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#2032 of 2122 Fuel Level Sensor
Jan 20, 2009 (7:32 am)
I have my 2005 Frontier SE four wheel for almost three and half years. A few days ago, I found the engine service light was on and I had Nissan dealer at Richardson, Texas checked. The report says the fuel level sensor is bad (code P0463)and needs to be changed. The dealer charged me $101 for inspection and otherl cost is around $600 if the sensor get fixed. I cannot believe the truck has this problem with only 42,000 miles and I drive it mildly...
Any thoughts and suggestion?
Appreciate your responses!
#2033 of 2122 Re: Fuel Level Sensor [lhuang]
Jan 20, 2009 (7:53 am)
I have the same problem. Only to make mine even better, because the sensor is bad the gas gauge has no idea when the tank is full or empty. I've decided not to fix mine right now, but I was quoted $479 to do so, because like any other day it's not the only thing wrong with the truck. It also needs a new radiator, the cheapest I could get anybody to was $638. That's right 82K miles, never been in an accident, and I'm adding to the laundry list of things on this truck that I've never fixed on another vehicle I've ever owned.
Rear Differential sensor
Rear axle seal
u joint and drive shaft
vent control valve
Fuel level sensor
#2034 of 2122 Re: Fuel Level Sensor [lhuang]
Jan 20, 2009 (3:31 pm)
My fuel gauge sending unit went bad too in my '06, but thankfully I am still in warranty. When you get it fixed, be certain that your dealer is aware of TSB NTB07-006. It reads that if the fuel pump, fuel tank, or fuel gauge sending unit requires service for any reason, install the fuel pump protector from the Parts Information of this bulletin before final reassembly. I don't know what the pump protector does, but perhaps it helps aleviate future failures.
Aside from this, my '06 SE has been good thus far, but I have only 18,500 Miles on it.
#2035 of 2122 Re: Fuel Level Sensor [asa]
Jan 27, 2009 (7:44 am)
i'm in the market for a compact/midsize PU. been a dedicated Toyota owner for about 15 years, various models, including a 2WD 4 banger taco. noticed sites like edmunds and CR have said nice things about the Fronty so i put it on my list of possibilities.
so, got my eye on an 06 SE, AWD, AT, 18k miles. a similar used taco would go for 4-5 more grand. i'm big on not having to repair a car every few weeks, it's the whole reason i went to imports anyway. to anyone's knowledge, is it just the NIMO's having issues, or are Fronty owners experiencing them across the board? aren't we just talking about suspension differences anyway, with the other mechanicals being the same?
i know there's a couple of head to head comparison threads already, but my question is more specific to the reliability of the Frontier itself....
#2036 of 2122 Re: Fuel Level Sensor [VonBreslau]
Jan 27, 2009 (8:35 am)
I'll be honest I have an '05 NISMO and while I love the look and style of the truck. I have at home 13 workorders for a truck that is 3 years old. This doesn't include brakes and other maintenance, it's been for parts that I've either never heard of or never had to replace on other trucks I've owned which included a Dakota with 100K, a Toyota Pickup with over 150K and a Tacoma with 90K. It is the most expensive vehicle to maintain that I have ever owned, brakes, air filters, and the high octane requirement. Granted I drive a lot, but mostly highway. Based on some of the posts I've read I don't think the issues are with just the NISMO's although that's where they seem to be prominant.
Just my 2cents.
Jan 27, 2009 (4:47 pm)
My Frontier is an '06 SE 4x2 CC 6-Speed and has only 18,000 Miles on the clock, but I've been well pleased thus far. Time will tell. It's sometimes hard to appraise most any vehicle on the Internet because far more people post queries about problems than kudos. The problems do matter and should be recognized, but I'd also research the Tacoma forums to see what owners are experiencing over there.
I'd also sit in both, as they have distinctly different sitting positions. Many automotive publications have noted this too. If you're not comfortable behind the wheel, you won't like the truck no matter how well it runs.
The '05s on both brands were their first year of the new design. I'd look only at '06+ models to hedge your bet. Good luck with your choice!
#2038 of 2122 Frontier '05 Looks like the fuel sensors and rear brake seals are real prob
Apr 23, 2009 (8:59 am)
Just putting in my 2 cents worth on this subject and my ownership experience with my Nissan '05 Frontier LE Crew Cab. This is without exception the most expensive vehicle, in terms of cost of ownership, that I have ever owned. I have just over 78K on it, and performance wise I couldn't ask for more from a midsize truck. But that is all the good things I can really say. Took it in to get the front brake pads replaced in December '08, tech discovered that I had a leak on the right rear axel seal, which had leaked oil on the parking brake shoe and saturated that and the rear brake pads. Thought I was going in for a quick and inexpensive front brake pad replacement and walked out with a bill over $1000.00. April '09, I take it in because my "Service Engine" light is on and the fuel gauge sometimes works and somtimes doesn't. After inspection error code PO-463 shows up indicating bad fuel sensor unit, and during inspection they also find that my left side rear axel seal is now leaking. So here I am again, going in for one thing only to have additional problems discovered, and walked out with a bill over $1300.00 this time. I also had asked them to check out a problem I am having with the interior fan selector switch, in which I set it to direct the air flow to the defrost, or defrost and floor, the system keeps switching the out flow alternating to all the different settings instead of just the out flow I set it for. Dealer wanted $130.00 just to diagnose the problem, so I cancelled that work order. Now after the $1300.00 + bill I just paid, plus the $1000.00 in Dec.( that is close to $2400.00 over the last six months), the wife and I decided it is time to get rid of this money pit and look for someting new, before more problems start to appear. One thing for certain - it isn't going to be a Nissan product.
#2039 of 2122 No problems here
Apr 23, 2009 (9:55 am)
I have had my '06 4cyl auto for three years. Here at 35K miles, I have had no problems at all. I get 21 to 22 mpg in mixed driving. (Haven't been on a trip since it was new.) fwiw
#2040 of 2122 Re: Frontier '05 Looks like the fuel sensors and rear brake seals are real prob [eman916]
Apr 24, 2009 (6:46 am)
My fuel level sensor is bad too. I've also had my rear axle seals done already. (I threatened to call a lawyer, mine were busted at 67K miles) It sounds to me like Nissan has issues with the Frontier that they are refusing to acknowledge.
#2041 of 2122 Re: Frontier '05 Looks like the fuel sensors and rear brake seals are real prob [05nismo6]
Apr 25, 2009 (5:24 pm)
This is the first I've read about axle seals. It's just insane what servicing costs these days everywhere. My wife's '04 Subaru (bought new) has been the worst car we've ever owned (eternal engine troubles, flimsy interior fabrics torn and stained), so I guess any brand can have it bad. Our favorite vehicle is our '92 Mitsu with 231,000 Miles. It's been a great car and I enjoy tinkering with it very much.
As far as New Gen Frontiers, a large forum shows a bunch of owners have had the fuel sending unit problem. Something like 10 to 12% reported wearing out of the VQ-40 secondary timing chain guides (chains on the camshafts) and some early clutch failures as reported here. I had the fuel sending unit problem, but none of the others yet. Mine is a 6-Speed.