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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair

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  • batwomanbatwoman Posts: 2
    I bought my armada 04 LE in DEC 03. I took it back the next day as the arm for the lift gate stopped working and it has been downhill since.
    - drivers side window weather stripping replace 3 times - came off the track.
    - other three window weather stripping also replaced for wind noise
    - sunroof replaced twice and it's cover twice
    - one hub replaced
    - brakes replaced and turned 3 times in 17K miles
    - door lock froze - unable to close unless in locked position
    all the buttons for brakes/door adjustments have broken two to three times
    I notice that the fuel gauge indicator sticks and the airbag light is intermittent.
    Apparently there is no fix for the brakes - If it wasn't for my service person at Silver Star - I would have returned the car long ago. The only thing is the truck looks good but it's one problem after another. Never had any such problems with our Honda, Toyota or BMW.
  • I purchased my Armada in Oct. 04, I've had it in 3 times for brakes and only 9,000 miles!!!! I am so tired of taking it in every couple of months and having to leave work and get rides... Also have rattles that they claim they can't find, rust on the door and broken lock on drivers side. I too love the vehicle but think it is more hassel than worth. Does anyone know anything about the lemon law in California?? Does the dealer have to take back the vehicle after this many returns for the sam issue? Very upset that this was not disclosed when I purchased the vehicle.
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    See Below. These guys are good. It worked for me it may for you. Good Luck.

    http://www.delsack.com
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    I too have the Conti-Craps and I live pretty close to Tahoe. I haven't had a problem in the snow with them thats if they still have tire treds. These tires wear out fast.

    GoodYear has the same size tire (wrangler). There is some sizes to consider that will fit the 18" wheel, 255-70-18 and 275-65-18. Be aware of the load ratings on the tires.
  • carfan3carfan3 Posts: 27
    Apart from sizeand price, which car should i purchase?
    The 04 Armadas had alot of problems since it was the first time they came out with this size. But now, most of the issues, if not all has been addressed. Is the Pathfinder going through the same cycle? I thought since Pathfinders have been around for a long time that they would or should not have any problems such as what i read hear. I thought all Nissan did was redesign the body in and out, and tweak some minor things.
    If this all new design is gonna go through the whole cycle that the Armada did, wouldn't it be better for me to get the Armada? Help soon!!
  • 81trekker81trekker Posts: 51
    Thanks for your very useful information. Checked out the sizes you suggested and found one that might work by Goodyear. Will discuss with local dealer.

    Thought you might enjoy seeing Nissan Consumer Affairs reply to my question. They don't have a clue.

    81 Trekker

    Thank you for your correspondence to Nissan North America, Inc. It is always a pleasure to hear from one of our customers who has taken the time to write and provide us with comments about their vehicle.

    We are sorry to hear of the concerns you have regarding the quality and design of your 2004 Nissan Armada?s tires. We recommend contacting your local Nissan dealer for technical assistance and recommendations. You may also contact your tire manufacturer directly for information regarding your tires.

    Thank you again for writing to Nissan North America.

    Sincerely,

    Alexander M.
    Consumer Affairs Specialist
    Nissan North America, Inc
  • big1salebig1sale Posts: 1
    I replaced the bad Conti's at 25,000. Replaced them with Michelin Pilot LTX 275/65-18's. They are GREAT tires for this vehicle. Bought them from the tire rack. Fit perfect, no leaks. Not much difference in the ride, dry grip is incredible, pretty good in the snow (hit a snowstorm in Colorado in Feb...got 24 inches and the Armada on the Michelins plowed right through. They are great in the rain. If you do serious off roading...go with another tire, but if you are mostly on pavement, buy these Michelins. Hop on Tirerack.com and check out other peoples oppinions of them. It's the greatest place to do tire research. Good luck.
  • 81trekker81trekker Posts: 51
    You are correct that the Michelin Pilot LTX is a good option. Would advise anyone interested in replacing the pathetic Continentals to go to www.tirerack.com
    and put in the size, 275/60-18 or 285/60-18. (There are more tires under the latter size.) Note the survey results and reviews. Michelin, Yokohama and possibly Bridgestone seems to have good tires in the latter size. Check with your local Nissan dealer if you want to be sure on size and load issues. Unfortunately, there do not seem to be any good all-terrain tires at this point.

