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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,133 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #121

Dec 202008

Titan 8-cyl

  • 84,517 miles


The rear axle hub seals leaked after the 1st and only pulling ever done with my 2004 (4 X 2) SE Titan P/P. my vehicle is equipped with " big tow pkg." Dealer replaced the entire rear axle. " no" pulling or towing done since replacement by dealer svc. Done 12/24/2008 at 85,417 miles. However, a right/passenger seal leak noticed on 08/29/2012 at 152,247 miles. I was told by the regional warranty service manager that the issue had been resolved with an " upgraded better axle system " which would resolve the problem when the rear end was replaced. The rear axle diff. Fluid leak is causing periodic braking issues and noises. I am very concerned about safe braking, especially when driving the vehicle in wet weather. Needs to be addressed as a safety issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #120

Aug 232012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The rear axle oil seal leaks onto the rear brakes causing them to not work.

- Columbia, MS, USA

problem #119

Aug 252011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact was driving 10 mph when the brake warning light illumined just as the brakes seized. The contact was able to move off the roadway where the brakes independently released. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the power train column shift assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V408000 (power train). The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #118

Jul 232012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Rear axle fell apart while driving. No warnings, or anything. This will be the second rear axle to be replaced at a cost of 3500 per incident. Only light driving has been done on this vehicle. No towing, no heavy loads, no anything.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #117

May 012012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 115,602 miles
I was pulling out of the parking lot and driving onto a main street when I heard a clunk clunk and the rear end started hopping and I noticed I had no gears. We call ed aaa and had them tow us to a few different places before we ended up at Nissan in spokane valley and they put in a brand new rear end. Price and labor cost us...$3,583.33.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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problem #116

Jul 132012


  • 86,000 miles
2004 Nissan Titan truck - rear axle seals are leaking so badly oil is getting on the rear brake rotors causing them to be in-operative. This is a very serious problem experienced by many Titan owners as shown with a simple internet search.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #115

Jul 112012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 71,104 miles


Rear passenger axle seal is leaking and is coating brake pads and brake rotors. This should not be leaking especially when this vehicle is not high mileage nor is it driven crazy/recklessly. This is causing brakes to not be as effective as it should be.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #114

Jun 272012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Left rear axle seal leaking oil and accumulates on brake rotor cover. If not corrected, could lead to failure of entire drive assembly due to absence of fluid.

- Coweta, OK, USA

problem #113

May 072010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Rear differential went bad so I had the rear end replaced in June of 2010. In may of 2012 I noticed the rear end leaking fluid all over my rotors. This could cause my brakes to fail. Other Titan owners are reporting the same issue.

- Spring , TX, USA

problem #112

Apr 212012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
I first heard a "whine" or "howl" coming from the rear end 2 years ago, when I took it to the dealership, they told me I need a complete rear end assembly at the cost of 4000$. I could not afford that, and they said you couldn't rebuild the rear end, because Nissan wouldn't release the parts for it. I drove on it for 2 years before it went out on me on the 21st of April, 2012. Ive read up on hundreds of complaints, about the rear ends on Nissan Titans going out, and Nissan not having a recall.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #111

Jan 102012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


Had the rearend go out 91,000 miles had Nissan rebuild then went out again at 94,000 miles Nissan didn't stand behind their warranty now still sitting in the driveway till find a good salvage one.

- Milan, MO, USA

problem #110

Feb 052012


  • 142,000 miles
Rear differential went out.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #109

Feb 172012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Driver side bearing failure seal failure causing axle oil to pour out and axle shaft to fall out. Emergency brakes failed due to being covered in oil.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

problem #108

Feb 092012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 67,906 miles
Both rear wheel axle seals have failed at 67,906 miles. Leaking both sides. Caught in time so that rear brakes are not destroyed and rear end/differential not destroyed. This is a known defect affecting this truck prior to 2008. A definite design defect. Someday someone is going to get hurt due to rear brake failure or loss of control when catastrophic rear end failure occurs.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #107

Feb 092012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Just had both manifolds replaced under Nissan warranty. As I was driving away from the dealership I heard a loud pop turning right from the rear of the truck. Turned around back into the dealerships parking lot I heard another pop? the service tech drove it around their service area and said my rear differential was going out. Nissan has known this has been an issue for years especially in the early trucks years but refuses to fix it under a recall. This is a $3500 fix which the consumer has to pay and Nissan profits from a poorly designed component. There needs to be a recall on all Nissan Titans from '04 - '07.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #106

Feb 032011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 56,879 miles
Truck was due for a state inspection, truck would not pass- because of rear brakes not functioning due to leaking rear axle seals. Rear axle seals leaking causing emergency brake to not function. Found a forum with the same problem many owners are having-titantalk. How can this problem, which is a safety problem, not be a safety recall? come on Nissan, you just lost another customer. Thanks to you, I will be only buying GM products.

- Cedar Creek, TX, USA

problem #105

Dec 072011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
After front differential had failed and would not engage 4WD. Took to dealer and replaced under warranty. After 1 1/2 years started to whine and grind again dealership said sorry was out of warranty. 3 differentials in 3 years woohoo a real winner here.

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #104

Aug 022010


  • 58,000 miles
Differential started to wine at about 58,000 miles. Noticed that the right rear-end of diff is leaking oil. Reported it to dealer, but they said nothing is wrong, do not hear anything, no idea what it is. Concerned that the oil may end up on the rear brake rotors in which case rear brake failure may occur. Rear end starting to fail now at 72,000.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #103

Jan 062012


  • 99,500 miles
Rear differential spider gear failure. When accelerating noticed a pop and vehicle drive train slipped and disengaged. Vehicle rolled to stop. When restarted vehicle moved but with significant grinding and popping. Mechanic found spider gears in rear differential destroyed.

- Knoxville, MD, USA

problem #102

Sep 022011


  • miles
The real axle seals in both sides are gone and continuous leaking is inevitable.

- Boaz, AL, USA

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