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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair



  • rshershe Posts: 236
    I have been using it on my Mada since new and it has 27,000 mi on it now with no problems (at least related to oil) .... ;)
  • chuntmdchuntmd Posts: 17
    Why do you ask? Have ever heard of any problems going with Synthetic oil? I've been using various kinds since 82 and never seen or heard of a issue with synthetic oil.

    Yes, you still need to change it as required by the warranty but as soon as it goes then dio what ever you please. Mobil 1 has a 15,000mile oil but I've never seen a single throw-away oil filter that could last that long.
  • joon527joon527 Posts: 1
    I own a 04 Armada, and I've just started having problem filling my gas tank. It keeps overflowing with gasoline way before I can fill it up. I made an appointment to take it in to my dealer tomorrow. Has anyone else had or having this problem?
  • steven8steven8 Posts: 3
    I have had my Armada for 6 months with approx. 8500 miles. I live in Colorado where I go to the mountains, pull a 2-horse trailer and use it for everday driving to and from corp. america. There was one recall for potential loose front-end bolts but mine was fine and required no action. I track gas mileage every 1000 miles and it averages approx 14.3. And, I do drive fast!
    Overall, a great vehicle and I love the rear camera! :)
  • ksbclb03ksbclb03 Posts: 1
    Has anyone else had a problem with their Armada stalling while driving? I have an '04 SE with 36,000 miles that has been in the shop twice with this problem. I've had the fuel pump replaced twice and was told that a wire was not grounded, but it was found and fixed. Just today my husband & I were on the way home and it stalled on a bridge with nowhere to go. Has anyone else had anything like this happen?
  • bubuybubuy Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 armada that has 26000 miles and it is giving me a lot of problems since I bought it in may 2004. I've been in the dealership more than 20 times with almost the same problem. I tried to contact a lemon lawyer about this matter and I was told that their fee is 1/3 plus cost if it is greater than $6000. If the total recovery is between $3001 to $6000 their fee will be $2000 plus cost. But if they recovery only is $3000 or less they want 50% plus cost........ I find this a little high, I dont know if getting a lawyer is a good move (monetary wise). Do you think I will loose money if I hire a lawyer? or should I go to a dealership and trade this problematic armada straight up........can anyone help me with my situation???your suggestions will be greatly appreciated...........thanks
  • henardhenard Posts: 4
    I may have the same problem with my 04 Armada LE. I have experienced the engine "smothering" and losing power completely while driving on the road. When I depress the accelerator pedal the engine spits, sputters, and will not increase speed. I have narrowly escaped being overrun by a huge 18 wheeler.
    This occurred on three occasions.
    My dealer told me it was because of low brake fluid causing a sensor to activate the "fail safe mode" signal to the engine. This was the first time (c.25,000 miles)
    The second time the same symptom occurred and my dealer replaced the catalytic converters (c.50,000 miles)
    The third time the dealer said it was a fuel system sensor and the part would cost $324.00, plus labor. At the same time I was told that a part of the steering system must be replaced at a part cost of over $1,100.00.
    Not one time has a warning light come on.
    I have taken the vehicle to another dealer for a "second opinion" and I hope he can straighten this out for me.
  • henardhenard Posts: 4
    In March 2004 I bought my Armada LE. Had Continental tires that hydroplaned so badly I almost wrecked in the rain several times. I bought new Wranglers at 27,000 miles although the Conts were not worn out, just dangerous.
    At about the same time the engine "smothered, spit, and sputtered" and lost power while driving at normal speed. This almost got me run over by an 18 wheeler. The dealer said this resulted from the brake fluid being low. He replaced the brake warning light ever came on for low brake fluid, or anything else.
    At around 50,000 miles the engine failed again, just like before. Dealer said it was because catalytic converters were clogged. He replaced them and I went on my way.
    At around 70,000 miles the engine failed AGAIN the same way. Dealer service manager said it was a fuel system sensor of some kind. He insisted this was because the air cleaner element was not a Nissan brand and would allow dirt to foul the sensor. He suggested replacing the sensor..cost $324. At the same time he said there was a steering system part that needed to be replaced..cost $1,100+.
    Today I took it to another dealer service dept for a second opinion. We'll see how that turns out.
    Also had sunroof liner vibration and wear problems; driver side door seal leaked water in the rain; rear seat latch will not release when the handle is used; rattles and squeaks. To say I am disappointed with the vehicle is a gross understatement....I AM TERRIFIED TO DRIVE IT.
  • kjjalexiskjjalexis Posts: 2
    I panicked when my Armada rolled back while my gear was in drive and my foot on the brake. I immediately put the gear in park, and pressed on the brake as hard as I can. The dealership can not duplicated the problem. Has this happened to anyone? I was not even on an incline. Could this be a transmission problem?
  • kjjalexiskjjalexis Posts: 2
    My Armada has 50000 miles. I am ready to get rid of it. The car started rolling back while the gear was in drive and my foot was on the brake while at a parking lot. I was not on an incline So I immediately put the gear in park and pressed on the brakes as hard as I can. The dealer can not duplicate the situation or find anything wrong with the car. I am ready to sell this lemon after all the brake and oil leaks I've been having.
  • pulelehuapulelehua Posts: 2
    Can I get any help (Hawaii) even if I am the second owner of a 2004 Nissan Armada only 19K miles? :cry:
  • rafarafa Posts: 35
    have a 2006 nissan armada that we bought new in january. I was washing it yesterday when i noticed that the front bumper one side is higher then the other and one side is kind of pop out look to see if anyone had bump me on bumper was looking for scraches, dent, marks there isn't anything that would let me believe i was hit can anyone let me know if this has happen to them thank you.
  • I seem to be having the same problem. I've read the other posts and no one sounds like the problem is fixed,sometimes it stutters to start sometimes it dosent start at all, but the worse is while driving and i loose my power brakes and steering very dangerous.I dont want to take the car to the dealer since my warranty is up and i dont trust them, im sure they will give me the runaround and i dont have the time or the money to deal with them.If you have any new information please let me know so i can try to fix it myself or maybe even see if its better to get rid of it. This is so frustrating im going crazy. It feels really bad sending the monthly payment for a car that i consider brand new and has giving me so many problems. I have 55,000 miles and have had pretty much every problem that everyone in here has had .please help someone
  • 4forus4forus Posts: 3
    Please have it looked at. I was driving my kids in the car a few months ago and we lost the brakes. Now the same problems plus the 4WD Computer was "fried" not sure what that means and our ABS module went out. They still are getting error messages -- and what is even Better is Nissan doesn't care. They won't admit that the car is not safe. My husband has had it....but we too have 55k on the car and it is falling apart. IF you dont' have it looked at it could cause an accident. We are going to see if Nissan will buy it back -- but NISSAN IS HORRIBLE WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE AND WILL NOT STAND BEHIND THE CAR. If the don't we are getting a lawyer and my husband has already started contacting media regarding this. I think Nissan needs to take responsibility before people start getting hurt!
  • 4forus4forus Posts: 3
    Yes we had the same "low brake fluid" issue. Now they have found that it is much more serious than this. After 40k more miles the Booster system, ABS and 4wd is out. A mechanic we talked to said that it is because they probably used the breaking system off the Pathfinder without much change to accomodate the load of the Armada. SO, the break system after many miles will just completely fall apart -- while we are driving them. All I can say is my husband and I have been giving Nissan chance after chance and the problems just get worse. Get out of your Armada's and complain to Nissan -- get a lawyer if you have to -- but don't put your families at risk!
  • galvanggalvang Posts: 156
    I can not give out any legal advice since I am not a lawyer. My friendly advice is to read up on Hawaii's lemon law and see if your situation applies. Since your "Lemonada" is only 19k it may fall under factory warranty even though you are second owner.

