really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,214 miles

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2006 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #76

Dec 062013

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,590 miles


Traveling 20 to 25 mph, up a hill, in 4 wheel drive road conditions when there was a loud "bang". the rear of the vehicle immediately shifted to the right, striking a tree. Never would you expect a vehicle to brake in such a way as to throw you into oncoming traffic. I believe that this defect should be immediately investigated and a recall issued. Dealer service department determined that the front differential and transfer case had to be replaced due to catastrophic failure. The front axle had backed out resulting in fluid leaking out. I was told that this was a known defect that had been redesigned.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #75

Nov 152012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Sitting overnight with temperature in the 40's, when putting the automatic transmission into drive, it would keep dropping out of gear. The truck drove fine when manually shifting through the gears. Problem continued for most of a year but did not generate an error code. Finally developed an error code indicating problem in first gear of the transmission valve body with tcm. This required replacement of valve body internal to the transmission, which had been contaminated by an undetectable radiator to trans cooler leak also requiring the radiator to be replaced. I have been told this is not an uncommon problem, for which Nissan has done nothing, other than putting a special coating on bolts internal to the transmission to detect the presence of coolant. This problem can cause complete failure of the transmission. It could be easily prevent by the installation of a separate transmission cooler.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #74

Oct 152013


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Titan. The contact stated after having NHTSA campaign I.D. numbers remedied on the vehicle 10V074000 (fuel system) and 10V517000 (engine). After the vehicle were repaired the power train was defective. The contact was unable to drive the vehicle off of the dealers parking lot. The vehicle would not move forward or in reverse. The dealer performed a diagnostic test that displayed a defect to the front brake solenoid. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the power train defect. The manufacturer stated the recall repair and the brake solenoid was unrelated. The contact did not have the solenoid repaired. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Albrightsville, PA, USA

problem #73

Nov 132012


  • 91,646 miles


Heard noise in transfer case, took in to mechanic to have problem checked. Found out anti-freeze and trasmission fluid were mixed together. Transmission had to be rebuilt. After repair needed additional repair to repair transmission line that had came off.

- Kinsale, VA, USA

problem #72

Aug 282013


  • 47,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Titan with 47000 miles. Partial VIN "1N6ba07A0" while taking it to the local midas shop for an oil change. The mechanic pointed out a leak on left rear axle seal. They quoted me with $350 to replace the seal. However they also suggested to have the dealership attempt to replace under a recall/ warranty... the dealership quoted $1900 to replace the whole rear axle under the guidance from their technicians and it being over the manufactures warranty and/or no recall. This sounds like a ripoff. Here is a quote I found on the club Titan forum site. www.clubtitan.org/forums/archive/index.php/T-32631.html "left rear axle seal 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. At time of failure at 8000 miles 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. Nissan replaced spacer axle (43070-7S200), bearing (40210-7S210), and seal (43252-7S200). As this seemed to be a very common problem with the Nissan Titan, Nissan should address this issue and offer a permanent fix so weould not be faced with the safety issue in the future."

- Fort Huachuca, AZ, USA

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problem #71

Jul 092013

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Today I found that my rear axle oil seals are leaking. It is so bad that the oil is getting on the rear brakes. Which makes sense considering I have noticed that my rear brakes are not functioning properly. This problem needs to be addressed with better oil seals so that this does not happen to anyone else.

- Grand Haven, MI, USA

problem #70

Apr 232013

Titan 8-cyl

  • 135,260 miles


Left rear axle seal blew out and leaked differenital fluid. Differential fluid leaking on rear brake rotor which could cause brake failure. This is a major safety concern to me. The leaking differential fluid will caused the rear differential to fail. This seems to be a very common problem with the Nissan Titan, Nissan should address this issue and offer a permanent fix so Titan owners would not have to deal with this safety issue in the future.

- Newark , DE, USA

problem #69

Apr 042011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Titan. The contact stated while driving 70 mph and attempting to slow the vehicle down, the it began to make a rumbling noise. When the vehicle stopped moving, the drive shaft fell out. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The rear axle and differential were replaced. Two years later the vehicle began to leak differential fluid. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #68

