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 6 of 7)

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problem #32

Sep 072009


  • 68,000 miles


Fuel level sensor malfunction fails intermittently and often. Check engine light stays on with code related for fuel level sensor. Does not go off when the fuel level sensor is working. Unable to obtain a vehicle inspection because of this. Unable to tell how much fuel is in the car. Risk of running out of fuel due to misinformation from fuel gauge. Recall is being performed for older year models of this vehicle, but not this one.

- Nederland, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 132010


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact dispensed fuel into the fuel tank to the full capacity level. The indicator displayed an empty fuel message. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure was contributed to the fuel sensor gauge. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer advised that the service repair would be at the owners expense. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The failure mileage was 39,000. The current mileage was 39,638.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #30

Feb 192010


  • 39,400 miles
Faulty fuel gauge. Readings are erratic, and inaccurate. P0463 codes used for diagnostics. Dealer has not included this vehicles as part of the recall but it is having the same problems as other vehicles included in the recall.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #29

Feb 202010


  • 60,000 miles


I filled up my 2007 Nissan Xterra at the gas station. When I started driving down the road the fuel gauge showed it was on empty and the service engine soon light came on. After about 100 miles of driving the fuel gauge started to go up. The next time I filled up the car with gas the same problem happened. Then while waiting at a bank drive-thru the gas gauge went to empty even though there was over half a tank of gas. Nissan recently recalled vehicles for fuel gauge problems, but the Nissan dealership told me today that my car is not included in the recall even though I am having the same problem. I have to track how many miles I am driving, so I do not run out of gas.

- Aubrey, TX, USA

problem #28

Jun 012009


  • 63,000 miles
2007 Nissan Xterra fuel sensor failure. 63000 miles. Fuel gauge suddenly stopped working. Ran out of gas on mountain road with gas gauge showing 1/2 tank remaining. This model is not included in Nissan 2 March 2010 fuel sensor recall even though parts are identical. Same problem occurred with my 2005 Nissan Xterra at 61000 miles. This vehicle is also not part of the recall.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

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problem #27

Oct 012009


  • 55,000 miles
My 2007 Nissan Xterra ses light has been on for months. Come to find out it is due to a faulty fuel level sensor. I have now run completely out of gas 3 times because when my gas gauge does register it is wrong. This started at around 55,000 miles and now I am at 62,000 miles. The ses light never turns off and the gas gauge has been reading incorrectly or not at all for about 5 months.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #26

Feb 172010


  • 52,000 miles


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. After driving a couple miles, the check engine light came on. I went directly to the dealer and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was no longer covered after 30K miles. After returning home and doing research, I went online to after performing a search, I came across many others who have experienced the same problem. Apparently 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 Xterras, frontiers, and pathfinders should get this fixed at no charge to the customer!! why wait for accidents and possible deaths, especially since the problem lies in an integral part of the vehicle. Cost of repair ranges from $300-600.

- Blainville,Quebec,Canada, 00, USA

problem #25

Feb 012010


  • 38,000 miles
The fuel gauge on my 2007 Nissan Xterra 39K miles is erratic. After filling the gas tank, it shows empty and goes up very slowly. It takes over an hour to show close to full. Since this problem started, an amber warning, "service engine soon" has been displayed constantly on the instrument panel.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 132009


  • 70,988 miles
1. do not appear to be any precursors to the failure. 2. my gas gauge does not work and check engine light is on. One minute it will show full, then next, completely empty. There is no rhyme or reason. Based on internet research, it appears it is the fuel sending unit. Car runs just fine but I never know how much gas is in the vehicle. I ran out in 120 degree weather with an infant in the car and had to walk to the gas station. What would have happened if it had happened on the freeway or over railroad tracks" 3. called the dealer and they advised it would be almost $700 to fix. Vehicle is out of warranty, but this appears to be a similar problem to a recall in older models. If they are using the same part manufacturer, could it be the same part on my car" Nissan needs to recall this item.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #23