    If that doesn't work there are laws in the federal area that could help you if Hawaii's laws are enept. For this you need a lawyer that practices in US district court. They can be expensive.

    Sorry about your situation. Hope everything works out for you.
  • Hello,
    I would like to know what was the process you went through with the lawyer regarding the lemon law of the armada and what was the outcome.
  • rsantos21rsantos21 Posts: 5
    I also own a Nissan Armada which is a 2004. It has been in at the Dealer numerous times for brakes, the temperature gauge not working properly, 5 times for the dashboard lights of which only half of them worked and now the fuel gauge. The dealer is telling me that all the tests show that nothing is wrong with the fuel gauge. Meanwhile every time I fill up I even try to add more gas even after the pump clicks 3 - 5 times. Still the fuel gauge does not even come close to the FULL marker.

    I main concern now is what I will do when my Nissan Warranty is over!!!! I can only imagine what the bill will cost me then.

    You know its bad when the Nissan dealers service managers know your first name and even the phone operator before you tell them its you!
  • rsantos21rsantos21 Posts: 5
    My 2004 Armada SE rolls back when I am stopped at a hill...but when I press on the brakes it does stop.
    Could be a transmission gear not working properly.
  • We noticed a problem this summer on the rear roof vents. With temps consistently over 100F, the rear air was used quite a bit. However, it is very annoying that all of the vents would abruptly close in the rear when turning the fan speed to highest. Manually re opening them did not necessarily keep them open all the time. We pretty much lost the ability to partially open and direct them. The vents are just way to loose. This is on a 2005 Armada mfg in Feb 2005.
  • I purchased my 04'Armada in January of 04'...nothing but problems ever since...I cannot even spend the time to explain how many times I had new brakes, rotors, etc...too numerous. I never received a letter from Nissan, but I did get an attorney in 01/05.

