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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
36,143 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #20

Mar 132006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,880 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No signs of any kind normal driving conditions. Rear differential started to leak for cover rear was drained and resealed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #19

Feb 062006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The rear differential is leaking @ 30,000 miles. The differential appears to have produced so much heat that the paint fell off of the diff cover and the surface has rusted.

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #18

Mar 192006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,642 miles
2nd differential failure. 1st was at 3,400 miles. Differential replaced. This one happened tonight at 15,642 miles. Is this some kind of joke" I make hard earned payments on this truck. What is your purpose? protect the consumer" Nissan has been hush hush on this but the failure rate is more than one in 200 trucks. I'm getting a lawyer. Do something !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (besides protect the corporation)

- Olyphant, PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 162006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1) loud "bang" from rear-end of vehicle when accelerating away from stop. 2) loud "clunking" noise from rear-end of vehicle when turning and when slowing. Dealer inspected and found rear differential components broken. 3) dealer ordered complete new rear axle assembly, which contains all differential components. Parts on national back order, no promise date available.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 202006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,500 miles
Noticed a small leak at the right end of rear axle. Also, all the paint was "cooked" off the rear diff cover. Took it to the dealer and the entire rear end assy was replaced under warranty.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

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problem #15

Nov 012005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
I was driving my Nissan Titan 2004 down the freeway, the differential fails on me and I am pulling a 6000 lb trailer, I almost caused an accident trying to pull into a parking lot while the differential is completely mangled. My dealership fixed the differential by putting a 2005 axle in. The second time was the same situation only I wasn't pulling a trailer, the dealership again put another 2005 axle in. The truck caused me to stop in traffic, luckily no accident happened, the truck was able to catch some teeth in the differential to pull me off the road. The first failure happened at 8000 miles about March 2005, the second at 19000 November 2005, just recently I decided not to take it to the dealership and had a quick lube check my differential oil. It was black and had quarter sized chunks of metal on the plug. This means the differential is about to fail. What happens if I am on a winding road in a canyon, which I have to go through often. I could die or kill someone else if this unsafe truck fails in a blind corner or bend. At the second failure the dealership made me sign a waiver stating that they would not fix my differential should it fail again. I called the dealership about the third possible occurrence and they simply said call Nissan. I have no one to turn to, my truck is constantly breaking down. They don't want to help me. My brakes have been worked on three times, both times of differential failure the truck was in the shop for a month, I have owned the truck for one year and currently have 29000 miles. Nissan has a bad part in their trucks, please investigate, there are many others, all I can do is suggest they report their problems here also, perhaps that will help.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #14

Jan 082006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,246 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear end failure. No warning indications leading up to it. Thankfully I had 4WD to safely make it to the dealership. Just happened, so nothing has been done to correct the problem yet.

- Suisun City, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 222005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,220 miles
Rear differential failure - started clanging louder and louder the past 2 months until complete failure occurred. Made a loud metal clashing noise then began slipping then jerking into motion then slipping and jerking all the way back to the dealer. 2005 Nissan Titan 4X4 with heavy tow package. 1 year old 28,000 mi. Only towed with it a 4500 pound travel trailer on two occasions approximately 300 miles total.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #12

Jul 292005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
While towing a 6,500 lb boat with my Nissan Titan the rear differential blew with only 6,700 miles on the truck. It left me in the middle of know where and 3+ hours away from home. Now I have 12,500 miles on the truck and I have a feeling the rear differential is going to blow again. I feel Nissan knows this is a issue and can refer 45 other Nissan Titan owners that have had the same problem with their rear differential.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #11

Nov 122005

Titan

  • miles
From a dead stop I pressed the throttle about 3/4 the way and I hear a grinding noise and I cannot move, as I pull over I am thinking how am I going to get back home. I think its a one time error, I try to move again, the grinding continues. I think some more and put the truck into 4 X 4, I can move but very slowly because of the gears moving around in the rear differential this happened at 15,000 miles at a stop sign about 1 mile away from my house, I was lucky I was not on the freeway or anything like a main road or their may have been an accident.

- Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA

problem #10

May 182005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,020 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear differential was replaced due to an eternal failure at 9,700 miles. At around 12,000 miles the rear end started to clunk when shifting from park to reverse and in and out of drive. I took it into the dealership where the claimed it was normal and was just gear linkage being loosened up. Normal though they confirmed. Two days later I was in 5 O'clock heavy traffic and was turning into a major intersection and had to apply heavy acceleration. I heard a loud clunk and then my truck sat there and revved up with no movement. I had cars approaching fast which had to swerve around me since I was stalled in the middle of the road. A passerby stopped and pulled over to help me push my truck out of the busy road. The dealership was called and they paid for the truck to me towed back. This was the second occurrence so they agreed to buy the truck back. The first fix took over 1 month to complete. The service manager agreed that there is a trend with these trucks and internal failure with the rear differential.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #9

Nov 272005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,417 miles
I am in the military stationed in Virginia... I had a clicking noise coming from the rear end of my truck prior to thanksgiving. I took it to Nissan and they said the U joints are going bad. Didn't sound like a U joint, so I asked Nissan would it be ok for me to drive the truck 440 miles each way to go home to wv to see my family for thanksgiving and they said yes, it will be fine. So I go home and saw my family, and then the Saturday morning after thanksgiving I got up early and went and stopped and got gas. Got back in the truck and started it up and when to put it in gear, and the whole rear end just grinded. The truck would not move. Had to put the truck in 4 wheel drive just to drive to my sister house and called Nissan. After having the truck for 14 days, and ordering a new rear end for a 2 wheel drive truck, they decided that they could not get a new rear end due to nation backorder, so they pull one off of a 06 Nissan Titan 4X4 and then I got to return back to va to assume my military duties, after being stuck in wv for 2 weeks. They did give me a rental car, but put a restriction on the car when I could only drive 150 miles a day. So I couldn't go back to work in va. I did miss out on work, and time, and had to use 2 weeks of my vacation days, but most important, this could have happen driving 65 mph on the interstate, or in busy traffic and could have put my life & others around me at danger! Nissan should recall this problem, or fix it right. Before people die! thanks for your time.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #8

Nov 262005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,417 miles
Rear end failure.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #7

Feb 162005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The truck first began shifting funny, which led up to shifting with a noise coming from the back of the truck. Searched for hanging branches or anything that could be making the noise other then the truck. Nothing. Drove the truck about 500 miles after first noticing the funny shifting. One day I pulled out of the driveway put it in drive, it had snowed lightly, slip light popped up and heard a bang followed by what sounded like a zipper. Truck wouldn't move. Sold truck back to the dealer.

- Manorville, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 072005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,700 miles
Rear differential failure in my Nissan Titan pickup. Started as a clunk when changing gears from park to drive around 9,700 miles on the truck. Eventually led up to a feeling of slack in the drivline, a feeling as if the U-joints were going out. Backed out of driveway one day and a lound pop followed by grinding occured. Had it towed down to johanson Nissan and they replaced it, but took over 30 days since there was a national backorder for the rear diff. This happended in feburary of 05, and I was #12 on the parts list. Replacement diff only lasted around 7,000 miles and went out as well. Both rear diff failures were caused be broken spider gears. Dealership agreed to buy back truck.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #5

Sep 252005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Returned vehicle to dealer for warranty service and was made aware of a possible differential failure, dealer stated that parts would be replaced under the manufactures' warranty. After waiting for two months I proceeded to search internet sites for other failures and found numerous failures reported on separate sites. Reported this problem to vehicle manufacture and have not received a response or replacement of faulty parts.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 152005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,600 miles
Rear differential failure. This has happened to at least 25 other owners that I know of. Nissan has not properly addressed this issue. The factory has increased the fluid capacity and now uses synthetic fluid. Also an aluminum finned cover for better heat transfer. This is a 'band aid' for a differential that is not able to handle the weights this vehicle is designed to tow. Failures continue even after the band aid has been performed. Some owners have had 4 failures on the same truck!!!!

- Olyphant, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 042004

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,442 miles
Rear differential was groaning, took to dealer had it replaced. 2nd differential blew took it to dealer had replaced. 3rd differential blew took it to dealer had it replaced. 4th differential blew took it to dealer had it replaced 5th differential blew took it to dealer had it replaced. Done right ? something is horribly wrong with my truck to have broken 5 differential in 41000 miles.

- Lockhart, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 132005

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles
Consumer states the rear differential casing on his 2004 Nissan Titan pickup truck are bad. After talking to several people on the internet the consumer says that when hauling over 100lb. This causes the rear differential to overheat leading to lubricant leakage and outer corrosion of the differential cover. There have been some consumers to complain that the rear differential seizes and catches on fire. He says this was documented in a magazine not long after the truck was tested. The consumer stated the differential is actually starting to rust and the lubricant is starting to leak out. The dealer refuses to deal with him. The manufacturer says they will not deal with him until the dealer does.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 252004

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Bought vehicle in March of 2004, replace pads in early May. The rotors then went out June 30. Replace and lasted 3 days before brake pedal went to the floor. Replace master cylinder. Limited slip differential light is now coming on. Stereo does not hold a station. Truck has had new brakes 3 times in 3.5 months.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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