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 9 of 9)

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problem #7

Feb 102008


  • 43,000 miles


The fuel level sending units on my, and a large number of 2005 to present Nissan Pathfinders, xterras, and frontiers are failing at an alarming rate., causing vehicles to unexpectedly run out of gas on highways. Nissan should immediately recall these vehicles for fuel level sending unit repair.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #6

Aug 012008


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Fuel gauge reads zero, half tank or somewhere in-between when the tank is full. Service engine light comes on and will not go out unless the fuel gauge starts reading correctly (which it sometimes does). This is a known problem. Nissan has even come out with a service bulletin ntb07-069A that addresses the problem. The problem that I have is that this has happened to several people, and the repair bill for a vehicle that is out of warranty is between $400 and $600. I believe that this could be considered a safety issue and a recall should be issued if people are running out of gas due to incorrect or non-existent fuel level readings.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 132008


  • 46,029 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 46K miles. I filled up with gas and the needle didn't move. Over the next few days the check engine light came on and the gauge started going up. I was told that it was the fuel sending unit and I was part of a large group of angry customers with the same problem.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jul 012008


  • 63,000 miles


I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 63K miles. A short time ago I noticed the "down to empty" (dte) gauge was not working, instead it was reading "---" even though I had fuel in the gas tank. I also noticed the gas gauge did not move after filling with fuel. This problem seem to correct on it's own, but then the check engine light came on. After bringing it to the dealer, they said there is a problem with the fuel level sensor. This would be an out of pocket expense since Nissan does not cover it. Through research online, I have found many people who have stated they are having the same problem. This problem should be corrected by Nissan.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 042008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Problem with the fuel sending unit in 2005 Nissan Pathfinder.

- Cedar Creek, TX, USA

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problem #2

Apr 012008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I will have 1/4 of a tank of gas and suddenly the gauge will drop way past empty. My car just stops which can be very dangerous because you have no warning of sudden stop after the vehicle doesn't get any fuel. After researching this issue I have found that many people are having this same problem due to a faulty unit. I also understand there was a recall for this same issue with the 2000-2004 Nissan. This is clearly a defect on Nissan's part!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 212008


  • 60,000 miles
Have had problems with check engine light since purchasing the car. Brought to dealer several time they said gas cap was loose after they tighten the gas cap the light came back on they said it was a gross evap leak then replaced a valve or sensor at the gas tank. The problem came back and with a little internet research I found there is a technical service bulletin ntb07-069A. The problem is the fuel gauge will read different I can have a full tank and it says 1/4 tank also anytime the car gets below 1/2 tank the check engine light comes on. Brought to the dealer and they replaced a sensor in the fuel and it seems to be fixed. They wanted to replace the fuel pump and sensor for close to $600 the sensor was around $300.

- Carver, MA, USA

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