Notes: Radiators are still cracking, leaking coolant and destroying transmissions. Which is a shame when you consider that otherwise, this would be a great small pickup truck.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,950 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #72

Mar 012010


  • 52,006 miles


Molded fuel tank shells can deform causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tack shell causing the instrument panel fuel gage to show vehicle one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. Vehicle ran out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

- Aravda, CO, USA

problem #71

May 032010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The contact received notification of NHTSA recall campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. After repairs, the vehicle began experiencing the failure and would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer four times yet they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 36,000 and current mileage was 100,384.

- Frenchtown, NJ, USA

problem #70

Mar 012009


  • 45,000 miles
Fuel level gauge not indicating proper level. Especially occurs immediately after fill up. Sometimes within a day or so the gauge will move to correct level and work fine until the next fill up. Other times gauge will show empty even with plenty of fuel in tank. The service engine light is also sporadic. This has been happening for over a year. Mileage when first occurred 45000.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #69

Jan 052010


  • 31,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The fuel gauge displayed that the fuel tank was full when it was empty and empty when it was full. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the fuel sending unit needed to replaced for $500. The manufacturer was calledl and confirmed that his VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #68

May 012010


  • 78,000 miles
2006 Nissan Frontier le 4X4 with May 2006 build date. Fuel gauge stopped registering upon fill up. Gauge needle drops to empty with low fuel light within 2 miles of fill up, followed by service engine soon light. After 3-5 days of driving, gauge intermittently starts reading actual fuel level and ses light goes off. Consequent weekly fill ups have exact same results. Nissan dealer says an active recall for fuel sending units does not cover my VIN. Impossible to tell how much fuel is in tank exactly on any given day. I use miles driven as gauge, and reset upon fill up weekly for a rough estimate.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

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problem #67

May 202010


  • 38,500 miles
Check engine light is illuminated due to faulty fuel sending unit. The fuel sending unit controls the vehicle fuel gauge and provides information to run on board emissions diagnostics. Dealerships refuse to cover the repair under warranty. Consumers are unable to register a vehicle when the check engine light is on because the vehicle will not pass a smog test. Safety becomes an issue due to the fuel gauge not accurately providing the correct level of fuel in the tank. A recall has already issued for a similar fuel issue on this vehicle - I believe the fix requires replacement of the fuel pump and includes the fuel sending unit.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #66

Mar 012010


  • 84,000 miles


As my vehicle uses gas the gauge sticks at about 5/16 to 3/8 full. This action causes the fuel gauge to then do unusual things such as fall to empty and throw a fault code to the obd II. Or the fuel level on the gauge will stay at approx. 5/16 to 3/8 full for a prolonged time while driving. I have contacted Nissan but they say the trucks build date falls outside of the vehicles which have been recalled. It sure seems to me that I too have a gas tank with the deformity which causes the fuel float to "catch' or "stick'.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #65

May 152010


  • 29,250 miles
2006 Nissan Frontier fuel sending unit quits working after approx 4 years causing incorrect fuel gauge reading and service engine light to illuminate. Dangerous as incorrect gauge reading could cause vehicle to run out of fuel.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #64

May 032010


  • 50,112 miles
I filled up my truck and the fuel gauge does not respond properly. It may tell me I have more or less gas than I actually do. I can turn the key off and recrank the engine and have a different reading. Recently it caused my service engine soon light to come on. Also if I am driving a long distant the gauge sometimes will go from empty and start going to full as I drive.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #63

Apr 022010


  • 40,000 miles
Tengo un carro 2006 Nissan Frontier, fabricado en junio 2006, Y tiene el mismo problema que tienen los fabricados hasta marzo, que califican para un recalls, ES el sensor de la gasolina, Y creo que hay mas carros con este problema que fueron fabricados durante el 2006 Y si me pudieran ayudar con una investigacion de este defecto.en los carros fabricados hasta junio 2006, (sensor del gas)hace que no SE sepa si el carro tiene gas O no, Y lo lleve al diler pero me dijeron que no me lo pueden arreglar porque no esta en la fecha de la campana.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #62

May 042010


  • 50,400 miles


My Nissan Frontier fuel gauge has stopped working- I called about the recall and I was supposedly not covered but they can check it for 100 bucks up front to make sure.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #61

Sep 182008


  • 40,000 miles
Vehicle gas gauge does not work. When I fill up the tank the gauge will show full, and the light will go off. Then as the fuel is used up the light will come on even though the tank is 3/4 full.

- Vacaville , CA, USA

problem #60

Oct 142008


  • 47,344 miles
Check engine light came on and fuel gauge is inoperative. Nissan recalled units in this model year for this problem but my case was denied.

- Camp Verde, AZ, USA

problem #59

Apr 162010


  • 46,000 miles
At about 37,000 miles, the fuel gauge on my 2006 Nissan Frontier started reading "empty" no matter how much fuel was in the tank, and the "check engine" light came on continuously. The fuel sensor was replaced with a "revised" unit and now at 46,000 miles, it is reading "empty" all the time, even when the tank is full.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #58

Apr 192010


  • 45,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not accurately report fuel level. There is a recall for this year, make and model but Nissan says it only for specific VIN's and that not all are subject to the recall even though I have a faulty fuel sensor as well.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #57

Apr 022010


  • 34,000 miles
Service engine light came on, code is P0463 - fuel high level sensor. The truck is a 2006 Nissan Frontier with 34,000 miles. The dealership said there is a tech bulletin, no recall.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #56

Feb 242010


  • 43,470 miles
Nissan Frontier 2006 all have a common defective part, the fuel level sensor. I have this truck and at approximately 43,000 miles, the sensor went out giving me the "service engine soon", code number P0463. The Nissan dealer said it would $350 to replace, at my expense. After further research in internet forums, this is a common defect with all 2006 Frontiers with the sensor going out at approx 42,000-43,000 miles. The fuel gauge no longer functions, leaving the owner not knowing how full the fuel tank is. There are post on various forums of drivers being stranded with an empty tank due to this defective part. Nissan has recalled some of the vehicles for this defect but when I advised Nissan customer service that my truck had the same defect, I was told that my VIN was not part of the recall. It is clear that the recall needs to be broadened to all vehicles produced in that year.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #55

Apr 022010


  • 37,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Frontier. The ignition was started and the contact observed that the fuel gauge displayed empty, after dispensing gasoline into the fuel tank. The failure occurred on several separate occasions to include inaccurate readings. The check engine warning light also remained illuminated on the instrument panel. An authorized dealer was notified of the failures. The technician stated that there was not a safety recall and the service warranty would not cover the repair expense. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 37,500. The current mileage was 37,760. Updated 05/18/10.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #54

Jul 012007

Frontier 4WD

  • 44,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Frontier cc 4X4 in which the fuel tank sending unit is faulty and Nissan tells me my vehicle does not fall within their current fuel sending unit campaign. The sending unit failed at approx 44,000 miles. I currently have 66,000 miles on the vehicle. I have run out of gas once when it first happened. Now I put gas in it every 2 days regardless of what the gauge says.

- Rogersville, MO, USA

problem #53

Dec 152009


  • miles
Gas gauge sporadically would not register the gas when we filled up the tank. Quoted $500 to repair. Heard radio news a couple of months ago that Nissan was recalling vehicles due to seat belts, gas gauges and exterior lights. The problem now is continuously - when gas gauge reaches 1/2 tank, it drops to empty. Problem has not been corrected yet.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

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