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»
Erratic Fuel Gauge and/or Check Engine Light on Nissan Pathfinder
Average mileage: 85,277 (10,010–156,000)
115 people reported this problem
71 people shared problem details
2008 Nissan Pathfinder124,000Visitor
My engine light is on all the time. After taking it to the shop to see what the code was, they tell me that it's a fuel cell in my fuel tank and only Nissan can drop the tank and fix it!!! The fuel gauge does not work properly at all!! It also got me about 2 hours away from my home and completely quit on the interstate!!! My gas tank was full but it said empty. I've had everything checked out that has to do with the fuel system and all fingers come pointing back to that fuel cell. Average cost almost $900!!! After doing a little research on this issue, a couple of my friends with different models and different years of Nissan vehicles had experienced the same problem. They had recalls on their vehicles and was able to get them fixed with no out of pocket cost. After speaking with a Nissan representative as well as a rep from 1-800-NISSAN-1, they told me that my make and model Nissan DOES NOT have a related recall!!! So basically what I have is a $40,000 vehicle that I have to fix myself!! Even though this "fuel cell" problem issue exists throughout several makes and models of Nissans. Up until now, I have been extremely happy with my Nissan Pathfinder but as it stands now, I will NEVER own another Nissan!!!! Buyers beware of buying these vehicles!!! As for my Nissan Pathfinder??? I'm trading it next week!!!!!
2005 Nissan Pathfinder60,000Visitor
FUEL GAUGE WORKS SOMETIME MORE OFTEN NOT, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON ALL THE TIME .....MY REAR HATCH STRUTS DONT WORK IN COLD WEATHER SORT OF WORK HALF THE REST OF THE TIME .
2007 Nissan Pathfinder62,500Visitor
Fuel gauge shows empty and low fuel light comes when there is ample fuel in the tank. I can disconnect the battery for a moment, reconnect and it works fine for a while, then it happens all over again.
2005 Nissan Pathfinder100,000Visitor
This has happened to my 2005 Pathfinder. My gas gauage light comes on just when it wants to. I can fill up my car and get in and the light says my car is empty.
Check Engine Light due to faulty fuel level sensor @ 68000 cost to replace 868.00 Transmission went out @ 82000 cost to replace 3600.00
2007 Nissan Pathfinder87,000Visitor
check engine light and fuel sensor light on
2006 Nissan Pathfinder120,000Visitor
Fuel gauge not working,fuel light stays on,DTE shows ---,engine light stays on,tire pressure light stays on,some times all sensor lights come on briefly.I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN AGAIN!!
2005 Nissan Pathfinder91,000Visitor
SES/MIL light turned on with a low fuel tank; fuel guage drops to E, DTE reads -----, even with 60-80 miles left in the fuel tank.
2005 Nissan Pathfinder72,000Visitor
erratic fuel guage
2005 Nissan Pathfinder65,000Visitor
Fuel light turn on/off when more than 1/2 tank of gas and changes from having over 80 miles distance to empty to zero (0) when you still have 1/4 of tank available. I went to dealer and repair since this was on warranty until 72,000 miles.
This car has been nothing but a POS. Fuel level guage shows erratic reading and never shows a full tank. You can fill the tank and it drops all the way down to DTE. Service Engine light is on because of this problem and sometimes it will read 1/4 tank and then arbitrarily drop to DTE. Nissan should have recalled the 2005 model for this same reason if the 2006-2010 models were recalled. I will never buy another Nissan. Had transmission replaced at 87000 miles, and rear window and hatch will not stay raised when weather is cold and randomly stays open at other times. Paint is peeling all along roof where the roof rack is. This car may look nice but it sure was not built nice next SUV will be a Honda Pilot.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder110,000Visitor
Gas gauge, sometimes it will stay on empty. Sensor is bad.
2008 Nissan PathfinderVisitor
Look like the gas pump but i just changed and still whit the same problem
2007 Nissan Pathfinder156,000Visitor
Fuel gauge gives false reading that there is still 1/4 tank even though it is empty. Check engine light comes on with faulty fuel sensor
2008 Nissan Pathfinder76,000Visitor
Gas gauge shows empty when tank is full then runs out of gas when there should be about 53 miles to go to empty. Service engine light is always on. 76000 miles.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder115,000Visitor
THE FUEL GAS INDICATOR DON´T WORK
2008 Nissan Pathfinder109,000Visitor
Check engine light tripped by faulty fuel sensor. Called 1800NISSAN1 and VIn number "is not covered" by recall. Repair cost is going to run my $600+ and local shop (I trust more than dealer and hourly rate is $25 bucks) said they have read nightmares on this issue. Not happy with my '08 Pathfinder or '04 Murano. Both cars became repair liabilities at 100,000 miles.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder39,000Visitor
STILL NOT FIXED NISSAN SAYS THERE IS NO RECALL LOOKING FOR HELP
2005 Nissan Pathfinder89,900Visitor
The Check Engine light came on. The dealer said it was the fuel lever sensor. The dealer wanted $450. To replace the unit. We just experienced a bad heat pump in the heater system at $550. Then three weeks later the transmission cooler in the radiator ruptured putting coolant in the transmission. The dealer wanted $4650. for a replacement automatic transmission and another $1,000. for a new radiator. Will I ever by another Nissan?... Over $6,500 in repairs in one month, then the dealer offers us $4,600. for the vehicle as a trade in. Talk about insult to injury. The worst issues is that these are all well known and well documented failures with Nissan. You can almost set your watch at the 80,000 to 90,000 mile mark for them to occur. Nope, I will NEVER buy another Nissan.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder99,000Visitor
I noticed that each time I filled the tank the gauge told me less miles.
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