really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,070 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #13

Oct 272004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,600 miles


Rotors were determined to be warped at 2300 miles(Aug). They were resurfaced and new pads, and calipers were installed. Now at 4600 miles (Oct) steering wheel & vehicle starting to vibrate when applying brakes. Usually occurs when coming to a stop from freeway speeds. Contaced dealer who informed me that there was a new "kit" to fix the rotors. Another bandaid"??" these brakes are not big enough for this vehicle. Until Nissan replaces the rotors with larger ones, capable of stopping the vehicle properly, this problem is going to continue.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 052004

Armada 8-cyl

  • 3,800 miles
I purchased a Nissan Armada with 1200 miles sold as new which no problem with that but at 4600 miles my steering wheel start to shake when I press on the brake "! I called the dealer they turned the rotors but they told me I should expect the same problem again ? please ask Nissan to do a recall for american safty "! it is a nice truck and I love it.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #11

Aug 032004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,150 miles
We have been experirencing problems with cabin noise. There is wind getting in the vehicle and you can definitelty hear it. Another problem we have had is the right rear power window scrubbing when you let it up or down. I have set an appointment for it and the cabin noise to be serviced. I called the dealership today and asked about recalls on this vehicle, because mine shakes as you are stopping, possibly a brake or rotor problem. I was told there were no recalls, but they didn't even tell me about the service bulletins on this vehicle.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #10

Sep 152004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles


My 2004 Nissan pathfinder Armada is in serious need of a larger braking system. After only 5500 miles of mostly highway driving my Nissan developed a front brake shudder indicating the rotors were warped. I took it to the brown & brown dealer in mesa, AZ where I bought it. They seemed to know what the problem was and assured me it would be fixed. There are several other problems with my truck suchas, bubbles in the windshield a leaky sunroof that shudders when closing, the dimmer switch for the interior lights wasn't even connected. I found a loose bolt on the floorboard. There was no explanation of where it belongs. I guess I'll find out later. The auto roll-up feature for the front windows is faulty. The service guy says Nissan is researching it. Its been two months. How long does it take a multi-billion dollar company to come up with a solution" are they too busy designing next year's lemons? I've owned 5 other Nissan without any problems. Is it canton, Mississippi"

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #9

Sep 162004

Armada 8-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
Brakes shuddering-it's been in twice already and fixed under a tsb but the problem is happening again. Nissan Corp has a case manager assigned already. Ida cohen.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 012004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Serveral issues, the main issue is the brakes, and rotors. @ 7000 miles, the rotors were turned, steering wheel was pulsating, service department turned rotors. At 11,000 miles, the sterring wheel resumed pulsating along with the brake, slip, and vdc light activated on the control panel. I was told by the service dept. My brake fluid was low, perhaps leaking and the brakes require changing at my cost, the warrenty does not cover the brake issue. I told the service dept. This was unacceptable, I will not pay for new brakes, at such low mileage. My reasearch has led me to believe earlier on this will be a continuing issue regarding the rotors and brakes. To make a long story short, it has been almost a month, the brakes are still on back order, the light signals I had described earlier are still lighting up like a xmas tree. I am more than frustrated with this on going issue. I have contacted Nissan, I was assured I would recieve a call back within 2 business days, that was 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am afraid to drive this vehicle. My confidence in Nissan is moot. You would think I drive constantly. I use the commuter bus to go back and forward to work. My drive daily is 3 miles. Everything is on back order. I am still waiting for an interior part for this vehicle since June.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 262004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Front rotors warped at only a little under 2400 miles.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 122004

Armada 32-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I purchased a Nissan Armada in April 2004 and two months later had to bring it to dealer for repair as the brakes were shuddering causing tremendous shimmy in the steering wheel. The dealership, Nissan thousand oaks, did not replace the "warped rotors", instead "switching" them around and replacing the brake pads. The additional problem of a rattle and squeaking sound from dashboard resulted in the dealership realigning the dashboard properly. Two months later I was back at the dealership to fix the brakes again. This time I demanded that the inferior rotors be replaced with higher-quality rotors. They replaced the factory-installed rotors with new rotors (told better quality rotors) and they also had to replace the brake pads again. Additionally, there I was experiencing an intermittent problem with the A/C; it would sometimes run very hot air. They checked it out and found that the clutch fan needed to be replaced; this part is on order and I will have to return for installation. Also, I asked them to once again fix a squeaking and rattling issue that seemed to be coming from the dashboard again and also intermittent failure of the stereo controls located on the steering wheel. According to their mechanics, the sound problem and stereo controls problem did not occur while my vehicle was in their possession. A week later, August 12, 2004, I had to return to have the clutch fan replaced and this time I also requested that one of their mechanics drive the vehicle with me so that I could point out the squeaking issue. The mechanic heard the sound problem this time and I am told they will try to fix this issue. I have not had a problem again, as yet with the stereo controls on the steering wheel.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 292004

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I purchased the new Nissan Armada on 1/18/04. Towards the middle of March, I noticed my steering wheel was vibrating and that it was getting harder to stop. I took the truck in on 3/29/04 (appx 3000 mi) to find out that the brake rotors were out of round. The dealership resurfaced the rotors and the vibrations stopped. At approximately 5000 miles the issue arose again. I took the truck in 6/17/04 (5760 mi) and found out that the rotors were out of round and that the pads had to be replaced. The advisor told me mine was the 5th Armada she had in for the same problem and that one gentleman's rotors were so bad that they were cracked. Unfortunately, the dealer was out of parts and I had to drive the car until 7/19 (another month) before the dealer could get the parts replace. During that time, the vehicle was very difficult to keep straight when breaking, even at slow speeds. The vehicle's steering wheel would violently vibrate and twist from side to side, causing me to have to grasp hold of the steering wheel with a lot of pressure. The dealership replaced the rotors and pads on 7/19. I wouldn't recommend weaker individuals try to drive the vehicle, and demand that the dealership provide a rental car. It appears that this is a critical vehicle components that may break, fall apart, or separate from the vehicle causing loss of vehicle control, or injury to persons inside or outside the vehicle. I would recommend an immediate recall.

- Vienna , VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 302004


  • miles
Brakes warp; steering wheel shakes when stopping.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 082004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,820 miles


We purchased vehicle new in November of 2003 with only 10 miles on odometer. After five months of ownership and only 6,280 miles, the front wheels began to shimmy really bad during braking. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated the front rotors were warped. The reason or logic they gave was this was probably due to the rotors becoming wet and heated under braking during the rainy period. The repair for this problem was to remove the from tires and do an on vehicle turn of the rotors as I waited which took about an hour and a half. So far, so good, but I expect to be back in a few months. I expressed my concerns to Nissan during my feedback on the customer survey form but have not received a reply.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152004


  • miles
Vehicle steering wheel began to shimmy when braking. Took to dealer for repair and was told (at 3700 miles) that the rotors were warped. All they could do was resurface the rotors at this time. I was informed it was a "quick fix" and would happen again. Now, the vehicle has 6300 miles and is back in service for the same thing. This time they are replacing the rotors/pads. Yet, they will have my car there for 2 weeks. I guess I will see them again in about another 2500 miles or so. My Armada is not the only one this is happening to, I know of others and so does the dealer where I take my car. The brakes are not right for this car.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 122004


  • 2,000 miles
When the brakes are applied vehicle shakes, and the steering wheel shimmies.

- Whittier, CA, USA

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