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I finally got to look over (though not drive - it was already sold) a Titan CC (SE trim) at my local dealer. It's only the 2nd Titan I've seen in southern Alberta. Overall it is a great truck but I did notice a few design problems.

Most obvious to me is the huge unprotected opening in the front below the grill. Those plastic parts and fan blades are going to be destroyed in no time on the gravel roads around here. The center console lid opens sideways making it very difficult for the front seat passenger to reach in. A simple fix would be to have the lid open backward like in most vehicles. That tailgate is HEAVY and without any counterbalancing like the new Ford 150 has, it's going to hurt somebody who isn't paying attention.

My plans are to factory order a Titan LE crew cab in late August for delivery in November as a 2005 model (yeah, I'm a patient sort). I hope Nissan will be making a few minor improvements for the next model year. I've heard rumours of a power sliding rear window.

Here's a question the salesman couldn't answer. Does the Titan have exactly the same transmission as the Armada, complete with a full time AWD mode?
 

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There has been lots of talk here about the center console. I think that it opens properly for the driver. I think it would be clumsy to have it open from the front. I only have a passenger less than 10% of the time so their access to MY compartment is not a concern.
 

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I finally got to look over (though not drive - it was already sold) a Titan CC (SE trim) at my local dealer. It's only the 2nd Titan I've seen in southern Alberta. Overall it is a great truck but I did notice a few design problems.

Most obvious to me is the huge unprotected opening in the front below the grill. Those plastic parts and fan blades are going to be destroyed in no time on the gravel roads around here. The center console lid opens sideways making it very difficult for the front seat passenger to reach in. A simple fix would be to have the lid open backward like in most vehicles. That tailgate is HEAVY and without any counterbalancing like the new Ford 150 has, it's going to hurt somebody who isn't paying attention.

My plans are to factory order a Titan LE crew cab in late August for delivery in November as a 2005 model (yeah, I'm a patient sort). I hope Nissan will be making a few minor improvements for the next model year. I've heard rumours of a power sliding rear window.

Here's a question the salesman couldn't answer. Does the Titan have exactly the same transmission as the Armada, complete with a full time AWD mode?

I don't think the thing you're talking about with the grille opening is a "design problem". First of all, there is no "perfectly designed vehicle". Secondly, Nissan isn't liable for people who drive on gravel roads. That can be solved with aftermarket procedures. But I do understand it being a concern for some people....
 

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My wife was sayig the same thing about the center console. I think that since the DVD player is in there, it would make more sense for the passenger to be able to manage the process of changing the DVD while the driver does the driving. It is difficult for her to reach into the space without taking off her seatbelt and leaning over the console to reach in.

Yes, the tailgate is heavy. I think it could have been couterbalanced, but expect that to be something handled in future models.

If you are worried about damaging the fan blade in the lower grill, buy a Billet Grill
 

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My wife was sayig the same thing about the center console. I think that since the DVD player is in there, it would make more sense for the passenger to be able to manage the process of changing the DVD while the driver does the driving. It is difficult for her to reach into the space without taking off her seatbelt and leaning over the console to reach in.

Yes, the tailgate is heavy. I think it could have been couterbalanced, but expect that to be something handled in future models.

If you are worried about damaging the fan blade in the lower grill, buy a Billet Grill
I can see the point about the center console. Opening backwards would eliminate the possibility of the rear seat folks from changing dvds etc.

Billet grill looks great! Gotta have one.
 

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The center console lid opens sideways making it very difficult for the front seat passenger to reach in. A simple fix would be to have the lid open backward like in most vehicles.
Get the bench seat/column shift option. It has a center armrest thingy that folds down and opens rearward. I drove a bucket seat version and couldn't give up all the room that center shifter console uses up.
 

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I can see the point about the center console. Opening backwards would eliminate the possibility of the rear seat folks from changing dvds etc.
Rear seat passengers cannot reach the latch to open the console from their seats. How are they going to change the DVD?
 

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Rear seat passengers cannot reach the latch to open the console from their seats. How are they going to change the DVD?
I meant to say, that although he has a point about the center console, it would be impossible for rear seat passengers to open the center console if it were hinged at the back. I think currently, the console works well. My Bad!
 

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I can't comment on the grill or tailgate issues since I don't have a Titan (yet :) ).

But the center console I may be able to comment on. My previous vehicle had a center console hinged on the right side. My current vehicle has one hinge on the back. Hinged on the right side is great - very easy access for the driver and that's what counts. Hinged on the back is a huge pain in the ***. In order to open my center console, I have to turn the knob on the front, lift it, and flip it rearward while raising my arm up (high) to clear it. What a terrible design.

My $.02.

Edit - I agree with the original poster, re: you'd better be able to drive this thing on gravel roads without tearing it up - BUT I don't own one so I can't make the judgement about whether or not the grill is correctly designed.
 

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Well, normally it is going to be a front seat passenger needing access to the center console more often than back seat passengers. Rumaging through a bunch of stuff in that big console is probably not a great idea for the driver to be doing if the passenger can do it instead. As mentioned, that's not feasible with the current design, unless the passenger takes off their seat belt and leans way over.

And if Nissan didn't design their new truck for use on gravel roads, I can perhaps understand why many uninformed fans of the Big 3 do not consider the Titan to be real work truck. And anyone who drives where they sand highways in winter know that you don't need to be driving on gravel to have rocks thrown up at you. Some kind of lower grill protection is essential for me.

You can hardly expect Nissan to get everything right on the first try. But I think what changes they make for the next model year will be indicative of how much they care about their new baby.
 

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Derodeo said:
I finally got to look over (though not drive - it was already sold) a Titan CC (SE trim) at my local dealer. It's only the 2nd Titan I've seen in southern Alberta. Overall it is a great truck but I did notice a few design problems.

Most obvious to me is the huge unprotected opening in the front below the grill. Those plastic parts and fan blades are going to be destroyed in no time on the gravel roads around here. The center console lid opens sideways making it very difficult for the front seat passenger to reach in. A simple fix would be to have the lid open backward like in most vehicles. That tailgate is HEAVY and without any counterbalancing like the new Ford 150 has, it's going to hurt somebody who isn't paying attention.

My plans are to factory order a Titan LE crew cab in late August for delivery in November as a 2005 model (yeah, I'm a patient sort). I hope Nissan will be making a few minor improvements for the next model year. I've heard rumours of a power sliding rear window.

Here's a question the salesman couldn't answer. Does the Titan have exactly the same transmission as the Armada, complete with a full time AWD mode?
Holey Crap, if the roads are going ot destroy your fan blades, what is your paint going to look like? Do you have rocks flying at your car rather than dust? :huh:
 

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The best way for the console to be hinged is like Nissan has it-for the driver's use first and rear passengers second. The driver needs easy access when he gets in the truck before he starts driving and after he stops. I put a full size folio in mine and I can't imagine having to reach over the top every time I need to use it. If the front passenger needs in the console, he is the one that needs to be in a contorted position, not the driver,whether he is driving or not. The @#^%! passenger didn't buy the Titan, I did. Let him "deal with it".
 

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I defintely agree the tailgate needs to be counter-balanced. That was about the only thing I perferred on the f150. The titan bed almost broke my wifes hand when she wasn't paying attention to the weight
 

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Tailgate.

Hey smoketitan that's good isn't it? I mean if it keeps her away from it....lol. :jester: :jester: :cheers: Just teasing!
 
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