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CarComplaints.com 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.

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 3 of 11)

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problem #163

Apr 302011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles

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

2006 Nissan Xterra VIN# [xxx]. my complaint is probably the most common with the Xterra. The fuel level sending unit.when I refuel vehicle the gas gauge needle does not move to the full line. Instead it stays on empty only after driving approx 30 to 40 miles will the needle move back up to the full line but also at the same time the service engine soon light comes on. That will stay on for approx 3 trips of using vehicle before it goes back off. I was told 2006 Xterras were covered under this recall however my VIN number was not.makes no sense why some 2006"S are covered and others are not. To me you either bought a 2006 Xterra or you didnt.I bought a Nissan because I thought I wouldn't have these problems I thought that was with non foreign vehicles, boy was I wrong. Nissan step up to the plate and take care of this issue which so many customers are having instead of turning the cheek. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #162

Oct 012010

Xterra

  • 36,500 miles
Fuel sending unit on 2006 Nissan Xterra fails intermittently when tank is low. The gauge will not move to full at gas station after filling--but does so gradually taking about a day or so. This has occurred twice when on vacation, when gas tank gets low (at home, we never let get below half). Nissan will not fix unless it is in failure or check engine light is on when you present @ dealer. Even when it fails, the check engine light does not come on.

- Livermore, CO, USA

problem #161

Feb 062011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 82,500 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra recall id from NHTSA: 10V075000 they said it doesn't apply to my car!" it's on a recall list for my model but they said my VIN is not in there system" wth is going on with Nissan and my VIN not being in their system for a recall. Issue came up engine light on with code P0463, which is what the recall is for.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #160

Jan 302011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 91,267 miles

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

Nissan Xterra 2006, both front cats have failed. Dealer said due to ethanol a common problem, cost around $2300. Found cats and a mechanic for $1200. After 3 weeks check engine light returned. I am now getting a P0643. Dealer passport Nissan quoted around $700 to fix plus another $350 for belt replacement. None of the other recalls am eligible for due to being out of warranty. Also had to replace front and rear U-joints within a year of each.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #159

Sep 102010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Gas gauge does not read correctly and the check engine light is on. The gas gauge is defective and needs to be replaced.

- Murfreeboro, TN, USA

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problem #158

Dec 042010

Xterra

  • 107,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 30 mph all of the warning lights on the instrument panel illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to move the vehicle onto the emergency lane and restarted the vehicle. The dealer replaced the fuel sending unit. The manufacturer advised her that there was an extended warranty for the failure, but it had expired at 72,000 miles. The failure and the current mileage were 107,600.

- Morris , CT, USA

problem #157

Oct 062010

Xterra

  • 28,000 miles

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

Fuel sending unit level faulty. It is a pratically new and low milage car. The fuel level gauge is not accurate and I was running on an empty tank when it showed 1/2 a tank full. That led to my car running out of gas in the middle of the road late at night commuting home from work.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #156

Oct 062010

Xterra

  • 28,000 miles
Fuel sending unit level faulty. It is a pratically new and low milage car. The fuel level gauge is not accurate and I was running on an empty tank when it showed 1/2 a tank full. That led to my car running out of gas in the middle of the road late at night commuting home from work.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #155

Oct 062010

Xterra

  • 28,000 miles
Fuel sending unit level faulty. It is a pratically new and low milage car. The fuel level gauge is not accurate and I was running on an empty tank when it showed 1/2 a tank full. That led to my car running out of gas in the middle of the road late at night commuting home from work.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #154

Nov 082010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 55,045 miles
I drive a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The service engine light turned on after I filled my vehicle with gas and the gas gauge read 1/4 tank. The gauge slowly went up to 1/2 tank, but now I can't trust it.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #153

Jul 102010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 83,975 miles

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

When fuel gauge reaches half a tank then the needle goes all the way down indicating there is not gas and the light goes on. The dte goes from couple of hundred miles left to zero. It happen everytime the needle reaches half a tank.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #152

Sep 242010

Xterra

  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2006 Xterra and I have the same problem that alot of people are having. Started off with fuel gauge not reading correct then shortly after the service engine light has been on. I work with someone one else who's 2006 Xterra has the exact same problem. Why should this be something we have to fix. There is obviously something wrong with the 2006 models.

- Indianaopolis, IN, USA

problem #151

Dec 222009

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
My '06 Nissan Xterra fuel sensor stopped working at 39,000 miles. I also got a check engine light soon that came on. $400 for it to be repaired at the dealership.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #150

Jun 012008

Xterra

  • 45,000 miles
The fuel gauge suddenly quit working on my 07 Nissan Xterra, causing my engine light to come on at app. 45,000 miles.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #149

Sep 202010

Xterra

  • 55,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra---55K, fuel sending unit if bad. Fillup with gas & the gauge doesn't work and the ses light stays on.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #148

Sep 162010

Xterra

  • 43,265 miles
Fuel gauge on 2006 Xterra reads empty when it is not. Saw online that many people have this problem and in prior models was a recall and corrected but not models after 2005. Obviously is still a problem and could run out of gas on a busy highway or who knows what could happen with a fuel problem.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #147

Oct 162008

Xterra

  • 80,000 miles
Fuel level/sending unit failure, worked fine until fill up and then would no longer read the level of fuel in the take after the fill up was complete. Purchased $85 part from Nissan and with help dropped a full fuel tank down enough to get the defective unit out and replace it with new unit. No Nissan did not tell me about this and no they did not help me either.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #146

Sep 132010

Xterra

  • 45,000 miles
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 frontier, Xterra and pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, 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 approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. This has happened and been repaired 4 times on my 2006 Xterra without resolution.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #145

Sep 062010

Xterra

  • 61,052 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 still registered a quarter tank. The check engine light came on.I checked the code and the fuel sending unit/sensor had high input. After coming home and doing research I find out that many people are having the same problem. This needs to be fixed and the customers shouldn't have to pay for something that was knowingly faulty from the company.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #144

Jan 142010

Xterra

  • 61,012 miles
Failure of fuel tank level sending unit to accurately report actual fuel level in gas tank. Fuel level sending unit will indicate full fuel, or partial full and then drop immediately to below empty will fuel remains in tank. Nissan currently has a recall campaign (nhsta #10V075000) on the fuel level sending unit for 2006-2008 Nissan Xterras, which provides for the replacement of this part at Nissan's expense. However Nissan denied my claim under this recall stating that my VIN number was not covered under the recall. I indicated that my vehicle was exhibiting the same problem that prompted this recall and that my vehicle should be included since my vehicle obviously had the same defect. Nissan North America refused to include my vehicle in the recall and I have been forced to replace the part at my own expense. Nstsa should require Nissan to include all Xterra vehicles produced by them for the years covered under the recall, especially those that are exhibiting the identical problems which precipitated the original recall, and not allow them to exclude certain VIN units simply because they wish to do so.

- Marvin, NC, USA

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