really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,681 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada steering problems

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 102016


  • miles


Brakes, at about 65mph car shakes violently, tv in the middle sounds like its falling out, engine turning over but not starting

- Shepherdsville, KY, USA

problem #9

Jun 132015


  • miles
My Armada shuts off while driving down the road. When it does the steering goes and the brakes won't work. I bought got rear ended trying to get off the road when it happened the first time. This is a very dangerous problem. I just got this about 6 months ago. I looked up and seen recalls on this problem but I put my VIN number in and it says there is none for my car. If it has been fixed prior to my ownership then its went out again. And again thats not good. This could get someone killed! esp if I was driving on interstate. I couldn't get out of way of traffic.

- Lakeland, GA, USA

problem #8

Jul 112005


  • 3,500 miles
Nissan Armada has a known problem with it's front brakes being undersized in the early models of said vehicles (model years 2004-2006). Several times have had issues with brakes not respoding and lost control of vehicle. This is caused by undersized breaks. Not having proper sized brakes has led to rotors easily overheating and glazing the brake pads which then led to hot spotted, warped, or otherwise ruined front rotors and pads. The greatest unsafe symptom is that especially in the warmer months the overheating of the rotors would cause the anti-lock front brake system sensors to trigger (false positive) randomly and you would dangerously lose control of the vehicles ability to brake (and steer) safely.

- Grover Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


Nissan Armada (and titan which is identical mechanically) has a known problem with it's front brakes being undersized in the early models of said vehicles (model years 2004-2006). This can easily be confirmed by Nissan's three changes they have made to the front brakes of these vehicles even though the vehicles have essentially remained unchanged from years 2004 right up though the current model year 2015. They first changed the rotor thickness, then the rotor diameter (320mm to 350mm) and the calipers/torque members/brake hoses, then finally they changed the inner hub diameter of the rotor due to an increase in the hub/bearing size (82mm to 90mm). Nissan had issued at least one tsb about this problem but they never issued a recall which is what they should have done. The core issue is that these rather large full size SUV's and pickup trucks were designed initially with front brakes that were severely undersized for the weight/size of the vehicle. This led to the vehicles rotors easily overheating and glazing the brake pads which then led to hot spotted, warped, or otherwise ruined front rotors and pads. Another symptom (that I believe it caused and the most dangerous part) is that especially in the warmer months the overheating of the rotors would cause the anti lock front brake system sensors (located within the front wheel hub) to trigger (false positive) randomly and you would dangerously lose control of the vehicles ability to brake (and steer) safely. Turning the vehicle off momentarily and restarting would "clear" the problem but never the less extremely unsafe. I have contacted Nissan of North America customer service and informed them of this but they are unwilling to help other than to tell me to take it to a dealer at my own cost. I said I would be happy to do so if they covered the cost of the "diagnostics" but they refused.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 142005


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated excessively and a warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The indicator remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent tire shop and the technician stated that the rear wheels needed to be aligned. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012004


  • miles
2004 Nissan Armada shakes uncontrollably when braking especially at speeds in excess of 40mph. Has been repaired 4 times so far and still happens.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 172005

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles


Bought new Armada in November 2004. It has been at the service center at bankston lewisville twice now. Repeat problem with brake failure and steering wheel shaking. Unibody creaks all the time. 2nd row seat belt failed twice, which threw my baby and her car seat into the back of the driver's seat!!! dash and consoles rattle all the time. Wind noise is horrible! dealer said they will work on it. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs and are waiting for a response from a regional specialist.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 132004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 830 miles
The vehicle steering wheel kept on veering to the right while vehicle in occupying and got worse at braking. I have to constantly hold the steering wheel firmly and veer it to the left in order to keep the vehicle running straight. This will cause hundred of dollars to fix and could cause serious injury or death to people who driving it. The dealer said this is normal crown drift and don't do anything to fix the problem. I had contacted Nissan manufacture concern about this problem. Nissan addressed all vehicles are supposed to slightly veer to the right when your hand is removed from the steering wheel. This is a safety precaution that keeps vehicles from going into oncoming traffic in the event the driver falls asleep, has a heart attack, stroke, etc. I had been driving for 10 years and never hear about this before. I had drive the Honda, Toyota, Dodge Ram, Acura, Malibu, Chevy and never experienced any veering of the steering wheel either to the right or left. I have been asking a lot of people about this everyone said all the vehicles have to go straight when running on a good leveled road. Nissan didn't put any kind of writing or note on the contract, vehicle safety features or vehicle description to let the customers know that the vehicle will veer to the right due to safety precaution. Accordingly to the contract the dealer has to let the customers any problem that the vehicle has. I had never been told that this vehicle will slightly veer to the right by sale rep, sale manager, and so on. Please help me and other for our safety. Thanks.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 132004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 826 miles
We bought a brand new 2004 Nissan Armada from brown&brown Nissan in tempe Arizona on May 12, 2004. The car has problem with alignment and brakes. The steering always lean to the right even run on the floated road, the whole car shaken when running on the rough road and breaking, window making noise when car shaken. We brought the vehicle back to the dealer and notify them about the problems that we had experienced on May 13, 2004. The service tech told us it is normal nothing wrong with the vehicle and said that Nissan made all vehicles like that. We don't think this is right because all vehicles have to run straight not leaning to neither right or left side of the floated road and should moving smoothly not shaking when run on the rough road. This is concerned me about my family safety. Brown&brown Nissan sale managers wanted us to bring the car to service to get fix. Since their service tech said the problems are normal and nothing wrong with the vehicle when those symptoms above occurred. We don't think it is a good idea to bring it to the service and let them fix it. So we had request to switch for another vehicle but the dealer general sale managers disputed and ignored my request and didn't care about customer satisfaction nor customer's safety. Brown&brown's head manager don't talk to us since we don't want to bring the vehicle to the service even though we had call in a lot of times and request to talk to him or left him a message on his answer machine. Now we are stuck with the lemon vehicle and don't know what we need to do next to protect our customer rights and our family safety. Please help us to solve this problem and also save other people from bad car dealerships which selling bad car, treat customer with no respect, don't care about customer's satisfaction and specially don't care about customer's safety like brown&brown Nissan dealership in tempe, Arizona.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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