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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,440 miles

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2006 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #24

Feb 072011


  • 53,424 miles


SUV failed to stop properly, brake pedal pulsated and very loud grinding noise. Pulled over and turn car off and problem went away. Drove to dealership and was repaired the same day. Service center knows of problem due to bulletin but says there is no recall, incident put me and my passenger in serious danger. Did some research online and seems to be a common problem in this model SUV.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #23

Jan 192011


  • 59,000 miles
Loud nasty noise coming from brake area then parking brake light comes on traveling at about 10 - 15 mph in parking lot brakes didn't feel like they wanted to stop I could have hurt someone real bad I wish someone would start a class action suit vs Nissan I called dealer he pretty much told me to go screw myself.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #22

Jan 082011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2006 Nissan Armada-problem with the brakes, brakes have gone out twice withen the last two months.the problem was fixed by turning off the engine and restarting.I feel Nissan should recall before someone is hurt or killed.

- Anaheim , CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 102010

Armada 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles


While driving my 2006 taking my nine year old to boyscout meeting I applied my brakes to stop at a red light and several lights came on my dashboard. The lights included ABS, brake light and some other lights. The vehicle made a loud grinding like sound and the brakes seem to go out. I did not know what to do so I slowed down and sat frantically at the light. Then I slowly pulled over in the parking lot of a shopping center and stopped my vehicle. I sat there for about fifteen minutes. I then started the car back up and preceded to my destination. Nothing happened after this. About one month I experienced the same type of braking problem. I took it to our local Nissan shop they found nothing to be wrong.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

problem #20

Nov 012010

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Armada le. It has recently had serious braking problems, it is intermittent, it doesn't happen consistently. Approx. 2 weeks ago I was driving home with my children in the truck, I went to apply the brakes and they did not engage at all. I had no braking power, then it started making grinding noises but I still could not stop in a safe manner. My husband looked at the car and we switched keys-meaning we turned the truck off then on again. After the truck was turned off the brakes began to perform normally. We took the truck to les schwabb and they couldn't find anything wrong with the brakes but they bled the system and put new fluid in. It has happened several times since and the fix is always turning the truck off. I and my children were put in a very dangerous position on a major road. I looked on the internet and there are pages and pages of people that have had the same problem with their 2006 Armada's. Nissan needs to recall these vehicles immediately and fix this problem before more people are injured.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #19

Nov 022010


  • 90,000 miles
While driving low speeds the ABS system failed and numerous indicator lights lite up on the dash cluster panel. The brake pedal itself was vibrating and required more effort to stop the vehicle. During the issue, turning off the vehicle completely and restarting usually resolves the issue until the next time. This has occurred over 40-50 time. Contacting the dealership resulted in a $500 bill to flush the brake system and re-surface the brake rotors. The issue still persists.

- Delano, CA, USA

problem #18

Aug 042010


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving 2 mph the brakes were applied and failed to engage. The dealer was informed about the failure and replaced the brakes under warranty. The contact stated that this occurred again after the brakes were replaced when she applied the brakes and the vehicle did not stop. The vehicle was repaired again. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 25,000.

- Heber, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 252010


  • 78,000 miles
My 06 Nissan armarda has over 78000 miles on it. One day without warning, the brake light goes on - the sound that the ABS makes when its in use happens & brakes become spongy. It felt like they fell right out the bottom. Next morning it was at my local good year. They replaced the calipers, and brake pads - all was well, so I thought. 2 weeks late the same thing. Back it went to the shop & nothing could be found since this defect seems to correct itself when the truck is turned off. This 3rd time it happened while driving 30 miles an hour, just a slight tap & the brakes were lost. I drove it right to the shop & the mechanic was able to hear the grinding since I never put the truck in park. But the next day they weren't able to duplicate it. I now have an appointment at the Nissan dealer. After doing some research it sounds like something to do with the ABS components. Thankfully for geicos mechanical breakdown insurance so far I've only had to pay the $250 deductible. Its good for up to 7 years/100,000 miles.

- Hauppague, NY, USA

problem #16

Jun 142010

Armada 6-cyl

  • miles
When starting out from a parked position, sometimes the brakes will make a grinding noise when pressed. If you hit your brakes during this period there is a grind pulsating feeling in the brakes. I don't know if the brakes are really even working during this time, but the only the way to clear this is to somehow stop the car without destroying something and turning the car off and then restarting it. This seems to fix the problem. But it will intermittently do it again in about a month or so. Is Nissan doing anything about this problem? I never really feel secure driving because I don't know if this will happen when I 'm at full speed and really need the brakes!

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #15

May 282010


  • 63,000 miles
While driving the emergency brake light comes on. If you hit your brakes during this period there is a grind pulsating feeling in the brakes. Very unsure braking when that happens. The only the way to clear this is the somehow stop the car without destroying something and turning the car off and then restarting it. This seems to fix the problem. But it will intermittently do it again in about a month or so. What's the deal?

