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Nissan's full-sized pickup competes well with most other models. The Titan is quick, handles relatively nimbly and rides reasonably well. The cabin is also roomy. An optional towing package lets the Titan pull an impressive 9,500 pounds. Strong acceleration is a plus, but constant engine and exhaust noise can become tiresome. Stability control and curtain airbags are standard.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2015
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC, side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2010.
Road Test

Nissan's full-sized pickup competes well with most other models. The Titan is quick, handles relatively nimbly and rides reasonably well. The cabin is also roomy. An optional towing package lets the Titan pull an impressive 9,500 pounds. Strong acceleration is a plus, but constant engine and exhaust noise can become tiresome. Stability control and curtain airbags are standard.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.6-liter V8 (317 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Nissan Titan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Breaks chattered when applied. Dealership said to turn engine off and restart. Problem eliminated”

Ronald B., MN (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“from 30000 miles on I have had the ABS system warning light come on and the breaks feel like the ABS system was activated. This might last until the truck was turned off or a shift happened. I was never able to get the truck to service while the pro”

Suzanne F., FL (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Nissan knows about the problems with Titan's "DSS" Delta Stroke Sensor that causes the brake pedal to go to the floor and you loose your braking capacity. when you loose the braking power and you push hard enough on the brake pedal the ABS sensors ki”

Bruce H., GA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“ABS light comes on and brakes are in continuous ABS mode. Have to turn off/restart the truck to clear the issue”

Anonymous, GA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Nissan, new that the break system had issues in 2003 and now they are trying to get a class action suet to close the issue. It is a part in the vacuum system that stops the breaks from working correctly with out notice”

Harold B., AR (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“ABS light came on and would not go off until I had the entire rear ends R/R”

Frank D., SC (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“The anti lock braking system has been an problem for years. The warning light comes on and the brakes grind. After the engine is turned off the problem goes away which makes it hard to have serviced”

Suzanne F., FL (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Original master cylinder failed and was replaced. The replacement master cylinder was not identical and caused pressure on the system so that the vehicle began braking at 45 mph. The collar of the replacement master was approximately 1/4 inch longer than the original master collar (collar goes into the firewall. The repair shop had brought in at least 6 other master cylinders to find one that had the same collar depth”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“bracket broke resulting in brake shoes "dragging" resulting in necessary replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Parking brake light came on and would not go off until I had the complete rear end R/R”

Frank D., SC (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“the brakes have always concerned me due to the weight of this vehicle. . . have always involved a lot of squealing and a bit of slipping even tho' dealer said all was fine”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Brake issues abound on this vehicle. Major repairs for leaving the parking brake on for 5 miles. Recalls, and replacing rotors multiple times...with only 56k miles!”

W W., WV (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Had brakes worked on at about 20K under recall. Having exact same problem again and have for some time. Squeaks and vibrates under hard braking downhill, especially in mountains. I live in CO but not in mtns”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Once in awhile you go to put on the brakes and the brake pedal will go to the floor and you don't have the normal braking capacity. if you push hard enough on the brake pedal you get a squelching and hard vibration from the ABS system trying to stop”

Bruce H., GA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Replaced front 3rd time”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“The converters had to be replaced to pass the smog test”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Exhaust leaks

“2nd issue with exhaust leaks first replaced under warranty both manifolds because they were cracked. Now have leaks again”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Exhaust pipe had holes and needed to be replaced. This was the original pipe. Mechanic found the problem and we authorized replacement”

James A., MD (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“exhaust manifold on right is cracked”

Robert H., TN (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“I have cracks(all the way through) on both sides of it and the entire exhaust system needs to be replaced all the way down to the muffler. They tell me it is a complete system so the catalytic converters and muffler have to be replaced even though t”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Exhaust manifolds were cracked but covered under the emissions warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Due to exhaust leak a pipe had to be replace and it contained the catalytic converter so I had to pay for a new one though the one I had was fine... a built in expense that is getting more and more common with auto parts”

Anonymous, VT (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Split manifolds on both sides”

Anonymous, GA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“They all do this. Cut off by torch, noise gone”

Doug M., MI (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Muffler

“Muffler and crossover pipe rusted through and leaking. Exhaust pipe rusted through and seperated from muffler”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Exhaust pipe muffler had just a 5 year life. Now on third muffler and exhaust pipe”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Nissan Titan Unsure 5.6-L V8)

“Holes in exhaust pipes”

Anonymous, AL (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“the molding around the doors gets loose”

Josette A., AR (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“The driver's side pull-up handle and both sun visors have broken off”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“I park the truck outside in the Florida sun and had paint fade on the upper surfaces”

