Erratic Fuel Gauge and/or Check Engine Light on Nissan Pathfinder

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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»

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 92,054 (10,010–240,000)
14 model years affected: 1994, 1999, 2002, 2003, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
193 people reported this problem
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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!!!!!
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.
check engine light and fuel sensor light on
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.
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!!
At a full tank, my gauge reads 1/4. It moves up and down between empty and 1/4, but that's as high as it will go, leaving me unsure how much fuel I actually have for the last 3/4 of a tank.
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.
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?
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
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.
when i fill tank the level goes to empty and eventually goes back to full
service engine light on and sometimes gas gauge works and most of the time it shows empty
The level of gas is empty always!!
Faulty Fuel levels.
I fill my gas gauge&it shows empty,then when i go about 200 miles it shoots up to full to 1/2 tank
The fuel gauge shows that's full, but it actually isn't. And also the service engine light is on when ever I start up the car.
The fuel gauge on my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder is not working properly. The issue started once I hit the 50,000 mileage mark—I am currently at approximately 53,000. The gauge is reporting that the tank is empty each time the gas level drops below half tank. Also, whenever I full the tank, the gauge remains on empty until I have completed approximately 30 miles of driving or until quarter of the full tank is used. Four days ago, I fill up the tank and only drove 127 miles; nevertheless, the gauge is now reporting that the tank is empty.
In the winter, it is very difficult to estimate how much gas is in the tank with my “trip meter” because the colder temperature seems to make the gas dissipate quicker than warmer temperature.
I have called Nissan about there recent recall, but they told me that my VIN makes my vehicle ineligible for a repair.
The dealer told me that it would cost me upward of $500 plus diagnostic fee to fix the problem.
Currently, I am driving with a canister of gas in the trunk of my car because I have run out of gas on numerous occasions on the highway.
Since I am unemployed, I am not sure when I will be able to pay to fix the problem.