problem for 3 times already,fix the torque converter,reprogram the computer,the last time I took it to the dealer they did it find nothing wrong but the problems is there,can't be with this car all my life like that,Nissan have to find the problem to fix this.

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Failure Date: 12/05/2013

I purchased a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder the day before thanksgiving (2013). Almost immediately, I noticed a shudder (jutter) when accelerating from low speeds. The car loses power during acceleration and a strong vibration/shaking (shudder) is felt. I returned the car to the service department and was told that the transmission had to be reset. Less than one week after this procedure (Dec. 2013) was done the shudder returned. In Jan. 2014 the service department replaced the torque converter. By Feb. The shudder had returned yet again. As of April 19, 2014 the car continues to shudder upon acceleration and has yet to be repaired because the service computer only shows "minor" error codes and technicians have been unable to duplicate the severe shudder. The vehicle is unsafe to drive as it loses power upon acceleration. This is my 3rd purchase from Nissan. I have a tremendous amount of money invested in this vehicle and Nissan refuses to correct the problem. I have filed a complaint with Nissan, have an open case, but have been unable to speak with the representative because her workday is over promptly at 5 pm and mine is not. I have tried to contact her two dozen times, but my calls go straight to voice mail. It is clear that Nissan has a problem with the cvt transmission used in the 2013 Pathfinders and that they do not stand behind their product. What is it going to take to get Nissan to address this issue? do people have to be hurt or killed because of these defective transmissions, or is going to take a congressional investigation (like gm?) to get Nissan to work with its' owners and correct this problem? why are these vehicles still being sold? Nissan continues to sell these vehicles with defective transmissions to unsuspecting customers who will be burdened with unsafe vehicles which have diminished values with virtually no recourse against this automotive giant.

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Failure Date: 11/07/2013

I bought a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 5/13/13. In November, I felt some vibrations when I would accelerate after slowing down to make a turn. This is now what they refer to as the "shudder" it has continue to get worse. At my service appt I brought it to the attention of the service tech after my oil change, he said it may be because my car was in "auto instead of 2wd" also there was a recall on the abs so they would do reprogram and that would more than likely fix the issue. He said it shouldn't be a big deal and if it continues acting up to let him know at my next oil change. The next time I was due for a service I was forced to go to a different dealership so I asked the service tech if he was familiar or had any other complaints. . . He acted clueless. So 2/26/14 it was acting up very bad, I was forced to go to gastonia because of my job and so I made an appt at the gastonia, nc dealership (which is where I purchased the car). I could not get it to duplicate. Went back to statesville dealership 3/3/14, they did the reprogramming that they said would hopefully fix it, if not they would go to next step which is to replace the torque converter or cvt. The next day, 3/4/13, my car acted up worse than it ever has. I called right then and he said bring it in so we can order parts. After waiting 1. 5 hours, they told me they could not duplicate I would have to bring to drop off. Scheduled appt to leave for 3 days, took it in after it being there one day they called and said I needed to drive it with tech to duplicate. I drove around for an hour it would not act up. I told them I would leave it, until I spoke with Nissan about what to do. It happens randomly and of course it wont happen when its at the dealership. Nissan is fully aware they have an issue and needs to step up and resolve the problem rather than putting Nissan loyal customers through a nightmare!.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 10/22/2013

My 2008 Nissan Pathfinder began shuddering whenever I would coast to 40 mph and then accelerate. I took it into the local Nissan dealership to have the issue checked out. They informed me there was an issue with the torque converter in my transmission that was caused by leakage from the radiator. They said this was evidenced by rust that had formed on my transmission fluid dipstick. They quoted me a repair price of over $4,500 but informed me I would only be responsible for $3,000 due to a class action lawsuit settlement. After researching the issue, I realized that this is a very common problem with Nissans. Further, I'm convinced there was evidence of this issue existing in my vehicle long before I took it in for service. I get my vehicle regularly serviced at the Nissan dealership and had my last oil change there about four months ago. It takes a long time for rust to form - so if there is rust on my transmission fluid dipstick today, then there was probably evidence of the issue just four months ago. It was in Nissan's best interest to not mention the issue to me since they needed me to be over the 90,000 mile mark so that I'm responsible for more of the repair. This is a huge safety issue - imagine what would happen if the transmission fails during my drive to work on the interstate one day. And it's infuriating that Nissan won't correct the issue. I love my Pathfinder and would have been a lifelong Nissan customer, but you better believe I'll never spend another dollar there.

