really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,014 miles

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2004 Nissan Armada transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 162012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


While my wife was driving approximately 40 mph car suddenly stalled and 4 wheel drive light came on.I got car towed home and taken to orland park Nissan for diagnostic test.they told me its the valve body inside transmission but its on national back order and can't tell me when part will come in.after talking to another service manager in another state he confirmed this and said there is no release date for this part.I am being forced to drive an unsafe vehicle due to Nissan's failure to provide this part.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

problem #6

May 012010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that a boat trailer was attached to the vehicle. The vehicle was stationary on an incline with the engine turned off. The gear was shifted into the "park" position and suddenly the vehicle rolled in reverse approximately six inches to a foot. The vehicle stopped on its own. The contact entered the vehicle and engaged the emergency brake. The vehicle was not diagnosed. In addition, during the initial start when accelerating the transmission would respond as though it was in neutral gear. Also, the transmission would experience the failure in cold weather temperatures. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Dunseith, ND, USA

problem #5

Dec 052008

Armada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Armada. While driving 60 mph, a warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle has been to the dealer approximately three times for repair. The first time it was taken to have the brakes repaired for making grinding noises. The contact stated that she was using the wrong brakes. When the accelerator pedal is depressed, the pressure goes down and the vehicle decelerates. The contact would have to bring the vehicle to the dealer in order to determine the cause of the failure. In addition, there is a clicking noise coming from the transmission. The dealer cannot locate the cause of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 84,000. Updated 05/08/09. The right side exhaust manifold was replaced and the engine light had illuminated. Updated 05/11/09.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

May 172008


  • 87,000 miles


I have a Nissan Armada 04, it has a problem in the auto trans. I took it for repair and to find out what the issue was. I was told that there was a part that was updated and that is why the car lost power while my husband was entering an intersection. I thought that a recall is intended to get cars with issues like this off the road. How easy to call the part updated not recalled due to possible death or injury. Now not only am I paying for Nissan Corp mistakes but what about all the other owners who trust in the safety of a name brand and not to mention a $40,000 SUV. How can I fight to change this.....

- Milton Freewater, OR, USA

problem #3

Oct 092006

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Armada auto transmission moves out of park. The consumer stated the incidents happened while parked on a flat ground.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Jul 172006

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Wife was in our Nissan 2004 Armada and was completely stopped on flat ground, placed SUV in park. Got out of SUV placed both feet on the ground to stand up and then the SUV surged and jumped forward, while still in park. The vehicle crushed and pinned her between the door and the door jamb with a concrete metal pole on the outside of the door pinning my wife. The fire dept and ems had to extricate her by placing the SUV from park to drive move forward to release my wife. My wife is still recovering and healing from a " open book fracture of her hip" broken rt leg, along with developing bilateral kidney stones from injury and carrying our unborn daughter. Carried to dealership they state " nothing found no way could happen" when there are several testifiable witnesses to the incident besides the fire dept.

- Cedartown, GA, USA

problem #1

May 092004

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
Leased 2004 Armada in may, week later tranny wouldn't shift and car wouldn't go over 50. We were stuck in va. For a week. Out-of-state dealer service told us they fixed the problem. On the way home to fla. Vehicle wouldn't shift or go over 50 again. Luckily we made it home and took it to dealership where purchased. We were told that nothing was wrong even though the sel was on continuously and car wouldn't shift. Service gave it back saying there was nothing wrong. 2 days later car back at purchasing dealer for the same problem. Turns out that the tranny was shot. Had to wait another week and a half to get our car back. Vehicle was fine until 7/19/2004. Here we go again. I am now seeking replacement of the vehicle. Vehicle fell under the lemon law after the third time, but I was sure the problem was fixed. This being the 4th time I have had enough.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

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