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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair

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  • bubbagumpbubbagump Posts: 1
    I'm starting to experience the same tire issues at 8k. I was experiencing a shimmy at 75mph and had a tire store re balance the tires. The front right was out 4oz!!. Had to turn the tire inside out to be able to balance it. They noticed abnormal wear. I did some searching and discovered that many Armada's left the factory with poor alignment and the front and rear must be aligned. The truck goes back for the 6th time for various issues and I will be requesting a new tire and an alignment.
  • rosie726rosie726 Posts: 40
    How long does it take to complete a lemon law claim??
  • dyishiidyishii Posts: 1
    My dealer gave me new tires at about 9k said it was because of the breaks that messed with the wearing. I really didnt care for the reason because they gave me 2 new tires.
  • ldpldp Posts: 8
    can you post your attorney info online. I bet he will get lots of business.
  • ldpldp Posts: 8
    I got the same shake at 75.I took it back for align,balance and rotation but the ac have leak. So the SUV is still in the shop and the dealer dont have the parts to fix the ac line . Does anybody have ac problems? I got 10k miles only .
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    can you post your attorney info online.

    Please don't. That would not be in accord with the Rules of the Road which you can review by clicking the link at the top of this page.

    tidester, host
  • suv0612suv0612 Posts: 1
    Help...are these problems real? I am comparing the Armada LE and the Expedition. I have one Expedition and I know the quality, but the Armada looks interesting.....but now I am concerned after reading this forum. I am looking at the 2005 LE 4x4 (AWD). Are these real stories?
  • mrr162mrr162 Posts: 8
    I think you will find that most of the problems people have had are with 2004 model years. 2004 was the first year of production for the Armada in a brand new factory. Combining a new model, a new factory and new employees will result in problems for any manufacturer. I have a 2005 and with the exception of the brakes, haven't had any other significant issues. My wife even thinks my Armada is quieter than her G35. As far as the brakes go, Nissan has a new set-up that they are installing, unfortunately it is taking some time to get enough supply. In the meantime, Nissan has stepped up and extended the warrantee all Armadas for "brake judder" issue to 36 months and unlimited mileage. I would stay away from a 2004 Armada, but wouldn't hesitate to buy a 2005.
  • rotti92201rotti92201 Posts: 14
    I am shopping around for the same truck...
    What price quotes if any have you been receiving for the 2005 LE 4x4??? Based on what MSRP???
  • pmtrepmtre Posts: 55
    Need to purchase new tires. The Goodyears are fading fast at 26k, Looking at the BFG T/A KO or the Michelin Cross Terrain. Most driving is around town but do plan to go off road onto sandy beach several times this summer. Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated :)
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    While you're waiting for a reply here you may want to check out the Tires, tires, tires discussion.

    tidester, host
  • tanis1tanis1 Posts: 1
    I bought an Armada just two weeks ago and I am so unhappy with it the A/C sucks. My husband looked at it and said that the fan used in it is to small for the size of the SUV. It seems like the Manufacters would want to correct these problems, I am looking at getting a new car already and trading this one in. I AM NEVER BUYING ANOTHER NISSAN AGAIN............
  • watashiwatashi Posts: 1
    There is no perfect car or truck made period...my 2004 le is one of the best suv 's or trucks i've ever owned. No problems yet knock on wood and would buy another one in a heartbeat. i've had major problems with my toyota truck which I traded in on a new 2003 chevy truck 4x4 LT which had lots of problems with the transmission. so go armada......
  • wydopnwydopn Posts: 5
    Yes these stories are real - why would anyone in their right mind make up and complain about automobile problems for fun?

    The 2005 Armada's brakes are the same design as the 2004's - albeit 2 revisions later. I am a broker and have sold many 2004 and 2005 Armada's and Titans - all of them have issues. In fact, feel free to call car rental agencies who own these vehicles and see how happy they are with the brakes. The same fix that Nissan is putting on their Armada's now (2004 and 2005) is the same, because the brake system is the same. They were unable to confirm that this revision would work which is why they bought mine back and gave me a check for $8040.36.

