really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,281 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

Dec 272014

Titan 4WD

  • 152,000 miles


While driving, red "brake" dash warning light suddenly came on. Truck's brakes then had limited braking ability & were hard to use. They pushed a ways down, had crummy stopping power, made grinding noises, and a vibration when trying to use them. I was able to finally stop. I shut off truck and restarted it. The light went off and brakes act normally. After braking again a short time later, the light came on again and had the same problems. I once again was able to reset the light by shutting off the truck. This is very dangerous, as it just suddenly happens and your braking ability goes to "poop" when driving. After this happened to me, I see there are many complaints on-line in various forums about this issue which has not been addressed by Nissan or a government recall. The dealer claimed they fixed the brake problem by replacing the brake pads and rotors. However, a week later, the consumers nephew was driving when the brakes failed again, and he drove into a ditch. The consumer returned to the dealer, where they claimed the brakes were not working properly and the vehicle needed a new pump/delta stoke sensor. Updated 02/23/15

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #33

Jun 222009

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,492 miles
At 55,000 miles the rear axle seals failed on my 2004 Nissan Titan. The seal failure caused a leak which saturated the rear brake apparatus and reduced its holding ability. I reported this to my local Nissan dealer and it was repaired under warranty. I was told that an upgraded rear axle was installed to address the root cause of the premature seal failure. At 138,000 miles the rear axle seals have failed again despite regular fluid changes, and the rear brake apparatus is once again soiled with gear lube. I believe this constitutes a safety hazard and should be addressed as a recall. The dealer refuses to repair under warranty and states that there is no recall. Based on my research, this is a very widespread failure on the Nissan Titan and there are thousands of other Titan owners in the U.S. with the same problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #32

Sep 012005


  • 7,000 miles
I have same problem as everyone else with cracked exhaust manifolds starting around 65000 miles. Expensive to replace so I have no choice but to listen to a horrible exhaust leaks. Next is the rear axle seals first around 65000.replaced 2X. After talking to Nissan tech who is a friend apparently its a very common problem. The axle tubes tend to warp causing a leak all over tires N brakes and eventual failure of gears inrear pumpkin if not caught. Just waiting for it to happen again. Brakes have always been a problem. Every 7000 brakes N rotors R shot and need replacing. Pedal always has a mushy feel when U occasionally need to slam on the brake. Goes all the way to the floor even when brakes R good.

- Wall, NJ, USA

problem #31

Oct 032014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,750 miles


Brake pedal became mushy. Brake light and ABS light came on. Coasted to a stop, turned vehicle off and restarted. Lights went off and brakes worked properly again. This is approximately the sixth time this has happened in this truck. Brake pads and rotors are new. It first began happening approximately six months ago. This is dangerous and Nissan should have recalled this vehicle due to this issue, which they have been aware of since 2004.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #30

Sep 152014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 30 mph, the brake light sensor illuminated and upon pressing the brake pedal it sank to the floor. The contact had to apply force to ensure the vehicle stopped. The contact was able to turn off and restart the vehicle which reset the computer and the sensor. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who diagnosed that the anti-lock brake system needed to be reset. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the master cylinder needed to be replaced and that the ABS actuator was making the loud noise but it was unclear if it needed to be replaced at the moment. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V072000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #29

Aug 062014


  • 78,000 miles
Rear axel seals leak causing rear differential oil on wheels, rotors and brake pads. Could lead to a complete brake failure on rear two wheels due to oil.

- Saint George, UT, USA

problem #28

Sep 122014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


My 2004 Nissan Titan has had numerous instances of the brake warning light coming on while driving at different speeds. When this happens, the pedal goes to the floor and the brakes make a loud grinding sound. Several times I have had to go onto the shoulder of the road to avoid rear ending the vehicle in front of me. Once I get the vehicle stopped I can turn the engine off and the brakes reset and work correctly. However, these incidents are occurring more frequently now and sometimes I have to restart the engine several times to get the reset. This is a very critical safety flaw and I have read many other Titan owners having the same problem. Nissan needs to recall these trucks and fix the problem before there is a serious injury or a fatality. I bought this truck new and it has been serviced at proper intervals.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #27

Sep 032010


  • 80,000 miles
I was driving the vehicle, attempted to stop and my brake pedal went to the floor, and I had no primary brake function. I went thru an intersection unable to stop and could have seriously injured my family or someone else. The vehicle does this multiple times, if I shut the engine off, restart the vehicle I have brakes, drive the vehicle and then no brakes. I did some research on line, and it's the brake booster. Nissan knows of the issue, there are literally thousands of exact complaints on line about this same issue. I've contacted Nissan, and I get nothing from them or any assistance. Please, please, do some research on line about this and make Nissan fix their defective vehicles. I have the vehicle parked in the garage because it's unsafe to drive to the dealer for the $1,200 repair and towing bill. As a consumer I need your help.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #26

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 #25

Aug 142014


  • 130,000 miles
My rear axle seals failed, began leaking. It happens to every single Titan, it needs to be recalled. Just search online, nearly every owner has this issue. Nissan needs to do what's right and help people that have their great trucks.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #24

