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Back in the day (1960’s), you hardly had any vehicles at all that were driven more than 35,000 miles with any reliability. In 1988, I bought an Oldsmobile 98 that literally fell apart after six months. Now it is common to pay good money for a vehicle with over 100,000 miles.
The internet has caused us (the consumers) to be more aware and more critical of issues such as problems with vehicles. We are able to communicate at light speed and connect directly with virtually every other owner (or enthusiast). If 98talk had been around in 1988, perhaps I could have avoided that piece of junk. Titantalk has concentrated our complaints and magnified the sense of problems with the Titan. The slightest imperfection on the dashboard or squeak of the seat becomes a major issue where Nissan sucks and the engineers should be keelhauled. My real sense (not backed up with real evidence) is that Fiat, Volkswagen, and Mercedes are the most unreliable vehicles. Ford trucks are the most unreliable pickups and Chevrolet pickup trucks last the longest (Titans have not been around long enough to compare). Ignore problem dealers. Most car dealers have always sucked and always will – they are up there with lawyers.
My 2004 Titan may break down tomorrow, but so far, I love it. There have been very few problems compared with any other vehicle (on par with a Nissan Maxima I had) that my parents or I ever owned. It is reliable, comfortable, packed-with-features, fast, powerful, and pleasant to drive. In my opinion, it is the best pickup on the road. Nissan may have issues with advertising and marketing, but they have a great truck – even the 2004 model.
I can only guess at the age of some of my fellow posters. Many seem to be Generation X or Generation Y. You guys do not know how good you have it. The Titan is a great truck with what seems like very few problems. There will always be problems with machinery and people; we live in a broken world. Enjoy life and enjoy the truck. Let’s do our mods, fix our truck problems, share tips, and chill. Long live the Titan!:cheers:
 

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I have to say, very well said.... We have become a very small-minded society, on the whole. I too, try to ignore the minor annoyances. And yes, drive a 20 or 30 year old car and try to compare them to what we have today. Totally different. One big issue that is different, however, the repairs are considerably more costly. That will wad anybody's panties.

But I have to agree, this is one awesome truck, and I wouldn't trade it for any other brand out there right now! :thumbsup:
 

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Hear, Hear! Long live the Titan indeed. :cheers:

I LOVE THIS TRUCK!
 

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I'll drink to that! :cheers:
 

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Squeaks and rattles, but it's a truck!!!

Love mine also!!!
 

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Back in the day (1960’s), you hardly had any vehicles at all that were driven more than 35,000 miles with any reliability. In 1988, I bought an Oldsmobile 98 that literally fell apart after six months. Now it is common to pay good money for a vehicle with over 100,000 miles.
The internet has caused us (the consumers) to be more aware and more critical of issues such as problems with vehicles. We are able to communicate at light speed and connect directly with virtually every other owner (or enthusiast). If 98talk had been around in 1988, perhaps I could have avoided that piece of junk. Titantalk has concentrated our complaints and magnified the sense of problems with the Titan. The slightest imperfection on the dashboard or squeak of the seat becomes a major issue where Nissan sucks and the engineers should be keelhauled. My real sense (not backed up with real evidence) is that Fiat, Volkswagen, and Mercedes are the most unreliable vehicles. Ford trucks are the most unreliable pickups and Chevrolet pickup trucks last the longest (Titans have not been around long enough to compare). Ignore problem dealers. Most car dealers have always sucked and always will – they are up there with lawyers.
My 2004 Titan may break down tomorrow, but so far, I love it. There have been very few problems compared with any other vehicle (on par with a Nissan Maxima I had) that my parents or I ever owned. It is reliable, comfortable, packed-with-features, fast, powerful, and pleasant to drive. In my opinion, it is the best pickup on the road. Nissan may have issues with advertising and marketing, but they have a great truck – even the 2004 model.
I can only guess at the age of some of my fellow posters. Many seem to be Generation X or Generation Y. You guys do not know how good you have it. The Titan is a great truck with what seems like very few problems. There will always be problems with machinery and people; we live in a broken world. Enjoy life and enjoy the truck. Let’s do our mods, fix our truck problems, share tips, and chill. Long live the Titan!:cheers:
I agree. I almost passed on buying a Titan due to the negative posts, mainly the brake issue. Looking past what I read (brand loyalty)and having already owned 11 Nissans, I bought it anyway and still think it's an excellent truck.
Sometimes what we write here intending to be helpful actually does more harm than good. For the life of me I don't understand why Nissan doesn't market their trucks as much as the other brands out there. There is almost no exposure for the Titan and Frontier when watching regular channels and not a mens (sports) event or something. That's when we tend to see their advertising.
Ask anyone young or old, male or female and they can tell you who has the
strongest bed bolts in the industry or who's pickup can pull a load of dangling cargo back onto land without much wheel spin because they saturate the media with commercials.