Suzanne F., FL (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Paint is fading in the typical water based paints”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“by 2009 the hood & top clearcoat & paint was severely deteriorated . & the fiberglass in the bed and on the top edge of the bed walls had bubbled & scratched your skin. The chrome-like coating around door handles peeled & fell off”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“The paint clear coat is bubbling up across the hood and roof of car. Under the clear coat the paint color is fading. This is going to require the car to have to be repainted before this area develops rust”

Keith S., TN (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Had to repaint the hood, top and bed side panel. Body People said it was a bad factory paint job. Dash panels all cracked and had to be replaced”

William L., GA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Two big blotches on hood. Fading”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“The clearcoat on the top and hood is breaking down and flaking off”

Beverly S., TX (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“vehicle is parked outside. Paint has faded severley on sides and tailgate”

Suzanne F., FL (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Hood and upper cab had fading on it. I noticed a lot of Titans have oxidization on the cab and hood. I wonder if this is a manufacturer defect?”

Ruben C., CO (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Replaced drive front axle”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“i was vacation traveling from home Boulder City Nevada to Erie Pennsylvania when a loud grinding noise came from rear end of truck dealer in town replaced one rear axle approximately $3500.00”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Both rear axle seals leaked, Needed replacement, including parking brake system”

Robert B., HI (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“The passenger side front axle shaft came out of differential because of a failed retaining clip”

Anonymous, ON (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Axle pulled out of front differential and transmission failed”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Poorly engineered. Failed prematurely. Costly repair with better engineered components. Nissan doesn't cover anything”

Anonymous, MN (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Cracked Manifold, passenger side”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Transfer case

“transfer case motor failed but due to broken connector so not Nissan related failure. Probably damaged by off road use. Dash light showing in 4wd not illuminating when shifted into 4wd but does show when shifted into 4wd low range”

Doug M., MI (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Rust around front windshield allowed water to penetrate and leak through the upper storage compartments. In fairness may have been the result of an improperly installed replacement windshield. No definitive way to determine if a factory problem or no”

R S., TX (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Weatherstripping now allows lots of wind noise, although it still is soft”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“sometimes does not open or close”

Josette A., AR (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Wind noise”

Ric A., WA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“thumping noise in the front of the truck when turned off”

Steven B., IL (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Very annoying squeaks from suspension system”

Galen H., WI (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Appears to be seat squeak”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“Hose leak”

Ric A., WA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“It failed”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“Front shocks worn out. Maybe be normal for mileage though”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

“Suspension/leaf springs broke and went through the box bed of the truck. Repaired myself with Nissan parts that were much better made although Nissan said there was nothing wrong with the ones that failed”

Anonymous, MN (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Tie rods

“worn and required replacing”

Anonymous, BC (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

“Uneven tire wear and diificult to make adjustments to correct”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“within 12 months both failed. Since they are a full sealed assembly each one had to be replaced. No repair or minor part replacement possible”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“replaced right front door latch”

Michael W., WA (2004 Nissan Titan Unsure 5.6-L V8)

“When there was a recall on rear Middle seatbelt the dealership instilled the replacement improperly”

Tracy F., NY (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

“The seat will no longer recline, and the only fix is to replace the entire seat, which is very expensive”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Drivers side power window motor went bad, had to replace it”

Beverly S., TX (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Have been unable to roll down rear windows. They won't roll back up due to defect in motors”

Tracy F., NY (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“A/C compressor stopped working so no A/C. Replaced A/C compressor and again had A/C”

Anonymous, AL (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“1. Control knob broke and now the fan blows at the highest setting. 2. The system makes loud knocking sounds when transitioning from the defroster to the dash vents”

Richard O., CO (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Electrical failure

“I have hade to replace the control actuator Twice, for the air conditioning and heat”

Anonymous, UT (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Automatic climate control

“Failure to control airflow; poor cooling and poor heating”

Richard A., NM (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“4X4 indicator light keeps coming on during deceleration”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“The gauges are digital and it is hard to read the numbers”

Anonymous, UT (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Headlights

“replaced passenger headlight assembly”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“I have never been able to get the CD player to work. It seems like there might be a CD stuck in there from the previous owner, but I am not sure. It will not play and it will not accept CDs so we don't use it”

Anonymous, MT (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

“the truck quit running no fuel to the engine”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Vehicle had almost 25K miles on it when the transmission failed. Cost of repair: $4000.00! Replacement transmission chatters during acceleration when the vehicle is fully loaded. The dealer says there is nothing wrong with the transmission and that”

Keith D., FL (2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Shift cable connection under dash failed”

David S., GA (2004 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Ignition switch

“Hard to remove ignition key after turning it off”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Replaced defective ECM relay”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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