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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,510 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Nov 142012

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2006 Nissan Frontier le 4X4. Fuel gauge is not reading accurately. This caused me to run out of gas on November 14th, 2012, when the gauge was well above the "low gas" threshold. It was a very scary experience for me as I was in traffic at the time when the engine stalled at around 40mph. I fear this could happen again and now I'm afraid to drive with my grandkids in my truck. I researched this problem and traced it to a common defect with the fuel level sending unit that is a safety recall which affects many Nissan vehicles, including 2006 Frontier models but somehow excluding my 2006 Frontier: **************** NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 recall date: 2010-03-03 summary: Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 Frontier, xterra and pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. Consequences: This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel level sending unit inside the fuel tank with a new one that has a modified float arm. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 22, 2010. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Component affected: Fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank notes: Nissan North America, Inc. *****************

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #38

Nov 082011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that after refueling to full capacity, the fuel level indicator provided an erroneous reading of empty. Also, the low fuel warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the fuel sender float arm had made contact with an embossment that was molded in the tank shell, causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to fail. The contact was informed of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 130,000. Updated 01/02/2013

- Texas City, TX, USA

problem #37

Oct 122012

Frontier

  • 105,000 miles
This vehicle is showing symptoms consistent with NHTSA safety recall campaign 10V-075 (2006 and 2008 Frontier fuel gauge inaccuracy) but according to Nissan this VIN is not eligible for the campaign. Symptoms include: Slow/erratic response of fuel gauge, inaccurate reading, ses light is now illuminated. This came on suddenly about two weeks ago. Contacted Nissan and they said vehicle is not eligible; their case # [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #36

Aug 242012

Frontier

  • 93,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2006 Nissan Frontier. Filled the gas tank and the gauge stayed on 1/4. when I drove the vehicle again, the gas tank gauge went up to 3/4, but I'm not certain if the 3/4 is accurate. This now happens on every gas fill up. Found a recall notice online (listed below). I called my local Nissan dealer and they indicated my VIN number is not part of the recall. I call Nissan, and they stated the same thing and informed me NHTSA decides what VIN number is part of the recall and it's out of Nissan's hands. And, volunteered they did not have contact information for NHTSA. Nice customer service. NHTSA, if I'm having similar issues to the recall, how do I get my VIN number added recall id # 80825 - fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank hide details recall date: Mar 03, 2010 model affected: 2006 Nissan Frontier summary: Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 Frontier, xterra and pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. Consequences: This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel level sending unit inside the fuel tank with a new one that has a modified float arm. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 22, 2010. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Potential units affected: 80689 notes: Nissan North America, Inc.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #35

Aug 022012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed to display accurate fuel levels. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 112,000....updated 12/03/12 the consumer stated the failure occurred while traveling approximately 35 mph. The service engine soon light illuminated and the fuel gauge dropped to empty. The consumer stated he knew the vehicle had over a half tank of fuel. The consumer took the vehicle to his private mechanic, a local business and the state inspection facility and all three informed him an error code of P0463 fuel sending failure displayed. The consumer stated the vehicle had been giving false and erratic readings since August 2012 and on one occasion, he ran out of gas. The consumer discovered had recall had been issued. However, Nissan informed him, his vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. Updated 12/05/12

- Maryville, TN, USA

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problem #34

Apr 062012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the fuel gauge did not indicate that the fuel tank was empty. As a result, the vehicle stalled while driving 65 mph. The manufacturer denied assistance with the repair because the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileages were 83,000...updated 04/26/12 updated 04/30/12..... updated 05/21/12 the consumer stated the recall was fixed. However, he was charged because his VIN was not included in the recall. Updated 05/31/12.

- Sparks , NV, USA

problem #33

Oct 012011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This complaint is in regards to NHTSA campaign # 10V-075. Summary of the issue we are having is the same as the one stated in the recall. Due to a problem with the fuel sender float arm, our fuel gauge is showing that the vehicle has about 1/4 of a tank when the fuel tank is empty. We took the Nissan Frontier to a dealer to get this problem fixed and that told us that they would not fix the problem for free (as stated would happen in the recall notice) because the vehicle had too many miles on it. They confusingly tried to describe that the issue was a warranty extension and not a recall. We then call Nissan national customer affairs and they confused things even more. I was told by a service rep manager that there was 2 service programs for the problem we were having. One was a "recall" that would be fixed without date or mileage limits. In this situation, the problem caused the fuel gauge to be stuck on full. The other was a "warranty extension" that had a date or mileage limitation. In this situation, the fuel gauge would be stuck at about 1/4 tank when the tank was really less than that or empty. This is completely inaccurate information regarding what is stated in this safety recall campaign. I was told by the national service rep manager that Nissan will not fix this problem under this recall campaign.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #32

Oct 012010

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated the steering column had become extremely loose and he could easily move it back and forth. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that a bearing for the steering column was bad or worn out. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 73,500 and the current mileage was 76,750. Updated 05/04/11 the consumer stated the fuel sending failed and he had to pay out of his own pocket, before finding out months later a recall was issued. Updated 09/01/11

