hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,088 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 092016


  • 84,000 miles


Incident 1: I was driving through a parking lot and applied the brake. Once the brake was applied, the brake pedal pushed back at me as if the ABS system had been activated, and there was a loud sound that I know to be caused by the ABS system being used. Luckily, when this happened I was about to pull into a parking spot and it had a curb. Knowing that my brakes were partially compromised, I slowly entered the parking stall and needed minimal braking. I noticed that my emergency brake light, vdc off light, and my slip light were all illuminated. At this point I turned off the vehicle and walked around it looking for any evidence of a brake fluid leak or anything out of the ordinary. I didn't see any brake fluid or any fluids or contaminants on the brake discs. I returned several minutes later and turned on the car and it performed as normal for about a week and dismissed it as an unusual one time fluke. One week later, I had a very similar incident detailed below. Incident 2: again, I was going through a parking lot at less than 10 mph, and was about to pull into a parking space. This time, it did not start until I was pulling into the space, so I had no warning that I would have a hard time stopping. Luckily, I had a curb at the end of my parking space. Once I felt the kick back I immediately pressed on the brake as hard as possible and slowly came to a stop a few inches away from the curb. I then saw the same warning lights the same as before. Dealership visit: At this point, I knew it wasn't a one time thing and took the truck to the dealer later that day. They told me my delta stroke sensor was bad and needed to be replaced. I have not had it fixed yet, and do not know if this is a permanent fix. I have seen several others with this same problem, just more significant. Definitely will be a long time before I feel safe driving this truck again.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #8

Dec 082015


  • 169,713 miles
When driving truck engine shuts completely down including on highway at high rate of speed.

- Oakdale, CT, USA

problem #7

Jun 162015


  • 63,370 miles
Pulled out of the gas station by our house and all of a sudden my brake light came on and a weird noise would sound anytime I would tap my brakes. Pulled over restarted the car and everything was fine again and still is !

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #6

Apr 212015


  • 97,000 miles


The ABS light, vdc light, slip light and brake light illuminated and the brake pedal went to the floor accompanied by ABS actuator sounds. The braking effort did not slow the vehicle effectively. Recycling the ignition switch returned the brakes to a satisfactory condition. After my wife drove the vehicle home, I scanned the ABS for fault codes: C1179. I am an ase certified master automobile technician with 28 years of experience. This device measures the travel of the brake booster and is a necessary component of a vehicle with stability control (Nissan calls it vehicle dynamic control [vdc]). this vehicle has done this 4 times in the ten years that I've owned it. The frequency of failure is very random, duplication of the fault is extremely difficult and it occurs without any warning at all.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 202007

Titan 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at normal speed around 55-65 in houston Texas. A car pulled in front of me and I had to put the brakes on quickly. When I applied the brakes the pedal mushed completely to the floor making a grinding noise and the vehicle barley slowed down. I made my way to the side of the road as the brakes made an loud grinding noise, and lost brakes completely. When I finally stopped(with out getting hit my cars) I depressed the brake and there was no response. I had to turn the truck off and as I sat there I heard a noise under the dash, like something reset itself. I start the truck up and moved slowly forward to see if I had brakes and suddenly they were working again. This truck has done this a million times and it is just by luck that I have no been involved in an accident when the brakes go out. The dealership says there is no recall and nothing he can do without a thousand dollars and then he isn't sure it will fix the problem. I am stuck with this truck and it continues to loose the brakes. The passenger airbag light has been on since 2011.

- San Leon, TX, USA

problem #4

May 242014

Titan 8-cyl

  • 66,578 miles
When to stop as entered freeway entrance, brake pedal dropped about 1/2 way and no initial brake power. Then vehicle dynamic control kicked in and got limited braking back as vehicle shuddered and twisted slightly. Restarted and worked ok. Also happened July 12. Happened again on 8/17 while towing. Can't trust the brakes!! other times brakes work fine.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 262011


  • 55,685 miles


Brakes feel like the ABS has engaged and the following warning light on the dash come on; brake, vdc off, slip, and service engine. This started happening soon after I purchased the truck new. Dealer ran diagnostics but couldn't find anything. This problem has happened well over 20 times while backing out of my driveway and driving at high and low speeds. Once this happens the brakes feel mushy and make a loud grinding noise. The only fix is to stop the truck, put it in park and stop and restart the engine. This is dangerous when it happens on the freeway. The occurrence of this problem is very intermittent. Last occurrence was on July 25th and before that July 18th. It may go a month or so before happening again. Two other employees at my company also have 2004 Titans and have the same problem. My local Nissan dealer suggest that the next time it happens to bring it to them so that their mechanic can see the issue first hand.

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 012010


  • 40,000 miles
While driving applied brakes, brake pedal went to floor and metal to metal sound heard in front end brakes, I stopped noticed brake warning light on. I turned vehicle off and restarted.the brake warning light went off and brake pedal went to working normal. This situation has happened at least 5 times in the last month. There have been numerous reports involving this same situation and it should be addressed by Nissan before someone is injured are killed. I have made appointment with Nissan dealer. Vehicle mileage is 40,000.

- Hillsville, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 052009


  • 24,448 miles
Brakes go into in ABS mode for no reason, truck becomes hard to stop; road conditions were dry- 80 degrees and sunny. I was coming home from the Nissan dealer because of a brake, slip, vdc light (anytime) and brake light - ABS coming on (only during braking), both are intermittent. The Friday before I had Nissan look at this very condition(s) they agreed I had a problem, and upgraded the software. 2 days later the light still came on and stayed on. The only difference was after shutting down the truck and restarting, the lights would stay on, something that did not use to happen... Nissan has a brake issue, I've seen many of complaints that are the same as mine- loss of braking because the ABS kicks on (brake light comes on when this happens) and will not correct/stop it-self until the engine is shut down and restarted. Restarting the truck when the ABS is hampering the stopping ability is not very practical, and very dangerous in most driving conditions. When this happened to me I came very close to hitting the car in front and swerved to the edge of the road. Since the 2nd visit to Nissan I had the master cylinder with stability control option replaced, that was the dealership recommendation after they downloaded the codes(X2), they stated the part had to be ordered. Cost for repair was quoted at $650.

- New Vienna, OH, USA

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