definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,575 miles

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2005 Nissan Titan brakes problems

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2005 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Mar 052012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles


Driving North on the highway @ 70mph, vehicle backfired and engine shut down, no power steering or brakes. Moved vehicle off the highway, cranked but would not start. Left vehicle for the day and returned and replaced a recalled (but known good replacement) ECM relay and vehicle started and ran correctly but showed ses light and code showed P0335 crk pos sensor. This vehicle had a catastrophic failure while driving which represented a serious hazard to both the driver and surrounding vehicles should the driver has panicked in this situation and heavy traffic. To date the vehicle is a Nissan facility and still has not been repaired at great expense and inconvenience to the owner.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #30

Mar 312011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I noticed a black dark grease on the inner rim and axle hub. I was told by a neighbor with the same make and year that this is a leaking bearing seal and that the entire axle has to be replaced. I consider this a hazard if the bearing seal has leaked all over the rear brake pads and shoes.

- Princeton, TX, USA

problem #29

Jan 012011

Titan 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Titan. Consumer had recall work for brake judder. The repairs were done even though the consumer was not experiencing any problems. Sometime after the recall repair, the vehicle began to make noises. The consumer stated he began to experience occasional shuttering in the front wheels when he applied the brake. The consumer stated the dealer refused to honor the warranty. The consumer stated he has continued to experience brake problems to the point where the brakes would not work. There were several incidents, where the consumer ran several stop signs and into the intersection. Updated 03/1011 the left front brake engaged with greater intensity than the other brakes, which caused the left front brake to grab during hard braking. The consumer stated the problem only seemed to occur with hard braking during hazardous road conditions. Updated 05/19/11.

- Melvin Village, NH, USA

problem #28

Jun 242009


  • 42,186 miles


Multiple failures of right rear axle seal. Failures at mileages of 42186/86082/106492/131033. Same parts replaced 43252-7S200 rear axle seal, 43070-7S200 rear spacer, 40210-7S210 axle bearing. Axle fluid drains directly on to brake causing loss of function on right rear wheel. Also has caused possible premature shock absorber wear.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #27

Jun 142008


  • 13,000 miles
I believe that the Nissan Titans have a safety issue with their brakes. I purchased the truck new in 2005 with 14 miles showing on the odometer. After the first year of ownership I noticed that the brake pedal pulsated a lot when applying the brakes. I never leave my foot on or ride the brake pedal nor do I use the brakes excessively, most of the miles on the vehicle are highway miles because the truck is used mostly for vacation purposes. I do however tow a small 6 by 12 foot box trailer with 4 bicycles in it, which makes for a light load. It has continued to progress and become more pronounced as the vehicle ages. At around 13,000 miles the brakes sometimes grab or would not stop with out applying excessive force to the brake pedal much more than when the vehicle was new, this would bring the truck to a shaking, rough or sometimes tire squealing stop. At 13,300 I took the vehicle to a dealership to see if they could correct this problem, they said they could try machining the rotors for around $440 or replace the rotors which would cost quite a bit more, however the repair would not be covered under the warranty. The truck still has the same problem with 14,991 miles on the odometer. I feel if there is a problem with the rotors it is a safety issue and it should be covered by the warranty. This is the only vehicle out of about 10 new vehicles that I purchased which has brake problems.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #26

Aug 142010


  • 70,000 miles
Rear axle seal leaking, it is leaking so bad that it is all over my rear passenger side brakes. I noticed the brakes slipping yesterday when I trying to stop on the highway. 05 Nissan Titan.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 112010


  • 97,995 miles


1. the incident occurred Aug 11, 2010 while I was driving my 2005 Nissan Titan truck in heavy traffic at 65 mph. 2.the failure occurred when I had to apply foot pressure to the brake pedal due to heavy traffic congestion. As soon as brake pressure was applied to the brake pedal five things happened: A. the brake pedal felt softer than normal. B. the brake pedal went further down toward the floorboard than normal. C. I heard a popping/pulsating sound as I had to apply the brakes. D. I heard a grinding sound as I had to apply the brakes. E. the instrument panel red brake light illuminated. I had no choice, but to apply pressure to the brake pedal to avoid creating an accident even though it sounded and felt like brake failure was occurring. This is the third time this type of brake incident/failure has occurred on my 2005 Nissan Titan. The previous two times this brake incident/failure occurred at a much lower speeds and I could not find relation to what was occurring when I inspected the vehicle. 3. once I had the vehicle back under control I turned into a low traffic side street and slowly tested the brakes, but all five symptoms from above were still occurring. I also tried going in reverse very slowly, but the symptoms remained. I completely stopped the vehicle and turned off the ignition key and got out to inspect the truck. I could not see any visible damage to front rotors or calipers and I checked the brake fluid level, but nothing appeared to be wrong. I turned the ignition back on and the red brake light had gone off and the brakes were back to normal. I do not feel that failure has been corrected and that is why I am writing this complaint because I feel there is safety issue at hand. It appears to be some type of interment electrical failure interconnected to the brake system that clears the failure when the ignition key is turned off only to reappear at another time.

