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 5 of 6)

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problem #34

Jan 122013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


As documented in the NHTSA complaints for multiple models and years. My Armada (that I happened to buy for my wife's birthday just 8 months ago), like thousands of other 04-06 Armadas, titans, and QX56 has the random ABS incident. This is a serious safety concern that I can't believe has not been recalled. Nissan knows about it. Dealerships know about it. People that have had their complete ABS systems replaced are having the problem just a few years down the road. The ABS system activates under normal, dry road conditions. The pedal goes to the floor, the vehicle loses almost all braking power, you hear the ABS grinding and feel it pulsating the brake pedal. The ABS light comes on, some times the "vdc off" and "slip" lights come on. It's documented on vehicle related websites by hundreds of users. www.titantalk.com. www.clubarmada.com. there have been vehicle crashes related to the ABS failure, there's probably been deaths (but how will those victims report the failure?)...people have reported having to pull off the highway at high speeds when it happens. People have reported not being able to stop for traffic. People have reported not being able to stop at stop lights and stop signs. But no safety recall. What does it take? I have two young children. They ride in this car. Does the NHTSA (and Nissan for that matter) not care about the safety of my family and the thousands of other owners with the exact same problem.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #33

Jul 102013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 165,536 miles
While driving my 2004 Nissan Armada le, I went to slow down to make a turn, and my brake pedal went to the floor accompanied by a metallic grinding sound. I downshifted and pumped the brakes to come to a stop, but had very little braking efficiency for the next third of a mile to my house. The brake light has periodically stayed on after the emergency brake was released, but turning the vehicle off and then back on has always reset this condition. After the incident today, the brake light remained lit even after restarting the vehicle. The brake pads, calipers, rotors, pistons, and master cylinder all appear to be in normal condition. I feel that our vehicle has experienced failure of the delta sensor or brake booster, as online forum descriptions of these sudden failures seem consistent with our experience. Nissan needs to act quickly to correct this failure to avoid driver injury or death. It appears that there is no open recall as of yet to address the faulty brake booster issue.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #32

Jul 022013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 99,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that the brakes failed. The contact had to use the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The contact spoke to a dealer and was told that a brake sensor may have needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not inspected. The failure and the current mileages were 99,500.

- Miceville, FL, USA

problem #31

Jun 252013


  • 96,000 miles


Was traveling down the road at 35mph! tried to stop at stop sign and the brakes failed! car would not stop! had to use the emergency brake!!!

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #30

Jun 082013


  • 130,000 miles
Car wouldn't stop. When I pressed brakes it would rattle and make a sound. I was going about 50mph when I tried slowing down brakes failed ! dealer didn't help at all!

- Oxnard , CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 042013


  • 95,000 miles
As I pushed on the brakes, there was a grinding sound and the car sort of shook (similar to ABS going off, but a little different, and I wasn't slipping). It was very hard for me to stop and the brake pedal felt very squishy. The emergency brake light came on and would not turn off. The problem would not go away until I turned the car off. As soon as I did that, and turned it back on the problem went away. This has happened multiple times since then, with no warning and under many different circumstances. No one can find the problem because it goes away when you turn the car off.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #28

May 292013


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the brakes failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but they were unable to provide a diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Forkland, AL, USA

problem #27

Mar 062013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Just recently I have had 2 incidents where randomly the brake light would come on and the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle made a horrific sound when applying the brakes and stopping power was probably reduced to about 20%. when the vehicle was turned off and restarted everything was back to normal. Luckily both times I was in a parking lot and not traveling fast. If I had been on a highway trying to make a quick stop it could have caused a fatal accident. I had the vehicle repaired at crown Nissan in birmingham al. They replaced the delta sensor and brake booster for 900.00+ dollars. It makes me wonder if these components should of been replaced when the brakes where replaced by Nissan under recall because of inadequate sized rotors. The delta sensor and brake booster could be inadequate for the new brakes that were put on my vehicle. I opened case xxxx3057 with Nissan North America to see if they would assist with the cost of the repair. They denied the claim and wouldn't even send me a follow up in writing after multiple requests. Seems they want to hide their decision.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #26

May 012013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I was slowing down for a stoplight. Applied brakes but little pressure and heard a grinding sound also the brake pedal was spongy. The brake light on the dash was on.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #25

Apr 272013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,010 miles
2004 Nissan Armada has a brake problem. The brake light comes on while driving. I have to turn off truck and turn it back on to reset break light. If I use brakes when light is on the ABS does not work, it makes a springy crunching noise when brake is pressed.the pedal went down so easily when it did this. Listen. Help. I understand that the problem is the call: "brake booster "or "master brake cylinder "is expensive and I check online and notice that many peoples already has this problem and not only 2004, also2005, 2006,2007 ! Nissan shall have this in re-call such that's very dangerous I tock the suggestion that write to this very important website thank you !!

