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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,146 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #23

Jan 182009

Xterra

  • 39,500 miles

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

My 2006 Nissan Xterra's fuel sending unit has a problem, which results in (a) car does not register full tank of gas after fill-up, (B) occasional (once per 8 fill ups) "service engine" light comes on, which resets itself after several engine starts. This happens immediately after gas tank of filled. Service at ferman Nissan in tampa has given me response similar to another owner of this make/model (quoted below). Since problem with fuel sending unit can result in sudden stop of engine on highway, I think it should be recalled. I experienced my first occurrence of this problem at 39,500 miles, and this is in line with what other owners report. (39K~49K mile range and after 2 yrs). "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."

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #22

Jan 302009

Xterra

  • 61,000 miles
About 5 minutes and approximately 3 miles after refueling my 2006 Nissan X-terra, the fuel gauge dropped to empty and the "low fuel light" came on. After leaving it parked for 20 minutes, I returned to the truck and when I started it the service engine soon light came on and the fuel gauge was still at empty. When I hooked the truck up to a diagnostic computer it said the fuel sending unit was bad. I looked this problem up on the web to see if any other X terra owners have had this problem. I found loads of websites with owners accounts of their problems with the fuel sending unit on Xterras frontiers and pathfinders. My truck has 62000 miles and this problem is not covered under any type of warranty. The Nissan dealer wants $99 just to look at it. If this fuel sending unit fails while I am driving isn't it a major safety problem?

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jan 302008

Xterra

  • 81,000 miles
Fuel gauge did not go to "full" level after putting gas in the tank and later the service engine light came on.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #20

Jan 192009

Xterra

  • 49,969 miles

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

I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra with 49,969 miles on it. After filling up the tank with gas the gas gauge read empty and the warning light remained on. In addition, the service engine soon light illuminated. After two more trips the gas gauge began to read correctly but the ses light remained on. I checked the gas cap was tight and subsequently spoke to a friend with the same vehicle that has had the same problem. I have not yet taken the vehicle to a Nissan dealer, because I understand the problem is most likely a fuel sending unit and will cost $300 - $600. My fear is that this problem will happen when my wife is driving and she will either run out of fuel, or think that she has run out of fuel in error.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #19

Jan 142009

Xterra

  • 26,000 miles
Upon refilling fuel tank, gauge went to zero and service engine soon light came on.

- Greenville, ME, USA

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problem #18

Dec 152008

Xterra

  • 47,402 miles
I have an 2006 Nissan Xterra with 47,402 miles and I filled up and noticed my gas gage showed my tank completely empty!! of course my ses light came on. I went to the Nissan dealer this morning and they told me that I am out of my warranty and it will cost $500-$600 to fix. 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."

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #17

Oct 132008

Xterra

  • 58,600 miles

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

I purchased this Xterra in may of 2006. In the past 8 weeks I have had to have my 06 Nissan Xterra towed to the dealer six times for the same issue of not starting. The first time I was told I was out of gas. Since then, I've been told the security module had gone bad, I had corrosion on the battery terminal causing it to go in to stolen mode, the fuel pump had gone bad (replaced twice), and the wiring harness to the fuel pump had a short in it (replaced twice). The dealer says they have not been able to replicate the problem and want to give me my car back without actually finding out the real issue. This is my family vehicle and I do not do any towing or off-road with it. Prior to these issues, my transmission went out at 11K miles and left me stranded on the side of an interstate for over 3 hours while I waited for a tow truck, and have had to have the fuel gauge sensor, catalytic converter, and tire pressure sensors replaced.

- Johns Island, SC, USA

problem #16

Dec 102008

Xterra

  • miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra and the fuel gauge isn't reading after we fill the tank up. The service engine soon light keeps appearing also. We have been doing some research to try to find out what the problem is and we discovered that is a very common problem in 05/06 models and the manufacturer isn't covering it.

