Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,254 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #127

Apr 102011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


20005 Nissan Pathfinder ses light comes on and fuel gauge does not show correct amount after refueling. This seems to be a problem with all 2005 cars and should be corrected by recall to ensure no one over fills and spills gas.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #126

Feb 012011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to a ECM relay, sensor and fuel standing unit. Consumer states there should not be a charge for replacement of a defective or malfunctioning unit

- Lawrenceburg, TN, USA

problem #125

Dec 252010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Fuel indicator shows that the fuel tank is empty when it is actually full. Also the check engine light is always on when it is reset and service has been done. The indicator registering empty puts the driver at risk for accident and death.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #124

Jun 012010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


I own a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 78000 miles. I purchased this brand new. The fuel gauge sensor stopped working around 76000 miles. I get a service engine light and my electronic fuel gauge does not register that I have any fuel. Nissan recently sent out a warranty extension to fix this problem up to 75000 miles, but what about the rest of us who did not start having this problem until later?

- Barryville, NY, USA

problem #123

Nov 232010


  • miles
I received a recall letter from Nissan on November 23, 2010 stating the fuel sending unit may cause the fuel gauge to inaccurately display the amount of fuel in the tank, which it did, but when I took my car to the Nissan dealer to honor, they told my that I had to call corporate, called corporate and they gave me a file number and told me that my car was not in warranty for this recall. This problem has been going on for about 2 years now and now they will not honor there own recall.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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problem #122

Jan 142011


  • 82,000 miles
Timing chain and fuel sending unit on 2005 Pathfinder is defective. While the manufacturer recognizes this as an ongoing problem, they are only willing to cover those vehicles up to 72,000 miles. A claim was filed and rejected on both problems as my vehicle has 82,000 miles.

- Sinking Spring, PA, USA

problem #121

Jan 112011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 4X4 SE off road with 115,000 miles. Beautiful vehicle but beginning to have problems the fuel gauge will go to empty when full, also having hesitation about 40 miles an hour.I read about the horror story with radiator problem causing transmission problem. I have an appointment at a Nissan dealer this weekend for the recall on the ECM so I will have further info on the hesitation, Nissan recalled the fuel gauge problem but limited to 72,000 miles vehicle only, I think they should up hold the Nissan rep and take care of these problems also the transmission problems due to faulty parts. These problems are not normal wear and tear.

- Corryton, TN, USA

problem #120

Dec 072010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 95,610 miles
Fuel sending unit in my wife's 2005 Nissan Pathfinder went bad not allowing her to know how much fuel was remaining.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #119

Aug 102010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, and I am the original buyer. At approximately 92,000 miles my vehicle developed the fuel gauge failure where the gauge reads a 1/4 tank even if full or empty, and the dte indicator is just ----. I took it in with 93,855 miles in August 2010 for an extended warranty repair. This repair was declined for coverage (not a Nissan warranty) and I paid $408.65 to have it repaired at the Nissan dealer. In December 2010, I received from Nissan a letter relating this exact problem/failure and that all 2005 thru 2008 Pathfinders were being issued a warranty extension of up to 6 years and 72,000 miles. From doing research, I understand Nissan originally did this for just 2006 thru 2008 vehicles, but there was such an outcry from owners of 2005S that they were later included. In the Nissan letter, it stated that if you had this fault and had it repaired at your expense, you could send in documentation for a refund. There was no mention of the 6 year or 72,000 mile limitation in the letter for prior repairs. I sent in my documentation. It makes no sense that a fault of the manufacturer does not cover all repairs, but it appears that those who bought the early vehicles with obviously more miles than the newer ones are being discriminated against since my refund was denied. I have read on your site that many others with 2005S are also being denied. Nissan should do what is right and pay for these repairs. It is a safety issue since one can run out of gas at an inopportune time, or even pump in gas and have it overflow due to the tank being full and the driver not knowing it. They could try to force in fuel due to a 1/4 tank indication, and while refueling, after putting in 3 gallons, the automatic pump cuts off the flow. The driver knows that 3 gallons did not fill a 1/4 full tank so they keep pulling the handle trying to fill the tank. They would then be rewarded by having fuel shoot out of the tank possibly on them, and possibly having it ignite.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #118

Jan 072010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
I don't understand that 3 Nissan 2005 Pathfinder recalls have recently been announced within the past 6 months but I don't qualify for 2 of them because of the year/mileage cap. So people who actually use their vehicles are at a disadvantage even though a design flaw has been acknowledged. My wife and I have owned 6 different Nissan (Pathfinder, Sentra, ultima, murano) since 1998 and disappointed with the handling of the year/mileage cap on the Pathfinder recalls. This makes us seriously think about looking elsewhere for our next vehicles.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #117

