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 1 of 4)

problem #61

Jul 302014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


First the fuel sensor went out. Once I got that fixed (640.00) the fuel tank wouldn't fill up and the gauges were off. Then fluid leaked into the radiator and I had to replace the radiator (1,000.00). Then I had to flush it twice. Then the car overheated because the thermostat was gone. $250. Now the car won't start and I'm being told it's the ignition gone bad. All of this has happen over three months. I will never buy another Nissan again. This was my third Nissan and last!!!!!!! where are the recalls if the same problems are occurring.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #60

Dec 022013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the fuel gauge failed to properly measure the fuel levels in the vehicle. The contact stated that when the tank was full, it would indicate that it was empty and when the tank was empty it indicated that it was full. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the VIN was not associated to any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #59

Jun 162014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Radiator fluid mixed with my transmission fluid, making the car undriveable. At 65 mph the vehicle began to slow as the RPM's were increasing. The vehicle then slowed to only 40mph, and we barely got the car off the hwy. Then, eventhough in drive, the vehicle would not move; like it was put in neutral. Looked up issue online, and it is another known Nissan recall; but they limit the amount of miles that you can have to receive any reimbursement. Basically, I will get no relief for this known defect. I did get a recall notice but my vehicle was having no issues at that time, and now at 18 months later my vehicle is toast. I will never buy a Nissan again.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #58

Apr 102009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


Fuel gauge was experiencing intermittent problems while still under warranty, to where when I filled it the fuel gauge would drop to zero/empty. I took it into the Nissan dealer (sandy sandsing in pensacola, fl) and they told me the issue/recall was limited to the Altima and the xterra only and not my Pathfinder. At 38000 miles the fuel gauge issue was constant, but it was now out of warranty. Finally, Nissan issued a recall and I was unable to take advantage of the replacement because my mileage was over their limit. I am not asking to have this sensor replaced just for the fun of it, it is inoperable. Nissan should have to pay me for the poor gas mileage I get from having to constantly drive with a full fuel tank; because the gas gauge was unreliable. I will never buy a Nissan again.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #57

Apr 042014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Radiator transmission cooler failure allowed cross contamination between transmission fluid and antifreeze.the resulting lack of lubrication and electrical conductivity of antifreeze caused electrical and mechanical transmission failure.

- Somerville, OH, USA

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problem #56

Jan 102014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I request that the dot NHTSA investigate manufacturer defects in 2007 Nissan Pathfinders cooling system and transmission as unexpected failure relates to driver safety. My 2007 Pathfinder with 90,000 miles caused a major collision with a deer as the transmission began to fail. Driving home, at around 40mph, up a hill (engine under load @ 2,200-2,500 RPM) the whole car began suddenly to "shudder"- similar to the feeling/ sound of riding over highway rumble strips. This resulted in a loss of control over the speed of the vehicle and a noticeable distraction leaving me unprepared as a large buck ran out from the tree line attempting to cross the road- the buck did not make it across. As I have found in my research afterwards, there is a widely known manufacturer defect in which engine coolant mixes with transmission fluid. The resulting "goop" shreds the internal parts of the transmission rendering it (along with the radiator and components) completely useless. These vehicles are unsafe for the roadways as this problem occurs suddenly and unexpectedly without warning. I consider myself lucky for being alive- now, but since Nissan nor any other organization is willing to recall or replace this vehicle/ affected parts, I am stuck, forced to drive on the road being a hazard to others and myself.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #55

Jul 062013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 43,700 miles


2007 Nissan Pathfinder, the fuel sending unit is the problem (error code PO463), after fueling up the gas gauge level dropped, fuel light came on and check engine light. Nissan assist refuses to cover the problem stating the car is out of warranty and the campaign is over. I was never told about a campaign or experienced this problem until now. With so many vehicles affected and the danger of no gas level reading is a serious safety hazard. Nissan surely will never see my business for any future purchase of a vehicle. It sure is nice to know how Nissan refuses to acknowledge a legitimate problem regarding the fuel sending unit an provided me no explanation other than it's out of warranty period. Read all the other complaints about the same problem. What's next the transmission, with all the complaints I bet I'm heading their too.

- Port Angeles, WA, USA

problem #54

Feb 112013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
The service engine light came on. The code is P0463, fuel level sensor circuit high input. I went today 5/25/13 to get a MA inspection sticker. The vehicle failed due to this code.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #53

Apr 042012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated and the fuel gauge displayed an empty reading even though the fuel tank was full. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop, who diagnosed that the fuel sender float arm was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 54,342. Updated 6/4/12 the consumer was informed a recall had been issued for the problem, the consumer had experienced. The consumer is seeking reimbursement. The consumer was informed the recall was only for the 2008 models. Updated 06/11/12

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #52

Apr 092012


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed and was not providing the correct fuel level readings. The service engine light was also illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the failure was located at the fuel sending unit. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer took a complaint from the contact and denied any assistance with the repair. The failure mileage was 74,000 and current mileage was 74,250.

- Killen , AL, USA

problem #51

Mar 012012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Fuel level gauge shows incorrect readings. One moment it will show full, then empty, then quarter tank when it is actually nearing empty. The 2006 & 2008 models were recalled, not sure why the 2007 was not recalled also.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #50

Mar 122012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 97,120 miles
The engine light of my 2007 Nissan Pathfinder came on and also the fuel gauge on the panel stopped working.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #49

Feb 142012


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 45 mph. The vehicle ran out of fuel, but the fuel gauge displayed a reading indicating that fuel was present in the tank. The check engine light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The fuel gauge had since constantly displayed incorrect readings. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank). The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Live Oak, TX, USA

problem #48

Jan 072012


  • 95,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge was incorrectly displaying that the fuel tank was empty when it was actually full with fuel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and the failure mileages were 95,500.

- Bailey, NC, USA

problem #47

Dec 012011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The check engine light stays on the car. Also, the fuel delivery system has become a significant hazard in the car. The Pathfinder's gasoline gauge indicates that it is half full, but suddenly the yellow light comes on to indicate the car is empty. This is a significant hazard while on the highway and there are times where a gas station may not be easily accessible.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #46

Jul 012011


  • 61,000 miles
The service engine light stays on and fuel gauge marks empty after I fill up vehicle with gas. 2007 Nissan Pathfinder

- Wauchula , FL, USA

problem #45

Jun 022011


  • 54,000 miles
2007 Nissan Pathfinder. Fuel gauge inaccuracy and "service engine light" remains on. Dealers quoted us $500 problem not fixed.

- Mo, MO, USA

problem #44

Apr 252011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
My 2007 Pathfinder has service engine soon light on from a failure with the fuel sending unit. You can see from this thread: it is a major problem in many vehicles. There should be a recall for this.

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #43

Feb 012010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Fuel gauge level sending unit.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #42

Dec 172010


  • 53,400 miles
Fuel sending unit bad trouble code 0463. Filled gas tank at 1/4 to full. Started car gauge read a little above 1/4 tank of gas. Gauge went up slowly to about 1/2 then suddenly dropped to 0(empty).

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

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