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:
51,209 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2007 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Jul 112011

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,019 miles


Upon filling my 2007 Nissan Xterra on July 11, 2011, I noticed that my service engine light was on and that my fuel gauge registered near zero. As I drove away the fuel gauge gradually rose to indicate a full tank. When I went to my Nissan dealer to check the error code he indicated that the problem was in the "fuel sending unit". which would cost $300-$400 to repair since I had just exceeded the extended warranty mileage coverage limitations. In reading the descriptions of other owners of Nissan trucks and SUVS it appears that this is a systemic problem and needs to be addressed through a factory recall.

- Purdys, NY, USA

problem #23

Feb 112011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra that I just bought in Sept. '10. It now has about 39,000 miles on it. I was a little under 1/4 a tank of gas the other day so I went and filled it up. When I restarted my vehicle, the gas gauge went right back to the position it was in before I filled up. I turned the vehicle off and then back on and it still read the same. Thinking my float was stuck or something, I just went on driving. After awhile, the gauge went to empty and the warning light came on. I went to put more gas in but it would only take about 2 gallons. Then the 'service engine soon light' came on and now it won't go off. The gas gauge will sometimes go up to full (even if I've drove 100 miles on that tank) and sometimes it will go all the way to empty. It fluxuates up and down with no rhyme or reason and it will do it in a matter of seconds. I have put sea breeze fuel cleaner stuff in the tank but so far it has not helped.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #22

Nov 192010


  • 53,000 miles
Have experienced this failure on my current 2007 Xterra im at 53,000 miles and they refuse to repair it. Warranty on this item is 36,000 miles. They even tried to bs me when I said there is even a service bulletin out for this common repair. This is how it went: Me - is there a current recall or service bulletin for a fuel sending unit failure or dtc P0461/2/3 dealer - let me check sir. Me - thanks dealer - no sir me - I find that hard to believe because I have it in my hand it is Nissan service bulletin ntb07-069B dealer - I do not have that information on me me - service bulletins are created for common repairs so I know im not that only one with this problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 012010

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The gas gauge no longer registers the accurate gasoline level in the tank and the service engine light comes on. There was a recall for 2006 and 2008 models but not for 2007. There have been numerous complaints on the web from other Nissan owners on this exact same issue.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #20

Aug 142010


  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2007 Nissan Xterra it has 70,000 miles on it. The fuel level sending unit does not work properly. When I have 1/4, 1/2 tank of gas, sometimes 3/4 tank of gas the gauge drops to empty and the service engine lite comes on. I have read on line that his is an ongoing problem with the Xterra dating back to 2003. Should this not have been a recall by Nissan? should we wait until someone get killed before something is done.

- Stevensville, MD, USA

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problem #19

Jul 302010


  • 38,500 miles
I am also having issues with my fuel sensor unit in my 2007 Nissan Xterra at 38,500 miles. I filled at the gas station, getting ready to leave on vacation and then it went down to empty. The ses light came on, so decided to cancel my vacation! a couple of days later the needle went back to full. After filling gas 4 times, my ses light has gone off and it seems to be working, but do not let it go below half a tank to be sure. And, of course it is not part of the recall for the 2006 & 2008 models that use the same exact sensor convenient for Nissan!

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #18

Jan 172010


  • 48,000 miles


My check engine light came on back in January 2010. I had the code run at a local auto parts store. Code is P0463, definition: Fuel level sensor circuit high input probable cause. 1. open or short circuit condition 2. poor electrical connection 3. faulty fuel level sensor since the light has come on, I'm getting a faulty reading from my fuel gauge. It gives inaccurate readings and I'm now forced to use my odometer to prevent running out of fuel. I read online about a potential recall so I waited to have the repair done. I contacted my dealership and they said to expect a letter in the April and may timeframe. Nissan issued a recall for 2006 and 2008 Nissan Xterra's. I have a 2007 and I have the same problem as the other years included in the recall. I would like the 2007 to be included in the recall since it has the same issues.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 092010


  • 73,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra that started to have problems with the fuel sending unit when is full shows empty and light comes on and after 50+ miles the gauge starts working till it gets to 1/4 tank aprox and stays there till get out of gas (happened to me, thank god was on a light and not on the hwy). Took it to the dealer and they told me that there was a recall on this issue and after an hour they came back to me and told me that my Xterra was not cover and they will fix it but there will be a charge of $500 aprox.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #16

Jun 112010


  • 101,100 miles
My gas tank registered 1/4 of a tank, which meant another 50 miles. I live in the country and work 45 miles away. I set my trip meter but only made it 15 miles and was left stranded on the highway...again. I did make it to the exit ramp. Had to wait an hour for help in a high crime area at 5:50 in the morning.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #15

