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 3 of 5)

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problem #55

Jul 122010


  • 49,122 miles


When we filled fuel tank on our 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, the fuel gauge would not reflect the tank being full but stayed at 1/8th and service engine soon light came on and stayed on. Fuel gauge still does not reflect accurate level in tank.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #54

Mar 152010


  • 83,758 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. It has been diagnosed by a Nissan dealer with a defective fuel level sensor. This same issue has triggered a recall for 2005 and 2006 vehicles manufactured within three months of my manufacturer date yet has not been expanded to include all of the 2006 model year. This is an existing issue that should be included in the current recall. This could result in accidents and injuries as vehicles can unexpectedly run out of gas and become uncontrollable on highways or other dangerous scenarios. I contacted Nissan and asked them to review this issue and include the entire 2006 model year but was told that it would not be at this time.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #53

Aug 102008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My wife [xxx] purchased our Nissan Pathfinder 2006, her father [xxx] cosigned for her. We had a 36,000 mile warranty on this vehicle. At 40K the fuel gauge stopped working in late 2008, I took it back to benson Nissan in easley SC where we purchased the vehicle from new, they told us that it was the fuel sensor inside the tank and would cost us $700 to fix, and would not take care of it, as the warranty had expired and there was no recall on it. I talked to the Consumer Affairs dept at Nissan and they said they could do nothing to fix the problem. When I heard that there was a recall on this, I quickly called them again several weeks ago, after giving my VIN # to them they got back with me and told me that the recall did not cover my vehicle!...I argued to no avail....I have ran out of gas numerous times on the highway, and I keep the milage written down over my visor to try and keep up with it. Sometimes it will show I have gas when I don't, and it has become to dangerous for my wife to drive it so I am forced to drive it all the time. It is a concern and an inconvienience. I hope that you can do something. There are so many complaints about this on the internet that I am shocked Nissan is not recalling these vehicles back to 2005 at least.......thanks for any help that you can give....... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #52

Jun 242010


  • 134,000 miles


I purchased a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder off the showroom floor at my local Nissan dealership in July 2006. In August of 2006, the fuel pump assembly had to be replaced. In 2007, the fuel level unit had to be replaced. In 2009, the fuel module had to be replaced. Now, the transmission problems have begun. The dealer refuses to repair even though they are aware of numerous complaints from Pathfinder owners. I am out of money and patience with this vehicle. Nissan should issue a recall.

- Union, SC, USA

problem #51

Jun 162010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 49,500 miles
2006 Nissan Pathfinder fuel level sensor has been diagnosed as having failed. Nissan has a recall on some 2006 Pathfinders' fuel level sensor, but my VIN is not on the list. Having a vehicle with a faulty fuel level sensor is a safety hazard in that one could run out of fuel and cause an accident if the fuel gauge is reading that there is fuel in the tank. Every Nissan Pathfinder with this problem should be fixed by Nissan no matter the VIN. There are many other Pathfinder owners who have experienced this same issue according to edmund's town talk and autoforums classifieds 1000.

- York, PA, USA

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problem #50

Jun 082010


  • 50,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not register or erratic. This is a known issue with Nissan. NHTSA campaign #10V-075 to include Nissan/Pathfinder/2006 for this specific problem. Yet, Nissan dealer continue to refuse to make repair on a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder with this specific problem because "VIN number not part of recall".

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #49

Apr 272006


  • 6,042 miles


Defective fuel tank sending unit failure occurs every day fuel gauge would have false readings having either no gas nor accurate readings of fuel could cause engine stall therefore a crash. Since bought the car/truck even when there was a recall on it and after replaced several times still w problem not being able to correct the problem.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #48

Oct 202009


  • 56,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I own a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The fuel-sending unit went out in October of 2009. I took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that it was not covered under the warranty. In March of 2010 my wife heard about the recall campaign regarding faulty fuel-sending units in 2006 Pathfinders. When I took the vehicle to the dealer again I was told my vehicle was not part of the recall. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs in October and again in April and no assistance was offered. I was told however that another recall campaign could take place, but at this time there was nothing they would do to cover the repair. The service manager at the dealer informed me that the unit on my vehicle was caused by the same problem the other units involved in the recall had suffered from. I explained this to Nissan but to no avail. I am writing this in hopes that there is any information you can offer me to encourage Nissan to fix this problem. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter. [xxx]