    81 Trekker
  • mtn813mtn813 Posts: 2
    I checked the Michelin web site, and the cross terrains come in 265/70/18. I don't have any experience with this tire, but it got good reviews on tirerack.com and may be another reasonable option.
  • rosie726rosie726 Posts: 40
    Well our brakes are beginning to go for the 5th time, called the dealer (who has been pretty honest so far) and were told there is ANOTHER fix that is totally new but won't be readily available til May, it will have a new 3 year warranty with unlimited mileage. Let's hope this is true!
  • CLAIMS BULLETIN
    NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    National Headquarters
    18501 South Figueroa Street
    Gardena, CA 90248-4500

    Reference: WB/05-011 Date: March 16, 2005

    TO: Dealer Principal, Service Manager, Service Advisors and Claims Administrator

    SUBJECT: Warranty extension for “brake judder” condition involving model year 2004 and 2005 Titan and Armada vehicles.

    AFFECTED VEHICLES:

    All 2004 and 2005 model year Nissan Titan vehicles.

    All 2004 and 2005 model year Nissan Armada vehicles.

    Nissan has developed new brake parts, including pads, rotors, and floating shims, that will be very effective in the repair of 2004 and 2005 Titan and Armada vehicles that experience “brake judder.” These parts will also be very effective in the repair of vehicles which may have experienced the incident after an initial repair. Nissan is presently working with its suppliers to expedite the availability of these parts for use in the repair of customers’ vehicles, but the initial availability of these parts is extremely limited. Significantly greater availability is expected to occur during May, with increasing availability thereafter.

    In order to ensure that all 2004 and 2005 Titan and Armada customers are ultimately able to obtain the new parts if needed for their vehicles, Nissan is extending the warranty on these vehicles for “brake judder” to 36 months/unlimited mileage from the original in service date. All other terms, conditions and limitations of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty will apply to this extended coverage. Nissan will begin mailing notices to all owners of 2004 and 2005 Titan and Armada vehicles during May of this year as parts availability increases. In the notification letter, Nissan will advise owners that the limited warranty on these vehicles is extended as it pertains to repair of a “brake judder” condition only, and that Nissan will correct the condition if it should occur at no charge to the owner throughout the extended coverage period. Sample copies of the letters will be made available to Nissan dealers prior to the mailing.

    As this warranty extension is effective immediately, dealers should continue to repair all customers’ vehicles which experience the incident using the most current applicable Nissan repair procedure. For vehicles built before June 30, 2004, the correct repair is set out in Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) NTB04-066b. For vehicles built after that date consult the appropriate Nissan Service Manual. When the new parts become generally available Nissan will issue a new TSB setting out the proper procedures for making repairs with the new pads, shims, and rotors.

    This warranty extension will ensure that customers continue to receive a timely and appropriate repair of their vehicles throughout the transition of production and increase in availability of the new parts. It will also ensure that any customer who may experience a recurrence of the incident after receiving a repair using the presently available parts and procedures will still be well within warranty and able to obtain the new parts as production and availability increases.

    WB/05-011

    The attached warranty statements include necessary owner information concerning this warranty extension. In accordance with applicable state and Federal law, customers purchasing new vehicles to which this warranty extension applies should be provided with a legible photocopy of the applicable statement along with their Warranty Information Booklets and Owner’s Manuals at the time of purchase.

    No special claims coding is required in conjunction with this warranty extension.

    Questions concerning this bulletin may be directed to the Nissan Claims Call Center at
    1-800-258-7008, option 2.

    ASSURANCE PRODUCTS DEPARTMENT

    Attachments
    2005 Nissan Armada
    New Vehicle Limited Warranty Extension

    Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) hereby extends the coverage of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty on 2005 model year Nissan Armada vehicles as described below:

    WHAT IS COVERED: If your vehicle exhibits brake vibration or “judder” when stopping and this condition is verified by your Nissan dealership, the condition will be repaired by Nissan at no cost to you for the repair throughout the extended warranty period.

    HOW LONG IS THE EXTENSION: Coverage is extended to 36 months/unlimited miles from the date the vehicle was delivered to the first retail buyer or put into use, whichever is earlier.

