really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,018 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #54

Nov 122013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 74,500 miles


I was approaching an intersection with a stop light what was red. There were 4 cars ahead of me. When I applied the brakes, my feet also hit the accelerator pedal at the same time. The car jumped forward and hit the car in front of me and also pushed it into another car resulting in a multi car accident. My car sustained minor damage but two of the other cars had significant damage. This was the second time that this occurred to me with this vehicle. The other time was a similar situation where I was approaching a stop sign. Fortunately, no one was in front of me. In both incidents, I was wearing western style boots. But it could have easily happened with work boots. I believe that the placement of the brake pedal is too close to the accelerator pedal. This vehicle also has adjustable brake pedals, which could also be a contributing factor.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #53

Mar 232010

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
While driving my 04 Armada, the red brake light on the dash lit up. When I tried to stop and investigate the problem the brake pedal pulsed and the ABS system activated, as indicated by the grinding noises under the hood. Not truly grinding but that is the best way to describe what an ABS system sounds like when active. This happens sporadically. Could happen a few times in a day or it may not happen for weeks or months. The dealership claims to know nothing of the issue which makes me very suspicious. This is a fairly well known issue. They want to charge hundreds of dollars for diagnostic service for a problem I am sure they know how to fix. Meanwhile my vehicle may be very unsafe to drive and I have no other alternative as I cannot afford repairs, since they will not recall the vehicle, and I cannot afford to replace it.

- Hollister, CA, USA

problem #52

Oct 042013


  • miles
I have had the same problem in regards to the Nissan Armada brake light coming on without warning during driving. This has happened numerous times while on and off the freeway. I would turn the engine off and then back on and the brakes light would go off, resetting the braking system to normal function. This last time was enough and I finally took it into Nissan and they told me that it's a common problem with the brake booster, and it would be over $1000 to fix!! Nissan needs to be held responsible for this faulty sensor or part. Its extremely dangerous to drive this vehicle under these conditions. Thank goodness my wife and infant daughter have never been in the vehicle whenever this happened. Do better Nissan, I've had no other problems with the vehicle other than this.

- Manvel, TX, USA

problem #51

Jun 032013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 165,376 miles


The brakes do no work properly. The ABS engages sporadically and the brake light comes on. The braking systems does not work normally and there is a loss of brake function. When the vehicle is turned off, the issue resets and the brakes will work again.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #50

Sep 122013


  • 100,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway and my emergency brake light came on. As I exited off the freeway and tried to stop the brakes were making a terrible noise and failed me. It was very frightening as my car was not able to stop at all, thankfully I was able to use the transmission to slow the car by dropping down to first gear. I had my 2 children in the car and thankfully we were not in an accident although was very close as there were cars in front of me stopped at a light. When I came home we checked the brake fluid and pads and both were fine. When we turned off the car and turned it back on everything was fine and the problem did not reoccur. I have my car maintenance very regularly and this problem stumped our normal mechanic. I have since learned that this is a common occurrence among vehicles like mine and is apparently the break booster which Nissan will fix for $800. This is very disturbing that a car can lose complete control of its ability to break just like that with absolutely no warning then after I turn if off and back on be just fine. I believe this is a dangerous problem and the manufacturer needs to deal with this problem immediately before someone is seriously injured. I have no problem fixing the break booster but how is Nissan able to insure me this problem will not happen again? I feel very unsafe knowing at any time it could re occur.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Aug 022013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


2004 Nissan Armada brake issue. Driving down the road and the brakes start grinding and its hard to stop, emergency brake light comes on. Once I am able to slow down and pull over, I then restart the vehicle and the brakes go back to performing normally. This has happened numerous times since purchasing the vehicle. This most recent time happened while towing a 6500 lb load. Thankfully, no one was in front of us. I have done quite a bit of research on the Armada and titan forums and they reference ntp06-040 as well as a rather expensive brake booster replacement at close to $1000. This issue seems to be rather prevalent with the Armada model. The biggest issue is there is no warning when this issue will occur and I am a bit worried that it may cause an accident and/or injury.

- Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #47

Sep 042013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
2004 Nissan Armada brake issue. Driving down the road and the brakes start grinding and its hard to stop. Then the E brake light comes on. Once I get pulled over and restart the vehicle it seems to be fine. This has happened twice getting very nervous to drive the vehicle. Worried about towing or high speeds this could be fatal.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #46

Sep 122011

Armada 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While traveling on road (good conditions) the brake light (red) comes on and a grinding noise along with a moderate braking comes on without driver ever touching parking brake or foot brake. When brake is applied the vehicle comes to a sudden stop along with loud grinding noise. This grinding noise continues until the ignition is turned off then back on again. This happened more than a dozen times and I have brought it in for servicing but no resolution. This is a grave safety hazard.

- Guilford, CT, USA

problem #45

Aug 202011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2004 Armada I bought new in 2005. 08/2011 was the first time my ABS vdl slip lights came on as I was braking, along with a horrible grinding noise with my brakes. I was going about 20 mph and attempted to stop. My braking was impaired, and if I touched the brakes anymore, my foot would go to the floor. Not knowing what to do, after trying the brake several times (which was more grinding noises) I shut the car off, waited a few minutes and started with no further issues until 10/2012 when the exact same thing happened. This time I was going 40 mph on a 4 lane highway. I reported it to my Nissan dealer. They told me I had to drive it in when this was happening. Then 04/24/13 & 04/30/13 the problem recurred. On 04/24/13, I was driving 40 mph at the time that I attempted to brake. On 04/30/13, I was right by an auto zone when it happened. They read the code while lights were on, and said the code was 1179. Again, the same lights were on, and again, they turned off after restarting the car. I called Nissan service who told me again that they need to read the code with lights on. They stated 1179 "meant nothing to them" because it wasn't done at a Nissan dealer. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs who said they didn't know anything of this problem. 08/18/13 recurrence of same issue while driving downtown Chicago in stop and go traffic. Brought it in with no lights on to Nissan service (who have said I need the lights on to see what was wrong). Now all of a sudden they are telling me I need brake booster and to reprogram ABS = $1100. That should correct the problem, should is what they said at service. I called #2 Nissan service, who told me I just need the brake booster replaced. Called a third dealer, they stated I just needed the ABS reprogrammed.

