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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,850 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada electrical problems

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #14

Jun 132015


  • miles


My Armada shuts off while driving down the road. When it does the steering goes and the brakes won't work. I bought got rear ended trying to get off the road when it happened the first time. This is a very dangerous problem. I just got this about 6 months ago. I looked up and seen recalls on this problem but I put my VIN number in and it says there is none for my car. If it has been fixed prior to my ownership then its went out again. And again thats not good. This could get someone killed! esp if I was driving on interstate. I couldn't get out of way of traffic.

- Lakeland, GA, USA

problem #13

May 102015


  • 131,985 miles
Traveling up a slight hill at about 20 mph the vehicle started losing power. The engine died resulting in a loss of power steering. I put the vehicle in park and shut off the ignition. I had no power and no power steering. After about a minute I tried and successfully started the vehicle. It attempted to die again, but I revved the engine and kept it running. It was frightening to think what would have happened if we were on a highway at 70 mph and lost power. In my opinion this is a dangerous situation. Thankfully the incident was on a county road with no traffic as we had two of our grandchildren in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

- Buena Vista, CO, USA

problem #12

Aug 032013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated while traveling at any speed, the ABS sensor illuminated and there was a loud springing sound intermittently coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician cleared the computer for the vdc code, replaced the ball bearings and the differential housing. The failure recurred. The contact had to continuously turn off the vehicle and restart it in order to reset the ABS sensor and the vdc sensor to no avail. The vehicle was to be inspected, diagnosed and repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id numbers: 07E046000 (equipment). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000. Pam updated 8/11/14

- Hazel Crest, IL, USA

problem #11

Sep 012005

Armada 8-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Brake jutter, grinding, shaking when braking. ABS vdl slip brake lights up on dash--unable to turn off. Stopping vehicle and restarting corrects the problem sometimes; other times the light stays on. Brake pads originally replaced early after purchase in 2005 when the vehicle was still under warranty. The vehicle is rarely driven--there is approximately 36K miles on the vehicle--but the problem has been persistent over the years when driven. Lately, I have been driving the vehicle more often and the problem is continuing and it is more apparent that there is a problem with the vehicle brakes. I am also experiencing problems with the lift gate as it recently stopped functioning when pressing the key fob or either of the switches inside the vehicle. I began opening and closing the lift gate manually and now it will not close securely, I.e., it is not getting that final seal when closed. In addition, the front passenger window no longer goes up or down and does not work when using the driver's or passenger switch. Finally, the driver's seat does not reset to the position programmed when the engine starts and turns off. I decided to research the internet today and was quite surprised to see that there are so many others who are experiencing the same problem with their 2004 amada. Called a local Nissan dealer today and they were well aware of the problem. Just as so many have written all over the internet, the dealer suggest that you bring the vehicle in when the brake light issue is displayed so that they can perform diagnostic test.

- Lamarque, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 102013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
On above date I was driving my vehicle down on the hwy slowing down to exit off. I turned on my air conditioning unit and it started to make a hissing noise from underneath the dashboard. I couldn't figure what could have gone since I recently had my vehicle inspected at conocelli Nissan on ridge pk. I took my vehicle back in and I was told me air conditioner lines were rusted and leaking. I asked how can that happen? no one could give me an answer. No one understood how my lines rusted on a vehicle that is not that old. I was told Nissan is supposed to use rust free lines for the Armada's. last year I had to pay for my muffler to be replaced for the same reason. I am being charged a great deal of funds for repairs that can not be explained as to how these things occur, my vehicle is not that old. If you have any answers please let me know. I too like other Armada owners has had numerous breaking problem which almost lead to a collision, that would have put my family at risk. The dealership couldn't figure out what was going on. They believe it was the ABS system but they rather try to reset the electrical system first..

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 072008


  • 21,541 miles
Either with the vehicle running or if the engine is turned off. From time to time there is a very loud clicking noise that comes from the right side of the dashboard. I was told it was a heater actuator, which controls the vent door. Its a $2 part that is buried inside of the dash. Total cost for labor $1600, the entire dash board has to come out to get to the heater unit. This is a problem with Armadas and titans 2004-2008. It should be a recall.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 142012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


