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 1 of 5)

problem #95

Jan 062015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed to display the correct readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,000. Updated 09/10/15

- Morrow, GA, USA

problem #94

Dec 092013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 102,253 miles
My vehicle, as I had thought, had 1/4 tank of gas when all of a sudden the fuel gauge showed no gas whatsoever and my gas light turned on. While driving another 20 miles to my nearest gas station, my vehicle started to slowly de-accelerate. I had to pull over to the side of the road and my car no longer had speed and I realized it was because I had no gas when I thought I did. I was able to put gas on my car and sure enough it started running again but being that I only put about 10 gallons of gas, my gas light still stayed on and my nozzle still showed below the empty line. I was worried every day that I would run out and sure enough this incident happened two more times. Before that though, I viewed to see if there were any recalls regarding this issue and sure enough there was one. I decided to call my local Nissan and after providing my VIN #, I was told that my vehicle did not fall under the specified issue. If I wanted to fix it, it would cost me around $450 dollars, which I did not have. I was told I can pay a $100 diagnostic fee to see if my fuel sensor was messed up and if it was they would send notice to Nissan headquarters to see if they will cover my issue. I have to fork over $100 for them to view my car and its no guarantee that Corp will approve for Nissan to fix issue. Is there something else I can do or has anybody had same issue as me?

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #93

Dec 162013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was driving to work on a 30 degree morning after just dropping my son (diagnosed with sickle cell disease) to school. Had this been prior to dropping him to school he would have been sitting in the freezing vehicle for 30mins until my husband was able to get to us and this could have aggravated his condition. I was pressing on the gas pedal but the vehicle would not accelerate and I am showing a quarter tank of gas left in the vehicle so did not think that was the problem. I was able to pull to the side of the road as the vehicle stalled. I then contacted my husbands at work and he had to leave to come check on the vehicle and determined it may need gas because everything else looked ok and we had just completed a service with no mention of any issues with the vehicle. He drove me to the gas station in his vehicle where we purchased some gas came back poured it in the vehicle and it started up and was fine. I didn't think much of it until it happened again in the middle of rush hour traffic (am). I then decided to check for any recalls and found there was a recall for the same issue 2006 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank NHTSA campaign #10V075000 we then addressed this with Nissan and they advised that although it is the same exact issue, my VIN number was not included in the recall so correcting this issue is at my expense. This should not be at my expense especially since there is a known identical issue with the part.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #92

May 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 195,000 miles


When I fill up my gasoline tank the instrument panel fuel gauge shows that I do not have any gasoline; this causes the fuel warning light to remain on. I have completely filled up my tank a number of times and this problem has been occurring for about four months. I believe there is problem with the fuel sender float arm because the instrument panel fuel gauge shows inaccurate levels of fuel. I am afraid that I may run out of gas and not be in the area of a gas station. This is dangerous because I need to know at all times what my fuel levels are. I am afraid to drive long distances. I have no way of determining how low my fuel really is or how much is in the gas tank. A diagnostic test revealed a code that found the vehicle had a bad fuel sending unit. The consumer referenced recall # 10V075000. However, he was informed the recall did not apply to his vehicle, because it was outside of the warranty period. Updated 05/27/15.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #91

Aug 262014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The fuel sending unit is stuck on 1/4 tank and they say there is no recall but there is on other vins.

- Longwood, FL, USA

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problem #90

May 232014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Nissan Pathfinder just got to 100,000 miles when started experiencing transmission issues, turns out there was a factory warranty that I was never informed of that would have covered the radiator/transmission issue. However because I was not having an issue until the extended warranty ended Nissan is refusing to cover the cost of repairs despite knowing about this engineering fault. It is extremely frustrating that a large company such as Nissan is able to send a vehicle out into the public with known engineering flaws and put a mileage limit on repairing the issue. It is something that will inevitably fail but it is only a matter of time so it might have occurred within the limit for some and outside the limit for others. It is my hope that you will expose this shady and unsafe practice that Nissan has going and help get people the repairs they deserve.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #89

Mar 032014


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gage was not reading properly and would intermittently display that there was one-quarter of fuel when the fuel tank was actually empty. The check engine light had illuminated intermittently when the fuel was low or showing a quarter tank of fuel. The vehicle also stalled multiple times due to an incorrect reading of the fuel gage. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #88

Mar 242014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Corrosion in radiator parts allowed coolant to contaminate transmission fluid resulting in failure of transmission.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #87

Jan 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to fuel sending unit recall notice. The consumer was informed his VIN was not included in the recall.

