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:
55,360 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #112

Feb 012011


  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge malfunctioned and was providing inaccurate fuel level readings. The failure caused the contact to run out of fuel while driving on the highway. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The test results showed that the float that read the fuel was fractured and needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the float replaced in the fuel tank. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank) but due to the year of the vehicle, it was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #111

Jan 172012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Service engine soon light comes on, have it checked and it shows engine code po 463 - fuel level sensor malfunction. Gas gauge moves up and down while driving and distance to empty displays -----, 0 or very low mile to empty even after pulling away from the pump with a full tank.

- Parkville, MO, USA

problem #110

Jan 032012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
We ran out of gas with half a tank on the fuel gauge. In the middle of a funeral service. Not a fun day. Thank you Nissan for extending a warranty on the problem and not issuing a recall that everyone would find out about before running out of gas on the road.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #109

Feb 042012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles


Fuel level system malfunctioned. The gauge read 1/4 full when the tank was really empty.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #108

Dec 012011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 145 miles
My check engine son light came on, I went to autozone and I was told the error code stated fuel sending unit/sensor. I was told that Nissan recommends you keep a half a tank of gas in the tank. My Xterra guage is very unpredictable 90% of the time even when I fill the tank up the guage doesn't register, and it's stuck on E with the gas light on constantly, which has caused me a single mother of 3 to run out of gas twice. I have done some research and found that there was a voluntary recall, but I've been told that there wasn't. I also live in a city where there is emissions testing which I can't pass because of the check engine light, I cannot receive my vehicle tag, which means I can't work or drive. I would like this sensor replaced at no charge to me because as reading online there has been 53,000 people with the same issue. I would like to know what are my options and the next step I can take to get this resolved.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

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problem #107

Jan 032012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Error code P0463, fuel sensor error. When the gas tank is full, the gauge registers empty (less then E actually) until some of the fuel is used and then the gauge registers accurately (I think).

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #106

Nov 082011


  • 70,000 miles


After re-fueling, the gas indicator drops below empty, and the check engine light turns on. After driving it ~100 miles, the fuel gauge will then go to approximately the real fuel level (around 3/4 of a tank). After driving about another 100 miles the check engine light turns off. Every time I re-fuel, this problem occurs again. It makes it extremely difficult to tell how much gas I have left. I will never buy a Nissan again.

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #105

Dec 012009

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Vehicle fuel level gauge does not work. Pegs high then goes low. Causes check engine light to come on. Car cannot pass emissions test due to faulty sensor. 2006 and 2008 Nissan Xterra have had a recall on this component. I do not understand why not the 2007 which has the exact same component.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #104

Oct 032011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
Service engine light came on then fuel gauge no longer works. Seems to be a recurring problem in Nissan.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #103

May 202011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Service engine soon ligh comes. Tank is full and service light comes on and later showed light that tank empty. I went to auto part and they hook up machine to find out why and it showed that sensor for fuel is failing.before I was able to disconect battery and light will go off but now light is permanent. The truck has 95,000 miles and I am very up set because it should be a recall.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #102

Jul 022011


  • 42,000 miles


I have a Nissan Xterra 2007. I decided to stop at a gas station to fill it up on a 1/2 tank of gas. Spent $40-$45 to fill it up. Drove about a 1/2 mile down the road and noticed that the fuel gage didn't change in position. So I pull the vehicle over and shut it down and let it sit for a few minutes before I decided to start it back up. When I did, there was no change in the needle's position and the ses light popped up. Whenever I fill the tank up or put any gas in the vehicle the needle goes from not moving, to empty, to where it should be after driving for a few miles and the ses light remains to be on. I went to a local garage and got read by a scan gauge and it gave me P0463 code which meant there is a fuel level malfunction. I called up a few garages including the dealer and they told me that the repair cost with parts and labor would be $500-$600. I did some researching if there has been any recalls and discovered that this has been a problem with older Xterra models that continues to be a problem with the newer ones. This should not be happening with vehicle that I have had for about 4 years with only 40K+ miles on it.

- Watertown, MA, USA

problem #101

Jun 212011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 54,261 miles
After filling tank with gas, the gas gauge sits on empty and does not register a full tank until a day or two later. Also, the yellow "empty tank" light comes on for the same duration of time. In addition, the "service engine soon" dashboard light comes on and does not go off until a day or two after the gauge has registered the supposed correct level of the tank.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #100

Jul 182010


  • miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The problem I have is with the fuel gauge sensor. It started about a year ago and the check engine light comes on and off randomly. Not to mention that when I fill up my vehicle the fuel gauge will not sense that its full. It will take a long time or even bottom out showing the light that its empty. I feel that this is very unusual and hard to tell what is wrong with the vehicle. I have been told that it has happen to many other Nissan vehicles.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #99

Jul 052011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 77,345 miles
After fueling my 2007 Xterra this morning the fuel gage only registered 1/4 tank full. A little later the service engine soon light came on.

- Fayetteville, PA, USA

problem #98

Jun 082009

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Fuel gauge is not accurate. Codes say fuel sending unit failed.

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #97

May 252011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra stopped in to gas station on a 1/4 tank to fill-up on 5/25/2011 put in $85 worth. While driving I noticed my gas gauge was still reading 1/4 of a tank and then my indicator light came on stating service engine soon after driving a few milles the gas gauge slowly went back up to full however the service indicator light still stay on. I went to a service station and was told that the problem was the fuel sending unit sensor and to check with the Nissan dealer to see if this promlem would be covered under the warrenty. On 5/26/2011 called Nissan dealer service dept was told this was not covered due to the fact that my car had over 30K. Did some reseach online and found out that many of the 2005-07 Nissan's are having the same problem. Nissan had a recall for their 2000-2004 car's which had the same problem - I beleive this is a major problem and should be handled in the same manner the earlier models were handled by recall.

- Middle Village, NY, USA

problem #96

May 042011


  • 54,125 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that he refueled his vehicle but the gas gauge displayed a quarter tank instead of full and the check engine lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to local mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel sending unit was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but he was unable to speak to a representative regarding the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 54,125.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #95

Apr 082011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 40,218 miles
P0463 fuel level sensor issue on my Nissan Xterra 2007. My automobile ran out of fuel though tank should of have approx 3 gallons left. This resulted in towing / fuel expenses and service station code reset costs.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #94

Apr 062011


  • 63,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra. Recently I filled up my gas tank and the service enginesoon light came on and the fuel gauge did not register full. After some time driving it slowly raised to full and a while after the service engine soon light went out. I just filled up again. The level was just below a 1/4 of a tank and now with a full tank it reads below empty, the service engine soon light is on, the empty fuel tank light is on and the gauge is not raising as it did the previous time. After doing some research on line I realized I am not the only one with this problem and that it is obviously my fuel sending unit. Two weeks prior to this I had a 60000 mile service performed at Nissan where they found no problems with my vehicle.

- Newport News , VA, USA

problem #93

Jan 012011


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra with the same fuel gauge problem. The gage doesn't register the correct level of gas so I have to keep a close watch. I also get the service engine light and the tire pressure sensor light.

- Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

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