pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,634 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the gas tank (4 reports)
2004 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 152017

Frontier XE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,538 miles


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And Nissan manufacturer left someone unhappy today.. won't address these gas tanks rusting at the same area. Claiming it's the first time that they've seen this yet I've read other stories like this online.. Hmm.. nice.. feeling a little untrusting about future Nissan vehicles.... 😑😑😑😑😑 I've owned much older vehicles that never had this problem. Gas tanks are a crucial part of the vehicle it should last much longer than 13 years 😟😟😟

I bought the truck not knowing it had a rusty gas tank where fuel sending unit sits on which allowed water into the system therefore going uphill allowed water to get fed up to the engine preventing my truck power and dying. Could not get truck to start because only water would go in. Had to take it to a shop and they found only water in fuel lines... Ridiculous how a 2004 would have this problem... I've NEVER had this in my older 90s vehicles!

I went to a local junkyard to find a cheaper used tank for $20$ only to discover that it had the same exact rusting area where fuel sending unit sit on... I was forced to buy a new gas tank from local dealership, fortunately they were kind enough to reduce $10$ off original price after telling my story. I reported it to Nissan manufacturer and they claimed it's the first that they have ever heard of it and that Nissan warranty expires when truck hits 48k miles.... This is bullshit.

Nissan is supposed to be known for reliability.... I'm reading other posts that have the exact same problem! First time my ass... Looks like it was designed to rust out. Designed to cause problems and force Nissan Frontier owners to keep buying new gas tanks...Anyone notice how that metal part isn't coated with paint?.. How that gasket only covers a thin part of that rim?.. 😕

Nissan manufacturer lost my trust. Readers, I apologize for my use of profanity... As a full time student single parent and part time worker, almost $120 ($438 gas tank, $50 fuel sending unit(mine was broken), $120 fuel pump, $493 labor, $20 fuel filter and then some), had to come out of my own pocket to pay for this!

- , Mountain View, US

problem #3

Aug 202012

Frontier XE 4WD 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Went thru several months of evaporation problems with this truck. I replaced gas cap 2x, fuel filters, various bits and pieces before finally being diagnosed with rusting gas tank. it was full of pinholes. Why Nissan wouldn't cover this with a recall really angers me. It's also a huge problem on the 2005 trucks according to my research.

I love my truck, but this is the first time I've ever had to replace a gas tank on any vehicle I've owned, including Fiats and MGs.

- , Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152010

Frontier XE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A 2004 Nissan 4x4 XE quad cab in excellent cosmetic condition, except for the usual rusted out bumper. I can accept the problems with the Nissan truck like the Knock Sensor going bad which EVERYONE who owns a Nissan probably has. The front end wearing prematurely, the hood latch falling apart in my hand etc. But the gas tank rusting through and giving an EVAP code which turned on the "Service Engine Soon" light is too much. Nissan should step up and take care of this issue. Nobody should have a bad gas tank like this on a vehicle regardless of age let alone a few years old. Nissan brags about high mileage capable cars, but who cares if there are dangerous fumes emitting from the gas tank. Nissan dealers are very unconcerned about the problem and simply stick out their hands for cash. Well I am back to Honda's, and Nissan has a bad reputation coming out of me every time the topic of cars/trucks arise. Honda's break too but they put out "service bulletins" and take care of the issues when you go into the dealership of their own accord (no pun intended). Anyway furious at Nissan and I can't believe they would risk a news story when someone explodes from a leaking gas tank. This is just TOO MUCH!!!!

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 012010

Frontier LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I can't believe it but we need to have our gas tank replaced! The vehicle was driving rough since about November and the check engine light kept coming on. Our local Nissan dealership charged us to do the diagnostics and said that the truck was okay but if the light comes on again to bring it back. The light came back on and my husband brought it back and was told the gas tank rusted! It's only a 6 year old vehicle, how does that happen? The tech first said it wasn't covered under the extended warranty but my husband knew that it was so the tech checked (he should have done that in the first place) and said it was covered. He ordered the gas tank and we are waiting for it to come in.

Can anyone please tell me if there are other similar problems with their Nissans? I never heard of a fairly newer vehicle having a rusted gas tank. I bought many vehicles in the past, both old and new, and never had a problem like this before.

- , Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

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