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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,262 miles

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2003 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 092014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 108,015 miles


2003 Nissan Pathfinder gas gauge is inaccurate to level indicated. On empty indicates full tank. Once filled it will remain accurate until 1/2 empty then begins to change levels each time vehicle is started. At times it reads full, other times 1/2 full and then jumping to full. Mechanic replaced fuel sender unit with Nissan parts from dealership. Problem remains. Presenting a PO462 code both before and after replacing of float and sender unit.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge was providing inaccurate gasoline fuel level readings. The fuel level gauge would indicate that the fuel tank was half full when there was no gasoline in the vehicle. The contact had experienced several incidents in which the vehicle stalled due to lack of gasoline in the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection however, the dealer was unable to locate a fuel leak. The flute was replaced on the fuel tank as a precaution but no avail. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 126,764.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 212010


  • 76,034 miles
I noticed my fuel gauge on my 2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE did not change even though I had driven more than 200 miles on a tank of gasoline. At approximately that same time, the service engine soon light came on. When we had the code checked it came back fuel level sensor. In researching this issue on line I find that a large number of Nissan owners have had the very same problem and it is a costly repair as the gas tank needs to be removed in order to replace the senor. Nissan has issued a recall for certain years, but not currently the 2003. This problem could present serious issues for drivers if they depend on their fuel gauge to tell them if they have fuel. Isn't that what the gauge is for?

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 262010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Gas tank failure due to corrosion. After smelling a strong odor of gasoline I brought my 2003 Nissan Pathfinder to the dealer to have it checked, they discovered that the gas tank had rusted at the top of the tank underneath the rear seat allowing gasoline vapors to enter the interior as well as the exterior of the vehicle creating a potentially deadly situation. I was informed by the dealer that the gas tanks were on a national back order as none are available.

- North Dighton, MA, USA

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