- Kewanee, IL, USA

problem #31

Jan 312011

Frontier 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Nissan Frontier. Consumer states problem with fuel gauge indicator the consumer stated he started having problems with the fuel gauge indicator and the engine light illuminated after getting gas. Also, the tire pressure monitoring light illuminated. A diagnostic test was performed and the consumer was informed the engine control module was on the recall list and needed to be replaced. Also, the dealer recommended replacing the fuel sending unit. Updated 03/01/11

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #30

Jun 152009

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge registered an inaccurate reading at any fuel level in the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the fuel tank sending unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000. Updated 04/05/11 updated 04/05/11

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 042010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 42,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The vehicle was not experiencing a failure when he took it to an authorized dealer to be repaired for the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000, fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary tank. Upon receiving his vehicle from the authorized dealer the fuel gauge began to display improper readings. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where it was repaired. The failure continues. The failure mileage was 42,700 and the current mileage was 43,000. Updated evoq 12/03/10

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #28

Aug 082010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that he refueled the vehicle and proceeded to drive 70 mph when the fuel level gauge displayed that the fuel level was empty and the low fuel level warning indicator was illuminated. In addition, the service engine soon light was illuminated. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge would only display accurate fuel levels when the fuel tank was approximately three-quarters full and would fail when the fuel tank was down to three eights of a tank. The failure began two months prior and the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the fuel level sensor would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 71,000. Updated 01/20/11

- Hamptonville, NC, USA

problem #27

Sep 032010

Frontier

  • 71,517 miles
Fuel level sensor failure showing code P0463. This is very similar in nature to campaign id: 10V075000. Vehicle is 2006 Nissan Frontier SE crew cab. Happens frequently. (2 times in the last 700 miles for me). Check engine light comes on and fuel level drops to empty. Periodically comes up part way but totally unreliable. Requires estimating fuel level by odometer reading. Could cause vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of crash with loss of power steering and brakes when engine stalls.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 272010

Frontier

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact was driving approximately 55-60 mph when he noticed the fuel level gauge had dropped and the vehicle service warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the diagnostic test determined that the fuel sensor was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the manufacturer advised that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank). The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Coosa, GA, USA

problem #25

Sep 012010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact was driving 35 mph when the fuel level gauge malfunctioned and began reading inaccurate fuel levels. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic informed the contact of a potential recall on the vehicle (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000-fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank).the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a diagnostic was performed and located a faulty fuel level circuit sending unit. The dealer informed the contact that the fuel sending unit would need replacing. The dealer also advised the contact that his VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 46,000. Updated 12/30/10 updated 01/11/11.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #24

Apr 012010

Frontier

  • 51,000 miles
The fuel gauge shows the vehicle has approximately 1/4 tank of fuel. It seems to stay there for some time, then after some mileage drops completely below empty, the fuel warning comes on solid (not gradual before this failure). All indications upon filling up is that the tank is close to empty. All indications appear to be identical with a similar recall for the same recall for the Nissan Frontier xe models both before and afterward in the 2006 model year. Mine manufactured 08/06. That recall is NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #23

Aug 022010

Frontier

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. After adding fuel to the vehicle the fuel gauge did not register the new amount of fuel in the vehicle. The fuel gauge displayed the incorrect amount of fuel that was in the fuel tank. The manufacturer was notified and informed him that his vehicle was not included in the recall that was associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000, fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 58,000.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #22

May 162010

Frontier

  • 40,000 miles
2006 Nissan Frontier's fuel gauge is sporadic. It will read 1/4 tank and then suddenly drop to empty and the low fuel light comes on. After filling, it may take an hours for the gauge to read full. Shortly after the problem started the service engine soon light came on. Computer error says error PO463 fuel level sensor circuit high input probable cause: This is a safety issue. From NHTSA campaign #10V075000: "this could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic increasing the risk of a crash". Nissan dealer service tech. Told me this a big issue with many more vehicles than the recall (NHTSA camp. #10V075000) covers. I contacted Nissan to ask if they planned to expand the recall. They said no and declined to assist with even the part for the 500 part. From looking at numerous forums and this site. I can see that the are many owners in the same situation--a defective gauge and their vehicle not covered by the current recall(s). I don't know the statistics on what it takes to trigger an expanded recall but I hope NHTSA looks into it.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 202010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 84,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the mechanic advised that the fuel level sending unit was defective and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired at an authorized dealer. The contact was able to locate a recall associated with the failure (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V074000 fuel system, other: Storage: Fuel gauge system) however, the manufacturer advised his VIN was not included in the recall and would not offer any further assistance. The failure mileage was 84,500 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 10/13/10. Updated 10/19/10

- Waxhaw , NC, USA

problem #20

Dec 152009

Frontier

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the fuel gauge indicated that the fuel tank was half full. The vehicle stalled since the fuel tank was empty. The contact noticed that every time the fuel tank was full, the fuel gauge would indicate that there was no fuel in the vehicle. The dealer was contacted and stated that his vehicle was not included with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The contact experienced the identical symptoms that were listed in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 62,000.

- La Feria , TX, USA

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