hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,218 miles

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2005 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #94

Aug 072010


  • 104,000 miles


I'm the only owner of my 2005 Nissan Titan crew cab and I've been happy with the truck for 105,000 miles - until this past weekend when, at highway speed, I began to hear a whining noise. After stopping and verifying that nothing was visibly wrong underneath the truck body (no leaks, etc) I drove on. I stopped a few miles down the road to check again and while pulling into a parking lot heard a loud clunk. I coasted to a stop and found my drive shaft on the ground. Carriage Nissan in gainesville Georgia is quoting a price of several thousand dollars for repairs. I've been diligent about maintenance on this vehicle and there is no good reason why the truck's rear end should completely fail this way. Online, I've learned I'm not the only one with this issue. Any help out there available for those of us with this problem?

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #93

Apr 052007


  • 50,000 miles
I am complaining about a problem that has developed in my 2005 Nissan Titan. Both rear axle seals are leaking, oil is getting onto the rear wheels braking system thereby posing a potentially dangerous situation for the occupants and the vehicle. This problem occurred just around 50,000 miles on my 2005 Nissan Titan, which is very surprising for any vehicle with this small amount of mileage. I have found on other websites that hundreds of other Titan owners have had the same problem with leaking rear axle seals, with mileage as low as 8,000 miles, 25,000 miles, 40,000 miles; yet still, Nissan continues to ignore this problem, as far as a recall is concerned. This problem is very costly to be corrected, ranging from $1,000 to as high as $3,000, depending on the dealer's estimation. I would strongly recommend, for the safety of persons and vehicles, that Nissan be compelled to come up with a recall of these faulty axle seals on Nissan Titans. Thank you.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #92

Jul 312010


  • 52,830 miles
2005 Nissan Titan, 52,830 miles, purchase date of 7/23/2005. One week out of the 5-yr warranty, right rear axle seal leaking differential fluid. Fluid thrown on wheel and brake rotor from tire rotation. Right rear axle seal failed. Braking felt off when driving, which led to initial walk-around of the truck and noticed fluid on ground. Contact 3 Nissan dealerships. Would not touch the truck since technically out of warranty (1 week). Contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs. Nissan not interested in helping.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #91

Jul 292010


  • 58,700 miles


2005 Nissan Titan le crew cab 4X4 with a failing rear end differential. At 58K miles, the truck rear end began to slip badly. The vehicle has not been used for anything other than commuting to work. I do not off road or have off road modification that would exceed manufactures specs and performance. Just normal driving. Nissan indicates that I am 30 days past the expiration of my warranty, but under the mileage requirement. Nissan needs to held accountable for quality controls on the manufacturing of these rear end assemblies. Typically $2500 repair bill....that should be shouldered by Nissan.

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

problem #90

Jun 182010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Titan that has had the rear end diff and axle replaced twice by Nissan at 98,000 miles Nissan discovered the rear seals leaking, and did nothing about it, I tried to secure a lawyer, the cost was astronomical, at 102,000 miles the valve body in the trans has failed, as a result I contacted Nissan North America spoke to gordon middleton, whom on behalf of nna after a sixweek discovery advised me that nna would not be able to assist me, even after promising repairing the rear seal in earlier conversation, later refused to lift a hand, costing me six weeks of car rental cost, and the agonizing pain of waiting on a decision that would never come anyway. Please assist me in this matter my 2005 Nissan Titan le is still not fixed.

- Washignton, DC, USA

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problem #89

Jun 282010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Right rear axle seal leaking. Replaced once at 22,000 miles and it is leaking again at 75,000 miles. 2005 Nissan Titan le.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #88

Jun 092010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


05 Nissan Titan - clunking sound I thought was a U-joint is my rear end fixing to go. Right rear seal leaking differential fluid on my rear brakes safety hazard. If my rear end went out while driving 70mph which I do every day. It could be very dangerous maybe fatal result. I have a 6 and 4 year old that are with me everyday in the truck. Well known problem that Nissan needs to fix!

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #87

Apr 152010


  • 36,000 miles
The axle seals on the Nissan Titan began to leak and many other Nissan Titan owners have had this same problem. Mine began to leak at 36K miles but I have seen others leak as early as 18K miles. This is a common problem that needs to be addressed properly and fixed. The differential fluid that leaks out, leaks onto the brakes and can cause them to fail. I noticed my axle seal was leaking after my brakes started to squeak, grind, and jolt the truck back and forth while braking. This has been a problem with my 2005 Nissan Titan and the problem continues to occur in newer models. I love the truck but this problem needs to be fixed properly. Right now I am in the process of replacing the seal through my Nissan dealership but the problem is still prone to happen.

