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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 1 of 2)

problem #39

Aug 302016


  • 189,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to operate. The contact had to apply force to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the active brake booster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #38

Jul 282016


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 15 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed. The brakes screeched and the vehicle finally stopped; however, the brake lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes needed to be flushed and brake fluid re-applied. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again where it was diagnosed that the brake booster was completely gone and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #37

May 272016


  • 123,000 miles
Emergency brake cable broke while driving on the highway and caused all the tires to lock up. When the cable broke it wrapped around the left rear axle causing that to break as well as the differential seal. We never use the E brake on this vehicle. It is very odd that the cable would just break. I feel like this is a manufacturer problem and should be looked into. Cables breaking and tires locking up could be very dangerous/ fatal. The estimated repair quote to fix this is 2325.00

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #36

Apr 182016


  • 105,000 miles


Brake light comes on and brakes stop working properly. Loud noises and crunching sounds from under the hood. If I turn the truck off and restart, it fixes itself for a couple of weeks or so. Nissan says many things but really dont know. ABS control module $1600 brake booster$800 which I've read does not work. This happens while driving at any speed! so dangerous. I tow a 24' trailer. Not anymore. I also read in S.Carolina, Nissan just lost a law suit on this same subject. the right thing and recall before someone dies!

- Corbett, OR, USA

problem #35

Aug 072014


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. While driving at any speed, the brake pedal pulsated and braking power seized when the brake pedal was depressed. The brake light illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #34

Dec 092014


  • 92,000 miles
While driving at a speed of approximately 40 mph I began to press on the brakes when a grinding noise suddenly occurred and the vehicle would not slow down or come to a complete stop as normal. The brake lights, T/C light popped up on the dash board. I accelerated again to pull to the side of the road, as I pressed the brakes again the grinding noise occurred and no matter how hard U press down on the brake the vehicle would not come to a complete stop until it lost moving momentum. I turned the vehicle off and restarted it and all lights were off and the brakes operated normal until a few weeks later it would reoccur and now has become a randomly repetitive issue.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 152013


  • 68,000 miles


Numerous times since January 2013 when we have been driving on the highway, roadways and parking lots the red brake light comes on and the brake pedal goes to the floor and makes noises. The car is very hard to stop and has almost caused accidents. One of the times it happened I took the car to Firestone to see what was going on but when I turned off the car it stopped doing it but they did have code C1179/ABS control unit come up. We contacted Nissan and left our car at suntrup Nissan for a month. They told us they could not find anything even when I gave them the code. We met with a Nissan specialist who told us the problem was the brake booster and gave us a price of just over $1,000 to fix it. I have been online doing my own research and many other people have had this same problem and code and have all said the ABS control module needs to be reprogrammed and there is a firmware update to fix a known bug. I am not sure why Nissan can not find anything wrong and tell me it is the brake booster but when I do research I find what could be the problem and now have to take more time out and go to a different dealership to get the problem resolved before my family is in a horrible accident. From my research this is a common known problem that can be very dangerous if not fixed right away and I think Nissan should be responsible. The last time we talked to Nissan they told us they would not do anything for us. I want people to know about this safety problem and also the problem with dealerships who think they can take advantage of people who don't know about cars.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #32

Feb 042015


  • 103,000 miles
Brake light and ABS light illuminated followed by marked reduction in braking power. Braking caused a grinding and springy sound. Once car was turned off problem resolved. This has happened on 3 occasions. Twice even after brake booster was replaced (code C1179). There is no current recall but there are multiple similar complaints to find online. Safety is definitely impacted.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #31

May 302015


  • 107,000 miles
My husband was backing up in the Armada when the break light came on for no real reason. The breaks sounded as though they were grinding or slipping. The breaks did not stop the car properly anymore. We pulled into gas station where we shut the car off. When restarting it the break light was off and breaks worked normal again. 1day while driving the breaks did it again, I could barely stop the Armada. Only way to fix it was to shut car off. I have read that this is a break booster malfunction. This needs to be address by Nissan before people are killed from loss of breaks! there are multiple complaints from people on line with the same issue and stories of the Armada breaks failing.

- Belleville , IL, USA

problem #30

May 142013


  • 100,000 miles
Multiple occurrences - while driving, the brakes begin to grind, stutter, and stop working. I had to downshift in order to slow the vehicle, and pull over. The brake light will illuminate as this occurs. After stopping the vehicle, it must be completely turned off for a few moments, and then it will go back to "normal." This has also occurred while exiting the freeway - not safe! airbag light is constantly on. Many of the electrical parts are not working. We thought Nissan would be the best vehicle to buy. But have had nothing but major problems. Please send recall for brakes and airbags

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 012013


  • 65,000 miles


The vehicle was purchased out, and out of the warranty period. On multiple occasions, the brakes have had near total failures. A grinding sound and stutter occur and braking power is greatly reduced. The brake light illuminates on the dash. After restarting the vehicle the problem immediately goes away and has disappeared for days or months before randomly occurring again. The local dealer could not diagnose the problem unless it was driven to them with the light on, however, it is unsafe to drive with the condition. Both the dealer and Nissan Consumer Affairs claim they have no knowledge of the issue, or have offered a fix for the problem.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

problem #28

Apr 132015


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. While driving at an unknown speed, the brake light illuminated on the instrument panel and the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard. The contact mentioned that a grinding sound emitted from the vehicle when the failure occurred. The contact was able to stop the vehicle and, after restarting it, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 10V072000 (service brakes); however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 126,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #27

