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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair



  • Everyone should check their Armadas to see if they experience lethal exhaust fumes in the cabin while operating the heater.

    While parked, with the vehicle running, and with all the windows and sunroof closed, turn the heater on and set it to recirculate. EXIT THE VEHICLE. Let it run for several minutes. Then open one door and see if you can smell exhaust fumes inside the cabin. Then, of course, if you do, immediately turn it off, open all windows and doors and do not enter the vehicle until it is fully venilated after several minutes. If you do not detect exhaust fumes inside the cabin, set the venilation to open (not recirculating), and follow the same procedure to confirm if you are driving a potentially lethal Armada.

    Nissan is typically unresponsive to this owners compliant, even though it is a potentially lethal problem. This is just more info which my lawyer will be using to force nissan to buy back this sled. My causes of action will include personal injury claims for the headaches we have suffered already, before I discovered the problem.

    This settlement is going to cost them much more money than the $12,000 in payments we made on the lease; a lot more.
  • Need help. I have a 2006 Nissan Armada LE. I came factory installed with XM radio. I want to change over to Sirius. How difficult is this? Can the dealer do this by simply changing out satellite "boxes" behind the dash? Can I still use the same antenna or do I need a new one? Any help is appreciated and can also be sent to my email address. :confuse:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    1) If you paid $49k for an Armada, I have a bridge to sell you, cheap. Seriously I got my LE w/o the Navi Package and Moonroof for in the mid $30s.

    2) Tire sensors below 20 degrees. That means your tires are dropping below 28psi. Very common for tires to lose pressure when temps drop. I think it's something like 1-2 psi per 5 or 10 degrees drop in temp.

    3) The brake issue is resolved, even on my 04. I had the final kit put in 12K miles ago and no issues. As for braking power mine stops way better than any Expedition or Yukon I've ever driven.

  • Mike,

    I am looking at buying a new 05 Armada. What are your thoughts?
  • Don't forget to buy a flatbed to take it out with. The sled just won WORST SUV award from Consumer Reports.
  • Lease for $682 for 48 months. List was $49K w/everything possible. When I finish with them, nissan will be taking the P.O.S. back, refunding every dime I paid, and writing a 5 figure settlement check for damages. Maybe I should call mine the "Carbon Monoxide mobile." Last week, my Wife and I got migraines & threw up after running the heater for under 15 minutes with the vent windows open & sunroof cracked open. No more heater for me. Hope nissan has some really good product liability defense experts; I AM going to nail them for exactly that, as well as personal injury. Forget the lemon law -- this future Plaintiff is way past that.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    $50k amazing how much folks get suckerd.

    I paid $36 with everything except the Navigation.

    Also I've sat idling mine for hours on end, no problems so it's only YOURS that's an issue.

  • Simply out of curiosity, has anyone else received a notice from Nissan that starts out with this paragraph:

    Nissan is committed to providing the highest levels of product quality and customer satisfaction. We know that towing a trailer may have been an important consideration in your vehicle's purchase. In new Titan, Armada, Pathfinder, Frontier, and Xterra vehicles, Nissan recently introduced enhanced electric circuitry which may further protect your vehicle from damage or fire caused by a short circuit wiring or mis-installation of trailer lighting or electrical accessories. This is to advise you that Nissan is making this production enhancement available to you free of charge so that you will have the same protection should you ever tow a trailer with a defective electrical system.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Not yet but i'll keep an eye out for it, seeing as I tow frequently with my Armada.

