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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,611 miles

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2008 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2008 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Mar 192014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The ABS and brake light came on and brakes would not work. I could feel vibrations and heard grinding whenever I attempted to apply the brakes. After pulling over and restarting the vehicle while waiting for assistance, I noticed the brake light did not come on. I pulled off to test the brakes at this point and they worked fine. The problem occurred again on September 1, 2014 while driving at minimal speed, but only the brake light came on when the braking system failed. Again, after coasting to the side of the road and restarting the vehicle, the brake light turned off and the brakes were operational. After having the braking system checked I was told that the computer diagnostic showed code 1179. I called Nissan's corporate number to report the incident and was off handedly told that all 2008 Nissan Armadas are not experiencing the problem. My vehicle is currently being inspected by the central Nissan dealership in houston Texas, and I will report the findings to the North american Nissan corporation.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #18

Aug 112014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
When depressing the brake pedal, pedal went all the way to the floor with a grinding noise. No brakes when this happened, and brake light lit up on dash. Once car was turned off and back on again, problem reset itself and brakes worked like they were suppose to. This has happened two other times since then with problem being resolved by turning car off and back on to reset. Only remedy Nissan gives is take it to nearest dealer when the problem exists. This is over an hour away from where I live, and across the mountain. With no brakes, this is something I am not willing to risk.

- Hiawassee, GA, USA

problem #17

Jul 032014


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle failed to stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure occurred on several occasions. The dealer stated that the brake booster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 172011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 65,731 miles


My wife (along with our 2 children under the age of 5) was attempting to apply the brakes as she approached an intersection to make a turn. The SUV responded by beginning to shake violently, make very loud noises, & ultimately the brakes failed. She observed the parking brake light was illuminated on the dash board. She was able to continue on the current road & downshift to reduce speed before pulling over to the side of the road. She then turned the SUV off & back on. After re-ignition, the brake light was no longer illuminated, and the brakes functioned normally. When she got home I did some research online about this problem and noticed thousands of other Nissan owners have experienced this exact same issue, to the point of a class action lawsuit currently underway in California. This is at least the 8th time this has happened in this vehicle over the course of 3 years of owning. Thankfully, it has not resulted in a crash, injury or fatality to date. The same brake failure has occurred while driving at speeds up to 70mph. Every incident occurs similarly, with shaking, noise, and parking brake light illumination. Turning the vehicle off and restarting seems to temporarily solve the problem, but it has continued to occur randomly. This is a very unsafe issue and that needs immediate attention!!

- Somerville, TN, USA

problem #15

Jun 222014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 100,865 miles
Driving on a crowded freeway in houston. The brake light came on. When a slow down was attempted, the brakes made a loud noise and the pedal was soft. Braking effectiveness was severely reduced. We were able to control the vehicle, pull off the freeway and stop. Once stopped, we turned off the car and then restarted it. Once restarted, the problem was resolved. This is approximately the 5th time that the same has happened. Other times, have happened rarely, several months apart. Upon calling Nissan, they suggested that the brake booster needed to be replaced, but not for certain.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 042014


  • 70,000 miles
I've noticed the vehicle steering and brakes shaking upon applying while stopping for signal lights or stop signs. It will also happen at freeway speeds if another car pulls over in front of me and I apply the brakes. The incident that happened yesterday - I was traveling through a school zone at 35 mph. I looked at my speedometer to double check my speed and noticed the emergency brake light was on. I looked at my er brake and it was not engaged. When I applied my foot brake to stop at a signal light, the car shook, the brakes made a grinding noise, and made an electronic/spring type noise. The pedal lowered itself about another 1/3 distance before stopping. My heart skipped a beat. What if I couldn't have stop at the school crossing zone and had hit a child" (what would Nissan have said to that") I drove it to my daughter's house and parked in front on level ground. Since I was from out of town, we called a tow truck to take it to a local Firestone. The Firestone dealer could not find anything wrong with the brakes or pads. Seems like turning off the vehicle and restarting it, reset it. The Firestone dealer stated it had to be electronic. I've read that this will happen again and has been happening for quite sometime. If the powers that be can get Nissan to recall the gauge inside the fuel tank and the pin on the brakes - then why cannot Nissan be forced to correct this more serious brake problem before more accidents or deaths happen.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 312014