- West New York, NJ, USA

problem #86

Nov 142012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Check engine light went on and fuel registered empty on the dash. Since that time fuel gauge has not registered correctly going from full to empty at sporadic time but will never register less than 1/2 a tank causing issues as you never now how much fuel you have until you run out which is a safety hazard. Took to Nissan they said it was a fuel gauge issue and it would be over 500 to fix as they had to drop the tank to get at the fuel sensor. I was told there was a recall don't know why it didn't register as other Pathfinders have this issue. Also don't know why a mileage warranty is put on this they should fix the issue with the fuel tank regardless as it seems as soon as the vehicle hits 70K in mileage this breaks on the vehicle. Also don't believe they included all Pathfinders in this warranty as I am sure the dealer would have replaced it if it was a recall.

- Wantage, NJ, USA

problem #85

Aug 142013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Transmission failed with no notice only 110000 miles upset and not safe! now I have no car and Nissan wants to charge me 8,500 to fix seems so unjust I'm a widow with children and struggled to pay for my car and this shouldn't happen at just over 100 thousand miles!

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #84

Jul 152012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge would provide inaccurate readings and would often fluctuate between readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the fuel level sending unit would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Ruffin, NC, USA

problem #83

Apr 022012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
We have had 3 separate incidents where our fuel gauge was reading 1/4 of a tank and it was actually empty. My wife was stranded with my young children for an hour before she was able to get gas. I contacted Nissan and advised them of the incident and that there was a recall for a fuel tank problem. They then advised me that my VIN was not part of the recall. How is it that tens of thousands of vehicles in the same year and model had the same issue but mine was not one.

- Tuckerton, NJ, USA

problem #82

Jun 012012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the service engine light illuminated, and the fuel system gauge displayed the incorrect fuel levels. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. A warranty letter was received from Nissan to repair the radiator crack assembly failure, but the vehicle did not qualify due to the mileage. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximately failure mileage was 85,000. The current mileage was 109,000. Updated 3/19/13 updated 3/29/2013

- Fayette , MS, USA

problem #81

Apr 222012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
I had transmission problems, the transmission started vibrating and then would not move, I took to local transmission shop, they advised there was a problem in the radiator causing damage to transmission, I took to Nissan dealer they advised that Nissan had extended the warranty to 80,000 miles due to the radiator, however Nissan had not sent any information regarding a problem are extending the warranty. If I had known there was a problem with radiator, I would have had it checked prior to the 80,000 miles. Then Nissan sends letter that they are extending warranty to 100,000 miles with a 3,000 dollar deductible. If I had received a letter earlier from Nissan about the problem, I would have taken the Nissan to a dealer prior to the 80,000 miles. At times the transmission would stall out when making a turn, which could have caused a serious accident; fortunately there were no on coming traffic. The car also has a fuel gauge which gives a false reading at all times to the actual amount of fuel in the tank due to a faulty sending unit. So now I am stuck with a bill for 3,000 dollars. I feel Nissan was negligent in not advising their customers of the problem earlier. The dealer then called me and told me that the timing chain was worn and needed to be replaced at a cost of 2,000 dollars. My Nissan has less than 100,000 miles and the radiator, transmission and timing chain are faulty, and Nissan should cover these charges.

- Robbinsville, NC, USA

problem #80

Oct 122012


  • 80,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, first my fuel sensor failed, and now at approx 92,000 miles my vehicle has this horrible vibration at 45mph and 60 mph. After thinking it was my tires off balance and having them serviced and an alignment done, I decided to do some research online and called my Nissan service dept. To my surprise this is a very common problem with this vehicle and it is a problem with the transmission and radiator fluids mixing, causing the tranny to fail. If this is not a major safety concern I am not sure what is. Please review, it will cost the consumer approx $8,000 to fix and not to mention the inconvenience. If this were an isolated incident I would not complain, but there are a massive amount of complaints. I even contacted Nissan Corp. And after 3 weeks I am still waiting on a return call. I do highway driving and have 3 children in my vehicle daily. This is a major concern.