  • I have been having problems with my 05 drivers side seat squeeking, especially when I am turning left or right! Also, it actually seems like the bottom of the seat is stable, but the back of the seat shifts from side to side?!?! I brought it in with 2000 miles and I have to bring it in tomorrow at 6300 miles. Has anyone had these problem too?? I am hoping that there might be a solution! I have had the brakes replaced already, they have worked on the dvd rattles and a few other things too! I am also having issues with the vehicle rolling back on hills! Bummer! I like the way the Armada drives, looks etc, but very unhappy with the little issues that the vehicle has given me! I haven't been able to enjoy having a new car...can't wait to buy a Toyota in a year or two!
  • I hope this is not too late for your purpose. Succinctly, stay away from Armada whatever model year. After acquisition customer service is terrible.
    I acquired a 2004 Armada on October 24, 2004, and I am about to dump the piece of ####. I have the same gamut of problems you 've read about, including I don't care attitude from Nissan and its delearships. The service you get is dictated by Nissan USA. Do not expect a loaner car when you take your car in for repairs covered under warranty. It is a rip-off. Once bitten forever shy. Do not buy or lease, because once the deal is completed and you have parted with your money the manufacturer does not care if you roast. Do not make the same mistake that I made.
  • gbajagbaja Posts: 13
    ">I have almost the same problem. I have a 2004 Armada and after 11000 miles the inner portion of the tire is worn out(all four tires). They replace my tires about 7 months ago and now guess what after 22000 miles? I have the same problem again. I dont know what kind of problems this armadas have.I think it is the auto levelling suspension, shocks and bushing that causes this problem, they already change the rotor and pads and my truck is not shaking anymore. I went to Tire Plus for alignment 9 times and rotate the tires every 5000 miles.
    I have been in the dealership more than 35 times since I bought this truck. I have problems from cd player, brakes,auto levelling suspension, clearance at the back (height of the truck too high), window switches, door handles, air penetrates on the window, tire pressure sensor keeps beeping etc. etc. etc......Some of this problems are still outstanding. My main concern is the wheel alignment. Even after this truck is aligned, I bet you the alignment will be off again in 3 to 5 weeks. I try not to let my family ride this crappy truck because I am not sure if it is safe. I am about to give up and bring this concern to a lawyer. Nissan north america is a waste of time. they dont give a damn about us, I even wrote them a letter and nothing happen, but they forgot it is us who feed their families. Any suggestion? anybody? please help.
  • i feel your pain....i too have had a lemon car before my armada...unfortunately, ive got another one on my hands...i have an 04' armada myself...i had my brakes repaired 2 times and then on the 3rd they replaced it with their "new" brake kit. so i figured that i was done with this nonsense...NOT! i just finished talking to my lemon law lawyer after nissan had to replace my "new and improved brake kit" that would solve all of their problems, with the same new kit...this is a joke. i've also had numerous problems with the gas gauge, automatic window openings, rear windshield wiper, and not to mention pathetic reception on my radio...i am so over this car...too bad for nissan cause this was the first nissan product i've even owned and its now the last....UGH
  • I have been having little quality issues with my Suburban. I was thinking of trading it for a more reliable Japanese brand when the warranty is up, but now I fear the Armada won't be anymore reliable than the Burb. Are there any reliable big SUVs out there??
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Repair costs are a part of the True Cost to Own calculation. You can see the lowest TCO vehicles for 2005 here.

    There's also JD Power star ratings for reliability for most cars here, but you have to look at each SUV individually to see them.

    Steve, Host
  • Yep. Got it in Dec 2005, and had the enhancement applied when I brought mine in a couple weeks ago for an oil change. It sounds like one of those things to back up people who might make a wiring mistake.

    BTW, after having the latest brake fix done last June 2005, I have had absolutely no problems with the brakes.

    Funny how the rest of the problems are all very minor things, usually present at some point in most vehicles. What a great engine, tranny, safety, and electrical system this vehicle has . . . the stuff that counts the most for me.
  • kimarkimar Posts: 1
    We have had our second windsheild crack. I am wondering if this is a design flaw. Has anyone else had problems?
    Also, yes our driver side seat squeaks! Drives me crazy.
  • haropharop Posts: 59
    This also happenned to my wife's quest 97. I don't remember how the first time happenned, but after two new windshilds, I decided to look when people came to replace it. What I noticed, there was a little piece of glass left on the frame, inside the black silicon. It was not visible well, but because I new where the crack was starting every time, I checked that part after they took out the old windshield. These guys were not profesional I think, because they could not think how a little piece could break a whole "brand new" windshield.

    So, next time you get to replace, make sure the frame is completelly cleaned out from older dry silicon before putting back the new one.

  • Yes, I'm having exactly the same problem. I started to notice it about 3 weeks ago when the truck had 14k. It now has 14800 and the service department from my local nissan dealer just told me they took it for a drive and couldn't hear it. I refuse to go pick up the truck until they drive it again. If need be, I'll drive the truck with the service advisor in the truck. Any chance you've had someone look at yours? If so, what did they find?