    Myself and all of my customers have had many issues with Nissan Armada's/Titans and the brake issue appears to be the biggest of all our issues. While I admit that the 2005 Armada does have slightly better internal build quality, the brake problem is a design flaw. From a safety perspective, does it sound like a smart move to buy a 4000 pound truck that will accelerate from 0-60 in 7 seconds, has 305 horsepower and cannot stop and maintain control of itself reliably?
  • lenelene Posts: 3
    This has been a problem for me from the begining. They have replace my seat twice and they still can not fix it.
  • lenelene Posts: 3
    I was almost killed today when the brakes of my 2004 Nissan Armada went out. It happen on my way back from lunch and I could not get my car emergency brake light to come off. The emergency brake did release but the brake light on the dash remained on. I was lucky to be near a dealership and I took it in right away. They were not surprised by this at all and they said they had the new braking kits in and that the would replace my breaks. I have been waiting for these brakes from the dealership where I purchased my car and they still had not received them. At least that the story the gave me. I was very upset so I called the GM at my dealership and he was actually very nice and apologetic. He told me that I should contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair for the State of CA which is also known as BAR. He said for me to call them and ask for the Lemon Law Arbitration Department and they will send me some forms to file for Arbitration with Nissan. He said to his knowledge that this work better than hiring an attorney for the CA Lemon Law. I let you know what happens. Until then if your brake light does not turn off be very careful drive slowly.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,252
    An illuminated brake light can be confusing, especially if you think it just means the parking brake is engaged. But on some cars it has several meanings and apparently it meant for you to call for a tow today.

    Glad to hear you're only upset and not banged up and upset!

    Steve, Host

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    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    Brake light on, Its sounds like your brake fluid is low. Your brake pads are wearing too fast. As the pads wear the resovior for the brake fluid goes low. You have to replenish the resevoir or brake failure could occur. It almost happen to me. Though I caught it in time.

    If you live in CA forget about getting an arbritrator, get a lemon law lawyer. Bypass arbrtration, its a sham and if you loose it can be used against you. Plenty of good lemon law lawyers in CALI. Go to NHTSA and complain about the brake failure.
  • camlamarcacamlamarca Posts: 40
    I noticed my chrome bumper the exact same as you described. Also bought mine in March (California), and noticed the chrome finish was inconsistent when washing up, in the same area. However, it is mild, and hard to tell unless you kneel down and look straight at it. At any rate, should have been better. I've been thinking it's just a little buffing out that got missed at the factory. With the right touch and tool, should be able to fix it quickly.

    Oh yea, a mere 2,500 miles on this 2/2005 mfg date vehile, and the brakes are juddering. No worries. Knew this going in, and already knew about the newer brakes and warranty upon deal sign. Driving style is not-agressive. I'll put up with it for a free fix at each oil change, perhaps some of those new rotors, and that 3 year guarantee was a fair move.
  • krusemarkkrusemark Posts: 3
    Dealership thought that buffing would require getting too deep into the chrome so they recommended replacement, we'll see...

    I'm being told August before they expect to receive the new rotors, is that what you've heard??
  • I am the "04 guy" with the same issue. My milky finish is located on the lower right side of my bumper near the towing hook. The only reason I noticed it is b/c of running into the above gentlemen in a chance encounter. We didn't know one another at the time, but the we had the Armada purchase in common and swapped our bad stories on the car. Mine was the brake chatter or warped rotors that he informed me was a common epidemic for the car and then we talked about his bumper issue. I too was giving my car it's first bath at home when I noticed the same problem with my bumper. I think most people wouldn't notice it b/c most people probably run this beast through the car wash and the area that is the problem is out of sight or under the bumper.

    Since then I have spoken to the Sales Manager whom is the only one taking initiative and is helpful in fixing these issues, Nissan One whom is a total waste of time and the Service Manager whom is also a waste of time. When I brought my car into the sevice dept to show him the bumper issue, he stated that the problem was with "Oxidation." That is ridiculous. This car has 6,500 miles on it, the bumper is metal with a chrome finish and he is telling me that this is oxidation and that it is normal for the car. He got down on and scratched the "oxidation" from the bumper with his finger nail He said that I need to use a chrome cleaner to clean the bumper and I won't have that problem. Give me a friggin break. I told him about chip88's exact same issue, his dealership's help, the bad replacement bumpers being shipped, etc. He just blew it off totally.