  • 98,000 miles


I was driving home on the way from work on the interstate at about 60 miles. The brake light came on about half way home. When I tried to slow down at the exit, the brakes started grinding and making a rough sound and shaking. I had to pump the brakes to get it to stop. I parked the car on a street and turned it off. My husband came to take a look at it, but once the car was restarted, the brake light was off and he could not duplicate the problem. This has happened intermittently but I can't seem to get it to duplicate at the dealership. I have had other issues with my brakes as well.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 312011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
As I was driving I attempted to apply the brakes to make a right turn, ironically into an auto parts store, and the brake pedal felt as if it went all the way to the floor. The pedal vibrated as if the ABS was kicking in but also made a loud grinding noise. The Armada finally rolled to a complete stop, I didn't know what to do so I turned it off. I popped the hood checked the fluids and did a visual check of the breaks and everything seemed normal. I restarted the vehicle and to my surprise it fixed itself. The next morning I went to robbins Nissan where I purchased the vehicle and I was advised nothing could be since the brake light was not on. Ever since then, this same issue occurs at least once every 3 months. I took it in two more times but nothing could be done since I didn't take it in with the brakes not working. So basically I'm suppose to drive it in to the dealer with no breaks and the brake light on which no is going to especially if they are driving with their family as I was. Or if you're traveling and there isn't a dealer around.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 042014


  • 72,000 miles
I was stopped in the carpool lane at my son's school; in park. Carpool lane began to move so I placed my car in gear. Slowly moving up and I heard a noise. Startled, placed my car back in park. Then noticed that my emergency brake light was on as well as my slip & vdc lights. Picked-up my son and I was driving away from the school and headed to a stop light. I found that I literally had to stand on my brakes to stop the car. It was not an immediate stop, more of a rolling stop and it felt as though my brake was being pushed all the way into the engine!!! not the safest of situations. Needless to say, the car is parked in the garage until we can get some affirmative answers.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #10

Oct 142013

Armada 8-cyl

  • miles
I was driving home on the way from work on the beltway at 65 miles and when I slowed down, the brakes started grinding and making a rough sound. The brake light had turned on. I had to pull over to turn the truck off. When I started the truck back up, the brake light turned off and the brakes were working again. This has happened intermittently but I can't seem to get it checked since it happens at random times.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Sep 122013


  • 35,250 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that the vehicle vibrated when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the contact stated that the braking system was delayed and felt as if it would not engage. The emergency brake warning light illuminated as the failure occurred. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the brake booster. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,250 and the current mileage was 35,475.

- Martinez , GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 242012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 76,554 miles
My wife was driving the Nissan to Illinois from Ohio and while driving on the freeway the brake light comes on and she proceeded to hit the brakes which were not there the pedal went completely to the floor and made a grinding sound as if the brake lines were cut. She calls me in a panic and I tell her how to down shift the car. She finally gets it to a stop and turns off the vehicle and when she goes to start it again the brakes are completely back with out any malfunction. She was able to get to her destination were she took it to courtesy Nissan in moline ill. They diagnosed it as a right front wheel bearing grinding causing ABS sensor to think wheel speed was different, which they replaced right front hub and sensor and sent her on her way with $829.16 bill. That was July 25, 2012 she drove the vehicle for a day on July 27, 2012 she was going down a hill when the brakes decided to fail again she down shifted and came to rest against a atm to stop from going into busy traffic. She drove the car to the dealership while the brakes were still in fail mode where they promptly plugged it into the computer and the scan showed code C1179 delta sensor, they said they performed test to determine internal ABS controller failure and then replaced ABS controller at a very steep price. My wife was able to drive the Nissan home with my family inside because they said it was safe to drive and then on June 14, 2012the brakes failed again when we took the vehicle to Nissan of mansfield mmg they got the code but once the car was tuned off they could not get the problem to duplicate. Corporate and the local dealer said that they don't know what they can do for me since the problem will not duplicate and if it happens again to bring it right over which is a 40 minute drive for me from my house let alone putting myself and my family's life at risk.

- Loudonville , OH, USA

problem #7

May 132013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
I was approaching intersection when my brakes failed and my truck began to shake very bad and made very loud noises. I then noticed the brake light was illuminated on the dash board. I then pulled over to the side of the road and turned vehicle off and inspected brake system. When I preceded to turn vehicle back on I noticed the brake light was off. The brakes were fine after restarting the vehicle. When I got home I did some research online about this problem and noticed thousands of other Nissan owners have experienced this exact same issue. This is a very unsafe issue and that needs immediate attention!!

