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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005-2007 Xterra 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.

The same defect exists in the Pathfinder & Frontier as well. And according to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,210 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 12 of 12)

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problem #17

Nov 202008

Xterra

  • 77,000 miles

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

Gas gauge very slow (days) to register full after fillup. The 'service engine soon' light illuminates.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #16

Oct 202008

Xterra

  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The vehicle is well-maintained. Recently, after service the check engine light came on, and remained on for several weeks. I noticed that my gas gauge wasn't responding when I filled up the fuel tank. My fuel gauge would read 1/4 tank after filling up, and the "service engine soon" light would come on.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 162008

Xterra

  • 39,000 miles
We experienced a failed fuel level sensor on our 2005 Nissan Xterra. We filled the gas tank completely and then noticed the fuel gauge would not rise above 2/3. then the 'service engine soon' warning lamp came on. After researching the incident we found there are many similar incidents posted on the internet. This is a recurring problem with several Nissan vehicles models and seems to be an inevitable incident with most of the models. We believe this should be a recall issue. The replacement of the defective part will cost between $300 - $400.

- Henderson , NV, USA

problem #14

Jun 152008

Xterra

  • 48,000 miles

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

Fuel sending unit failure.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 202005

Xterra

  • 54,000 miles
Fuel gauge reading under 3/4 of a tank after fillup. I plan to replace the sending unit on the fuel tank.

- Alden, NY, USA

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problem #12

Sep 162008

Xterra

  • 36,200 miles
Today I filled the gas tank on my 2005 Nissan Xterra, and though the tank is full, the gas gauge still reads empty and the "service engine soon" light is on. I understand that this was a known defect on pre-2005 Xterras, and is increasingly emerging as a defect in more recent models. I believe it poses a safely hazard because there's no way to tell whether the 'service engine soon" light indicates a real engine problem, or just the failure of the fuel sensor.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #11

Sep 102008

Xterra

  • 45,000 miles

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

Fuel sender unit failure - sudden failure while on freeway. No check engine light or warning of failure proceeding the actually failure. Sudden loss of power of the vehicle while at highway speed.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #10

Apr 012008

Xterra

  • 55,000 miles
The service engine light came on and the fuel gauge was not working. I would fill up the gas tank and the gauge would say it was empty. The vehicle is only 3 years old with 55000 miles on it when it started to have this issue. I took it to the Nissan dealer to have it repaired and it cost $400 to have the fuel sensor replaced. The mechanic acknowledged that he has changed the fuels sensor numerous times and Nissan has refused to pay for the repair. This is an obvious defect with the Nissan Xterra.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 012008

Xterra

  • 89,401 miles
Service engine light came on went to have it taken care of and get an early state inspection sticker. Failed inspection due to the evaporation vent control. Searched online and found that I was not alone. Nissan has been having this problem since 2003 on X-terra, pathfinders and frontiers. Nissan knows there is a problem and has known for a long time but won't fix it. 2008 models are also starting to have problems. The fuel level sensor also went out with it as well.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 262008

Xterra

  • 63,000 miles
This vehicle has a faulty fuel gauge, gas tank, fuel pump...whatever! this is the 3rd gas tank and fuel pump for a 2005 model! the first time, after a few months of ownership, was covered by warranty. Now after less than 3 yrs ownership, we have the same problem and we have to pay almost 600.00! out of warranty. This is extreme maintenance for the same problems/parts on a 3 yr old vehicle! Nissan should pay for these parts.

