Notes: In a very limited selection on small pickup trucks, the Frontier is one of the best options except -- and I cannot emphasize this enough -- for one problem that makes it an avoid-at-all-costs pain in you know what: the radiator ruptures and leaks coolant into the transmission, killing it. Such a buzzkill.

This problem affects most 2005-2008 (and maybe beyond) Frontiers.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,354 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #91

Nov 112010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 90,300 miles


I owned a Nissan Frontier 2005 and just lately I noticed the fuel gauge assy not working when I put full tank fuel and yet the gauge still reads zero. I received a notice from Nissan that indeed there was a recall on 2005 Frontier for fuel gauge failures. I brought my car to the nearest Nissan repair shop and but they don't acknowledge that this is covered under the recall since my mileage is more than 90K miles and they said the recall had lapse already. I refuted that I just received the letter last week and how come it has lapsed already. But still they ask me to pay more that $400 for the repair.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #90

Aug 242010


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving the fuel gauge would indicate that there was. The dealer was informed about the failure and stated that the vehicle needed a new fuel sending unit. There was no warranty due to the high mileage. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 74000. The current mileage was 77800.

- Port Lucie , FL, USA

problem #89

Oct 222010


  • 59,800 miles
The fuel gauge on my 2005 Nissan Frontier is erratic and not correct. I have a service engine soon light on now. The code is P0463 fuel level sensor. Nissan currently has a recall for 2006 Frontiers and a little research on some Nissan forums shows many 2005 models have the same problem. I don't have $600+ to fix my fuel gauge. I think Nissan should include the 2005 Frontiers in the recall. Also, Nissan service bulletin ntb07-069B includes the 2005 Frontier.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #88

Jul 172009


  • 44,000 miles


Fuel level sending unit malfunctioned on Nissan Frontier 2005 and caused vehicle to run out of gas on interstate. Cost to replace was 700 dollars from dealer. Have not replaced yet. Fuel gauge shows empty tank to half full regardless of actual gas volume residing in the tank.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #87

Aug 162010


  • 50,000 miles
Fuel gauge sensor problem with Nissan Frontier 2005, fuel gauge evap. Leak P0455 code. Both need to be fixed because there is a safety issue with the leak and sensor.

- Binghamotn, NY, USA

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problem #86

Oct 212010


  • 73,860 miles
Concerning my 2005 Nissan Frontier 4X4 nismo. I noticed my dte (distance to empty) indicator not working properly. It read ---- and then 0. shortly after the check engine light came on. I was informed it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was not covered. I did some research online at and other sites. After searching, I came across many others who have experienced the exact 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 safety recall was made by Nissan. According to all accounts something in the fuel system is faulty and corrodes over time. Everyone who is having the problem is experiencing the same thing in the range of 39,000 to 80,000 + miles. Since 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 should customers have to 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.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #85

May 122010


  • 58,576 miles


2005 Nissan Frontier fuel sending unit failure when gas gage reached 1/2 tank the gauge failed to 0 with empty light on, service engine soon light came on and dte calculator went to --------- (58,576 miles) problem goes away when tank is refilled to more than 1/2 tank and reads normal, after about 90 miles service engine soon light goes out.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #84

Oct 152010


  • 89,563 miles
Filled up 2005 Nissan Frontier with gas. After turning the truck back on the fuel gage dropped to empty. Then, when I started driving the check engine light came on. It has not went off and the fuel gauge will not go back up even with a full tank of gas.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #83

Jul 152010


  • 60,000 miles
Nissan fuel sending unit in 2005 Nissan Frontier is faulty.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #82

Aug 152010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
05 nismo Frontier, I had a ticking noise while driving. My engine light was on with a catalytic converter code, gas gage was intermittent. Took it to the dealer. Had to replace the fuel sending unit, get a new catalytic converter and have my driveline replace because it was blown. The truck had 94K when I took it in for repairs. I am currently trying to find a possible coolant leak. I can smell it but can't find where it is coming from.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #81

Sep 092010

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 151,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle pre-owned. Because the vehicle was sold ┐as-is┐, the dealer refused to fix the gas gauge concern when I discovered it was malfunctioning. As long as I set the trip odometer when I filled up with gas & I was the only one driving the vehicle, this worked fine. However, in the past year I have been having family members drive my vehicle & they don┐T know or forget to set the trip odometer. Twice in the last year I had this vehicle run out of gas with me. The last time it ran out of gas on the I-10 bridge crossing the Mississippi sound. Not the best place to be at night┐ the tow truck driver who came to get me told me that Nissan had a recall notice on the Frontiers for their gas sending units. Nissan elected not to repair this concern because they stated my vehicle was out of warranty.

