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 4 of 7)

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problem #74

Feb 272010

Titan 4WD 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


Rear differential/axle seal leak.

- Linden, VA, USA

problem #73

Feb 122010


  • 77,500 miles
2005 Nissan Titan le 4X4 front driver side axle shaft pulled out of the front differential and leaked fluid. This is going to cost me a ton!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nissan should cover this. I have read a lot forums and many, many people have had this problem. Why is Nissan not making this right?

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #72

Feb 132010


  • 75,992 miles
I was driving my 2005 Nissan Titan. I made a turn onto an on ramp going about 15 miles an hour when it felt like I was hit from behind by another vehicle. I looked and no one was there. My truck started making a really bad popping noise so I had it towed to meineke where they informed me that the rear differential was out. So I then had it towed to a Nissan dealership where they gave me the same diagnosis and denied my claim for them to fix it. Price tag for the repair is 3300 not including taxes.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #71

Feb 052010


  • 66,000 miles


Nissan Titan front & rear differential failure - I purchased the Nissan Titan - off road/big tow package in July 2005 and primarily used the vehicle on the road. Experienced a slight clicking noise in the front end and brought it to my dealer. The dealer informed me that the front differential was damaged and the right front axle was not attached to the differential. While at the dealer I asked them to check the clunking noise from the rear end. First they stated nothing was wrong and then 24 later after considerate prompting the dealer informed me that the rear end need to be replaced. Nissan usa paid for the front differential (parts only) and has rejected my request to replace the rear differential. Based on the number of complaints on this site and other sites Nissan needs to step up to this issue.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #70

Feb 052010


  • 68,000 miles
I stopped at a stop sign and when I pulled away at approximately 30 mph I thought I was rearended by another vehicle. I pulled into a gas station and the rearend was popping and grinding. I got out of the vehicle to inspect and did not see any fluid or signs of damage to the driveline. I tried to back up and pull forward and the rear wheels were locked up. The vehicle stopped so violently when it happened if I had been going any faster I am sure there would have been an accident or I would have been injured. Vehicle was towed to dealer for repairs. Dealer said repair will be to replace the complete rearend at a cost of $3500 for a used unit.

- Delco, NC, USA

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problem #69

Nov 132009


  • 130,000 miles
The spider gears went out on my Nissan Titan 4X4 and I discovered it is a well known failure in the early 04, 05 and early 06 Titan 4X4's. Nissan won't sell spider gears. You have to buy the entire rear end/axle assembly for about $3,000. They should be repairing all the early Titans on recall.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #68

Feb 012010


  • 54,500 miles


Passenger side rear seal leaking oil from axle onto brakes. Repaired under warranty by dealer.

- Bolivia, NC, USA

problem #67

Jan 312010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
After driving in snow for approx. 100 miles my front diff. Broke. Was told the drivetrain was way to weak to handle a 5.6 V8.

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #66

Jan 162010


  • 66,000 miles
I was driving my truck home from work and rear started making noises within a mile from home.luckily it was around midnight and no one was on the road when it went out as I turned onto my road and into the driveway where there was no movement out of truck.I had to engage the 4X4 to get it out of the way in my driveway.I haven't had it repaired just yet due to the fact it is out of warranty.luckily I wasn't on the way somewhere with my wife and daughter in the truck and it went out because it could have been a bad result. The rear end failures are a major safety hazard.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #65

Jan 172010


  • 69,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan, driving on gravel road in 4WD and I had gotten stuck in 1 inch of snow. I realized that my 4WD was not working any longer. I exited my truck and got to the top of the hill just in time to stop on coming traffic that could of struck my truck and caused serious injury to me and my passenger. I contacted the dealership where I had purchased it, and they are unable to locate a new or used front differential for the truck. The whole differential needs replaced and here I am still waiting for the part but they are unable to locate any. I have noticed on several threads and forums that I am not the only one with this problem. It has happened to hundreds if not thousands of people across the us. This problem needs to be resolved, by the manufacturer in my opinion.

- Dow City, IA, USA

problem #64

Dec 312009


  • 41,160 miles



- Langley, WA, USA

problem #63

Dec 312009

Titan 4WD

  • 57,660 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Titan 4WD with 57660 miles. While taking my vehicle to the dealership for service, I experienced a rear end failure. The roads were wet from rain. When I started off in a right turn from the stoplight, the rear end started to clunk and the truck was jerky. I let off the accelerator to see if the problem corrected itself, but upon re-accelerating the same thing occurred. I let off the accelerator once again and let the vehicle coast down the hill, still clunking and jerking. Once the vehicle was in a straight position, the rear end jerked really hard, and then I continued about a 1/2 mile to the dealership with no further incident. While at the dealership, the truck was moved from the service bay to a parking space and the attendant noticed that the rear end was jerking and clunking in a turning position. He parked the vehicle and advised the service adviser. Upon inspection by the dealer, it was determined that the spider gears were damaged and needed to be replaced. The dealer determined that the entire rear end housing should be replaced rather than trying to replace the internal mechanisms. The repair was covered under the factory warranty with 2340 miles left on the warranty. The factory warranties the new rear end housing for a period of 12 months or 12000 miles. This vehicle has been extremely well maintained, and has never been driven off-road. There was no prior indication that a problem existed until the very moment it stared to fail on this day. Upon returning to the dealer to pick up the vehicle, the service adviser did agree that this was an ongoing problem with this truck and that this particular dealership had replaced multiple rear ends in this model truck in recent months. We are concerned that this same failure could occur again. This could result in a serious accident occurring should the failure occur at highway speeds.

- Stokesdale, NC, USA

problem #62

Dec 152009


  • 73,000 miles
Driving home and differential started popping. Popping was a lot worse when turning or giving accelerating. Took to dealer and they are fixing under extended warranty with deductible.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #61

Dec 022009


  • 60,575 miles
2005 Nissan Titan rear differential failure. The truck broke down and left me stranded. I took it to the dealership and they said that my drive train warranty ran out 600 miles ago and they want to charge me $3,500 to repair it. The truck only has 60,600 miles on it and it has never been abused.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #60

Dec 062009


  • 94,500 miles
Rear differential failed while driving at highway speeds.

- Cashiers, NC, USA

problem #59

Nov 212009


  • 77,151 miles
3 years ago I bought a 2005 Nissan Titan with 350 miles on it, so a year later a problem with the rear differential came on, the warranty paid for it, now 2 years later, I am having the same problem with the rear problem, and some mechanics that I have talked to, said that I ve been lucky I haven't crushed because that kind a problem its too dangerous in a truck, it could cause a serious damage to my person or someone else.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #58

Jul 022009


  • 60,500 miles
Leaking axle seals in rear of 2005 Nissan Titan, repaired and then recurring to need full replacement of rear end.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #57

Oct 102009


  • 89,523 miles
Right rear axle seal leaking onto brakes.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #56

Nov 292008


  • 51,000 miles
Rear axle seals 2005 Nissan Titan prematurely leak because axle not vented properly. Leaking oil tends to cover brakes. Possible hazard from brake failure.

- Thomson, GA, USA

problem #55

Oct 302009


  • 73,451 miles
My 2005 Nissan Titan had a rear differential failure at approx. 73,000 miles. There was a loud banging/ratcheting sound and then the failure. Nissan (or no one else, for that matter) will not sell replacement parts for this problem. You can only purchase the "entire unit", at a cost of $3500, which is totally ridiculous, since it is only a part of the entire unit that has failed. I'm afraid that if I had been at highway speed, that myself and/or others could have been seriously injured or even killed.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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