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#82 of 875 2005 News
Aug 02, 2004 (7:06 am)
Good News. I just read an article in Automotive News. Says that the Nissan engineering team redesigned and made design notes to suppliers regarding 200 parts in the Quest/Titan/Armada. They addressed issues such as squeaking windows/windshields/doors, poor AC operation, and other common complaints. All of the changes are to be implemented in 2005 models in an effort to increase the JD Powers new car survey results. He went on to say that they would drive and review the first of the 2005's in late August.
#83 of 875 Well, that's a start........
Aug 02, 2004 (8:40 am)
Now if Nissan would increase the GVWR of the truck and maybe come out with a 3/4 ton version and a diesel they'd be doing pretty good.
I had the driver's side power window motor replaced, so far it seems ok, but I'm not holding my breath. The pass side one is still pokey to come back up, they said its normal. Other than that its a pretty good truck........what little I get to drive it these days.
#84 of 875 <b>Here's Part of the Article <b>
Aug 03, 2004 (10:36 am)
Friday, July 30, 2004
Nissan says quality crusade is yielding positive results
TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. says it has redesigned hundreds of parts in vehicles built at its new Canton, Miss., plant in an effort to fix quality problems.
About 200 Japanese engineers descended on the plant in May after three models built there fared poorly in the latest J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study.
"We redesigned every possible component," says Eiji Imai, Nissan's senior vice president in charge of quality assurance.
Nissan vehicles built at the year-old plant performed dismally in the survey of consumer quality perceptions for the 2004 model year. The first three nameplates launched at the plant - the redesigned Quest minivan, Titan full-sized pickup and Pathfinder Armada SUV - scored last in their segments.
Imai says he will test drive the 2005 Altima and Maxima - both built at Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn., plant - by the end of July. He will drive the Canton-produced 2005 Quest, Armada and Titan models in late August.
By the end of June, Nissan engineers filled in more than 200 "design notes." The notes inform Nissan or a supplier that a specific component will be redesigned. Each note accounts for one or more components.
The engineers tackled such items as an air conditioner that performed poorly, a radio tuner that was not calibrated precisely, steering components that caused the vehicle to pull or drift to one side and window seals that allowed excessive noise into the cabin.
Imai won't elaborate on which problem affected which vehicle.
Imai says the efforts are working. For example, he says, Nissan quickly reduced the number of vehicles with torn seams in the seat to 0.3 out of 100 from seven per 100.
But results-oriented Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn won't be happy until he sees Nissan ranked much higher in the next J.D. Power survey.
#85 of 875 Re: Well, that's a start
Aug 04, 2004 (9:13 am)
>>Now if Nissan would increase the GVWR of the truck and maybe come out with a 3/4 ton version and a diesel they'd be doing pretty good.<<
Ironic for you to be saying this after chiding me on the impractical side of 3/4 ton diesels.
Seems appropriate when seeking objective comments on the Titan, to henceforth disregard yours as cheerleading.
Aug 04, 2004 (8:02 pm)
Ya lost me, lol. For us a 3/4 ton diesel didn't make sense at the time, but that was before we learned all about GVWR/GCWR/tongue weight and all that fun stuff. Our other truck is a 1 ton V10 that is used for busness.
The Titan will work fine, we just have to watch the weights. I will eventually move up because we want a 5th wheel travel trailer. For starters we are going to go with a small used travel trailer and Mr Tidy (my daughter's name for the Titan) will do just fine and still get better fuel economy than our V10.
#87 of 875 Poor radio reception fix !!!!
Aug 05, 2004 (1:07 pm)
Nissan has posted a TSB for the lousy radio reception. Go to the Nissannews.com website. It basically calls for replacement of the head unit from PANASONIC.(Thought it said BOSE on it) Hope this helps!!
Aug 05, 2004 (3:46 pm)
Ya know a titan weighs in at 5300 lbs.
A 2500 HD x-cab weighs about the same !
My old 01 2500 LD xcab weighed in at 4900.
Seems to me to already be a 3/4 ton in sheeps clothing.............
I think they call it a 1/2 ton for some marketing savvy. Most hp, more trailer towing ability, etc. compared to the "other" 1/2 ton trucks out there.
Prob. didn't want to follow toyotas folly with its 7/8 size 1/2 ton.
Aug 05, 2004 (9:15 pm)
GVWR = CurbWeight + Payload
Looking over the specs I have, the Titan SE King Cab 4x4 is 6550 GVWR, 1508 payload (includes passengers), curb weight 5042, towing 9500.
The 2500HD in the same configuration is 9200 GVWR, 3646 payload (includes passengers), curb weight 5554, towing 15,700.
A really salient (although obscure) specification is found inside the drivers side door jamb on the certification label for RGAWR (Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating), basically an indicator of how much tongue weight can be accommodated on the hitch.
The curb weight by itself isn't too illustrative, until you consider the ratio of payload to curb weight. For that, the 3/4 to 1 ton formula nets you beefier springs, stronger (floating axles), beefier driveline, more rigid frame, yada..yada. Exactly why they are bouncier and less fun to drive when empty.
Now for the opinion:
Seems to me Titan is more of a 1/2 ton in wolfs clothing...nothing to take offense at, but you would only be fooling yourself if you chose to believe otherwise and put that belief to the actual test with 1200 lbs of tongue weight on the hitch, a 12,000 lb travel trailer, and head up Grand Targee Pass.
In all honesty, many things about the Titan I find nearly irresistable, way more fun to drive, a more practical daily driver.
Most of the time I don't need 3600 lbs payload, or 15,000 lbs towing, or 4x4 drive systems.
But when you do need it, you NEED it!
That's my $0.02, no hype, no sugar coating. Titan is the 1/2 ton model I would choose (and wish I could make do with), has some room for minor improvement in the initial quality, radio most notably, and could use better shock placement in rear a la Tundra for off-roading.
But Nissan definitely got it right avoiding the small-truck identity crisis, put in a GREAT engine and 5 spd automatic, and got it right in the engine details, silent chain driven cams, 32 valves, aluminum block. Nissan knows how to design engines.
Aug 06, 2004 (7:08 am)
Still looking for a old reg. to one of my old 1/2 ton ex-cabs for dry weight #s.
#91 of 875 slabbing
Aug 09, 2004 (8:21 am)
my LE 4x4 with big tow and ranchos rides just as comfy and tight as the 02 Tundra I traded for it .. only exception is older slab pavement, where it hops noticeably.
Have the common RF radio-fade complaint as well, but XM satellite is so much superior that we don't really care.
Experience has taught me that excess tonque weight wears shocks rapidly, so trailer axle placement in relation to the trailer midpoint is a crucial consideration.