- Linwood, PA, USA

problem #79

Jul 232008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
I am writing about my recent experience with Nissan regarding a recall on my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, which I purchased in may of 2008 as a pre-owned vehicle. The recall with the NHTSA campaign id number of 10V075000 involves a flaw with the fuel sending unit. I never received a notice from Nissan regarding this recall, which Nissan states is an extended warranty. I noticed that there was a problem with the fuel gauge sometime ago.three weeks ago I was doing research online to try and find a solution to the problem.that is when I discovered the recall. I immediately contacted orr Nissan in bossier city 318-752-3000, since that is the dealer that I purchased the Pathfinder from. I spoke to mike in the service department who told me that I would have to pay to have the problem fixed, because the mileage was over 72,000 miles and that it would cost me around $600 had I known about the recall, it would have been within the mileage specified when I contacted them. I took the next step and called Nissan usa at 1-800-647-7261 and spoke to [xxx] at ext#[xxx]. [xxx] told me that the reason I was never notified was due to an error on Nissan's part, since they never entered my information into their computer system designating me as the new owner of the vehicle. So, the notice was sent out to the prior owners whom live in another state. At that point she opened a case for me with the case #[xxx]. I was contacted by [xxx] from 1-800-343-6913 ext#[xxx], who told me that they were not going to honor the recall and make the repair, because I did not have my Pathfinder serviced at Nissan. He then said that I would have to pay for it myself. Well, I have taken it in on numerous occasions for an oil change and regular maintenance, they did not spot it on either occasion. But, even if I had never taken it to them for maintenance, I should not be punished for servicing my own vehicle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #78

Dec 202011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Fuel sending unit..... tank reads 1/4 to 1/3 to empty on panel and runs out of gas....while driving gauge fluctuates to full half and none after filing up and continues to do so no matter how much fuel...... digital reading says 0 to 30 to 120 to 300 miles after filling up... check engine light is on giving a error code for fuel sender.... there was a recall on the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder for this issue but Nissan states that my vehicle does not fall in the recall...... vehicle was manu 05/06... and has the same issue as the recall for 80,000 other Nissan vehicles made the same year...Nissan wants me to pay $98 for a diagnostic when I've had one done by a auto shop and the code matches the fuel sending unit.... Nissan states they are unsure if they will cover the fuel sender or assist in repairdue to the fact my 06 Pathfinder wasn't included in the recall.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #77

Mar 062010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
My check engine light was repaired by ted russel Nissan on 9/24/2010. They installed 25060-zz00A : gauge assy tank installed 17342-ea" packing fuel gauge total cost with labor $466.08 on 1/6/2012 I went to ricks service center because my check engine light was on again for a month repairs were PCM diagnostic test & data vapor canister valve replaced R&R canister vent control valve replaced total cost $215.17.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #76

Feb 142012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
On Tuesday Feb 14, 2012 I took my car in cause it had a recall for the gas gauge not reading gas level. My car was reading check engine soon, car was working perfect they put the computer on and nothing came up as the car having anything wrong with it. Even the check engine light had turned off. On Friday Feb 17, 2012 while driving in the middle of the highway my car completely turned off and would not start at all I had someone help me push the car to the side of the road, where then I finally got it to start again. Called Nissan and they told me they can send a tow truck to bring it into the dealer but if has nothing to do with the work that was done I have to be responsible for the tow. The person at the dealer that I spoke to said that according to the information I was giving him of the problem it may have something to do with the work but he couldn't be sure. On sat Feb 18, 2012 I took my car into the dealer, now they tell me that all of a sudden the cracker system of the car was bad because when they changed the fuel gauge there's more electricity is going in and that was the problem I had to pay $300.46 for something that I was not told could happen if I fixed something that wasn't given me any real problems before. Now the car is saying check engine soon again and the truth is I'm afraid to take it back to the dealer. I've had that car for 6 years never, ever had a problem with the car I take it to the dealer and now different things are coming up.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

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