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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 6 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 (sec.) 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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2001
2002
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2006
NA
2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
NA
2015
NA
2016
2017
2018
NA
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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2008
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2010
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2011
NA
2012
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2013
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2014
NA
2015
NA
2016
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NA
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 2005 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)

“Braking system suddenly stops working. Must turn off vehicle and restart to restore braking”

David Z., CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“anti-lock(ABS) MODULE went-out I could feel the unit pumping my breaks you're not suppose to be able to feel that I've never heard of anyone else's module going bad...no matter what they were driving replacement cost $1200.00”

Anonymous, KS (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Front caliper locked up, causing high heat buildup that could have led to a fire”

Barry D., VA (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Master cylinder

“The Brake Booster had a design flaw that caused loss of brake pressure.Not recalled or on a campaign by Nissan. Learned of it through class action law suit.Even though reported to dealer more than once”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“It just failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“replaced front disc pads”

Anonymous, KS (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Nissan dealer in Madison WI could not fix the bread properly”

Eleanor O., WI (2005 Nissan Titan Unsure 5.6-L V8)

“Parking brake does not hold vehicle at a stop even when pushed on hard”

David H., MD (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“The Nissan Titan was not made with strong enough brakes for the sizes of the truck.They would wear out prematurely and never did stop as expected. I totally rebuilt them with aftermarket parts. Nissan was not helpful. The corp. has very poor cust”

Eleanor O., WI (2005 Nissan Titan Unsure 5.6-L V8)

“rear brakes wearing unevenly”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Both my cats cracked. I had to replace both sides- pretty expensive- $1,300 per side because they are one piece units in California”

Sean V., CA (2005 Nissan Titan Unsure 5.6-L V8)

“total exhaust system failure - first of catalytic converter and then entire ehaust”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Consistent failure of exhaust manifold..cracks near the last downpipe or in the last bend in pipes”

Henry H., GA (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Exhaust manifold had to be replaced”

H S., KY (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Replaced 3rd exhaust manifold JUST on drivers side. Always cracked in same area. Unless the defect burns up a car, Nissan wont do anything about the issue”

Henry H., GA (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“It cracked and still is. Got the run around because the manifold cracked after 60,000 miles. Under California law because it is part of the catalytic system the warranty should be 80,000. It was noticed at 72,000”

Paul S., CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Muffler developed a hole on the top needing replacement. The pipes were replaced at the same time from the catalytic converter back”

John R., PA (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Loose flange on tailpipe in back of muffler”

Anonymous, MN (2005 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 interior trim or moldings

“Pieces of trim around handholds inside cab broke off”

SUSn K., NM (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint has completely faded out on roof and hood”

David Z., CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Silver paint fade from sun. Repaired with car wrap. Nissan needs to take a look at this”

Jack R., CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Clear coat on the hood and roof has come off causing the paint to fade. The truck will need to be painted to fix this issue. The problem started when the truck was ~ 5 years old”

Robert D., CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Although care was taken to maintain the lustre of the paint, it still lost its shine and had to be repainted. No problems with chipping, just the color itself”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Clear coat peeling off in sheets”

James W., NC (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

“Hood nose and driver side rear quarter superficial rust spots and rear bumper very rusty but is still intact...estimated at $1000 to take care of all the areas”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Nissan Titan XE 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

Stability control (ESC)

“The ESC light and other gauges 4WD/etc. other engine light components come on then the engine power goes crazy while driving. Very dangerous. Have taken it to the dealer for same problem 5 times. Still does the same thing”

Leigh-Frank W., CA (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“This has been an ongoing problem for years. The stability control warning lights go on at various times and affect the operation of the truck. Have taken to dealership numerous times for repair and never has been solved to our satisfaction. Same problem keeps coming back”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Differential went out on a rural road. Could have caused a serious accident had husband not stopped truck immediately. Thank goodness truck was still under warranty. Job quote $8,000! Yikes!!!”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Seal leaked”

Chris E., WI (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

“Rear end seal leaked on rear brakes and had to do extensive repairs”

Chris E., WI (2005 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

Springs or torsion bars

“both rear leaf spring shackles needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“REPLACED POWER STERRING.ONLY PROBLEM I HVE HAD WITH TRUCK.STILL LOOKS LIKE NEW”

Donald C., OH (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“My left front wheel bearing wore out and needed replaced. This also caused a wheel speed sensor to fail. Rendering the 4 wheel drive and ABS systems inoperable”

John R., PA (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Rubber hose from filler tank to pump”

James F., MO (2005 Nissan Titan XE 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

Interior lights

“The LED lights for controlling all three heating and air conditioning systems burned out. They cost over $300 each to replace. LEDs should never burn out in cars and trucks”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)
12V power plug

“Trailer assessories power continues to blow out. Online sources indicate this is common. But a pain in the butt when you haul horses”

Edward O., IA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Body control module

“We had the computer replaced under warranty years ago but it failed again and blew out several fuses and wires behind he engine. Expensive and time consuming to fix”

Edward O., IA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Cruise control

“Intermittent failure to hold selected speed. Stops working during travel”

David H., MD (2005 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

“Replaced radiator”

Robert H., OR (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)

“Both passenger side doors fill with rainwater”

Barry D., VA (2005 Nissan Titan SE 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

Automatic climate control

“the automatic climate control does not work. one time the blower comes on full blast then it just dies and stops”

Crystal E., IL (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

“Fan switch riostat failed. Fan ran at one speed only. Dealer stated the main controller failed as well so Max speed was not available. HVAC continued to provide thermostatically controlled warm and cold air”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

“Engine overheats when traveling up hills. Only recently started doing this. Have to run heater to cool down. We live in a rural area and our nearest dealer is 100 miles away. Very hard to get into fix”

Leigh-Frank W., CA (2005 Nissan Titan XE 5.6-L V8)
Radiator

“Had small leak in radiator from corrosion and had to replace it”

Michael H., NJ (2005 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

Transmission leaks

“Rear axle seal leak has occurred multiple times. Have had to fix both sides three times. This is not a typical problem in pickups so I assume it is a design flaw in the Titan. Cost is about $400/seal to fix”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Could not shift. Took the dealer more than 4 times over a 6 week period to diagnose and repair the problem”

Anonymous, TX (2005 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

Radio

“Radio system completely died”

Anonymous, PA (2005 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Rear canister purge valve replacement along with needing a new filter kit”

Edward O., IA (2005 Nissan Titan SE 5.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Line burst and lost fluid so transmission blew from heat”

Michael H., NJ (2005 Nissan Titan LE 5.6-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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