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I bought a new Titan in 2004 and am considering buying a 2017. (I keep trucks a long time.) I live in the mountain west and, while most of the use will be on pavement, I want a truck for my activities in the mountains, often on dirt roads. I don't tow often. I was close to buying the new Titan but all the talk of the transmission issue has given me pause. My question: Given your experience, would you still buy the new Titan or would you opt for something else: Chevy/Ford/Tundra? Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, please base your opinion on performance, function and durability rather than appearance. I appreciate your opinions.
 

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After growing up with Ford's, Chevy's and Dodge's and now owning a Titan. I'd absolutely buy another Titan when it's time to replace mine, which will be awhile. Has yet to leave me needing a tow truck, can't say that for any of the above, in fact mine hasn't had a singe issue yet. Performance wise, when we need a truck to do work, my father parks his F150 when I'm around to help for a reason other than he doesn't want to tear his up. I really would not trade my truck for anything from the big three. The Tundra, maybe, but they would have to have improved it's road manners as I didn't really like driving the previous gen Tundra's and why I bought my Titan after I was pretty much convinced I was going to get a Tundra.
 

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Yes, I would definitely buy a '17 Titan or recommend to anyone else (gas V8).

I'll *NEVER* own another Chevy again, period, due to their quirky AFM (v8-v4 mode). its the most annoying thing in the world (and it doesn't work very well with the transmission - - jerky), plus the "shake" they all seem to have.

Every FORD I've owned had an inherent vibration (makes good viewing in the rear view mirror with the bed hopping).

Only owned one ram truck..... Overall good, 8 speed tranny should have never been paired with a V6 (maybe different in the Hemi).


The Titan for a Crew Cab probably has one of the smoothest rides compared to any other truck I've owned. Have noticed no vibrations or shaking (road dependent). The interior is a hell of a lot nicer than the Silverado...

Only one complaint (and the transmission isn't one of them---already had the TSB).........is........ The somewhat outdated touch screen and its options. So far behind the other guys.......Every vehicle should be internet connected (ram was, chevy was, not sure about ford sync 3).

But yea, i'd buy another. And I've already gotten lots of compliments on the truck as far as exterior appeal.

OP, its too soon to review durability.

You might go over to TFL (the fast lane truck) and see of their reviews, including towing, and the "ike gauntlet".
 

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Having owned three new Titan's since 2005 answer your question? If your sticking with the gasser, than yes. I wouldn't get the diesel though, not just yet. Too many issues.
 
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I bought a Titan S crew cab in March. I have 7 Toyotas over the years, but they have just priced themselves out of contention for me. I am very happy with the Titan so far, one thing for sure you'll never want for power with a new Titan. I was surprised at the way the base model Titan S is optioned, Bluetooth, integrated cell phone, power windows and locks, USB and aux inputs, all things I wasn't expecting. The rear view camera was NOT included but I got it thrown in on the deal. Mine also has a factory spray in bedliner, hitch and factory trailer wiring for both 4 and 7 pin setups. Nice floor mats and I prefer the vinyl work truck flooring to carpet. I decided to get a 2WD this time since I have t needed 4WD in 6 or 7 years and didn't *really* need it then. I'm planning to keep this truck for a long time.

The Titan rides very good, and handles good. I live in the Ouachita mountains and drive a lot of mountain roads. I was able to compare the Titan with a '16 F-150 and preferred the Titan in every way.
 

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It a BIG yes any time for me ..i owned the the truck since October and in very happy whit the the decision (I was going for a ford) but for 10.000 less i got the Titan SV and would buy it again tomorrow..u must not worry about the transmission it and easy fix ..it pull my RV like there nothing behind .and the driving experience is just amazing.the tone from the exhaust is just what u what to ear wen you press the gas pedal and for fuel economy it a v8 so wen it empty u fill it back up and go. fuel economy is very good..
 

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Big yes. all you need to know
 
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TBH, There are only 2 main reasons I wouldn't buy a new Titan.

