really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,706 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #71

Mar 152013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 76,097 miles


Just last Friday (03-15-2013) afternoon, while looking over the truck- I decided to look underneath it to give it a once over. Earlier in the week I had noticed the brake pedal kind of spongy(especially in the morning). I thought there might be a problem with the brakes. To my surprise I found that both rear axles were splattered with fluid(axle grease).I had read that this was a problem with early model Titans. I went into a Titan forum and found there were a lot of folks, that owned these trucks-having the same problem. In the forum there was this very site to report this issue.so thus this writing.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #70

Aug 252011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 147,490 miles
Brake failed while driving on freeway while braking due to traffic congestion. Dealer confirmed brake failure due to computer malfunction.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #69

Aug 162011


  • 53,067 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the brakes were applied, but the pedal depressed to the floor and the vehicle coasted to a stop. The contact also stated that the brake, slip, and vdc lights were intermittently illuminating on the instrument panel prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where it was inspected and the contact was informed that the vehicle needed a software update. The manufacturer was not notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 53,067 and the current mileage was 54,000.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #68

Aug 182011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 47,500 miles


Leaving work at 5:00 pm. Started truck and got to stop sign everything was fine. Turned left onto major street and when approaching first stop light brake peddle went almost to floor. It felt really spongy and made a grinding noise. Had to run up on curb to avoid going into intersection. Car did come to a stop and I noticed brake light was on. I turned truck off and started again. Brakes were back. Did a search for this description of failure and found several threads with tons of trucks having the same issue. It seems to be a bad delta sensor. Nissan knows about this but does nothing. Hopefully it doesn't take a serious accident for them to do something about it. Just search for Nissan Titan delta sensor and you will see all the vehicles with problems. I was referred to this site by Nissan. They said they couldn't do anything until they were told to by NHTSA.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #67

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 #66

Apr 012011


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that the vehicle would shake excessively whenever the brakes were applied. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic, who informed the contact that the front rotors and brakes needed to be replaced with upgraded versions. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 11,289.

- St Joseph, MO, USA

problem #65

Feb 172011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


My brakes started to fail. Upon inspection it was determined that my rear axle seals had failed. Fluid has leaked all over the bottom, into my brakes. Resulting in total brake replacement. It is very costly and I am currently trying to find a shop to fix. Apparently it is mainly a dealer repair; how convenient.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #64

Feb 032008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph or less over an uneven road surface and attempting to decelerate, the brakes would fail. The vehicle was able to be stopped by utilizing the emergency brake. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they informed the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle had reset independently and would not produce any failure codes. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000 and the current mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #63

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 truck.parts 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 #62

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 #61

Oct 042010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 100,300 miles


Pulling out of my apartment's parking lot when stopping at a stop sign by brake pedal went to the floor as if it had no pressure. As the pedal hit the floor a loud grinding sound came from the engine compartment. I put the truck in park, turned it off, started it back up and everything worked ok. Went down the street a little more and bam happened again, this time in traffic. If an inexperienced driver has this issue this can and will cause damage to property or people.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #60

Sep 172010


  • 96,000 miles
Brakes minimally effective without prior brake light indicating a problem. Brake pedal chattered. Noise produced associated with chatter from engine compartment. Brake light illuminated after problem started.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #59

Aug 242010


  • 79,214 miles
I was pulling out of parking lot at low speed and the brake pedal fell to the floor and I heard a grinding/clicking noise. The truck was almost unable to stop before oncoming traffic. I pulled back into the parking lot and inspected the brake assemblies and made sure there was fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. I cycled the ignition system a few times and started back up. The problem went away for the time being.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #58

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 #57

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 #56

Jun 292010


  • 50,000 miles
The brakes on my 2004 Nissan Titan have been replaced 3 times in the last 1.5 years. Nissan admits there is a problem, and provided an upgrade kit the consumers have to pay for. I have the upgrade kit the last 3 times the brakes were changed, and they still go bad. This morning without warning the caliper dove in the rotor, and I nearly went' thru an intersection. Something needs to be done about these vehicle now. There are thousands of complaints about the brakes on these trucks. When will the dot make Nissan do something about this?

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #55

Jul 112007

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph he applied the brakes and the brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The brakes started to pulsate. The contact drove onto the emergency lane and shut the vehicle off. After restarting the vehicle, the failure did not recur. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the diagnostic test indicated that the front brakes were worn out. The dealer replaced the front brakes and one week later the brakes started to pulsate while driving 30 mph. The dealer informed the contact to bring the vehicle back if the failure persist. The contact was concerned about the safety risk while driving when the brakes are pulsating. The contact called the manufacturer to file a complaint and the manufacturer refused to take the complaint. The contact stated that the sensor may have caused the brakes to malfunction. The failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 11/11/10 the consumer stated when he applied the brake pedal, it began to pulsate as if the anti-lock brake system engaged and then the brake light illuminated. Updated 11/18/18

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #54

Feb 062006

Titan 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving my 2004 nissain Titan crew cab pickup, I notice that my dash brake light comes on and stays on. I apply the brakes and the pedal goes to the floor. I then pull over and turn the truck off and then back on and noticed the light off and a strong brake pedal again. I now notice that this problem is happening atleast 2 to 3 times a day. I have to turn off the truck and restart so I can have brakes again. I have not taken my truck to the shop nor replace any parts regarding this matter.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #53

Mar 052010


  • 75,000 miles
Upon start up parking brake light on dash illuminated and remained on, however the parking brake was not set. Once the vehicle was in motion the brakes became ineffective. The pedal was soft and there was a pulsing sensation. If I had not been going less than 5mph I am unsure if I could have stopped, I was able to coast to a stop and place the vehicle in park. Once the vehicle was turned off and restarted all lights and problems disappeared and brakes functioned ok. I took the vehicle to the local dealer and they located a problem with the brake booster and/or master cylinder.

- Middle Grove, NY, USA

problem #52

Feb 142010


  • 95,000 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Titan king cab. I have on a number of occasions had major brake related issues. You are probably well aware that the Titan had some initial problems with their brakes in the early models that were solved. However, the dealer has failed to solve more serious problems I and many others have had. In random situations, applying the brakes lightly and normally, the brakes basically fail to operate normally and when the pedal is depressed it offers none of the normal resistance and instead easily goes straight to the floor, emmediately this locks the brakes and causes the truck to come to a rapid and immediate lurching and sliding stop. So far, most times, I have be able to feel a subtle change in the pedal in time to change how I apply the brakes, but a few times I have been slammed against the seat belt and nearly hit my face on the steering wheel. Often the problem is immeduately preceded by a small sound that sounds like a spring coming undone.( I know this may sound a bit rediculous, but it sounds like the sound a spring would make in a cartoon..."boing"). every time this happens the breaks will remain in the same state, mushy and causing an immediate lock up until I stop and turn the engine off and back on again. The brake light comes on when this happens and goes off after turning off the ignition. Everything will be normal after restarting and the problem often won't reseurface for weeks or months. It happens to me about every 45-60 days and I can not reproduce it. When this first happend I took it to my dealer and they said they fixed it, but they did not. I found numerous reports of this problem online so this is real and not an isolated case. Here are a few sites were drivers/owners are reporting the same problem : forums.fightback.com/showthread.php?P=28582 www.titantalk.com/forums/Titan-general-discussion/59241-sudden-total-brake-failure. X.nissanhelp.com/forums/Titan/4289-2004-Titan-brake-light-brakes-surging.ht.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

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