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 3 of 6)

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problem #71

May 102010


  • 43,200 miles


The fuel gauge on my Nissan Frontier 2005 model gives a incorrect reading and the service engine light comes on making it impossible to pass emission in the state of Tennessee in order to receive paperwork to get registration and tags. Sometimes the problem corrects itself but it takes days maybe weeks. And the only way to keep up with how much fuel is inside the tank is to try to keep up the how many miles you have driven. How can you have a recall on 2006 models that have the same problem but not on 2005. It should be corrected by Nissan regardless of what model.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #70

Nov 182009


  • 96,000 miles
Why has there been no recall on Nissan Frontier pickup trucks? they have had thousands of complaints reported online about transmission failure due to cross contamination of transmission fluid and engine coolant due to a problem with the transmission cooler pipe design. This is a very common problem with these vehicles. Also I have a failed gas gauge sending unit. Again there are thousands of the same complaints online. There have been recalls on other vehicles for the same reason, yet not on the Nissan Frontier pickup. The recalls on others was issued because there would be false readings of fuel levels and a person could run out of gas in traffic and cause and accident. The same problem can occur with the Nissan Frontier because the gauge gives an inaccurate reading or shows empty yet there is fuel in the tank and the operator would have no idea if he is about to run out of gas or not. Back to the transmission, the transmission can go out completely without notice due to the cross contamination. There is no way to no if there is a problem until it was to late. The transmission will fail and there is no way of knowing there is a problem unless you check the radiator periodically. That is the only way to find the problem with out having an actual breakdown. I have had to replace a radiator, have my transmission completely cleaned out twice to remove any coolant, and now my transmission has completely failed. I am asking fro an investigation into the Nissan Frontier problems and the numbers of the same complaints. I am sure there would be a basis for a recall.

- Grethel, KY, USA

problem #69

Oct 012009


  • 38,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier, gas gauge is malfunctioning. When tank is filled gauge reads anywhere from empty to 3/4 full and check engine light is on continuously. Took to mechanic who isolated the problem to the sending unit in the tank, repair would require tank removal and would costs hundreds of dollars. I could not afford, so have been using mileage to estimate fuel usage. When I heard about the recall Nissan had for similar problems, I was surprised and disappointed that the cutoff was the 2006 model year. The recall should be for all units with the same problem.

- Chewelah, WA, USA

problem #68

Jul 212010


  • 55,506 miles


Service engine soon light comes on at 1/4 tank of gas. Code is 0463 faulty fuel level sensor. Apparently this is a problem with Nissan and have had previous recalls for this on older models. Mine is 2005 Nissan Frontier and I understand it costs between $400 to $600 to fix. Have not had the money to fix it yet.

- Argyle, TX, USA

problem #67

Apr 202010


  • 62,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier has a known fuel gauge issue. There is a recall on 2006+ Frontiers that have the same exact part. The fuel sending unit attached to the gas tank is known to go bad, and is covered by Nissan under the recall, which doesn't include the problematic 2005 models out there. See NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000. The result is that the gas gauge and computer estimates of "distance until empty" are grossly erroneous and require constant monitoring of the range.

- Austin , TX, USA

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problem #66

May 202010


  • 69,870 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier crew cab. After filling the gas tank, the gage was reading 1/4 tank. Over the course of the day the gage increased till it read nearly full. Also, when the gage nears 1/4 tank, it will suddenly drop from 1/4 tank to dead empty with indicator light.

- Poolesville, MD, USA

problem #65

Apr 182010


  • 45,000 miles


Took 2005 Nissan Frontier to fill up gas. Filled up and gas gauge went crazy which triggered service engine soon light which means I fail my emissions, now I have to spend 600 to repair, 300 for car tags, 50 for emissions test, happy birthday to me.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #64

Mar 012010


  • 81,500 miles
Fuel sending unit failed.

- Wiscasset, ME, USA

problem #63

May 012010


  • 62,000 miles
Have a 2005 Nissan Frontier with approx. 62,000 miles. Went to fill the gas tank and when done noticed the gauge did not go up at all. Also the engine light went on. As I drove the gauge slowly went up to full and the dte reading adjusted to the approximate mileage to empty. Eventually the check engine light went off after driving for a few days. Filled the tank again and the same thing happened. Checked on line and seen that alot of people are having the same problem. Have not contacted the dealer yet.

