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 9 of 11)

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problem #43

Feb 102009


  • 55,000 miles


Fuel gauge sensor reads "------" and flashes "dte" (distance to empty). Also check engine light turns on and dashboard fuel gauge stays on empty.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #42

Jan 072009


  • 37,500 miles
The fuel sending unit has gone out in my 2006 Nissan Xterra after only 37,000 miles. I have been checking and evidently there are many people with a similar problem. In addition Nissan had the same problem in previous years models and they did a recall. I believe we need one done now as this could create a potential safety problem.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #41

May 052006


  • 40,105 miles
The fuel sensor on my 2006 Nissan Xterra failed. So I cannot tell how much fuel I have in my vehicle. After reading several online blogs this is an issue that affects many Nissan vehicles. However there is no recall because its not safety related. Perhaps being a single mom getting stranded on the road because I cannot tell how much fuel I have should be a safety concern. It doesn't hurt to file a complaint I assume.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #40

Aug 152008


  • 45,000 miles


Vehicle had less than 1/4 tank of gas and I stopped to fill up. Driving away from the pump, I noticed my fuel gauge still said under 1/4, and about a mile down the road my check engine light came on. I stopped at a autozone and checked the code (fuel sending unit failure) the Xterra had 45K miles when this occurred.

- West Lawn, PA, USA

problem #39

Apr 282009


  • 50,000 miles
Gas gauge acting irregular. Shows empty even after filling up the tank. Service engine light on. Took the vehicle to Nissan and the repair is about $450 for the fuel gauge sensor. For a car with about 50,000 miles, it's an unexpected and unnecessary cost. Judging by the number of complaints, this item should warrant a recall.

- Auburn Twp., OH, USA

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problem #38

May 152008


  • 45,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra - bad fuel gauge sensor. Service engine light always on - when gas tank is filled the gas gauge goes to empty, as the gas is used the gauge slowly shows gas in the tank, the service engine light never goes off. Nissan dealer wants over $500 to fix.

- New Castle, CO, USA

problem #37

Apr 172009


  • 38,000 miles


Apparently this is a bigger problem than I thought...there def. Needs to be a recall!! today I went to the gas station to fill up, I was at about a 1/4 of a tank. After filling, got in the vehicle, turned it on, and saw that it was still saying I had a quarter of a tank. Anyways, I ignored it until a couple miles down the road the "service engine soon" light came on.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 152009


  • 39,406 miles
Noticed it the first time last night. I had just under a 1/4 tank of gas in my 2006 Nissan Xterra, and drove 15 miles and pulled over to use the phone. Left the engine running, and suddenly noticed the "service engine soon" light was lit, and the gas gauge read empty. Impossible, and illogical. Turned off the engine, turned back on...same thing. Drove to gas station, filled up, made sure clicked the gas cap three times for proper seal. Gauge read that the gas tank was full, but the "service engine soon" light was still lit.

- Anaheim Hills, CA, USA

problem #35

May 102008


  • 46,234 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra off-road fuel gauge no longer accurately reflects the actual fuel level in the gas tank. After a full tank of fuel, only goes to 3/4 level on fuel gauge low fuel light indicator no longer works either fuel level does not go below 1/4 level, even when actual fuel level is almost empty.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #34

Apr 012009


  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2006 Xterra and at approximately 34,000 miles the fuel gauge started acting wacky. Marked empty though I just filled up and it would sluggishly go to full after a while. A few days after this the check engine soon light came on and won't go off. Fuel gauge is still acting wacky. It figures this started happening after the warranty is up.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #33

Jun 012008


  • 45,000 miles


Check engine light is on. When code is checked, it says defective fuel sending unit. The fuel gas does not work either. As I search for repairs or parts on the internet, I discovered this is a massive problem affecting thousands of Nissan vehicles over many years' models.

- Oak Hill, WV, USA

problem #32

Apr 052009


  • 28,000 miles
2006 Nissan Xterra off road. Filled up with gas and the service engine light came on, as well as the gas gauge will no longer read correctly. This seems to be an ongoing issue with the Xterra and needs to be made the subject of a recall.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #31

Feb 012009


  • 37,000 miles
Gas tank is lose causing a squeaking noise while going over any bumps in the road. Dealer states faulty fuel system and states if not replaced it will shut off at any given moment which could cause a serious accident. Many other users have reported same problem for 2006 Nissan Xterra's with a faulty fuel system. Nissan refuses to fix without slapping a $600 price tag on the repair.

- Logan, UT, USA

problem #30

Nov 152008


  • 47,000 miles
My gas gauge was reading empty, so I went and filled up the tank and started the car and the gauge was still reading empty and then after a day or so the check engine light cane on. I asked a mechanic why the light was coming on and he replied the fuel level sending unit. The car is a 2006 and I have only had it 2 years this type of problem should not be happening, not to mention the $500 fee to repair this problem!

- Southport, NC, USA

problem #29

Mar 012009


  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra and the fuel gauge started to malfunction at about 45K miles. I also have been having a problem with the vehicle starting. The warranty is up so I decided to do some research and see if there are others having the same problem. After reading over a hundred other complains on the internet for the same problem around 40-60K miles, I decided to send this complaint. Something should be done for the loyal Nissan customers that spend the money and then have a problem that is obviously a defect. With parts and labor this will run any where from $500-800. This is wrong and Nissan should have a recall (if there was a safety issue like airbags or set belts they would have had a recall). A faulty part deserves a recall also.

- Bayport, NY, USA

problem #28

Dec 012008


  • 55,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra. At about 55K miles the fuel gauge would read empty at anything under a 1/2 tank of fuel. My service engine soon light stays on constantly, and my tire pressure light stays on as well, even after I've just filled the tires to their required psi. Once I fill my tank, my fuel gauge won't automatically return to full, but will rise after I've been driving.

- Emporia, KS, USA

problem #27

Dec 192008


  • 44,238 miles
In December 2008 after filling the fuel tank the fuel gauge indicated only 1/4 full. Approximately 4 hours later the same day after several on and off cycles the mil was illuminated. Gauge indication eventually returned to near full as the fuel was used. After dropping below 1/4 tank the gauge now drops to zero and the low fuel light is illuminated. Condition still exists in late February 2009. Have not have code read but research confirms that symptoms are identical other reports with failure confirmed as defective fuel level sensor.

- Aledo, TX, USA

problem #26

Dec 162008


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra purchased this vehicle in Sept of 08 since Dec of 08 the check engine light came on and my gas gauge always marks empty I can never tell how much gas I have I called the dealer and they said that the extended warranty I have does not cover this and for them to check it will cost me $120 plus another $600 to repair.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #25

Jan 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not register properly, causing vehicle to run out of gas without notice. Now after filling tank, low fuel level light comes on and service engine light is on.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #24

Apr 172008


  • 38,000 miles
At approximately 38,000 miles, 1.5 years into ownership of a 2006 Nissan Xterra, fuel gauge stopped reading fuel level. Petaluma, ca Nissan dealership indicated a faulty fuel sensor not under warranty would cost $400-600 to repair. Not repaired to date. Internet search shows thousands of similar faults on 06-08 Nissan SUVS.

- Exeter, NH, USA

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