- Hyattsville , MD, USA

problem #24

Apr 062013


  • 110,000 miles


Car involved is a 2004 Nissan Armada. I was pulling up in front of my son's friend's house to drop him off. My foot was on the brake and I was almost stopped when the car suddenly accelerated forward and hit a Chevy truck that was parked in front of me. It lunged forward with such force it pushed the truck forward about 4 feet and the front passenger tire ended up on the curb. There is a lot of damage to both cars. This is the second incident within a 3 month time period. On 1/8/13 while my daughter was pulling into a parking space in a parking garage the car suddenly accelerated and she crashed into a wall. I figured it was a fluke thing and paid my $1000 deductible and they repaired the $8500 worth of damage. I am very concerned because if I would have been slowing down for someone at a crosswalk I would have ran them over. I have a complaint into Nissan since this is the second time in 3 months that this has happened. I dont ever want to drive this car again and will not put myself, my family or other innocent people in danger as something is horrible wrong with this car. Nissan gave me a case number and I was told someone would call me back. It has been 48 hours and so far I have not heard back.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 032013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
Pulling out of walmart parking lot and came to a stop sign. So I step on the brake to slow down and the brake pedal had little pressure to barely stop the 6000lbs SUV, very scary! also made a grinding or chattering noise from the driver side, and the brake light also came on during that time. Took the SUV to the dealer to check out the problem and they stated that it could be the delta sensor inside of the brake booster that is bad and stated it also need to be reprogram after that part replacement"?" so they told me it will cost $1004.56 out the door to fix that problem. I feel that Nissan should be responsible for replacing the defected parts, since there is a lot of owners experiencing the same problems.

- Claremont, NC, USA

problem #22

Mar 112004

Armada 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Brakes "judder" once every 6 or so months. The judder manifests itself as a partial engagement of brakes, and a rapid feedback on the brake pedal. I have learned over time that I need to pull over immediately, park the car, and repeatedly jam down the pedal, (as if pumping up the brake fluid pressure). Turn off the engine and restart. First time it happened I took it to the dealer, but they could not reproduce it and the car was still too new for them to have heard of it before.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #21

Nov 292011


  • 58,000 miles
While driving down the freeway the brake light came on and the brakes were soft until you reached the bottom. Then the brakes would engage but would bring the truck to a sudden stop. In the middle of the freeway with 4 kids ranging from 2-12 and 3 adults it could have been a serious if not fatal accident. I managed to control the truck and get off the freeway. This has happened before but not in these driving conditions. My family was very distressed. I pulled into a local dealership to check it out since turning the vehicle off will reset the problem. I was told that the brake booster needed to be replaced because of a bad delta stroke sensor. This will cost approximately 928 dollars. This has been an ongoing problem and as I have researched the inherent I am not the only one. I pray no one has a serious accident. If the issue is recurring all over the country with the brake problem then recall it. I guess we will have to major accident for Nissan to do something.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #20

Dec 112007

Armada 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Fuel gauge not working correctly leaving you stranded while reading 1/4 tank of gas, brakes fail forcing you to pull over and turn off truck pull out key then restart, seat belts do not retract getting caught in door when closing.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #19

Oct 032005

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Multiple issues with the brake system rotors, pads, calibers, sensors, brake booster. Nissan acknowledge issues and extends brake warranty but not for long enough and does not address the problem since it continues to re-occur.

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #18

Oct 012009

Armada 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While my wife was taking our kid to school, the brake light came on, and as she pressed on the brakes a grinding noise was heard and the truck was having a hard time stopping. Luckily, she was far behind from any car or she would have hit someone. As soon as you turn off the vehicle, the problem goes away for a while. We have been fighting this for a while now. We took it to Nissan the first time and they couldn't find anything wrong. Last year, I decided to take it again to Nissan when the problem reappeared and they told me that they had to reprogram the computer but since it was out of warranty I would have to pay. Funny how as soon as the warranty had expired, they had a fix. I went ahead and pay thinking that would fix it. It's happened again several times and we normally just stop, turn off the vehicle and problem goes away. I finally decided to write this complaint since Nissan does not appear or is unwilling to fix the problem.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #17

Sep 302012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 1,000,000 miles
While driving my Nissan Armada 2004, my brakes light came on, brakes locked up, brakes pedal did not work and there was a loud grinding sound. Was very scary for my children, husband and myself. Pull my vehicle over to the side as far as I could. Brake pedal did not work properly, was as if the vehicle was stopping dead in its tracks, but still moving. Put my vehicle in park, turned off ignition and restarted it. Brake light went off, no noise and pedal seemed to be working!

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #16

Aug 012012


  • miles
I own a 2004 Nissan Armada le that I have owned since 2004. In 2007, I had an issue with the brakes, brake light coming on, brakes feeling "crunchy", grinding noises and decreased braking power. That issue resolved on its own, but now it is happening again and more often. The brake light comes on, decreased braking power, etc. I have researched the web and found multiple forums where hundreds, if not thousands, of people who own the same vehicle are having the same problems. This is a major safety issue. With so many people having this issue, I feel it is a problem with the design and should be recalled.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 202012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I purchased my Nissan Armada 2004 which has less than 68000 miles on it. Recently I have been experiencing many problems with my truck. First, there was a brake recall in 2006 and the dealership replaced the front rotors and brake pads. Once again there is a problem with the breaks. I was driving down the highway at 70mph and all of a sudden the brakes failed; luckily I was able to stop the car by using the parking brakes. After this event I took it to the dealership and advised that I needed a new break booster. My issue is that once I told Nissan about my problems they informed me that the warranty is expired and they are no longer held accountable. But after doing some research I discovered I am not the only owner of an Armada that is having difficulties. X.nissanhelp.com/forums/Armada/18281-Armada-brake-problems-dealer-telling-truth.html townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F0ffea4/0 I have provided two links that share what other customers are experiencing with the Armada. If there are so many people that are having these difficulties Nissan should have called for a recall or informed all customers to get trucks fixed of their problems before warranty expires. Issues with brakes could result in serious injuries or death.

- Auburn, WA, USA

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