    Other than the brake problem and now this squeak I love the truck. I had the brake problem fixed at 3500 miles and now the brakes squeak some. The service advisor told me there's only about 15% front brake pads left? huh??? At less than 15k...less than 12 if they replaced the pads when they performed the service bulletin about the brake judder... less than 15k and need new pads... does that sound right? I don't ride the brakes or drive it like a corvette. I have one of those so no need to.
  • I received a warranty letter from Nissan about the brake judder problem and the extended the warranty for the brake judder problem to unlimited mileage within the 36month warranty period. You can bet I have that saved in a safe spot. I had it fixed at 3500 miles. But just in case.
  • I agree with you, I had to give back 2 Armada's thru the lemon law of the State of Ohio- this SUV is a piece of junk. I have had my brakes replaced 7 times-window wouldn't roll hack up i had to ride thru a rain storm from Hilton head, SC what fun!!!!, the alternator went out, I have driven plenty of SUV's this is the worst. I will never drive another one again.
  • Update...just brought my truck home from the dealer. The service advisor found a technical bulletin about this problem. They are waiting on parts. i wasn't given the tech bulletin #.

    Also, the service advisor was reluctant to work on my brake pad issue at first. I went one level higher and they presented the problem to Nissan. Nissan paid to replace pads, hardware and resurface rotor. No more brake squeal.

    I see all these posts from unhappy Armada owners.. For the record: I'm very pleased with my Armada and the service recieved from my dealership.

    I think that people are more inclined to post when unhappy than the rest of the Armada owners are. I don't know how many have been sold since 2004, but I'm willing to bet it's way up there. Just about everyone I've spoken with is very happy with their Armada.
  • i bought my 04 armada in jan of 04 i started having problems with the brakes after 3 months. i took it in for service 4 times i got tired of the problem so i got a lemon law attorney. i started my case against nissan in july of 05 and i got my money back that ive been paying and they paid off my loan i returned my truck in sept. 05
  • It did take Nissan too long to fix the brake/rotor issue. I would have done the same thing with the lemon law had I bought one earlier. I got my 05 with a mfg date of Feb 05, also had the brake judder within 2400 miles. However, had the latest fix done about 8000 miles ago, and all is sill perfect, clean too. It seems this issue has been put to rest.
  • daceyhdaceyh Posts: 4
    I have 8K miles on My '05 Armada, and besides having the brakes fixed once at 3500 miles, I have been very happy. I will say, that my prior car, a '99 Ford Expedition was by far my best car. I never had to take that car in for anything until 90K miles when a cylinder went out. I would have bought another one were it not for the fact that I wanted something different. If I end up with a dud Armada, which I hope is not the case as I love the car, I would buy a new Expedition in a heartbeat.
  • huttohutto Posts: 2
    I Keep reading about all the unsatisfied people with their Armadas mostly about 2004 and brakes. I am looking at the 2006 and wondering if these issues are still out there. I would like to hear from both sides. Than :confuse: :confuse: imageks.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Check out the Consumer Ratings and Reviews linked in the blue box towards the top of the discussion while waiting for responses.

    Steve, Host
  • Just had all 4 brake pads and rotors replaced after 11,500 miles. Dealer informed me that the rotors were warped. If you notice your steering wheel wobbling, time to bring it to the dealer. I was told by the dealer that Nissan has extended the warranty on the Armada brakes. I still can't get the dealer to repair the driver side window rattle. They have screwed with window stripping 2 previous times, only to have the rattle re occur several days later. Anyone know what needs to be repaired to eliminate window rattle? Any help would be appreciated.
  • hi everyone please tell me waht to do about my 2006 nissan armada the door keeps openning up or it does not close it is the the passenger door on my passenger side i hade my kids move form that side and sit all in the back of the car i taken twice to the service dept and they keep fixing it with new door parts but it either opens up while i drive or it wont shut please help me i want to return it to them and exchange a mini van instead
  • Not sure if the 2006 model year has eliminated the brake problems. Might want to investigate if they re-engineered the brakes since they were undersized in the 04 and 05 models. I own an 05 with the same brake problems you have read about. I haven't experienced the same issues regarding doors not closing, windshields breaking or dashboards rattling. Remember, no car is perfect. Other than the brakes and some driver side window rattles, I like the vehicle. Gets bad gas mileage, but I expected that. Goes through snow like there was none. Power from V8 is great.
    Good luck with your search.
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