1: I plan to keep my 09 (And build on it) until.... well, my signature says it all. I do find myself in occasional need of a heavier pickup, but that's already covered, and the 'upgrade' of an XD gasser (Or even a cummins) just isn't enough to replace a manual transmission diesel F-350 duty-wise.

2: They completely did away with the 6-seater option...and I have 5 kids...4 still at home. So me, my wife, and the 4 kids= a five seater just won't work practically for me.

Come about another 7 years, when my middle daughter will be looking at heading to college, or getting her own place. THAT is when I will look at the new Titans again. Keep in mind that the reviews have NEVER done the Titan justice, and also that right now, it's a first model year.... so there will be bugs, look at the 04-05 Titans vs the 08-15. Many of the same weak points, but several directly addressed.

I've made no secret that I despise the way they look, but IMHO, There hasn't been a good looking pickup on the market since Ford went to a 'round' hood across the board in '98. In fact, my last 2 pickup purchases (An 03 Ram and an 09 Titan) were, to me, the funniest looking trucks on the market at the time. I didn't buy either for looks, but the Titan's dopey grin has grown on me. I have driven a 17, and it's a BEAST compared to the first gen, even if it incessantly seeks gears (Which it does very smoothly but noticeably). And BTW, If you want internet, get a cell booster and a hot spot, trucks aren't built to browse the web. If it's that important to you (You know who you are) then just try and pull a trailer with your laptop.


And OP: What part of UT, man? I've been in almost every inch, I've lived in Tremonton and Price, I have family in Ogden, Midvale, Logan, Payson, and Sandy. My sister went to school in Price, and my wife used to live in Wellington. I've worked extensively in Cisco and vernal areas, and I get out to Moab about every other month just because. I consider most of UT pretty much 'local'....lol
 

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And we both know that there isn't an automatic transmission out there that is really designed for mountain use.. Most folks are flatlanders who think any hill they can't see over standing flat footed is a mountain. You say 9% grade and they blink cluelessly, and out here 'off road' means there are faint tracks in the scrub, not that the pavement has ended. I say if you want one, go for it.
 

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Here's a review of the Titan towing up a 9% grade.




And we both know that there isn't an automatic transmission out there that is really designed for mountain use.. Most folks are flatlanders who think any hill they can't see over standing flat footed is a mountain. You say 9% grade and they blink cluelessly, and out here 'off road' means there are faint tracks in the scrub, not that the pavement has ended. I say if you want one, go for it.
 

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My '07 Titan has been a great truck. Most of it's issues (though mostly minor) were caused by me or the dealership. The most major issue was the exhaust manifolds going bad and the dealership screwing up the replacement.

However, when it came time to find something to pull my RV trailer with, Nissan just didn't have it. I went with an F-350 with the 6.7L diesel.

First (or second) year issues are not uncommon. Heck, Ford recently had a recall on the transmission in their F-250's because they wouldn't stay where they were parked. It sounds like Nissan is addressing issues. I would be a lot less reluctant about the gas version of the Titan than the diesel.
 

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I can't offer an apples to apples comparison. When I decided to get a new truck I initially started looking at the medium size truck market. The King (or extended) cab GMC Canyon was what I eventually gravitated towards. I didn't need a full size or a crew cab. I knew that I would have two other cars to use if I had to get groceries, carry friends and family etc. Then I saw that Nissan was coming out with the Single Cab. And I really liked the look of it. And it didn't hurt that Nissan was offering very aggressive rebates last fall when the truck came out.

By the time I went to the Nissan dealer I had already initiated conversations with several GMC dealers. So imagine my surprise to discover that I could get a full size SV with the comfort/convenience and towing package for 5k cheaper than the Canyon SLE. True that it didn't include the leather heated seats, HIDs or navigation of the Canyon. But I've since added an amazing Navigation rearview mirror ($200), LED headlights ($99) and had heated seats added (for 300 bucks) I feel like I'm way ahead.

