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:
57,146 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 11)

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problem #183

Oct 012011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


The fuel gauge on my vehicle is erratic and does not accurately show the amount of fuel in the tank. It will read full when almost empty, empty when full, or anything in-between. There is no way to tell how much fuel is in the tank which I think is a safety concern. Nissan knows about this problem with the Xterra fuel sensor but will not issue a recall or fix my vehicle because it doesn't have the right VIN according to their customer service people. There are many many other consumers commenting on-line with the same problem. Why has a general recall not been issued"?" Nissan should not be able to get away with knowing of faulty equipment and not fixing it. Thank you for your help!

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #182

Mar 142012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Recall for 2006 Xterra with manufacturer date of Jan-March. My manufacturer date of my vehicle is August but has the same fuel level sensor issue listed on the recall. This has caused me to dangerously run out of gas on an interstate causing hazardous conditions. Problem: Fuel sensor indicates there is fuel in the tank when in fact it is empty. It either stays full or stays at half a tank. The service engine soon light comes on intermittently.

- Morris, OK, USA

problem #181

Apr 142012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 94,376 miles
My service engine soon light came on during normal driving. Ran the code through a scangauge computer and returned P0436 which is a fuel level circuit high imput. It is a very common issue that make the fuel gauge read incorrectly and could result in a loss of power in the lane of traffic which make for a dangerous situation.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #180

Mar 282012


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the check engine warning lamp illuminated and fuel gauge was erroneously providing a reading of half full the fuel tank was empty. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel level sensor circuit was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacture was made aware of the problem who did not offer any assistances since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Burke , VA, USA

problem #179

Mar 052012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
We brought our Nissan 2006 Xterra in to the boardwalk auto center. Redwood city, ca - Nissan to have them check on what we thought was another transmission issue (Nissan replaced the transmission, at their expense over $8000, once and the fuel gauge twice plus a couple of other recall items). When we picked up the car they told us we needed a new timing chain for about $2000 (we have heard these are not normal items to be replaced and should last the lifetime of the car). We can't believe there is yet another major expensive problem part with this car! when does this car become a lemon and how many major items are going to need to be replaced" what is happening to Nissan? has the timing chain issue been investigated and how many other people are having this problem"

- Foster City, CA, USA

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problem #178

Dec 012011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The fuel level sensor is malfunctioning, it suddenly goes to empty at no particular level the fuel tank is actually at. My risk is to run out of gas in the middle of an emergency situation. My coworker has the same problem with his Xterra as well, it seems to be a factory defect for these cars. Someone needs to check this out as there might be many consumers affected by this issue.

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #177

Jan 232012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles


Service engine soon light has appeared. The code is P0463 which states fuel level sensor circuit high input. AA1. Open or short circuit condition AA2. Poor electrical connection. AA3. Faulty fuel level sensor. The more I read about this, the more I find many Xterras having this problem. Funny thing is..........paid it of two weeks ago. : (

- Glen Burnie - 21061 , MD, USA

problem #176

Jan 272012


  • 45,463 miles
Error code P0463 fuel level sensor a circuit high input.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #175

Oct 102011


  • miles
My 2006 Xterra had the P0463 code come up, with the 'service engine soon' light, and my fuel gauge not properly displaying what is actually in the fuel tank. The fuel gauge will drop to show empty when I fill the tank, other times it will slowly raise up to show full, but it can be all over the place. I use my trip odometer to know where I'm actually at for fuel. If this is a known on going issue with Xterra's, then there should be a mandatory recall. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

- Weare, NH, USA

problem #174

Nov 012011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated the fuel sensor would not provide an accurate fuel level reading. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic but not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed to the contact that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank) but the vehicle did not qualify for repairs due to the mileage on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #173

Jan 042011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Our fuel sensory went out on our Nissan Xterra shortly before we reached 100000 miles. Nissan is aware of the problem and sent a letter out for a warranty only. However, the warranty included 2006 Nissan Xterras with less than 72000 miles on them. When I did research I found that over 80000 2006 Nissan Xterras were affected by this. I contacted Nissan usa to have them resolve the issue of the fuel tank sensor and indicated I would like the defect fixed. They refused to fix it and indicated it would cost me a little over $400 to fix. I asked them for financial assistance since I do not have this to pay for the repair on top of my $433 a month a car payment. I recently had a baby and never know when my car is empty. The sensor no longer reads fuel levels and is constantly showing empty. I was up for emissions testing this year and can not pass emissions until the sensor has been replaced. I believe since this is such a wide spread issue that Nissan should recall the part. Just this week my vehicle ran out of gas according to my speedometer I had 100 miles left on the tank it misread and I was stuck with my screaming 5 month old on the side on the road at night waiting for aaa to arrive. This wide spread problem needs to be addressed by Nissan and not just shoved to the side. Way to many vehicles are affected for this to remain a warranty issue only!!!!! I have see the stats listed here on NHTSA. Campaign id # 10V075000.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #172

Apr 012010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Error code P0463 shows I have a faulty fuel sending unit. Previous year Xterras were serviced for this issue. No recall has been issued.

- Kingsbury, TX, USA

problem #171

May 202011


  • 74,585 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated the fuel sending unit failed. The contact had the unit replaced once under warranty and again under NHTSA recall campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system: Gasoline storage auxiliary tank) but the failure recurred. The contact believed that the manufacturer did not create a proper recall repair. The failure mileage was 74,585 and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #170

Oct 132011


  • 75,013 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that after refueling, the gauge displayed an inaccurate fuel reading. The vehicle was taken to an auto repair shop for diagnostic testing where the contact was advised that the fuel lever sensor was defective. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall based on the VIN. The failure mileage was 75,013.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #169

Jun 152011


  • 80,000 miles
The molded fuel tank shell deformed causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has fuel when the tank is empty.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #168

Apr 012011


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge was malfunctioning and displaying improper readings. The fuel gauge would display an empty reading after refueling. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel gauge was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assitance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Statesville , NC, USA

problem #167

Jun 292011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 52,100 miles
Fuel level indicator failure, ran out of gas in the roadway, check engine light on.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #166

May 152011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Defective fuel level sensor, Nissan does cover this under warranty but only up to a 70,000 milage limit. If part is defective it should be replaced regardless of miles. I contacted Nissan directly and was told sorry, over mileage cannot help. This is a safety issue that could endanger occupants with inaccurate fuel amounts, I.e. un-expectantly run out of fuel in the middle no-where or on the interstate. Does it become less safe with more miles, I would think not. Nissan should be made to make the repairs regardless of miles.

- Hawkinsville, GA, USA

problem #165

Jun 262011


  • 54,000 miles
Check engine light on due to error code P0463 (fuel level sensor malfunction). Based on my research this happens to an unusually high number of second generation Nissan Xterra owners.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #164

May 012011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the vehicle was being inspected by an independent repair shop when he was informed that the service engine light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was also informed that the fuel level sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank). The failure and current mileage was 125,000. Updated 07/08/11 the consumer stated there was rubbing sound coming from the vehicle. At diagnostic test revealed a component in the fuel system need to be replaced. The mechanic advised the consumer to take the vehicle to the dealer for repairs because a recall had been issued. The dealer informed the consumer his VIN was not included in the recall. Updated 07/20/11

- Round Rock, TX, USA

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