Oct 262009


  • 39,000 miles
Filled the tank 100% but it only showed 1/4 of a tank of gas and then goes to empty immediately after. The full tank did not register and the check engine light came on. I visited an auto shop and was told that it was a fuel sending unit/sensor and that it was no longer covered after 30K miles. I have seen the same problems posted online and there needs to be a recall if this is the case for many 2006-2008 Nissan Xterras.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #22

Aug 162009


  • miles


Purchased a brand new 2007 Xterra in November 2006. In the summer of 2009 at about 33,000 miles I ran out of gas in the gas station parking lot when the gas gauge read that I still had a couple of miles to empty. Service engine light came on and I could not get rid of it. A friend and local mechanic said that the fuel sensor was broken. The vehicle had exceeded the warranty mileage and the dealer would not fix it for free. This weekend on christmas eve I ran out of gas on the highway after writing down how many miles I had left until empty. According to the mileage I had written when I filled up, I still had about 70 miles to empty but with the cold weather, etc. The car must have used up more gas than usual. Luckily, no one was hurt but this posed an extreme danger to us given that the car stopped in the middle of a busy highway. According to several other Xterra owners, this is a common problem with Xterras but Nissan has issued no recall.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #21

Dec 082009


  • 45,648 miles
I got the service engine soon so I took it to autozone to scan it and it gave the code P0463. I was looking around and found hundreds of people having the same problem as me. Is there anyway this could be fixed by Nissan with no cost to me since so many people are having the same problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #20

Oct 302009


  • 45,000 miles
After filling fuel tank, the gauge was unresponsive (I.e. showing empty when full tank. A ses light appeared and showed P0463 (fuel level sensor circuit a). After taking it to Nissan service, I was informed the repair would include replacing the fuel pump (fuel level sensor is actually sold separate- ~$150) in the amount of ~$600! it has been brought to my attention via internet search that this is a common problem which could result in stranding motorists and/or endangering them or other motorists from vehicle malfunction.

- Wellston, OH, USA

problem #19

Sep 282009


  • 51,000 miles
2007 Nissan Xterra... fuel gauge senor... fuel tank always reads zero... check engine light stays on... can not get inspection sticker!!!

- Anywhere, AL, USA

problem #18

Sep 122009


  • 47,000 miles
I fill my gas tank, the gauge falls to the bottom and the service engine soon light comes on. After it is driven for a short distance the gauge will gradually move to the top and work again. The service engine soon light has remained on.

- Minden, NV, USA

problem #17

Sep 072009


  • 43,000 miles
Service engine light came on dash. Pulled code and it is P0463. A service bulletin was released by Nissan which indicates is a common enough of a failure to release a bulletin. Is defective fuel sending unit. Dealer will not replace because out of 3yr/30K. Is common enough it should be done for free.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #16

Jul 012009


  • 46,000 miles
Faulty fuel gauge and check engine light on the 2007 Nissan Xterra.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #15

Aug 202009


  • 35,895 miles
Fuel sending unit failure. Gas gauge does not show right fuel level, it stays stuck at 1/4 tank and you think you have enough gas but you don't. almost ran out of gas on highway. Dealer is replacing fuel sending unit.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #14

Jul 152009


  • 40,600 miles
Fuel sensor malfunctioned at 40,000 miles on 2007 Nissan Xterra causing fuel gauge to malfunction and check engine light to come on. Happens each time I refuel since July. This problem is widespread with many Nissan products. Nissan is not backing it if you are past 36,000 miles.

- Bethel, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 282009


  • 50,110 miles
I had 1/4 of a tank of gas and drove to work with intentions on filling up when I got off of work. After getting off, I started my vehicle and the gas light was on and the gauge was below the E. I went to directly to fill up. After filling up my gas tank, I turned on the car, at which point the needle did not move and the gas light stayed on. After driving a couple miles, the check engine light came on. I have not gone to the dealer yet, but after reading everyone else's complaints on this same issue, I thought I would go ahead and start the complaint process. I don't have the 400 to 600 dollars right now to pay on an issue that Nissan should have corrected years ago so I will have to pray that I do not run out of gas until I have the extra money to repair Nissan's problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

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