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 1 of 9)

problem #178

Sep 192015


  • 150,000 miles


I was recently driving my truck down interstate I-95 in philadelphia when I out of no where I heard a low pitched howeling noise, I was passing threw a construction zone so I couldn't pull onto the shoulder and look for a issue. A few seconds later I hear a loud series of thumping and my truck in the blink of an eye is traveling sideways at round 45mph, I swerved and missed several cars and managed to just miss the guard rail and come to a stop. If I was traveling anything over 45mph, it wouldn't have been pretty for a lot of people. I then inspected the vehicle to find that the rear axle had locked up the rear wheels and the drive shaft had torn out of the rear axle. Do to the rear wheels suddenly becoming locked, made the truck near impossible to steer and very dangerous when you consider the size of the vehicle. I had it towed to find that the rear axle had filled with moisture do to a defect in the seal & vent of the set up. I have come to find out that this is a common issue in the Nissan Titan world.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #177

Oct 262015


  • 125,000 miles
The transmission stopped working while driving on highway suddenly; the RPM's revved up accessibly to 3000-4000 without going into gear. After I immediately pulled over I witnessed fluid spewing all over my engine, out on the sides of my vehicle, and under hood.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #176

May 062015


  • 125,000 miles
Real axle seal leak. Nissan does not recommend replacing the seal but says there is a problem with the axle and to replace axle. If Nissan knows the axle is faulty and requires the axle to be replaced instead of just replacing the seal then they should be responsible and pay for the fix under a recall.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #175

Apr 192015


  • 172,023 miles


Rear differential failed. Rear seal and E locker failed

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

problem #174

May 032015


  • 151,000 miles
I back out of my driveway, stopped the truck completely, shifted from reverse to drive and as soon as I touched the accelerator pedal I herd a loud pop and then violent grinding. I shifted my truck to 4X4 to pull it off the road where it is still just setting waiting to be repaired.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

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problem #173

Apr 072015


  • 149,000 miles
When I put vehicle in drive, it would only go in reverse. I discovered the linkage from the gearshift lever to the cable had separated. The plastic retaining ring on the shift cable had broken to pieces and left nothing to hold the cable to the shift lever. This is potentially extremely dangerous as a driver could move lever to park and think he is actually in park when the transmission is engaged. Someone getting out of the vehicle while it is still running will then have a runaway vehicle. Local Nissan dealer had no replacement part. I installed a retaining ring and clip. The fix costs pennies and just a few minutes time.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #172

Mar 172015

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 107,426 miles


As I was reversing to back out a parking spot I felt a hard thud looked under and around truck didn't see anything it started snowing and I had to use my 4wheel drive and it would not engage the indicator said it was in 4wheel drive but the front wheels would not turn took it a transmission shop they told me my left front axle popped out of the differential which is a common problem with the Titan I found several complaints about this and the same way my truck axle popped out and same side called Nissan and they wont fix this problem its very costly and dangerous some people front diff blew apart I think something needs to be done a recall or something it can cause a accident.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #171

Mar 022015


  • 80,000 miles
This is the second differential put into truck since July 2014. The first one was within 30 days of purchase at 65,000 and the second one at 80,000 costing $3800. The truck is back in for repair within 5 days since and back brakes are not working properly. Waiting to hear from mechanic.

- Woodstock, CT, USA

problem #170

Feb 182015

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2005 Nissan Titan which I purchased used at 23,000 miles. Two years ago (2013) I heard a loud noise coming from the front differential. I took it to a mechanic and I was told that the U-joints failed which cost $1400 dollars. Now, March 2015, I again heard a loud noise coming from the front differential. I found that the right axle had popped out. I took it to a mechanic and I was told that the front differential failed which cost $2300 dollars. I was told by my mechanic that both of these incidents could have caused me to crash and that I was lucky. I have had several other issues with this vehicle (fuel pump, brakes, exhaust system). I was also contacted by an attorney who informed me that he was conducting a law suite and wanted to know what issues I have had. The attorney informed me that my vehicle was deemed a "lemon" by the first owner.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #169

Nov 272014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,129 miles
While pulling our boat out from boat ramp in 4lo and a loud noise came from diff. When I arrive home 25min later in the drive way I noticed gear oil from passenger side. Under truck I noticed where leak was coming from and pushed the axle back and it stopped leaking. I drained and removed shaft assembly side diff and replace seal and refilled gear oil. On the next trip we noticed gear oil leak came home did research and noticed this is known problem purchased the circlip thinking that was the problem but after last night noticed the shaft broke where the circlip was suppose to be. Looked down the diff housing and noticed the other piece of the shaft nub stuck inside. Estimate $2500 for diff replacement to 38500-8S112B or $825 to replace shaft and gear. 3rd time I've ever used 4 wheel drive!!!!

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #168

Nov 302014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


While traveling at approximately 70 mph on a us highway, the vehicle began to vigorously shake and a loud clanking noise began from the rear of the vehicle. Suddenly there was a loud banging noise coming from underneath the vehicle. Upon exiting the vehicle as it came to a stop, I noticed that the rear drive shaft had fallen off. When attempting to load the vehicle on a wrecker, the rear wheels wouldn't roll. The entire rear differential and axle had seized.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #167

Dec 112014


  • 145,000 miles
Rear seal completely failed while driving causing differential oil to saturate the rear brakes.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #166

Dec 032014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,500 miles
Front axle popped out, causing fluids to drain. Differential failure.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #165

Nov 182014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
This is a common issue which it documented on many online Nissan Titan / armada forums. The front axle has separated from the differential housing causing loss of gear fluid and lack of driveability.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #164

Nov 072014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,500 miles
Front differential has failed, sever cracking in the housing. Loud whine/grumble is heard when in both two wheel drive and four wheel drive. All lubricants have been serviced under manufacture recommendations. After reviewing online, I see this has been a common problem for Nissan Titans.

- Leavenworth, WA, USA

problem #163

Oct 012014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Defective rear axle/differential. I noticed that oil was leaking at both hubs of the rear axle. Dealer said that entire rear axle needs to be replaced. The differential has been maintained according to manufacturer recommendations. I believe this is a serious safety concern as the axle could lock up while driving.

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #162

Oct 142014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I noticed that the transmission oil cooler hoses were leaking oil onto the ground. If hose were to burst, this would cause severe damage or accident. Nissan has a sealed transmission that does not allow you to check transmission oil level. Must be taken to dealer to check level.

- Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #161

Sep 282014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that after inspecting the rear of the vehicle, axle fluid was discovered leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rear driver side axle seal had ruptured causing the fluid to leak out. The axle was repaired and the failure was remedied. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #160

Sep 022013

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
When taking off from a stop light and accelerating from 0-30mph my rear end made a terrible banging noise and I lost power to the drivetrain. I spent $4500 to replace the rear end. The entire rear differential exploded. I have never misused this truck and only tow my boat about 30 miles 5-6 times a year. All fluids are properly maintained and were at appropriate levels when the shop repaired. In researching online it appears that the Nissan Titan has an issue with the rear differential in a 2005 having high failure rates.

- Sioux Falls , TX, USA

problem #159

Sep 292014


  • 80,000 miles
Rear end gave out at 5 mph.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

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