- Mobile , AL, USA

problem #80

Aug 312010


  • 37,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier gas gauge reads 1/4 full when the tank is empty. Causes me to run out of gas when driving in traffic. I drive with a gallon of gas in truck bed, so when I run out I can get to a gas station. I have to stand on the road with traffic going by to pour the gas in when it runs out, it's very dangerous to run out of gas when the gauge indicates there is gas in the tank. Nissan recalled 2006 to 2008 Frontiers but not 2005. I asked Nissan due to the production year 2005 and identical problem on the 2005, compared to the 2006- 2008 recall, to please repair they replied no, its not part of the recall. How do I hold Nissan responsible for issuing a defective product.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #79

Sep 142010


  • 30,756 miles
I refueled when my fuel gauge read 1/4, when I started the vehicle back up the gauge still only said 1/4 tank even though I had just filled up with 16 gallons. The service engine soon light also came on. After checking online there appear to be thousands of instances of the same occurrence happening to Nissan Frontiers, and xterras. I believe this is a manufacturing fault which needs to rectified with a recall.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #78

Aug 212010


  • 82,379 miles
I was driving my 2005 Nissan Frontier and the vehicle ran out of gas while traveling on the roadway even though the gauges indicated 1/4 of a tank of gas remaining. I was nearly rear ended by another vehicle traveling behind me. Fortunately I was on a roadway with a travel speed of 35mph and not on a major highway. I had to push my vehicle to the roadside and call for assistance from a family member. I contacted the dealer to find that the vehicle is know to have a failure of the fuel level sending unit. I was told they have recalled 2006-2010 models of the Nissan Frontier but the 2005 model using the same part was not. I had to pay the dealer an $89.95 diagnostic fee to confirm what they already told me and then pay $470 additional in part and labor fees. Nissan Consumer Affairs was unresponsive and denies they have a problem with the 2005 model even though I presented them with a factory service bulletin I obtained that clearly identifies the problem for the 2005 model year and tells the dealer what to do, what to replace and allows them to claim for reimbursement for the part from Nissan. Service bulletin ntb07-069B part affected fuel level sending unit # 25060-zz00A.

- Oxford, PA, USA

problem #77

May 102010


  • 80,000 miles
Fuel level sensor in my 2005 Nissan Frontier is a chronic manufacturers problem that can cause the vehicle to stall unexpectedly. Several models of Nissan truck's have this problem and the operator will not know how much fuel they have.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #76

Apr 102009


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Frontier that has a fault code of PO463. Nissan has recalled the 2006-08 vehicles with this faulty fuel level sending unit. They are refusing to repair mine because it is a 2005 and are refusing to accept responsibility for an obvious defective part. There are hundreds of people like me with the identical problem that are having to spend in excess of $600. This is a serious safety issue as well. I have ran out of gas twice because I thought I had enough fuel when infact I did not. My son was driving it to college at college on August 21st when he thought he had fuel when the truck was empty. I'm afraid to think what would happen should the vehicle run out in the middle of an intersection. Please with your help and persuasion, we can get Nissan corporation to repair all affected vehicles. Thank you

- Monore, NC, USA

problem #75

Feb 282010


  • miles
2005 Nissan Frontier crew cab upper fuel sending unit problem causing the service engine soon light to trigger and causes the gasoline fuel level gauge to move erratically and/or read inaccurately.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #74

Aug 102010


  • 56,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier crew cab le model. Fuel sending unit is defective. Fuel gauge does not read properly and does not indicate actual fuel level which has caused a stall due to lack of fuel when the gauge reads 1/4 tank. After learning of a recall for this problem, a search of my VIN number revealed that Nissan did not include my vehicle in the recall even though it is for the same issue that caused the recall.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #73

Aug 072010


  • 38,000 miles
Regardless of much fuel is in the tank the fuel gauge on my 2005 Nissan Frontier (38000 miles) shows less than empty and the service engine light is on.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #72

May 012010


  • 80,000 miles
Service eng light comes on due to high fuel sensor. Also fuel gauge goes to less than E and the low fuel light comes on.

- York, SC, USA

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