- Poteet, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 232008

Xterra

  • 51,000 miles

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

Today, I put a full tank of gas in my car but my gas gauge showed that it was 1/4 full. I had an argument with the gas station clerk that they ripped me off. Since it was late at night I wasn't able to speak to the managers of that station. I decided to drive to another gas station to see if I could fill it up, but all of sudden, the service engine soon light turns on and now the gauge was completely down with the light on. The only way for me to know that my tank is full is to try to fill it up again. But, because it was full, the tank was not allowing anymore gas. I decided to do a brief research to find that many others has the same problem with my car. It's a 2005 Nissan Xterra with 50,000 miles. Most of the people online indicated that they also have the similar problem at the similar mileage costing them over 500 dollars in repair. Now that the gauge is disabled, I wouldn't know when my tank will be emptied. I could be stuck in the middle of the freeway or somewhere in the wilderness without any gas. People online were saying its part of the sensor in the car which was made faulty for many of the Nissan trucks and SUV's. I strongly believe that this is a bad move by Nissan and I will definitely want them to have a recall. It is unfair for consumers to be paying extra 400-600 dollars to replace a faulty item.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 182008

Xterra

  • 55,200 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Xterra that continues to display "check engine soon". I took it to get checked and was told that my fuel sensor needs to replaced. As soon as my fuel tank reaches 1/2 way empty it goes directly to empty!!! I never know how much gas I have in my tank.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 112008

Xterra

  • 35,000 miles
Faulty fuel gauge sensor, repair cost $650 36,200 miles not covered by warranty. Noticed at 35,000 plus miles. There are numerous complaints about this part.

- Allenhurst, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 092008

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 39,950 miles
Following is a complaint already filed and received by your office: "I had 1/4 of a tank of gas and went to fill up. After filling up my gas tank, I turned on the car, at which point the needle did not register the full tank. After driving a couple miles, the check engine light came on. I went directly to the dealer and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was no longer covered after 30K miles. After returning home and doing research, I went online to X.nissanhelp.com after performing a search; I came across many others who have experienced the same problem. Apparently it has something to do with the fuel sending unit. A similar problem was found on the 2000-2004 Xterra models and a recall was performed when the vehicle would stop after not getting any fuel, posing a great danger. It seems that something in the unit is faulty and will corrode over time. There is a general consensus that everyone who is having the problem is experiencing the same thing after having the vehicle for over 2 yrs and with around 39K-49K. If this problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled, the 2005-2007 Xterra, frontiers, and pathfinders should get this fixed at no charge to the customer!! why wait for accidents and possible deaths, especially since the problem lies in an integral part of the vehicle. Cost of repair ranges from $300-600. I had a very similar experience while traveling across the country when my odometer hit 39950+/- miles. This is evidentially a very common occurrence with the Xterras, pathfinders and titans all made by Nissan. While this is not a safety issue at face value, a misreading of the fuel gauge could very likely put a lone occupant in a very bad situation leading to any number of threatening situations. The fact that Nissan is aware of the problem, yet refuses to address it regardless of the potential safety issues would seem to indicate, at the very least, a disregard for their customer's safety.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #3

Apr 102008

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra, check engine light comes on at 1/4 tank of fuel. Gives trouble code P0463. After checking with other owners on internet, this is a wide spread problem that the manufacture is not taking responsibility to fix.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #2

May 012008

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 38,985 miles
I had 1/4 of a tank of gas and went to fill up. After filling up my gas tank, I turned on the car, at which point the needle did not register the full tank. After driving a couple miles, the check engine light came on. I went directly to the dealer and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was no longer covered after 30K miles. After returning home and doing research, I went online to X.nissanhelp.com after performing a search, I came across many others who have experienced the same problem. Apparently it has something to do with the fuel sending unit. A similar problem was found on the 2000-2004 Xterra models and a recall was performed when the vehicle would stop after not getting any fuel, posing a great danger. It seems that something in the unit is faulty and will corrode over time. There is a general consensus that everyone who is having the problem is experiencing the same thing after having the vehicle for over 2 yrs and with around 39K-49K. If this problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled, the 2005-2007 Xterras, frontiers, and pathfinders should get this fixed at no charge to the customer!! why wait for accidents and possible deaths, especially since the problem lies in an integral part of the vehicle. Cost of repair ranges from $300-600.

- Kingsville, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 222008

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,570 miles
Check engine light came on. It was a bad fuel sending unit. I had to have it replaced. Many others I know have had this happen too. It was $350 to replace.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

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