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 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.


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 8 of 12)

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problem #97

Jan 112010

Xterra 4WD

  • 50,000 miles


I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra which I don't drive much and at around 50,000 miles the transmission went and cost me $1,600 to repair. Now at around 52,000 miles my fuels gauge stop working which caused my truck to turn off in the middle of the highway with my family in it and I see no recall on these issues from brother has a pathfinder with similar problems.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #96

Oct 012009


  • 61,000 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra fuel sensor failure. 61000 miles. Fuel gauge suddenly stopped working. Ran out of gas on 4 lane highway with gas gauge showing 1/2 tank remaining. This model is not included in Nissan 2 March 2010 fuel sensor recall even though parts are identical. Same problem occurred with my 2007 Nissan Xterra at 63000 miles. This vehicle is also not part of the recall.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #95

Jan 122010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 26,425 miles
Faulty gas gauge sensor. Miss reads gas amount on every fill up. Was left with out gas eleven miles from paved road where he could not find any help in 30 degree weather. Updated 04/17/10

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #94

Jul 042007


  • 60,000 miles


Nissan 2005 Xterra's fuel sending unit is bad on this vehicle causing fuel gauge not to work. Dealer wants over $600 to fix and claims Nissan won't recall because it is not a "safety issue". if an elderly woman runs out of gas on a deserted road, to me, that is a safety issue.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #93

Oct 102009


  • 45,000 miles
Failure of the fuel sending unit. Driving along and fuel gauge went to empty even though I had 3/4 of a tank left. It occurs every time I get below half a tank of fuel. When its cold. Sometimes it comes back up sometimes it doesn't.

- Sulphur, OK, USA

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problem #92

Feb 012010


  • 45,000 miles
Check engine light on constantly showing error code P0463. This refers to a fuel level sensor on my 2005 Nissan Xterra. They light will come back on a few days after being reset. Not knowing the correct fuel level can cause the vehicle to suddenly run out of fuel, causing a dangerous situation. The repair costs around $600. The 1st generation Xterras (2000-2004) had a similar problem that turned into a recall campaign by Nissan. By reading the bulletin boards, this problem is also widespread on the 2nd generation Xterras (2005-2010), but Nissan has not issued a recall yet.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #91

Feb 102010


  • 50,000 miles


2005 Nissan Xterra, faulty fuel sending unit.

- Carolina Beach, NC, USA

problem #90

Feb 072010


  • 56,000 miles
"check engine" light on my X went off showing error code seems this is a very common problem with Xterras and pathfinders. In fact, that previous generation Nissan were actually recalled for a similar issue. Unfortunately, no recall has been placed on the part for the 2nd gen yet, and so Nissan customers are being forced to have the dealer make the repair to the tune of about $600 seems outrageous......... they should recall it.

- Champlin, MN, USA

problem #89

Jan 282010


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra fuel level sensor failure. After filling fuel tank sensor shows empty and the service engine soon appears.

- Chesterland, OH, USA

problem #88

Nov 182009


  • 62,643 miles
Gas gauge- gas level is near 1/4 of tank. Vehicle is turned off for a few hours and when turned back on gas level reads empty. The gauge does not move from empty position and does not register any gas in the vehicle. At times when this occurs and I have placed gas in the vehicle the gas gauge still will not move from a stuck position. I have not replaced or repaired gauge although I am still under warranty, I feel that this is a safety concern and should be addressed. Thank you

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #87

Jan 302010


  • 50,000 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 returning home and doing research, I went online to 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. I eventually ran into a situation where I ran out of gas and was stranded due to the inability to know how much gas was in my tank. The vehicle stalled and I was stuck on the edge of a busy street until I could be towed.

- Lincroft, NJ, USA

problem #86

Jan 052010


  • 111,000 miles
Failure code PO463 on Nissan Xterra year 2005, fuel level sensor malfunctioning very high risk of wrong reading on fuel gauge causing vehicle to strand motorist. Code is P0463-I have research the internet and it looks I'm not alone with this problem..please help us with this issue> I'm sure you already have another complaints again this problem.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #85

Jan 092010


  • 75,000 miles
1) nothing in particular leading up to my failure, normal driving until I reached 1/4 tank of gas. From some online research, I believe it is a defective part that Nissan is ignoring. The corresponding Nissan error code is 0463. 2) when / if I drive my vehicle down to 1/4 tank of gas, the service engine light goes on. It is the fuel level sensor. If I fill my tank and drive a while it will go off. If I fuel up before I reach 1/4 tank the light will not go on. This will happen every time. 3) through advice from a Nissan master tech, I now fill up before I reach 1/4 tank. He says that I am not hurting my vehicle in any way. To fix the merely annoying issue, I would have to pay around $600.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #84

Dec 182009


  • 59,000 miles
Fuel level sensor and the instrument panel control module. The truck die any where my truck in long island expressway(495) West in the left lane I believe that all Nissan 2005 Xterra the should call for this cane of problem is very dangerous.