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All my vehicle reliability issues stopped when I started buying import brands in 1995. Wish I would have learned my lesson sooner.

While my Titan has had some issues (first I have ever had with any import brand), and I have been to the shop more than 20 times, I just figure first model year issues and let it go at that. It hasn't left me stranded or broke down on me yet. More than I can say for any Chevy, Ford, Dodge product I have ever owned.
 

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Rock on Cohee. :cheers:
 

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Very well said Cohee3. This is a great site, but if I would have found this site before I bought my truck I may not have went with a Titan. I have only owned Fords up to this point and those trucks have been good to me. My 08 Titan has been my favorite truck so for.

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cohee3 said:
Back in the day (1960’s), you hardly had any vehicles at all that were driven more than 35,000 miles with any reliability..................
35,000 miles in the 1960's was no problem..........you have to go back
farther than that...........early, mid 1950's. Chevy in line 6's &
many other engines needed work by 35,000 miles.
My father's 1951 Chevy needed engine work before 40,000 miles
& it was cared for very well.
There have always been screw-ups in the auto industry. In 1922
Chevy introduced an air cooled engine with Chevy cost cutting
ideas rather than doing as Franklin. It may have been the
first recall.
Four-Ninety production ceased in 1922, replaced by the new "Copper Cooled" (air cooled) Chevrolet. This proved to be a technical disaster, prone to overheating and detonation. Only 759 Copper Cooled cars were built, and all except two were recovered and scrapped. Chevrolet quickly reverted to the Four-Ninety's water cooled four.
 

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If the big three brand loyal followers were willing to get into a truck blind folded, and once in the truck everything was masked so you couldn't identify who made it, drove it ,and through this process (four brands) they drove a Titan they would surprise themselves when they found out their favorite of the four was the Titan. It's like when your parents told you if you don't taste it how do you know you don't like it. Try it and then tell us. Now those children are adults and without seeing for themselves knock Nissan and their fine full size pickups.

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Thank you!

I have been reading these posts lately wondering what is going on. I have had trucks for almost 20 years, and this is the first one that I haven't keep a car around to drive when I didn't need the truck. Even my wife says hey lets take the truck. All machines will break down sometime.

My 2004 has 95,000 miles, and hope to drive it for another at least. And heck if the engine or transmission goes maybe I will drop a small diesel in(hopefully Nissan will have a diesel Titan by then).
 

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You really have me thinking back now. Back in the day an american vehicle was shot and I mean shot at 100,000 miles. You wouldn't even concider one with that kind of mileage. If you found a jap car on the lot with that kind of mileage you were looking at $500 to maybe a thousand if it was in very good condition. Now 100,000 miles is nothing, I guess we have forgotten just how far we have come. Here is a laugh, I rember as a kid walking off the dealers lot with my father as he ranted and raved, "that will be the day when I pay $5,000 for a new truck, this guy has lost his mind." Try and find a good used truck for $5000 now. Gotta laugh.
 

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Clint said:
......... For the life of me I don't understand why Nissan doesn't market their trucks as much as the other brands out there. There is almost no exposure for the Titan and Frontier when watching regular channels and not a mens (sports) event or something. That's when we tend to see their advertising.
Ask anyone young or old, male or female and they can tell you who has the
strongest bed bolts in the industry or who's pickup can pull a load of dangling cargo back onto land without much wheel spin because they saturate the media with commercials.

