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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,628 miles

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2006 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #55

Feb 062014


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact heard a grinding noise and the brakes failed when the brake pedal was depressed. In order to stop the vehicle, the contact had to shift it into park, turn off, and restart the vehicle. The brake warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer and an independent mechanic were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #54

Jul 232014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 120,808 miles
I was driving my 06 Nissan Armada around 45mph when a deer ran out into the road I swerved and tried to apply the brakes but like a few times before the brakes failed to work but this time I didn't have plenty of time and room to coast to a stop and shut off the engine and restart it for the brakes to work properly well having no brakes I lost control of the vehicle hitting multiple trees totaling my Armada lucky I was wearing my seat belt because none of the airbags deployed with a impact so hard it broke my collarbone where the seatbelt was I also have a head and back injury can someone please explain to me why nothing has been done about Nissan selling its customers vehicles with defective brakes and airbags and they choose to do nothing about the many many people who are complaining about the same exact problems.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #53

Jul 252014


  • miles
Grinding sound when brakes were applied. Brake light was also illuminated in the dash. The only way to get the brakes working correctly is to turn the car off & back on. This has happened before & was actually brought to a Nissan dealership to address the problem. The service manager knew of the problem but said Nissan wouldn't cover the cost & I will need to be responsible. This seems to be a common problem with this vehicle & nothing has been done to fix it. This is our main family vehicle transporting my wife & myself along with our 5 & 7 year old. It worries me thinking the brakes could go out at any time on the freeway. Similar brake issues can be found here:

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #52

Jun 302014


  • 110,733 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph and applying pressure to the brakes, the brakes malfunctioned and would not stop or slow down the vehicle. The contact indicated that the brake pedal was pressed to the floor but the brakes would not operate. After turning the vehicle off and restarting the engine the brakes operated as normal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the defect. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 110,733.

- Fort Myer, FL, USA

problem #51

Jun 182014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 77,153 miles
Was slowing down to make a left turn to enter freeway when I hit the brake. Heard a booming noise and then grinding. Car was hard to stop and the brake light came on and stayed on until car was stopped and the engine was turned off. When the car was started again car ran and braked normally no brake light illuminated. I read a large number of similar reports from other owners of Armadas and Nissan titans. Based on their reports there appears to be a defective sensor in the brake booster called the delta stroke sensor. I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs to report the problem and seek advice. Despite all of the reports I had read, the rep said there were no records of this type of issue. I opened a case with Nissan, and was told that I needed to take the car to a dealer to be diagnosed. I did and it was diagnosed with the issue that so many have reported. The cost to repair the part is $1000. I feel that this an issue of a defective manufacture and is a significant safety issue that should be corrected by Nissan.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #50

Apr 182007


  • miles
Brake indicator on dash lights up, horrible grinding noise and car has very little braking ability. Had to pull over and let car slowly coast to a stop. Switched off engine set for a few minutes, restarted and vehicle was back to normal. Multiple times. Took in to dealer and was told could possibly be a brake booster at a cost of about 1000.00.( 1000 dollar guess for a possible life threatening issue "?") looked in forum and found out that this is happening quite a bit but Nissan is not doing anything to fix. Are they waiting for someone to die before they do recall. Car has been sitting for months. Can't risk having family in car and not being able to stop at anytime.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #49

Jun 122014


  • 71,000 miles


This problem has happened multiple times, driving along and then the brake light appears on the dashboard and when I apply the brakes the pedal goes to the floor and there is a loud grinding noise and it takes a very long time for the car to stop. If you get the car stopped and turn the ignition off and back on it will reset itself back to normal until it happens again. This has happened 3 times and have taken it to Nissan and they say "well its not happening to the car right now so we cant diagnose it" Nissan should be recalling these vehicles before someone gets killed. If you google search this type of problem there are literally hundreds of people saying they are having the same issue. I don't understand why brakes are not a recall, they are probably the most important part to a car next to the motor and Nissan is just letting people fly around and not be able to stop. Shame on you Nissan.

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

problem #48

Apr 252014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Driving with my family in our 2006 Nissan aramada at the speed of 40 M.P.H and the brake light sensor light came on and total loss of brake. The brake pedal went straight down and the brake pedal started grinding and a stickily noise and total brake loss. Felt scared and nervous because had the whole family. Contacted local Nissan dealer to verify any recall due to brakes and noticed numerous complaints on the net in regards to the Nissan Armada brake issue.