- Pine City , NY, USA

problem #86

Apr 182010


  • 87,000 miles
Rear diff went out on my 2005 Nissan Titan. It was well maintained and it went out at 87K miles. This is ridiculous that Nissan will not step up and pay for the item that is obviously a defect. Look at all the complaints. I think it is time for a class action lawsuit.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #85

May 112010


  • 59,000 miles
No events have led to the failure of the rear end of my 2005 Titan 4X4. Dealer has identified leaking fluid from the rear axel/seals. Rearend (axel) failure is immanent and will be substantial. This same issue has been reported by many Titan owners and presents a driving danger on the road. I can't afford the $3000 plus to replace the rear axel. Vehicle has only 58,000 miles. This failure is due to defective internal parts, bearings, etc. In the rear axel of these Titans trucks.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #84

Feb 082010

Titan 8-cyl

  • miles


My rear diff has been making noises for the past 4000 miles. Took it into the shop two times and they couldn't find it. Now the rear is shot and im over my warranty now by 1000 miles, so they wont do nothing about it.

- Denton, MD, USA

problem #83

Apr 262010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 84,256 miles
While rolling from a stop driving a Nissan 2005 Titan truck with 84,200 miles on it, I heard a noise and subsequent clanging sound. Later that day I investigated the sound and determined it was coming from the rear of the vehicle and the problem was probably the rear differential. I took it to a Nissan dealer who later determined that the pinion gear loss a tooth/teeth. After further investigation I determined the only way to fix the problem was to install the whole rear end assembly including housing, gears, and axles costing $3100 at the Nissan dealer. There is a safety problem with Nissan which needs to be investigated.

- Londonderry, NM, USA

problem #82

May 172010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan 121000 miles. Normal driving conditions. Noticed oil on the inside of the right rear fender well after driving 50 miles on the interstate. Upon further investigation revealed oil dripping from the axle tube onto the inside of the rim. Right rear axle seal failed and oil is slinging onto brake caliper, truck is parked and oil is dripping onto the inside of the rim collecting and will sling out onto tire, brake caliper and exhaust tail pipe. Left rear axle seal is beginning to leak. Repair is new seals, bearings, spacer, retaining clip, bearing retainer.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #81

Mar 222010

Titan 8-cyl

  • miles
Right and left rear axle seals blew out and leaked differential fluid. Differential fluid leaking on rear brake rotors which could cause brake failure, which was a major safety concern to me. Bought used on 3/22/2010 with 61,611 miles on vehicle. No suspension modifications had been done to vehicle. Also, the rear differential oil will slowly leak and cause the rear differential to lose fluid and fail. As this seemed to be a very common problem with the Nissan Titan, Nissan should address this issue and offer a permanent fix so we would not be faced with the safety issue in the future.

- Horseheads, NY, USA

problem #80

Apr 092010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 44,500 miles
Bought a used 2005 Nissan 4X4 Titan, front differential failed. I noticed front differential was leaking in the driveway the next day. Noticed the drivers side cv shaft was pulling out of the differential and not properly seated. Automotive shop found C clip on the end of the splined axle shaft broken and the splines stripped and twisted where it goes into the gear. Replaced the drivers side cv shaft, axle shaft, gear, & bearings. Vehicle had 44500 miles on it.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #79

Apr 242010


  • 81,025 miles
Rear differential on 2005 Nissan Titan broke while traveling at highway speeds. In researching online it seems that this is a chronic problem with Nissan Titans around the 50K -85K mile range. Believe this should become a recall issue as this could have severe consequences if the rear end locks up when it brake at speed.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #78

Apr 222010


  • 71,212 miles
Driving along. Stopped at a stop sign to make a right turn. The rear end on my 2005 Nissan Titan crewcab, made a real loud clunk sound. This only happens when backing up to the right, and turn right. Going slow. The truck only has 71212 miles on the odometer.

- Firestone, CO, USA

problem #77

Apr 072010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan 4X4 crew cab and all of a sudden has a broken rear differential. The cost to repair is $3,500 an not covered under warranty. How is this possible? I've towed a watercraft trailer about 5 times and nothing else.

- Cardiff, CA, USA

problem #76

Mar 012010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Loud roar from rear of truck. Once it started it got worse over a short period of time. Carried to dealer and was told rear end gear failure. Dealer replaced rear end. I called Nissan because only 10,000 out of warranty but turned down. If rear end had went out at speed this could be very dangerous...Nissan needs to repair these trucks!

- Brownsboro, AL, USA

problem #75

Jan 012010

Titan 4WD 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Drivers side front axle falls out of differential constantly. This is on a 2005 Nissan Titan SE 4X4. I know this is a very common problem, because everybody on any Titan forum is complaining about it with Titans from 2004 to 2006.

- Cordova, TN, USA

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