2013 Nissan Altima Owners Are Not Enjoying the Ride Due to Transmission Shudder

Instead of enjoying the ride, owners of the 2013 Nissan Altima have been frustrated by the way their new car has been performing for various issues involving the transmission over the past two years.

Indeed, the 2013 Nissan Altima hasn’t been the smooth ride owners anticipated. Some owners have complained that after hitting the gas, they wait for the engine to rumble into action, but then the vehicle lunges forward like a rubber band being snapped.

The vehicle shakes, vibrates or shudders like it is going to fall apart. There are loud metal grinding sounds like metal crunching, loss of power and poor shifting. The car feels like it’s going to stall when the driver is trying to accelerate making them feel unsafe.

Others say they had to replace the transmission with a new one, but the issue returned. Also, there have been owners who say they became stranded when the transmission gave out and had to pay to be towed home and rent a car while they waited for the issue to be resolved.

Upon taking their vehicles to the dealership, some Nissan owners have said they are told the issue is just a “characteristic of this car.” Others have told owners there is nothing wrong with their vehicle or have asked for fees to run diagnostic tests. As for the towing fees, Nissan limits reimbursement to $250 for a tow which is less than what one customer paid when their car broke down.


Nissan has not recalled these vehicles for this particular issue, but here are related service bulletins that were issued as follows:

On May 16, 2013, Nissan issued a report stating “On some vehicles the engine stop after accelerating after 15 minutes of idling or from a stop or after refueling.”

On June 17, 2013, Nissan states “Some vehicles would experience an extended cranking before engine would start and need to have electronic control module (ECM) reprogrammed.”

On Sept. 10, 2013, there was two service bulletins (NTB-13-086) that stated “some vehicles, during light acceleration, may experience a judder” and (NTB-13-064) states “shudder from the torque converter lock-up clutch engagement.

If you have a problem with your car that cannot be fixed after repeated attempts by the dealership, or your vehicle has been out of service for 30 days or presents a safety issue, contact a California Lemon Law Attorney for a free consultation. Johnson Attorneys Group can be reached 24/7 at 800-235-6801.

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