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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,610 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Oct 102009

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


2005 Nissan Pathfinder - fuel gauge reaches half empty and then drops to completely empty and service engine soon light comes on. Nissan did a recall for this exact same problem on the 2006 and newer Pathfinders but not 2005 - even though its the same exact part and part number and the same failure. Where is the sense in that "????"

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #17

Feb 202009


  • 58,000 miles
"service engine soon" light came up around 58000 and incorrect reading of fuel level since then. Do not know how many gas left in tank. Apparently it's wide spread issue for 2005 Pathfinders.

- Southborough, MA, USA

problem #16

Mar 032010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder that about 3 wks ago I started to have problems with the fuel gauge readings not being accurate and getting erratic reading or none at all or when the gas tank is half full I don't get any reading, after contact with the Nissan dealer in my area they gave me a copy of a service bulletin that had been sent to all dealers on Aug 12,2009 about defective or erratic fuel gauge issues, classification# EL07-027B ref# ntb07-069B, applied vehicles 2005-2009 Pathfinder (R51), applied vins 2005-2008 Pathfinder-all, also in the recall which states 419,000 vehs in the us for a fuel gauge problem, the Nissan dealer stated that Nissan is not answering complaints of fixing the problem, I contacted Nissan of N. America and received an E-mail saying there is no recall or service campaign and that I should pay to have the defect fixed, the dealership says in 2 wks they have only received about 3 letters on recalls from Nissan and when they called to find out why so slow, no answer was given, I don't feel that I should have to pay to get a defect fixed that Nissan already knows exist in their vehicles, my [xxx] and the file number by Nissan is file# [xxx], the two Nissan consumer reps spoken to were vivian gonzalez and samantha forrester, I would like your help on this matter. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #15

Aug 152009


  • miles


My wife and I were out shopping in our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE. On the way home the SUV just stopped running on a busy intersection. The fuel gauge read at half. After trying to turn over the engine it still wouldnt start. A fellow citizen helped push it to the side of the road. I went home to get the one gallon fuel tank and pured it in the SUV. I hopped in and tried to start it. The SUV started but the engine light came on. The fuel gauge was reading half still. After unloading the truck. I went to the gas station to fill up. I noticed after filling up, the gauge read empty. The engine light and the gauge light was still on.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #14

Feb 242010


  • 87,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder started having shifting problems, had 60K service done at dealer, started again, flushed again at 72 had problems again at 80 and at 87K the radiator core failed and leaked into the transmission causing the transmission to fail and seize total cost for repairs $4400 after hearing about this I did a little search and found this is a big problem with this car, as the shifting is a precurser to the failure, I wanted the dealer to cover since they assured me it was ok..

- Sherman, NN, USA

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problem #13

Jan 022010


  • 60,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The entire car shuts off while driving when it has 1/4 tank of gas. Mine cut of while going through a busy intersection. Took it to the Nissan dealer & they said it was the idp chip. I looked on the internet and several Pathfinder owners have this same problem. This can be very dangerous. The car cuts off with no warning. The dealer told me the part could take up to 1 month to get in! when they finally got the part it cost me over $400 to put in on. This is a serious and very dangerous problem.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #12

Jul 012009


  • 50,000 miles


We bought our 2005 Pathfinder used and upon getting a half of tank of gas our gas meter goes straight to empty if it's left idling for a short period. It won't return to full unless you fill the tank back up. It used to return to the correct position when we'd shut the car off then turn it back on but it's no longer doing that unless we fill the tank back up. It seems this is a common complain on this model and seems kind of dangerous.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #11

Nov 012009


  • 44,946 miles
ON11/01/09 I filled up my gas tank on my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder and driving away I noticed the gauge remained on 1/4 of a tank. Also the service engine light came on and the reading on the dte read ------. noticed on the net there are many other like me that has gone through this issue.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 312009


  • 58,789 miles
I had a 1/4 of a tank so I went and filled up, as soon as I started the truck it registered empty soon after my check engine light came on and my dte just read ---- checked on line and found out this was a problem real common im afraid to get on the freeway and run out of gas cause that could be real dangerous for me as well as to others its a shame that someone will have get hurt or loss there life in order for Nissan to correct this simple problem that has plagued older Nissan trucks in the past, when they were able to recall them with no cost to the customer. I hope you can help for safety of our children and our streets.

