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Originally Posted by tpar
New to forum, hello everyone.
Finally took my 04 LE 4x4 stock with 72K miles in yesterday after hearing the awful sound for about a year. Yes, a year. It's very inconvenient to keep leaving the truck with them and since the sound decreased significantly after about 5 min. of run and the general power was there and the gas mileage did not change I figured I could put it off. Anyway, they reported I have a "manifold leak". It is a warranty repair. I'm assuming it's an 'exhaust' manifold leak after reading these posts.
When cold or even after a short off time (park, run into store etc.) start truck and not notice any unusual sound at idle or even revving while in park. As soon as I accelerate away the sound is VERY evident. Sounds like it's running on 5 cylinders and the exhaust is 'packed' with a clickety clack and a banana stuck up the tail pipe. Hard to describe but awful sound. The acceleration is way off too. But hammer it with full throttle and break thru it and I can feel the old nice power kick in quickly. Release throttle and accelerate again and the sound is still there but less and also it provides proper power quicker than when I first started. So at least for mine the quote I heard above 'as it heats the leak seals' seems true. After about 5 minutes the accel and sound are pretty much normal although I can still sense (hear) it's not quite right.
History of my Titan problems:
Bed liner bubble, they fixed free with a full replacement of LineX
Brakes, brakes, brakes! 3 times fixed 3 times failed, I replaced them with $1500 of stillen.com brakes
and they still pulse somewhat under hard braking but head and shoulders above anything stock.
Squeaks rattles, everything from the dash to the door panels (after they did the required TSB wire mod). After 2 tries they finally cured the dash squeaks with probably 5 lbs. felt, who knows, glad it's gone.
I've got a love/hate relationship with this truck. I love the get-up-and-go it has and the way it drives. BTW, I've test drove most of the domestic equivalents (GM-Dodge etc.) that have higher power specs and none of them can punch it up like my ole 72K Titan. Have not tried the new Tundra. I'm spoiled by that Titan power!
I hate that Nissan did not step up to the plate and provide a properly engineered front brake replacement package. F__K them. Because of that I will never buy Nissan again and will do my best to discourage anyone else from doing so. Cheesy plastic knobs (on mine anyway)
Please excuse the rant and the looong post, I had to vent a little. I'd like to add a thanks for all the great info I'm finding here, I wish I'd found this site a long time ago.
Originally Posted by TitanTech659
Cracked exhaust manifolds on these engines is pretty common in my area. I probably replace 1-2 every couple months.
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