really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,615 miles

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2005 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #158

Jun 052013

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


My vehicle has problems with the transmission was replaced and then my 3.6 final driveline rear end gave me problems so far I have spent over $4500 to repair transmission and solve leaks to my vehicle now dealer tells me I need to spend $3000 to fix their defect.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #157

Sep 022014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 137,460 miles
Driver side axle shaft pop out of front differential and the front differential no longer works.

- Joshua Tree , CA, USA

problem #156

Jul 012014


  • 101,005 miles
Rear passenger side axle began to leak and fluid went onto brakes.

- Four Oaks, NC, USA

problem #155

Feb 012013


  • 90,000 miles


I am an a.S.E. certified technician, and have discovered the rear axle seals on both sides of the vehicle are leaking, in which can cause fluid to be slung on to brake linings, also if too much leaks can lead to differential lock up.

- Buena Park , CA, USA

problem #154

May 232014

Titan 8-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Meineke just informed me 5/23/2014 that I have a cracked manifold on my Nissan, Titan. I've already had the direct fit converter/passenger side replace, (catalytic converter) muffler and tail pipe replaced for $1,379. And this manifold is going to cost about the same. I noticed a lot of folks complaining that their 2004-2005-2006 manifolds cracked?? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- East Kingston, NH, USA

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problem #153

Mar 222014

Titan 8-cyl

  • 53,592 miles
I first felt and heard a loud clanking noise coming from the rear end while accelerating from a stop light. Approximately 30 seconds later I felt it again while entering the on ramp to a freeway going approximately 25 mph. I pulled over and inspected the rear end of my truck and found no visible damage or leaking of fluids. I got back in my truck and started to accelerate and immediately felt and heard the clanking noise again. I then drove straight to the Nissan dealership which fortunately was only two miles away. The Nissan service department did an inspection and determine the gears in differential were binding. The Nissan technicians were unable to determine why a differential with only 53,000 miles that was maintained as well as mine was would fail. The Nissan dealership has performed all the maintenance on my truck and are well aware of how well its maintained. They suggested its a defect and recommended I speak with Nissan usa directly in hopes of them covering the replacement of the defective differential on my truck. I spoke with a representative from Nissan usa and they informed me that because my truck is out of warranty, the defective differential its not going to be covered. The worst part is that there is no replacement parts for the differential. I have to replace the whole rear axle. This is a cost of (axle) $3500 +( labor) $1000. Lets not forget taxes also. Nissan is aware of the defective differentials and is counting on people to not make the effort to bring this issue to light. Please help make a change before someone gets seriously hurt by this defect.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #152

Mar 142014


  • 122,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, there was a consistent ticking noise from drive shaft. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or diagnosis. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 122,000.

- Los Luns, NM, USA

problem #151

Mar 132012


  • 55,000 miles
I started to feel a thud in the rear axle as I turned the vehicle. If felt like the axle was binding up. Ultimately, I took it to Nissan who said they could replace the axle for $3000. Since this was way to expensive for a know defect, I had the locker replaced at four wheel parts. It cost nearly $2500 when all said and done.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #150

Aug 202012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Started having over heating issues in 8/2012. Eventually had radiator completely replaced in 2/14. Had transmission flushed around same time. On 3/26/14, I was on the interstate going 65mph when I lost use of the transmission, causing the engine to stall, barely avoiding a serious accident. Today found out there is a defect with Nissan radiators over heating and causing coolant to leak into the transmission, deteriorating the gears over time. Spent around $1,000 getting the radiator replaced unaware of this factory defect. Now I am without a functioning vehicle and I think lucky to be alive.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #149

Mar 082014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While doing a liquids check I noticed the coolant reservoir was low. I added distilled water to the radiator and looked underneath to look for a leak. I found coolant leaking from the transmission line at the bottom of the radiator. As I backed into my garage, I heard the coolant reservoir pressurize and start to overflow. The reservoir was filled with tranny fluid. I drained the transmission and found coolant in the transmission. I don't know how many miles I drove the vehicle in this condition but I'm afraid the transmission is damaged and I can't get the coolant completely out of the transmission. I've drained and filled it twice so far and still have signs of coolant. I talked to a local dealer and they recommended that I keep draining and flushing until the tranny fluid comes out the same color as it went in.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #148

Nov 202013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 82,900 miles


Right exhaust manifold crack. Every forum on Titan's complain how the exhaust manifolds crack and leak well before their time and all been under 100K. It tells me Nissan does a poor job making that part and it's a costly job for customers to repair. This should be a recall item.

- Navarre , FL, USA

problem #147

Nov 052013

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
When I stepped on the brakes to start stopping, it didn't feel like it was grabbing and I really had to stand on the pedal to stop before I hit the car in front of me. When I got home, I looked at all my brakes and found that the rear axle seal on the driver's side was leaking. Grease/oil was all over the rear brakes. I have had the seal replaced 3 times now. This is ridiculous and is a safety hazard. The dealer wants $1800 to do it again!! we need a recall.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #146

Apr 012013


  • 98,000 miles
I'd like to know if some sort of recall on the Nissan Titan pick up can be looked into regarding a rear axle seal leak. It appears that many of the vehicle owners are experiencing a similar problem costing consumers nearly $300-$500 in rear/replacement of a $15 seal. Due to the intricate repair, many do it yourselfers are unable to perform this repair. Please advise. Thank you for your time.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #145

Sep 022013


  • 134,000 miles
Rear differential failure while driving 25 mph. Had to have complete replacement of rear end at cost of $3000. I have seen multiple complaints of same issue. Appears to be a manufacture defect. Nissan does not allow replacement of parts only replacement of whole rear end unit.

- Coarsgold, CA, USA

problem #144

Sep 242013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 91,545 miles
The transmission won't go into the lower gears and it revs at a high RPM and won't shift. I have seen where there has been a lot of trouble with this transmission due to a coolant that leaks into the transmission. I contacted the local Nissan dealer and he says there is help out there for frontier and some others but the Titan isn't protected. After searching the internet, there are a lot of Titan owners that are having/had this trouble that have the same model as myself.

- Yuma, TN, USA

problem #143

Aug 012012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Front differential started making noise, when mechanics opened it, they said it was impossible to rebuild and I need a brand new assembly. (too much internal damage.) for the mileage this truck has, this part failed way to early. Mechanic said it happened because of its poor design. Now truck has 60,000 miles and rear differential started to leak.

- Osseo, MN, USA

problem #142

Jul 032013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I took my truck to an oil change and they notice that the rear differential was leaking oil on the right side they told me that the seals are broken so I took it to the dealer to be fixed. When I got home look it up in the internet and it I find out that this happens quite often and I think that Nissan should do something to correct this problem because differential fluid can get into the brakes and this is a safety issue.

- San Ysidro, CA, USA

problem #141

May 292013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, there was a loud noise as the rear wheels seized. The contact noticed that the differential was fractured and had become separated. The vehicle was towed to a private repair shop however, the cause of failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #140

Jun 012011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
When starting from a complete stop, the rear differential broke and the entire rear differential and axle assembly had to be replaced as a rebuild kit is not available at the time. Total repair costs were $4,700.

- Union City, PA, USA

problem #139

May 122011


  • 95,000 miles
The spider gears in my rear differential sheared off, causing catastrophic failure of my rear end. This has been a huge problem with the Nissan Titans, and should be addressed.

- Jblm, WA, USA

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