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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,125 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 112012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


Vehicle fuel gauge is reporting wrong information, shows empty when full and a half tank when empty. Service engine soon light stays on. Very dangerous barely made it to gas station.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 012008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. After refueling the vehicle, the fuel gauge displayed the incorrect reading. The contact stated that she did not know how much fuel was in the vehicle because the fuel gauge indicator would constantly move. The failure became worse over time and the vehicle was eventually taken to an authorized dealer who stated that her vehicle was not included in any fuel system recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 460,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #6

May 212010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated when filling the vehicle with gasoline, the fuel level gauge would read that the fuel tank was empty and the check engine light would illuminate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The contact believed the failure to be a common failure in her make and model vehicle. The failure and current mileages were approximately 50,000.

- Westchester , PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 152010


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated when starting the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. In addition, the fuel level indicator would read inaccurate fuel levels. The contact proceeded to drive the vehicle and noticed that the fuel level indicator would fluctuate between gas level readings. A local independent mechanic advised that the fuel level sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The failure mileage was 64,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 042010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. While driving at speeds of 45 miles per hour, the contact noticed the fuel indicator had malfunctioned by reading inaccurate fuel levels. The contact spoke with the manufacturer but they would provide no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 41,000.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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problem #3

Dec 012008


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. While traveling at approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge did not accurately display the amount of fuel in the fuel tank. The contact stated this failure is similar to the failure in recall 10V074000 (component: Fuel system, other: Storage: Fuel gauge system). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the fuel gauge sending unit was replaced. The current mileage was approximately 59,000. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 282009


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge sensor was erratic and the light remained illuminated. A local mechanic informed him that the fuel gauge error code was P0463. The Nissan dealer quoted him an $85 fee to perform a diagnostic test. The Nissan manufacturer was called and stated that since he did not take his vehicle to a Nissan dealer they would not assist him with the repair. There are no related recalls or warranties for his vehicle. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Great Barrington, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 212007


  • miles
2005 Nissan Xterra off-road contained a defective fuel level sensor. The defect presented in Nov-07. Vehicle primarily operated in new england.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

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