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Nissan Armada

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  • haropharop Posts: 59
    Just wanted to post my observations during last several full tanks. Basically I did not see big difference between heavy foot driving vs. light foot driving. May be 10-15 miles difference for a full tank. But my "heavy foot" was not really "lead foot" and my light was not feather like. Averaging 14-15 MPG for 12 miles each way ride mostly on slow, stop and go type traffic highway. If anybody knows 75 in Dallas, from Plano to 635 and back.
    This is for 2006 LE 4x4.

    -haro
  • I PURCHASED A 2007 ARMADA WITH 17,000 MILES ON IT. I COULD HAVE GOTTEN IT CHEAPER, BUT I WANTED IT IN BLACK WITH SILVER TRIM. IT REALLY LOOKS IMPOSING, LIKE A BIG POWERFUL BRUTE. IT HAS POWER TO SPARE TO GET YOU OUT OF TROUBLE OR INTO TROUBLE DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE. PICKUP FOR A HEAVY VEHICLE IS EXCEPTIONAL. IT IS JIGGLY ON CITY STREETS FILLED WITH POTHOLES AND UNEVEN PAVEMENT, BUT YOU MUST EXPECT THAT FROM A TRUCK. ON THE HIGHWAY IT IS SMOOTH AS SILK AND A JOY TO JUST SET YOUR CRUISE CONTROL AT 80 AND ENJOY THE SOUND SYSTEM AND VIEW. THE SEATS ARE FIRM AND SUPPORTIVE. THE ONLY DRAWBACK BESIDES GAS MILAGE IS THAT IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ADJUST ALL OF YOUR MIRRORS. THERE APPEARS TO BE SEVERAL BLIND SPOTS WHEN LOOKING OUT FOR OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD.
  • pchera01pchera01 Posts: 8
    you post is pretty old, I just jpoined today
    when I test drove my Armada in 2005 Aug, it had a vibration and sales person told me to check with service dept next day. I bought it that night and went home and never seen dealer since then, I just adjusted the air in the tire and that was the problem. Because most sit in the lot for long time and doesn't work work well when you test drive it. back in 2004 when we test drove the Acura MDX, it had the same problems too
  • dpuma8dpuma8 Posts: 1
    I see that the invoice price for an 07 Armada is around $32k. I was offered a $6000 rebate making the final price almost $30k. So I am thinking that this sounds like a great deal but I am not so sure. Should I be taking the $6000 rebate and try for $26000? Or is the wrong logic?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I take it that's a base Armada? Try to get as low as possible :)

    -mike
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    Anyone happen to have traded in their 06' Armada recently? I have an 2006 Armada SE (2WD) w/ only 13,000 miles on it. I'm in the military and we currently have two vehicles...I have a new assignment where I can only bring one and I don't want to leave 1 car just sitting for 2-3 years while I'm gone.

    Considering trading in or selling the Mada but I have to do something pretty quick, so it looks like I may trade both our vehicles (07 Honda Fit Sport) and the Mada towards one new car (08/07?)...

    Any suggestions... wonder what Carmax will give me for my Aramda :)
  • Petro, my wife and I started looking at all full size SUVs in 2004. I wanted to get a new truck and it was going to be my 10 year truck. We looked at everyone, even Ford. Sorry, not a fan. I wanted something that would hold together, would tow anything I could throw at it, comfort in the front seats were and obvious must, but my father has trouble getting into the back seats of vehicles. My wife and I would drive a truck and find everything that we HATE about it. Too many times people get caught up with that "new car" feeling, and love everything until they own it. We had decided on a Suburban. We had looked at the Titan/Armada at the Tx State fair in 04, it sucked, it just seemed flimsy, but that was a 5-minute look. I got married inn October 06 and we had an Armada as a rental. We bought an 07 Armada because we loved it so much in Feb. In January, I was diagnosed with MS, and I wouldn't think about any other truck. Here's what I liked about the truck:

    Helper handles make ingress/egress in the front and back easy; standard running boards; wheelbase is longer than Tahoe, Exped, Seq, but shorter than Suburban; space between the back of the front seat, and the front of the back seat is superior to all; the turning radius is great; the power lift and close tailgate is smooth and quiet.

    I could go on for a long time. Just drive it, even rent one for a week, you'll love it.
    As far as the consumer reports reliability rating, they will tell you that their data is based off the 2004/2005 model years. They have not updated their data, visit www.clubarmada.com and talk to the people that own it, that's what helped me make my choice.
    :shades:
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I'm currently in the market for a new SUV. I currently own a '02 Denali and a '05 Titan. My short list consists of '08 Yukon Denali, '08 QX56, and a '08 Nissan Armada. I've somewhat ruled out the Armada and leaning towards the QX56. I probably could get a better deal on the Armada than the Q and was wondering if you had compared the two before purchasing the Armada?
  • Obyone, I've been looking at both the Armada and Q and you can get huge discounts on both (and just about any other full size SUV) right now as sales of full size SUV's have gone off the cliff. Drive them back to back...I think you will notice that the Q is MUCH quieter, seems to have much more soundproofing. One other thing I noticed which I think is really odd, and that you may be interested in if you plan to do any heavy towing...the Q brochure and website says the Q had a trans temp gauge, but it doesn't. But yet the Armada does...makes no sense. I sent an email to Infiniti weeks ago asking about the apparent error in the brochure and on their website, and they never even responded (other than to acknowledge the email).
  • I PURCHASED A BLACK METALLIC ARMADA IN JUNE. IT IS A BEAST AND ALWAYS TURNS HEADS. FIRST OFF, IT IS ROOMY IN THE DRIVERS SEAT AS WELL AS THE SECOND ROW OF SEATS. WHEN I NEED POWER TO GET IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC IT RESPONDS IMMEDIATELY. I DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE GAS MILEAGE. BECAUSE THE OTHER SUVS ARE ABOUT THE SAME. NISSAN MAKES A DAMN GOOD VEHICLE WITH DISTINCTIVE LOOKS AND A LION UNDER THE HOOD!!! R. TAYLOR
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I guess I'll go test drive both as the Infinity dealer also has a Nissan dealership couple miles away.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Here is the thing of the QX56 v. Armada...

