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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,870 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Dec 082014


  • miles


It has same problems as all the 02-08 Xterras but you wont issue recalls on fuel sensor, radiator leaking into tranny, air bag sensors, control arm. Thanks for letting loyal Nissan owners down!!!!

- Mulberry, IN, USA

problem #22

Oct 012014


  • 95,000 miles
This is one of the many transmission issues with 2007 Xterras where the coolant leaks into the transmission and destroys it. The repair cost is 8500 dollars if the 100000 mile extended warranty has been passed. I contacted Nissan and they told me that this is my responsibility despite the hundred of complaints regarding the exact same issue. When driving at any speed, when the Xterra changes gears there is a rough vibration that keeps getting worse the longer it goes for. Had I not learned about this on my own Accord this could have resulted in a very bad accident.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #21

Jul 132014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
We were driving on the interstate and the check engine light came on and the fuel gauge dropped to empty. We stopped to get gas and the tank was only half empty. We had the mechanic check the car when we got home. He said it was a fuel sensor problem that was common in Xterras. We have not fixed it yet. We are concerned that we'll run out of gas on the road, especially on longer trips when you can't keep the tank mostly full. We are also concerned that our check engine light won't reveal other problems to us. I don't know why there isn't a recall for this issue.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #20

Oct 032014


  • 145,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 45 mph, the fuel gauge lever fluctuated and the engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the failure was related to NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline), but the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #19

Feb 032014


  • 98,000 miles
Faulty fuel gauge sensor.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #18

Feb 242014


  • 79,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the service engine warning light illuminated in addition to the fuel lev el gauge inaccurately indicating that the fuel tank was empty. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,200.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #17

Oct 042013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


My radiator went out in the starbucks drive-thru. I had it towed to a shop & was told it is a known design flaw by Nissan where the fluids are mixing & the only thing I can do now is replace the radiator & "hope" the fluids did not go into the transmission. Got the new radiator & had a trans flush 3 times & paid about $1800. It is now a month later & my service engine light is on. Today, I am told I need a new transmission which will cost $3800. This is our only car. We do not have the funds to pay for a new transmission. For safety reasons, we urge you to please issue a recall on this poor design by Nissan where the fluids are mixing & causing safety concerns to the consumers.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #16

Jun 052013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 69,500 miles
Fuel sending unit failure. Appears thousands of other consumers have been having same part fail in their Xterra's.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 112013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 61,057 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra. At about 61000 miles I filled the gas tank. When I started my car I noticed the fuel gauge was still sitting on empty. Soon thereafter the "service engine soon" message appeared on my dash instruments and has not gone off since. I notice there have already been about 156 of the very same problems reported with many of the people running out of gas because of this. There should be a recall for this item.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #14

Jan 152013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that after refueling, the low fuel warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 122,000.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #13

Nov 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Experienced intermittent fuel gage operation and inaccurate fuel level reading with check engine light on. Diagnosed as P0463 ECM error code (fuel level sensor). Nissan has confirmed the error code and refuses to repair/replace the fuel sending unit because vehicle is out of warranty despite previous recalls on other year models for the same issue.

- Avondale, PA, USA

problem #12

Feb 012013


  • 90,000 miles
After filling the SUV up with gas, the gauge moves to empty for a while then slowly moves up after 40-45 minutes of driving.

- Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 172012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
At around 75000 miles my fuel sending unit failed on my 2007 Nissan Xterra. This is a very common issue with this vehicle and has been documented by Nissan in ntb07-069B. This condition causes the vehicle to show improper fuel levels and throws the following check engine code. By not knowing exactly when this vehicle will be out of fuel it can be an unsafe condition for my wife and granddaughter to ride long distances in this vehicle.

- Owens Crossroads, AL, USA

problem #10

Oct 212012


  • 124,000 miles
I've noticed that Nissan has been under investigation for receiving a number of complaints from consumers in regards to sudden, catastrophic transmission failures in 2005-2010 Nissan pathfinder, frontier and Xterra's. well I am writing to tell you that my 2007 Nissan Xterra has fallen victim to this. It has been diagnosed with the problem of the transmission fluid cooler located in the radiator assembly that allowed coolant to mix with and contaminate the automatic transmission fluid, resulting in damaged internal transmission components and a damaged internal transmission computer. I had no warning signs leading up to or just prior to the failures. What is Nissan going to do about this"??? recall ?"

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 70,100 miles
I own a 2007 Nissan Xterra with a faulty fuel senor service bulletin #ntb-07-069C. Called Nissan several times and the corporate office called today 11/14/2012 and refused to repair warranty part. It is a known issue and they just flat out refused to fix a sensor they admit is faulty. I feel helpless against this giant corporation. Thanks you any help you could provide.

- Longs, SC, USA

problem #8

Sep 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My check engine light came then my fuel gauge went to E then back to half full I stop to put gas in then went to full for about 2 miles then to E now its on E and light is on all the time. Plus check engine light is on all the time. Had my friend check to truck connected to gage to it and it read error for fuel sensor error. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs they said even through there it a recall for certain Xterras not mine even through the same symptom's are reported on recalled trucks at Nissan.

- Fort Mohave, AZ, USA

problem #7

Sep 042012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 92,450 miles
While driving, the fuel level indicated it was empty and the check engine light went on. This became an issue weekly from that point on. The problem would go away, and then come back on. There is no way to tell the fuel level in the vehicle during this. Nissan issued a warranty extension for this known problem, but not a recall. This should definitely be a recall situation. They know it is bad, and it is a very expensive fix. Nissan confirmed ton 10/3/2012 at regal Nissan in roswell, that the problem is the fuel level sending unit. They need to replace it with updated parts.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 62,045 miles
Gas gauge does not work and the ses light stays on. I did research that turned up that the 2006 and 2008 models are effected by a recall for the gas tank collapsing and crushing the level sensor. This is potentially the exact situation that I am seeing with the 2007 model and its hard to believe the design changed, then changed back to the faulty design over the three years with out the recall being issue until 3/22/11. This problem should be investigated.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 022012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 57,500 miles
After filling up my gas tank, the fuel gauge does not immediately increase to full. The low fuel light remains on, and very slowly the needle creeps up to the top, probably after driving 30-50 miles. Also, the service engine soon light comes on and remains on for several days. This has occurred multiple times after filling the gas tank.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #4

May 302012


  • 39,800 miles
Nissan Xterra 2007. P0463 service engine soon warning display started on the dash and inaccurate fuel reading. Only 39,800 original mileage on speedometer.

- Kent, WA, USA

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