- Ambridge, PA, USA

problem #62

Apr 242010


  • miles
The fuel gauge and sending unit are defective both have been replaced by Nissan twice and both continue to fail on a weakly basis running out of fuel on the interstate wile the gauge reads a half tank Nissan refuses to fix since the truck is now out of warranty.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #61

Apr 152010


  • 44,350 miles


Fuel tank level gauge not working properly, and service engine soon light on. The problem seems to be the fuel sending unit/sensor. I went online to after performing a search, I came across many others who have experienced the same problem. Vehicles that are experiencing this problem are: 2005-2007 Frontiers, xterras, and pathfinders. There should be a recall on this issue with so many others having this same problem. This could be a safety issue not knowing the correct level of fuel in your vehicle. Someone could run out of gas on the highway and put their live or someone else's in jeopardy. This problem seems to be happening around approx. 39,000 to 50,000 mileage on odometer.

- Keeseville, NY, USA

problem #60

Apr 202010


  • 145,000 miles
1. when I fill my,2005 Nissan Frontier xe, up with gas or it is to low on gas my fuel gauge will not function properly. The same problem with the 2006 model. 2. the failure is with my fuel sending unit. It occurs all the time. It prohibits me from reading my gas level. 3. nothing has been done by Nissan to correct the problem. The part I need to fix it cannot be purchased through the dealer because they say the unit is on restriction due to the recall on the 2006 model. This same part is covered in the 2006 recall but not for the 2005 model and no one can answer why.

- Deer Park , TX, USA

problem #59

Jun 152009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated after filing the vehicle with gasoline, the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The fuel level indicator also would not adjust to show an accurate reading of fuel levels and remained on empty. After consuming approximately one-fourth of gasoline, the fuel level indicator then began to read fuel levels. The dealer advised there were no recalls on his vehicle and any repairs would be at the owners expense. There were no repairs made to the vehicle. The contact stated the failure would recur whenever the fuel tank was filled. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 64,000.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #58

Mar 282007


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. The contact observed that the fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate reading at any speed being traveled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the fuel tank required replacement at the owner expense. The contact experienced the identical failure as mentioned in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary tank). The failure mileage was 40,000. The current mileage was 87,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 02/23/11 the consumer stated the radiator fluid leaked into the transmission and there was no indication that it happened until the transmission failed. The consumer stated the engine didn't overheat, there was no external leak or odor. Once the transmission started to slip it was too later. Updated 03/09/11

- Arrington, VA, USA

problem #57

Apr 022010


  • 58,925 miles
Service engine light came on stating: Code P0463 (fuel level sensor malfunction) problem just started. Has not been corrected

- Milford, NJ, USA

problem #56

Jun 092009


  • 46,000 miles
Nissan 2005 Frontier fuel sending unit failure. This caused improper readings on the fuel gauge. Why were 2006 > recalled and not 2005! replaced sending unit.

- Slat Lake City, UT, USA

problem #55

Mar 242010


  • 81,245 miles
Fuel sending unit for the 2005 Nissan Frontier should have been included in the latest Nissan recall of 2006-2009 models. There are countless people with this truck who have the same problem as the recall problem, yet that model year is not included by Nissan.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #54

Jan 092010


  • 40,000 miles
I am joining the thousands of other Nissan Frontier owners that have a failed fuel sending unit. When I get to 1/4 of a tank, the gauge falls to empty and the low fuel light comes on. I fill it up immediately since I don't want the truck to stall like others have experienced. I only have 40K miles on my 2005 model.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #53

Jan 202010


  • 78,000 miles
2005 Frontier crew cab with 83K miles with P0463 error code. Fuel gauge drops from 1/4 tank to empty.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #52

Aug 152009


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. Whenever the contact would add gasoline to the vehicles capacity, he noticed that the fuel gauge would indicate that the tank was half full. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact had the float valve replaced. There were no prior warnings.the current and failure mileages were 63000.

- Norcross, GA, USA

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