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:
57,146 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 4 of 11)

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problem #143

Sep 022010


  • 71,000 miles


Gas gauge does not read correctly and the "check engine light is now on.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #142

May 012010


  • 71,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra ses light came on during hot weather while driving, ses code number P0463 fuel sending unit. Filled up tank and gas gauge doesn't work shows 1/2 tank when full, cool weather problem goes away some times, hot weather problem comes back, I never know how much gas I have, Nissan recall doesn't apply to mine due to VIN numbers not matching recall. Nissan Consumer Affairs was no help, bought brand new $30,000+,,75,000 miles now problem started at 71,000. Seems Nissan has a big problem with this issue and is very slow to address it. Poor customer service, danger of running out of fuel as I never know if my gauge is correct.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #141

Aug 282010


  • 40,015 miles
The fuel gauge light and service light came on, showing empty, due to fuel sensor defection on my 2006 Nissan exterra, only 40,000 miles.this cause me confusion and frustration on a long trip. This was existing problem that Nissan ignore to recall for replace. Many Nissan vehicle owner has same problem, and the cost to fix this problem is 500-600 dollars.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #140

Jul 122010


  • 35,000 miles


The fuel gauge is not accurate after filling the tank. It gradually moves up to the proper amount after a long time. Up to 70 miles till it registers correctly.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #139

Nov 152009


  • miles
Fuel-sending unit prone to failure on 2006 Nissan Xterra. Shortly after purchasing my used Nissan the fuel sending unit failed and had to be replaced last fall. Less than a year later and the fuel sending unit is once again sending incorrect readings to the fuel indicator. Even after filling the tank the fsu reads as 3/4 full and does not indicate properly as fuel is used. Nissan has not provided a replacement part that fixes the problem, the replacement component is the same as the one that was installed at the factory and just as prone to failure. This could lead to the dangerous situation of running out of fuel in the middle of a busy road, bridge or rail crossing. Nissan has recalled only selected Xterras, but all 2005+ Xterras use the same part. Nissan says that this issue is a safety concern but has only issues a limited recall when many more vehicles are affected.

- Midvale, UT, USA

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problem #138

Feb 012010


  • 85,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra fuel gauge not working properly its shows there is more fuel in the tank then what there actually is. It occurs on every fuel fill up. I have almost ran out of fuel while on the highway. I have contact Nissan about the problem and was told that my vehicle was not on the recall list, and it would cost me $500 dollars to repair. The check engine light now turns on and off, I had the vehicle diagnosis and the diagnostic code was for a faulty fuel level unit.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #137

Aug 072010


  • 38,098 miles


1. the vehicle has had a general lack of accuracy in the fuel gauge. 2. recently, the "service engine soon" indicator came on, and the dealership informed me it was due to a fuel sending unit malfunction. 3. the dealer is currently replacing the fuel sending unit at a cost to me of $595+tax. This vehicle is a 2006 Nissan Xterra, just outside the dom covered in recall 10V-075, with 38,000 miles (just outside warranty).

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #136

Apr 022010


  • 50,000 miles
I have 2006 Nissan Xterra that has the "ses" light on constantly. I have changed the gas cap. The light went out but recently came back on, I have 54K miles and now the light will not go out.

- University Park, IL, USA

problem #135

May 012010


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2006 Xterra SE with 67000 miles that is giving me a error code of P0463 for about 3 months now. I filed a complaint to Nissan Consumer Affairs but they decline the repair. The issue I am having with my Xterra is fuel gauge not working and the service engine soon is on. Below are some links of other Nissan customers that are having the same issue:"T=10923"T=4454 I see this as a safety risk not knowing how much fuel is in the tank. Thank you for your time.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #134

Jul 252010


  • 65,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra fuel sending unit error/failure.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #133

Jul 292010


  • 33,000 miles


I fill my gas tank, the gauge falls to the bottom and the light comes on, then shortly the check engine soon light comes on it seems like there is a recall but only to a range of VIN's and unfortunately my car is not in this range. The NHTSA campaign id number is 10V075000. The symptoms are exactly the same as described in this camp. Id number.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #132

Jul 162010


  • 51,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra fuel gauge misreads current amount of fuel in tank (I currently have a full tank and it reads empty on the gauge) this problem has been happening every time I filled my tank, which is often because I commute over 100 miles a day. I have called Nissan because there is a current recall for the fuel sending unit, which they admit is causing the problems, however my 2006 Nissan Xterra is not in included in the recall meant for 2006 Xterras, causing me to pay for the unit out of my own pocket, which is roughly $400. I see this as a problem since I cannot have an accurate reading on my fuel gauge, it may cause my vehicle to stall in traffic. There are many other Nissan with this same problem.

- North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #131

Jul 232010


  • 62,933 miles
Two weeks after Nissan dealer did a 60K service in my 2006 Xterra the check engine light popped up while driving and my gas gauge went from full to empty and back in rapid succession while driving, causing major distraction. The odb code for the check engine light is P0463.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #130

Jul 212010


  • 79,995 miles
1. I filled my gas tank, then as I was driving down the highway. 2. the check engine light came on and my tank reads as empty and the ses light is on, even though a full tank. 3. Nissan has a recall on my type and year of vehicle for this exact problem (fuel system). But my VIN does not qualify for the recall; even though the exact year and type is the same as the recall. I had to have the fuel level sending unit replaced.

- Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #129

May 272010


  • 47,000 miles
Gas gauge stays on empty. The car only has 47,000 miles on it.

- Deerfield, IL, USA

problem #128

Apr 052009


  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan X-terra and currently there is a recall defined for a specific set of vins for a fuel gauge reading malfunction, combined with an illuminated ses light. My vehicle which for some reason is not part of the recall has had this exact failure for over 1 year, as have many other Nissan owners. The problem creates a significant safety concern when you are unable to receive an accurate reading on the fuel level. And now it will not pass a state emissions test, because of the ses light. I have tried to deal with Nissan and every time I discuss the issue with them they explain that it is not part of the recall. I am going forth with a complaint through Nissan and a complaint through the NHTSA to help protect others.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #127

Apr 292009


  • 45,000 miles
2006 Nissan X-terra. The fuel gauge does not work. As a result of the defective fuel gauge, the check engine light is lit. The vehicle can run out of gas in a driving situation. Nissan has only recalled certain 2006 X-terra's when the problem effects all 2006 Nissan X-terra's.

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

problem #126

Jun 212010


  • 42,000 miles
Fuel gauge showing wrong amount of gas level due to faulty/defective fuel level sending unit in 2006 Nissan Xterras. Nissan has sent out a recall for 2006 Xterras, but only for certain vehicles within a certain manufacture date within that year. The manufacture dates should be extended since it seems many 2006 Nissan Xterra owners have the same problem, showing that Nissan should take the blame on putting a defective part in their vehicles.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #125

Jun 202010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The fuel sensor failed and does not give an accurate measure of the fuel that is in the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic where they replaced the fuel sensor at his expense for $375. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that they would not reimburse him for the repair since the VIN was not a part of the recall. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 11/03/10 updated 11/04/10

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #124

Jun 152010


  • 52,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra - service engine soon light comes on. Checked the light at auto zone and the code is PO463 "fuel level sensor a circuit high input". will cost around $500 to fix - say it's a bad sensor. Gas gauge isn't correct, goes to zero and bounces back up over 50 or so miles. Have researched this and many others have the same issue in their 2006 Xterras.

- North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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