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 1 of 7)

problem #134

Aug 242011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


I was driving my 2005 Nissan Titan crew cab truck. I had heard a clicking while turning a week prior but did not here it again. A few days later when almost home I turned the corner and heard a loud clanking sound in the rear of the truck. As I got right at my street the back end started to freeze up as the tires started to lock up I parked the truck on side of road. Tried to move it after I look under the truck but it would not move. I had it towed to the local Nissan dealer where I found out that the rear differential needs to be replaced on it at a cost of $4000!!!! I have looked online and seen hundreds of complaints on the same issue. Nissan is telling me that they have never seen this before. I just thank god that I was next to my house as I would have lost control / got hurt / or hurt someone else if it locked up while driving down the highway. I currently awaiting it to be fixed. Not sure what to do?

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #133

Aug 012011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Driving home one evening the truck started making very loud noises in the rear of the vehicle. After checking it several times for obvious problems I took it to a local garage who informed me the rear differential was the problem. They advised there were metal shavings all inside the housing.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #132

Jul 102011


  • 54,643 miles
At 54,000 miles the rear differential completely self destructed Nissan will do nothing.

- Holladay, TN, USA

problem #131

Apr 152011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


2005 Nissan Titan ext cab SE that the left rear end seal is leaking. I have been told that my warranty is out and I would have to pay 1500 dollars or more to replace the seal.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #130

May 222011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Truck taken to Nissan for recall and other problems real pinion seal leaking, front differential seal leaking, front differential U joint failed, creating extreme vibration at 45mph, 2 power steering hoses leaking creating difficulties controlling truck while turning, truck is a 2005 with 45,000 miles, front diff seal and U joint replaced by dealer, $170, I replaced power steering hoses cost 160 for parts, pinion seal not repaired, dealer wanted $200.

- St James, NY, USA

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problem #129

May 202011


  • 76,000 miles
Rear axle pops and grinds following a turn of the vehicle. 2005 Nissan Titan w/76K miles. Rear end locks up intermittently.

- Chaska, MN, USA

problem #128

Mar 302011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


Rear axle seal needs to be replaced. This is an systemic problem with the Nissan Titan and Nissan will not fix it. Nissan has a service bulletin on this.

- Rhinebeck, NY, USA

problem #127

Mar 182011


  • 75,422 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Titan off road package. I bought it with 55,000 miles on it. At purchase, I bought a 3rd party extended warranty(cna) that covers up to 100,000 miles or 3 years which ever comes first. My truck hit 75,422 miles and I noticed that it made a click noise once in a while when I made a left turn. Made an appointment with my mechanic and found out that the rear differential blew. I contacted the dealership which I bought it from. I was told that they had no dealings with Nissan brand and I would have to have it towed to a Nissan dealership to get it evaluted. I had it towed to a Nissan dealership. They contacted the 3rd party warranty co. And was told that it will not be covered, because I had no paperwork that the truck was serviced at 50,000 miles for the differential. Nissan told me that they and the warranty company couldn't do anything for me and if wanted to get the truck fixed, I would have to cough up 4,000 dollars to replace the whole rear axle. Being so feed up with them, I decided to give this job to my mechanic which he projected to only cost 2,100 dollars. I have always been a loyal Nissan customer, but Nissan really looks out for their best interest and not their customer. Once my truck is fixed, I will be trading it in for a Chevy Silverado 1500.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #126

Mar 312011


  • 75,000 miles
I'm the original owner of a 2005 Nissan Titan 4X4 with 75K miles. I've taken it to the dealership for every recommended service and on 3/31/2011 I noticed a clunking in the rearend while making sharp turns. I took it into the dealer and he told me that it would cost over $2700 to replace the rear differential. He had found metal chunks in the differential fluid. I baby my truck, I don't tow and I don't 4X4. I cannot accept the fact that this should be my responsibility to pay for. This is quite clearly a factory defect. I've owned, Chevy and Dodge pickups and never once had a rearend problem. I contacted Nissan usa was and explained my story. The dealership then told me they had spoken with Nissan usa and they were leaving me with a $1500 bill to pay. I expressed my extreme disappointment with their decision. I then called Consumer Affairs at Nissan to tell them why they'd be losing my business. She then called me back to tell me that there had been a misunderstanding and that I was to cover the dealership labor costs of $353. I accepted her offer. About an hour later, I received another call from that same lady's supervisor claiming that the first lady misinformed me and that I owed $1500. I was shocked and disgusted at the same time. I spoke with this "supervisor" for a while trying to reason with her, but it was futile. She wasn't interested in what I was saying. I asked to speak with her supervisor, but she insisted she was the top decision maker. She said she had no supervisor, so I asked her if she was the president of the company to which she replied no. Based on this interaction and lack of care for the customer. I will never place my trust or dollars in Nissan again. I will also tell everyone I know to stay away from this company.