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Failure Date: 10/22/2013

We only had the vehicle a few months when the entire vehicle would begin shuttering when we would turn to the right or when we would accelerate. It would also lose power upon acceleration. We took it in to the dealership at which time they replaced the torque converter. Shortly after receiving the vehicle back it began doing the same thing. We took it back and they replaced the transmission. After receiving it back the second time the problem was gone for a few weeks and then came back again. A specialist from Nissan came to look at the vehicle and had no clue what was wrong with it and recommended we replace the transmission again. I have had my vehicle for 8 months and it has been in the shop a majority of that time. Our passenger side air bag also turns off and Nissan has no way to fix that either. Nissan has given us a few options, all of which entail us either eating thousands of dollars or driving a broken vehicle. Worst experience I have ever had with a vehicle. I will never purchase another Nissan again and would not recommend any Nissan product to any car buyer.

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Failure Date: 10/01/2013

The 2013 and 14 Pathfinder have a faulty cvt transmission that Nissan can't seem to fix. The cvt will "judder" between 18 and 35 mph. It feels like riding over rumble strips. This is a problem as the car can not accelerate during the judder and it is also an unexpected behavior which could cause someone to panic. For instance, if you try to pass or pull out in front of someone, you may find the car not moving. Nissan has tried multiple fixes for this - started with tcm reprogramming, then torque converter replacement, then entire cvt replacement. Many vehicles, like mine, are on their 3rd cvt. Worse, they are replacing them with remanufactured cvts. This is a serious defect that has safety implications. I pulled out in front of an oncoming vehicle with plenty of distance/time if my car was working properly but when my cvt started juddering and my vehicle slowed, I was almost hit.

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Failure Date: 09/26/2013

I purchased my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, less than 6 months ago. We currently have 7100 miles on it. We have not even had our 2nd oil change and I have already had it in the shop 4 times and I have to take it in today for the same issue, dealing with the transmission. At roughly 1000 miles, we took it back to the dealership in knoxville TN due to a studdering when coming to a stop, putting the car in park and when taking off from a stop. We was told this was due to the new transmission in the 2013 and the car was trying to get in the best gear for the most efficient gas mileage. Came time for our 1st oil change at 3500 and we told them to check the studder again and was told that it was due to the transmission, but the computer would correct itself. We took the car back to the dealer at the beginning of sept and was given a rental for 2 days and was told the problem was due to the torque converter and they would replace the part. They also said the fixed the airbag recall at this appointment. After 2 days the part came in and the vehicle was returned in 4 days after the repair. On 9/26/13 the vehicle was still studdering when I came to a red light on a hill. The light turned green and I pressed the gas pedal and the car did not move, but the engine rpm moved. Then the car kicked into gear and moved. I came to another hill and the vehicle was barely able to make it up the hill. I called the dealer and they told me to bring it in on today, 9/27/13 to have it checked again. I am worried about the safety of my family due to these problems in the transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 09/13/2013

I purchased the Nissan Pathfinder on August 5, 2013. Within 2 weeks, the vehicle would shudder when driving between 20-30 miles per hour and suddenly lose power. I tried different types of gasoline without success. I finally brought it back to the dealership on September 13. They said it needed a "sensor in the transmission", they would order the part and I could bring it back the following Wednesday. I brought it in on Wednesday. I was told it would be an all day job. Near the end of the day, I was told that the part didn't fit and they had ordered another one. It would be in the following Monday. They arranged for me to get a rental car. They had the car for another ten days. They called for me to pick it up. While driving back from the rental agency, with the service advisor in the car, it did it again! they did not offer another rental or to take it back and fix it, so I took it home. A week later, the shuddering was so bad, that I took it back in again. They ordered an entirely new transmission (another week to receive the part and install it). (why put a new transmission in a new car that already has a new transmission that had been rebuilt once already when they put in the torque converter?) it makes no sense. Meanwhile, I'm terrified to have to take this car back again.