- Wesley Chapel , FL, USA

problem #6

May 052013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
For the last year my Nissan Armada 2008 has had numerous failing parts that all include electrical issues of some sort. First the passenger side window stopped working and then the ac is now stuck in max ac. Thieves issues are not safety related but may contribute to the horrible electrical issues this model has. The other day my wife was picking the kids up from school when she realized the brake light came on and the brakes were making a horrible grinding noise with no or limited braking ability. She pulled over and turned the car off. 5 minutes later she turned the car on and the light and braking problem went away. 3 days later this happened again. Turned off car, restarted and problem went away. After looking through numerous message boards and forums, it seems this problem has been documented in hundreds of cases or more. Nissan has not done anything about this from what I understand. It seems a fix or at least a fix that comes back in many cases is to replace the brake booster and reprogram the vdc. This looks like it has been running about 800 to 1000 dollars to fix. Many of the consumers that reported this problem have reported after being fixed, the problem comes back within months or a year after being fixed. A recall is needed as this is life threatening to families driving in the SUV and also to others on the road.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 222012


  • 88,000 miles
8/22/12 while driving in daytime normal conditions was stopped at a red-light, turned right onto a very busy 4 lane divided road, brake light on dash came on and brakes made a grinding/spring popping kind of sound and "grabbed" or stopped jerkily when I pushed on the brake pedal again to slow to a stop at the next red-light. Took extra distance to stop due to decreased brake power/strength, luckily I was the first car in line at the red-light. Turned off the road and into a parking lot with brakes continuing as noted above, sat in parking lot until my father in law arrived. I turned engine off to take my car key off my keyring so my F-I-L could drive my car home or to the shop, the brake light was off then and the brakes worked normally. Had vehicle checked with code-reader which didn't read any errors, husband changed brake pads and ensured fluids were at appropriate levels, brakes continued to function normally. 9/10/12 driving in normal daytime conditions, stopped at red-light on extremely busy 6 lane road, turned left onto another street, experienced same problem described above, videoed issue with iphone as drove around empty parking lot. Parked and turned engine off, husband came and drove car to dealership, brakes functioned normally. Online research revealed hundreds of owners with this complaint, some with complete brake failure, is said to be ABS system engaging for no reason D/T brake booster problem. Dealership charged my husband $100 to "diagnose" problem, determined to be brake booster issue, stated Nissan not responsible for cost of repair which could be $500-$1000. Nissan notified of issue by my husband, rec'd case #, waiting on response from Nissan as to what they are going to do. Very dangerous situation, could've easily resulted in severe accident and catastrophic injuries to myself, my child, and my husband.

- Greenwell Springs, LA, USA

problem #4

May 012011


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that the ABS system failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times for the failure. The dealer replaced the brake sensor and the brake actuator however, the failure was not corrected. The brake warning light illuminated whenever the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed and located the failure at the brake booster. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Springfield , VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 022012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Armada and when I went to stop at a red light and I lost brake power. There was a horrible grinding sound and the dashboard brake light lit up. After coasting into a parking lot I shut my car off. My husband came and checked the car and drove around the parking lot and everything seemed fine. The warning lights went out and the brakes worked again. We still have a warranty and the dealer can't seem to find a problem. Uh...when me and my kids are in the car and we lose brake power...that's kind of a huge problem. This has been occurring in Armada's since 2004. Please someone fix this because I no longer feel safe in my car and the it the entire reason I bought the Armada.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #2

May 102012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I was driving 45 mph down a street when my brakes lost pressure and began the ABS cavitation. Luckily I was still able to stop however I had zero brake pressure and any amount of pedal movement initiated the ABS pump brake action. Turning the vehicle off then starting back up resolved the issue temporarily. I took it to stadium Nissan in the city of orange who said I needed to replace my brake booster at a cost of $800. I've seen dozens of reports of this exact issue on I believe this needs to be recalled as it is extremely dangerous for any consumer with this vehicle.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 31,231 miles
The brake failure occured while driving on a city street at 35mph, it acted like the ABS system failed. This happened on a Saturday. I called the Nissan dealer we purchased it from the following Monday to get an appointment to have it checked out. The dealer got me in the next day and the tech said the brake master cylinder and sensor was defective and it needed to be replaced. The service manager for the dealer said the part was $700 and labor was $400-500.00 but it would only be 80 percent fixed. The problem was a defective brake master cylinder and Nissan has been aware of this since 2004 but has done nothing for anyone who owns a Nissan vehicle with this problem. It was not covered under warranty. After I contacted Nissan consumer relations they stated a replacement or fix for this safety problem on my vehicle was declined due to expired warranty. T he warranty had expired by time not miles. The Nissan rep said it was unsafe if the brakes fail any time the vehicles driven. The Nissan rep said based solely on expired warranty any repair service would be at our expence.

- Billings, MO, USA

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