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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,901 miles

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Jun 302010


  • 30,000 miles


Fuel level sending unit of Nissan Pathfinder stops working shortly after 25K miles and the gauge starts showing that the tank is suddenly empty leading to run out of fuel and stuck on the road which is very dangerous, especially for moms like me with children in the vehicle.

- Doral, FL, USA

problem #40

Feb 282010


  • 76,000 miles
My 2007 Nissan Pathfinder's gas gauge started malfunctioning in February 2010. I actually was told I had 1/2 tank but realized it was empty when I ran out of gas with my two kids on the highway. I called Nissan usa and they told me it had been recalled for certain years and months the car was made but my month wasn't covered. I cannot fork over 500 dollars to fix the gauge but I never know how much gas I have so obviously that is not safe.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #39

Sep 252010


  • 69,955 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. After fueling the vehicle, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge indicated that the tank was empty and the fuel light was illuminated; the service light was also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced. The contact referenced recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank) but was told that the vehicle was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 69,955 and the current mileage was 70,120.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #38

Mar 062010


  • 50,000 miles


The fuel gauge stopped reading correctly. After filling up the vehicle, the gauge reads empty. After driving for awhile, the fuel gauge may begin to register again, but not always. We have chosen not to repair yet due to cost.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #37

Sep 292010


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. After filling the fuel tank, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge would not register a correct reading of fuel in the tank. Seconds later, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 20,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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problem #36

Jun 212010


  • 30,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not operate normally, with the risk of running out of fuel in the middle of the highway.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #35

Jul 152009


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge would not display accurate fuel levels. When the fuel tank was full, the gauge would display the fuel tank as empty and vice versa. The dealer inspected the vehicle and advised the contact that the fuel sensor had failed. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #34

Apr 142010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when the gas tank was full, the gauge displayed empty. The fuel gauge worked normally intermittently whenever there was a quarter tank of gasoline in the vehicle. The dealer inspected the vehicle and said that it was the dte sensor that failed. The contact was not sure about the definition of dte, but it deals with the mileage and fuel tank reading. The failure mileage was 50000 and the current mileage was 60000.

- Madisonville, LA, USA

problem #33

Feb 012008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I live in Oklahoma and drive dirt roads daily. I purchased a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder in 2007 and have two canisters replaced. I was not told when I purchased the car that it should not be driven on dirt roads because the canister clogs. I was told by the dealer this is a design defect. My concern: I have 82,000 miles on the car, my extended warranty runs out at 100,000 miles. I will drive dirt roads for the rest of my life, I want some sort of guarantee that the next time this canister fails (which causes the service engine light to come on), that the cost of repair will not be on me. I don't feel this is fair. It seems to be an ongoing problem. Is there actually a design flaw and can I have some sort of guarantee that Nissan will stand behind this. I don't think it would be fair to sell the car and pass this problem onto them. It is very costly to repair. Updated IVOQ 10/04/10

- Ponca City, OK, USA

problem #32

Mar 012010


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact went to start the vehicle and discovered that the check engine warning light was illuminated and the fuel level gauge was inaccurately displaying an empty reading. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel indicator sending unit would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The failure did not recur. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 35,400.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #31

May 172010


  • 68,659 miles


The fuel sending unit will give false readings or no reading at all. This results in the vehicle running out of gas in traffic. The digital display will not read distance to empty.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #30

Jul 102010


  • 47,000 miles
My 2007 Nissan Pathfinder le was purchased brand new from the local Nissan dealership here in little rock, ar. The vehicle currently has 49,000 miles on it. Recently, I've noticed that my fuel gauge is not reading accurately. One time, the gauge indicated that I had some fuel remaining in the tank, yet I ran out of gas and had to call for assistance. More noticeably, I will fill my tank up completely to where it won't accept gasoline. Then, I'll start my engine and the gauge will read 1/4 of tank full instead of full. More recently, the service engine soon light has lit up on my dashboard and stays on constantly. I've been online reading about the prevalence of this exact same situation under practically the exact same conditions. I called the dealer, who said it was not under warranty (because of mileage) or recall. Repairing the matter will in the neighborhood of $500-600. I also called Nissan customer service directly, who confirmed that it was not under recall (though it clearly should be). They suggested that I take it to the dealer for diagnosis (at my expense) and to call them back because they might then look at the matter to determine if any action is necessary on their part. Either way - I front the $$$ for the repair. All I can say is that it's amazing that so many people are experiencing this same problem and that recalls have been done for other Nissan vehicles with similar problems, yet nothing has been done in this case. Why is my government not at work for me on this one" is there not potentially a safety issue involved with me and my children driving home in the evening/at dark with the assumption of gas in our Pathfinder tank to get us there and being stranded otherwise???" this is my very first and certainly my last Nissan - period.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #29

