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 5 of 9)

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problem #98

Nov 152011


  • 95,000 miles


I was in New York for the week. I was currently out spotting deer, I went to turn around, I put the truck in reverse and it sounded like my rear end blew up. I then continued to camp. The next day I went to drive it and it poppedlike crazy making a big noise in rear. I drove it to a garage and they checked my rear differential and said my spider gears in the rear end snapped. There was pieces of gears all through my rear differential. This is a dangerous thing that can happen and has been happening with Nissan Titans. I notified Nissan and was told to take it to a Nissan garage, the closest garage is 47 miles I will have to pay for towing and everything there is no recall on the rear axles but there should be because this is happening all over. Titan rear ends are to small for the truck. Also it is going to cost around 3000 because Nissan does not make the parts for rear axle, how pathetic is that!

- Belleville, PA, USA

problem #97

Jun 032008


  • 40,000 miles
I had both rear wheel axle seals that started to leak replaced on my Nissan Titan. (both replaced by the Nissan dealer)the right rear at 40,527 and the left rear at 55,638. Now again the right rear is leaking again at 79,000. I talked to the dealer about this problem and was told they don't see a lot of problems with these wheel seals leaking. From what I read about other owners of Nissan Titans I disagree. I believe this is a serious problem that needs to be looked at. Getting oil on the brakes is a accident waiting to happen. Need help here. Thanks.

- Bristow, VA, USA

problem #96

Nov 012011


  • miles
I have noticed that my rear axle seal is leaking and have been looking into it and everything I have come across says to report it with NHTSA and with the couple of cars I have had for a long time and one was a yr 1979 I have never seen the rear axle leak and they had more miles on them I don't know what is so different between those cars and this one. Thank you for your time.

- Lexington , KY, USA

problem #95

Sep 042011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 68,000 miles


While taking my 05 Titan in for a service appointment (to replace a melted wiring harness from my tailpipe falling off, but that's another story/problem) I heard a soft whine. I reported it to the service manager. He called me back later in the day and told me that it was likely a bearing in the rear differential. He said he couldn't replace the bearing, that the differential was a complete assembly and had to be fully replaced at a cost of $2400. I asked him what he would do, and he said he'd keep driving it until the whine got too obnoxious. So I did not replace it. I picked the truck up on Friday, 9/2/11. Two days later, while slowing down on a highway to make a turn, I heard a grating sound, followed by the truck locking up. When I got out, the drive shaft was laying on the ground. The differential had locked up. Had to be towed. I bought the truck to be able to deliver hay, which with my trailer is about 6,000 pounds. I deliver typically 6 loads a year, and it is about a 10 mile drive to my customer's home. Over 90% of my miles on the truck are highway miles, with the cruise on and in 2 wheel drive. I do not take it off road. I only use 4 wheel drive when we have snow on the ground (2 or 3 times a year). The truck is garaged at home and at work. There is no way the differential should be failing on a full size pickup truck under these conditions. I opened a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs, and told them that I felt Nissan should pay a substantial percentage of the repair even though the truck had 68,000 miles and the warranty ran out at 60,000 miles. They rejected my claim and paid nothing.

- Union, KY, USA

problem #94

Aug 202009

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 49,168 miles
The front and rear wheel seals and spacers are faulty and causing fluid to leak out onto the brakes and brake pads. Which could cause fire, braking problems and if unfixed could cause the front/rear end to go out on the truck.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

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problem #93

Sep 282011


  • 164,000 miles
Backing into parking spot, heard loud clunk from rear end, drove throughout day and it got worse when turning or accelerating both forward and reverse. Various speeds it occurs, highway, driveway, it does not differ. Diagnosed, needs rear axle replacement. Garage approximately 2 grand, Nissan about 4 grand.

- Mebane, NC, USA

problem #92

Sep 112011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 97,171 miles


Crew cab short bed. 5.6L. SE model. 4WD. 97,171 miles rear differential catastrophically failed in a matter of a couple of miles. Progressively louder low frequency growl. Clunk when shifting from reverse to drive and vice versa. Seeping differential gear oil and seal / bearing failure. Considerable metal suspended in differential fluid. All of this happened in a 24 hour period and a couple of miles at low to moderate city street speed. Driving history: Minimal 4WD operation - primarily in snow and ice during winter. No mudding or off roading. No rock climbing. Have factory tow package and trans. Tows ultra light 24-foot travel trailer weighing approximately 6,000 lbs (rated to tow 9,500) four to five times a summer. Maybe 7,000 towing miles. Mainly freeway and city driving. Minimal cargo ever in bed. Normally empty.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #91

Sep 052011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Titan with only 44000 miles on it. During recent driving it sounded as if the right rear was grinding to pieces. It continually got worse so I looked under the truck to see if there was something that was caught and dragging. It was so loud that people would stare at the truck when it passed by. After it was taken to the garage they discovered that the insides of the right rear axle were almost completely torn apart. It was very fortunate that it did not cause a serious problem while driving. They also found that the left axle was leaking and would likely also break down. The cost to repair the truck was over $1700.

