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  • robertrobert Posts: 14
    I have an '05 QX56 and had that exact same problem, but it stuck on "F" and stayed there. Infiniti repaired it without problems. Told me there's a fuel "float" or something or other which was supposed to have a 90 degree bend in it so it wouldn't stick, but it wasn't bent. they repaired and it's fine now. Only problem I've had and it wasn't major, just used my trip meter to track mileage and never pushed the gas/mileage limits until I could get it in (my choice to wait a few days as the boat was in the shop and I needed to get it home first).
  • I too have had the same problem. The dealer happily replaced the pieces along with the control switches as a unit. The on off button for the radio didn't work on the new pieces so the dealer replaced them again. During the second replacement the surface finish was scratched by the dealer so they pulled just a trim piece and replaced it. This piece is not defect free, but at least it has the finish intact at least for now. My Armada has only 10,000 miles on it. I can't imagine why a vehicle manufacturer would cut corners on an item such as steering wheel trim.
    Other problems that I have had include a defect hole in the right front half shaft boot that required replacement of the entire right axle assembly, and shuttering front brakes that required the installation of a special repair kit that Nissan has come up with.
    All of the items were warranty covered items and the work was cheerfully done by my local dealer's service department. I am unused to having to be bothered with these kinds of problems since our other vehicle is a 2000 Honda CRV; we traded a 2001 Toyota Sienna in on the Armada.
    Overall, I appreciate the performance and style of the Armada, but so far it can't favorably compare to what I have experienced with Honda and Toyota products.
  • Hey everyone. I am in the market for a new car. My choices are Nissan Armada, Inifiniti QX56, and BMW 545i. All cars loaded. I am leaning towards the Armada and QX. I got one dealer to get the price of the 2005 QX down to $50997 (LOADED). I test drove the 545i yesterday, and it was beautiful. I did not want to get out of the car. Problem is, the 545i is very expensive to purchase (more than $60,000, not including taxes, tags,...etc). Lease is not an option for me, only purchase. I am not basing the car on gas prices, or family. Just looks, comfort, ride, quality and hapinness. This will be my first, new car. and i want it to be perfect. i have a lumina 1990=hate it, KIA Sportage 1997=hate it, and Nissan Sentra=like it but not mine, family member's. I want to purchase the car in less than a month. But reading all these problems about the Armada and QX is depressing me, and pulling me out of the market for purchasing any car. I didn't see much complaints on the BMW, but it is VERY PRICEY. Help me out my people. what should i do? the Infiniti dealer sold me the car and the price (but i didn't buy it yet), while the Armada dealer sold me the price, but not the car. The BMW dealer said: "we don't have much discounts and rebates to give". I think it is ridiculous, even for a high class car like this. I was going after a Benz, but stopped that desicion as i will need to sell everything to get that. Ok, PLEASE HELP. Are the 2005 Armada and QX56 better than the 2004? and Should i go with these cars now, or wait till the brake problem is fixed in March (if that is the correct month when the solution will come out)? If i end up waiting, and june comes along, than i will wait till January 2006 to buy a car since new year models come out in September.
  • Here is advice from someone who has had many problems. Run from the Armada, quickly! The 2004 models are loaded with problems. The brakes have not had a fix yet. Mine have been replaced 3 times now and looks like a forth soon. Mine has 18,500 miles on it. Tires wore out quickly. (out of alignment from the factory) I had the roof noise fix. Lots of people said it wasn't on their vehicle but I talked to the factory and it was on every vehicle!!! (at the time I talked to them) Just some don't pay attention to it. I am not sure but think feb of 2004 is when they started to address is from the factory. However you will see people here praise it and say that theirs didn't have the problem. Well when mine was fixed, it made all the difference. At least that part is fixed. I really can't imagine why they haven't fixed the brakes totally. I am also unsure that the brakes are going out on their own. Some hidden problem? My friend bought his in jan 2004. He just had his brakes checked at 30,000 miles because he heard grinding. (been doing heavy towing with no trailer brakes!) The dealer said he has 50-60 percent brakes left and no problem. Mine was bought at the end of Nov 2003. You name it on the list at of problems and it has them all. Anyway, until recently my faith in the service department at Nissan was bad. It is getting better. It is amazing what moving to a different dealership can do. The first one jerked me around for over 1 year and didn't fix anything at all. Sorry for the long message but read this board. Start at the beginning. You will see a pattern. Remember if a lot of people are having the same problems and Nissan puts out service bulletins of them, then it is a good bet that more people have the problems but arent' sensitive to them. Is Infinity better? Same vehicle but maybe you might get better service. BMW is going to be expensive and you are not going to recoup near what you spend but if you enjoy it, then that means a lot. I don't know what I would buy if I looked again. I do think the Armada is the best looking vehicle out there right now and the price is the best.
  • YES!

    I just remembered this after reading your email. I forgot to tell them when we were getting it serviced. We filled up when we were about to 1/4 of a tank and the gauge never showed that we filled up until a few days later.
  • Cochran,

    I purchased a late 2004 LE 4x4 Armada(last on the lot-For a great deal under invoice), and have put over 5K on it since Late December. I haven't had any brake problems--knock on wood. I haven't had any fuel gauge problems--knock on wood. The only problem I've had is some squeaks and rattles (Dash and overhead console) which the dealer (Peoria Nissan, AZ) has fixed.

    Otherwise, the Armada is a dream. Took it to Durango CO for skiing--no problem in the snow at all. All systems work fine. Mileage about 20 on the highway and 15 city. Tires look like new. My only complaint is the spotty FM reception on the stereo--dealer has ordered parts to replace antenna embedded in rear right window-still waiting for arrival (after 4 weeks).

    Go with the Armada--BMW is too damned snobby!

    Steve (Peoria AZ)
  • just had my 04 Armada in last week for driver side window reattling. Dealer replaced the the bracket/arm mechinism and problem is gone
  • I have a 2004 LE w/ everything. My vehicle was built in September 04. I purchased it one day after it was delivered to the dealer. Never had a single problem until my driver widow started rattling when it was halfway down. The dealer replaced my door bracket and the problem is gone. No other problems to speak of. I too have never had a brake problem and love this vehicle.
    My only complaint is that it does not come with front mud flaps like the Infinity version. The optional front flaps from Nissan are cheap looking unlike the rear.
  • jacojaco Posts: 1
    I've have a few problems myself. Bought mine in August 2004. It's been back for the following:

    - Driver side window rattles when halfway down.
    It was fixed and hasn't reoccured.

    - Button to disable reversing sensor broke off.
    It was fixed and hasn't reoccured.

    - On a very cold day the driver side door lock froze in the "engaged" position so I couldn't fully close the door. It was fixed and hasn't reoccured.

    - Rotors and pads went at 9500 (now have 10000) All replaced and haven't reoccurred.

    Also I think I hear a slight rattling when I have the HVAC on anything higher that level 1. Not sure if this is a flaw but I haven't had it checked out yet.

    Despite all of this I still love the truck. My Nissan dealer has dealt with all my problems swiftly and nothing has reoccured(yet).

    Strange to say I can still recommend the vehicle despite my problems and everyone elses. It looks and handles beatifully and none of the problems have been dibilitating. The engine runs great, the transmission runs great, the 4WD runs great and I've have no electical problems and those are the things that would really scare me away.
  • 81trekker81trekker Posts: 51
    Has anyone found any after market tires to fit the Armada's 18 inch wheels? I've searched the major tire sites and can't find any. The Continental ones are no good on snow.
    Thanks - 81 trekker
  • 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.
  • 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.


    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 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 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
    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 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!
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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

    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
  • 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: 10,059
    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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