- Beaumont , CA, USA

problem #47

Mar 182014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 140,198 miles
On March 18, 2014 the brake petal goes to the floor when applied and brake warning lights comes on dash. Vehicle makes very loud grinding noises when brakes petal are applied. I have virtually no brakes when this occurs. I pulled the vehicle to the side of road when the vehicle coasted to a stop. However I after the shut off engine and restart the mysteriously goes away. On the April 14, 2014 the same problem with the reoccurs and again I applied the same remedy by shutting off the engine and problem mysteriously goes away. I'm afraid that will be ongoing problem and other 2005 & 2006 Nissan Armada have complained about this same problem. On April 15, 2014 I took the vehicle in question back decomier Nissan (manchester ct) I was charged to reset the computer $124.16. The dealer could find problem due to no codes available I'm not sure that this will correct the problem. If this doesn't solve it the next set of diagnostics a pin test will cost me $440. I explained to them my findings on the internet and that a lot of 2005 & 2006 Armada owners have experience this incident they did not offer much in the way of a explanation. This is a very scary and uncomfortable position to be in and thank god no vehicle or pedestrian was in front of me. The next time I may not be so lucky!!! here's the link where other people have lodged the same complaints:

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #46

Mar 242014


  • miles
I have had the same problem with my brakes. My brake light will come on and then you will begin to hear a grinding noise and when brakes are applied the brakes go all the way to the floor. When I turn the truck off and then back on. It seems as if the systems resets and then it will go back to normal. Then a couple of weeks or months it will start doing the same thing again. I think Nissan needs to check this problem because it is happening to much. In addition, to several different customers.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #45

Mar 202014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles


I was driving approximately 30 mph and started to slow to make a right hand turn into a school zone when my brake light came on immediately and brake pedal went to the floor and heard a grinding sound. My brakes were no longer functioning. Luckily, I was not going very fast and my turn was up hill. After stopping, I tested the brakes again, but they still were not functioning. The brake light was still on and there was still a strange grinding sound while pressing on the brakes. I dropped my son off at school and parked the vehicle until a tow truck came. I have had two brake diagnostics done by two different service stations and nothing can be found. Which once the brake light came off it started functioning properly. Apparently, this has happened to quite a few other Armada owners and yet there has not been any recalls for this issue. The problem occurs out of no where and can not be predetermined. This is a safety issue and should be a recall! I should have been notified of this problem and it should have been fixed prior to this incident.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #44

Mar 272009


  • 60,000 miles
We were on I75 rush hour, we had been stopping and going for about 5 min at that point then all of a sudden we pressed the brake it sounded like grinding and squealing, with very little breaking control. We didn't think we were going to get off the road safely. We took it to the dealer they said they fixed it... not... now we have been stuck paying for a vehicle we can't drive or sell. Something must be done about this. Why no recalls ? how many people have to complain or get hurt until Nissan steps up to the plate.

- Arcadia, FL, USA

problem #43

Jun 192013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
While driving in traffic, went to apply brakes to stop, vehicle shuttered and it seemed as though the anti-lock brakes were engaging. But the roads were not slippery or wet, no snow or ice on roads. It seemed as though the brakes were not gonna stop the vehicle in time, swerved over hit the curb to avoid accident. Had vehicle towed, vdc. Anti slip & brake lights were illuminated at this time. Paid tow bill, paid dealer to: Replace brake booster, wheel sensors, brake pads, rotors and two times for labor rate to try and diagnose issue. After dealer failed to admit there was an issue, but continued to just replace parts. I finally carried it to a local mechanic, he explained Nissan has an issue that they are not recalling. The only temporary resolution is to unhook the battery when it appears. Sadly, I feel Nissan has profited from thousands of customers relying on the dealerships knowledge that has not been informed by Nissan mfg. Of how to resolve this issue. I believe a recall is needed immediately!!!!!

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #42

Dec 282012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I was driving then when I went to apply the brakes their was this grinding spring like noise and the ABS light was on. This is an ongoing recurrence. I will simply pull over or put the vehicle in neutral and turn the vehicle off and back on thus the problem goes away. I haven't had the vehicle a week by the time this happen.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #41

