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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,505 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 132006

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,673 miles


I purchased my vehicle (2004 Nissan Armada) with 4,836 19,673 miles while driving I noticed my brake & ABS light come on so I went to pull I slowed I pushed my brake and it made a loud springing and grinding noise and the brakes lost at least 80% of its power "it felt very soft"..turned the vehicle off and then back on again and everything seemed normal, drove about 3 miles to the dealer and left the vehicle there. They changed the rotors, pads, torque member all were no good!!! now again at 23,800 miles the brakes have failed again happening in the same order that it did the first time. The dealer told me yesterday that they think it is electrical....." so I asked them did you physically check the brakes? they said my husband advised them to check it!!! a day later I am still waiting to hear what is going on" I had researched it over the internet and noticed that I along with hundreds of other people are having the same problem...why no recall!!! having bad breaks can be very very life threatening, I no longer feel comfortable trying my vehicle especially with children ranging in age from 14 month to 7 yrs. Old. Please help me!!! I want to just get rid of this vehicle, but do not want to just hand over the problem so another innocent person!!!

- Keaau, HI, USA

problem #12

Nov 122004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Contact stated Nissan, Armada had a serious brake system problem. On one occasion when depressing the brake pedal the vehicle steered by itself to the right side of the road, and then came to a complete stop. The road conditions were normal. The contact took the vehicle six times to the dealer for service. On four occasions the brake rotors and pads were changed. The contact said the vehicle continued to be driven at a risk of an accident.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 272005

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,965 miles
Bought Nissan truck in May 2005 and the truck has been in the shop 6 times for bad brake pads and warped rotor.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

Sep 012004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada 4 wheel drive. The contact complained about a brake problem, especially the front brakes. He has already decided that it was the front brakes because he could not stop the vehicle.. also, brake rotors warped and faded. There was 14,000 miles on the vehicle, and he has been having this problem since purchasing the vehicle. He refused to let his wife or family drive the vehicle because it was unsafe. At first he thought this problem was caused by the disc brakes, pads, and the rotors that rusted, but afterwards he decided that this was caused the vehicle sitting on the lot. But since the problem became progressively worse when braking hard at highway speeds. The brakes will shutter and fade. This vehicle was made with the highest towing package and when towing something he felt like he was going to crash with this vehicle because it got so worse. He contacted a dealership and spoke with the manufacturer. The dealership told him that they were going to replace the brakes by a by owner basis but had no plans in making this a recall. There has almost been several accidents with this problem. He retired from the sheriff' S department and has been to professional driving school. Therefore, the contact did know how vehicles were suppose to be handled.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 022004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Caller said that 2 months after purchasing the vehicle, when he hits the brakes the car shook. The caller had the problem fixed, and 3 months later it happened again. He had it fixed again and 3 months later it happened again. The caller had it fixed 3 different times. The dealer rotated the rotors, and replaced the brake pads. The dealer said that they were still looking for the cause of the problem and what went wrong. The manufacturer advised the caller to contact NHTSA. The caller believed that he was covered under the lemon law. The manufacturer gave the caller case #4992811. The vehicle would shake so bad that it was easy to lose control of the vehicle. The dealer suggested that the problem could not be fixed. The consumer requested his money back. The rotors were warped and on another repair visit the rotors were found distorted.

- Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 132004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Brakes developed a bad problem with vibrations when braking which acutally giggled the steering wheel. Problem was first repaired at 5,000 miles and they serviced it by turning the rotors. Problem reoccured at 11,000 miles and it was serviced again. This time the rotors could not be turned and they had to replace the rotors, pad kit, and boot kit. At 16,000 miles the problem once again reoccured and at the time the service dept. Said that Nissan has not found a permanent fix for this problem and they once again turned my rotors. I have since called Nissan and was told by their representative that Nissan is only providing "counter-meaures" and has not found a fix and has no date when one will be avail. I feel it is a major safety issue since these problems have occured without evening towing anything and I am pursuing the lemon law in the state of Washington. It is unreasonable to expect people to drive a vehicle which has to have a major break service perfomed every 5,000 miles just to be somewhat safe.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #7

Aug 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


Brakes jutter and need repair every 5,000 miles. Car has had rotors turns, pad replaced, rotors replaced. The first failure was noted with 5,000 miles on it and a repair was made. A repair was again made at 11,000 miles at that time new rotors were installed and another repair was made in March 2005 at 16,000 miles. I called Nissan and was told by their representative that the fixes were "counter-measures" and that at this time no permanent fix has been identified and there is no date for a permanent fix to this safety problem.

- Bremerton , WA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012005

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Poor braking system been to dealer will not fix. Brakes are to small to stop Armada properly. Needs bigger rotor and pads. Dash rattles very loud will not fix. Poor paint on blizzard Armada.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #5

Jan 122005

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Consistent failures on brake system. Rotors and brake pads need to be replaced every 3000 miles. Shortage or parts forces ownder to drive vehicle around with severe shudder in the steering wheel and brake pedal, potentially causing driver to loose control in heavy braking conditions.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 062004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Steering wheel started vibrating uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the brake pads needed to be replaced.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004


  • 9,830 miles


Steering wheel would shake when braking. This was the third time I have had the exact same problem with this car. I took the car back to the service dept. There is now a bulletin on the car and they repaired/replaced the brakes according to the bulletin. A bracket, bolt and pin" does Nissan, the manufacturer really think that is the solution" the solution is equipping the vehicle with the proper (size) brakes to begin with. This vehicle is not a small car, it is a large SUV and it needs large truck size brakes. A recall or true fix would be nice before these brakes fail and hurt someone. Nissan really doesnt seem to care because when you call them they will just let you drive in an unsafe vehicle with failing brakes. If it wasnt for the Nissan service dept always putting me in a rental who knows what would happen.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #2

May 202004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brake pedal vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the brake pads needed to be replaced, and replaced them four times. However, the problem recurred.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 122004

Armada 32-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I purchased a Nissan Armada in April 2004 and two months later had to bring it to dealer for repair as the brakes were shuddering causing tremendous shimmy in the steering wheel. The dealership, Nissan thousand oaks, did not replace the "warped rotors", instead "switching" them around and replacing the brake pads. The additional problem of a rattle and squeaking sound from dashboard resulted in the dealership realigning the dashboard properly. Two months later I was back at the dealership to fix the brakes again. This time I demanded that the inferior rotors be replaced with higher-quality rotors. They replaced the factory-installed rotors with new rotors (told better quality rotors) and they also had to replace the brake pads again. Additionally, there I was experiencing an intermittent problem with the A/C; it would sometimes run very hot air. They checked it out and found that the clutch fan needed to be replaced; this part is on order and I will have to return for installation. Also, I asked them to once again fix a squeaking and rattling issue that seemed to be coming from the dashboard again and also intermittent failure of the stereo controls located on the steering wheel. According to their mechanics, the sound problem and stereo controls problem did not occur while my vehicle was in their possession. A week later, August 12, 2004, I had to return to have the clutch fan replaced and this time I also requested that one of their mechanics drive the vehicle with me so that I could point out the squeaking issue. The mechanic heard the sound problem this time and I am told they will try to fix this issue. I have not had a problem again, as yet with the stereo controls on the steering wheel.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

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