- Milmay, NJ, USA

problem #90

Aug 092011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Both rear axle seals leaked at 38, xxx in 9/2009 and were replaced under warranty. No issues for two years. In 8/2011 driver side is leaking again. Tried to express my concerns to Nissan and was rejected because of "warranty" issues. Seems to be an inherent problem experienced by a lot of 04-07' Titan/armada owners. Tsb issued by Nissan to replace entire axle assembly 5 months after my first leak, but they don't feel it's their responsibility to notify owners who experienced the issue prior to the bulletin. Was told by a Nissan rep. That the tsb is a guideline for tech's. to properly fix an issue if it arises. I had the issue but it was 5 months before they figured out how to do a "proper" fix, and according to them it doesn't apply to me unless the part or labor or drivetrain was still under warranty. Was told that if this was a widespread issue they might offer good faith credit. Curious as to how many it will take for them to not turn the blind eye to an obvious problem with what I feel is a safety issue. If there is a problem with the drive axle of a vehicle, I believe that should qualify as a safety issue or recall.

- Cream Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #89

Jul 282011


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Titan. The contact stated while driving various speeds he notice that there was a loud noise in the rear end. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised him that there was a metal piece of fragment in the rear differential. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Pasco, WA, USA

problem #88

Jun 012011


  • 46,000 miles


The axle seals leak intermittingly on both the driver and passenger side, rear axle. Gear oil leaks out and coats the backside of the brake/wheel assembly. This is the second incident on the driver side. The first time it was fixed under warranty at approximately 20000 miles. The passenger side axle seals were fixed under warranty at approximately 25000 miles.

- Emporia, KS, USA

problem #87

Jun 202011


  • 37,000 miles
Nissan Titan 2005 37,000 miles rear axel seal leaks.

- Dennard, AR, USA

problem #86

Apr 102011


  • 160,000 miles
Driving truck slowly in sand and heard pop in rear end. Mechanic informed me spider gears in rear differential failed.

- Keystone Heights, FL, USA

problem #85

Feb 192011


  • 53,269 miles
I was making a U turn and heard a pop from the rear end. I had the truck towed to my garage and when they removed the cover from the rear differential pieces fell out. It had destroyed itself. I'm glad I wasn't driving at highway speeds at the time with my wife and two kids in the car. Things could have been much worst. If you google "Nissan Titan rear end failure" there's a 46 page long post on titantalk.com about Titan rear end failures. Nissan need to be held accountable for this common problem.

- Clearfield, UT, USA

problem #84

Feb 012011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving my 2005 Nissan Titan xe and while in a snow storm and pressed the button at 20 mph to engage the 4 wheel drive and heard a clunk and continued to click, click, click and would not engage into 4 wheel. Brought to dealer and they told me it is the front differential case and would cost 1520 plus tax to replace and install, I then called Nissan 800 # and asked to goodwill part because this seem to be a common problem. Nissan told me they could not help because I'm out of my warranty.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #83

Dec 012010


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Titan. The rear axle is leaking all over the rear brakes causing a safety issue with the brakes. It could cause braking failure or a fire in the rear brakes. Nothing has happened yet but could potentially cause a bad accident to happen if someone owning this vehicle didn't realize that the rear axle was leaking.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #82

Jan 302011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 117,321 miles
My 2005 Nissan Titan has been leaking rear differential oil from both axle seals. The fluid has been thrown around in the wheel wells and has soaked all four rear brake sets it has greatly increased stopping distance and I feel the faulty parts should be covered by Nissan as well as new brakes, service and emergency. Recently my girlfriend parked and left the vehicle neutral with the parking brake on. The truck then rolled down my driveway and hit a tree 5 feet from my daughters swingset! I feel that the reason it rolled away is because of the oil on the brake shoes. Not only do I need to replace all rear brakes and the axle seals but now also a rear bumper and have my left rear quarter panel repaired.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #81

Jul 252009

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Titan, I do not tow anything with it and I do no off road driving. In 2009 with 65,000 miles my rear end started making a loud noise. I took it in to dealer to get looked at. Dealer told me it would cost $2600 to put new one in. Also there was nothing they could do warranty was up just 5,000miles ago.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #80

Jan 092011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Rear axle seals leaking replaced at 55,000 and now again at 68,000.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #79

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

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