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 142009


  • 45,000 miles


I was driving one day with my 3 kids in the car and the vdc slip and brake light came on out of no where. I contacted the dealer and I brough the vehicle in to have it checked after paying for them to diagnosis it they said they found nothing wrong with it. The light continued to ccome on several times and each time I would take it in and they would say nothing was wrong. One particular day I was driving with my 3 kids and I went to stop and the brakes began to do a pulsing action and sounded as though they were grinding and the car would not stop. I started to cry and panic because I had all of my kids in the car and had no idea what to do so I put the car in neutral and let the car roll and just pulled away from traffic as much as I could. Finally I pulled into a parking lot where I hit the breaks and emergency break to make it stop. I placed the car in park and was terrified to drive after that so I contacted the dealer and asked if I could bring it in immediately. Once at the dealer I was told again nothing was wrong and that my brakes were fine and they did not find anything. The same thing happen to me 2 more times and still no one seems to find anything wrong. My brakes have been replaced and each time I press on them I am terrified that the car is not gonna stop. The brakes always feel as though they aren't gonna stop and they have an uneasy feeling when you press them. I cannot claim the car as a lemon because I bought it used with 29,000 miles which is not alot. I feel that there is a defect in the brake system for the Nissan Armada because my car did not have alot of miles when this started and it is still having issues.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 082009


  • 35,000 miles
Temporary loss of brakes and control of car; ABS light comes on. This occurred twice and each time brought to dealer. They were aware of problem and made an adjustment. Still drive uncertain whether it will happen again. Very dangerous in my opinion.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 262010


  • 28,000 miles
Randomly while driving ABS system seems to engage and normal brake function is lost. Usually this occurs after a stop and begins next time I press the brake pedal. Occurs about once a month. To resolve it we have to pull to the side of the road and restart the car.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #11

Aug 272009


  • 56,796 miles
Applied pressure to brake to avoid a collision. Brake arm snapped into. No brakes. Vehicle traveled 100 ft. Before stopping. Had to emergency brake to stop. Nissan as done nothing as of yet. The brake pedal, pieces and arm are in our possession.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #10

Aug 232009


  • 20,000 miles
Every 3 or 4 months, my 2006 Armada will have a grinding noises with the brake system and the brake light will come on. I will not have any brakes when this happens and I always need to stop the truck, turn it off and turn it back on. This seems to re-calibrate the system and it will be fine for a few months. It seems Nissan should recall the 2006 Armada and fix this calibration problem before a tragedy takes place.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 252009


  • 40,000 miles
My husband have a 2006 Nissan Altima and the clutch fails daily. We have notified Nissan and we have gone online to place complaints along with other people regarding the clutch problem with the 2006 Nissan. When we took the car to the dealership he was told the clutch master cylinder was bad which is stated on the Nissan site. I have a 2006 armarda SUV and the brake light will come on daily and the brakes will stop working instantly. I had the brakes replaced and the problem has continued. I have also placed this complaint on the Nissan site with no response back. There are several complaints regarding the 2006 SUV brakes and I feel Nissan should recall the SUV's along with the Altima and replace the brake system and the clutch. This has happen many times and continues to happen. By the grace of god we have always been able to stop the vehicles.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #8

May 152009


  • 48,000 miles
"for about the last 6 months we have experienced a half dozen times or so an issue with brakes not working properly. The brakes pulsate when pushed as though the ABS is kicking in, grinding is felt and heard and braking only barely works. This only seems to occur at lower (non-freeway) speeds and the issue usually corrects itself upon shutting the engine off and restarting. Appears our issue is to tsb ntb06-040, but I am not sure at this point. Going to try to get it in to the dealership this week and hopefully get this issue fixed. I have researched this issue on the net and it seems to be a common issue (see complaint #S below) with some people having accidents. My wife normally is the driver and carrying my 3 year old twins....what will it take for this issue to have a recall"?" " complaint #'s that appear similar (just some examples) 10204163 10245831 10245775 10243828 10243182 10238148 10223304 10204203 10262576 additionally, please see threads below for other documentation of people having this issue:"T=918"T=8776.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 122008


  • 48,000 miles
Sometime in mid August 2008, my wife and daughter were out running errands in our 2006 Armada. She came home and told me about the "brake" light coming on, severe front end "shuddering" as she applied the brakes and difficulty stopping. I went out to the vehicle, turned it on, the brake light was not on. I drove the vehicle around for about 20 minutes with no problems. I did slow even stops, hard "emergency type" stops, braking around corners. Not a single problem. I checked the brake fluid, it was slightly above the minimum line, so I topped it off with the prescribed brake fluid. The car operated just fine until Sept 12, 2008 at approx. 4:50 pm when at 40 mph I approached a two way stop sign, applied the brakes, and nothing happened, I frantically pumped the brakes, until the wall in front of me was close and I instinctively put my hands in front of my face. The vehicle hit the curb at a 90 degree angle, jumped the curb, crashed through a safety sign, and then crashed through a 18-24" sewer line that had yet to be buried. In fact the Armada almost rolled as it was riding on top of a piece of the severed sewer line. I called 911, and then smelled gasoline. Hazmat was called because the fuel line was ruptured by the sign going underneath the vehicle. Luckily nobody was coming the other way. I was transported via ambulance, diagnosed with a "deep chest contusion" from the seat belts. Air bags did not deploy. As of this writing on 10/17/08 Nissan of North America is still "reviewing" the results of the independent 3rd party they sent out to test the car. They have told me this review by their engineering and legal departments could take several more weeks.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 132008


  • 58,777 miles
I have a 2006 Nissan Armada, the brakes goes out, lights come on and once you pull over and restart your vehicle it performs as normal. I've taken it to the dealer and they stated my pads and rotors need replacing, I did that and still the same problem occurs. It feels as if your hitting metal.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 272008


  • 31,980 miles
My 2006 Nissan Armada had serious brake failure while traveling in a parking lot at less than 15 mph. The brake pedal seized and the ABS kicked on, the dash vibrated and the braking power dropped to almost nothing. The car was very difficult to stop even at such a low rate of speed. After stopping and turning the car off the problem seemed to disappear. I refuse to drive the vehicle again until the dealer fixes the problem. Current mileage is just over 32,000 and the problem occurred at 31,980 miles.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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