Mar 282010


  • 72,000 miles


I bought the car in Feb. Of 2009 and by March of 2009 the fuel sensor started acting funny. It was not covered(which it should have been by the dealer) and I could not afford to pay out of pocket. Now the fuel level will read "- - -" when the tank is less than 1/4 a tank of gas and it also makes the "service engine light" come on. It is not safe for families to be driving with a defective fuel sensor. I did receive the something in the mail about a recall on the gas gauge, but my vehicle had just passed the 72000 mile mark(72135 roughly) so I was told that it was not covered and I would have to pay out of pocket for the problem. I have been looking online and the fix is very expensive $500 and up. On a one income home I cannot afford to pay for a part that should have been fixed by the dealer before I bought the vehicle! also, when locking the car the horn does not sound anymore. This is not a huge deal but I am wondering if it has something to do with the "service engine light" that came on because of the fuel sensor.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #116

Jun 012010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Fuel gauge has been behaving erratically for over a year. In the last 6 months it works some of the time and dte indicator is stuck to "----" all the time. When fuel level drops below 1/4 of tank, it always shows empty, and even after filling up, it still shows empty for a long time. I can only guess how much fuel I have at all times, based on overall mpg rating and mileage since last fill-up. I've already got stuck once with no gas, thankfully not in the middle of a highway which could have been extremely dangerous and hard to get gas to the car. This apparently is an issue with thousands of owners of 2005 Nissan Pathfinders, like mine, yet Nissan hasn't recalled this units, even though they recalled 2006 and later models, which indicates a major pattern of failure in their Nissan Pathfinder fuel level sensors. They are forcing me to replace the sensor and pump at a cost of almost $600 when it should be a part replaced as a part of a recall. Please, do something about it. There are thousands of people out there with 2005 Pathfinders that have the same problem and Nissan is completely ignoring us!!!!

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #115

Jan 012009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I am having a problem with my fuel gauge for my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The gauge on my dash board does not accurately reflect the amount of fuel that is in the fuel tank. No matter if the tank is full or not the gauge reads empty 99% of the time. Occasionally the gauge will read as if there is fuel but this happens very rarely. Because of this defect I have run out of fuel on a number of occasions and have lost control of my vehicle because of the loss of power. The problem has been around for about 20K miles. Currently I am at about 88K miles on my Pathfinder and because of the miles I do not qualify for the extended warranty that I just found out about, which caps the miles at 72K.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #114

Mar 092010


  • 70,164 miles
Service engine soon light started coming in and out and dte- distance to empty reads empty along with an erratic fuel gage which fluctuates from full to one quarter tank although vehicle may be full of fuel. Diagnosis code of P0463-fuel sending unit pulled by dealership. This is second time this part as failed with the first being at 32,711 miles. I'm very concerned that my vehicle may run out of fuel while on the road, a major issue for my family's safety considering we have young children. This is a serious issue which clearly needs to be investigated.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #113

Nov 132010


  • 117,720 miles
Vehicle shuts off while driving and has faulty fuel gage and sending unit

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #112

Dec 072009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 51,587 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder le fuel gauge reading fluctuates and reads empty 90% of the time, causing a potential accident due to inaccurate gas reading. Purchased SUV brand new in Nov '06, reported issue during warranty period, but never seemed to act up when at the dealership, until 51K miles hit and the problem became permanent and out of warranty. I have 2 small children and have run out of gas once on a major highway 66 and once on a back road in winter with no reception. This is a serious issue that thousands of people online have posted the same situation. Nissan clearly needs to issue a recall for the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. I was lucky enough both times to not be re-ended, but have had my infant with me both times and had to have citizens push me to the shoulder.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #111

Sep 232010


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the ipdm (intelligent power displacement module) had failed as the vehicle stalled while being driven 40 mph. The ipdm controlled the amount of gas provided to the engine. The engine sputtered before it stalled. The failure and current mileages were approximately 58,000.

- Shrewseury, MA, USA

problem #110

Apr 042010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 99,500 miles
Vehicles fuel system is faulty. I noticed that the gas gauge reads empty after having a full tank of gas, additionally the digital "distance to empty" display does not work properly. At times the low gas indicator will be displayed even after I filled the tank up. I have been in two different situations where I ran out of gas on the highway thinking that I had enough gas for my journey. This is a major safety hazard. Nissan replaced the parts on 2006 & 2007 vehicles but refuse to replace my 2005 device quoting that it has high miles and out of warranty.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #109

Mar 052010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the engine light came on and the fuel gauge suddenly dropped to empty, when it actually had about one quarter tank. The failure seems to be intermittent but is becoming progressively worse. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated there was nothing they could do. The contact stated that the failure defect is the fuel tank sensor. The vehicle was being repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileage was approximately 62,000.

- Elliot City , MD, USA

problem #108

Sep 072010


  • 65,108 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel sending unit was not working properly. You did not know exactly how much gas was in the vehicle therefore could have caused severe injury if driving and ran out of gas and didn't know it!

- Springfield, TN, USA

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