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #125

Mar 222011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I just purchased my Titan a little over a month ago. I noticed about two weeks after the purchase a "pop" sound when turning. This sound was heard maybe once everyother day. Day before yesterday I was turning from a stop sign when the truck popped, this time extremely loud and a shutter was felt. I thought someone had hit me. I then made the next turn aprox.1/2 mile down the road to the gas station. Once more the truck popped when turning. I stopped and got out to look under the rear end to see if I could spot and damage from the area the noise was coming from. Nothing was visible. I then secured my son in the truck so we could try to go home. I thought to myself, im going to make a circle around the parking lot before getting out on the highway. I put the truck in gear and had made it about 20 ft when I felt and heard the rear tires lock then release twice. I quickly parked, popping 2 OR3 time while turning to make the parking space. I then called for a tow truck. After waiting 21/2hrs I had the truck towed to the nearest Nissan dealership. The next day I contacted the dealership to follow up on the problems I was having. I was told that I was receive a call before any repairs were done. Approx.. 3hrs later I received a call stating that the rear differential had gone out and would need to be replaced. I was then informed that this was a oem part and that the whole assembly had to be purchased. The individual parts were not available due to the truck being newer. Total cost for parts and labor 3,700 dollars plus tax. Then to make matters worse I found out that the parts had to be shipped in. With the weekend in the near future I was told that it could take a week to get the parts and have to truck up and going. I am currently getting a second opinion. Did I mention that I haven't even made the first payment on this truck?!! thought I would be safe buying a truck with only 68,000 miles on it.

- Dickson, TN, USA

problem #124

Mar 072011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,800 miles


Front differential failed while driving 30mph and engaging on-the-fly 4X4. No 4X4 and hazard to drive on highway.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #123

Jun 162010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Rear axle seal on my 2005 Nissan Titan leaking dealership said rear axle seal was leaking replaced seal, bearing and spacer in June 2010 that was drivers side rear axle now experiencing noise and differential problems in the front end in February 2011, wheel bearing and hub replaced noise and vibration still present had the vehicle in under warranty for clunking the front end when beginning to drive and was told it was the anti-lock brakes going through the self check. Axle seal went bad at 52,000 miles was told by dealer I was lucky I noticed the problem prior to rear differential burning up. Problem noticed because check engine light was on and was problem with the control valve on my fuel system. Truck was out of warranty between the two it was 780 dollars to repair and now my problems are worse. After normal maintenance vehicle was spilling out fluid from overflow tube. Dealership said they overfilled front differential and there would be not problem. First problem at 52000 with rear differential seal now front is going bad..

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #122

Feb 212011


  • 37,350 miles
Rear differential failure at 37,350 miles on a 2005 Nissan Titan. Front differential failed at 37,000 miles.

- Lindon, UT, USA

problem #121

Feb 022011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 59,400 miles
Left front axle shaft pulls out of front differential causing 4 wheel drive to fail. The left front axle shaft snapped at retaining clip. Part failed while driving in very snowy conditions. I use 4X4 for driving in snowy conditions only.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #120

Feb 092011

Titan 8-cyl

  • 28,048 miles
Catastrophic failure of rear differential ring and pinion causing the vehicle to be immediately undrivable.

- Gambrills , MD, USA

problem #119

Jan 162011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,900 miles
Front differential failure on a 2005 Nissan Titan with under 37000 miles. Dealer cost to repair is $1800. Internet search indicates it is a common problem with a known weak part that has since been upgraded. Nissan knows about the issue but refuses to issue a safety or technical bulletin.

- Lindon, UT, USA

problem #118

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 #117

Dec 202010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan rear end failure.

- Lynn Haven , FL, USA

problem #116

Dec 242010

Titan 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I was turning into a gas station and I heard a loud popping noise coming from the drivetrain and it felt like my truck slipped out of gear. I had to engage 4WD just to make it to the dealership. Diagnosis was a failed rear differential. Parts are being ordered for a full assembly repair.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #115

Dec 202010

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
2005 Nissan Titan front differential failure.

- Millers Creek, NC, USA

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