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 1 of 7)

problem #132

May 052014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Apparently, this is happening to large number of Nissan vehicles. It started with my gas meter getting stuck on a quarter of tank. And twice I ran out of gas, thinking I still had some gas left in tank. Now my empty tank light cuts on usually after I get around a half of tank. When I fill up it may take 2 or 3 trips before the sensor gets off of reading no gas. My check engine light is on as well. Very frustrating not knowing how much is in tank, especially on long trips. Frustrating as well, having to put gas in Xterra every 2-3 days not knowing how much is actually in tank.

- Ashland, VA, USA

problem #131

Jan 082014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the fuel gauge indicated that there was a quarter of fuel in the fuel tank and the vehicle was refueled. The vehicle remained indicating that there was a quarter of fuel in the tank and then indicated that the fuel tank was empty. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000 and the current mileage was 81,000. Updated 09/30/14 the consumer stated the turn signal was replaced. The horn relay switch was replaced but the failure recurred. Updated 2/25/2015

- El Dorado, AR, USA

problem #130

May 012014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 75,550 miles
My fuel gauge registered only 1/2 of the last quarter so I completely filled up. When I started the car up the fuel gauge now read totally empty, with the yellow empty light on. I knew it was full so I reset the odometer to track mileage to estimate fuel content. After about two driving cycles the gauge eventually made it to the full mark and seemed to come down normally. This has happened now three more times. I understand there has been a recall, but my vehicle is outside the time (Sept 2013) and distance (72000) miles allowed for the recall. It's now May 2014, with 76000 miles. The dealer, and the Nissan 800 number just blew me off as being outside the recall warranty limits. One of the times the gauge hung up at the last quarter tank, you could run out of fuel in traffic or an intersection. I feel it's serious enough to rate as a safety issue.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #129

Jul 152013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


I have researched and found many other have had the same issue with the fuel sensor on 2007 Xterra. Last gen was recalled and they need to recall this year. I have ran out of gas twice already while driving down the highway. I am also having a loud wining noise coming from the engine due to a failed timing chain tensioner. Both these items need to be recalled before somebody gets killed.

- Warren , OH, USA

problem #128

Dec 302013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge malfunctioned showing the wrong fuel level. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel level sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 42,000. Updated 05/28/14 updated 05/30/2014

- Pawcatuck , CT, USA

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problem #127

Apr 242013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 96,709 miles
Check engine light is on. Took car to dealer and they came up with code P0463 regarding the fuel sending unit. Needed a new fuel sending unit & gauge assembly installed for about $430. Nissan had issued a warranty notification regarding this, extending the warranty to 72 months (6 yrs) / 72,000 miles. We were beyond the revised warranty period so we had to pay for the repair. Nissan should be made to issue a recall and pay for the fix. To the NHTSA!! please investigate and require Nissan to do the right thing!

- Wernersville, PA, USA

problem #126

Feb 132014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


Transmission failure in my 07 Nissan Xterra. A complete loss of motive power and needed to be towed. The dealer diagnosed the problem as a failed 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. Was told that this is a huge problem with these vehicles and the Nissan corporation is well aware of this problem.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #125

Feb 112014


  • 80,013 miles
The "check engine" light on my 07 Xterra went off when leaving my garage. Using my scangauge, I found out my engine was showing error code P0463. When we got home I jumped on the net and discovered that it meant my fuel level sensor was malfunctioning and that, while no real threat to my safety was posed other than possibly running out of gas by surprise, it seems this is a very common problem with Xterras. So common in fact, that previous generation Nissan were actually recalled for a similar issue. Unfortunately, no recall has been placed on the part for the 2nd gen yet, and so Nissan customers are being forced to have the dealer make the repair to the tune of about $600. Also it seem like a lot of other people are having the same issue with this faulty part according to the internet.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #124

Jan 282014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 76,430 miles
"check engine" light came on. Diagnostic computer shows error "fuel level sensor circuit high voltage." This is apparently a very, very common problem. Mechanic says this will eventually, if left un-repaired, destroy my main computer on the car. Repair estimate is $700, which includes a complete change-out of the fuel pump assembly.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #123

Nov 072013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 76,040 miles
My wife refueled her vehicle and the "service engine soon" light came on. The gas gauge then went from full to zero and low fuel light came on. Soon after, the tmps sensor also went out. I thought it might be the gas cap being lose, but it wasn't. the gas gauge will fluctuate between empty and full. This is my wife's car and it is a hazard to be driven on the road, especially if she runs out of gas.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #122

Oct 252013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


Ongoing problems with P0463 code and ses light. Fuel sensor does not function correctly, so I of not know how much gas is in my car. Apparently there was a recall on this for the 2006 and 2008, but not the 07? this is dangerous! I do not want to run out of gas while I'm driving!

- Thomasville , NC, USA

problem #121

Sep 172013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Fuel level sensor was malfunctioning on my Xterra, seems to be an ongoing thing with Xterras since people keep posting about it and this should be recalled.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #120

Oct 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I filled up my gas tank and when I left, I noticed the "service engine soon" light and that my gas gage was in empty right after filling up. After a little while the service light would go off and the gas gage seemed to be working again. I did a little web research and found many other owners are seeing the same issue. IżżM willing to live with using my trip gage because the cost to fix is too much for a known issue. Love my Xterra just hate this issue. What I have found is that the federal mandate on ethanol mixed gas corrodes the censure is from one person thoughts. Also found that if you take it in, the code will say, P0463 which means you fuel sender unit sensor is out.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #119

May 152013

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
I filled up my gas tank and when I left the gas station and started driving home the "service engine soon" light came on. The gas gauge did not read as a full tank either and I also full my tank up every time I get gas. I also reset to odometer so I know how many miles I get with each tank of gas. I took my Nissan Xterra 2007 to have them read the code to me and it came back "P0463". this is the fuel sender unit sensor. Apparently, this problem seems to be an long ongoing issue with Nissan. It should be a recall defect but it is not. The sensor part goes bad and they want the customer to pay out $600. To fix the problem. This is S problem that needs to be fixed by the dealership!

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #118

Oct 082008

Xterra 6-cyl

  • miles
Fuel level gauge always show empty. Check engine on sense problem started.

- Irving , TX, USA

problem #117

May 042011


  • 55,000 miles
The fuel gauge on my 2007 Nissan Xterra is giving wrong readings, causes engine light to come on and I have gotten stuck without gas twice.. I'm up for smog test in a couple months and because engine light is on due to this problem I'll not be able to get this car register in ca.this should be a recall !

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #116

Mar 082012


  • 500,840 miles
My 2007 Nissan Xterra, just passing the 50K, and now the service engine soon light on with code P0463. Seems that if I keep the fuel tank filled up above 1/4, then this problem will go away, but from time to time there's a malfunction of the fuel sensor.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #115

Mar 012012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
At 4100 mile after filling the gas tank ses light came on and the fuel gauge was stuck on 1/4 tank this is a 2007 Nissan Xterra.

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #114

Mar 062012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
After a check engine light came on the computer showed a code of P0463, fuel level sensor circuit high input. I have read on the internet this is a very common problem with this vehicle. The dealer charges $600 to fix this problem. This needs a recall.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #113

Mar 012012


  • 50,000 miles
Fuel sensor gives false information, vehicle runs out of gas on the freeway nearly causing fatal accident.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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