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 5 of 7)

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problem #52

Apr 232010


  • 38,000 miles


My 2007 Nissan Xterra has a fuel gauge that does not go to full after the tank is filled. The gauge drops to empty and the fuel indicator light goes on indicating low fuel. In addition, the service engine soon message indicator light goes on. This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of crash. There currently is a recall on the 2006 and 2008 models (NHTSA #10V075000) related to a faulty fuel sender float arm causing the instrument panel to mislead. This is very common as there are many complaints of the same issue.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #51

Apr 162010


  • 54,215 miles
On 4/16/2010 I filled up my 2007 Nissan Xterra 4X4 with gas. When I started the engine I noticed the fuel gauge only read 1/2 tank and that the "service engine soon" lamp was on. The light has remained on since and I have had to reset the trip mileage everytime I refuel so that I don't run out of gas. I called the dealer and they said most likely it is the fuel level sensor and that they would have to drop the tank and replace the sensor/pump assembly. Fine I said, then they told me it would cost around $600, not fine. I decided to shop around because the price was too high. While doing some research online I found out that this is a very common problem and was the cause for recalls on the '02-'03 Xterras. If this was a recall in earlier models why has it not been fixed in the later models. I am very upset and do not want to be ripped off for a malfunctioning part.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #50

Jan 102010


  • 51,000 miles
Fuel level sending unit stopped working shortly after warranty ran out. Spoke to dealership about it and they have had multiple Xterras and frontiers with the same issue. Nissan issued a recall for some but not all of the affected vehicles, and unfortunately mine is one of ones that is not covered.

- Lynden, WA, USA

problem #49

Mar 252010


  • 49,000 miles


My gas gauge sensor went out at 50,000 miles. The service engine light came on to let me know. The gas gauge is completely in accurate which opens me up to the possibility of becoming stranded.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #48

Oct 142009


  • 27,000 miles
I have a 07 Xterra, after 27,000 miles check engine light is on, gas tank meter is stuck in full or empty. I have to keep track by miles to not run out of gas. The part is in back order.

- Bell, CA, USA

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problem #47

Mar 102010


  • 60 miles
Service light appears due to fuel gauge. After fueling the vehicle to full, the fuel gauge will read empty and empty fuel light will appear.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #46

Apr 072010


  • 70,100 miles


The fuel sending unit (fsu) on my 2007 Nissan Xterra is no longer sending fuel level to the dash gauge. Nissan has admitted fault on 2006 model years only, and has issued a recall for that year, however the forum I am on for my Xterra shows it to be a consistent problem for Xterras manufactured from 2005-2008. This has left a number of people stranded with no fuel (including myself in the middle of the freeway) while still showing 1/4 tank of gas. At other times, the gauge will show completely empty after having just been filled completely. Dealers are currently charging $400-$500 to repair an obviously defective unit that could result in someone being seriously injured.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #45

Apr 052010


  • 31,022 miles
Filled fuel tank on April 5, 2010. Upon starting vehicle, fuel gauge showed full. Five minutes later, fuel gauge slowly moves until it is showing completely empty, and low fuel warning light came on. Three days later, the gauge is still showing empty, and the fuel warning light is on. A service engine soon light is also illuminated. Today, the gauge moved up and down several times, leaving me no sure way to know what the true level of fuel is. Upon taking to a Nissan dealership for repair, I was told that it is a common, known problem by Nissan, but that I would be responsible for all repair costs. At this time, I have absolutely no way of knowing what level of fuel there is in my vehicle. I cannot believe that Nissan would not want to fix a known problem that could result in a vehicle running out of fuel, and possibly causing a crash because the vehicle could not accelerate.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #44

Mar 072010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 66,445 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph and the fuel gauge indicator illuminated. The fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate reading of half full, and the fuel tank was consumed to the full capacity. Additionally, the fuel gauge reading fluctuated from full to empty. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there were no related recalls. The failure and current mileages were 66,445. Updated 07/08/10 the consumer stated the problem with his vehicle has not been resolved. Updated 07/09/10.

