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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,250 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 012010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact noticed that the fuel gauge sensor was reading inaccurately and she was unable to determine how much gasoline was actually in the vehicle. The failure was similar to NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 ( fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank). The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test and concluded that the fuel system sensor needed to be replaced. The contact informed the manufacturer who stated that since the vehilce was no longer under warranty they would not be able to provide any additional assistance. The current mileage was approximately 90,000. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated after refilling the vehicle with gasoline fuel, the fuel level gauge indicated that the fuel tank was empty. The dealer advised that the fuel sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and there were no prior warnings of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage is 63,400 updated 9/13/10 the consumer stated the fuel gauge in the instrument panel started malfunctioning and showing erroneous fuel levels. The gauge would then fluctuate between normal levels to showing empty or nearly empty inaccurately. The consumer referenced recall 10V075000. The exact problem that he was experiencing. However, his model year was not included in the recall. Updated 09/15/10

- Aubrun, AL, USA

problem #2

Nov 202009


  • 57,000 miles
Summary: 2005 Nissan Xterra fuel gauge reading empty when full and slowly rising back to the correct display level then dropping to mid-level displaying incorrectly. Service engine light comes on and stays on sometimes turning off and on at odd times. This event happens everyday and I have now relied on the tripometer to tell my fuel level. Prior events leading to malfunction: I was driving on a 9 hour long trip during winter. I was about 4 hours into the trip and my fuel gauge oddly dropped to empty so I filled up but no change occurred. On the way up it started to work again so I figured it was a fluke and trusted the gauge. My car stalled about 8 hours in and I had to wait in the cold for 2 hours for aaa. Repairs made: No repairs were made but I have looked for quotes on the repair and I keep getting different answers to the problem. One said the fuel gauge sensor needs to be reset (200 dollar fee) and another said the fuel pumps need to be replaced (700 dollar fee). Similarities to common recall: The issue I have is so common to the NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 recall. This recall is on the 2006 and 2008 Nissan Xterra, frontier, and pathfinder. It involves: 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. I have no doubt that we 2005 Xterra owners are having the same issue, and online that is the consensus. Thank you very much for your time and work resolving this issue.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2005 Nissan Xterra - I had the same problem with my fuel gauge- my Xterra is year 2005 recall is listed for 2006 model. I would like to have my 2005 Xterra included in the recall since I had the same problem. Thank you. NHTSA campaign id number : 10V075000 component: Fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

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