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 7 of 9)

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problem #47

Feb 262010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact was driving 30 mph when he noticed that the vehicle fuel sensor was not working. The fuel gauge indicated that the vehicle was empty; although, gasoline was added to the capacity. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the sensor at her expense although she had owned the vehicle for one month. The contact stated that the failure was directly related to an existing fuel sensor recall. The manufacturer was notified and stated that her VIN was not related to the recall. The failure mileage was 89000 and the current mileage was 90400. Updated 4/7/2010 updated 06/01/10.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #46

Oct 032007


  • 56,727 miles
The fuel sending unit in my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder failed. This is the unit that sends how much fuel you have remaining to the gauge. Because of this I ran out of gas twice. This unit was recalled in the next model year/same generation. I had to replace the part at a cost of $372.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #45

Jan 012008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Nissan faulty gas gauges-recalled after my model. My gas gauge has been bad for the past 2 yrs. At least (went bad right after warranty was up) need to look into models before 2006 also. Check engine light has been on since it went bad. Dealership said $400 for part, not including service. Dealership said gas gauge will eventually just go completely out. Have ran out of gas twice. That was even trying to have half a tank of gas.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #44

Feb 222010


  • 61,548 miles


Filled up with gas and fuel sensor goes bad. Gas level is no longer correct thus vehicle could run out of gas at anytime causing a hazard. This requires replacement of sensor.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #43

Feb 212010


  • 52,000 miles
2005 Pathfinder SE- with 52K miles vehicle shut off while traveling at high speed (70mph) on freeway- all power controls failed problem was identified to be with a failure of the fuel level sensor- reports acquired indicate that this is a widespread problem with premature failure of this unit on 2005 and newer model year Pathfinders- fuel level indicator fails and gives inaccurate reading to driver - when tank is empty shows it to be 1/2 full. When driving at high speed loosing all engine power can be catastrophic dealer reports many similar problems but Nissan has not recalled for this widespread manufacturing/design problem reported also on line.

- Garland, TX, USA

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problem #42

Feb 152010


  • 40,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder gas gauge suddenly stopped working and service engine light came on thousands of people having his issue should be a recall.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #41

Aug 012009

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


Fuel sending module failure in 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with approx 62,000 miles. This causes "check engine light" to come on and causes vehicle to fail emission test. Fuel gauge does not work accurately either. My understanding is that this is a common problem with all Pathfinders of this vintage and requires the fuel tank to be removed to replace the sending unit. I feel this problem is worthy of a recall since it is so widespread.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #40

Dec 152009


  • 108,435 miles
Re: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder about 2, 5 years ago, my fuel gauge read 1/2 full or all empty and check engine light was on. Changing oil reset light initially, but it came back on. Short time later car failed safety inspection because of gauge and light. Car mechanic replaced sending unit, fuel pump and filter. Said pump needed to be replaced in order to replace sending unit. Dec/09 car failed to start. Gauge read 1/2 full. Mechanic said fuel filter failed, but pump had to be replaced since filter is inside pump. Jan30,2010. As I write this my tank reads half full and the car won't start. It is doing the same thing it did the last time. Being stranded because of a failed fuel pump/filter/ gauge/sending unit is dangerous. I can trust that a part (that is supposed to last the life of the vehicle) isn't going to fail me. I would add over the last several months, despite appropriate servicing and maintenance, (even replaced tires) my fuel consumption has become very poor. The issues are somehow connected. See also blogs entitle "fuel gauge problems". evidently, there are a lot of people world-wide having the same or similar problems.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #39

Jan 222010


  • 45,000 miles
I am getting obdii codes (P0463) and "check engine" sign is on even after reset. Once my fuel tank is less than 3/4 and I refill it after it was close to be empty I am getting "check engine" sign on problem. I know that it is related to a fuel tank level gauge. I also know that there are hundreds of people like me that experiencing exactly the same problem but Nissan doesn't cover faulty part replacement for free. We need to do something with it! thanks

- Calgary, 00, USA

problem #38

Jun 072008


  • miles
P0463 fuel level sensor.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #37

Nov 012009


  • 101,000 miles


The fuel gauge on my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder now does not work. I received a service engine soon light come on, and realized the fuel gauge was not working. I did some research online, and noticed that this same issue is widespread.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #36

Nov 202009


  • 60,000 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. 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 other models and a recall was performed when the vehicle would stop after not getting any fuel, posing a great danger. I have read that the metal 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 and with around 39K-49K. If this problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled, the 2005-2007 xterras, frontiers, and Pathfinders should get this 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."

- Port Vincent, LA, USA

problem #35

Sep 102009


  • 50,000 miles
Dte gauge read ------ and gas gauge went to empty with low gas light on. Ses light came on. Dtc P0463/ happen everyday. Nissan Pathfinder 2005. 52,000 miles.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #34

Nov 192009


  • 66,670 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 66,660 miles. My service engine soon light came on and was found the code P0463-fuel level sensor a circuit high input. The dealer wants to charge $500+ to repair although this is a common problem with this Nissan vehicle because of defective parts placed when assembled.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #33

Aug 142009


  • 82,723 miles
Gas gauge after filling tank gauged stayed at 1/4 tank nothing worked everything read -------- replaced fuel sending unit seems ok now.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #32

Sep 102009


  • 60,000 miles
The fuel gauge on my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder isn't working properly. It will go from a full tank to empty and then back.

- Mabank, TX, USA

problem #31

Oct 102009


  • 60,000 miles
I have 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE. Ses light came on, code P0463, fuel level sensor high output. This was causing my fuel gauge to malfunction, cost almost $600 to fix. Only safety issue is running out of gas in an unsafe area.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #30

Mar 182009


  • 70,000 miles
Fuel tank on 2005 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't read right. You can run out of gas.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #29

May 252009


  • 50,370 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder; fuel gauge issues. The fuel gauge is erratic, inaccurate, or inoperative. In addition, the "check engine light" is żonż with dtc code of P0461, P0462, or P0463 stored in self-diagnosis. Nissan technical service bulletin #ntb07-069A.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #28

May 132008


  • 65,000 miles
Fuel gauge reports inaccurate fuel levels. Fuel sensor defective. Check engine light also come on as additional warning. Sensor system requires replacement.

- Nipomo, CA, USA

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