Mar 292013


  • 170,000 miles
First of all, I would like to say that my truck has high miles.I purchased it new, dealer serviced only.in fact my truck was serviced by a dealer in miami on 3-28-13 for oil change, the day before I lost my transmission because of, what I now know to be common place, a $5 cooling tubing that goes to the transmission. My first thought was maybe the tech at the dealer broke the tubing since its inches away from the oil filter and my vehicle was serviced there hours before I lost all my fluid, therefore burning up my transmission, you would think that the dealers would check the tubing since its right in the tech's face while conducting oil changes. Oh well, my truck was well maintained, still looks great, totally loaded le, my tranny went down without warning, this will cost me around $6000.I`M a Nissan man, I just purchased the new 2013 pathfinder for my wife back in December before it even appeared on the streets, should I have fears about defects with this one " what's going on Nissan " [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lauderhill , FL, USA

problem #67

Dec 022012


  • 89,000 miles
Front pinion seal leaking possibly get on exhaust and cause a fire and destroy electrical wiring.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #66

Dec 022012


  • 89,000 miles


Rear axle seal failure destroyed parking brake shoe parking brake will not engage.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #65

Nov 302012


  • 51,000 miles
While driving the truck in 2wd I heard a very loud clunking (metal on metal) noise coming form the front of the truck. After reaching home, I realized that the front axle was falling out of the front differential. I jacked the truck up and dropped the front diff pan. This is where I realized that the clips hold in the front axle have failed and broke in two. This is a huge safety concern, had I been traveling down the highway I could have been killed if the wheel came off. I researched online and discovered this a common problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #64

Aug 172011


  • 64,000 miles
Within a period of 14-15 months both rear axle seal assemblies failed, one each on passenger and driver side of the rear axle. According to national tire & battery the entire axle assembly is required to repair or replace a seal that is leaking, at a cost of approximately $1000 each time. This seems quite unreasonable and excessive to replace an axle that is in perfect operating condition when the only issue is with a rubber boot (seal) that is leaking fluid.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #63

Oct 242012


  • 99,700 miles
Rear axle is leaking on the passenger side.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #62

Jun 072006


  • 2,000 miles
2006 with 2000 miles; rear differential made a loud gear whine sound when in un-loaded de-cel. Took Titan back to dealer. Dealer replaced differential under warranty (2000 miles, one month after purchase). At 115,000 miles in July of 2011, replaced rear axle seals (no warranty). Now, September 2012, at 133,000 miles. The slip and brake lights illuminate when differential gear oil is cold. Once warmed up, lights go out and stay out after Titan is shut down and restarted warm. Changed differential oil every 7500 miles with 75W 140 synthetic oil per maintenance guidelines. No additives called for or used with gear oil changes. According to the owner's manual the lights (slip and brake) indicate that the anti-lock brakes and limited slip are not operational when lights are on. Differential repair/replacement required to re-gain ABS and lsd features. Not sure if the ultimate failure mode is 'graceful' or not.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #61

Jun 012011

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
2006 Nissan Titan 4X4 currently with 80,200 miles. Left and right rear axle oil leak. At approximately 65000 miles, during a transmission oil change at a Nissan dealer, mechanic noticed the passenger rear axle was leaking. The service representative stated it would be about $500 to repair. He also stated that no recall had been issued. After having the engine oil changed on July 2012, I noticed my driver side rear axle leaking now. Several similar issues have been posted online. Nissan should push the manufacture to have this hazardous issue resolved very soon and Nissan should replace the seal at no cost or at a low discounted price.

- Huntington Park , CA, USA

problem #60

Aug 202012

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
My 2006 Titan started vibrating like running over rumble strips on side of highway. Took straight to dealership. Was told that the cooling system split and contaminated the transmission. I had to have the transmission and radiator replaced $7313.56. There was no warning or anything. After reading many complaints for the same thing on other Nissan vehicles, there needs to be an investigation and a recall on the cooling system that can cause this amount of damage.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #59

Jul 092012

Titan 8-cyl

  • 85,873 miles
Had truck in shop for exhaust pipe falling off and it was brought to my attention that both the left and right rear axel seals and bearings are bad and need to be replaced. The axel had been leaking fluid onto my tires and brakes which could have resulted in brake failure or fire. Nissan will not warranty the rear axel repairs. This is the second new Nissan factory axel to be installed on this vehicle since purchased new in 2006. It is currently having the rear seals and bearings replaced at my expense. This seems to be a common problem with the Nissan Titan model and should be recalled.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #58

Jun 112012


  • 91,000 miles
Noticed the drivers side rear axle seal is leaking fluid. Could potentially cause the axle to seize and/or brakes to fail. This is a major safety issue and should be recalled. Luckily I had a mechanic notice it before I got into an accident. This is a dangerous and expensive problem that should be covered by the manufacturer due to poor quality parts.

- Gill, MA, USA

problem #57

May 042012


  • 72,000 miles
Both rear axle seals are leaking and need replaced. I have never pulled anything with this truck and at 70,000 or even sooner, I'm not sure when it started leaking, you should not have to pay for replace rear axle seals.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

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