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Nissan Armada

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  • 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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