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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,037 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments

problem #15

Jul 202011


  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated while driving various speeds the emergency brake would suddenly engage on its own. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 93,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #14

Apr 292004

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 300 miles
Parking brake does not function. It was weak when it was new and I brought it up to the dealer. They adjusted it but did not improve. It is totally worthless at this point.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 202010


  • 50,000 miles
As so many others have experienced, the rear axle seals are leaking fluid on rear brake rotors which is causing brakes to fail. This is a major safety concern and expense. Nissan should be made to fix issue. Only have 54000 miles on vehicle.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #12

Mar 252010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,755 miles


Rear drum brake liner detached from backing plate while driving. A loud banging noise was made. The vehicle was immediately driven to a Nissan dealer. A loaner car was offered to me. A technician diagnosed the following; the brake liner caused nonrepairable damage to ABS sensor, drive shaft, dust shield, and brake pads. The truck had 65,757 miles on the took 6 days to order. The bill was $2,300. Nissan honored warranty on the drive shaft. Total bill was $1,232,48. The damage was caused by the brake liner detaching from the backing plate, the loose brake pad caused the destruction. Other work performed was repair of the evap system.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #11

Nov 272010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
I drove about 20 feet when I heard a loud noise and realized I had fogot the parking brake on. I took it off and drove away. The next day I heard more noise and one of my rear brakes seemed to be dragging. I decided to take it to the dealer. On the highway, all hell broke loose with crazy noise and grinding, then it went away. This happened several times on the way to dealer. With my 4 year old daughter in the back seat I limped the car into the dealer with no emergency brakes working. Thankfully we were all okay and I did not loose control of the vehicle. The dealer said it would be at least $1,700 to fix it as the whole rear axle needed to be replaced due to the seals blowing out and leaking out all over the pads. I have not had any problem with this vehicle except for brakes, brakes and more brake issues. I think the E brake being on may have caused the seal to blow out then the axle and brakes just melted. Something is wrong with this vehicles brake design. If these seals are know to be bad by Nissan they should at least recommend replacing them so owners can protect themselves and avoid accidents,

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 072008


  • miles
I have a Nissan Titan 2004 that I had for 3 years. The first couple of months everything was fine, but then my brakes would make this weird sound when I pressed the gas and the brake light would come on. I could not hit the brakes all the way because it would feel like if they were lock.. I had to stop in the middle of the road and turn off the truck and turn on again, and the problem would fix it self. After a couple of times that it kept doing that, I decided to take to the dealer and they told me that the sensor light needed to be rested and that the problem should be solve. A couple amonths later it's started driving it again. It would maybe happens every other month. I used to always take the truck to get my oil change at the Nissan dealer shop and since the dos courtesy check they told me that my cv axles needed some work done because something was wrong with them. Of course they wanted to charge me a lot, so I had to say no. Now I have a truck that needs to have work done and very expensive. Now I can see oil leakage at the wheel bearing. My truck did not passed inspection this year because of that problem, so register my truck at another city and it passed cuz they were not checking those things. I have heard and read couple of the same issues that people are having with the back cv axle seals and bearings. Why would I be spending money on something that I would least expected. I would like to see if this issue be investigated. I got 2 kids under the age of 3 and I'm very concern on their safety. If Nissan is responsible for this, they need to take action immediately.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 102009


  • 55,000 miles


Under normal driving conditions the rear axle seals began leaking and damaged the rear brakes. The axle seals and spacers need to be replaced along with parking brake and rear brake pads.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 152009


  • 89,000 miles
Parking brake does not provide sufficient braking power to hold vehicle in place or provide any noticeable braking. This is a design flaw. I have taken the vehicle in to have the brakes serviced. The rear brake pads, discs, and cables where replaced and no improvement in performance was observed.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #7

Nov 152009


  • 90,000 miles
My 2004 Nissan Titan rear diff seals leak and has caused a brake failure. I pulled out of my driveway and was driving down the road when all of a sudden my rear end locks up. It took a few moments to get her going again in reverse. I jacked it up and removed the tires and removed the rotors. The pad on the emergency brake system fail off. It still had plenty of pad left on it. My father looked at it and noticed the fluid leaking from my rear end. He told me that probably caused the failure due to the contamination. Replaced the pad and added some oiled to the rear end. I have researched this issue online and found numerous complaints about this and other brake failures also. There should be a recall for this issue. My exhaust manifold leaks also. I am replacing it too. This is a known issue with the Titans. This may be of more concern with the epa. They have been know to crack.

- Berkeley Springs, WV, USA

problem #6

Jun 012009


  • 66,500 miles
Problem started gradually as occasional noises, such as "clunking" and rattling, from the wheels while driving. Took vehicle in to dealer who could not find the problem. One day later while driving, heard awful grating noise from wheels and ABS/vdc light came on. Took vehicle to dealer who stated that the emergency brake pad broke loose and destroyed the rotor, the ABS sensor, etc. ($1,200 in damage). During the two weeks after service, the brake light has illuminated about 3 or 4 times. When the light is on, the brakes react as if in ABS mode and grip and grind while stopping. Turning off the vehicle usually makes the light go off and the brakes then operate normally. The vehicle is currently back at the dealer, who stated they do not know what is wrong as they have not been able to re-create the problem.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 082008


  • 70,000 miles


As I was leaving my home 8/05/2008 my 2004 Nissan Titan pu came to an complete stop because the rear axle locked up. Dealership stated the rear seals gave out because of corrosion near seal area. The parking brake shoes came apart on both sides and lodged in the wheels causing them to lock up.

- Norton Shores, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 062008

Titan 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Grinding noise from the rear of my 2004 Nissan Titan caused me to have it towed to the dealer. The dealer states that the differential is blown, and that new bearings and seals are needed to fix. The truck has only 71,000 miles, regularly serviced and has never towed a thing.

- White Plains, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 102006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Titan. Had truck in for tire rotation. Service person noticed rear axle seals were leaking. Explained this is a big safety issue because of fluid leaking on brakes. Nissan said they would need to inspect and probably replace brakes when fixing seals, thus admitting they are unsafe.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 042005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1-knocking sound, sounds like a diesel engine. 2-body & steering wheel vibration at idle. 3-hissing sound when heat or ac is on. 4-rotors replaced 3 times. Still having some problem. 5-when idle in gear (idle drops below 500 steering start to vibrate. 6-vibration on brake pedal. 7-emergency brake not holding when in park.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 062005

Titan 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The consumer is experiencing a problem with the brakes. The consumer had to replace the brakes and rotors every 5,000 mi. When applying the brakes, the suspension vibrated which caused the entire front of the vehicle to shake. The owner contacted the manufacturer but received no assistance. The parking brake does not hold vehicle. Emergency brake found to be out of adjustment. Tailgate striker rod out of position and had to be replaced. Fuel door spring/clip deformed.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

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