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Hey fellas,
I am looking at getting a titan. I test drove a few put money down on one (the guy got a much higher offer and sold it on me) and will probably buy one within a week.
The one I looked at today was a 04 with 90k on the odometer. How long are these trust worthy for? I am a little leary about buying one with so many miles but it is an LE with basically every option but the toolbox. It has aftermarket intake and exhaust and feels pretty quick. I dont know if anything else has been done to it but I dont want to buy someone elses problems.
I am also a little concerned about the rear axle. Why did they use a Dana 44? With that much torque and a large stock tire I am worried about blowing it apart when towing. I will be towing a car trailer with my YJ rock crawler on it. The crawler is about 5k plus whatever the trailer weighs and whatever miscellaneous tools and stuff I bring along with me. So I could be looking at about 8k pulling. It appears the only real weak point of the truck. I dont know why they didnt just use a dana 60?
Should I look for one with less miles and just settle for less options to be in the same price range?
This will be my second Nissan, I had an 84 200sx turbo when I was 16. haha.
My current driver is a 03 Duramax but I dont like the stickshift or long box or finding a station that sells diesel when Im in the city. So I want something a little smaller that can still pull a trailer.
 

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If you get or look at a 2004 titan make sure it had the rear end fix and the front brake fix form the dealer. Take it out for a test drive and have the dealer look at its vin and see if all the work was done. Is the le have the tow package?
 

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Yes the LE I was looking at has the tow package. I know I want that for the gear ratio and trans cooler. I have heard about the front brake fix but what was the rear end fix?
 

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The 04 had rear end problems so Nissan replace them with the 06 rears, added the aluminum dif cover and synthetic fluid.
 

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Was this a recall or something? I found a 04 today that has 49k on it and has not had the rearend work done. Could I buy this and just drop it off at the nissan dealer to get it done or are they gonna charge me to do it?
 

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Don't buy an 04 or 05 unless they have had all TSB's done. If you buy one from a Nissan dealer insist that they complete all TSB's or don't buy it. Here is a link to most TSB's.
I looked in that link and could not find anything about the rear differential/axle. I saw the brake one. So are you saying that nissan will not fix these things if I buy it because I will not be the original owner? There were a ton of TSB's though. Are there a lot of problems with the 04 titans?
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All Titans have the same 2 trans coolers. An 04 with 49K could be a great buy. Go ahead and inquire of the 2 major issues, and have VIN checked for TSB being done. If the dealer will take care of that stuff, you'll be fine.

Actual recalls are good forever IIRC. I had front rotors replaced on a Jeep, 7 years after the notice! We had already replaced them by the time the recall came out, and put it in the dealer for an unrelated item years later.
 

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I asked the guy with the 49k 04 Im looking at about the TSB's and he did not know because he is not the original owner. However he paid to have the rearend rebuilt on it. I have to find out who he had rebuilt it and what the problem was. Hopefully the rebuild he had done fixed the issue so it wont be a problem again. Im going to look at it tomorrow if I can.
 

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unfortunately i don't think the rear diff issue is a TSB. i'm running an 04 that i just bought and it's had all the tsb's done but is still running the stock diff. fortunately/unfortunately (depending on how you look at it i guess) the rear diff looks to be in mint condition (no signs of issues what so ever) so unless it blows before June of 2009... I'm stuck with the stock model. if the one you're looking at is the same way... you'll be in the same boat.
 
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