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The Worst Cars & Car Problems of 2013

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  January 23, 2014

At Norman Taylor & Associates, we know that just because a car is new does not mean that it will be problem-free. Every year, consumers find themselves in a predicament when their newest-model vehicle starts acting up. gathers information, complaints, and reports about car models from every year in order to inform consumers of potential problems that any model year may have. We have condensed the information from their lists of 2013 “Worst Vehicles from the 2013 Model Year” and 2013 “Top Vehicle Complaints” below for your benefit!

Worst Vehicles from the 2013 Model Year

  1. 2013 Nissan Elantra – Transmission and power steering problems. Consumers complained of transmission problems “from day one” and of a “high pitch whine audible inside and outside the car.”
  2. 2013 Honda Accord – Radio, transmission, and driver seat problems. Consumers complained that the radio and audio quality is terrible, that the transmission slips and shifts too hard, and that the seats are terribly uncomfortable.
  3. 2013 Ram 1500 – GPS and radio problems. Consumers complained that the GPS “goes crazy” or shuts off and refuses to restart until the truck has been parked and restarted. When the GPS is in reboot mode, other controls and accessories may fail to work.
  4. 2013 Hyundai Elantra – Brake problems. Consumers complained of brake problems within the first year of ownership, often requiring brake pad and rotor replacement, as well as creaking and grinding noises.
  5. 2013 Ford Escape – Although there were not many complaints about this vehicle, the Ford Escape was considered “most likely to catch on fire.” The 2013 model faced a double recall: the first because of a risk of fire due to faulty gas lines, and the second because the first recall failed to fix the issue.

Worst Car Problems of 2013

  1. Dodge Ram: Cracked Dashboards – Owners of a 2001-2003 Dodge Ram 1500 or a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 may have dangerous issues with cracked dashboards. Ford and the government claim it is only a cosmetic issue and not a safety hazard, but some consumers have claimed that the cracked dashboard has caused them injury due to debris, or fear of injury due to sharp edges and exposed wires.
  2. Nissan: Transmission Ruined by Coolant – Owners of a 2005-2010 Nissan Xterra, Pathfinder, or Frontier may have antifreeze leaking into the transmission, causing vibrations, noise, stalling, and eventually transmission failure.
  3. Dodge Journey: Brake and Engine Problems – Owners of a 2009-2010 Dodge Journey may find themselves having to replace the brakes far more often than is normal. The engine may also fail to start for reasons unknown to the dealer.
  4. Honda Civic: Peeling Paint and Transmission Problems – Owners of a 2006-2007 Honda Civic may find the paint fading, spotting, or peeling within a short time due to an abnormally thin layer of clear coat. This is regardless of whether or not the car is exposed to extreme weather on a regular basis. The transmission may also fail unexpectedly early.
  5. Honda Accord: Brake, Engine and Transmission Problems – Owners of a 2008-2009 Honda Accord may find their brakes starting fail as early as 20,000 miles. Transmission problems are also an issue with the 2003 Accord. Consumers complained of the transmission shifting when it shouldn’t have, not shifting at all, or failing altogether.


Norman Taylor & Associates has helped countless consumers file successful lawsuits after being sold lemons. We stay on top of common auto defects and recalls and can help you determine what the best step is for your situation. Contact us today at (888) 449-7639 for a free consultation!

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