    All other terms, conditions and limitations of the 2005 Nissan New Vehicle Warranty apply to this extension. (See the 2005 Nissan Warranty Information Booklet for details.)

    NNA WB/05-011
    3/16/05

    2005 Nissan Titan
    New Vehicle Limited Warranty Extension

    Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) hereby extends the coverage of the Nissan New Vehicle Limited Warranty on 2005 model year Nissan Titan vehicles as described below:

    WHAT IS COVERED: If your vehicle exhibits brake vibration or “judder” when stopping and this condition is verified by your Nissan dealership, the condition will be repaired by Nissan at no cost to you for the repair throughout the extended warranty period.

    HOW LONG IS THE EXTENSION: Coverage is extended to 36 months/unlimited miles from the date the vehicle was delivered to the first retail buyer or put into use, whichever is earlier.

    All other terms, conditions and limitations of the 2005 Nissan New Vehicle Warranty apply to this extension. (See the 2005 Nissan Warranty Information Booklet for details.)

    NNA WB/05-011
    3/16/05
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    Well if this is athentic then its about time. Enough is enough. Not exactly a recall but 3Yr/unlimited mileage seems reasonable. I just went through the final fix for the brakes and if Nissan did not do something about it then that was it. May is less then 5 weeks away.

    Tires- 275-65-18 from Michelin LTX is good choice. Better load ratings then the Conti-Craps. 255-70-18 Michelin cross terrains is probably the best tire in terms of quiteness and snow traction. I've had these in my previous SUV and just loved them. Only drawback is they are a slightly smaller tire and slightly lower load ratings than the Conti's.

    With the tire's aspect ratio slightly different than the OEM sizes I don't know if their will be issues on the tranny or differential or speedmeter. Check with a the nissan dealer and a tire house. I doubt it.
  • Authentic? Well, I spoke to a Service Manager today who advised me of this exact information, which I also subsequently found independently on the internet. It feels right.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Do you have a link?

    tidester, host
  • Yes, but it's to another forum, posted by an enthusiast who claims he has the memo. I don't want to break the link rules, but most diggers should be able to find it. I agree it's not 100% authentic, but enough people here can now take this to their service managers for verification.
  • rosie726rosie726 Posts: 40
    the way I'm reading this is the warranty extensionis still the original 3 years but there is no mileage limit.It says 3 years from the date car was first put into use.
  • Yep. I took the letter into my Nissan dealership service department, and they confirmed it is true. and yes 3 yrs, and no mileage limit. However, now I'm thinking it could be 3 yrs from the last brake service. Either way, Nissan seems to be taking this seriously with that unlimited mileage.
  • I also have called the dealership as my rotors are shot again. I was going to take it in last week but he told me that the fix was officially coming out in May but they are supposed to be getting a limited shipment next week. Actually they are coming out right away but in a limited number to quote him and the memo that was sent to them. The supply should be good in May. So I told them to call me next week when they get them. If I don't hear back by thursday I will call them. Mine has gotten so bad now, it feel it isn't safe to drive. This was my 4th fix. I also told them I can't wait any longer. If I get put off, I am going to try and force them into providing me a car to drive. We will see...
  • rosie726rosie726 Posts: 40
    It says 3 years from original day vehicle was placed in service, so I think that means they are not extending the warranty just taking away the 36000 miles and making it unlimited mileage.So I bought my vehicle in november 03, the warranty will still be up in nov 06 but if my miles go over the 36000 in that time a repair will be covered. Hope the fix works but doesn't seem like a big deal with the warranty.The last 2 updated fixes were supossed to work and didn't, guess we have to wait another 4000 miles after these are installed to really know. Also my brakes are starting to go bad for the 5th time and my dealer said IF they get BAD enough before the new fix is available , they will replace them with the old parts again.
  • brewjamrbrewjamr Posts: 1
    I've started noticing a problem with my '04 Armada when I put it in gear and I'm on any kind of incline. While in drive (or overdrive), as soon as I let off the brake, it starts to roll backwards as if I were driving a manual trans. I've never had an automatic do this and these were shallow grade inclines (1 degree driveways). Dealership service rep explained it away as because of a low idle setting Nissan set to save fuel economy. That sounded like a bit of a stretch for something that could be a safety hazard if you're not aware of it. Anyone else run into this problem?
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