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 Xterra
Average mileage: 90,780 (31,000–193,000)
133 people reported this problem
83 people shared problem details
2005 Nissan Xterra36,700Visitor
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.
2007 Nissan XterraVisitor
fuel level gage does not work and check engine light stays on.
2007 Nissan Xterra60,000Visitor
*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 Xterra130,000Visitor
Fuel gauge does not rise to the correct level, stays bottomed out. Check engine light on intermittently.
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.
2006 Nissan Xterra113,126Visitor
check engine light on, incorrect fuel level reading, code p0463 comes up and wont pass inspection.
2005 Nissan Xterra65,000Visitor
waiting on nissan to recall!!
2007 Nissan Xterra61,000Visitor
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.
2007 Nissan Xterra178,000Visitor
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 Xterra72,000Visitor
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 Xterra50,000Visitor
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 Xterra128,000Visitor
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.
2005 Nissan XterraVisitor
2005 xterra diagnostics indicate a fuel leveling sensor is bad.. Can that sensor be fixed or replaced without buying an entire new assembly ?
2002 Nissan Xterra127,000Visitor
Put gas but shows empty
2002 Nissan Xterra98,000Visitor
When I fill the car with fuel, my fuel guage drops to low/empty, and my check engine light comes on...after driving care about 75 miles it seems to straighten it self out
2007 Nissan Xterra189,000Visitor
After I would fill up on gas, gas needle would fall to empty, gas light would come on and check engine light would illuminate. In a day or two of driving, the gas needle would level back out, but engine light atayed on for another few days before it would finally go off. The next time I got gas, the same rotation of symptoms would occur. I had the fuel floater assembly replace. The kicker...two weeks later truck wont start. I could here all system turning on, but enging wouldnt turn over. Battery tested, starter checked out... It seems I may have an ECU/TCU issue after all which means that I may have had fuel assembly replaced for nothing. Truck is in shop now awaiting final diagnosis.
2002 Nissan Xterra105,000Visitor
Low fuel light on.filled tank. Light stayed on then went out but fuel gauge stays at half full even though traveled 100 miles.
2007 Nissan Xterra95,000Visitor
Engine light came on and started reading gas inaccuratly
2007 Nissan Xterra46,000Visitor
Fill up gas tank goes to yellow light check engine light stays on
2007 Nissan Xterra150,000Visitor
check engine light comes on when fuel gets low
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