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: 85,109 (10,010–156,000)
126 people reported this problem
79 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.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder87,000Visitor
check engine light and fuel sensor light on
Check Engine Light due to faulty fuel level sensor @ 68000 cost to replace 868.00 Transmission went out @ 82000 cost to replace 3600.00
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.
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 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 Pathfinder72,500Visitor
Fuel gauge not accurate. "Service Engine Soon" light on.
2008 Nissan Pathfinder132,000Visitor
p143 error code, fill up the tank and the guage says empty, display gives me the low fuel message. And of course Nissan is refusing to honor it as part of the recall.
2008 Nissan Pathfinder84,000Visitor
Fuel guage works sporadically and the service engine soon light comes on.
Have an appointment at dealership on Monday. This weekend my check engine light has come on and stayed on had automotive shop check electronically and the computer says faulty or bad gas fuel gauge. I have had no problem until this!!!
2006 Nissan PathfinderVisitor
Gas gauge keeps going on empty Check engine light on
2007 Nissan Pathfinder130,000Visitor
Fuel gauge is erratic and service engine soon light is on
2007 Nissan Pathfinder75,000Visitor
The issue started at around 75,000 but seem to have corrected itself but then at about 6 months after the service engine light turned on and according to Nissan diagnostics it is the fuel sending unit. They reset it so service engine light turned off but that didn't fix the problem and of course it lights up again. Brought to Nissan for another diagnostics and the same issue. Apparently it's a known defect so I called Nissan Consumer Affairs about this problem and was told that there was a warranty extension that of course has ended in 2013 or 72,000 miles. My car is due for inspection and of course it will not pass and to have it fixed will cost over $600 for something that is a known issue with these cars. Very disappointed and quite upset as I love my Xterra and always has been serviced at the dealership and well taken care of but Nissan Consumer Affairs is totally of no help and will just tell you cold-heartedly they can't do anything to help you. I would love to hear from anyone out there that has the same issue but had some luck with assistance from Nissan.
erratic fuel gauge, service engine light on
2006 Nissan Pathfinder110,000Visitor
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