May 122010


  • 80,000 miles
Fuel sensor failure. Always tells me my gas tank is empty when it is full. When on 1/4 of a tank, it will drop to "E", so I'm not sure how much gas I really have left. Check engine light always stays on. Once in a great while it will turn off, and when the gas gauge drops to "E", the check engine light comes back on. I have been stranded not knowing if I have fuel in the 2007 Xterra or not. Was told I did not have the year of Xterra for recall even though I'm having the problems all other Xterra's are recalling. I do not know if there is something really wrong with the Xterra or not since this light is on all the time.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

problem #14

May 292010


  • 38,000 miles


I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra truck. Check engine light stays on and fuel shows empty. Researched this and there seems to be alot of others with the same defect. Could run out of gas in the middle of driving and have an accident. Fuel level sending unit, P0463 diagnostic code. There should be a recall by Nissan.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 122010


  • 73,000 miles
Error code P0463 on Nissan vehicles (mine happens to be a 2007 Nissan Xterra) anyway, I am seeing on many forums that this issue is a known issue and is quite common and to complain here in order to encourage Nissan to issue a recall.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 272010


  • 28,254 miles
The check engine soon light came on after several incidents with the fuel gauge not registering properly. A PO4630 code came up and a malfunctioning gas sensor was apparent at this time. Four times the fuel gage failed to register--then check engine soon came on. The failure has not been corrected yet because it just occurred but after seeing the outrageous cost and I cannot afford that--not at this time. A recall is necessary.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 202010


  • miles
Faulty fuel level sensor in my 2007 Nissan Xterra does not give an accurate reading of the fuel remaining in the car. I have run out of gas while driving at 40+ mph even though gas gauge indicated that there was 1/4 tank remaining. Nissan has issued a recall for some 2006 and 2008 Xterra's with the same problem but has refused to correct the issue in all Xterra's. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs and was told that I'd have to wait and see. I called the dealership and was advised to buy an extended warranty, drive the car for 30 days and then have it fixed "for free" and, when I indicated that the fuel level sensor prevents me from getting the car inspected, was advised to drive it illegally. I have been told that repairs cost between $600 - $800 and that depending on the conditions of the recall I may not get reimbursed for repairing a malfunction that Nissan has acknowledged exists in the Xterra. I would encourage you to pressure Nissan to extent the recall to all vehicles experiencing this issue as it seems they are trying to limit their cost.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 202010


  • miles
P0463 fuel level sensor circuit high input.

- Evergreen Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 192010


  • 71,300 miles
I discovered I have a faulty gas gauge on my 2007 Nissan Xterra two to three months ago. The gauge does not correctly show the remaining amount of fuel. Every time I fill up the gauge either "sticks" where it was at when I filled up, or it will bottom out and the fuel light will come on. I find it necessary to keep track of mileage using my odometer rather than risk trusting a faulty gauge. Nissan has recently issued a recall for this issue but has only recalled six months worth of Xterra vehicles, even though there is proof that this is a widely occurring problem as witnessed by the number of complaints online from consumers. The production date on my Xterra was Nov. 2006, right in between the two three-month recalls issued by Nissan. I am writing to bring this "bookend"-type recall philosophy to your attention. Solving a problem goes beyond issuing recalls. Companies such as Nissan are too focused on limiting the numbers of vehicles recalled rather than keeping customers safe by including all impacted vehicles. I believe such companies should be held accountable for such widespread safety issues.

- Sidney, NE, USA

problem #8

Dec 282009


  • 36,460 miles
When my mileage hit 36,446 my service engine light came on in my 2007 Nissan Xterra. It failed inspection and the gas gauge stopped working. When I called the dealership they said it was the fuel pump and it would cost about $600 to fix. Now there is a recall on certain models and they said mine is not one of them how can this be? by the way I have spoken to at least 2 other Xterra owners and they have had the same problem. If this is occurring in more than one individual does it require investigating. It failed inspection because there is something in the fuel pump that is giving a bad emissions reading.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 122009


  • 42,000 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra and I had my check engine light come on and while receiving the code to tell me what is wrong I found that it was the fuel level sensor circuit signal high/open code P0463... my dad had an Xterra 2002 and had the same problem. I brought my vehicle to a local shop to find out that my vehicle would cost about $600 to get this fix and that the vehicle would not pass inspection without this being resolved... I also did some reach after the guy at my local shop said that this is a very common problem in Nissan trucks and I found the same thing online from many Nissan owners. Something needs to be done to make Nissan motors responsible for a recall

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 102009


  • 43,000 miles
Fuel level sensor I pumped gas and filled up my tank right after the gas gage did not go all the way up to full it said that I only had a of a tank then in minutes time my check engine soon indicator came on. And now the dealership is saying that it will cost me around $400 for parts and service. After doing some research I found out that this problem was happening to a lot more people out there. No recall on the fuel pump/ sensor unit?

- Mabank, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 062009


  • 40,359 miles
I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra. The fuel gauge reads 1/4 of a tank even after fill up. I've done some research, it seems that this a very common problem with a lot of later model Nissan. My wife drives this car transporting our newborn baby to and from daycare, doctors appt. Etc. This needs to be resolved in the form of a recall by Nissan of North America. Thank you for any help you can give us.

- Galena, MO, USA

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