hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,827 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 222014

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


I was driving on the freeway with my family at approx. 70 mph, when the engine shut down instantaneously. This was a very potentially dangerous situation, with cars going by all around us at 70+ mph. After we stopped, I tried starting the engine again a number of times, but there was nothing. The tow truck operator came 10 minutes later, & he said try it one more time. I did, & it started immediately, & I was able to drive off the freeway. I drove it on surface streets to get home from there, & then it died one more time. However, this time it started up again & we reached home. I took it too a very experienced mechanic I use, & he could find nothing. I took it to the Nissan dealer, , & they could find nothing. This vehicle is meticulously maintained. I have been driving the vehicle for 2 weeks, & nothing has happened. I drive it on the freeway, but in the slow lane & without my family in the car.

- Oakpark, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 192013


  • 76,646 miles
My 2004 Nissan pathfinder Armada, radiator had an internal leak witch made my transmission fluid mix with my coolant fluid an now I need a new transmission and a radiator. Nissan fails to help me with my issue. When there was a earlier lawsuit on a very similar if not the same problem with the Nissan trucks from 2005 to 2010. I have now spoke with different mechanic's and they say that this is a very known issue with all their trucks. My truck only has 76,646 miles on it I was informed that my radiator had a warrant of only 36,000 miles witch I was not informed of when I bought this truck in 2008 because had I known about this I would have had them give me a new one right away. Please contact me at [xxx]. [xxx] thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Riverside , RI, USA

problem #6

Mar 142011


  • 42,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated he received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V517000 (engine and engine cooling) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. The contact stated that approximately one hour after retrieving the vehicle from the dealer, the entire instrument panel and interior cabin lights began illuminating. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised that the contact would be held liable for a diagnostic test to determine the failure, which would cost him $90. The vehicle was not further repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 42,500.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 082010


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph attempting to make a turn, and noticed smoke coming from the front end of the vehicle. The brake pedal was applied with force repeatedly and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The vehicle came to a stop when the emergency brake was engaged. The contact immediately stepped out of the vehicle. There were flames erupting underneath the hood within the engine compartment. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to the collision center. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 152010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 70 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle coasted to a stop and upon restart, operated as normal. The failure recurred intermittently so the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the fuel pump was replaced. The failed recurred and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V517000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure persisted. The failure and current mileage was unavailable.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

Oct 192004


  • 60,000 miles
I was driving on Wednesday the 19, 2009. My truck stalled on a major road. I was almost rearended with my children in the car. Could not pull car off to side. Had to have it towed. Found out that my ipdm had gone out and flooded my engine with gas. Talked to Nissan dealership they are back-ordered 250 units of these ipdm's. said they have 10-15 trucks in each week. Looked at internet it is flooded with cases just like mine. Very scary my children were in the car. It was a easy fix once we got new part. Something need to be done not safe.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 122009


  • 81,470 miles
My problem started around 12/5/08 when my truck died unexpectedly. It restarted then later more of the same on the same voyage. Local Nissan was contacted that day and an appointment was set for 12/15/08. At that appointment it was determined that it was caused by the vehicle security function and was reset and key was reprogrammed. They had noted that the exhaust manifolds had failed and needed replacement. The mileage was 81,470, 1470 miles over the federal warranty. My mileage was arguably under the 80,000 warranty limit when the appointment was made a week prior. Two weeks later, the same symptoms occurred. This time it is added with power loss of mass proportion on and off again. Again back to Nissan were they are pointing at the manifolds. Other customers with the same exact symptoms have had the ipdm, BCM, ECM, manifolds, and the key reprogrammed and the dealerships still cant find there problem. The service department acknowledges my concern that this isn"T the part causing the intermittent issues. Nissan realized the problem with its manifolds and corrected by making them ?beefer" and adding a support brace in later production runs. I have tried to resolve the problem through Nissan consumer services, but was denied assistance (case #6392768). The internet is flooded with Nissan truck customers whose manifolds have failed in the same exact places on the part during the production run date. Nissan has even warranted this part to other customers after the expiration of the warranty but why not me" there suggesting ?starting? with the manifolds @ $2400 estimate I can?T afford, and if that doesn?T fix the problem im in the same boat as the other? throw parts you cant afford at it" crowd. I bought there flagship vehicle, expecting utmost service unlike there counterparts. Im ready to discourage anyone I cross from the Nissan product line, my lawyer has already been contacted, and if this isn't resolved swiftly being without a veh.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #1

Jul 292004

Armada 8-cyl

  • miles
2004 Nissan pathfinder Armada with numerous problems. Customer states the vehicle has had some of these problems washer tank/motor/level sensor, electrical worked after key was removed from the ignition, and it had brake failure. The tires were wearing unevenly. There was a water leak coming from the passenger front floor board. The dealer installed a hose to the ac drain. The front rotors were replaced due to them being warped and the rear rotors were resurfaced. The passenger window would not roll up, due to it being off track. While driving, the engine suddenly shut down. The consumer removed the key from the ignition, but the wipers, horn, headlights and other electrical instruments kept on working. The consumer also experienced a flat tire and there was moisture in the transmission connector, the wiring harness was repalced.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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