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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 7 of 12)

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problem #117

Apr 072010

Xterra

  • 68,000 miles

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

I own a 2005 Nissan Xterra. My check engine light came on about 2 months ago. I used a code reader to read the problem and it stated it was the fuel level sensor failing. I cleared the code from the computer and filled my gas tank and the levels seemed half way accurate. The check engine light came on once more just recently. After much research, I have found it to be a faulty fuel sensor gauge that is an all in one fuel pump, filter, and sensor unit. Feel free to research this yourself. Nissan has had fuel pump and filter issues with 2005+ truck/ SUV models. I believe they recalled them in the eastern us, but not here in the West. It appears to me that it is a defective part on the car. They claim it is not covered under warranty and is a "wear and tear" item. This is ridiculous! it is a part that should last over 125K miles... but not. They need to fix the problem they created. It will cost me $600 dollars to fix it! in this economy its impossible for me! basically you can run out of fuel anywhere at any time if the sensor is not functioning correctly. This can cause an accident or cause you to get stranded in a bad part of town. Both of which are life threatening.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #116

Mar 302010

Xterra

  • 47,000 miles
Fuel sending unit problem. Fuel gauge reads empty no matter what fuel level actually is. This turns on service engine soon light and low fuel level light. Code read relates to low fuel. Problem is intermittent at this time. From reading posts online this problem seems to be very common among many Nissan vehicles though the dealer will not repair if vehicle is past 36,000 mile warranty.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #115

Mar 272005

Xterra

  • 55,000 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 somthing 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."

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #114

Mar 202010

Xterra

  • 60,000 miles

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

The fuel sending unit on my 2005 X-terra has stopped working properly. It shows that I'm empty right after I fill it up and decides to work after about 50 miles after fill up, then with about a quarter tank of gas left, it says that it's empty, plus the "distance to empty" calculator stopped working and constantly blinks - -. although this has been a heavily recorded issue with many Nissan vehicles for over 10 years they still refuse to help me out with resolving this issue and claims that it will cost me over $600 to fix it.

- West Richland, WA, USA

problem #113

Apr 142007

Xterra

  • 851,222 miles
Fuel gauge on Nissan Xterra 05, cel light on fail emission test va, cannot tell how much gas is in the tank.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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problem #112

Mar 212005

Xterra

  • 60,000 miles
Bad fuel sensing unit on Nissan Xterra 2005.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #111

Mar 102010

Xterra

  • miles

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

2005 Nissan Xterra fuel level gauge gives inaccurate readings. This is the same part number that was determined to be faulty in the 2006-2010 Xterra. Nissan so far has acknowledged there is a problem since they redesigned the unit but is only recalling 2006+.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #110

Jan 232009

Xterra 4WD

  • 72,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra that the fuel sensor went out. When you fill up the tank it will drop down and say its empty. So you have to write down the mileage so you know how much is in it. What I have read is this is a big problem that goes back to the early 2000's.

- Brookfield, IL, USA

problem #109

Oct 152008

Xterra

  • 70,000 miles
Fuel gauge reads empty when gas is present. I do not know how much fuel is left. There is a recall on 2006 an newer vehicles of the same type. Many people I talk to with the same make and year vehicle as myself have the same problem. This is a definite safety issue for me considering the extensive mileage I drive.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #108

Jan 042010

Xterra

  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The fuel level sending unit supplied by Nissan has gone bad 2 times. I have replaced it once with a Nissan supplied part. Both times it said there was a quarter tank of fuel left but the tank was actually empty. The first time my wife ran out of gas in traffic. This a very common failure in the 2005-2010 model year Nissan Xterra and various other Nissan models. I have not replaced the current bad unit. I filed a complaint with Nissan to get the part replaced again, they told me no.

- Medical Lake, WA, USA

problem #107

Mar 032010

Xterra

  • 34,800 miles

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

Re a 2005 Nissan Xterra fuel sending unit defective at 34,000 miles.

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #106

Dec 092009

Xterra

  • 44,500 miles
Faulty fuel sensor unit "I had a full tank of gas and 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 stopped the car and opened the gas cap and put it back on and the gauge came up a little. After driving a couple of days it finally went to full. I called the dealer and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was no longer covered after 36K 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 paid over 25K. 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 $300-800 depending on dealer."

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #105

Dec 012008

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Inaccurate fuel gauges.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #104

Mar 092010

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
After filling up gas from 1/4th tank full. The indicator still reads 1/4th tank. Then check engine light came on. I researched online and found many reports of this and people asking why it hasn't been recalled. It is apparently a faulty fuel sending unit that corrodes after 30,000 miles and is not covered.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #103

Nov 092009

Xterra

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel sensor in the fuel tank failed which also affects the fuel gauge. The fuel gauge may indicate that the fuel tank was full; however, it could actually be empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer after a diagnostic test and they informed her that the fuel sensor needed to be replaced. The repair cost was $700 and there were no recalls or related warranties for her model year vehicle. The Nissan manufacturer was called and informed her that there was nothing they could. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #102

Jan 132010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The check engine light came on and the fuel reader is not functioning so I have no idea how much fuel I have. I hooked up a diagnostic to it and discovered a code that indicates a faulty fuel sensor. I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs and explained the problem. They made me go into Nissan and have them diagnose it. They charged me $120 dollars and told me that the fuel sensor was faulty and it was going to cost $600 to replace. Nissan just recalled all Xterras from 2006 to 2008 because of faulty fuel sensors. I found a website that has one hundred other owners of a 2005 Xterra with the same problem. Nissan told me they could help me out by knocking off $250 from the $600. This is a safety issue that many are experiencing and I want to see if I can get some help.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #101

Mar 012005

Xterra

  • miles
2005 Nissan Xterra fuel sensor issue. The fuel sensor will trigger the check engine light when refueling. The sensor will read empty on a full tank and then slowly creep up to full over time. This is the same description of an issue as the recently recalled 06 Nissan Xterra's. this needs to be addressed by Nissan.

- Kirkwood, NY, USA

problem #100

Mar 012010

Xterra

  • 60,000 miles
Gas sensor does not work. Car ran out of gas and almost was in an crash.

- Gatlinburg, TN, USA

problem #99

Jan 012007

Xterra

  • miles
The fuel gauge is faulty. After filling up tank it reads zero for some time until slowly progressing to correct level. Also, will sometimes just drop to zero/empty. My service engine light comes on after filling up tank then goes out once I reach about half to quarter tank (if the fuel gauge is reading correctly). Sometimes the engine light stays on for weeks - the code reading is for a faulty fuel level sensor. I owned the 2000 Xterra and the fuel level sensor was recalled for that vehicle.

- Masapequa, NY, USA

problem #98

Jan 012010

Xterra

  • miles
My 2005 Xterra gas gage goes to empty and will not show true amount in tank. This has been happening for about 1 month. Also the check engine stays on and I know it is from the fill valve from the gas tank. I had one replaced already about 1 year ago and the problem is back. This is a re occurring problem that has been continuing for the last 2 months. Also the latch for the rear hatch some times will lock and not open I also replaced this about 1 year ago and the problem continues.

- Fulton, NY, USA

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