    Since Nissan is so backed up with these issues, my court date is 03/07...

    My vehicle is now out of warrenty, the TSB fix is crapola...I was told the warrenty was for 3 yrs from the date installed period...I am now told it was 3 yrs or 50,000 miles, I have 53,000 ,miles....

    Now, I am having weird brake issues, when you push the brake petal, you hear SPRINGS poppin', and the brake light blazin'... NO one knows why... they initially said its because I need new brakes......I have had the rotors resurfaced this past May 06, this past Friday, 08/04, I am told I need a new set of brakes and the rotors resufaced I have to begin paying out of pocket...

    OOh gez, cannot even begin to explain what has fell out, broken up, cracked up inside the truck...I haven't had speakers since April 04'...I was told it was my fault...did not have the 800.00 bucks to repair...I went to another Nissan dealer to get a quote to humor myself, the price went from 800.00 bucks to 1285.00

    Have you ever heard of a the steering wheel material color begining to rub off ? Witin a year ?

    If I can only wait for 6 more months for this hearing....
  • suzy0418suzy0418 Posts: 11
    Could you tell me what year Armada you have? i had the 2004 and had problems with the brakes myself. Well kept on it and had Nissan installed the new brake kit. The original kits were recalled. After the new kit was installed I had been proceeding with the Ny state Lemon law and Nissan bought back my 2004. I re purchased a 2006. Contact your attorney general and find out what your rights are. Keep every service ticket and count the amount of times the truck was in for the same problem. being that you have 55K miles that could be a problem. You need to prove that the car is unsafe and or a lemon. Were you ever notified that there was a recall on the brakes and tow package? I really love the truck so if I have the same problem again, I'm really going to kick myself for buying it again.

    good luck,
  • rshershe Posts: 236
    "Have you ever heard of a the steering wheel material color begining to rub off ? Witin a year ?"

    Mine was almost compltely worn off. Couldn't read the letterin anymore. I just had them replaced under warranty at the dealer....
  • suzy0418suzy0418 Posts: 11
    I had the 2004 and the brakes were recalled, contact Nissan and tell them you need the new brake kit or your contacting the attorney general. After the brakes were cut 3 times you could have had the truck bought back through you states lemon law arbitration. I did, Now I have a 2006. Good luck.
  • rshershe Posts: 236
    I have never seen a full recall on the brakes, only a TSB.. I did however notice the calipers on an 06 Armada the other day and they looked significantly beefier than the ones on my 04. Asked my service manager and he said he has nothing about a recall only a TSB...Any Nissan Techs out there want to weigh in...
  • Thanks !

    As a matter of fact, I do have an attorney....and filing under the lemon law act....I too contacted Nissan with little or no recourse....I am a little past the miffed stage...They (whoever "THEY" are) are so backlogged, I had to wait for over 2 yrs to get a court hearing. My goal is to have the 2006 Armada.

    AAARRGGHHH !! I will be so glad when that bucket of bolts is outta my life !!!!
  • hapakathapakat Posts: 10
    Go to the Better Business Bureau. I have my Armada in for the 5th time...less than 28,000 miles on it. This year, it's been in the shop in January, May and now August. We're waiting to go to arbitration. I want them to take the car back! All Nissan wants to do is a "band aid" temporary fix. I'm tired of taking this stupid car in. I'll never buy a Nissan again!
  • lampe3dlampe3d Posts: 1
    I also have an '04 that is about to have its warranty to expire. I had trouble with my fuel gauge also, would fill it up and the sensor would only show about 7/8 full. Nissan put a new sensor in and now it works perfect. I also had trouble with my sunroof, when opening the operation was not a continuous smooth motion. The dealership said the motor needs to be replaced. Have you had any other challenges with your Nissan? Would love to share challenges so we can both get our warranty items taken care of before the warranty expires. All in all I am satisfied with the vehicle.
  • We have a 2004 Armada and only have 13,000 miles on the vehicle. We have had the vehicle in for brake problems 3 times and they took 2 weeks or more to fix twice. The brakes have gone out again, thank heavens on a side street and not a highway or busy street. It is sitting in our garage right now. We can't keep an SUV that we are afraid to drive. Each time the brakes have gone out we have luckily been either in a parking lot or side street. They just made this terrible noise and then "no brakes" and we just drove at a turtle pace home or to the dealer. Have just filed with the Lemon Law in Florida. We really loved this SUV for comfort and size but if you are afraid to drive is time to get another SUV. With only 13,000 miles on it....this is ridiculous. I would hate to think what may have happened if we had been on a busy street or going 60+ miles instead of 15 miles an hour when they went out each time. It is really a scary thing! :(
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