We are getting a number of Nissan Pathfinder drivers calling the 1-800-LEMON-LAW hotline complaining of a transmission shudder, a violent shake which seems to worsen at higher speeds.
Sadly, the message boards are ablaze with Nissan Pathfinder transmission shudder claims going back to 2009, but we are seeing a number of 2013 models with this particular problem. Nissan dealers appear to be blaming the issue on the torque converter and telling drivers that Nissan does not have a fix at this time.
If you are sensing a vibration or shudder with your Nissan Pathfinder, make sure you bring your Pathfinder into a Nissan dealership as soon as possible to have the issue verified and addressed. If you feel the shudder occurs at higher speeds, or on wet surfaces, or after the car is warmed up, make sure you share these details at the time of repair. You can also offer to take the adviser on a test drive so you can illustrate when the transmission shudder occurs. The more information you can provide the service adviser, the more chance of him diagnosing the problem.
After every repair, make sure you receive a repair invoice which outlines that you brought the transmission problem to their attention. Even if they say they cannot diagnose the problem, or there is no fix, it is essential that you receive an invoice. These invoices provide the proof that you have continuously brought the matter to Nissan’s attention.
If you are back repeatedly with the Nissan Pathfinder transmission shudder, or your Pathfinder is in the shop for an extended period of time while they try to fix it, you could be entitled to a new car, a complete repurchase or significant monetary compensation under State Lemon Laws or Federal Warranty Laws. Feel free to fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form so we can review your situation and see if and how we can help.