Clint
I totally agree with you here. The biggest downfall for the Titan is lack of marketing. They really need this because of the Truck market segment. There has basically only been the big 3 since the invention of the truck so to make a real truck guy (or woman) go for something new takes alot of marketing. Just because it is a great looking truck and has 4x4 stickers on the side doesn't mean truck guys are going to come running.

I work in the oil patch in western Canada...this IS truck country. In the city I live in there is damn near 2 trucks to every 'non truck' vehicle here. There isn't that many Titans. My co workers love my truck, I probably have sold about 3 of them just by going over some of the options the truck has. All of them ask if it has a V8 and if it can tow/haul anything. WTF!! Why don't the hardcore truck guys even know about this truck!!! ARGH!! :flame: But I bet they have heard of that damn Versa car....or the new Rogue!!!
 

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That's the biggest problem with forums. The negatives outweigh the positives. People jump on here to post a "problem" or complaint. People who are just browing forums for info on what to buy see it and look the other way. I have always been a GM fan and even though I never had any catastrophic disasters, they all had thier share of problems. One Dodge Ram in the mix which went through brakes, 3 isntrument cluster, 2 ECU's and finally to the trade lot (20k miles). So far, knock on wood, the Titan has only had the gas cap replaced due to it breaking in half. I love this truck and enjoy it more every time I sit in traffic and look at the people who take second and third looks at it.

When I bought mine, my father thought I was crazy for buying a Nissan. He said back in the days of Datsun they were great but quality started dropping. He would probably buy one now if there was a dealer withing 100 miles of hime. His local choices are Ford, Dodge, GM, and of course Toyota.

My father in-law heard I was buying a Nissan and automatically thought "small". He walked outside and said, "$h!t that things big!" He drives a 2wd crew-cab F250. When he climbed in and started it his eyes lit up with the sound of the bone-stock exhaust. he was very impressed.

Long live the TITAN!!!!!!!!
 

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You really have me thinking back now. Back in the day an american vehicle was shot and I mean shot at 100,000 miles. You wouldn't even concider one with that kind of mileage. If you found a jap car on the lot with that kind of mileage you were looking at $500 to maybe a thousand if it was in very good condition. Now 100,000 miles is nothing, I guess we have forgotten just how far we have come.
I tend to disagree. This was around the time I was apprenticing, so I've seen a lot of what you are talking about.

It depended a lot on who put the vehicle together. For instance, in the 50's, Ford couldn't make a decent car. Their trucks rattled like crazy, usually had that stupid 'clutch shudder' when you took off, but they at least kept running. Try to find a Ford car from the 50's now, you can't. Chevrolet made good cars and trucks; they just kept going and going.

Desoto/Chrysler made great cars, but nobody bought the trucks. Those that did found themselves in a pretty good truck, but they were hard to get body parts for... again because not that many sold. All of the above could be relied upon to go 100,000, but at that point you had to think seriously about what you wanted to rebuild if you wanted to keep running it. And what would break next, because you had an oldie. If you had an inline engine, the cylinders wouldn't wear into an oval pattern and you'd have okay to good compression for a long, long time.

Most cars and trucks would have needed engine work at about 90,000. Studebakers and Ramblers were an exception. Their cars would just go sailing past 100,000 miles without needing much work. When you hit about 120,000, it was usually time for major overhauls, though.

The Japanese didn't really show up with their game on until Datsun hit the market in about 1963. Their cars could easily go past 100,000 miles without any major work. If you bought a Toyota around then, good luck. They didn't make anything worth owning past 30,000 miles until about the mid-70's, then you had to worry about rust-outs until they got to about 1985 and really woke up.

All the so-called "foreign cars" were generally laughable unless you lived near a dealership in a big city so you could get them towed there cheaply. I had a few Jaguars in my care, and they were good... when they were good. If I needed parts, they sat. I even cared for a little Rolls-Royce Corniche, but it suffered at the hands of Lucas Electric.

Fiats were built solely for showing the incredible gullibility of their owners. Volkswagens were cheaply made, so that you could quickly knock them down every 40,000 miles to do the major work. This is with an "average" owner, not one who generally cared about the vehicle. If you had an alert owner, you could sometimes get 80,000 miles out of an engine, but generally you'd burn a valve sooner. The bodies on the VWs were pretty well screwed together, though. Their philosophy appeared to be "Change the engine periodically."