When you look at the array of features on my SV single cab, heated mirrors, start button, tech integration, etc and the missing items I added, the vehicle feels like something 15 or 20k more costly. And the ride is so impressive. It has all the power needed. I'd definitely buy it again.
 

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TECH INTEGRATION is probably on the bottom of the scale when it comes to the Titan... (when compared to uconnect, onstar4lgte, and sync)

In almost every review online, its one of the complaints.

BUT, for the price, and saving almost $10,000 over the "the other guys", you live with it.

When you look at the array of features on my SV single cab, heated mirrors, start button, tech integration, etc and the missing items I added, the vehicle feels like something 15 or 20k more costly. And the ride is so impressive. It has all the power needed. I'd definitely buy it again.
 

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Well I have been pretty vocal about the transmission issues I have been experiencing with my 2017 SV (10/16 build date). While I was confident Nissan would eventualy get it solved, I went ahead and moved forward with the buy back (this was started prior to the TSB). In fact, I am turning it in tomorrow. I have to say that Nissan's Consumer Affairs service has been top notch through the whole ordeal. I had a signed buy back agreement in hand only a few weeks after starting the official process.

So I once again test drove all the competition and still ended up pulling the trigger on a second Titan. If that isn't a testiment to how good the rest of the truck is I don't know what is. Its a Pro4x this time around (04/17 build date). So far no issues with the transmission. I've been driving them back to back for a couple weeks now and it is a night and day difference. Its still too early to say for sure however if I will/will not eventually have the same issue again. Fool me twice shame on me, I guess.

So the transmission issues are real but as I said the rest of the truck is awesome. Verdict is still out however on the TSB. The post TSB descriptions sound like what I am experiencing with my new Pro4x. It is this reason I am so interested to know the software version pre/post TSB. Hard to make sense of it all without that information.
 

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I'm a first time truck owner, coming from several Toyota SUVs and cars. I thought I was going to buy a Tundra but the Titan's drive and the advanced tech made it a much better option for me. I also checked out the Ford but the Titan still seemed like a better truck for $10K less


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Exactly what would knowing the software versions pre/post tell you?

Details about this aren't listed on my Service Order.

If anyone else has any specific information regarding exactly what is performed by the the tech in applying the TSB, please look on your service order, and post in the forum.

Verdict is still out however on the TSB. The post TSB descriptions sound like what I am experiencing with my new Pro4x. It is this reason I am so interested to know the software version pre/post TSB. Hard to make sense of it all without that information.
 

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Just a little off topic. I wanted to buy a new titan. I've been driving frontiers for past 10 yrs and was needing a larger truck with 6 seat option for kids and grand kids. I also wanted some creature comforts like remote start, heated & cooled seats and 4x4. Nissan dropped the ball not offering a bench on loaded trucks as well as not being able to get a sun roof which was a must have for me. I ended up going to the dark side buying a ford lariat 4x4 with a 3.5L ecoboost w/10spd trans. Sure it cost me about 5 grand more but was able to get a very well equipped truck with a lot more options then what nissan offered. Bottom line, if you take care of your truck it will take care of you.
 

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Several members on here are quite familiar with that stretch of road (I used to run it twice a week). Keep in mind, too, that that's the interstate... Now wrap your head around what the campsite access roads look like. What I'm saying is that we who actually have to drive that are an insignificant % of the overall market. Therefore, the automotive companies have not, do not, and likely will never key a mass product to that duty. I have yet to meet the automatic transmission that will do that over and over, in any weather, on its own, without shifting manually, so seeking 'perfection' as applies to a mountain driver is pointless. After my test-drive, i have no doubt the new Titan can handle it as well, or better, than a first gen, but in the Rockies, nothing beats a stick-shift. Since it's almost impossible to find a pickup that has a manual transmission now, you take what you can get..lol. The point is that any automatic will leave mountain boys with something to be desired, not that the Titan isn't up to it.
 
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