really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,093 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan suspension problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 142018


  • 295,000 miles


Shackle on right side peeled off the frame stud and drove the spring and shackle assembly through the truck bed

- Orting, WA, USA

problem #21

Sep 022014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
This will be the 3rd rear differential on this truck. The first blew on warranty at approx 10K miles. Now with 56K miles the 2nd dana rear axle has blown. I don't off road and tow only a motorcycle trailer. This is obscene, time consuming and very costly ($3,630) to fix and days waiting away from home. This isn't right.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #20

Jul 272013


  • 126,000 miles
This is the second time in over several months that my driver side drive axle for my 4X4 has pulled its self out. It was fixed once on my dime and is now going to be fixed on my dime again it is a dangerous failure that could cause my suspension to lock up an rip my wheel off then leading to a serious accident. It needs to be addressed and the NHTSA has done nothing to pursue this. Another problem that Nissan will not cover is the rear axle seals that blow out due to a faulty design which may also lead to a serious accident, they will not address any of these issues under a recall an there are thousands of people that are suffering from these issues from 04-010 for the axle seals and model years 04-08 for the axle shaft pulling out from the 4X4 causing serious damage to internal and external parts. This needs to be addressed an the NHTSA is doing nothing about it.

- Annapolis , MD, USA

problem #19

May 142013


  • 176,900 miles


Fourth right rear axle seal. Second in two weeks.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #18

Apr 272013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Catastrophic failure of the leaf spring on driver side rear of the vehicle.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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problem #17

Jan 022013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle shook violently without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front and rear differential and axles needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage and current mileage was 138,000...updated 03/18/13 the consumer stated also the rear end was locking up. Updated 04/26/2013

- Exeter, RI, USA

problem #16

Aug 222012


  • 78,679 miles


While replacing lifetime warrantied suspension which was not honored by Nissan or tenneco, I found the rear pinion seal to be leaking severely, and rear axle seal leaking in wheel assembly. Possible source of "ticking" noise from differential, which until then I thought were exhaust heat shields. This condition could cause catastrophic drivetrain failure while vehicle is in motion. The fluid leaking from axle seal can reduce effectiveness of braking components. Other owners have described inadequate engineering & possible use of substandard differential materials & components along with axle vent assemblies which could create internal pressure conditions that could cause seals to fail.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #15

Nov 152011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being inspected at the dealer for an unrelated issue, the dealer noticed that both front lower control arms were damaged. The dealer stated to the contact that the vehicle was unsafe to drive due to the damage of the front lower control arms and the possibility of a crash occurring. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic to have the front lower control arms repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 10E019000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower arm) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Tuftonboro , NH, USA

problem #14

Nov 162011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,600 miles
Failure of front control arms, according to Nissan website (many other vehicles were recalled for same, not mine) this could result in collision. Mechanic stated the wheel would come off with failure. Nissan dealership discovered the weld was failing and told me they had to be replaced, but that while 1800+ vehicles were shown to be affected by this issue, my VIN number was not on list. Nissan needs to expand their recall.

- Tuftonboro, NH, USA

problem #13

Nov 062011


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact was driving 35 mph and noticed an abnormal noise from the rear of the vehicle. The contact inspected the failure and discovered that the rear differential seals and the gear box were leaking at the brake cylinder. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the entire real differential needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised that they would return his call at a later date. The contact attempted to speak with the manufacturer for two weeks but they would not return his call. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Saint Paris, OH, USA

problem #12

Sep 282011

Titan 8-cyl

  • miles


The rear axle seals are leaking and has caused my rear brakes to slip due to the differential oil getting on my brake pads and rotors. This is my second encounter of this problem and Nissan still refuses to do anything about it.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 032011


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated the rear axle seal leaked and began spraying differential fluid on the brakes while driving 70 mph. When the failure occurred the braking distance increased on the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer who stated the rear axle seal leak was very common. The dealer stated the entire rear axle needed to be replaced in order to remedy the failure. The contact did not replace the rear axle. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #10

Sep 172010


  • 50,250 miles
The rear universal joint has failed. I took to the vehicle to a mechanic for inspection on or about 9/2/10 and I was told that the U-joint had 3 big pieces of metal laying in the bottom of the housing. I then had the vehicle towed to hubler Nissan in indianapolis, in and the service department confirmed the previous findings. Hubler stated that they would have to replace the complete rear axle. The approx. Cost would be $2,500-$3,000.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #9

Sep 052009


  • 80,000 miles
2004 Nissan Titan; rear axle seal leaking: 1. in shop for tire rotation, mechanic saw fluid from rear axle on inside of my wheels. 2. not sure how longs its been leaking. Appears to be an on going problem for other Nissan Titan owners (multiple seal replacements). Consequences are fluid can leak onto brakes causing a braking failure which could result in a crash and possible death. 3. nothing done to correct the problem. Contacting mechanic today. *Nissan needs a recall on this*

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #8

Sep 112008


  • 65,000 miles
Only 65,000 miles on my truck and no modifications. Right rear seal leaking, pinion seal is shot and front left axle needs to be replaced. Nothing covered under warranty. I am looking at a $3,000 repair bill on a 4 year old truck that has never been off road and doesn't have high miles. My exhaust manifold also cracked at about 60000 miles. This was able to be replaced under warranty.

- Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 192008


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact noticed lubrication on his driveway. The dealer stated that the transfer case, rear axle seals, and brake shoes were faulty and needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 71,000.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #6

Jun 162008


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Titan and at approx. 50,000 miles my rear axle seals went out causing oil leakage!

- Magalia, CA, USA

problem #5

May 272008

Titan 8-cyl

  • 88,888 miles
I nearly rolled my truck yesterday at 75mph. The rearend locked up and I nearly lost control of the vehicle. I have since done some research only to find out that this is a huge issue with the 04 Nissan Titans! this could have cost me or another innocent person their life! now I am left to face a repair bill of $3500 for a new dana rearend, Nissan and dana Corp need to be held accountable for these cheap, unreliable rearends!!! please help!

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 282006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,021 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that the steering wheel began to shake and rattle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, but they insisted that there was no failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the steering failure was able to be duplicated. The steering rack force was adjusted; however, the failure persists. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle is five months out of warranty and will not offer any assistance. The current mileage was 24,800 and failure mileage was 16,021. Updated 07/07/08. Updated

- Webster , NH, USA

problem #3

Dec 232004

Titan 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Numerous problems have arisen with my leased 2004 Nissan Titan king cab. Including serious vibration problems that occurred upon braking to the point the vehicle was parked until the dealer finally agreed to at least 'turn' the rotors. Eventually brakes were replaced by dealer 6 months after the initial problem. Currently facing problems including a noise at startup that everyone can hear except the dealer mechanics, an overflow problem with gas tank even though just a few liters have been put in an empty tank. Additionally major problems with driver side door refusing to open from both the inside and outside. Dealer has realigned door numerous times but problem continues. Dealer states the door problem is due to a poor design with a heavy door on inadequate hinges. Occasionally have had to drive while holding door closed. Extremely dangerous considering weight of door. This truck is barely one year old and problems just keep piling up with little dealer support offered.

- Regina, 00, USA

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