    Now the interesting thing is that the Sales Manager told me that he is aware of the chrome finish issue. The Murano's are having a big problem with the chrome finish peeling off of their front bumpers. That particular dealership has Murano bumpers in stock b/c the problem is so bad. The real kicker is that the chrome finish on the bumpers they have in stock is peeling off. If the Murano is having this issue and the Armada is having the issue, then all Nissan cars with a chrome finish is going to have this issue to some degree. It is only logical. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. :mad:
  • I have the brake issue on my 04 Armada. The dealer has acknowledged the issue and put me on their "List" for replacement of the rotors and pads. In the meantime, they have given me a temporary fix by turning the rotors and putting new pads on the car. They call this a "Level 2 Repair." I told them whatever, just get me the new parts when they come in b/c I am not letting them turn my rotors, lower the life of them and expect them to call it a day. As for the tire issue, my car is out of alignment for whatever reason brakes, etc. What do you suggest I tell the dealership to solve the problem b/c I don't want my tire life wearing down due to their quality control issues with the car.
  • I have the 04 Armada and I am really pissed off about finding out about all these problems after I purchased this car. This is my first new vehicle purchase for my family. I spent $45K and I feel like I have been totally had. Brand new cars are not supposed to be a problem.....I would expect this kind of crap from a used car and frankly, my used cars have all been a lot less problematic and cost me a lot less more money. I have experienced too many issues with the car already and I want to get out of it and get a real car for the money. Does anyone know of a good attorney for IL Lemon Law? :mad:
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    I understand your delima. Nissan treats their customers like mushrooms.They have not been straight foreward with their customers. I am extremely disapointed with them. As you, I spent quite a bit of money on this SUV thinking I was getting japanese quality. Might as well take the ARMADA and squeez it into lemonade.

    I would suggest to google it. Type "Lemon law Illinois" and you should get some reputable national LL firms. Since I can't mention their names or the law firm's name in this BB this would be the best approach. Make sure you have all the paper work and make sure you meet Illinois requirement for a lemon. Good Luck.
  • camlamarcacamlamarca Posts: 40
    "I'm being told August before they expect to receive the new rotors, is that what you've heard?? "

    Nope. In fact I took mine in over the weekend, the service manager said he just got 50 kits in, and now I got the new stuff. I totally thought I would have to go through a round of rotor turning and returning another 2500 miles later.
  • tt30tt30 Posts: 31
    How much did you pay to the lawyer who won this lawsuit?
  • allrevsallrevs Posts: 1
    Hello,
    I was wondering if anybody know how to program the power door locks to lock after starting the car. All of my previously owned vehicles did that and I think it is a very good idea when you have children in the back seat. Any information on this topic would be appreciated.
  • ncl1ncl1 Posts: 1
    I just purchase a 2005 Armada SE in March '05 and have had serious problems with both the brakes and the alignment. I had a very close call trying to control my steering/braking in rainy conditions driving @ 25mph. Hydro planed 5 times within 60 miles. Also, my tire pressure light keeps coming on even though my tires have the appropriate amount of air. The car vibrates, shimmies and shudders at all speeds making it hard to control even in the best of conditions. The truth of the matter is that Nissan sold a defective product that is compromising our safety & is dragging their feet in providing us with the parts that will fix this issue.
  • camlamarcacamlamarca Posts: 40
    Also got an SE in March 2005. Mine runs fine, I even got the new brake system already without issue. The new brakes stop great, and hardly the amount of dust compared to the originals, and still have 3yr guarantee on them. I also ran the pressue sensors through an exhastive test just to see how they worked . . individually. The system has no troubles. I think some road bumps are transmitted to the steering wheel a little more than desired, but the steering responsiveness exceeds expectations for the vehicle size. I'll take the trade off. My biggest recommendation now is a split 3rd row.
  • ratscar1ratscar1 Posts: 1
    I too will never by Nissan again. Here's my story - I bought my 04 Armada in Dec 03. I normally research the heck out of cars but I got the truck for my wife on impulse. Boy was I sorry. The infamous brake problem started about 3 months later along with the drivers window not going up completely and rattling inside the door when fully down. They could never quite fix these items. Not to be out done the overhead console began squeaking and then the back end of it broke loose from the ceiling for no reason at all !! I had the truck back to the service dept 5 times in 4 months. My TL has NEVER been back to the dealer for a problem in 5 YEARS. I knew a first year production model would have kinks to work out but I was banking on Nissan's reputation. After doing some homework and reading the forums I realized there were some real design problems. Bottom line: I traded in the truck after 8 months for a 4Runner. I took about a $4k hit. Thought about the lemon law but I just wanted out. It's about one year later and these forums tell me nothingt yet has changed. Nissan is DESTROYING its reputation FAST with this truck [Armada/Titan]. Too bad they are not being stand up guys about these serious issues and because they are not I will NOT consider buying another Nissan/Infiniti product ever!!
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