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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 8 of 11)

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problem #63

Jul 012009

Xterra

  • 55,000 miles

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

I own a 2006 Nissan Xterra and the fuel gauge is it not working most of time, my gas light is on and it is triggering my service engine soon light even when I fill up the truck all the way up the light still stays on and every once and a while it will show my correct fuel amount but it is very rare. I have searched around and it seems like a lot of Nissan models have this problem and if you take it to the dealership it is a $600 + dollar repair which I do not feel I should have to pay due to Nissan error.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #62

Oct 032009

Xterra

  • 51,000 miles
The fuel level sensor on many newer Nissan trucks is going bad right after the 36K warranty expires and costs the owner an average of 400 dollars to fix. This issue causes the service engine soon light to come on and consequently cannot pass inspection without being fixed. I've seen many many cases of this online on bulletin boards and forums, and it seems to me this is widespread enough that it should be recalled.

- White Oak, PA, USA

problem #61

Aug 062009

Xterra

  • 52,000 miles
We own a 2006 Nissan Xterra with approximately 55K miles. Along with thousands of others, we are experiencing the same problem of a faulty fuel level sensor. Our model has 2 fuel gauges--1 electronic that estimates the number of miles remaining ("dte") and 1 standard fuel gauge (F----E). After filling the tank, both gauges had intermittent issues. A few fills later, both gauges indicate an empty tank. Everyone seems to experience this problem shortly after the 30,000 mile warranty has expired, forcing the consumer to spend ~$500 to fix the issue. Since it is clearly a faulty part, Nissan needs to recall this part or fix it for free when this specific issue is identified. My pregnant wife drives our Xterra daily and I do not feel safe allowing her to drive a car with absolutely no fuel gauge. However, I refuse to pay $500 for a part that was faulty from the start, as demonstrated by the thousands of posts we have found indicating error PO463. Thank you for your attention to this widespread and potentially damaging issue.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #60

Aug 312009

Xterra

  • 63,000 miles

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

Gas tank was reading 1/4 tank so I filled it and the tank still showed 1/4 tank and within an hour the service engine soon light came on...went to advance auto, received the same code as everyone else who has a complaint about this issue (0463) and was told that it's a fuel sending unit problem. The next day my tank finally registered as being full but the service engine light remained on. Had the code reset and now I am cautious about letting the fuel get too low in my vehicle. Nissan should be responsible for this not the customer.

- Drakes Branch, VA, USA

problem #59

May 152009

Xterra

  • 80,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Xterra. At the beginning of this year, 2009, the fuel gauge would time-to-time stop working. When the fuel level reaches below 1/2 a tank, the gauge would automatically drop to empty. When this happens and the vehicle is fueled to a full level, the gauge would still not operate. It takes a few miles of driving before the fuel gauge will slowly begin to reach to the top. This would occur every time the fuel would reach below 1/2 tank. After this happens, its a guessing game on trying to figure out how much is in my tank. I have been stranded on the side of the road three times now. I was told by a Nissan dealership in another town, there was a recall for that part. When contacting a dealership near me, they disagreed and gave me a price to fix the problem.

- Williamson, GA, USA

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problem #58

Sep 062009

Xterra

  • 77,031 miles
Check engine light came on and my fuel gauge reads zero fuel with a full take.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #57

Apr 152009

Xterra

  • 48,000 miles

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

When fill up gas gauge reads empty. Check engine light comes on. I bought part will install myself.

- Jamestown, NY, USA

problem #56

Jun 152009

Xterra

  • 36,318 miles
Faulty fuel sensor in Nissan Xterra 2006. Appears to be a frequent failure with Nissan vehicles after 36 months (due to corrosion in the unit). Unit can read faulty causing vehicle to stop. Nissan acknowledges defect but will not recall and replace these units.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #55

Aug 232009

Xterra

  • 58,562 miles
After filling up my 2006 Nissan Xterra, the low fuel light came on and the needle on empty. Discount auto parts told me that the check engine light says that the fuel sensor is not working properly. After researching, apparently this is a common problem with Nissan Xterras and was once recalled in 2004 for all 2000-2004 models, but Nissan isn't recalling them anymore. I feel this is obviously a manufacturers error and needs to be repaired!

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #54

Apr 162007

Xterra

  • 46,000 miles
Gas gauge does not work properly reads empty all the time seems to be an ongoing problem with two models of Nissan.

- Flanders, NJ, USA

problem #53

Jul 242009

Xterra

  • 44,350 miles

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

Fuel sending unit failure.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #52

Mar 012009

Xterra

  • 52,341 miles
PO463 error codes, causing faulty gas gauge readings that could allow you to run out of gas without warning.

- Cumming , GA, USA

problem #51

Jul 122009

Xterra

  • 72,000 miles
Today, I had about 1/4 tank of gas and filled up before taking a short road trip. When I turned the car back on, the gas gauge read empty and the low fuel light was on. I pulled over, checked to make sure the gas cap was on properly and started the car back up. The gauge still read empty, the low fuel light was still on, and a few miles down the road, the service engine soon light came on. I have found out that this is caused by a defective fuel system sensor that is a know defect.

- Navassa, NC, USA

problem #50

Jul 092009

Xterra

  • 42,000 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 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 somthing 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

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #49

Jul 082009

Xterra

  • 33,080 miles
Fuel sensor continually reads tank empty when tank is full. Service engine light comes on when engine gets to 1/4 tank. Told that this is a problem with most 2006 models and not covered by warranty.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #48

Oct 152008

Xterra

  • 65,000 miles
Fuel gauge gives incorrect readings, sometimes reads high, sometimes reads low, sometimes goes all the way to empty after filling the tank and at random times. If this was a recall for the 1st generation Xterra, it should be a recall for the 2nd generation as well.

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #47

Jun 242009

Xterra

  • 67,000 miles
Fuel sending unit is malfunctioning causing check engine light to go on. Apparently a very common occurrence on Nissan Xterras.

- Covina,, CA, USA

problem #46

May 152009

Xterra

  • 53,000 miles
The fuel level sensor on late model Nissan trucks and sport utility vehicles fails and reads an empty level after fill-up. The manufacturer knows of this recurring problem and has issued a technical bulletin ntb07-069A to inform its technicians of the procedure needed to correct the problem. This failure occurs without warning, and remains constant until corrected by the manufacturer. The technical bulletin describes the repair procedure needed to only replace the sending unit, and not the entire fuel pump. Failure to correct the problem could potentially lead to vehicles stalled on congested highways due to improper fuel level readouts.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #45

Jun 042009

Xterra

  • 37,000 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 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."

- State College, PA, USA

problem #44

May 292009

Xterra

  • 60,000 miles
Filled my 2006 Nissan Xterra full with gas and gas gauge did not register any fuel being put into tank. After 3 miles of driving the service engine soon light came on. After 40 miles of driving fuel gauge went to full but the light is still on. I have noticed that once I get below half a tank of fuel the needle on the gauge doesn't move until I have about 1/8th of the tank left. This has been going on since 45,000 miles and currently has 60,000 miles but this last fill-up was the first to have the service engine soon light.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

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