Sep 242013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
On approximately September 24, 2013 I was driving down my street heading to the store. When approaching a traffic light, I applied the brakes and the brake light went on and I had sudden loss of braking power, with a grinding noise, loose braking motion. The brake pedal actually went all the way down to the floor panel. I was able to stop vehicle, although I had approximately 70-80% reduced braking power. Imagine how scary it was to try and stop a 6,000lbs vehicle with only 20% of your normal braking power. I came within inches of hitting the vehicle in front of me. I turned the vehicle off and back on and problem was gone when I restarted. I took it in to my mechanic, who attempted to see the problem for himself. However, it did not repeat the same symptoms. Therefore, he couldn't diagnose the problem. A few days later, it happened again. I went immediately went to my mechanic so that he could see the problem for himself. Unfortunately, he wasn't in but one of his employees test drove the vehicle. Since I didn't turn off the vehicle this time, he was able to experience the trouble I was having. I returned to my mechanic the next day and he advised me that I should contact Nissan to find out if it's a recall item since his research showed that many people have complained about the same exact problem. I have already sent inquiries through the Nissan website. However, no response has been given. I have had re-occurrences on numerous occasions and the frequency has been increasing. As a matter of fact, as of recently, now all the lights on my dashboard go on for no apparent reason, then I lose braking power. I use my vehicle for work. This could become a real issue. Especially if it results in an accident or worse. Why is Nissan not owning up to their responsibilities?

- Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #40

Feb 132014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 100,800 miles
I have owned my Nissan Armada since 2006. This past week as I was driving around town at 30 mph or so, I brake and the emergency brake light came on and the brakes made a spongy choking noise. I came to a stop (with difficulty) and turned off and turned on the car. This has happened two more times and I am told by the same dealer that I bought it from that it may help to get a new ABS sensor on it for more than $1000 but 'there are no guarantees that this will work'. I have researched and it seems as if many people are having this issue. It is very unsafe and scary. I don't mind paying for a repair but when the issue is this severe and there is not consensus on how to repair it I am at a loss at what to do. Please issue a recall on this defect.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #39

Aug 012010


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that the brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the delta sensor and brake booster assembly were replaced however, the failure later recurred. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #38

Dec 262013


  • 110,000 miles
I had a similar problem to everyone else. I was leaving a parking lot at a low rate of speed and when I went to stop the brake pedal went to the ground, there was a grinding sound and the "parking brake light" came on. Since I only had a couple miles to go I drove home and every time I went to brake this happened. The next morning I went to take it to the brake shop and the light was off and the Armada drove normal. The brake guys called and said everything looked fine and that's when I went online and found 100's of people with the same thing happening to their Armadas at all speeds but the constant in all seemed to be 2004-2007 Armadas. Seems no one (including the dealerships could fix the issue) and the only constant fix was to turn the ignition off and then restart it. This seemed to fix the problem for a short period of time-up to a couple years. I have owned my Armada 5 years and this is the first time I have had this issue but want it fixed because I felt worried going 35 mph and only a couple miles in distance.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #37

Nov 042013


  • 69,000 miles
Brakes not working properly, lights coming on dash (vdc, slip, brake) and resetting once engine turns off and on again. Service doesn't have any fix, have suggested brake booster (over $1000) but diagnostics is going to be $110 and have read hundreds of internet posts of this not fixing the problem."displayrecent and to name a few. There are suggestions from other service Nissan of reprogramming PCM $100, brake rotors and disc replacements $1000+, computer resets $100-200, master cylinder sensors replacement $400. Money money money almost like they are taking a stab in the dark or just making money because we are so clueless and blind as the customer. The current class action lawsuit points at a delta stoke sensor fault that they know about already and I am sure you have had 100's of complaints about this braking problem. How many complaints do you need to push a safety recall with Nissan regarding their braking problems from early vehicles" they replaced the 2008 rotors to a thicker more capable type which shows they have knowledge of the inadequate materials (too small brakes for too much power and weight) used in the early models not sure if any deaths recorded but the public safety has to be addressed when so many of these early Nissan are having brake issues. There are numerous accounts of people running intersections, school crossings, running off at corners, highway crashes on these blogs and I am hoping to document this complaint should (touch wood) anything happen to me, my kids or a member of the public should this occur again. I would appreciate a response so at least I have evidence of this. Thank you.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #36

Aug 012009


  • 29,000 miles
Approximately middle of 2009, was pulling up to stop sign and the brakes did not want to stop and made a horrible crunch sound with peddle all the way down the vehicle eventually stopped. Contacted Nissan and made arrangements for a dealer to look at it. Of course it doesn't do this all the time, but when it does it is very frightening...they supposedly reset the sensor and said that it may ifs the problem then again not...went on a forum and there is several owners of this same type of vehicle...since the it has happen several times. I made a compliant with you people and Nissan. It should be a recall...this is an on going problem. Our vehicle is garage kept and low miles. We bought for pulling our toy hauler which we now don't feel safe to pull with this continuous issue...Nissan knows there is an issue and does nothing but trying to get us to pay a $1,000 plus to replace the break booster and sensor with no promises do curing the problem.....please, what does it take to have a recall before there is a serious fatal accident. Thank you.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

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