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #47

Apr 102010


  • 107,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) Nissan has issued a recall for these vehicles, but my VIN number was not included ([xxx]) 2006 Pathfinder. The recall began March 22, 2010 for fuel sending units. Vehicle shows 1/4 tank when vehicle is actually empty. This is a safety issue and should be fixed by Nissan as well.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #46

Jan 062010


  • 62,000 miles
Nissan Pathfinder 2006 problem with the gas tank it marks like is a quarter when really the tank is full, and when the tank is half, the needle marks empty.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #45

May 122010


  • 50,000 miles


06 Pathfinder, when the gas tank gets below 1/2 tank, service engine light comes on. Problem is sensor.

- Lebanon, PA, USA

problem #44

Nov 012009

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The fuel gauge in my 06 Nissan Pathfinder is failing. It has been doing so since last November. Sometimes the gauge drops to "E" no matter how much gas is in it and sometimes it reads there is more gas than there actually is. The service engine light remains lit since the first occurrence. According to the web, the 06 Pathfinders built from Jan through March have already been recalled. Mine was built in may and the service manager at harrisonburg, va Nissan advises I am not eligible for the recall. It is more than obvious to me that my Pathfinder, built two months later than the current recalled ones, is having the same exact issue and should also be recalled. I have 3 small children and am very concerned about being on the highway and possibly running out of gas. I carry a full gas can with me, however I do not think this is a safe practice. This is the sixth Nissan I have owned since becoming a driver. I have always been more than satisfied with the product. This experience has been quite a disappointment. I am re-evaluating my thoughts on Nissan. Please help me.

- Sperryville, VA, USA

problem #43

Mar 012010


  • 59,000 miles
Fuel gauge on my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder with 59,000 miles shows empty when the tank is full. Check engine light stays on. Dealer blames a faulty fuel sensor but it appears that a wealth of other Pathfinder owners have experienced the same issue. Appears to be an issue with the design of the truck.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #42

Mar 102009


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact noticed the fuel level indicator was reading inaccurate fuel levels. In addition, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer advised the fuel sensor was defective and would need to be replaced. The manufacture advised there were no recalls and would not provide any assistance. The fuel sensor was not replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #41

Mar 012010


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated after filling the vehicle with gasoline fuel, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer was contacted and advised the vehicle was not included in any recalls pertaining to the fuel system. The vehicle did not receive any repairs. The failure mileage was 83,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #40

Feb 022010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph with a half a tank of gasoline in the fuel tank. Suddenly, the fuel gauge displayed empty. The check engine and the fuel tank warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The failures occurred after the fuel tank was consumed to the half tank capacity level; however, after a few days the fuel gauge adjusted to the correct reading. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 65,000. The current mileage was 71,000.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #39

Apr 122009


  • 47,392 miles
2006 Pathfinder fuel cell sensor stop working one month after purchase. Vehicle warranty cover was 85 miles over vehicle warranty. Manufacture dealer quoted me repair cost of $600 see on the web, other owner of 2006 Nissan Pathfinder have the same complaint. Vehicle display empty gas tank when full. Display half tank, 1/4, 3/4. driver never knows what amount of gas is in the gas tank. Auto could run out of fuel in heavy traffic.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #38

Feb 152010


  • 51,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not register correct amount of fuel. When I fill the tank it will show empty or some other incorrect amount. Also, the dte display is flashing solid lines and the check engine light is on. After driving the gauge sometimes starts to work properly but it always malfunctions at some point. Check engine light goes out sometimes, but comes back on when fuel level gets low.

- Littlestown, PA, USA

problem #37

Feb 012010


  • miles
I have a Nissan Pathfinder with a fuel sensor problem. However, since the Nissan Pathfinder was built in April 2006 it is not included in the Nissan fuel sensor recall (even know it is the same issue as Pathfinders built in March 2006 that are included in the recall. Nissan won't do anything for me. I have called and complained but to no avail. Can the recall be expanded, this is the vehicle for my wife and kids. If you look on the following website forum you will note that their are several other vehicles that have the issue that are not be handled. Please help.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #36

Oct 062009


  • 22,854 miles
Instrument fuel gauge show that the vehicle has one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty.

- Camuy, PR, USA

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