- Freeport, FL, USA

problem #24

Jul 102009


  • 48,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Titan. While driving 25 mph during clear weather conditions the electric brakes control stopped working. He state the vehicle has not been repaired. He referenced recall NHTSA campaign id number: 07E046000 (equipment). The contact also stated the right rear door opens in cold weather conditions while driving. He stated the problem with the door was repaired by the dealer. The failure mileage was 48000 and the current mileage was 57,000. Vwb

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #23

May 012009


  • 55,000 miles
I think the brake system in my 2005 Titan is inadequate. The front disc rotors were bent @ 20000 miles and replaced by Nissan for this defect but at 60000 miles, the front disc rotors were bent again. Making stopping this truck hazardous as the steering wheel is shaking violently and it took much farther to stop. I check the disc rotors and the brake pads and they are normal. I contact Nissan but they didn┐T response.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #22

Jun 132005


  • 1,500 miles
Although I haven't had an "incident" yet, I worry about it everyday. My 2005 Nissan Titan has the worst brakes that I've ever had in a vehicle. The brake pedal goes to the floor on every stop. Sometimes while the brake pedal is depressed it "skips" and it feels like the brakes release then grab again. This truck was meant to tow up to 9,000lbs, but when I towed about 4,000 and tried to stop, I almost ran into someone. The brakes are horrible without towing and beyond acceptable towing any weight. Since that happened, I have yet to tow anything else, I'm afraid the truck won't stop. I've taken it to the dealer multiple times and they acknowledge the brakes aren't "what they should be" but there's nothing that they can do because Nissan hasn't addressed the problem. I'm hoping that this problem could be locked into. The dealer also told me that the Nissan armada has the same brakes and the same problems. Thank you as far as the incident date, I'm just using the first date that I can remember realizing the problem.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 012009


  • 1,200 miles


I own a 2005 Nissan Titan king cab, which I purchased it in November of 2005. After, approximately 30days of ownership and 500 miles of travel; the front brakes began to experience complications (they would shudder while braking and create an unreasonable amount of brake dust.) I quickly return to my local dealership where I purchased it, for servicing. The Nissan dealership repaired the rotors. During the summer of 2006, I began to notice a musty odor emitting from the floor and carpeting of the passenger side. During a routine oil change and requested the mechanic to inspect the truck for the cause of the odor. They couldn't locate the source of the odor. I returned the truck to the dealership for the same problem on several other occasions, during the summer of 2007 odor reappeared; they replaced the rubber gasket around door windows in hopes of resolving the issue. Meanwhile the front brakes rotors were replaced again and the gauges (fuel, oil, tach, voltmeter) acting erratically. The dealership repaired the brakes under my extended warranty & prorated my purchase of a new Nissan auto battery; according to service dept. This was the cause of the gauges malfunction. Then again IN2008, I was told the brakes were no longer under warranty and that the musty odor was caused by water coming into the cabin via a small void in the window sealant around the "factory installed windshield┐ upon hearing this, I chose to take my truck to another mechanic due to Nissan mechanic inability to resolve the brake issue & locate the source of the water. This year 2009, the rear end was repaired due the seals leaking on the driver's side and preventive replacement on the passenger seals. However, a few old issues along with new ones that still exist. My new mechanic told me the source of the water & odor issue is the A/C condenser leaking into the cabin, the blinking air bag indicator light was due to a harness needing replacing in the rear doors.

- Lebanon, CT, USA

problem #20

Jul 242009


  • 57,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Titan. 57K miles. Four time this week (week of 21 July) the ABS system has gone out. I have to stop the vehicle and shut it off and then restart to have ABS come back to life. When it goes out there is a clunking sound when I apply the brakes, and the brake light stays on. This is the second time in a year this has gone out and I have had to take it in to the dealer. This is a safety of driving issue, and should be permanently fixed by Nissan.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #19

Apr 152009


  • 65,500 miles
Rear axle seal leak, had to replaced seal and rear brakes.

