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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,098 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #11

Jun 012011


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed to properly display the correct fuel level. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was confirmed that the fuel sensor had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue 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 80,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Linwood, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 282012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while traveling 20 mph, the service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was 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 vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000 and the current mileage was 93,600.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 182012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Upon start-up check engine light came on, had computer read and code P0463 came up indicating a fuel level sensor a circuit hi input malfunction.

- Bridgeville , DE, USA

problem #8

Jul 162012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


My fuel gauge shows the wrong fuel level and the engine light comes on indicating a fault with the fuel sending unit. I thought my vehicle would be part of the recall id # 10V075000 - fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank. I called Nissan and gave them my VIN. They informed me that my vehicle is not part of the recall. I have the exact problem addressed in the recall. Same make, model and year.

- Silverton, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 032011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I noticed last summer that when I gassed my Nissan Xterra up that the gas gauge would not show it being full and after visiting my local Nissan dealership it was diagnosed that it was a faulty fuel sensor error code P0463 and since I had over 75,000 miles on my Xterra at the time Nissan would not pay to repair it and that I had the option to pay for the repair myself which is well over 300 hundred dollars. I was also told by the dealership this was a known defect for 2005 and 2006 Xterra pathfinders etc. I have since found out that there was a NHTSA campaign recall on this id # 10V075000. I have since looked this up and found that this only covered Xterras with certain vins and I'm not sure if my Xterra is one of these vins. I also found it only covered it up to 75,000 miles which of course doesn't help me since the fuel sensor broke after 75,000 miles. This has been a very annoying problem for me for the last year and although I haven't run out of gas yet I've been close and I'm sure its only a matter of time before it will and then it will a safety issue for me.I recently contacted Nissan and talked to one of their representatives [xxx] at 1-800-343-6913 ext [xxx] and was told because I have over 105,000 miles on my Xterra now that Nissan would not pay to have it fixed and it was my problem.I feel that this a very known defect that Nissan knows about and has only halfway tried to resolve ie only covers Xterras with certain vins and up to 75,000 miles which shouldn't still is a defective part that I don't consider a wear and tear part and mileage vins shouldn't matter. I think Nissan should pay to have the fuel sensor fixed and mileage vins shouldn't matter they need to stand behind their products and correct their mistakes as this is a potential safety issue.I would appreciate any help in getting this issue resolved thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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problem #6

Nov 212011


  • 80,000 miles
I purchased vehicle in mid 2009. Gas gauge failure causes abrupt stops without notice in heavy traffic areas causing hazardous situation and potential direct harm to driver and passengers. Nissan has been aware of faulty fuel sending unit prior to purchase of vehicle. As a buyer, I was not informed of problem with vehicle when car purchased at use car dealership (K & J auto sales ) located in hayward, California. Nissan factory recall and technical service bulletins for code P0463 and P0448 were issued for vehicle prior to purchase. This is an inherent problem in car design with previous Xterra models as it has been documented in publications..

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 162012


  • 57,000 miles


Gas gauge is behaving erratically. It will show full after filling up, then drop as expected from driving. When the gauge reaches approx. The half tank stickmark, it will freeze there for several miles, then drop to E and the empty warning light comes on, though I would estimate the tank to be about half full. I stop to fill up again but can only get 7 or so gallons in.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 102010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
-fuel system has a problem registering the amount of fuel in the tank, the problem is associated with a faulty fuel level sending unit that Nissan refuses to recall. -whining noise coming from inside the engine, noise comes from a faulty timing chain tensioner guide that Nissan refuses to recall.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 092011


  • 90,000 miles
Fuel gauge reads until 3/4 tank fuel then drops to "O" I have to estimate the mileage for fuel presently I get 378 for a full tank.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also noticed that the fuel gauge was not providing the correct fuel reading. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technician stated the fuel sensor sending unit would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #1

May 102012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
I am experiencing check engine light and error code P0463 (fuel level sensor malfunction) on 2006 Nissan Xterra.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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