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:
61,353 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #75

Jan 242012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


Fuel sending unit was replaced. Gauge was not reading fuel level before replacement. Work has been performed outside of dealer. Requesting reimbursement.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #74

Dec 112006


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge was inoperable. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 26,000 and the current mileage was 115,000.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #73

Jul 122011


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed that the engine warning indicator illuminated and the fuel gauge became inoperable. The failure recurred intermittently. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank) but the contact's VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- El Cajon , CA, USA

problem #72

Oct 102011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


Within a year of having the fuel level sending unit replaced as part of a recall, the same symptom appeared as described in the recall and as was happening before the initial recall work was done. The root cause of the problem was a deformation of the fuel tank that would cause the sending unit to "hang up". when I returned to the Nissan dealership to repair the problem again, they then told me that the problem was a bulging fuel tank and wanted to replace the fuel tank. I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs, they reviewed my claim and decided they would not cover the repairs. In my mind the root cause was never truly addressed and now I am paying to repair what should have been initially repaired in the first place.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #71

Sep 012010


  • 75,000 miles
The gas gauge on my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder read 1/4 of tank of gas remaining and suddenly engine stopped running and I had to pull over to the shoulder. After my husband exhausted all efforts trying to detect the problem, he put gas in it to see if that was it (because gauge was reading 1/4 of tank remaining.) after putting gas in, car started and we drove it home. Went to gas station to fill up with gas and service engine soon light came on and gas gauge no longer works properly. I usually get 330 miles to tank of gas and now the gas light comes on and stays on after going 200 miles on a tank. Nissan dealership wants $500 to repair and as it turns out, thousands of people are having the same problem. It is very dangerous to drive down the highway and not know if your vehicle is going to shut off because you don't have gas in it (when you do have gas in it...just not enough for some sensor in your gas tank to recognize.) I have held off on paying for this repair because I want Nissan to recall this fuel issue and repair it. I have been a loyal Nissan customer (2 maximas before this Pathfinder) but this is starting to change my mind.

- Jackson, GA, USA

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problem #70

Jul 162011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Transmission stutter during acceleration due to radiator fluid leaking into transmission. Fuel gauge gives false readings at all times to the actual amount of fuel in tank due to faulty sending unit.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #69

Jun 012010


  • 36,500 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the fuel gauge failed. In addition, the driver side mirror failed while the contact attempted to adjust the mirror. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times for the failures. The dealer replaced the fuel gauge sensor. The contact stated that most recently, the transmission would exhibit failures and was slow to respond to acceleration attempts when in reverse. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The driver side mirror and the transmission were not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,500 and the current mileage was 92,000. Kmj

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #68

Aug 122010


  • miles
Fuel system sensor/gas gauge not working properly all the time (tank can be full or empty) you would not know had to purchase the sensor from Nissan and Nissan had to repair for $700.

- Palmett, FL, USA

problem #67

Jan 152010


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level indicator would provide inaccurate fuel levels. The indicator would display an empty reading after the contact had completely refueled the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was advised that the fuel system sending unit had failed. The dealer also informed the contact that there was a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system: Gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary tank) however, the contacts vehicle was not included in the recall. The contact confirmed with the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in there call. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 70,000. Updated 06/16/11 updated 1/13/2012

- Zuaynabo, PR, USA

problem #66

Jul 052010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
2006 Nissan Pathfinder with fuel sending unit failure. When tank is filled up, gauge will indicate empty until the vehicle is turned off and on for appx 8 times. If you are driving cross country, you will run out of gas as I did if you don't calculate mpg. Nissan has not recalled this part even though it is occurring often (noticed through online forums) and even though know it is faulty.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #65

Jan 162011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


2006 Nissan Pathfinder V-6 le the fuel gauge sending unit (25060-R51003) has failed. Constantly says tank is empty. Received warranty notification from manufacturer stating there is an issue with the part, but will not replace it.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #64

May 012010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact attempted to accelerate further and noticed that the vehicle did not have as much power as it usually did. The contact heard a whining noise from the engine. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the timing chain needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the fuel gauge stopped operating. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank). The vehicle was repaired by an authorized dealer. A few months later, while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle did not restart so it was towed to an authorized dealer where it was repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the vehicle was not included in recall 10V517000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was approximately 72,000 and the current mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Bryans Road, MD, USA

