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First Generation, 2003 - 2015 Nissan Titan Overview And Buying Tips
In today's very high-priced used car market, many shoppers are now looking for "older" models that have aged well as a way to save significant dollars. The Nissan Titan is certainly one of those models and can definitely be a viable and more economical option at this time. And well below average annual mileage candidates can still be found out there.
We're big fans of the Titan. We think it's an extremely versatile truck with a very nice drive and very good ratings. Most noted positives include its off-road capability, solid construction quality, strong handling and maneuverability as well as its smooth automatic-transmission operation.
For those possibly interested in buying an older Nissan Titan, here's a general overview of the first-generation models:
The Titan made its debut for the 2003 model year and this generation was produced through the 2015 model. This Titan is available in both extended-cab (King Cab) and crew cab styles, each with two bed lengths. There is also a choice between standard and long-wheelbase versions (20 inches longer). A used Titan King Cab is offered with either a 6.5 or 8-foot bed, while crew cab beds are both 1 foot shorter.
However, 2007 and earlier models were offered in a single wheelbase length only and did not have the two different bed lengths.
The King Cab's rear-hinged doors open extra wide for easier passenger access or cargo loading to the back seats. While the crew cab has four traditional doors, it also has a larger rear seating area and more rear legroom than the King.
Both Titan body styles are available in four trims: base XE, midgrade SE, off-road-oriented PRO-4X and the luxury-focused LE. The Titan XE comes with a front bench seat, while all the other models come with captain's chairs with a flow-through console. And the number of standard features grows progressively with each model.
Older Nissan Titan trucks can also be found with a number of different optional features, depending on the model, which include navigation, upgraded audio systems, a rear DVD entertainment system, front-seat side and side curtain airbags, various cargo bed features and the Max Utility tow package.
Special features on the off-road-oriented Titan PRO-4X include an electronic locking differential, Rancho shocks, underbody skid plates, a lower final-drive ratio, 18 inch off-road wheels and more aggressive off-road tires. It also sports some unique exterior and interior styling accents.
Powering all these Titan pickups is a powerful and capable 5.6 liter V8 engine that produces 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. It's mated with a five-speed automatic transmission that also features a tow/haul mode used when carrying or pulling heavy loads. And all models can be found in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive forms.
Since its introduction, the most significant changes for the Titan took place in the 2008 model year when it received an interior and exterior styling refresh, some new features (including Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio) and the long-wheelbase model.
Overall, due to its power, versatility and build quality, we think an older, lower mileage Titan can still make a solid choice as a used truck purchase. And we can make a number of suggestions to help you buy one at a very nice savings.
How To Buy At The Best Price:
There are actually several different ways to buy an older Titan at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.
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