definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,812 miles

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2001 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2001 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #9

May 182014


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without any warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel pump sending unit was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer was contacted who refused to provide any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V230000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Harrisbug, PA, USA

problem #8

Oct 112004

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
04 V 230 000/fuel sending unit: The manufacturer refused to send the dealer the recall part because the consumer moved to Florida. Nissan denied the consumer the replacement of the fuel sending unit.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 142004

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled the driver tried to restart, but was unable to do so. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the fuel pump needed replacement due to corrosion. Please fill in additional information.

- Florissant, CO, USA

problem #6

Feb 062004

Xterra 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,100 miles


2001 Nissan Xterra - I was just getting off a busy rt. 95 and my car just turned off - no power steering, etc. I was luckily able to coast to the side of the road without causing an accident where I had to leave it overnight. Called two Nissan dealerships the next day and they were unable to fit me in for two days, so I needed my Xterra fixed so I took it to an independent auto shop. They said my fuel pump sending unit shorted out which in effect shorted out my fuel pump, both were replaced - $962 later.....I took it to the dealership and they were well aware of the problem (I showed them the Nissan faulty part) and they referred me to Nissan Consumer Affairs. I spoke with someone there and she investigated the problem and said they weren't in the position to reimburse me B/C the work wasn't done at the Nissan dealership, she didn't know when there would be a recall....I would've had a greater chance of getting my money back if I took it to the dealership. Regardless, in the end I paid $962 for a faulty Nissan part which hasn't been recalled and has the potential to cause many fatal accidents - go figure!!

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 292003

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles
Fuel tank sending unit failed at 38,800 miles (out of warranty). A crack forms in the unit and eventually corrosion sets in causing a short in the wiring. When this occurs, the truck stalls and you lose most of your steering and braking ability. This is a problem that has been reported since the 1999 Nissan frontier according to your web site, so this appears to be a common issue with Nissan trucks. It's time for an investigation and recall!

- Lexington, KY, USA

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problem #4

Jan 212004


  • 41,558 miles
The consumer stated the fuel pump hanger/sender unit had a shortage within the fuel tank. The repair was made by an auto repair shop. Please feel free to provide any further information.

- Gold Bar, WA, USA

problem #3

May 262003

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was driving my 2001 Xterra on interstate 495 when the car abruptly lost power and stalled while traveling 65 mph. After repeated attempts to start the car, it started after 20 minutes. I let the car run for about 15 minutes before reentering the highway. About two miles down the road the car suddenly lost power, stalled and would not restart. I had the car towed and a bad fuel pump/fuel sending unit was diagnosed. The fuel injectors were dry, as if the car had run out of gas, but I had three quarters of a tank. It is well documented on the internet on Nissan owner's sites that the Nissan frontier and Xterras experience problems with the fuel pump sending units. The result of such failures is no gas delivery to the engine, as if the vehicle has run out of gas. The failure comes without warning and does not seem to be related to model year. It is apparent that such failures in a gas delivery system is a major safety hazard. I believe Nissan is aware of the problem because in January of this year there was a national backorder for this part.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 182003

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,850 miles
I was on my way home from work and on RT17 which is very busy around rush hour with tractor trailers and plenty of cars, all of a sudden my 2001 Xterra stalled out at the stop light, then would never start again, it took 30 minutes to get the truck of the road because there was so much traffic, I had it towed to radley Chevrolet because I called Nissan, and they advised me my warranty ran out and it would be at least $200 before they could even look at it" once to the dealer which my warranty just ran out, and they said there was nothing wrong with it, so I paid the tow bill and took my car, no more than an hour later I was broke down again on the road, and had to pay another tow bill, come to find out my fuel pump was malfunctioning and that was the problem, $500 later I am back on the road, I could not under stand on such a new vehicle with only 37000 miles the fuel pump would go bad?????????"

- Colonial Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 182003

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle stopped running on I-287N near Mahwah, NJ., post president's day blizzard. Conditions were very dangerous due to semi truck traffic and snow/ice pack in emergency lane which prevented pulling vehicle all the way off the highway. Stranded on side of the highway for several hours in below freezing cold until NJ state police sent tow truck. Towed to Nissan dealer, diagnosed fuel sending unit failure part #250604S415. Ten days later, part is still on back order with no idea when it will be available.

- Bound Brook, NJ, USA

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