The word titan would usually refer to something or someone of enormous size, power, strength or influence. When used as a name for a vehicle, most people would expect such vehicle to be extremely large, powerful and capable and has the ability to outperform most other vehicles of its kind. Well, there actually is a vehicle that is named as such, the Nissan Titan; and its performance and characteristics is way far from disappointing the expectations created by its name.
The Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck manufactured and sold by Nissan Motors in the United States. While most Nissan cars and vehicles are manufactured in Japan, the Nissan Titan is distinct as it was manufactured in the United States, with the general North American car buyer as its specific market in mind. It was introduced by Nissan Motors only in 2004. But while the Nissan Titan is only a sophomore in the large pickup truck market category, it can already well match and even surpass the performance and characteristics of veteran full-size pickup trucks manufactured by General Motors, Ford, Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota.
As the name of the vehicle implies, the Nissan Titan is really large and wide. Because of this large size, it can accommodate a lot of features and equipments that one can't find on any other full-size pickup. The Nissan Titan has an extremely wide and versatile cargo bed; complete with the add-ons and extra accessories that further enhances its cargo carrying functionality. It also features wide side doors and a one-of-a-kind wide opening rear doors that can swing open up to nearly 168. Inside, the Nissan Titan houses a lot of equipments and amenities that makes traveling with it more comfortable and enjoying. Equipments like a DVD system, audio system, CD changers, navigation system, versatile seats and memory seat systems fill up the interior of the vehicle. And with all of these equipments inside, the truck can still accommodate as much as six passengers comfortably.
But the Nissan Titan is not only all size and space. As its name suggests, the Nissan Titan is also a powerful and capable pickup truck. It is gifted with a 5.6-liter V8 engine rated at 305 hp with 379 lb-ft torquea product of Nissan's brilliant engine engineering and design. This engine is coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission in both column shifter and gated shifter arrangements. And to make it more capable off-road, the Nissan Titan has a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system that allows you to shift from 2WD to 4WD whenever necessary.
With all these equipments and parts that the Nissan Titan is equipped with, it is hard to think of any other parts that the vehicle lacks. It is also equally hard to find replacement Nissan Titan parts that can match the quality and performance of all these original Nissan Titan stock parts. A genuine Nissan Titan part is always the best choice whenever you have to replace a part or two, but if you can't find one, you can pick an aftermarket Nissan Titan part instead, although with much care.
After 3 months of use, corrosion appeared on the frame of my Titan. I also started hearing some squeaking or squealing noise coming from the brake pads, then my truck just stop working. What could be the cause of this? Is it possible for me to do the repair? How much would it cost?
It would be best to call the dealer and discuss the problem with them. Tell them about the corrosion problem because it could lead to more serious damage if left unattended. For the squeaking sound, it is actually quite common and can be caused by a number of conditions such as glazed pads and rotors, not enough pad insulation or insulation shims, worn pads, and incorrect or the lack thereof of surface cut.
Changing the brake pad is possible with the right tools. There are also DIY guides that you can follow online to help you. As for the cost, the price varies from seller to seller. It would be best to do a price comparison before purchasing to save on cost.
I smelled something burning while driving my Nissan Titan. The first thing that came into my mind was the transmission fluid because I've learned that some Titan owners complained about the transmission fluid of their Titans mixed with the engine coolant and destroyed the transmission. Was there a recall for this defect? Is it possible to repair this problem DIY style?
So far, Nissan has not conducted any recall to fix this problem. If the problem was a burning transmission fluid, then it only means that your transmission was overheating. It is a serious problem that needs to be checked at the earliest time possible. The transmission fluid is what lubricates and cools the moving parts of your truck, preventing them from burning up. As for the complaints of transmission mixing with engine coolant, such problem is not confined to Titans alone. It is a problem that is common among vehicles with defective radiators. There could be a leak in the radiator of your vehicle.
Can you DIY the repair? Yes and No. Yes, if the problem is simple such as tightening the pan bolt, however, if it involves a cracked radiator, then DIY is no longer advisable. You would need to seek the help of an expert to do the repair for you. In the future, you may also want to consider a regular tranny maintenance check just to make sure that your truck is always in tiptop condition.
The power steering of my Nissan Titan is not working. I need help.
If the power steering of your vehicle is not working properly or not working at all, the probable suspect is a leaky power steering pressure hose. Check the hose and see if there's a leak. If there is none then check the level of the PS fluid. You might need to fill it up some more. However, if there's a leak, you will need to change the hose and refill the PS fluid after.
From East to West: A Different Truck Experience with Nissan Titan
Being the first Japanese pickup to appeal to the US market, the Nissan Titan was manufactured as an alternative to the Big Three Detroit Trucks. It successfully captured the American buyers’ fancy when it comes to full-size trucks. Its debut in 2004 marked its first step in penetrating the US market, taking pride over the Titan’s dimensions and capabilities that are very similar to those of domestic full-size pickups.
2004 – 2007: Nissan Titan’s first trip to the west
A 32-valve 5.6-liter engine came standard in all Titan models, which offered users 317hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. With its fully-boxed ladder frame, the Titan was available in either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Pickup enthusiasts could choose from four Titan trim levels: the S, SV, Pro-4x, and SL. The base model was the S, while the feature-packed, mid-level trim was the SV. On the other hand, the PRO-4X was more inclined to off-roading functions. The SL, being the top level one, offered users high-end luxurious features. With these highly functional attributes, the 2004 Titan was listed as the Best Full-size Truck by Edmunds.com and was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year for 2004.
2008 – 2009: More bed options for more diverse users
Since its introduction in 2004, the Titan had been equipped with different features, including a navigation system, optional side airbags, rear sonar warning system, and 168-degree king cab rear door openings. However, in 2008, the Titan experienced major changes. These updates include interior and exterior restyling, and the addition of a long-wheelbase model.
Aside from its Brutish power, the 2009 Titan boasted its strong flex-fuel V8 engine, cargo bed utility features, 10-speaker audio system, and an auto door-locking system. The two cab, three bed configuration was made available since the 2009 model year, but there was still no regular cab version or 8-foot bed Titan offered.
2010 – present: Increased power through a stronger V8
The previous Titan model years, from 2007 and earlier, were limited to one wheelbase length only, making the 2010 Titan distinct from its predecessors. Lacking the two different bed lengths for each body style, users of the older Titans had to deal with a reduced maximum payload. Aside from its bed length, the 2010 model year had only a few updates, especially in terms of safety features.
It was only in 2010 as well that side curtain airbags were made standard on all Titans. In addition to this feature, the new Titan came with a factory spray-in bedliner, which gave extra durability to the truck bed. In 2011, all 4WD Titans received new “4x4” tailgate badges. A year after, the 2012 Titan came standard with a V8 engine and a choice of either a RWD or 4WD drivetrain.