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Failure Date: 09/05/2013

Intermittent transmission shudder ranging from mild to violent with accompanying decrease of power. Shudder primarily occurs at low speed in the 20-40 mph range but has also occurred at highway speeds when transmission is not shifting. Shudder seems to be caused by a variety of variables including speed and degree of inclination of the road. Loss of power has occurred in potentially dangerous passing situations,took to the dealer 2 times and I already did my 3 times, first reset the computer, second change the torque converter and I know the 3 going to be the transmission change.

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Failure Date: 08/08/2013

Problem 1: we bought the vehicle new in July. After about two weeks the car begin to shudder between 15-20 mph. It feels like we are driving over rumble strips. We took the car to the Nissan dealer where we purchased it. They said there was a campaign for the problem and would order a torque converter. We were told it was on back order. After two and half weeks the part was installed. The day we picked up the car it still had the same issues. We have notified the dealership of the continuing problem. Problem 2: the front passenger side airbag goes on and off randomly, turning off the airbag. We told the dealership when we brought it in for the shuddering. They said it was a weight limit issue and the way we sit. We told them it does it for our son who weighs 90 pounds and that we sit the same way every time. We also told them it does it for me off and on in the same day and that our weight doesn't fluctuate that much in the same day. We were told it tested fine, so it will not need repair. Just this morning I got in the passenger side the light was off, we went into a store and when I got back in the car the light was on. I have told the dealership about this again today.

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Failure Date: 08/05/2013

The incident happened while driving the vehicle home from the dealership upon purchase. The milage on the car at that time was 290 mi. The car went into a bucking/jerking/lunging when we started to accelerate from a 35 mph zone to a 55 mph. Over the next days and weeks it continued to occur while accelerating and also while maintaining consistent highway speeds. It also regularly experienced a rumble strip feel/sound when accelerating off a stop when traveling 20-40 mph. At first it happened every few days but within a month became a nearly daily experience. Nissan acknowledged that it is a problem with the transmission, but have been unable to fix our vehicle after multiple attempts. About a month after owning the veh, they performed a computer update to attempt to fix but the fix failed. A month after that they replaced the torque converter to attempt to fix. That fixed the jerking/bucking/lunging but the rumble strip shudder still persists at random times when accelerating around 20-40 mph. It happens daily for a week or so. . . Sometimes once a day, sometimes multiple times a day. . . Then it won't do it for a week or so. . . Then it returns again in the same pattern. Our vehicle now has about 8200 miles and the problem continues. Nissan has failed to fix our car despite an ongoing transmission problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

The vehicle would shudder and shake violently at low speeds - 17 to 25 mph. I was concerned that it would damage the vehicle and cause motor mounts and other parts to shake loose. I took the vehicle to a dealership in salisbury, MD while I was on vacation and they said they could not duplicate the condition. They sent me on my way with no corrective measures. (yet it did it all the way home) upon returning home I took it back to the dealership where I purchased the car. They were much more supportive and stated they were aware of the problem with 2013 Pathfinders and it would need a new torque converter and be reprogrammed. I left the car with them for over a week and they made the repairs. They stated they did not know if it would correct the problem. Upon getting the car back it no longer shook and vibrated at low speeds but instead it then shook and vibrated violently at mid speeds (40 to 50 mph). I returned it to the dealership and they determined it needed a whole new transmission. They kept it 10 days. . . Replaced the transmission. I picked it up 9/20/13. When I drove it home it would not go into gear. I had to shift it several times to get it to move out of neutral and finally it took hold. The following day it would not go into reverse. I was able to get it to connect after several attempts and drove it straight back to the dealership. I am back in a rental and have no idea what is going on with my vehicle. Perhaps the violent shaking is what is causing the transmission fluid lines to come loose. I feel this vehicle is not safe.

