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: 89,021 (10,010–201,000)
166 people reported this problem
95 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!!!!!
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 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 .
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
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 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.
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.
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 Pathfinder72,000Visitor
erratic fuel guage
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.
2007 Nissan PathfinderVisitor
I received a recall notice for this problem. Nissan failed to fix the problem when we took our 2007 Quest in specifically for the recall. Nissan reported the inexpensive part that was replaced as part of the recall failed to fix the issue regarding code P0462 for the "Fuel level sensor circuit low input" and told us it was an issue we had to pay for. So we were told we needed to replace the fuel pump and that did not resolve the problem. Now we are supposed to pay to replace the instrument cluster with the hopes it resolves the issue. Why should we have to pay if this is a recall? Why should we have to pay for Nissan to change parts? If the fuel pump wasn't the reason for the code why should we pay for it?
2006 Nissan PathfinderVisitor
service engine light on and sometimes gas gauge works and most of the time it shows empty
2006 Nissan Pathfinder125,465Visitor
when i fill tank the level goes to empty and eventually goes back to full
2014 Nissan Pathfinder41,500Visitor
I just purchased my 2014 Pathfinder on 12/29/15. On 1/5/16 I had about a 1/4 tank left showing on the gauge and miles to empty showed 80. I stopped at home and when I left about an hour later the miles to empty dropped to 30, but I still showed 1/4 tank left. I drove 15 miles and the gauge finally dropped into the red. I was going to get gas, but the miles to empty jumped back up to 80 and the gauge went back up to 1/4 tank left. Today I noticed the same thing, 1/4 tank left, 50 miles to empty. After driving a bit, miles to empty jumped back up to 100.
2002 Nissan PathfinderVisitor
I have a 2001 with the check engine light on due to a fuel sensor problem
2007 Nissan Pathfinder68,000Visitor
The level of gas is empty always!!
2002 Nissan Pathfinder93,000Visitor
can get 3 1/2 gal put in at gas station at a time
2008 Nissan Pathfinder125,099Visitor
The car stopped, I had it towed to the shop. They informed me the gas gauge was incorrect and even though it showed 1/4 tank it was actually empty. The shop stated it will cost $500-600 to fix the problem.
2005 Nissan Pathfinder90,000Visitor
Service engine light came on. Nissan dealership did diagnostic and code indicated I needed fuel sending unit replaced. This was a recall item a year ago and mine went out after date and mileage for Nissan to repair it. Cost me $570 to repair.
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