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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,554 miles

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2005 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #42

Jan 292007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,300 miles


My 2005 Nissan Titan 4X4 crew cab le has 26,000 miles on it. Extremely well taken care of and never driven hard. I was driving down the road and the rear differential locked up and made an huge bang noise. Almost caused an accident. I was barely able to get it off the highway. I had it towed to the dealership. They are replacing the rear differential assembly. If you search on the internet, thousands of people are having the front and rear differentials blow up on the 2004-2005 Nissan Titans. This should be a recall.

- Quarryville, PA, USA

problem #41

Jan 172007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
While exiting the freeway, the rear differential began shuddering very badly, making loud metallic snapping noises. The truck would barely move out of the intersection(10 mph maximum).very, very scary considering rush hour traffic!dealership said "the entire differential had failed"and they would "emergency overnight" an entire new rear-end. That was 2 days ago, and the dealership called today and said it might be ready tomorrow. I have only 20K miles on my truck, and it has led a rather easy life(no abuse, towing, etc.),the dealership still won't tell me what caused the failure, or if I will have access to the old parts.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #40

Jan 122007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,300 miles
Total rear differential failure.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #39

Dec 212006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Rear differential seal blown causing leaking fluid to corrupt rear brakes and parking brake. Dealer states this has been a known problem and will replace rear diff seals but has no clue as to the root cause of these continued failures.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #38

Dec 142006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Defective rear end.

- Monroeville, AL, USA

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problem #37

Dec 022006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
I was driving my 2005 Nissan Titan kc 4X4 with the off road package and came to a stop behind a vehicle that was packed in the lane that I was driving in. When it was safe to move into the left lane I accelerated and heard large clanking noises and felt my truck jerked as if I was being rear ended repeatedly. To my surprise I was not being rear ended. My differential was locking; my wheels will rotate and then stop rotating. The situation got worse when I tried to take either a right or left turn.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #36

Nov 242006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,700 miles


Pulled out from a stop sign and turned right. Started to accelerate and bang/clunk. Limped it home and took it to the dealership. They diagnosed rear differential failure. Replaced the entire rear axle.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #35

Nov 142006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,500 miles
Rear axle needed to be replaced due to differential failure vehicle has 52.5K miles and has not been used for anything besides a daily driver on 95% highway usage vehicle is spec'd to tow up to 9100 lbs. - haven't towed anything and still having issues with differential.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #34

Nov 152006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Was hearing a high pitch whine coming from the rear end. Differential needed to be replaced only have 30,000 miles.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #33

Oct 282006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,100 miles
Rear end of 2005 Nissan Titan failed and is currently being replaced. The vehicle has 13,000 miles.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #32

Oct 192006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,800 miles


The rear differential failed on my 05 Nissan Titan. It began a while ago it would buck or hop in the rear and it finally went while I was on my way home at 10:00 pm on 10/19/2006. I brought to a Nissan dealer in middletown NY where they didn't do anything to help me, so I had to bring to newburgh Nissan and everything was fixed.

- Rock Hill, NY, USA

problem #31

Sep 292006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Rear differential went bad due to an excessive leak at the axle seal. Rear diff started humming while driving and continued to get louder. Dealer ordered a new axle assembly.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #30

Sep 102006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,065 miles
When first purchased truck had problem with tranny and locking rear, took to dealer they reset the computer. No problems or noises after that until I went to leave my driveway for work. When I took off the rear locked and bang. My dealer towed the truck and gave me a rental. The dealer replaced the whole rear diff with new. I give props to cooper Nissan in easton, pa for taking care of my problems.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #29

Sep 092006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,300 miles
I was taking the family out to dinner in my Nissan Titan. Leaving my house, the truck started making a loud clunking noise. The rear end failed.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 192006

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 359,800 miles
Rear differential needed to be replaced- both seals leaked and differential was sloppy.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #27

Aug 312006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,112 miles
Loud "clunking" sound during shifting transmission starting at about 17,000 miles on brand new purchased Nissan Titan 4X4 le. Later noticed and smelled smoke coming from left rear wheel of vehicle. Noticed on further inspection underneath excessive fluid leak from rear axle onto wheel and tires causing smoke. Truck brought to local Texas dealer who performed warranty repairs at direction of Nissan na. The "entire rear axle and differential" had to be replaced. Truck was in shop for 7 days. Nissan provided rental vehicle.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 252006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The rear differential in my vehicle had to be replaced. I was given no explanation as to what exactly went wrong with it. There was a loud clunk in the rear end when shifting from park to drive. Dealer replaced it after three weeks.

- Imperial, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 282006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1 - noise from the back end 2 - the rear differential failed 3 - the dealer replaced the entire axle under warranty.

- Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA

problem #24

Aug 192006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
I was turning a corner and the rear end (differential & ring and pinion) failed.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #23

Aug 202006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
After filling truck with gas, I pulled out of the gas station and made a right turn onto the main road. As I was straightening the truck, I heard a loud thunk, and then the truck began lurching badly. I made it home taking it easy on the gas and coasting around turns, but the rear differential is hot to the touch after 1/2 mile.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

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