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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,803 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 152011

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


I purchased a 2006 Nissan Frontier crew cab SE 4X4 new in 2006. I have driven the vehicle less than moderately and currently have 44,000 miles on the vehicle. The check engine light recently displayed and I took the vehicle to the dealership. I was advised the fuel sending unit needed replaced and was going to cost roughly $600. I was upset with the price, however, did not have any other choice but to pay for the repair. I have decided to wait until I have the funds for such a repair. While researching this issue, I have come to learn through various repair sites on-line and word of mouth from other Nissan owners that this is an extremely common issue with this model year Nissan. Vehicles including but not limited to Frontier, X-terra and "Z". I do not understand why a recall on this expensive piece has not been issued, due to the price and obvious manufacture default in the quality. This seems to be an issue with this model vehicle since 2008. I recently have had other service work performed on my vehicle, and if not for a friend with a code reader, would have paid dearly for service replacements at the dealership, due to the dealership not advising me of the recall on these issues. I have owned several new vehicles over the years, many different brands, but have never had the issues that I am having with the Nissan brand before. The fuel gauge issue should be a manufacture default and likewise should be recalled and replaced at no expense to the consumer. Thank you for your time.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #12

Mar 122011


  • miles
I just received a recall on my 2006 Nissan Frontier, my neighbor also told me regarding the fuel level sensor a lkt high input problems. I never received this information. I received a recall notification on the engine control module relay. Please send me information so that I may resolve this problem. Thank you

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 042010


  • 60,300 miles
Filled my 2006 Frontier with gas one day and the "service engine" came on. The next day the gauge did not register amount of fuel in tank. The following week I refilled again and gauge did not register properly. I then drove around for an hour and it eventually registered full again. Took to local Nissan dealer and they did a scan and it revealed it had a faulty fuel level sender.the repair was completed about 2 months prior to recall being announced. I checked with the dealer and one service advisor said they would reimburse my cost, once the actual recall letters were sent out. Since then the dealer says the recall for the fuel sender does not apply to my truckand will not reimburse me. I called the 1-800 Nissan number and they say my truck is not covered. However the service bulletin say "2005-2007 Frontier - all".

- Regina, 00, USA

problem #10

Mar 172009


  • 43,000 miles


Nissan fronteir xe fuel sending unit defective and has been for over a year. Called Nissan Consumer Affairs and they said my truck was not part of the recall....other fronteirs qualify but mine does not....I have the exact problem as the others involved in recall but mine can't be part of this? why

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #9

Mar 022010


  • 94,000 miles
The fuel gage either shows full or one fourth or empty even after a fill up. I have ran out of gas in heavy traffic almost resulting in several rear end collisions.

- Boones Mill, VA, USA

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problem #8

Nov 282009

Frontier 4WD

  • 51,000 miles
Back in November, 2009, I stopped to fill up my 2006 Nissan 4X4 Frontier extended cab pickup truck with gas. After filling tank, started the engine and put truck in gear to pull out of gas station and the gas gauge E (empty) light came on and check engine light came on and stays on till this day. I took it to a dealer to find out problem why gas gage quit working on my 51,000 mile truck at the time and they wanted to charge me $600 to replace the fuel level sending unit which is inside the fuel tank. Of course I haven't had the money to get it fixed. I never know how much gas I have because the gage is not working. I ran out of gas 1 time, luckily while I was strolling in to a gas station. I have since found out Nissan will be implementing a recall on certain models year 2006 & 2008 Frontier pickups, xterra and pathfinder vehicles. The problem that the recall states was 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. This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash, which came close to happening to me two days ago. I called Nissan regarding a recall notice I found out on the internet, recalling these vehicles manufactured from 01/23/2006 to 3/16/2006. Mine was manufactured 06/2006 and I was told my VIN number did not show up on their recall database list. My complaint, my truck has the same defective part, I'm driving under dangerous conditions, I need Nissan to stand behind their products and replace this part with no charge to me, the consumer. I'm taking a chance every time I drive this truck in the gas running out, and my vehicle stalling on the major interstate causing crash, injury, possibly death. I want my vehicle repaired now, not have to wait until my VIN no. Shows up on a recall list.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #7

Jan 132009


  • 37,845 miles


I have a 06 Nissan Frontier. Just after the 36K warranty the fuel sending unit went out. This causes the service engine light to come on not to mention the fuel gage doesn't work. I paid 400 to have this unit replace. However, they have a "newer part number" which proves they know about the problem. This just isn't fair especially the vehicle on had 38K on it. Also, tailgate hinge problems. The right side hinge breaks. Something def wrong with how it was made as I had looked at several Frontiers and 3 of them were broken. This needs to be looked at as well. Damages the tail gate when this happens and someone is going to get hurt.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 312009


  • 208,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Frontier nismo I have had 3 fuel "sending units" replaced and have only 21000 miles on the truck. This is due to very erratic and somewhat unsafe defective equipment ie; gas gauge/sending unit. I recently had it replaced for the third time and it is now worse than before. I am very frustrated and this seems to be a universal problem with the gas gauge/sending unit. I would like to see a recall and this problem fixed once and for all. Thanks

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #5

Sep 202009


  • 62,300 miles
2006 Nissan Frontier fuel gauge problem. Went to fill up gas on 9/20/09 and fuel gauge is at empty after fill up. Service engine light is on.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 192009


  • 40,000 miles
06 Nissan Frontier gas gauge erratic at 40,00 miles, causes ses light to go on and I don't know how full my gas tank is now.

- Kimball Twp, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 212009


  • 53,000 miles


Nissan service bulletin ntb07-069A.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #2

Dec 302008


  • 51,000 miles
Error code P0463 this seems to be a common problem with this model nissian requires a fuel pump assy to repair.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #1

Dec 232008


  • 46,000 miles
I purchased a used 2006 Nissan Frontier crew cab SE this April 2008 everything was running great until this month of December 23 my check engine light came on out of the blue and my fuel gauge doesn't work properly so I filled it up with gas maybe im just low on gas but when I filled up my tank my gauge didn't go up so I brought it to my mechanic to fix the problem he told me that my fuel sensor is tripping out and its going to cost me $150 to drop the gas tank plus the price of the sensor which I don't have any idea how much it cost so I told my mechanic to turn off the check engine light and he told me to come back the next day if the problem still exist so I went home and the next day when I started my truck the check engine was gone and my fuel gauge went up all the way lightning fast so I was very happy but not for long after 5 days the problem occurred again I was low of gas about 1/4 tank and the lights were on again so another disappointment so I research this problem and I found that im not alone with this problem there's alot of people out there that own Nissan vehicles that are newer that has a fuel sensor problem and this is a major defect and Nissan should consider this a recall this could lead to a big problem when your fuel gauge is not working properly especially when driving and all of a sudden your out of gas and it can cause an accident or even death especially when your driving on the freeway I hope my complaint will take effect and to notify Nissan about this problem we are talking safety for the consumers just like me thank you.....

- Orange, CA, USA

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