- Genoa, IL, USA

problem #44

Aug 162013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 126,305 miles


While driving in traffic at 35 mph I pressed the brakes and they went all the way to the floor and the brake light came on. I turned the vehicle off and on and the brake light went off and the brakes recovered. Shortly after the brakes did the same thing again and I almost crashed into someone but was able to swerve.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #43

Aug 072007


  • 72,235 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the braking system malfunctioned, increasing the stopping distance of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the brake booster was defective. The contact did not have the brake booster replaced. The contact previously took the vehicle to the dealer regarding a braking issue and the dealer could not identify the problem. The failure mileage was 72,235.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #42

Aug 092013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
While applying brakes, I noticed the brake light on the dash came on and that was followed by a serious reduction in braking power, shuttering, grinding and pulsing of the brake pedal. This continued until the car was stopped and turned off and then restarted. I almost rear ended a vehicle but was able to make a right turn at fairly high speed to avoid traffic. I have researched this all day and found that many Armada's in my year range are having the same exact problem.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #41

Jun 282013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 179,987 miles
I was driving in a residential area and I applied the brakes while approaching a stop sign. When I pressed the brakes the brake pedal went down to the ground and a loud grinding noise was heard. The brake light came on and the slip light came on. The cars brakes didn't squeeze tight enough to stop the SUV within a safe distance and caused me to run the stop sign. It happened again a few days later while going at a higher rate of speed while approaching a stop light. In order to fix the problem I had to shut down the vehicle and restart it. It has happened a total of three times within three months.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #40

Jul 152013


  • 105,000 miles
For everyone with the brake issue on the Nissan 2004-2007. This is a faulty delta stroke sensor and Nissan has been aware of it since 2004. I just got off the phone with Nissan North America and was declined like everyone else because I am out of warranty. This has nothing to do with warranty. There are over 296 complaints on this website and the NHTSA has done nothing. There is a class action lawsuit for all consumers who own a vehicle with this issue under [xxx]. there is also an attorney for class action against Nissan for this issue as well her name is [xxx] at [xxx] law phone number is [xxx] I urge everyone to call her please. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Helendale, CA, USA

problem #39

Jul 312013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 70,058 miles
While driving, the brake light came on and when I pressed on the brakes, the pedal went all the way to the floor and a grinding noise was heard. This has happened before. Took it into Nissan and I was charged about $100 to reprogram the system. That was supposed to have fixed but apparently it did not. Luckily, we haven't been in an accident yet.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #38

Jul 022013


  • 105,000 miles
I have already submitted complaint along with up of 200 others in regards to the faulty delta sensor in the brake booster causing the brakes to fail without warning, Nissan knows of this problem and does nothing, I am now prepared to go to abc news with all the information that I am collecting. I hope that they will see that the NHTSA is doing something about all the complaints they have received. I have not seen up to this point any open investigations. I hope someone doesn't have to die first. Thank you

- Helendale, CA, USA

problem #37

Jul 222013


  • 110,000 miles
As many, many other have stated on the Nissan forums, this vehicle has some dangerous braking issues. We have had our Armada for about 4 years and have experienced this issue at least nine times. Thankfully for us, it has not happened while we were on the freeway at high speeds or in a situation where we had to stop instantly. Here is an explanation of our issues: While applying the brake pedal we immediately heard a grinding and popping noise, as well as noises indicating that the ABS was activating off and on. The pedal was very soft and kicks back multiple times. The braking effectiveness was severely diminished. We have to pull over, turn the vehicle off and on again before we can continue driving. I find this to be a sever issue which is going to get someone killed, if it has not already. More than a few class action law suites have been filed for this issue in the titan truck, Armada and infiniti QX56 as they all share the same platform and parts.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #36

Apr 142013


  • 102,959 miles
The brake light came on and with no warning the brake pedal went to the floor and there was a digital type grinding noise with almost no use of brakes. Drove the vehicle to the near dealership and was told that they have been instructed by Nissan to reprogram a vdc unit. We were told that if the problem returns we are to need to replace a brake booster $818. So last week problem happened again without warning this time with my 3yr old daughter in the car and I was lucky that it did not result in an accident. $818 is a financial hardship for an obvious huge safety issue with Nissan. My understanding of others in the same situation is that the brake booster is not the problem but that the problem lies in the ABS but Nissan has no interest in the safety of their vehicles or the people driving them. The vehicle is parked as I am too afraid to drive it needing to drive up and down a mountain. I was floored to hear that this has been an ongoing issue with Nissan Armada owners and nothing has been done for a recall of this issue. I don't want someone to lose their life in order for Nissan to fix their problem. Please help!

- Helendale, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 122012


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the brake and vdc warning indicators illuminated until the engine was turned off. The brake pedal was depressed and then traveled to the floor with a loud clunking noise. On a separate occasion, the brakes failed to respond upon engagement. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer five times. The repairs performed on the vehicle consisted of the replacements of the ABS control unit, brake booster and master cylinder pressure sensor. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

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