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:
89,913 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #70

Sep 042016


  • 80,700 miles


After filling up gas tank, (I put in 14+ gallons of gas )the fuel gauge remained @ 1/4 tank and the check engine light went on after driving for 24 hours, the gas gauge begins to go to full but the check engine light remains on--this happened on 2 occasions and since the gauge seemed to be working, the mechanic reset the check engine light (it came up with fuel gauge error code), this happened last week and again yesterday I checked the data base for my VIN # and there is no recalls, but I see there are other NHTSA recalls for this issue with other Nissan Xterra's will the dealer replace this free of charge " (fuel level sending unit ")

- Rhinebeck, NY, USA

problem #69

May 282016


  • miles
The fuel sender unit is erratic. Shows empty when fuel is half tank or full. Triggers chenk engine light intermittently.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #68

Jun 152016


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed and displayed the incorrect level. The contact mentioned that the fuel gauge always displayed empty and the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #67

May 012016


  • 182,000 miles


I have a fuel gauge problem exactly as described in the nyssa Xterra recall, gauge reaches 3/4 tank but won't go lower. Then all of the sudden it drops to empty. My local Nissan, allen jay Nissan says my VIN is not covered in the recall and they aren't fixing the problem, they just extended the warranty. Well my car is 10years old and no longer has a warranty at 182,000 miles. I won't pay $400 to get it fixed because it is a known defect and they need to fix it. Who do I contact at Nissan to fight this injustice?

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #66

Dec 032015


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge became inoperable without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

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problem #65

Oct 072015


  • 50,000 miles
Nissan service bulletin ntb07-069B check engine light on, resulting in me running out of gas in traffic, the last time inches away from causing an accident as the truck completely died without warning while I was in motion on a major highway. Contacted Nissan and they told me my truck was not affected by this recall, yet here I am with the same problem as everybody else with only 60,000 miles on a 2006 vehicle. They are refusing to help resolve the situation and insist I pay to have them replace a part and pay labor to replace such part. I have taken very good care of this vehicle including keeping it low miles. There is no reason a "normal" fsu should fail after 60000 miles. I am now unable to renew my registration causing me and my family to drive around illegally as this is our only transportation. We are unable to afford the ridiculous cost Nissan has quoted us and don't feel we should have to pay to fix an obvious faulty part. They should be held responsible for this part failing and possibly causing serious injury to my family or another family.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #64

Jan 102015


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact discovered that the fuel tank was empty and the fuel gauge displayed incorrect reading levels. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was radiator coolant inside the transmission. The transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact mentioned that the air conditioner and heating system became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #63

Feb 102016


  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving 45 mph, the fuel gauge displayed an incorrect reading. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel sensor sending unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 155,000.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #62

Jan 012016


  • 130,000 miles
I have a faulty fuel sending unit that has been recalled by Nissan but does not acknowledge my VIN as part of the recall. I am having the same issue as many Nissan owners regarding an inaccurate fuel gauge as a result of faulty fuel sending unit. As noted in the recall (campaign id# PC042): "Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign on certain MY2006 and 2008 frontier, Xterra, and pathfinder vehicles to address a potential fuel gauge inaccuracy. Specifically, the issue can cause the fuel gauge to show that the vehicle still has some fuel, typically about one quarter tank, when the fuel tank is actually empty. To remedy this potential condition, Nissan is conducting this voluntary safety recall campaign to replace the fuel level sending unit with a new one at no charge for parts or labor." This is accurate to my problem where the fuel gauge will read inaccurately at any point, leaving the operator with uncertainty of fuel level and potential disabled vehicle, leading to potentially life-threatening situations. At one point I ran out of gas on the highway and had to quickly make it across three lanes to a safe stopping point, even though my fuel gauge read over 1/4 tank. My vehicle was towed to local garage where I was told I ran out of gas and had to pay for towing, gas, etc as a result of faulty Nissan parts.

- Tiverton, RI, USA

problem #61

Dec 202015


  • 83,000 miles
The engine light is on, the problem code is po 463. The reference number is: Ntb07-069D. A recall campaign for the model and make of my vehicle was on your site November 30, 2010. My fuel gauge is erratic, the sensor is faulty, Nissan refuses to fix this problem as, according to their Tennessee office, my VIN number has no open recalls. I now have to fix this problem as my vehicle will not pass inspection. The cost is approximately $400. I am very disappointed in the service I received from Nissan.