- Lake Ozark, MO, USA

problem #18

Apr 272009


  • 29,815 miles
I purchased a new Nissan Titan from alan kurth dealership minot, nd. May of 2005. Within the year I asked several times about the "strange" braking experience. I noticed some vibration from the front brakes that also vibrated the steering column. I was told that this was normal on a Titan heavy duty truck. I am not a mechanic and took their word. That dealership went out of business shortly thereafter and the only other Nissan dealer was in bismark, a long way from where I lived at the time. I did take it to that dealer, bismark Honda-Nissan-Hyundai in July of 2006 in response to a recall about another issue. Nothing was mentioned by them about any problem with the brakes. The truck was not driven that much, currently has less than 30,000 miles and the vibration has become worse and worse once I brought the vehicle to Florida last fall to the point that I took it to my mechanic. I was told then after they inspected the truck on April 23rd. 2009 that Nissan had identified a major problem with the brakes on this model called brake judder he suggested I call Nissan to see how they were managing the problem. I telephoned Nissan consumer office on April 24th and spoke with andy who opened a case file and that number is 6477694. He said I would have to begin with the local dealer to have them inspect the truck so I contacted maroone Nissan in ft lauderdale and took the truck in on April 27, 2009. I dealt with the assistant service manager. When they had finally finished with their inspection he told me that "Nissan would not provide a courtesy repair since they had initially extended the warranty expired in 2008. I had researched the issue and found the following that Nissan failed to provide. 1. the issue was sent out to all Nissan service managers on March 16, 2005. The repairs were not made prior to my purchase. 2. they were directed to supply a "legible photocopy" about the warranty extension. They did not. This was detailed in Nissan advisory nnawb/05-01.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #17

Oct 012007


  • 48,000 miles
On my 2005 Nissan Titan, both of my rear axle seals failed with only 48,000 miles on the vehicle. The fluid leaks axle lubricant by the rear wheels, which gets onto the rear disk brakes, which makes the rear brakes ineffective, especially when pulling a trailer. Nissan replaced the seals, however the popular belief of the cause of this is a 1-way valve vent that allows the pressure within the axle to escape, but doesn't let air back into the axle. This occurrence causes a vacuum inside the axle, which pulls on the axle seals and causes them to age prematurely.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #16

Oct 142008


  • 31,000 miles
My vehicle is experiencing violent shaking of the steering wheel under braking. Nissan has identified that 2004 and early 2005 Titans were built with brake rotors that are too small, resulting in the rotors warping due to overheating. Nissan calls this issue brake juddering and has issued three technical service bulletins regarding fixing the problem by installing an upgraded (bigger rotors) brake kit. Nissan extended the brake warranty for this issue to 36 months/36,000miles. I am under the mileage limit (31,000) but have exceeded the time limit by one month. This is a serious safety issue and I feel they need to be willing to replace the rotors for any vehicle originally equipped with the undersized rotors. I have taken the vehicle to my local Nissan service department and they have confirmed that my rotors are warped and recommend replacement.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #15

Sep 282005


  • 9,319 miles
Front brake judder when hard braking occurs. Vehicle steering wheel pulls in different directions. Fixed by dealer twice for after multiple complaints (warranty) once by me out of my own pocket. At 55,000 and three sets of brakes the judder is coming back again for the 4th time.

- Aubrun, MA, USA

problem #14

Aug 172007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Titan. While the vehicle was still under warranty, the dealer repaired the rotors and other brake related failures. After the repairs, the contact heard metal grinding when the brakes were applied. He returned to the dealer and they stated that the brakes were fine. The contact claims that the dealer waited for the warranty to expire so that he would have to be responsible for the repair costs. The VIN and mileages were unknown.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 112008


  • 18,000 miles
Axle seals are leaking causing grease to cover the rear brake assembly resulting in a safety concern due to reduced brake power. Brakes are warping again! manufacturer has issued a tsb but a recall should be directed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 232008


  • 57,000 miles
Purchased a new Nissan Titan in 2/2005. Had the front brakes replaced at 25,000 under warranty when began to feel vibration in steering wheel while applying the brakes. Presently I have 57,000 miles on the truck and the same vibration in the steering wheel while applying the brakes is happening again. Took the vehicle to local dealer and they informed me that I needed a updated torque member kit and new front pads and brakes for my truck at a cost of $756.59 because the truck was out of warranty. The service manager said to take my compliant to the factory. I have called repeatedly to the factory and am still waiting for a call back. Driving my truck is unsafe and I am risking my life everyday I get into it to drive to and from work. My major compliant with this issue is that it is not a warranty issue, it is a manufactured defect in the torque member kit and front brakes and I should not be responsible for the cost.

- Madisonville, LA, USA

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