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 5 of 6)

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problem #31

Apr 212009


  • 55,000 miles


Gas gauge reads all over the place, check engine light comes on, won't pass inspection even though it has nothing to do w/emissions....ran out of gas on I-95 - almost run over.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #30

May 062009


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Frontier. After filling up the vehicle with gasoline, the contact noticed that the instrument panel light illuminated, which indicated that the vehicle was empty. There were no failures prior to this incident. The contact called the dealer and was informed that they were aware of the failure and advised her to bring the vehicle in for inspection. The vehicle has not been repaired or inspected. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed to take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. They further stated that they would call the contact back with an update after speaking with the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 55,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #29

Feb 012009


  • 115,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Frontier service engine light is coming on and the gas gauge does not work. I have verified that this is not subject to a recall in my model vehicle but is subject to an earlier model yr recall. After filling up my gas gauge goes to empty until I have driven approx 125 mile and then it goes to three quarters of a tank. Nissan is aware of the problem and has issued service bulletin # ntb07-69A for its dealers but has not chosen to fix the issue.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #28

May 052008


  • 39,000 miles


10 months ago my 05 Nissan Frontier had the check engine light come on. Turns out is was the fuel sensor. Now the fuel sensor doesn't work. I have researched this and it is a very common problem for Frontiers, xterras, and pathfinders. I have found literally hundreds of complaints, and Nissan is aware of the problem, yet still no recall. In addition to the $90 diagnostic, we are being quoted $400 to have it repaired. This is a serious concern because the fuel gauge will work fine ofr a while, then get stuck, making it impossible to know how much fuel you have. I have been stranded twice on the interstate.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #27

Mar 032009


  • miles
My fuel level gauge indicated I had 1/4 of a tank of gas left. I stopped and filled it with 17 gallons at the local shell gas station. After filling, as I was leaving the station I noticed my fuel gauge had not moved and still displayed 1/4 of a tank. I also noticed my check engine soon light was on. I went to have it checked and a computer read out indicated a bad fuel level sensor. After a review on the internet it seemed to be a common problem with this particular vehicle.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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problem #26

May 162008


  • 45,000 miles
Engine sputters then dies. Check engine light always on. After analysis by a shop, fuel gauge sending unit is found to be defective. Many owners of Nissan trucks/SUV's reporting this defect.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #25

Jul 072007


  • 27,000 miles


Fuel tank indicator does not indicate full tank after filling full; first occurrence in July 2007; second occurrence Feb 2009; not under warranty second time.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #24

Dec 302008


  • miles
2005 Nissan Frontier gas gauge dose not give proper, readings does not read full when tank is fill up. Seems to read lower amounts after each fill up. Don't want to run out of gas, must keep track of mileage. Just bought truck in Dec. Of 08, 28,000 miles on it.

- Hernando , FL, USA

problem #23

Jan 112009


  • 45,000 miles
Service engine light comes on. Code says it is a bad fuel sensor. It is my understanding this is a problem with Nissan Frontiers.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #22

Dec 152008


  • 37,000 miles
Upon reaching approximately 37,000 miles on my 2005 Nissan Frontier my gas gauge began acting wildly and my check engine light went off to indicate I had a bad fuel sending unit. Code 0463. The gauge will not register any fuel when the tank is full or when it's near empty. When the tank is half fuel the gauge seems to work. Upon further research it appears that hundreds of people are having this same problem and Nissan has acknowledged there is a problem via service bulletin ntb07-069A. However they have not stepped up to recall this known faulty part. This could be a safety hazard and I feel that Nissan needs to do something about the defective fuel sending units they pu in my truck. It appears that most of these failures are happening near the 40K mark so Nissan does not cover them under normal warranty. Very convenient for them.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #21

Jan 172009


  • 47,000 miles


Service engine light kept coming on with a fuel sensor message at dealership/auto parts store. Now the fuel gauge isn't working.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #20

Feb 132008


  • 35,289 miles
Fuel gauge began reading inaccurately at 35,389 K, would only register 3/4 when tank was filled. Inaccurate reading subjected owner to chance of running out of fuel. Vehicle returned to dealer and was promptly repaired by installation of a sending unit. No charge to owner.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 182008


  • 70,000 miles
Common problem. Fuel gauge does not work. After plenty research, I have found out that plenty Frontier and xterra owners are have problem with the fuel sending units failing. Stealership want $400-$500 to fix this. I do not have money for this and don't want to run out of gas again. This should be recalled. They recalled it is austraila on the Nissan navara (same as a Frontier), but I guess it would be too expensive for Nissan to man up, and we will have to pay.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #18

Jul 102008


  • miles
After filling up my truck the fuel level never took effect and this is very frustrating the dealer wont help and is too expensive to fix out of pocket.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 022008


  • 50,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier: Apparently, many Nissan are showing faulty fuel sending/level units (including my own). They cause the driver to have an nonfunctional gas gauge. Due to this faulty factory part, I ran out of gas on a six lane highway during rush hour. With all the Nissan on the road, I can imagine many may run out of fuel in less than safe surroundings. Please do a recall!!

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #16

Sep 232008


  • 70,000 miles
Nissan Frontiers and xterras (and maybe other similar vehicles from Nissan) are having a strong recurring problem with the fuel sending unit sensor going bad and dealerships not covering this part. I have recently experienced this same failure, which has hit everyone I know with a 2005-present Nissan Frontier. Clearly a recall needs to be done, because this is tagging many, many owners for a factory defective part/design.

- Old Fort, NC, USA

problem #15

Nov 162008


  • 49,990 miles
Service engine light comes on whe fuel guage is low. Does not go off after filling.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #14

Feb 012007


  • miles
At about 80,000kms the fuel level sensor failed. I took it into my local Nissan dealership and was told that it would cost about $700cdn to repair it. The service technician was very eager to get it fixed for me, but I declined. The fuel gauge reads empty when the tank is full and at a certain point it reads half full but it never reads full. The service engine soon light is always lit. Apparently this is a common problem with the Frontiers and pathfinders, but Nissan has done nothing about it. Will stick with Toyota cars in the future.

- Chilliwack, 00, USA

problem #13

Jul 012008


  • miles
The fuel gage does not register "fuel" properly on both computer & gage every time we fill up the tank. The service engine soon light stays on constantly. When you fill up the tank, the gage goes to empty and low fuel light comes on. The computers shows a reading that says -------. eventually gage will slowly go back up to full and the miles left will show on computer. When it gets down to half to quarter full, "miles left" no longer appear and fuel stops registering on the gage. This is a 2005 Nissan Frontier nismo crew cab truck with only 53,000 miles. My understanding is that it is error code P0463 and that our truck needs a new fuel sending unit. Apparently there are many Nissan vehicles this is happening too. The cost is approximately $600 which is ridiculous on a vehicle with only 53,000. There is obviously a defect in this part and Nissan should recall this part.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

problem #12

Sep 012008


  • 71,000 miles
Service engine light comes on and I check code, code is P0463. Fuel sensor problem.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

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