Notes: The 2005-2007 Xterra 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.

The same defect exists in the Pathfinder & Frontier as well. And 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:
62,210 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 5 of 12)

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problem #157

Mar 102010


  • 45,000 miles


Fuel gauge reads full, then without cause reads empty. Without an accurate fuel reading this may cause vehicle to run out of fuel at a dangerous time.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

problem #156

Jul 312010


  • 32,000 miles
"I had 1/4 of a tank of gas and went to fill up. After filling up my gas tank, I turned on the car, at which point the needle did not register the full tank. After driving a couple miles, the check engine light came on. I went directly to the dealer and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was no longer covered after 30K miles. After returning home and doing research, I went online to after performing a search, I came across many others who have experienced the same problem. Apparently it has something to do with the fuel sending unit. A similar problem was found on the 2000-2004 Xterra models and a recall was performed when the vehicle would stop after not getting any fuel, posing a great danger. It seems that something in the unit is faulty and will corrode over time. There is a general consensus that everyone who is having the problem is experiencing the same thing after having the vehicle for over 2 yrs and with around 30K-49K. If this problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled, the 2005-2007 Xterras, frontiers, and pathfinders should get this fixed at no charge to the customer!! why wait for accidents and possible deaths, especially since the problem lies in an integral part of the vehicle. Cost of repair ranges from $300-600."

- Hampton Bays, NY, USA

problem #155

Jul 272010


  • 57,450 miles
Fuel gauge faulty. Reads higher than normal. Could cause driver to run out of fuel. Service engine code P0463 fuel sensor.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #154

Aug 102010


  • 49,500 miles


At 49500 my 2005 Nissan Xterra got serv. Eng. Soon light on. Code P0463. Had code read means fuel level sensor bad. Gas gauge ok.will cost $600 + to replace. This is a common problem w/Nissan. Please initiate a recall.

- Mount Holly, NJ, USA

problem #153

Aug 082010


  • 37,000 miles
On my 2005 Nissan Xterra the service light came on and my fuel tank always reads empty. Dealer states its a faulty fuel sensor but wont fix for free. I found online that this is a vary common problem and was directed to this site.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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problem #152

Jul 032010


  • 45,305 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra. Gas gauge works sporadically, never know how much gas is in tank. Could cause an accident by running out of gas. There is a recall on Nissan vehicles for 2006 and 2008 with the same problem but all from 2005 to 2010 are having the same problem.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #151

Jul 292010


  • 63,400 miles


I had less than 1/4 of a tank of gas, when the service engine soon light came on. On my way home, I stopped by auto zone and had the code checked. It came up with PO463, which indicated the fuel sending sensor. I immediately stopped and filled up. The gauge appeared to go to full. Upon searching the internet I found this is a common problem and was recalled on several Nissan models between 2000-2004. I talked to the dealer, but since my 5 year warranty expired this month and I have 63,000 miles on my Xterra, the repair wouldn't be covered. The cost of repair would be around $600 - $700. I decided to just keep up with my mileage to make sure I don't run out of gas. Since then I have driven 270 miles. The service engine soon light went off around 200 miles, but I am still nervous that the unit is malfunctioning and it could reoccur. My complaint is that if this problem was recalled in previous models, and it was considered a safety hazard that could result in a major traffic accident, why isn't is being recalled on the 2005-2007 models?

- Greenbrier, TN, USA

problem #150

Apr 012010


  • 87,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The truck starting having a fuel gauge problem, but I didn't think much of it because my car still was running. The problem started about 3 months ago 4/1/10 where I would put a full tank of gas and the fuel reader would show that is was still empty. About 3 days ago on 7/28/10 I was about to get freeway, thank god that I had not get on freeway way when out of a sudden the truck starting shaking and then eventually died. I was stuck a traffic lights for about 10 mins. I tried to start it again and pushed gas but still no luck. Until a 3rd time tried it and then it started. When this happened I realized I had to take it to the dealer. I took it to my expert mechanic and the said it was a control modulator and told me that is was going to be $1,000. At this point in my life I am not able to afford that, but I need my vehicle running. Please advise what can we do and if there will be a recall. I also saw there are many more complaints about this and this can be dangerous for anyone that owns a Nissan Xterra 2005.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #149

