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:
54,467 miles

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2005 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 202015

Frontier 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Nissan Frontier. Consumer writes in regards to fuel sending unit problem. The consumer stated the fuel sending unit should be replaced by Nissan, regardless of what month the vehicle was manufactured. The consumer stated it was obvious the same part was used on vehicles throughout the entire manufacturing process. According to the invoice, the fuel gauge would not read full.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 172010

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 125,100 miles
Received warranty extension letter from Nissan on my 2005 Nissan Frontier regarding an issue with the fuel sending unit which has caused my fuel gauge to inaccurately display the amount of fuel in my vehicle. Like all other owners my warranty has expired! when I purchased the vehicle it already had around 70,000 miles and that was in 2007. I just recieved the notice from Nissan within the last month of 2010. The ntsa should investigate this matter and demand a nationwide recall on this item from Nissan. This is clearly a safety issue for Nissan owners and obviously a defective part! it is pretty clear that Nissan realized there was a problem and decided the least costly response would be to extend the warranty on this model vehicle, knowing fully well that most owners would not qualify for the extended warranty protection. I urge all owners of this model Nissan to first and foremost file a complaint with ntsa and also call your elected representatives and see if they will investigate this matter. In addition I urge all owners of Nissan automobiles to refuse to buy any additional vehicles from Nissan. In addition please let your friends know that while Nissan talks a good game, the bottom line is they don't back their product!!!! at this point Nissan refused to replace item free of cost and I have not had the item replaced yet due to the cost involved. Nissan refused to fix item under warranty, stating my vehicle is out of warranty! this is absured and the government should step in and help consumers with this matter.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #10

Aug 062010


  • 42,820 miles
P0463 problems with my fuel gauge.

- Butler, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 122010


  • 48,000 miles


At around 48 or 49 thousand miles, my 2005 Nissan Frontier "service engine soon" light came on. Also, my fuel gage failed. I took my truck for scheduled emissions test and the truck failed. The diagnostic trouble code came up PO463 "fuel level sensor failure". told by dealer that it was a 650 to 900 dollar repair and that there was no recall at this time.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #8

Apr 022010


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier, faulty fuel level sensor, which costs around 700 dollars to repair at dealerships, recalls on some years but not the 05. A lot of people have this issue and should be a recall item. Causes fuel gauge not to work properly and could be a safety issue when you run out of gas.

- Sumtion, AL, USA

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problem #7

Dec 282009


  • 58,000 miles
I have the same problem with the fuel level sensor as reported by many other Nissan Frontier owners. I saw that there was a recall issued by Nissan for 2006 and 2008 models. I am experiencing the same problem with the fuel level sensor on my 2005 Frontier. I contracted the dealer and they will not correct the problem at their cost. Why won't they recall the 2005 Frontiers if the have the same problem ? [xxx].

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 102009


  • 50,000 miles


I own a 2005 Nissan Frontier. When I hit 50,000 around October 2009 the dte, distance till empty read"---". the service light stays on all the time. Whenever I fill up with fuel it takes days for the gas gauge to read. It stays on empty most of the time and the empty light is on all of the time. I have been looking on line for fixes but everything points to faulty sender unit. I can not afford to fix this in this economic time. I think companies that make faulty parts by the billions should fix the problem or stop doing business.

- Guyton, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 082009


  • 47,000 miles
Nissan Frontier 2005 47,000 miles throwing error code P0463 (fuel level sensor malfunction). As a result, there is no way to know how much fuel is left in the tank. This is dangerous for traveling on the interstate and for fill-ups.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 222009


  • 53,000 miles
The check engine light on my 05 Nissan Frontier came one last week. After checking the error codes P0463, it seems that the fuel level senor is malfunctioning. Shortly after discovering the problem I contacted the dealership to ask about repair and cost. The dealership wanted $600 for the repair and the part was on back order, and they wouldn't be able to fix it until next week. Two days after I checked with the dealership, I was driving home on a major interstate when my truck stopped functioning. In the middle of rush hour traffic I had to coast my vehicle to the emergency lane.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 102009


  • 39,786 miles
After gas tank went down to 1/4 tank, got a fill up at a local gas station. Pulled off and notice that the gas gauge was not reading that it was full. After riding a mile the check engine light came on. Went to local dealership thinking I just needed an oil change; that did not solve the problem. Then was charged $100 for a diagnostic test. The test confirmed: Replacement of the fuel pump assembly recommended after the sending unit goes bad. Causing no reading on gas gauge even after gas tank is filled in terms making the check engine light remain on consistently. I brought this truck used still under warranty. Came to find out that the part isn't under warranty but is a common issue with these models from 2004-2007....

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 012009


  • 74,902 miles
2005 Nissan Frontier showing error code P0463, which means faulty fuel level sensor. Driving along as normal. Stopped to fill up. After loading 18 gallons in the tank the fuel gauge did not move. After driving a bit the gauge registered full and the check engine soon light stays lit and the fuel register is unreliable.

- Steele, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008


  • 50,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Frontier that has been a good truck other than one problem. The check engine light is on. Fuel gauge stays at empty after tank is filled, then slowly rises to full over the course of a couple of days. Dte gauge alternates between correct reading, a reading that is not possible, and ----. mileage is just over 50,000, and there are no other indications of problems. I have not done anything to correct the problem at this time.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

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