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 6 of 9)

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problem #78

Dec 182009

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


4" inches of new snow. Before leaving work, I engaged 4X4 high. Pulling out from a stop light, I noticed it didn't feel like the 4X4 was working. Next morning, had a big puddle of diff fluid on ground. Took it to the Nissan dealership, and was told front diff was junk. This truck has been put in 4X4 high maybe 5 times in 80,000, always on icy roads.

- Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

problem #77

Dec 262010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I purchased a use 2005 Nissan Titan 4X4 in may of 2010. In December 2010 I went to engage the front wheel drive due to driving up a road that had snow and ice. After complying with the directions in the owner's manual I began driving up the grade only to find that I had no pull from the front wheels. This almost resulted in the loss of control of the vehicle due to loss traction on the road. One time the front of the vehicle complete slide back down the hill, causing the vehicle to do a complete 180 degree turn. Days later I took the vehicle to my mechanic and found the front axle had become detached. They advised me that this was the second Titan they had seen do this and had heard that Titans had a problem detaching when driven in four wheel drive mode on dry pavement and the vehicles would make sharp turns. Luckily, my incident did not result in any crashes, however it did come close to striking fixed objects along the road.

- Troutville, VA, USA

problem #76

Nov 012010


  • 75,000 miles
Failed rear end differential at only 75,000 miles. Driving on highway when a loud bang came from the rear end. Made it home, but more popping and banging noises along the way, especially turning under acceleration. Drained rear differential fluid and removed cover, metal chunks and shavings in case. This vehicle has the "big tow" package on it and has never been used to tow anything. It has been mostly on the highway and off road very infrequently and never heavy-duty off road. It is very fortunate that the failed rear end did not cause the vehicle to lock the rear axle and cause a severe accident. This is a very common issue on this model of vehicle, and in my opinion is due to a faulty locking rear differential. Nissan will not admit this, because the entire rear axle assembly needs to be replaced and it is very expensive. Now that the 2005 model year trucks are getting a bit older, these failures are becoming extremely common and it is only a matter of time until one fails on the freeway and somebody is injured or killed when the vehicle's rear axle locks up due to an exploded spider gear assembly.

- Magalia, CA, USA

problem #75

Nov 282010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


I own a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup which I purchased new. The vehicle has 57,000 miles. My driveway is steep as I live in a remote location. About two weeks ago I was headed to town. The rear end went out and my Titan slid off the roadway. The mechanic who is repairing my vehicle told me this was a very common problem with my model of vehicle. I checked on line and found many similar incidents. I contacted Nissan and found there was no recall regarding this. Repair cost is now over $2000.

- Port Angeles,, WA, USA

problem #74

Nov 172010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan rear axle seal leaking at 42,000 miles. Dealer said there is a defect but not a recall. They want to replace whole axle to prevent seal leaking again. There are thousands of complaints on this issue and it is a safety issue that should be recalled.

- Halethorpe, MD, USA

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problem #73

Nov 242010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
1. normal, highway and local driving of vehicle. No abusive vehicle treatment. A mechanic was able to do a temporary repair to enable us to drive home and we then took the vehicle to our local garage to have it fully inspected. 2. the front right axle (half-shaft) of the four wheel drive fell out of the front differential unit. Had this happened at a higher speed in 4 wheel drive or even 2 wheel drive a loss of vehicle control could occur resulting in a crash. 3. the manufacturer has not issued a recall of the vehicle even though they realize there was a faulty bearing design. The bearing has since been redesigned but vehicles with the defective bearing are still in service. The local vehicle dealer's mechanics have said they have seen these incidents and can replace the bearing at my expense since the vehicle is out of warranty (the vehicle has 76,00 miles -- no offroad -- and the warranty is only good for 60,000). However, this is a manufacturer's defect that is known to the manufacturer and should have been recalled and replaced a long time ago. I am requesting that you investigate this matter as the manufacturer seems to want to ignore this safety issue.

- Stevensville, MT, USA

problem #72

Nov 302010


  • 51,589 miles


2005 Nissan Titan crew cab 4X4 with off-road package, within 10,000 miles there were loose bolts on the transfer case. At 38,500 miles the left front differential seal failed and leaked. At 39,800 miles the power steering hose went bad and leaked. At 51,000 miles the circular clip on the axle at front left differential deformed causing axle to begin to fall out of vehicle!!! thankfully all has been covered under our extended warranty, and dealerships have replaced parts, but when it runs out these will come from our pocket, and no one can guarantee the new parts are not just replacements or any better. This could have resulted in death or injury to us or someone else had that axle fell from vehicle, and could occur again.