Yep, a trip down memory lane. Avoid the potholes, you can knock the front end out of alignment...

Our cars and trucks now are WAY better than they used to be. Imagine going back to a dealer during the warranty period because you had something that was really catastrophic, like the new Ford we had in with a really severe engine knock (suspected a connecting rod, and it turned out a con-rod bolt hadn't been tightened), or the new Chevy that we figured out that had the distributor installed 180° out. Harrison (Chevrolet) made radiators for Fords - you just knew they were going to leak, sometime. And warranties were only 12 months, or 12,000 miles. Essentially they were warranting that it would run the first few times you turned the key.
 

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Why is this thread not stickied yet?? Great bunch of comments, I feel. I chuckle sometimes at the threads I read. Most recently I read one complaining of the wind entering through the closed driver's window during a severe crosswind. Come on now, are you serious?!? What vehicle doesn't do that? I think in the litigious society that we inhabit, everyone looks to fault something. Everyone screams "Lemon!" the instant something goes wrong. Granted there are many, and I mean MANY, informative threads and posts on this forum that deal directly with known problems and alot of them have helped me but at the same time, more positive threads are needed. I think that the "color" threads are among the coolest; to see everyone's Smoke Titan and what they did with it or the white ones and so on. The "For Sale" threads are awesome as well. I would trust just about anyone on here to buy something from and could almost guarantee that the item I buy from you will show up at my door packaged extra securely because that's the type of guys of which this forum is comprised. Anyhow, I'm rambling all over the place. My initial point of this post was "Kudos to the initial poster of this thread!"

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even if nissan decides to pull the plug on the titan i wouldnt mind driving a truck no one else has. kinda like a classic, so many made. i dont trade vehicles every so often so i think (know) i made the right choice going with the titan this time around. i went from a 88 silverado ext. cab long bed, left it to my dad with over 189,000 mile on it and he is still driving it to date (lucky? who knows) i love my truck and i hope to enjoy it for a long time and look forward to seeing that odometer hit 100,000 plus miles. :cheers:
 

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I tend to disagree. This was around the time I was apprenticing, so I've seen a lot of what you are talking about.

All of the above could be relied upon to go 100,000, but at that point you had to think seriously about what you wanted to rebuild if you wanted to keep running it. And what would break next, because you had an oldie. If you had an inline engine, the cylinders wouldn't wear into an oval pattern and you'd have okay to good compression for a long, long time.

Most cars and trucks would have needed engine work at about 90,000. Studebakers and Ramblers were an exception. Their cars would just go sailing past 100,000 miles without needing much work. When you hit about 120,000, it was usually time for major overhauls, though.

The Japanese didn't really show up with their game on until Datsun hit the market in about 1963. Their cars could easily go past 100,000 miles without any major work. If you bought a Toyota around then, good luck. They didn't make anything worth owning past 30,000 miles until about the mid-70's, then you had to worry about rust-outs until they got to about 1985 and really woke up.


Fiats were built solely for showing the incredible gullibility of their owners. Volkswagens were cheaply made, so that you could quickly knock them down every 40,000 miles to do the major work. This is with an "average" owner, not one who generally cared about the vehicle. If you had an alert owner, you could sometimes get 80,000 miles out of an engine, but generally you'd burn a valve sooner. The bodies on the VWs were pretty well screwed together, though. Their philosophy appeared to be "Change the engine periodically."


Yep, a trip down memory lane. Avoid the potholes, you can knock the front end out of alignment...

Harrison (Chevrolet) made radiators for Fords - you just knew they were going to leak, sometime. And warranties were only 12 months, or 12,000 miles. Essentially they were warranting that it would run the first few times you turned the key.
I am not sure what you tend to disagree about. You point out some exceptions, and there will always be some, but you seem to agree quite a bit too. 100,000 miles was a big deal back then, and if you saw a car in the used lot with that kind of mileage you didn't look at it unless you were a mechanic, had a mechanic that owed you a lot of favors, and had access to a bunch of used parts. I routinely see vehicles run 100,000 now with a bunch of life left in them. The auto industry (foreign and domestic) has come a long long way.
 
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