Aug 302010


  • 82,000 miles
The fuel gauge stopped working a while ago, and the service engine light came on and stayed on. The gauge would show 1/4 tank fuel after filling the tank up, then work normal, then drop to empty, even though the tank was at least 1/2 full. I would keep track of how many miles I drove and fill up the tank every 300 miles. That's how I knew it was time to get gas again... today I found out that problem is not only a nuisance for me, but it is also connected to our state emission inspection. When I had the inspection done today, id did not pass the "on-board diagnostic (obdii) test, which is one of the state requirements. Resulting failure code for the obdii test was P0463-fuel level sensor "a" circuit high. My understanding is this very same/similar defect affected many of 2006 and 2008 Pathfinders, and resulted in a recall of those vehicles. Based on the many complains on this site, it is evident it affects many 2007 Pathfinders as well. Since it does affect emission requirements, please further investigate so the problem can be fixed.

- Holly Springs, NC, USA

problem #28

Apr 012009


  • 56,000 miles
At approx 56,000 miles the gas gauge on my 2007 Nissan Pathfinder quit working and the check engine light came on. It is a sensor in the fuel system I was told. This could cause the vehicle to run out of fuel in traffic which could result in an accident.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #27

Jun 012010


  • 65,000 miles
2007 Nissan Pathfinder's gas gauge does not accurately register gas tank level. It shows empty when not empty and vice versa. The reading will go from an 1/2 full to empty in a blink of an eye.. it is extremely difficult to know how much gas is in the car. The service engine light stays on constantly. The dealer's service dept is charging $500 to fix the gas gauge. I believe it is a manufacturing defect and should be covered by Nissan.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #26

Nov 152009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge would read inaccurate fuel levels and would display that the fuel tank was full when there was no fuel in the vehicle. The dealer stated that the fuel sensor failed and would nee to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 56,000.

- Greene, ME, USA

problem #25

Jul 212010


  • 68,000 miles
2007 Nissan Pathfinder 68,000 miles fuel gauge reads empty when full and it only works periodically. The car ran out of gas with my wife the other night because of it. Has not been fixed yet. Seems as if we are not the only ones who are having this problem.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #24

Apr 152010


  • 40,000 miles
I bought a used 2007 Nissan Pathfinder in April 2010. Every single time I fill up the tank, since the very first time, immediately after getting the gas, the gas gauge reads as empty. Two to three days later it goes back to normal. The service engine soon light is constantly on. Nissan dealer says it's the sending unit and is $700 to fix. I haven't done it yet. I have seen many many similar complaints online. Some 2006 and 2008 Nissan have been recalled for bad sending units. Time to include 2007's! it sometimes helps to know how much gas you have in your car!

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #23

Feb 012010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The fuel gauge failed when the vehicle was at 38,000 miles. The gauge read empty at all times the checked engine light remained illuminated. The contact had to reset the gauge chip each time the gas tank was filled; therefore he was able to estimate when the fuel was at half tank. The manufacturer advised his VIN wasn't included recall 10V074000 fuel system, other: Storage: Fuel gauge system, but he should take the vehicle to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact will service the vehicle himself. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Saratoga Springs , UT, USA

problem #22

Jul 032010


  • 39,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder that we have kept in excellent condition and have had no complaints up until now. I filled up my car at the gas station and put in $70 and when I started the car the engine light came on and my gas gauge reading was a quarter tank! I used google and found it that this is a very common complaint. The price to fix this is approximately $450 at the dealer! if it's a common problem and there have been recalls in earlier models, it should be covered by Nissan! not having a fuel gauge work properly is a safety issue. Keeping a log book of miles is not an option!

- Port Moody, 00, USA

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