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 4 of 6)

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problem #51

Mar 042010

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


2005 Nissan Frontier. A defective leaking fuel pump sprayed gas all over the under carriage of the truck causing a fire hazard.

- Gouldsboro, PA, USA

problem #50

Feb 252010


  • 76,000 miles
Problem with fuel gauge on 2005 Nissan Frontier pick up truck. After filling tank, fuel gauge will drop to empty, turn on low fuel light, and turn on service engine soon light. After a day, the fuel gauge will begin working again (slowly returns to correct level) and eventually the service engine soon light will go out. Process repeats every time vehicle is re-fueled.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #49

Nov 222009


  • 50,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier. When the fuel gauge reaches 1/2 tanks the gauge reads empty. The problem is a bad fuel sensor. After doing research online, there are many others with the same problem on the same vehicle.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #48

Mar 022010


  • 60,000 miles


Fuel sensors in my fuel sending unit are bad. This has caused immediate loss of power on the highway ; as the fuel level reads quarter tank, but is actually empty. Nissan just recalled some 540,000,2006 and up vehicles for the same problem, but excluded the first year of the second generation Frontier models. It is easy to find hundreds if not thousands of complaints on the internet for the 2005 editions alone. Nissan is clearly reluctant to take full responsibility for these defective sensors, and should include the 2005 models in this safety recall. Thank you for your time.

- Emerald Isle, NC, USA

problem #47

Jul 162009


  • 100,000 miles
Fuel cell/gauge problem similar to reent recall however recall does not cover my Nissan Frontier model year...2005.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

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problem #46

Feb 282010


  • 67,508 miles
I am getting a car code of P0463 which indicates that the fuel level sensor is malfunctioning in my 2005 Nissan Frontier. My gas needle dropped from 1/2 full to empty in a few seconds. I ran out of gas before I could get to a gas station.

- Lewisville, NC, USA

problem #45

Jul 012009

Frontier 4WD

  • 75,000 miles


The fuel gauge sends different signals empty when full, when 3/4 and up the gauge drops to empty. There are thousands of claims regarding this issue, also with pathfinders, terras, please see this complaint and do something !!!!!!!!!!!!

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #44

Jan 102010


  • 55,000 miles
2005 Frontier nismo with 55K miles with P0463 error code. Fuel gauge drops from 1/4 tank to empty.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #43

Dec 282009


  • 48,500 miles
I had just picked my vehicle up from the dealership after having had them perform several repairs. After driving about 10 or 15 miles, and with approximately 1/4 of a tank of gas, the check engine light came on. I returned the car to the dealer and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it would cost $463. I performed research online and found that there are numerous other car owners who have experienced the same problem. It appears that the unit will corrode after just several years of use. I also found that a similar problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled. However, although a service bulletin has been issued for 2005-2007 xterras, Frontiers, and pathfinders the cost of this repair is still being put on the customer. Since this is such a wide-spread problem that includes an integral part of the car it should be addressed with a recall and the installation of a better designed unit.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #42

Dec 252009


  • 32,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier fuel gauge & check service light. The check service light came on and the fuel gauge reading poorly+erratically. Went on web and found this problem has been ongoing from previous years and models. There are hundreds of complaints on the web so there must be thousands who have been affected. The repair cost is $600 from the dealer, a cash cow. My truck has only 30,000 miles and been babied. I feel this is a planned design defect and a recall should be ordered. Samuel baylus

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #41

Oct 012009


  • 60,000 miles


The contact 2005 Nissan Frontier. The fuel gauge indicator was operating improperly, and the check engine light illuminated on the warning panel. He had a diagnostic performed, which indicated the fuel level sending unit failed. He had not yet spoken with the manufacturer to determine if they would be willing to take liability for any failures. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current was 64,000.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #40

Dec 162009


  • 51,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier. Service engine soon light always on, and improper fuel gauge reading point to a bad fuel sensor unit. As this exact problem is all over Nissan forums on the internet, it's obviously a defective part and needs a recall.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #39

Jan 152008


  • 50,000 miles
The fuel gauge will not read correctly and the service engine soon light stays on! ex. If my low fuel light is on and I go fill up the truck, it still reads that I need gas and this is a constant problem! the gauge never reads the gas level correctly! I have already ran out of gas once due to the faulty gauge, so I now have to figure it out via mileage! the gauge was working just fine, and one day this just happened! I have been putting up with it for nearly two years and enough is enough! I have looked online and it turns out that this is an extremely common problem with Nissan Frontier's! now the oil pressure gauge always reads that the oil pressure is high, when that is not the case! so I now wouldn't know if it was high or not, which if it was it could cause my engine to blow out and cause a crash!

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #38

Oct 122009


  • 47,000 miles
After fueling to a full tank, I noticed the gas gauge did not budge off the 1/4 mark for 20+ miles. Ever-so slowly, the gauge finally read "F" but the check engine light came on. After diagnostics revealed the error code PO463 and a bit of research/elbow grease, the problem came down to the fuel sensor unit. It seems that this is a common problem, with quite the number of complaints across the internet. This issue is constant after every fueling. Worse, the levels are inaccurate and could cause damage to the fuel pump by running to empty. The only safe way I can operate my vehicle is by meticulously eyeing the odometer. My vehicle has less than 50K miles. I can only hope the warranty covers this faulty part, because my research indicates a cost of $300-$600 for repairs.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #37

Oct 132009


  • 56,000 miles
My fuel gauge stopped working after filling up with gas one day. The engine light came on and I had the code read which said fuel sensor. The gauge sometimes works and sometimes doesn't which caused us to run out of gas one day shortly after the malfunction occurred. Fortunately we were on a quiet rural road at the time, if it had happened on the freeway with heavy traffic a serious accident could have occurred. The vehicle only has 55,000 miles on it and I see that this is a common problem well known to Nissan. There needs to be a recall on this before a serious accident occurs.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #36

Sep 162009


  • 66,665 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 nor my digital fuel sensor on the dashboard. 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 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 old. If this problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled, the 2005-2007 xterras, Frontiers, and pathfinders should be 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."

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #35

Dec 152008


  • 57,865 miles
Oddly enough my fuel gauge stopped working at 58K miles or so. Now I know you think so what fix it. When I took it to the dealer they said they see all the time. So I looked online, googled Nissan Frontier fuel sending unit, and found literally 1000's of owners with the identical problem on dozens of message boards. So I called a few more dealers and repair shops and they said the same thing that I have read and heard; that they were fixing them all the time. So I came to the conclusion that the problem is systemic to all years since 01 for the Nissan Frontier and xterra (they are essentially the same vehicle- just shaped differently). Anyway if you can light a fire under someone's butt over there at Nissan to institute a recall I certainly would appreciate it.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #34

Jul 052009


  • 71,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan pickup's fuel gauge has stopped working. The gauge no longer indicates gas in tank even when full. The service engine light is on and the reserve light is on.

- Brookline, MA, USA

problem #33

Apr 212008


  • 50,000 miles
2005 Frontier fuel sending unit messed up... not reading properly... only 50,000 on vehicle.

- Mountain Home, ID, USA

problem #32

Jun 012009


  • 46,000 miles
Nissan Frontier 2007, fuel gauge erratic, not reliable, unsafe.

- Aurora, CO, USA

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