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Check Engine Light On Problems of Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra owners have reported 14 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Xterra based on all problems reported for the Xterra.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 1
Failure Date: 12/13/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the fuel gauge did not respond when filled up. In addition, the check engine light came on. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 98,000. Ad.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 2
Failure Date: 08/11/2014

Check engine light came on so I took it to an autozone to have the code read. Po463, fuel sending unit. Did some research, called Nissan corporate to inform them of the issue and see if I was eligible for extended warranty (wasn't covered). Nissan corporate informed me that I was eligible for ecm relay replacement at no cost at a dealership, so I took the car to a dealership that quoted me lowest on the fuel sensor repair. They asked if I had other issues and I told them that my engine sometimes sounded like an rc car. They offered to look into it, called this afternoon after completing work on sensor and ecm relay to inform me that my timing chains were shot and in need of immediate replacement. Did some more research and found this is a frequent issue in Nissan cars, decided to file a report.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra 3
Failure Date: 11/29/2012

Check engine light came on and stayed on. Had diagnostics and found catalytic converter not to be working properly. Replaced catalytic converter on 29 Nov 2012. Again on may 2013 check engine light came back on and again it was the catalytic converter. Had to have it replaced again. Total cost of both replacements was in excess of $1900. 00. Contacted Nissan and they would not stand behind their product, said that warranty had expired. Had converter replaced at Nissan dealer the first time.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 4
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

Experienced intermittent fuel gage operation and inaccurate fuel level reading with check engine light on. Diagnosed as p0463 ecm error code (fuel level sensor). Nissan has confirmed the error code and refuses to repair/replace the fuel sending unit because vehicle is out of warranty despite previous recalls on other year models for the same issue.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 5
Failure Date: 07/17/2012

I was driving along and check engine light came on. Checked internet and found out that many people had this happen around 50,000 miles. This is supposed to be guaranteed for 50,000 miles and in practice most last a lot longer, but not in the case of the Xterra. Nissan has noticed the large number of incidents but although they have completely redesigned the system they refuse to recall it. Many of the posts here take about the engine conking out at speed which is an unsafe condition. The dealer admitted today that they have seen 4 this month, its becoming a real problem and should be recalled. Dealer quoted me $70. 00 for the quote, $590. 00 for the canister, and $90. 00 for labor. I can't believe that Nissan would know about the bad design, engineer a fix for it, and withhold the fix from the customer, unless they are willing to cough up almost $800. 00 to fix their mistake. This scares me as SUV accidents are usually pretty bad with far more rollovers than regular cars. Please take the appropriate action before someone is seriously hurt.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 6
Failure Date: 07/16/2012

I was driving my car after a long trip, I had about a quarter tank left. I parked my car and when I returned to use it to run an errand I began to drive. My gas tank needle went all the way to below empty then my check engine light turned on as well. I have looked up this issue and found out there were multiple complaints about the exact same thing that happened to me. This is a Nissan issue that should not be taken out of pocket from the consumer. Especially since there is a long history regarding this exact same problem.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Nissan Xterra 7
Failure Date: 01/17/2012

Driving approx. 5 minutes when car warning lights (check engine) and all dash warning lights came on immediately there after, car engine shuts off. Car engine would turn on when started but as soon as you engage the transmission by moving from park to drive, and press the gas pedal, car engine would again cut off. At no other time prior to this did check engine light come on, oil light, or water temperature gage show any malfunction. The professional mechanic that checked my car and ran diagnostic testing can't find any problems. He says he has driven the car but, can't guarantee this will not happen again.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

My check engine son light came on, I went to autozone and I was told the error code stated fuel sending unit/sensor. I was told that Nissan recommends you keep a half a tank of gas in the tank. My Xterra guage is very unpredictable 90% of the time even when I fill the tank up the guage doesn't register, and it's stuck on e with the gas light on constantly, which has caused me a single mother of 3 to run out of gas twice. I have done some research and found that there was a voluntary recall, but I've been told that there wasn't. I also live in a city where there is emissions testing which I can't pass because of the check engine light, I cannot receive my vehicle tag, which means I can't work or drive. I would like this sensor replaced at no charge to me because as reading online there has been 53,000 people with the same issue. I would like to know what are my options and the next step I can take to get this resolved.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra 9
Failure Date: 09/01/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning causing the fuel pressure to fluctuate abnormally. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where they informed the contact that the fuel level sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but shortly after repairs, the vehicle would not start and was taken back to the dealer. The dealer informed the contact that the ipdm was defective and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired yet the failure recurred twenty minutes after repairs with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The dealer then advised that because the ipdm failed, it also caused the catalytic converter to fail and that would also to be replaced and advised the contact that there was no guarantee that the repair would remedy the failure. The manufacturer advised the contact to trade the vehicle in. The vehicle was traded in November 2010. The failure mileage was unknown.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 10
Failure Date: 06/03/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The fuel level gauge dropped from three quarters full to indicate there was only one quarter full. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra 11
Failure Date: 05/04/2010

This an addendum to complaint conf # 10330608. The check engine light is on in concert with tyhe erratic fuel gauge also.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2001 Nissan Xterra 12
Failure Date: 06/11/2001

When consumer drives up a hill engine will stall. Consumer has called dealer, and dealer has not called back yet. Transmission failed. The speedometer goes back and forth. Check engine light comes on due to canister leak, dealer replaced canister and valve assembly.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Nissan Xterra 13

While driving vehicle pulls to right and left. Also when braking it has a pulling effect. In addition, had problem with tires. The vehicle has temperature control problems. Also the windshield cracked. The cd player makes noise and the radio malfunctioned. The a/c shorted out. The right rear power window made noise when rolling up and down. Check the engine light came on.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Nissan Xterra 14

Engine check light kept coming on. Everytime vehicle has to be reprogrammed. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that parts had to be replaced to keep engine light from coming on.

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