    The QX56 doesn't have low range or 2wd modes, only "AWD" mode. So if you plan on doing towing of say a boat up a ramp like I do (10,000lb cigarette-style boat) the 4-Low is definitely useful.

    On a side note, I just was at a dealer last night and compared an 08 to my 04 and what a difference 4 years makes. My 04 LE is great but the 08 is amazing. Fit/finish/etc on the interior is amazing. The Bumpers actually meet the body whereas the 04-07 had a big gap in it. The key-less operation is pretty slick, the new dash is great and the power 3rd row seats are pretty darn cool too.

    The 20" rims with the Michelen tires are also a nice upgrade from the 18" with Conti-craps on them I had in 04.

    -mike
  • I have an 05 with 31,000 miles.. bought at dealer..said it was leased....i drove a Yukon for 3 years and loved it...can't afford the 07's anyhow....the armada is 4X4 and i noticed that after driving it around town or either on the high way..after about 10-15 min. of being on the road..when i do a complete stop and start to go again...the engine feels like it's pulling and it makes a loud roaring noise....it also made that noise in reverse yesterday coming out of the driveway..which is slightly inclined..however i am really noticing it more and more and i'm getting worried..took into the dealer and nada..nothing..however..i know this noise is not normal..anyone else have this noise and pulling i'm talking about? It sounds like it's stuck in another gear..but not first gear....
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    hmm a pre-leased vehicle? Probably a bad trans. Everyone I know who has "leased" a vehicle basically treats em like trash since it's not their car in the end.

    I'd start with a trans flush and fill and take it from there.

    -mike
  • it's still under warranty, i bought it a month ago, should i take it to the dealer and have them do this..should they be responsible for the bill?
  • Mike, the '08 QX56 does have the same transfer case switch as the Armada. It has the 2WD position as well as 4LO. The "auto" position is not really AWD. Under normal driving condtions all the torque goes the the rear axle. When a sensor determines that the rear axle is spinning significantly faster than the rear axle, it sends torgue to both axles. An AWD system is ALWAYS sending torque to both axles. The transfer case isn't much different than the one on my wife's '96 Explorer. Works great, and you rarely can detect when it starts or stops sending torque to the front axle.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    That must be new on the 08 QX56, cause I know the 04-07 had only one mode of AWD. I believe the initial torque split is about 20/80 with a rear bias because I've tested it on snow/ice/sand/mud/wet boat ramps and the auto-mode definitely puts some torque to those front wheels before slippage occurs, probably very similar to the bosch system used on the Isuzus for years.

    -mike
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    "When a sensor determines that the rear axle is spinning significantly faster than the rear axle, it sends torgue to both axles. "

    What exactly does that mean?
  • Under normal conditions all the engine power is sent to the rear wheels. When the rear wheels lose traction, for example, in snow or mud, power is also sent to the front wheels. You could say that the truck automatically switches from 2 to 4 wheel drive when needed. The switch is made so fast that you rarely notice the rear tires slipped before the front axle engaged. Some transfer cases make the switch mechanically (I think the Armada/QX56 is an example of that), and some electronically (I think the Acura MDX is an example, although if I'm correct I think the MDX normally sends power to the front rears and adds the rear wheels when it detects the fronts losing traction, but the idea is the same).
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm pretty sure though that the Armada/QX and several others actually put a small percent to the non-main axle to pro-actively prevent slippage.

    -mike
  • Has anyone come into issues with the 2008 model with the back making rattling noises and the third row seat making a horrible screaching noise when lowered and raised?
  • Anyone know where I can get a bug deflector for an 08 Armada, everyone seems to only have up to 07 and I'm not sure if this will fit and 08??
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I would think that it would since the Armada hasn't changed since its introduction in 2004. In fact most front end pieces are the same as the Titan.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    08 is a totally redesigned front and rear ends. 04-07 are the same but 08 the Armada is different, different front fenders, hood, grill, bumpers, lights, as well as different rear bumper, and roof racks.

    -mike
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Really? My bad. I better take a closer look as I couldn't see any difference.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yeah it's pretty suttle, but the bumpers are actually attached to the body now, the headlights have a different cut and therefore the hood also gets a different angle (that's why a bug-deflector from an 04-07 won't work on an 08)

    -mike
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  • The missus is short -- 5'.

    We're looking to buy an '07 SE. Can anyone in her height range comment on how the in-and-out has worked out for you? :confuse:

    Thanks!
  • I am shorter too and with the large step, it is no problem. The seat will auto set for two positions so one is set for me and one for my husband. Very comfortable ride for both!! :)
  • Thanks for the feedback. We wanted to hear from someone who actually spent some time with the vehicle.
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