Erratic Fuel Gauge and/or Check Engine Light on Nissan Xterra

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»

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Average mileage: 91,604 (31,000–193,000)
10 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
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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.
fuel level gage does not work and check engine light stays on.
2006 Nissan Xterra 113,126 mi,
check engine light on, incorrect fuel level reading, code p0463 comes up and wont pass inspection.
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.
2005 Nissan Xterra 130,000 mi,
Fuel gauge does not rise to the correct level, stays bottomed out. Check engine light on intermittently.
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.
I had a recall notice years ago that I didn't think much about. It wasn't giving me any problems until now. I called Nissan consumer affairs and spoke with a supervisor named Jerico. That's how he spelled his name. He just blew me off. Simple repair for them, expensive for me. Because of this so called consumer affair person, I will never purchase another Nissan and will pass the word around. This will eventually cost Nissan thousands by bad word of mouth. One of my missions now. I wont let my friends, acquaintences, or family, purchase a Nissan without them knowing how they will be treated after the purchase. Horrible customer service in my opinion.
2005 Nissan Xterra 65,000 mi,
waiting on nissan to recall!!
2007 Nissan Xterra 178,000 mi,
I was low in fuel which caused my fuel light to come on. I went to fill up and normally once I fill up, of course, it registers to full. It is still showing that I am empty and my service engine light has come on as well. I have not gotten it fixed yet..
2007 Nissan Xterra 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.
2007 Nissan Xterra 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.
2003 Nissan Xterra 158,000 mi,
2007 Nissan Xterra 84,653 mi,
Gas gauge doesn't work. Fuel sensor stopped working.
2007 Nissan Xterra 50,000 mi,
Sporatically wouldn't read fuel level. Slowly became more often that it wouldn't read at all. Check engine light on; diagnostic code for "fuel level sensor". Mechanic has to drop the entire gas tank to replace the sending unit of the fuel pump module, so labor is high... quoted $130 for the sending unit and $300 for labor.
2007 Nissan Xterra 100,000 mi,
The service engine soon light appeared on the dashboard about the time the fuel gauge was misreading amount of gas in the tank. The gauge seems to be back to working. However, the service engine soon light remains lit. Tried to get he Xterra to pass an inspection and couldn't because Code P0463 appeared which seems to be related to this recall.
2002 Nissan Xterra 91,000 mi,
Every time i fill up the gas gauge drops to empty, the low fuel light comes on and the service light comes on giving a code indicating a bad fuel sensor. Once gas reaches half tank the gauge goes back to normal reading and service light goes off.
erratic fuel gauge. I run out gas on trips.
2007 Nissan Xterra 60,000 mi,
Failed emissions. In process of getting estimates. Really pissed that there are recalls on most xterra but NOT mine. Hmmmm! No more Nissans.
2006 Nissan Xterra 133,000 mi,
Filled tank when empty light came on. Fuel gauge did not move up for a day, then showed 3/4 full and now today shows completely full.
2006 Nissan Xterra 94,327 mi,
Problem with false fuel gauge readings service engine light and low fuel light.