problem #63

Dec 072010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 88,243 miles
I received a warranty notification for my '06 Nissan Pathfinder stating that model year 2005-2008 Pathfinder vehicles, an issue with the fuel sending unit may cause the fuel gauge to inaccurately display the amount of fuel in the fuel tank. I had been experiencing this problem for a while just hadn't had the funds to fix it. Nissan is extending your vehicle's new vehicle limited warranty as it applies to the fuel gauge sending unit from 36 months / 36,000 miles to 72 months 72,000 miles. After placing the call on Friday Dec.3, 2010 to romeo #41550 informed me to go get a vehicle diagnostic performed on my car. Went to Nissan South paid $107.48 they determined that it was indeed the fuel gauge sender unit tech found code P0463. The advisor muhammad stated that my reference number was forwarded to a regional specialist christy ferreda ext. 1658 for further review. I left several messages to find out the status and on 12/8/10 4:10 pm melissa ext. 1658 from Nissan called me back and stated that it was still being reviewed and she would get back in touch with me Friday or Monday and that she had other customer's and that's why she can't answer her phone. She also stated that it wasn't really a recall it was just an extension of the warranty. While I was having the car checked they also replaced a ECM relay on recall that I didn't even know about. Very unhappy with my Nissan Pathfinder and all of the many recalls and the servicethat I am receiving is terrible. As I stated to mellisa I am expecting for them to replace that part and reimburse me for the $107.48 because they know about there defective part and it is the right thing to do.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #62

Sep 252010


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. The dealer was notified and stated that the electronic fuel sender unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer had been contacted, but advised contact that her vehicle was not included in the previous recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 90,000. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000.

- Gleason, TN, USA

problem #61

May 222010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel sending unit was defective; after the fuel tank was filled, the fuel gauge did not give a correct reading on the level of fuel. The vehicle was inspected at a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #60

Sep 182010


  • 79,000 miles
I purchased a pre-owned 2006 Pathfinder le from Honda, during the test drive the car was ok, but as soon as we sign sales contract got the keys and they gave us a $20 gas re-imburstent, vehicle's fuel gauge went wacky and said that we were on empty and light came on. Took it back to the dealership and they sent me to their 3rd party mechanic who are wonderful and changed out the fuel sender. Car ran find afterwards, not even 2 months later and only put about 1200 miles on the vehicle, problem re-occurred. Called Honda and the sales man that sold us the car said to bring it back to their 3rd party but did not guarantee that they will help pay for the issue. Did some research and found that their has been a recall on the same make and model of car that I purchased, but when I called Nissan to ask if vehicle is under warranty they said no it is not and they cannot do anything or will assist me in anyway, but would like me to take it to Nissan dealer to get it diagnosed at my cost, and to call them back to give them feed back. I said no thanks, and now I have been trying to contact the pre-owned sales manager by phone but he will not return my calls, I will go tomorrow to their office to see again if they will help me with the cost and find a permanent fix since this is my family vehicle which I told the sales man.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #59

Jul 302010


  • 45,000 miles
The fuel level sending unit of my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder failed at approximately 45K miles in July 2010. This is apparently a significant issue for some Nissan vehicles as the internet has hundreds of similar complaints. In addition, Nissan released bulletin ntb07-069A regarding faulty fuel level sensors. I am currently working with Nissan to have them resolve their faulty unit in my vehicle, however initially they indicate this is not a covered repair despite the hundreds of active complaints I can find all over the internet. My concern is that the vehicle may run out of fuel while on the road, a major issue for my family's safety.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #58

Mar 092010


  • miles
Nissan 2006 Pathfinder models come with defects that Nissan will not take responsibility for. The fuel sending unit on this vehicles are defected and can cause people to run out of gas and put themselves in danger. Also the radiator can cause a leek and send fluid into the transmission causing possible accident. Nissan refuses to admit this is a recall problem.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #57

Aug 262010


  • 64,000 miles
Service engine soon light came on. Fuel gauge is not registering properly. Filled tank, gauge does not register full tank. Will run out of gas if gauge not registering properly. It occurs every time gas is put in car ses light comes on and gauge doesn't register full. Dealer was going to replace fuel level sending unit but we elected not to replace because of cost. Called Nissan - other 2006 Pathfinders qualify for replacement under recall but they say my VIN does not fall under current recall.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #56

Jul 162010


  • 89,000 miles
2006 Nissan Pathfinder. Fuel gauge fluctuates dramatically and intermittently after filling tank up with gas and check engine light comes on and off intermittently when fuel gauge acts up. This happens every time the tank is filled with gas. The gauge will move anywhere between empty, with the gas light coming on, to full. Wife and daughter thought they had a fuel leak and pulled onto emergency shoulder on busy interstate at rush hour because the fuel gauge dropped to 1/4 tank within a few miles of filling up. I called Nissan and they said the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder was recalled for this reason, but I was told my VIN did not qualify so they will not fix the problem and the vehicle is out of warranty due to mileage.

- Harrison, TN, USA

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