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Nissan Xterra Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Fuel Level Sensor

Nissan Xterra Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 84,146 mi (31,000 mi - 150,620 mi)


The fuel level sensor can fail causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings. The Check Engine Light may also illuminate. Nissan has recalled 2006 - 2008 vehicles only for this fuel gauge issue. For more information on the recall, please click here»

  • Visitor, , 36,700 mi

    Filled up tank at gas station, started car afterwards and "service engine soon" light comes on, and gas needle stayed at same place as before fill up. Drove for another 45 minutes and needle finally made it's way up to full. Had a diagnostic ran and they're telling me it's the fuel sensor. Apparently this was something that Nissan extended the warranty on, but I missed it by 6 months. I have a low mileage Xterra, that I've taken great care of, this is ridiculous. They should do the right thing and replace the faulty part without me having to pay through the nose to get it done.

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  • fuel level gage does not work and check engine light stays on.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Fuel gauge does not rise to the correct level, stays bottomed out. Check engine light on intermittently.

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  • Visitor, , 60,000 mi

    *Nissan just issued an extended warranty for 2007 models that covers the fuel sensor: 72 months or 72k miles.*

    Problem: When filling up the tank the fuel gage will still show as empty and then slowly rise to show full over the course of a day or so. The check engine light then comes on and stays on until the fuel gage shows the tank about half full. Just after that the needle drops down to show empty.

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  • Visitor, , 113,126 mi

    check engine light on, incorrect fuel level reading, code p0463 comes up and wont pass inspection.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    waiting on nissan to recall!!

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  • Visitor, , 61,000 mi

    Filled tank. Started engine. Fuel gauge was still on E and Service Engine Light was on. After driving a while gauge started to rise and was to full by the next day. Service Engine Light is still on so far.

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  • Visitor, , 128,000 mi

    Fuel gage didn't come up right away when I filled the tank a few weeks ago. Came up after driving for about 30 minutes. I let the gas level go a little lower than usual. Low fuel light came on. I filled the tank. Level has not changed, low fuel light is still on and now the check engine light is on.

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  • Visitor, , 127,500 mi

    Same issue. Check engine light is on and need to pass DEQ for registration. I wonder if turning off the CEL will allow it to pass DEQ for now. The gauge isn't really an issue as it seems to work.

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  • Visitor, , 72,000 mi

    Bought my 2007 XTerra with 69,000 miles on it. Short time later, noticed fuel gauge wasn't reading correctly. My vehicle didn't fall into the recall, and I didn't find out about the extended warranty until I was past the mileage cut off. Contacted Nissan Central and they declined to pay for the repair and were not nice to deal with. Still driving without functioning fuel gauge so I use the trip odometer to track fuel usage. Now I will have to spend the $450 to fix it so it will pass inspection. Not happy that Nissan recalled only some vehicles with the same issue; seems like the safety hazard is the same and it is caused by a defective part.

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