Jul 162014

Titan 8-cyl

  • 159,000 miles


I have been experiencing a brake / ABS problem with my 2004 Nissan Titan. On several occasions as I was driving, the brake light would come on and as I attempted to push the brakes under normal braking conditions, I have almost not been able to stop the truck in time. It felt as though the ABS system is activating and brake pedal is fluctuating, vibrating and grinding. I brought it to the dealership on 7/17/14 they said it was a programming issue. I paid about $100 for them to upload a new program. They told me the new program didn't take and then told me the delta sensor in the brake booster was most likely the issue. But unfortunately the entire brake booster assembly must be purchased since they don't sell the delta sensor separately, and the cost is $950 to replace. I called and filed a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs the next day 7/18/14. Today 7/24/14, I finally received a call back from Nissan Consumer Affairs letting me know that they were unwilling to help me with this problem. I was told that because it' out of warranty, Nissan North America will not pursue any further action in regards to my case & considered the matter closed.

- Litchfield Park , AZ, USA

problem #23

Jul 232014

Titan 8-cyl

  • 83,250 miles
Sudden brake loss while driving at about 30mph. It has occurred before and seems to have increased after a fuel pump replacement. I'd guess 10 times in the last week now, I've known about the issue for some time and was reading about the class action lawsuit which I believe only covered the residents of California and the comments suggested to file a complaint here. It's the same thing, the emergency light comes on while driving and when apply brakes there is no pressure and an awful grinding noise. Once you come to a safe stop, turn off and back on, and the problem is gone! previously, it had been weeks and even maybe months in between but now it seems to have turned in a daily task. Any update on recall or nationwide class action lawsuit would be appreciated.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #22

Feb 072012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Went to stop and had no brakes, brake went all the way to the floor and still did not stop. Avs, brake and slip lights came on dash and as of today 06/10/2014 after new brake booster and multiple cylinder replacements and testing at Nissan dealerships the same lights are on. Brakes get "spongie" from time to time and we have no traction traction control will not work.

- Whitesboro, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 122014


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, the ABS and brake warning lamp illuminated and the vehicle started making a loud grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the technician was unable to determine the cause of failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage were 107,000.

- Yorba Linda , CA, USA

problem #20

Feb 012013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle would start to make loud noise when braking, and then brakes would stop working altogether. The first few incidents in the past year because we were driving at slow speed we could coast to a stop. Turn off engine, and then turn back on. Problem went away until next incident. We just completed a factory repair costing just under $1400 and it was to replace a mechanism that was failing to deliver the signal, or fluid (I don't understand this very well enough technically) to make the brakes stop. The parts were over $600 and labor also over $600. While vehicle is 10 years old this type of problem seems to be a defect issue and not wear and tear. I've read that this is a reported issue with nhtsb so I wanted to file also.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #19

Dec 122012


  • 53,000 miles
While driving the slip, vdc and brake lights all illuminated on the dash. I stepped on the brakes and the brakes went almost to the floor. The truck eventually did stop but I came close to hitting the vehicle in front of me. I have read and researched thoroughly about this issue and it is well documented that this is a known issue. There is currently a class action lawsuit in California regarding this issue. This has happened to me approximately 4 times over the past year where I have almost completely lost my brakes. Nissan needs to make this right. I believe the problem may be a delta stroke sensor that is housed within the brake booster. I have not replace this yet as I am not sure if this will fix the problem and it is quite expensive. This is very unsafe and there are many complaints regarding this issue out there.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #18

Oct 222004

Titan 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The brake on my 04 Nissan Titan would quit working intermittently. The pedal went all the way to the floor and it pulsated and seemed to have no brake. All the service lights went on. I have no control of the brake at all. Very scary feeling. I had to pull over the side of the road and shut down the engine and restarted and the problem went away. It happened intermittently. I bought the truck new in 04 and still have it now 2013. It happens about 5-7 times every year. Nissan needs to own up to it and repair the problem. There are a lot of discussions about the delta stroke sensor. They need to fix this before someone got killed and then they will have a big lawsuit in their hands.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #17

Jan 252006

Titan 8-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
I'm glad to hear that NHTSA is finally doing something about Nissan Titan brake problems. I own a 2004 Nissan Titan with brake problems. I have experienced no brakes at all when the traffic suddenly stops in front of you. I have complained about these brakes to the NHTSA, Nissan, etc, to no avail. The problem is very intermittent and you cannot simply take it to the dealer and show them the problem. It has something to do with the electrical system. When the brakes fail to work, you pull off the side of the road and turn the truck 's ignition off and back on again. The brakes are then re-set and working fine. My son discovered this temporary fix solution. It is a serious, real problem for Nissan Titan and armada owner's. it happens to our Titan two or three times a year. Many owner's complain of the same trouble online. I'd love to hear that Nissan takes responsibility for all these vehicles and solves this problem for their loyal owners.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 262013


  • 67,611 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the brake pedal started to vibrate and failed to engage properly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the delta stroke sensor and brake booster seal needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 67,611.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #15

Sep 262013


  • 150,000 miles
Rear axle seals leak and could potentially soak rear disc brake pads to the point of complete failure.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

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