- Islip, NY, USA

problem #60

Dec 132015


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed to provide accurate reading levels when the vehicle was refueled. In addition, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #59

Jun 152013


  • 70,000 miles
Fuel sending unit ceased to function. Dealership said the vehicle was not on the recall list. Full tank registers after 50 or so miles and then drops to empty around 120 miles. We are forced to fill the tank full, reset the odometer and never go past 325 miles. Twice I have been travelling at freeway speeds when the car steering locks up and vehicle loses power. Both times I have been lucky to be able to limp off to the side of the road without incident. Both times occurred late at night and alone. One location I was forced to walk along the road until my phone registered a signal. I believe this occurred around 70,000 miles. To date, we have not fixed the problem and if we lived in an emissions controlled city, we probably would not be driving it right now as it has thrown a code and activated the check engine light. I'm curious to know who qualified to have this repaired. Based on what I have read, not many and certainly not those who too have experienced the problem. I loved my Xterra but due to the lack of care and issues ignored by Nissan, I steer people away from buying one.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #58

Mar 052013


  • miles
Anytime I put gas in my car, the fuel gauge indicator does not work properly. I can drive with a full tank of gas and the indicator says it on empty. And then it will gradually start going up, but it takes days for it to work properly. Also, if it working properly, I can stop a red light, and if the car stays standing in one place not moving the indicator also drops to E.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #57

Aug 132013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. After refueling the vehicle, the fuel gauge failed to display the correct fuel reading level. The failure recurred multiple times. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge failed to display that the fuel was low. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. MA 10/5

- Aiea, HI, USA

problem #56

Jul 312015


  • 72,188 miles
Our vehicle began to no longer show that we had any fuel on the gas gauge. I saw that 2006 Nissan Xterras had a recall on the fuel level sending unit. We had the repairs done at a Nissan dealership, but were informed that our VIN number would not be covered. The corporate headquarters said we had no recourse because this was a warranty issue even though their website refers to it as a recall. Is there anything I can do? please help!

- North Bend, OR, USA

problem #55

Jun 242015


  • 116,500 miles
Cracked radiator hose caused coolant to mix with transmission fluid thereby ruining the transmission. Cost included radiator and transmission (used) replacement. This issue would have been proactively repaired / replaced the radiator prior to the issue occurring had Nissan notified me of it. Instead, it cost an extra $3500 to replace both radiator and transmission. A totally preventable situation, never mind the potentially hazardous situation had the transmission failed at highway speeds. No excuse for Nissan.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #54

Feb 102011


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving at various speeds, the TPMS light illuminated constantly and the wheels felt loose. The contact mentioned that the fuel gauge malfunctioned and failed to display the correct fuel level. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the light was reset, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system); however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Boyton Beach, FL, USA

problem #53

May 012012


  • 55,000 miles
Vehicle gas gauge does not work. Faulty fuel tank sending unit. Ran out of gas in traffic.

- Delran, NJ, USA

problem #52

Mar 102015


  • 130,000 miles
I was on my way back from the mall when I heard my fan/belt start to squeal. Not thinking anything of it I kept on driving next thing I know I'm pressing harder on my gas peddle just to go faster. My rpms where going to high and I was only going 65. I was on the high when this happen so I didn't notice till I had to go up a bridge and that's when I really notice my engine struggling to get power, it sounded like it was doing a lot when it really wasn't. I knew I had to go to the mechanic to get it looked at they told me it was a lose bolt. Next thing I'm driving home and my car was doing the same thing again but this time it wasn't going into gear in drive, so I tried 3 gear still nothing so I went to 2 and it stuck. I parked it on a side street in ocean city and called trip a and had it towed to Nissan of atlantic city to see what was wrong. Couple days later they called and told me my radiator fluid leaked into my transmission and messed all the gears up. After hearing that I looked up that problem on Xterras apparently this is a pretty common occurrence on them. I was not notified of such problems by the dealer and apparently Nissan want reimburse me so I'm out 7,500 because my Nissan is sitting in my back yard.

- Ocean City , NJ, USA

problem #51

Apr 282015


  • 45,000 miles
These vehicles seem to have a safety flaw. When depressing the brake pedal the amount of travel is such that it is a common occurrence to depress the gas pedal at the same time causing the car to lurch forward. I have had two different Nissan dealers (henderson, Nevada and boise, Idaho) inspect my vehicle and was told in both cases there is nothing that can be done...its the way the automobile was manufactured. During my last dealer inspection in boise, Idaho the mechanic brought a new 2015 model into the garage and put the two cars side by side. The difference in brake pedal travel was approximately 1/8 of an inch, so the problem has evidently never been addressed by the manufacturer. Today, my vehicle lurched forward when braking because the gas pedal was depressed while braking. It is paramount that one's foot is centered on the brake pedal; if your foot is off to the right side just a little, the gas pedal will be depressed while braking causing an unsafe situation. I have had many very close calls because of this issue.

- New Meadows, ID, USA

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