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: 85,597 (31,000–153,000)
7 model years affected: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010
106 people reported this problem
65 people shared problem details
2005 Nissan Xterra36,700
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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2007 Nissan Xterra60,000
*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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2005 Nissan Xterra130,000
Fuel gauge does not rise to the correct level, stays bottomed out. Check engine light on intermittently.
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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.
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2006 Nissan Xterra113,126
check engine light on, incorrect fuel level reading, code p0463 comes up and wont pass inspection.
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2005 Nissan Xterra65,000
waiting on nissan to recall!!
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2007 Nissan Xterra61,000
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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2007 Nissan Xterra72,000
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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2007 Nissan Xterra50,000
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.
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2007 Nissan Xterra128,000
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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2009 Nissan Xterra86,000
I have half tank gas and car says i am empty and service engine soon light comes
Problem is getting worse and is not fixed.
2005 Nissan Xterra130,000
Service engine light stays on after filling gas tank and erratic quantity shown.
2008 Nissan Xterra75,000
When I Got gas I was on empty. Filled up until the gas pump clicked responding that the gas tank was full. I started the car & the fuel meter stayed at empty as if stating that I had no gas. About an hour or so later when I got back in the car the fuel meter said full. About a week later my check engine light came on. I got it checked at auto zone the code came up as po463? Or p063? Not sure which but its done this twice now. Have just short under 80,000 miles on it.
2005 Nissan Xterra129,000
Fuel level gauge working erratically. Service engine light stays on.
2006 Nissan Xterra40,000
Fuel gauge will not work properly.
2005 Nissan Xterra127,500
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.
I had been driving around for a year with a dead fuel gauge. Not completely dead, but dead most of the time and not working enough of the time to rely on. I would reset the trip odometer every time I fill up, and I know I can go around 400 miles on a full tank, so dead fuel gauge was no big deal. But I needed to get emissions check to renew my registration, and check engine light is an automatic fail. I paid dealer $467.64 in January 2013 to install new fuel pump/fuel sensor assembly. I heard about dealer extending warranty on this after I had work done, but my mileage was too high to be covered anyway. AFAIC a fuel gauge is not a necessity. Unfortunately it goes to the check engine light and is a necessity for passing an emissions test, at least in AZ. I'd love to know if there is some easy way to bypass the fuel gauge sensor and fake out the check engine light and on-board diagnostics into thinking that the fuel gauge is working and save the cost of the repair if it ever happens again, but I don't have any documentation on how the sensor works. Hopefully the new sensor lasts.
My check engine light came on and took to dealer and they said my fuel level sensor was bad. The serial number on my vehicle was not covered on recall. They wanted 545.00 to fix. I decided to just deal with it. Two years later at 87000 mile found out they extended the warrenty on this part. Contacted nissan to show that it was documented my vehical had this problem at 52000 miles and should have been covered. They contacted dealer to get documentation. After all this nissan said dealer would not fix item and nissan would do nothing to get fix since my vehical was over the extended warrenty period now. Now with a emission test and check engine light on I have to get fixed
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