- Discovery Bay, CA, USA

problem #71

Sep 232010


  • 75,109 miles
Took vehicle to Nissan dealership for service of growling noise that is becoming increasingly louder. Other concern is spinning of individual wheels with loss of traction. Dealership advised that rear differential requires replacement, at cost of $4,000.

- North Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #70

Nov 032010


  • miles
2004-2008 Titan; rear axle seal leaks. Mine is a 05'. right rear wheel well is covered with oil and the inside of the tire is flooded with oil also. 55K miles and from what I understand I was lucky it lasted this long. Dealership wants $1,500+ to fix a problem that seems to be a defect not just wear and tear.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #69

Sep 152010


  • 70,000 miles
I had a 2005 Nissan Titan truck. The real axle seal broke and the oil came into the rear brake when I was on interstate highway from fl back to va. I had to drive so slow to make it back home and had it replace for $500. Few weeks later now I have a front drive axle seal broke and oil is leaking. I am bringing to dealer and replace today.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #68

Oct 162010


  • 58,000 miles


Both rear axle seals leaking. Had a complete rear end replacement at 58,000 miles. Currently have 100,000 miles and both rear seals are leaking again. I towed a 2990 lbs trailer from Michigan to West Virginia, the morning after getting home I noticed the leaks and popping in rear end when pulling out. First time towing with this truck. Mileage is all highway. Commuted 120 miles per day to work. I have been on forums and seen countless others with same problem. Nissan is very aware of the problem and will not even make parts available. They are just replacing the entire rear ends. This is a common problem with these trucks and I would like to know why a recall has not been issued for it. Not sure what to do other than fix it one more time and then sue under lemon law when it happens again.

- Logan, WV, USA

problem #67

Aug 212010


  • 107,000 miles
Ok I have a 2005 Nissan titian I bought from [xxx]in little rock very good guy, its a 4WD never been in the mud not once well just yesterday I pulled out to follow my friend [xxx] to subway when I did my whole truck jerked and made a loud pop then everytime I turned it made the same noise and when I drove to the shop with it was bouncing my whole tailgate up and down... come to find out that my rear end burned up in my truck and was going to B about as much money to put a new engine in to get it fixed.... I have never seen a rear end go out on a truck that's practically new with only 100K miles on it... very disappointed will not being buying another titian again ima stick with Toyota. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wynne, AR, USA

problem #66

Apr 152010


  • 59,600 miles
Rear axle seal failed on 2005 Nissan Titan, 59,000 mileage. As a result of the failure, leaking rear differential fluid covered emergency brake pads making them ineffective and unsafe. Nissan repair advised repair was fully my responsibility. I had rear seal and bearing replaced by local repair shop.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #65

Jan 012010


  • 60,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan, rear axle seals are leaking, could spray onto brakes and become a major safety issue. This is a major issue with thousands of Nissan Titans, if you do an internet search on google for Nissan Titan axle seal leak, you will find thousands of people with this problem. If these bad axle seals cause fluid to contact brake rotor, it could cause braking issues or accidents. Nissan has a tsb# ntb10-032 that discusses this problem, but this needs to be a safety recall before someone is killed.

- Temecuola, CA, USA

problem #64

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 #63

Feb 062010


  • 82,000 miles
Front driver side axel is falling out of the front differential..

- Copperton, UT, USA

problem #62

Aug 052010


  • 200,000 miles
Rear axle seals on Nissan Titan pickup trucks leaking and require replacement of entire axle shafts.

- Lindale, GA, USA

problem #61

Jul 282010


  • 92,407 miles
The rear axle seals are leaking on my 2005 Nissan Titan. The oil is running from the axle seals on to the rear brake rotors and rear brake pads. This can result in rear brake failure and can cause a crash.

- Jeremiah, KY, USA

problem #60

May 202010


  • 85,000 miles
Nissan Titan rear differential failure.

- Fremont, OH, USA

problem #59

Jun 252010


  • 96,000 miles
Heard my brakes squeaking and started to investigate. Saw oil residue on the inside of the wheel and it was on the brakes as well. The oil was coming from the axle. The seal is bad. No accidents yet, but this could cause an accident if I needed to stop in a hurry with oil on my brakes!!!

- Campbellsburg, KY, USA

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