- Tooele, UT, USA

problem #15

Nov 302008

Xterra

  • 40,000 miles
Gas sending unit is failing. Vehicle idles roughly, and service engine light is on. Gas gauge takes forever to show full tank after fill up. This vehicle is not covered under warranty and the dealer is charging $700 to fix it.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #14

Dec 062008

Xterra

  • 51,321 miles
I'm having a problem with my 2006 Xterra. I fill my gas tank, the gauge falls to the bottom and the light comes on, at about a half a tank of gas the needle moves to a full tank, ..my gas needle is not working....

- Newyork, NY, USA

problem #13

Dec 032008

Xterra

  • 24,000 miles

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

I filled up my 2006 Nissan Xterra with gas last night and now the gas gauge only goes up to 3/4 tank and the service engine light is on. The vehicle only has 24,000 miles on it and I have read that this is a common problem with several Nissan models dating back several years. I purchased my Nissan Xterra from niles in key West fl and have had zero problems with it until now.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 162008

Xterra

  • 84,000 miles
I drive a 2005 Xterra off-road - it seems as if my fuel level sensor is acting up - from what I read at other forums, this is a continuous problem with Xterra, pathfinders, frontiers. I was wandering if Nissan will have a recall for this problem.

- Saskatoon, 00, USA

problem #11

Oct 012006

Xterra

  • 92,000 miles
Faulty fuel level sending unit on a 2006 Nissan xtera.. fuel gauge will indicate a low fuel level, and upon filling with fuel, gauge will remain at low level. After a few miles gauge will begin to move until reaching proper level and then operate correctly until next required fill up. Check engine light comes on to indicate problem and service person says sending unit needs to be replaced. This is a common problem with xteras and is not covered by warranty. It seems common enough that this faulty part is a bad design and should be recalled.

- Hercules, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 062008

Xterra

  • 74,000 miles
My 2006 Xterra fuel gauge will not rise when I fill the tank. After driving a few miles after the fill up the needle drops to empty and fuel light comes on. Then the next time I start my truck the service engine light comes on and stays on until my fuel tank is below half full.

- Singer, LA, USA

problem #9

Sep 252008

Xterra

  • 70,000 miles
Gas gage is wrong - always -- and check engine light is always on. I found out it's going to cost me over $400 to fix this issue. Too many others with the same complaint.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 202008

Xterra

  • miles
The gas gauge in our 2006 Nissan X-terra has stopped working and is causing our check engine light to come on. If there is a full tank of gas, the gauge is on empty and the light comes on. It gradually comes back up but never goes above 3/4 full tank. We were quoted $800 to fix it because of the way the sensor has to be replaced.

- Dillsburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 102008

Xterra

  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra. Every time I fill my gas tank the gas gauge drops to the bottom and the light comes on. After cranking the check engine soon light comes on. After driving a short ways the gauge gradually begins to move back up to the top. After several driving trips the check engine soon light will turn itself off. This happens each time I fill my tank whether the tank is 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, or empty.

- Valparaiso, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 132008

Xterra

  • miles
My 2006 Xterra fuel gauge won't move even I filled up the tank from 1/4 of tank.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 102008

Xterra

  • 46,000 miles
I turned on my 2006 Nissan Xterra the other day and saw my check engine light was on. I knew this was clearly wrong as I just had my car serviced. Two days later I turned on my car and the gas gauge quit working completely. It fluctuates up and down. I went on the internet and researched this and found this to be a problem in many Nissan's. this clearly is a defect that should be dealt with. It costs between $300 and $600 to fix and loyal Nissan owners should not be penalized for Nissan's mismanagement.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012008

Xterra

  • 360,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The problem is with the fuel indicator. It does not drop below the 1/2 full mark, indicating that I have run out of gas. I have reported this problem twice and they have stated that they have fixed the problem. For a third time, I have run out of gas, while the indicator says that I have almost half a tank. I have reported the problem gain and was told to bring the vehicle in to have it looked at again. My vehicle came with a 36K mile warranty which has now expired since I am at 38K.

- Austell, GA, USA

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