hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,078 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan fuel system problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 282016


  • 85,600 miles


Ever since I have owned the vehicle, the fuel gauge would never read full but stop at 7/8 of a tank. Not a big deal but last night my gauge read between 1/8 and 1/4 tank and I ran out of gas on a main road at night. The fuel light never came on and normally does when I am low on fuel. Doing research on this I found that there is a recall for 2005-2009 Titans for this same exact issue but not 2004. Reading the full description of the recall, it 100% reflects the same issue that I am having. I called Nissan and spoke to a representative and she says my vehicle does not apply to any recalls. She said to take the vehicle to the dealership to have them look at but for them to diagnose, they will have to drop the fuel tank which will cost quite a bit. I looked on other forums and this seems to of been a very common issue with 2004 model year but why it was not included in the recall is beyond me. This needs to be resolved because now I have no idea how much fuel is actually in my tank and I would rather this not happen again. I got lucky with the spot I was in where my truck stalled on a very busy road and did not get into an accident. I have attached the original recall notice for the 2005-2009 model year.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #7

Oct 272016


  • 100,000 miles
Was coming from daughters game and I made a left turn outta parking lot all of a sudden a hear a noise and then grinding. I inspected brakes and underneath vehicle I noticed fluid all over front diff. I got underneath grabbed my drivers side axle and shook it. It came apart and was coming out of diff. A month earlier I noticed rear diff had oil all over it and oil was leaking out of rear pinion seal and both rear axle seals, due to axle breather failure. I have never went off-roading or beat this truck. I am also experiencing gas shooting back out of my fuel tank filler tube. I have had my vehicle to local dealer 2 or 3 times regarding this issue and it seems as if it's a guessing game. I have spent over 300 bucks there and my problem still exists. Then they guess again and says its something else. I know for sure this vehicle has had a rear end or rear diff already put in with very very low miles, with 1 St owner. I am being told that my last issue with front axle was C clip holding axle in failed and may have ruined my front diff, I traveled no more than 2 miles before I heard noise and I'm looking at a 1900 part not including labor.

- New Catle, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 012008


  • 40,000 miles
My fuel gauge reads 1/4 tank when I have no gas in the tank. It will go back to partial full when I fill up but then it will show 1/4 tank after a period of driving. There is no rhyme or reason or accuracy. Why was the 2004 not recalled for this when every year afterwards was recalled for this problem.? I have contacted Nissan and they will not respond.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #5

May 292015


  • 186,000 miles


I was on my way home from work when my low fuel indicator light came on; my gauge showed approximately 1/8 remaining. This was normal, and the point where the low fuel light normally turned on. The next morning, on my way to work, the light turned off and the needle showed just over 1/8 tank. This was also normal for the light to switch on and off as the level teetered around the switch point. A few miles into my trip, the needle jumped to around 1/4 tank, which was not necessarily normal, but I had no reason to question the level based on the previous accuracy of my gauge. Halfway to work I lost power, and had to pull over on a busy highway. My truck would not start, although it still showed 1/4 tank remaining. I did an internet search on my phone for /2004 Titan fuel gauge problem/ and immediately got rashes of hits for descriptions exactly like mine where their Titans showed 1/4 tank remaining, but ran out of fuel. After walking a 4 mile round-trip to the nearest gas station and back, I put gas in the tank, and drove to work. After a quick internet search I found a recall NHTSA# 10V074000 for 2005-2009 Titans (mine is a 2004) and Nissan service bulletin EL08-013A for 2004-2009 Titans. I was told by the dealership and Nissan America that my vehicle is not included in the recall, and will not be covered. I am fine with a fuel sensor failing after 186,000 miles and not being covered, but not if identical vehicles (2005-2009) with identical hardware are being recalled and recognized as having safety issues. The internet is full of people complaining about this issue on their 2004 Titans, and they need to be included in the recall.

- Elko, MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 222014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 147,500 miles
The vehicle showed 1/4 tank of gas, was running fine and suddenly shut off while a young girl 18 years old was driving home from dropping off siblings at school. At 55 mph there was no power brakes, no power steering while driving on a two lane road heavily traveled by 80 ton gravel trucks. Nissan knows this is a common problem and has had a number of Titans experience this issue caused by a faulty fuel level sensor. They did a tsb on all but 2004S even though they have the same part. Nissan required me to take it to a dealership for Nissan diagnostic ($93) even though the dealership already told me this was an issue and Nissan would probably cover it. The Nissan regional rep ([xxx]) reimbursed the repair but refused the diagnostic fee she required me to get. Nissan denies responsibility for recalling these vehicles which they know can just shut off while driving. This is a very serious safety issue and needs to be recalled immediately!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Goreville, IL, USA

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problem #3

Mar 252005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 1,525 miles
Since the vehicle was new the fuel gauge has never shown the correct reading on the fuel in the tank. It will never register "full" and will run out of gas when it still shows 1/8 of a tank left. I complained to the dealer and they replaced the gauge with another one just like it that also doesn't work properly.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #2

Oct 212014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
NHTSA recall 10V074000. (Nissan). The recall should apply to 2004 model Titans. Curiously it applies to the same make and model for years 2005-2009. In my case the fuel gauge never worked well (purchased new) but at least the low fuel warning gauge light came on. On October 21, 2014 the gauge completely malfunctioned. It stuck at approximately 1/3 of a tank and the vehicle ran out of gas (no light indicator) without warning. At 70 mph on a tollway, the vehicle lost all power. Given the significant risk to driver health and safety posed by this type of malfunction (which was curiously addressed for 2005 and thereafter) and the extreme risk of crash that it causes, the recall should be extended and not exclude the first model year of this car. Without power steering and brake control at 70mph, I was lucky on this occasion. Others may well not be.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 142012


  • 125,000 miles
I was traveling towing a 33 ft camper. Usually tow at about 62 mph. All of a sudden the truck cuts out then turns back on and "bucks". my lights on my dash light up like a color blinking christmas tree. My speedometer goes all the way to 140 mph, my rpms max out, my fuel gauge goes up and down along with the temp gauge. Furthermore all the gauges and warning lights flash or move in no form or fashion. Steering gets stiff along with the brakes because the truck shuts off. I controlled the truck to avoid crashing in between the on and off periods. This happened several times. Thought it was wiring from camper or brake controller. However, over the last few weeks from about mid Sept it has progressively gotten worse. Now I can't go out of the driveway before the truck starts acting up. There is a bad accident waiting to happen. In my past experience with Nissan is they are reluctant to say anything is wrong and to fix things. I have had enough go wrong with my truck from brakes, electrical, and rear end unit. Just last weekend 20 Oct 12 I took the truck on about a 15 mile round trip and it acted up again. Between July and Sept 2012 the truck would start the shut completely off in parked position. It still does that now too. The truck is now parked until I figure what is the problem. I don't have mega bucks to fix it! someone said Nissan has a computer recall but I have not been notified and I contacted a dealer but they have not called back. Its been 3 days now. They said the description I gave them matches the recall"????????"

- West Chazy, NY, USA

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