This is the 3rd time the brakes have failed since I purchased the used 2004 Armada about 1.5yrs ago. The Armada when purchased had approximately 123,000 miles on it. Not long after I purchased while driving at 50mph the brake pedal went soft the brakes were at approximately 5% and there was an electrical grinding noise. After turning the vehicle off and on again the problem went away. I took the vehicle to Nissan and was told that the rotors needed to be replaced because they were so thin the brake pads were having trouble gripping them and that was confusing the ABS which is what I was hearing. I was also told the brake software needed to be updated at additional cost. I paid for everything to be done only to have the problem again a couple months later while driving slowly on a gravel surface. I contacted the dealer again and was told just to turn the vehicle on and off again and if it happens again to bring it in. While driving through a shopping center parking lot it happened again. Brakes go out, peddle goes soft and electrical noise. I took the Armada to the dealer again and was told this time the brake fluid needed to be replaced. I asked why wasn't that done when all the other work was performed only a few thousand miles earlier. They said it was not part of the work to replace the brakes. I paid to have the brake fluid replaced. Recalls have been done on 2004 Armadas for brake issues in the past, during my last visit to Nissan I was told the module that controls all the braking system in my vehicle could be bad which may need to be replaced. I have to wait until my brakes fail again before they supposedly will know. Nissan knows there are problems still with the 2004 Armada braking system and should be made to recall them all to fix them.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 262012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Applied brakes, brake light went on ABS stopped working, brakes groan. They work at 10 %. please see youtube enter Armada brake system problem. There are 100's of complaints for the exact same failure. There is a problem in the brake booster. Once you shut off the vehicle and restart it the ABS resets until the next occurrence. This has occurred many times over the years, this system failure will cause death if not addressed.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 142011


  • 42,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V517000 (engine and engine cooling) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. The contact stated that approximately one hour after retrieving the vehicle from the dealer, the entire instrument panel and interior cabin lights began illuminating. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised that the contact would be held liable for a diagnostic test to determine the failure, which would cost him $90. The vehicle was not further repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 42,500.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 182011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
I own a 2004 Nissan Armada. About 2 weeks ago while driving the red airbag warning light turned on and would not turn off. I just had it serviced today and was told that the front crash zone airbag sensor being that it is located outside of the front radiator grill ends up rusting out from the elements of our weather. Therefore it needed to be replaced. The car is out of warranty so therefore it was billable. After doing some research I came across a Nissan recall from January 2009. The NHTSA campaign id # is 08V690000. This recall was for the exact same problem with the crash zone sensor rusting out from snow/salt in the northern us states but was only limited to 2005-2009 pathfinders, frontiers and xterra vehicles. I feel that my vehicle should be included in this recall due to the fact that it is the exact same problem listed in the recall and I live in NY state which obviously has winters with snow and salt. The recall issued a redesigned sensor to correct the problem at no cost to the vehicle owner.

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 122010


  • 124,000 miles


2004 Nissan Armada SE 4WD vehicle just stalls while driving no warning light so indication something is wrong with car, stall in a very busy intersection while driving, loss of steering brakes etc. Dash lights blink and light up. Car restarts if you crank it a few times, but this has happened on several more occasions, took to a dealership and no light indicators to diagnose the problem, this is very unsafe for my family and I to be in this Armada.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 182010

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,037 miles
While driving about 45 mph in the night time, suddenly dash board lights flashes very rapidly and stalls the engine. Luckily, no other car was next to us. We safely stopped the our 2004 Nissan Armada SUV on the side of road. After about 10~15 minutes, we tried to re-start the car, but no luck. After giving gas pedal several times, we could re-start the car. We drove home (about 5 miles in distance) safely. Next day, while my wife was driving to her parents' house, once again, with rapid flashing on the dash board, the engine dies while she was driving. We took to the Nissan dealership next morning, they said it would been no gas in the gas tank. We had more than 1/4 tankful of gas. While the service man was driving into the service bay, the car stalls in same manner. Then, they said it was the electrical part problem in the driver's side. Because of the safety issue, we have let Nissan dealer replaced the electrical part. Lets' see whether it fixed the problem.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 202005

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that the vehicle has electrical failure. The throttle shuts down and there is no acceleration control. The failure began intermittently a week after purchasing the vehicle; however, it has become progressively worse. The vehicle has been taken to Nissan at least 15 times. The dealer was only able to duplicate the failure a couple of times, but have been unable to make any repairs. The failure was brought to the dealers attention as soon as it was recognized. The contact wanted another vehicle, but the dealer kept stating that they would find and repair the failure. The failure continues to worsen and cannot be repaired. The contact filed complaint number 6080581 with Nissan. The current mileage was 36,000 and failure mileage was approximately 10.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 272005

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,820 miles
In November 2004 I purchased the Armada 2004. I drove it to Florida in December 2004 and left it in my house. I left with the military until June 2005, I drove the vehicle several times until July 2005, in which, one morning I try to turn it on, the vehicle did not start and it sounded like the battery or starter was not working properly. The battery gage went from half way to the negative side and then back to the middle and once again to the negative side again. The control systems are still showing negative information of being off or on. I have not taken it in for a check up due to I purchase the vehicle in NY and I am in fl. I have to check with the NY dealer if I could take it any Nissan dealerships in fl. I will report back on any information from the local dealership. If any one has had similar problem post it thank you.

- Tamapa, FL, USA

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