Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,530 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Jan 052013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Fuel level sensor malfunction, gas gauge shows inaccurate amount of gas in tank. Cannot pass deq test until fixed. Appears to be ongoing issue with this make & model of vehicle. There needs to be an extension on the recall, very expensive too fix. Problem #2 severe transmission vibration at 50-70 mph, cannot operate in overdrive without having transmission causing severe jerking of vehicle. Very scary noise especially with little kids in car. There is a service bulletin on this issue and it needs to be moved to a full recall. Very dangerous!

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #15

Nov 272012


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after refueling, the fuel level gauge failed to properly display the correct fuel level. The low fuel level warning light illuminated even when the fuel tank was completely filled. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 180,000.

- Gray, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 142012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 103,242 miles
2006 Nissan Pathfinder 103K miles. We noticed vehicle would shudder upon acceleration at approximately 40 mph and again at 50 mph. Also at times the engine would rev up like it couldn't shift to the next gear. If we slowed down to 50 and re-accelerated to 55 mph, the shuddering became a severe vibration. We took it to an independent mechanic since we had recently a bad experience with our local Nissan dealer in fixing another problem (timing chain). The mechanic dropped the transmission pan and found the radiator was leaking coolant into the transmission fluid. Mechanic stated we were very lucky to have caught this right away as it could have caused a lot of other problems too lengthy to mention here. Mechanic replaced radiator and did a tranny flush but I'm not sure our problems are over. Now the fuel gauge registers empty after I have just filled up with fuel, the service engine light came on, and now I am totally stressed out driving anywhere, and especially in traffic.

- Battle Ground, WA, USA

problem #13

Feb 012011


  • 75,000 miles


The fuel sensor went, the gas gauge dropped down to E and the gas warning light went on, which in turn set the check engine light on. When it first started it would work one day and then maybe not the next, as of October 2012, it does not work at all. I travel with 3 children, highway driving, daily. This is ridiculous and when I spoke to Nissan, it apparently has been recalled but for only certain VIN #'s, none of which is mine. This makes no sense. I cannot afford to fix it and knowing it is an obvious problem I have a hard time not making Nissan responsible for it. If it was a fluke and it was just my vehicle, then yes I should be responsible to pay for it or deal with it but not when its apparent there is an issue. I try to mathematically figure out my mileage but some times that doesn't always work out and I have run out of gas with my children in the vehicle. Please look into this, thank you.

- Linwood, PA, USA

problem #12

Sep 102012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Service engine soon light came on while driving recently. I researched possibilities on cause and discovered via the internet this was typical of this make/model/year and that the fuel level sensor and sending unit had issues. Nissan info on recalls indicates that about 74,000 vehicles of this type/year had that problem and were being recalled. I took it to the gresham, or Nissan dealer on Oct 17, 2012 and after a check up was advised mine wasn't part of the recall. That will be $451 to replace. I declined and appealed with Nissan - case #[xxx]. [xxx], at Nissan, 1800-647-7261 X [xxx] says Nissan can't help me. Oct 29, 2012 very convenient on their part and frustrating on my part! can you help? thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Portland, OR, USA

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problem #11

May 282012


  • 87,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while refueling, she noticed that the fuel gauge would not display the accurate fuel level. The vehicle was later taken to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the fuel sending unit failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The failure mileage was 87,200 and the current mileage 94,000.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 282012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


The fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate fuel level. The vehicle stalled while driving on highway due to empty tank while the fuel gauge indicated at least 5 gallons (1/4 tank) left in the tank.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 012008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving, the fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate fuel level reading, causing the vehicle to stall. The contact was unable to restart vehicle. The contact refueled the vehicle and was able to resolve the failure momentarily before recurring. The vehicle was taken to dealer who advised that the fuel sensor was defective. The vehicle was repaired by replacing the fuel sensor. In addition, the vehicle shifted out of gear abnormally. The dealer determined that the failure was caused by cooling fluid leaking into the radiator. The dealer then performed a transmission system flush and the failure was resolved. One year later after refueling the vehicle, the contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to dealer who inspected the vehicle and determined that the transmission module system had failed. The failure was due to a leak of cooling fluid into the radiator system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, no further assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 60,000. The approximate current mileage was 107,000.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 232012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Our Pathfinder has failed and been "repaired" 7 times now for the same problem. It's related to the issue about the fuel sending units. I was even also told by Nissan that the sending unit was replaced before we purchased the vehicle with less than 22K miles. To date no less than 3 units have been installed (including the newly designed one 2X ) to address plastic gas tank issues. On three occasions we've run out of fuel. It registers 1/2 tank and then we run out. Or it is supposed to have 1/2 tank and then drops to E and the empty fuel light comes on. This whole thing has passed the insane level. Once I had to pay 400+ for repairs as the warranty on the vehicle was expired. I tried to argue it was covered under previous repairs but that's like spitting in the wind (Nissan as well as the dealer cowels Nissan). Since the last "repair" a few months ago it has also failed 4 more times. We're just in the habit of using the trip meter. First question is this is a very serious safety issue when you potentially could just run out of gas on the interstate. Also with all these errors in the computer the vehicle won't pass state safety inspections. Last time Nissan refused to replace the sender unit or authorize any repairs or pay for a loaner vehicle. They claimed the mechanic drove it home and found no there something you can help out with this issue. With all these repairs all these parts / labor warrantied for 12M / 12,000 miles. Why are they not helping" can someone assist us here " [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Woodbridge , VA, USA

problem #7

Jun 272012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 82,500 miles
Vehicle shakes and transmission slipped when driving. Dangerous in traffic. Took to amoco and told the transmission fluid is mixing with the radiator and both failed. Cost over $4,000 dollars to fix or it is utterly useless - just over 82K miles. Investigation shows dangerous trend for safety and complete product defect, with years of foreknowledge by Nissan. Driving is dangerous since the vehicle doesn't accelerate consistently and steering violently shakes.

- Star, ID, USA

problem #6

Apr 022012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


Known issue with fuel system (NHTSA id # 10V075000) Nissan acknowledges problems but put mileage limit on dealer paid repair. (approximately 1300 miles over) apparently defective manufacture issues have time limits regardless of safety issue associated with this. Intermittent problems caused delays in identifying this issue. This is a major safety issue that should not have been timetabled, inaccurate and then failure of the fuel gauge. This is a failure of both Nissan and the NHTSA to allow mileage to be the determining factor in limiting our safety.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #5

Oct 012011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge would show fuel levels that were inconsistent with the actual amount of fuel in the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to dealer where the failure was determined to have been caused by a transmission coolant leak. There was also a faulty fuel level fender, providing incorrect readings. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The current mileage was 90,667. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 192012


  • 55,568 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the driver was driving and the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for an inspection and the dealer stated that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank). The failure mileage was 55,568.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #3

May 232012


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge would not display accurate readings. The fuel gauge displayed an empty reading when the fuel tank was actually full. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the fuel level sending unit needed to be replaced. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #2

May 162012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 75,055 miles
My 2006 Nissan Pathfinder had been having fuel gauge problems for several weeks. Finally after the annoyance became too much, we took it to the Nissan dealer. We were told that there was a known problem with the fuel gauge assembly that involved a recall. Unfortunately for us, we missed the recall by less than four months. My complaint is that Nissan knew there was a problem, then arbitrarily chose a date when the recall would end that would satisfy the NHTSA, but not fully cover the period when this problem could arise. Limiting this recall by date can prove to be extremely prejudicial to the customer that purchases the vehicle later in the year; for example, purchasing the car in November 2006 versus January 2006 would place the consumer at an eleven month disadvantage.

- Jacobus, PA, USA

problem #1

May 052012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
After filling my vehicle up with fuel, the gauge still read one quarter tank, and it took most of the day before the gauge slowly moved up to read full. After that, when the tank would reach 1/2 full, the gauge would start acting crazy. One minute it would read 1/2 full, the next second it would read empty and my gas light would come on. Also, at half full down to one quarter full, the service engine soon light would come on. When I discovered that there was a recall on my year and model vehicle, I called Nissan to inquire, but was told that due to my VIN # my vehicle was not covered. The problem I was having with my fuel gauge is exactly the same problem that the recall covered, and the parts that I had to have replaced are the same parts that the recall covered. I had to pay $300 to have my vehicle repaired, when obviously the part covered in the recall was also defective in my vehicle. (campaign id #/NHTSA #: PC042/10V-075; applied vehicles 2006 & 2008 Pathfinder, 2006 & 2008 frontier, 2006 & 2008 xterra).

- Abbeville, LA, USA

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