- Eloy, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jul 012009


  • 59,487 miles
Nissan Pathfinder 2005 SE error code P0463 fuel sending unit failed, check engine light and faulty gas gauge, replacement cost $400+.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #8

Apr 122009


  • 43,000 miles


Continuing malfunction of fuel guage.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #7

Jan 032009


  • 55,000 miles
Fuel gauge reading in 2005 Nissan Pathfinder is not working for a second time.

- Rutland, MA, USA

problem #6

May 012009


  • 30,500 miles
Fuel sending unit failing like on many Nissan vehicles. Recall and quit making people pay out of pocket for faulty product.

- Eagle, ID, USA

problem #5

Apr 032009


  • 77,100 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder's gas gauge display suddenly dropped to show 0 miles on distance to empty while the gauge showed 1/4 of a tank. The display then went to a flat line and the check engine light illuminated. At the intake the dealer service rep gave no indication that they have seen such before and the second service rep said he has seen it once or twice. He stated the repair would be near $500. After I balked about such he "made some calls" and was able to get it down to a little over $300. While looking on line today, I found that there are over 36 complaints about this on this reporting Agency throughout all the fuel system sub categories. There is also a technical bulletin from Nissan ntb07-069A that addressing such in Pathfinders, frontiers, and exterra models built prior to September 2007. Diagnostic codes 0461,0462,0463. With this being the 37th complaint, should this not be investigated further?

- Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

problem #4

Jan 272009


  • 92,829 miles
[fuel level sensor] service engine light went on August 10, 2008, two codes P0463(fuel level sensor) and P0420(catalytic efficiency low). Shortly after this; when filling-up the fuel gauge would read "E" after some time it would read correctly. This problem is intermittent. The service engine light has been on since then and I've had other issues with the vehicle. This Jan. 27,2009 I went to the dealer to fix the cat., and cancel the service engine light, but the dealer had a hard time link-up with the computer because of some short in the system caused by the rear view mirror(compass). They said the code for the bad cat. Was complete and not the problem, they said the computer came up with a P0507(idle speed control motor). The code P0463 did not come up. As soon as I left the dealer I filled the fuel tank. And now the gauge went to "E" and fuel light is on the dte reads ----, and the service engine light is on (I called the dealer right away and told of the problem). It's been like this for 3-days in a row. I have to bring it back to the dealer.

- Mastic Beach, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 102008


  • 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.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 152008

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 59,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder xe 4WD. The vehicle is issuing obd diagnostic trouble code P0463 indicating a faulty fuel level sensor circuit. Doing a quick search online, I was able to determine that there are hundreds of other Pathfinder/X-terra/frontier owners having the exact same issue. Also, some websites indicated that this fault has occurred on previous year's models and was recalled. However, no recall exists for the newer models. This is plainly a design/manufacturing fault which should be repaired by the dealer under recall. A safety issue exists because it causes the fuel gauge to misread potentially leading a driver to become stranded w/O fuel. Also, a potential environmental hazard exists as this is part of the emissions control system on the vehicle. Please advise on how the NHTSA plans to handle this situation. For reference:

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 152008


  • 58,000 miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel indicator light sensor, after reading several identical complaints it seems to be a defect with the sensor. But in order to get a 80 pert fixed the dealers are charging $500-700 with labor and having customers replace the entire fuel pump while there at it. At 60,0000 miles the fuel gauge now reads empty and the check engine sensor remains on. If I don't pay to fix the sensor I will not know how much gas I have & several customers failed inspection.

- Trenton , NJ, USA

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