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 6 of 11)

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problem #103

Apr 222010


  • 91,000 miles


Fuel gauge not working, sudden onset after fueling the vehicle.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #102

Apr 042010


  • 58,500 miles
1. malfunctioning part that Nissan is fully aware of (issued a recall of fuel sending unit of several SUV's including the Xterra) but others that are having the same issues but not part of the recall campaign are not getting replacements covered by Nissan. 2. occurs more often than not now; fuel gauge reporting erratic, needle randomly moves, check engine light illuminated. 3. as of right now, a complaint has been filed with Nissan Corp, to which they do not respond, or seem to have any intention for replacing or reimbursing those customers who have documented failures as described in the recall campaign. I have not purchased a new unit to this date.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #101

Jun 012009


  • 60,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra fuel gauge giving a false reading fuel level sending unit was replaced.

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #100

Mar 152010


  • 30,000 miles


Fuel gauge failed and check engine light is on. When the tank is just filled, the level registers about 1/8 to 1/4. I have to refuel by odometer. This started about 3 weeks ago, I am on my third tank and it still does it.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #99

Mar 312010


  • 68,000 miles
Recently purchased 2006 Nissan Xterra and have experienced the following problem: Fuel gauge causing "service engine soon" light to be consistently lit. Inaccurate fuel level being seen. Gauge reads half empty when vehicle is actually empty. Impossible to pass emissions check while "service engine" sensor is lit. Contacted Nissan and they are recalling and replacing fsu in "certain" 2006 Nissan Xterra but even though I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra my VIN number has not been recalled. Spoke to Nissan and described the fact that my 2006 Nissan Xterra is experiencing the problems described in the Nissan recall but they refuse to include my vehicle.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

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problem #98

Mar 062010


  • 35,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving at speeds of 30 mph, the fuel level indicator began abnormally reading inaccurate fuel levels. The check engine light then illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer advised replacing the fuel sensor. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The vehicle has not been repaired as of yet. The approximate failure and current mileages were 35,500. Updated 05/19/2010.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #97

Apr 102010


  • 64,000 miles


Fuel level sensor fails sometimes showing tank empty, 1/4 full, or reads correctly and the obdc system issues a "check engine" code.. this is a known and common problem with Nissan vehicles. Nissan has only issued a recall for cases where the sensor stops working and does not generate a "check engine" code.

- Vestqal, NY, USA

problem #96

Apr 022010


  • 44,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra obdii error code P0463 - fuel level sensor a circuit high input: Essentially, filling up your gas tank is not registered by the gas gauge, so you run the risk of running out of gas and getting stranded somewhere. The estimated repair cost is very high...

- Lawrence, PA, USA

problem #95

Jan 052010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the vehicle stopped unexpectedly due to a lack of gasoline in the tank. The fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate reading of "half full"; however, the fuel tank was empty. The vehicle had not been repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 64,000. The current mileage was 68,000.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #94

Apr 042010


  • 50,000 miles
Fuel sensor level doesn't work at 50K miles in a 2006 Nissan Xterra. Problem seems to be widespread.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #93

May 082009


  • 45,000 miles


Service engine soon light came on one day. Next time I filled my tank up with gas the fuel gauge didn't register and stayed on empty. Since then it has fluctuated from 1/4 tank to empty and does not correctly gauge the amount of gas in the tank. Ses light remains on.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #92

Mar 282010


  • 48,000 miles
1. had just filled up my gas tank on a road trip and the check engine light came on. 2. the fuel gage read empty even though it was just filled. It scared me as I thought maybe there was a gas leak. Checked around and didn't see or smell gas so continued on home with shot nerves. 3. had the check engine code diagnosed and it read as a faulty fuel level sensor. Upon further research on the web this turns out to be a very common problem which Nissan has not recalled. It will cost $500+ to fix.

- Globe, AZ, USA

problem #91

Nov 012009


  • 86,000 miles
6 months ago my 2006 Nissan Xterra service engine light went on and my gas gauge stopped working. I had a diagnostic check done and it is a P0463 code which is the fuel sensor. Nissan wants to charge almost $700 to fix. After researching I found this is happening to thousands of Xterras. I have called Nissan and they admit it is a known issue there is no recall on it.

- Guerneville, CA, USA

problem #90

Mar 172010


  • 50,000 miles
Many Nissan 2006 Xterra's recalled for fuel sending device not working, in other words, gas gage does not work. I was told by Nissan that they are keeping records of thoe not recalled, may be future recalls. Fuel gage does not work. Their sonsumer complaint line said stick a stick down gas tank line to see if have gas, ridiculous. How do I have the same problem and not qualify for recall.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #89

Mar 202010


  • 51,000 miles
Fuel sending unit on a 2006 Nissan Xterra, malfunction. Same model same year as current recall, but not covered under the current recall notice.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #88

Oct 152009


  • 47,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra. 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, the needle went to empty, and the low fuel light came on. After driving a couple miles, the check engine light came on. I assumed it was a fuel sending unit/sensor. After returning home, I went online and searched for this problem which lead me to and I read where many others have experienced the same problem. It confirmed that 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 39K-49K. If this problem existed in previous models, and it was recalled, the 2005-2007 Xterra's, frontier's, and pathfinder's should also be recalled for the same problem. Why wait for people to run out of gas and possibly cause accidents and deaths, especially since the problem lies in an integral part of the vehicle. Cost of repair ranges from $300-600.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #87

Mar 132010


  • 44,100 miles
I went to fill up my tank with gas (was 3/4 empty). After fill up, the sensor light came on and the gas gauge continued to read 1/4 tank.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #86

Jan 202010


  • 47,500 miles
There was no indication of a problem until I topped off my fuel tank. I noticed the service engine soon light illuminate and the fuel gauge did not move. The gauge eventually crept up to near full after approximately 50 miles of driving but the light did not turn off. The same symptoms continue today. I took the vehicle to a Nissan dealer and they diagnosed the error as a faulty fuel sensor. Nissan advised me today that my 2006 Xterra is apparently not covered by the current recall of the faulty fuel sensors.

- Barboursville, VA, USA

problem #85

Mar 062010


  • 51,000 miles
After filling up the gas tank on my 2006 Xterra the gas gauge read empty and the service engine light came on. I contacted the Nissan dealer who informed me that this was not related to any recall. How can this be when I have notice many other complaints from 2006 Xterra owners reporting the same problem.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #84

Feb 012010


  • 39,500 miles
After filling up, the fuel gauge still reads empty and the service engine soon light is on. This problem will correct itself after driving for a few days. However, when a fill up is needed again, same problem persisted. I have only 39K on the vehicle which I purchased new and the dealer is now telling me that the fix is $400 - $600 for a new fuel sensor. The safety complaint I have is that you never know how much fuel you have and the possibility of being stranded is very real. After checking out many online forums, this seems to be a trend with later model Nissan Xterras, frontiers and pathfinders. A recall is badly needed for the fuel level sensor unit.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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