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Hi All - I am considering a new 2004 Titan truck. I was wondering if folks have any lessons learned on the truck that I can take into consideration? FYI - I'm looking at the King Cab LE, with 4x4 package, big tow, and side airbags (no DVD/navigation). Basically, if you were buying a new Titan, what things would you consider now that you've driven one for awhile?

I've already seen a number of concerns on the brakes needing work/replacement at only 4-6K miles. Is there a build date that seems to have fixed these problems?

I've also seen some debate on the tailgate lift assist being included on late 2004 models? And I see there's some debate about passenger-side keyholes as well as "possessed gauge needles."

Anything else? Thanks!

(For instance, when I bought a '00 Cougar, I knew that anything past a certain build date addressed a fuel pump issue, and then a less aftermarket-friendly LIM was used a year later. Also, in the third year, they changed the hatch release mechanism.)
 

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highgeer said:
I've already seen a number of concerns on the brakes needing work/replacement at only 4-6K miles. Is there a build date that seems to have fixed these problems?
First off, welcome aboard!

To answer one of you questions: I believe the build date to look for is anything built after June 04. I may be wrong, so someone please correct me if so.
 

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The later the build date the better for less chance of QC problems such as loose bolts in dash and paint blemishes. Brakes on all Titans regardless of build date should have the revised front brake parts on them (according to my dealer). As for what would I consider now as opposed to when I bought the Titan - nothing really. I am happy with the Titan as my choice overall and am happy with the SE package and other options I chose. Perfect blend of work and commuter for my needs. Just look over the truck carefully for paint blemishes/scratches. Have the dealer check the diff fluid as that has been filled too low in some earlier makes and make sure the tires are at the recommended pressures as stated on the door sticker (some tires balooned well over 40 psi when they should be at 35 psi). Good luck and hope to see you back here in the future as a new Titan owner.
 

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I have a build date of April 04. The only problems I have had are the radio fade (fixed), high tire preasure from factory (adjusted), low oil level in differentials (filled), and just recently my battery puked acid all over (being fixed)
 

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Ok, thanks for the insight. Pardon my pessimism, but I'd like a method to make sure the dealer doesn't just say, "oh yeah, we checked that."

I saw your battery problem, BiXLL, so I know what to look for there. And, I have a tire gauge, so I can check that.

Is there a way for me to check the oil in the differential?

What kind of paint blemishes were you finding?

Is there any way to identify that the revised front brake parts are installed?

Anything else?
 

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I recommend the LE model. I have the SE. LE included fog light, sprayed in bed liner, step bar, leather, RF radio,...

LE costs couple grands more but if you buy the above options they added up. Highly recommend big tow package. I love the outside mirrors. They make my driving lots easier.
Good luck on your new Titan
 

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Ok, thanks for the insight. Pardon my pessimism, but I'd like a method to make sure the dealer doesn't just say, "oh yeah, we checked that."

I saw your battery problem, BiXLL, so I know what to look for there. And, I have a tire gauge, so I can check that.

Is there a way for me to check the oil in the differential?

What kind of paint blemishes were you finding?

Is there any way to identify that the revised front brake parts are installed?

Anything else?
To check the rears, your gonna have to get down under it and physicly remove the fill plugs. It will not hurt it any just driving it home untill you can check it for your piece of mind.
I found that the Nissan dealers are handeling any and all complaints with no hassle what so ever, so I would not be affraid of running into the known problems.
 
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