- Leesburg , FL, USA

problem #43

Mar 312007


  • 53,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not indicate properly. After filling the up the the fuel gauge indicates 1/4 tank.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #42

Nov 262009


  • 53,000 miles


I have a 2007 Nissan exterra and the fuel gauge is malfunctioning. I took it to the Nissan dealer last year and they said it was the fuel sending unit which would cost $450 to replace.this is a big problem becouse I never know how much gas I have in my fuel tank I need to fuel constanly.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 202010


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra, and my son has a 2005 Nissan Xterra. He has since replaced his fuel tank indicator. Mine has just started to indicate more gas then what is actually there. Nissan has cherry picked some of the vehicles for recall, while ignoring the bulk of them in an effort minimize cost. This should not be allowed. I only have 39,000 mi. On the odometer. What if I went to pull out into traffic showing a half a tank of gas, but actually none.

- York, PA, USA

problem #40

Mar 272010


  • 50,100 miles
Fuel gauge sensor went out. Vehcile inaccurately displays that the vehicle still has some fuel. Vehicle has stalled due to this issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #39

Feb 092010


  • 44,000 miles
The fuel level sending unit on my 2007 Nissan Xterra needed to be replaced as it was showing the incorrect fuel amount on the gauge and activated the "service engine soon" indicator. I have read that this is a problem with many Nissan Xterras from 2005-2008. A recall is becoming active for 2006 models only. This recall should be for 2005-2008 models as I have read (online forums) many vehicles in this range have had to replace this part or are in need to. The replacement part that was installed into my Xterra is still not entirely accurate. When the gauge shows 1/4 tank of fuel is left and I fill up, it will take 12-13 gallons only. The Xterra fuel tank capacity is 21 gallons. The reason I am filing this complaint is tom ake your organization aware this recall should be reviewed and expanded to additional model years. It is somewhat disheartening Nissan is well aware of this problem and not correcting it for the entire affected consumer base. Maybe if one of their executives was stuck on the side on the road with their infant child and out of gas when the gauge said 1/4 left, they would understand the severity of the problem.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #38

Sep 042009


  • 42,000 miles
Fuel gauge not reading accuratly

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #37

Jan 152009


  • 24,500 miles
Faulty fuel sending unit in 2007 Nissan Xterra. Leads to inaccurate fuel readings which has led to running out of gas while on the highway. Nissan has issued a recall for 2006 Xterra's fsu but no other model years.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #36

Mar 182010


  • 49,459 miles
1. the fuel gauge on my 2007 Nissan Xterra seems to be malfunctioning. It does not read the correct amount of gas in the vehicle. Currently the vehicle has 49,000 miles. 2. the failure occurs daily. Before recognizing the problem, my vehicle ran out of gas while traveling down a busy road in dallas Texas. The incident left my vehicle without power steering making it very dangerous to navigate the road. Luckily my stalled vehicle was not rear ended (there was not a hazard lane to move onto). I 3. I have contacted Nissan North America regarding the issue (case #6762797). They acknowledged a problem with the fuel sending unit. As I understand, a recall has been created to correct the problem. However, it only covers the 2006 and 2008. Not the 2007. I now use the trip odometer to calculate the correct amount of fuel in the tank. The engine currently shows a cel (check engine light). It is directly related to the fuel sending unit: PO463 fuel level sensor a ckt high input

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #35

Dec 012009


  • 42,000 miles
My fuel sensor no longer works. Once the sensor gets to half full it sudden drops to empty. There's currently a recall from Nissan on this but does not cover the month my truck was manufactured. I drive in very remote areas and if my fuel gauge is misleading there's a great chance I'll run out of gas to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. I'm very worried about having my wife drive the vehicle and getting stranded without access to help.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #34

Feb 112010


  • 60,745 miles
My fuel gauge went out on my Nissan Xterra 07. It just stopped reading once it hit 1/4 tank. I ran out of gas thinking I was still at 1/4 tank. I was stranded on a road with very little shoulder and luckily no accidents happened.

- Lynden, WA, USA

problem #33

Feb 252010


  • 31,200 miles
My fuel gauge started acting weird my service engine light came on so I took my Xterra to my mechanic he told me it was a code for (fuel level sending unite) he cleared code. In a few days it was back on. My mechanic told my fuel sending unite needs to be replaced. It is a very costly repair.

- Mariposa , CA, USA

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