Nov 202014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. While driving at 5 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and the brakes made a grinding noise. The vehicle hesitated to stop completely. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #26

Mar 032015

Armada 8-cyl

  • 104,797 miles
I left work and was driving down the highway and attempted to stop and the brake pedal began vibrating and the brake booster was making a horrid noise and I had to put the vehicle in low gear to get it to slow in bumper to bumper traffic. Today 03/10/2015 I received a letter regarding a class action lawsuit in regards to a sensor within the brake booster stating I needed to file a claim in order to receive compensation for repairs, although the case has not been settled and the is no final court date until 05/15/2015 and we may not be reimbursed until September or later.. I need my vehicle repaired immediately and don't have time to file a claim nor do I have money to be out of pocket on a manufacturer defect. Nissan has not notified their consumers of this issue and this is the first thing I have heard of it from this law firm. I am positive there have probably been accidents directly related to this issue which Nissan seems to be covering up. Nissan needs to issue a recall and repair this brake booster immediately and nisaan consumers need to be notified immediately. This brake booster issue includes 2004-2008 Nissan titan, Armada, and infiniti QX56 with vdc.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #25

Feb 132015


  • 75,000 miles
Sudden loss of braking power in heavy traffic on the freeway. Noise from dash. Humming. Brakes not responding. Scary experience for entire family, including 2 children (13 and 6yrs old). Downshifted to lower gears and pulled over. Restarted car and it reset. We were told at the dealership it would cost at least $1000. We are now afraid to drive vehicle.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #24

Apr 012014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The brakes will stop/start/stop/start/stop/start....kind of like a grinding...they stop working. The only way to "solve" the issue is turn the car off, then on again. This has happened about 12 times since we bought the car in March. Others have complained of the same exact issue as well. It is very dangerous and I'm appalled that Nissan will actually wait until someone dies before issuing a recall. I have been dealing with the Nissan corporate for months now and my car is currently at the dealership "being fixed". we will be out well over $2,000 and the problem still persists with customers that have had this previously done (dealership is claiming is a "brake actuator issue"). we will end up selling this vehicle because I cannot keep putting myself and my 13 month old daughter's life at risk. The thought of selling it to another family with this issue makes my heart hurt and I will do everything in my power to make sure Nissan sees this issue as life-threatening. One time my brakes went out on me on the interstate in the rain with my daughter in her carseat. So pulling over to turn my vehicle off, then on again was a second time within 5 minutes that could have killed us.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #23

Jul 012014


  • 86,000 miles
The brakes just randomly start grinding and don't work. You have to shut the truck off and restart for it to reset. I went to a brake shop and since I had shut it off they couldn't find anything wrong. It has done this 3 times now. Also my overhead compartment fell, all the plastic is crumbling. It is an outrageous amount to replace this part. I love my Nissan but this is crazy that they wont do a recall for these when mostly all the complaints on this site are about these two issues.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #22

Aug 022010

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
The brakes effectiveness is significantly reduced, by as much as 60%, and it makes a popping and spring noise. When you apply the brakes, it makes a grinding sound. You must pull over, turn the car off, pump the breaks and then restart the car. You may have to turn the car off/on several times. I've paid thousands of dollars to various mechanics to have this issue resolved. It goes along fine for awhile, and then the problem repeats itself. It's intermittent and very dangerous. Also, the suspension makes a popping noise when you go over a dip in the road or make a sharp turn. These are evidently known defects and although I did get a recall notice from Nissan, when I brought my vehicle in, they spent 20 minutes looking at it and said everything was fine. It continues to happen. I'm recording this notification so it can be added to the many complaints I've found regarding both of these known issues. At what point is something going to be done for the consumers?? if there's a class action lawsuit, I'm in!!

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #21

Mar 032014


  • 72,500 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. The contact stated while traveling at any speed the brakes seized and abruptly stopped the vehicle or the brake pedal was soft which did not provide enough safty to depress the pedal to slow down intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who indicated that the brake actuator needed to be replaced but was not able to give a definate diagnosis indicating that the part specifically needed to be repaired. The vehicle was also taken to an independent mechanic who indicated that there was an ABS failure and to have the authorized dealer repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V072000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,500. Dyd

- Silverton, OR, USA

problem #20

Sep 022014

Armada 8-cyl

  • 98,890 miles
I was slowing down getting ready to enter a parking lot. I started to press the brakes, and then the brake light on the dash turns on. I heard grinding and the vehicle keep moving but the brakes wouldn't work. I placed the flashers on. I then turned off the Armada. I restarted it and everything seemed fine after that. But now I'm scared, that the vehicle is not safe for me or my family. What if this had happened to me on a freeway? I called central houston Nissan (houston, tx) and they seemed to be bothered with me calling about this complaint. And there are many others with the same complaint. And Nissan doesn't want to admit any fault? I hope that no one gets injured or worse from this... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Houston, TX, USA

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