really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,584 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan transmission problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Apr 162011


  • 150,000 miles


2004 Nissan Titan SE truck. Rear axle seal leak.

- Freeport, ME, USA

problem #23

Jun 162011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I just purchased a 2004 Nissan Titan le 4X4 about a month and a half ago. I am the 2nd owner and bought it from a guy who bought it brand new in 2004 and took very good care of it. The truck only has 55K miles. Just last weekend, 6/19/2011, it started making banging and grinding noises in the back wheel. At first, I thought I ran over something and it was stuck in the back wheels. After examining the rear wheel area and the brake pads, everything looked normal. However, the noise got louder and louder. It sounded like I was dragging a refrigerator. I felt a stutter in the vehicle and it started to struggle to go when I would put the truck into drive. I assumed the brake calipers may have been jammed and brought it into an auto service center to be examined. About 2 hours later, I went back to the shop and the technician took me to go see the problem. They examined the rear brakes and differential and found numerous large chunks of broken metal inside, which she said were pieces of shoes, hardware, and gears. They confirmed that the problem was in the rear differential and that the gear damage had likely caused a chain reaction damaging the entire left rear axle assembly and E-brakes. The rear axle seals were leaking too onto the wheels. All these parts needed to be replaced along with the rear axle. The service shop quoted me $3800 to get this fixed! I was in shock as I just bought the truck. Of course, I could no longer drive the truck either as it was in pieces and not drivable. What am I supposed to do? I don't have this money. I had no choice but to tell the service shop to go ahead with the repairs and I will just have to put it on a credit card. I decided to do some research and went on to several internet sites for Nissan Titan owners to see if others were experiencing similar problems or if there was a recall for this. After reading pages of entries posted by other Titan owners, I found out I was not alone. Nissan needs to help pay for these repairs!

- Vadnais Heights, MN, USA

problem #22

Nov 042010


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the transmission line blew and fluid leaked out. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 108,000.

- Cobden, IL, USA

problem #21

Nov 122010


  • 51,200 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact attempted to accelerate but the vehicle hesistated and jerked before accelerating. The vehicle was parked. When the contact examined the vehicle, he noticed that the transmission fluid was mixing with the radiator coolant. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that there was an internal crack that caused the mixing. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 51,200. The VIN was unavailable.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #20

Apr 132010


  • 116,000 miles
2004 Nissan Titan rear axle differential seals leaking repeatedly. Dealership had replaced entire rear axle at 25,000 miles. 116,000 miles seals leaking again. Cost to repair estimated at $900 to $3000. Unable to just replace leaking seal, must replace entire portion of axle assembly.

- Green Cove Springs , FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 272010


  • 109,000 miles
Sept 27 2010 traveling home from w.V from camping. We was on I - 77 S bound at mile maker 10 in fancy gap. We smelled something funny. I looked at my right mirror and saw white gray smoke coming out of the back of my 2004 Nissan Titan truck. I pulled over and when I put my foot on the brake I had none, due from the heat of the fire, I got out and saw my drivers side under the fender on fire. I had transmission fluid everywhere. Transmission fluid had sprayed on the manifold and caught fire, then the gas line ruptured. I had a transmission fluid and gas fire. Thank god I had a fire extinguisher as well as another man stop to help put it out, it took two fire extinguisher to put the fire out, one wasn't enough.we could have been killed but I was told that the reason why my truck didn't blow up was because I had a full tank of gas. Well I took my truck into Nissan and they told me that I had a rupture in my transmission line and that it was a defective, faulty line. I find out later that they had a technical bulletin out on the 2004-2005 armada and Titan dated Aug 1 2005.I had my truck in for a transmission flush 45 days before this happened and no one told me about the bulletin.no one asked me if I would like to replace my lines and clamps. I didn't know anything about this bulletin until Wednesday night when I did research. If they had told me about this, this could have been prevented. Nissan knows about this and I am trying to work with them. I hope they do the right thing about fixing my truck and paying my tow bills. The weird thing is I tried to get the va state troop to do a report and he said they don't do that anymore.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #18