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Failure Date: 07/31/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while accelerating, the vehicle vibrated and shook. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, who advised that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer denied any assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 1,000. The VIN was not available.

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Failure Date: 07/28/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after refueling, the vehicle stalled and jerked when accelerating or decelerating at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the torque converter. The torque converter was replaced however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 4,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 07/15/2013

Approximately two months after purchase, I began having trouble with my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, noticing that it "shudders" and loses power when accelerating from a standstill or at low speeds. This typically happens between approximately 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 five seconds. The dealership has tried to correct this issue on three different occasions through a software update, new torque converter and even a new transmission. I dropped the car of this morning for the fourth time because the problem continues to occur and this problem substantially impairs the use of my vehicle and creates a serious safety hazard.

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Failure Date: 07/09/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 12 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle became hesitant while attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

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Failure Date: 07/01/2013

We, like many other owners, are having problems with the cvt transmission in our 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4. At low speed acceleration, transmission shakes violently and power is lost -- cannot speed up. Also happens at high/highway speeds. It is an intermittent problem but a dangerous one, both when trying to speed up from rolling start or when passing/accelerating at highway speeds. I have contacted Nissan, taken to a dealer where they say they will replace torque converter. I hope this will help but most other owners reporting similar issues say these are not fixes and problems recur. Will report back. Beyond the transmission issue, our hood also buffets significantly at highway speeds. It visibly shakes and when I asked the dealership to fix, they said they could not recreate and it wasn't dangerous.

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Failure Date: 06/19/2013

At speeds varing from 16mph to 40mph the vehicle can have a horrible shake. One way to discribe it is when you run over rumble strips at highway speeds. The vehicle did have the Nissan TSB repair performed which installed a new torque converter but this did not fix the issue. My wife will describe the shaking similar to when the engine on a manual transmission gets too low and the car shakes. I have not been able to determine a pattern to recreate the problem but it happens nearly every day. I have done multiple test drives with Nissan service personnel but was unable to "make it happen" when the person was in the car. I was told by one service personnel that they see this complaint mostly by women because men have a tendency to be more aggressive with the throttle. Since the shaking occurs at low rpm's and within that speed range, the only way I know to make sure it doesn't happen is to make sure the rpm's rise quickly above 2,000-2,500 rpm. It is not safe to be coasting thru town at 25mph then have to rev the engine just to maintain speed. . . I also do notice a lack of power or "transmission confusion" when the shaking occurs. Once the shaking starts, the way to stop it is to accelerate or let off the gas. Either way there is a lack of power, hesitation and ability to accelerate!.

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Failure Date: 06/15/2013

On June 15, 2013 my vehicle began shaking while I was driving it. I took in into the dealership that day. They said there was a recall on the torque converter so they replaced it. They called me 2 weeks later to come get my vehicle. Within the first day having it back it was shacking even worse like it was going to cut off. It scared me. I called dealership again they came and picked up the vehicle. After the dealership had my vehicle for several weeks they told me they had to replace the transmission. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder's were reporting issues with them and I was told I wasn't the only owner going through this problem. I should call the corporate Nissan office and start a claim. I did so that day. I got a call saying my car was ready and they would drop it off to me. After two days of having my vehicle I had problem's once again. I was driving up onto my driveway and there was a incline. My engine made the noise like it was rearing up I tried it 3 times pushing down on the gas pedal and still nothing. So, I put it in park and called the dealership the next business day, they test drove it and found no problem's with it. Meanwhile I had a open case with Nissan to try and buy back my vehicle because I didn't feel safe in it with my 3 children. I heard back a couple days ago that my request had been denied. They have offered me 2 more years extension on my transmission warranty. I am extremely dissatisfied. This will be my 3rd Nissan owning and this is the first problem I have ever had. I am worried about this matter. I spend a lot of money for a vehicle and I expect to not get a lemon. I have been out of my vehicle since June 15 pretty much. I don't want to get stranded on the side of the road because my brand new vehicle is not reliable.

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