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»Google+
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Xterra Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Fuel Level Sensor
Nissan Xterra Problem
Average Mileage: 76,831 mi (31,000 mi - 140,000 mi)
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Xterra, 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.
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Xterra, 130,000 mi
Fuel gauge does not rise to the correct level, stays bottomed out. Check engine light on intermittently.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Xterra
fuel level gage does not work and check engine light stays on.
Visitor, 2006 Nissan Xterra, 113,126 mi
check engine light on, incorrect fuel level reading, code p0463 comes up and wont pass inspection.
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Xterra, 65,000 mi
waiting on nissan to recall!!
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Xterra, 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.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Xterra, 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.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Xterra, 80,000 mi
engine light went on, fuel sender unit code P0463 showed up. Was driving the other day with 1/4 tank and the next second went right to empty. Waiting to see if Nissan will do anything, since the warranty is up at 70,000. This is a known problem and should have been recalled. Took it to Nissan dealership and the manager said that they get hundreds of xterras come in with the same problem.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Xterra, 105,300 mi
Filled tank...gas gauge went to totally empty...service engine light came on/stayed on...gas gauge finally went to full after almost 120 miles of driving. This has happened three times within the last two weeks. Had code checked...indicated bad fuel sensor. No record of recall fix ever being done (I am second owner of vehicle), now Nissan want $650+ to fix (a total rip-off). Nissan knows this is a problem...there has been a recall for this issue. They refuse to fix it just because it didn't happen to the previous owner and now the "time limit" to have it fixed by Nissan has expired...not my fault if the previous owner never got the recall or had the problem.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Xterra, 125,000 mi
Check engine light plus sluggish/intermittent fuel gauge reading. Sometimes reads appropriately, other times reads empty even though full.