May 112010


  • 76,608 miles


2004 Nissan Titan rear axle seal leaks left and right.

- Port Tobacco, MD, USA

problem #17

Mar 232010


  • 98,600 miles
2004 Nissan Titan - rear axle seals leaking. In shop- waiting for repairs. I understand that this is a commaon failure for this truck and that repairs most likely will not take care of the problem as it appears that it will probably occur again. Need recall to correct this problem as brakes may fail. Do we need what happened to Toyota to happen to Nissan to get results " ? "

- Milford, IL, USA

problem #16

Nov 142009


  • 89,000 miles
Park - ignition interlock is defective and allows the key to be removed from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. This potentially allows the vehicle to roll away and cause damage or injury.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #15

Sep 282007


  • 43,050 miles
I have a 2004 Nissan Titan SE. Two years ago my rear differential went. I paid $4000 to get it fixed at Nissan of panama city cause they said it doesn't happen that often. I was just on Titan talk and allot of guys are saying they had the same problem. If it was a problem could I get compensated from Nissan.

- Tafb, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 102005


  • 32,000 miles


My 2004 Nissan Titan will not shift due to a faulty/ sheared wire in the column shifter. While towing it creates a hazardous condition due to the inability to shft gears.

- Sitka, AK, USA

problem #13

Feb 072009


  • 70,000 miles
Rear axel failure in Nissan Titan. Drivers side seal went out at 70K miles.

- Lynden, WA, USA

problem #12

Jan 012009

Titan 4WD

  • 93,000 miles
4 wheel drive control unit bad, 4X4 won't engage the units is defective that Nissan has it in backorder nationally.

- Glenwood Springs, CO, USA

problem #11

Nov 252008


  • 76,000 miles
Automatic transmission failed in 2004 Nissan Titan SE, crew cab, 4X4, 5.6L V8 at 76,000 miles.

- Lexington, NC, USA

problem #10

May 232008


  • 69,000 miles
Left stop light turn corner and the rear end of our 2004 Nissan titian locked up. Cost to us was $5,000 for repairs.

- Wonder Lk, IL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Dec 242006

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My truck is equipped with vehicle dynamic control (vdc). It cuts power to the drive wheels if one or both start to spin. All trucks or cars of its kind have been equipped with a switch that this device can be turned on or off depending on the drivers situation. For some reason my truck did not come with this switch, I am a sitting duck when it rains if one tire so much as slips one revolution as I can mash the gas pedal and nothing will happen. In 4X4 it does the same thing and only in 4X4 lo will this vdc turn itself off. I have asked dealers many of times to fix this as it should have came with this option and was somehow missed. I want it fixed as I have almost been rear ended at least a dozen times B/C of this.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Sep 242004

Titan 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,503 miles
Truck vibrates very roughly and brakes push down low to the floor when brakes are applied. Brakes were first serviced at 4,503 miles on September 24, 2004. Again truck started to vibrate when brakes were applied, and had to be pushed hard and low to floor. Brakes were again serviced at 8,795 miles on January 18, 2005. Truck currently has 12,565 miles and truck again vibrates when brakes are applied, and brakes need to be pressed hard and go low to the floor. Nissan has been notified and waiting for contact for service of truck. In addition, the following items have been noted with Nissan: There is a clunking noise when shifting gears (possible drive shaft problem), truck runs very rough and loud (possible belt tension problem), the radio has bad reception and the dashboard rattles. In addition, it was noted to Nissan that the driver's side mirror reflects the dashboard when driving at night, which is very distracting when looking into the driver's side mirror in order to change lanes.

- Livingston, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 282004

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Multiple brake and steering shudder problems with 2004 Titan Nissan SE crew cab truck, dealer makes mfg suggested repairs but shudder returns creating safety worries and fear of losing control of vehicle. Moreover, transmission coolant line replaced wherein dealer informs me that blowout could lead to failure. Front tires excessive wear, vibration and shudder with or without brake application. Headlight switch design flawed, easily turned off when turn stalk activated or lights are dimmed from high to low beam. All the above problems occured and still are occuring within first 3500 miles!!

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #5

Jan 142005

Titan 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,400 miles
The vehicle the atsc light came on and it lost power. The consumer pulled over to the side of the road, waited for 2 minutes and the computer restarted. The transmission just seemed to to slow down. The dealer found no defects and could not duplicate the problem. The vehicle also smelled of antifreeze, and the switch from high beam to low beam turns all the lights off.

- Moore, OK, USA

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