Jul 212010


  • 44,100 miles
Went to the gas station to full up my Xterra. When I started it back up the gauge read 1/4 of a tank. I went back through the line and got only $1 more worth of gas before the attendant said it was completely full. Over the day the gauge started to creep back up until it read full. One day later the service engine soon light came on. Took it to knecht's to hook it to the diagnostic machine. Came back error code PO463 "fuel level sensor a circuit high input." Apparently this has happened to numerous Xterra and pathfinder owners around the 44000 mile mark or the 57000 mile mark. My Xterra just turned over 44,000 miles.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #148

Feb 202008


  • 85,676 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra - fuel sending unit failure.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #147

May 152010


  • 110,000 miles


Fuel sending unit, shows I have 1/4 tank of fuel but was actually empty. Causing my car to die on the side of the road multiple times as the gauge/fuel sending unit is faulty showing the incorrect unit.

- Mt Prospect, IL, USA

problem #146

Oct 242009


  • miles
The gas gauge on my 2005 Nissan Xterra does not work. This means, even though I fill up my tank, it shows that my car is on empty. This is incredibly dangerous as at any given time, I don't know whether I have enough gas to get from one place to another. This problem has been persisting since it first occurred. I've had this problem for 6+ months! I know of other Xterra owners who have the same problem. A recall is definitely called for.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #145

Jul 012010


  • 65,000 miles
The fuel gauge on the vehicle no longer reads properly indicating inaccurate levels of gasoline.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #144

Jul 022010


  • 79,000 miles
Gas gauge on my 2005 Nissan Xterra stopped working. Told it was a fuel sending unit. I only have 79,000 miles on the vehicle. Dealer tells me if I don't get it changed the vehicle will eventually not start. This would not be a good thing given the right circumstance.

- Grand Haven, MI, USA

problem #143

Jun 302010


  • 57,000 miles
The following recall is identical to symptoms I observe with my 2005 Nissan X-terra, since 10/2008: Recall #38731: Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 frontier, Xterra and pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #142

Jun 252010


  • 65,000 miles
Nissan Xterra 2005 -- faulty fuel sensor, fuel gauge does not report gas in tank.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #141

Jun 112010


  • 44,950 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra 4X4. Just recently I filled up my gas tank to full, but when I looked at my fuel gauge it just stayed at the half mark. It took a couple of hours before it climbed to full. My mileage was at 44,950 miles when this first occurred. It is still happening everytime I have to fill my gas tank. I keep filling at half because I'm afraid I will run out of gas on the freeway. I've noticed some other 2005 Xterra owners had the same problem. They should have a recall on this because of their malfunctioning part. I called Nissan about this but they told me my car was not covered because my car VIN# was not under it.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #140

Jun 022010


  • 71,110 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Xterra and recently I had my "service engine soon" light come on. I found out that earlier Nissan Xterras and pathfinders had the same issue. It was a code P0463, fuel gauge detectionproblem. The earlier models got this to be a recall, but the newer Xterras have not. To get this fixed I can only get it done by the dealer and is around a $600 repair.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #139

Jun 072010


  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Xterra SE has approximately 73,000 miles on it, and the fsu (fuel sending unit) has stopped working. In other words, the gas gauge does not read accurately. For example, yesterday I filled the tank, and the gas gauge reads anywhere from a quarter-tank to a half-tank (changes sporadically). Nissan has issued a recall for this issue for some 2006 and 2008 models, but from my online research, this issue seems to be occurring with other model years. The vehicle was significantly redesigned with the 2005 model, and subsequent years have seen only minor updates to this redesign. So it stands to reason that the recall should be expanded to include 2005 models, when everything was redesigned. Clearly, not knowing how much gas you have in the tank is a safety issue, as one could end up running out of gas on the freeway, or out in a rural area at night, or some other unsafe scenario.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #138

Mar 012009


  • 64,300 miles
Fuel sending unit for a 2005 Nissan Xterra is bad. Part is not a recall part, but part has failed for so many consumers.

- Salt Point, NY, USA

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