- St James, NY, USA

problem #83

Dec 162009


  • 64,173 miles
Failure code PO463 on Nissan Xterra year 2005, fuel level sensor very high risk of wrong reading on fuel gauge causing vehicle to strand motorist due to running out of fuel this repair is about $600 per Nissan and is very common on this model please have this placed on a recall list for this factory defect thanks david leaders

- Quincy, MI, USA

problem #82

Dec 142009


  • 105,000 miles
The fuel gauge on my '05 Xterra read E after fill up. After ECM reset event recurred several times. On two occasions engine shut down while leaving my driveway. Mistakenly, I attributed this to bad fuel and/or cold engine. That is until yesterday, during rush hour at 60mph the engine cut off in heavy traffic. Narrowly escaping a major accident, this would have involved multiple cars. I mercifully coasted to the shoulder of the interstate. I turned off the ignition waited a few minutes and tried to restart. I repeated this procedure until on the fourth attempt it restarted and I made it to work. The engine shut off as I was leaving work that day also. After a diagnostic and simple query on the internet, I found my P0463 code to be related the fuel sending unit, a well known and all too common issue. In fact a relevant service bulletin was issued by Nissan. Moreover, a recall was issued for earlier model Xterras. Frequency of this issue and my safety concerns have progressively worsening. I refuse to Transport my children in the vehicle. (imagine an engine shut down while turning left with oncoming traffic.) though Nissan customer care and my dealer indicate no recall has been issued, I am working with both the resolve. To me $26,000 is a substantial purchase, and commensurate product quality and customer support is expected. Absent Nissan standing behind its product, the estimated dealer repair cost is $500+. the potential cost of not repairing the fuel sending unit on any affected Nissan vehicle is immeasurable.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #81

Dec 032009


  • 78,772 miles
Nissan's X-terra off-road edition model is experiencing fuel gauge failures at or after 45,000 miles. I have owned two identical vehicles, sold one, have one remaining that my mother drives. Both SUV's have experienced identical fuel gauge failures. An internet search reveals that I am far from being alone in experiencing this issues as the pathfinder model is also seeing the same failures indicating there's a deeper problem here. The failures are starting to occur as early as 45,000 miles which is slightly outside the standard 36,000 mile warranty period. This in turn ends up putting the cost for repairing this defect back on the customer to the tune of $500 to $700. Much of this cost is due to the labor charge incurred in pulling off the fuel tank to access the sending unit. It is unreasonable to expect a fuel sender gauge failure at 45,000 miles as there are millions of vehicles on the road that do not experience this problem at all during their operational lifetimes. It is my sincere hope that the NHTSA will investigate and force Nissan to replace this defective fuel sending gauge.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #80

Nov 272009


  • 47,770 miles
I filled my gas tank when it was at 1/2 full for a trip out of town. I got about 1 mile from the gas station and my ses light came on and I noticed my fuel gauge still read 1/2. I pulled over because I thought I would check my gas cap to see if that was what made the light come on. It took approximately 30 minutes for the gas gauge to finally reach full with my light still on. The light remained on until my gas went back down to 1/2 tank. I filled my tank again tonight (12-1-09) because it was at 1/4 of a tank left. Again, my gauge still read the same as before I filled the tank and I am assuming the light will come back on when I drive it again. I have researched this problem on the internet and it is a recurring problem that is left for the vehicle owner to pay for even though it is clearly a manufacture problem. Many owners, including myself, will not buy another Nissan vehicle.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #79

Nov 072009


  • 68,800 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra. Approx. 2 weeks ago I went to fill up the tank and the gas gauge did not move, and the service engine soon light came on. I had not had any indication of a problem up until that day. I went to the dealer who said is was some fuel sensor that needed to be replaced that would be $400 to fix (which I priced I a different repair shop and it was ~ 30 dollars cheaper). I declined to get it fixed right away because I did not have the money. A few days later, the service engine soon light went off and the gauge was working again, but then the light came back on again after I filled my car up again. I hope that this part will get recalled since so many people have had issues with this part in their vehicle. My car has a little under 70,000 miles on it.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #78

Nov 072009


  • 61,500 miles
Every time I fill up the gas tank, the gauge does not show the actual new level. It will show the pre-fill up level for 2 days. At the same time the "service engine soon" light comes on. This is a know design error in the fuel level sensor. It occurs every time I fill up my gas tank.

- Lexington, SC, USA

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