really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,665 miles

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2005 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2005 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #10

Feb 052012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


While traveling on the highway (50mph) red brake light came on dash and when applying pressure to the brakes, grinding noise immediately began and pedal pressure was not available. Almost full pedal travel to the floor board. At the time, ABS was kicking in and brakes were not working properly. Had to swerve to miss cars that were stopped off of the exit ramp at a red light, pulling off to the side of the ramp. Had to turn the car off and restart the car in order for the brakes to work properly again. After research, this is a confirmed and known problem by Nissan of America with the brake booster/delta sensor in Armada and titan trucks manufactured by Nissan.

- Dayton, KY, USA

problem #9

Aug 092012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
I was coming up to a stop light, going roughly 40 mph, and started applying the brakes, as the lights were changing, and I felt the brake pedal go "soft" and drop nearly to the floor. I had the brake, ABS, and slip lights light up on my dash. I was able to bring the Armada to a controlled stop before going into the intersection, but to do so I had to depress the brake pedal to the floor and it was as if there was a miniscule amount of pressure being applied to the brakes. Once stopped I shifted into park, turned off the truck, waited a few moments, and turned the truck on again. The brake, ABS, and slip lights remained illuminated and the brake pedal continued to feel extremely soft. I had to keep it full depressed against the floor in order to stay stopped. When the stop lights turned green, I pulled off the road- out of the way of traffic- and repeated the procedure above that I performed at the stop light. The brake, ABS and slip lights continued to remain illuminated.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #8

Jul 102012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My brakes failed twice in my 2005 Nissan Armada w/55K miles. The first time, my brakes failed to stop me at an intersection, with a near miss collision. The brake light came on & there was a horrible grinding sound, the brake pedal pulsated & I had to take it all the way to the floor to attempt to stop my vehicle. I immediately pulled over and was towed to my mechanic. I was told there was nothing wrong with my brakes? the light no longer came on and the sound was gone. Approx 3 months later it happened again. Driving 35 mph I started to brake and the exact same thing happened again. This time I drove home and parked it, got back in the vehicle to check it and the brake light was off & the sound was gone, brakes still felt different however. The next morning, I did some research online, saw a bunch of people having the same exact problems. I called Nissan directly & opened a case. Made an appt at the dealership, they knew exactly what I was talking about. After inspection they told me it was my brake booster & it needed to be replaced and reprogrammed & it cost $975. I called Nissan to let them know the cost & asked for assistance since it was a defective part. I was informed to not pick up my vehicle until I heard from them. I had rented a car from the dealership. Nissan took 5 days to respond & called at 5:30pm to say sorry we decided not to help. So not only did I pay for the part, reprogramming & service, I also had to pay for the rental as well! they denied me for two reasons, my vehicle was out of warranty & I did not have it serviced at a dealership. Poor customer service! because of that I will never buy another Nissan ever again! and I love my car... they need to own the problem! people are at risk because of faulty programming and parts. They will probably wait for someone to die before they actually take any action!

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #7

May 012012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 11,750 miles


While driving on the highway and trying to press brake, felt no response from brake or very hard to press brake, so I pulled aside the car.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 122012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
My 05 Armada has problems with the brake senor light coming on and the ABS system start acting erratic, vibration under dash and pedal moving back and forth the brakes lock up and start making grinding sound and is hard to control. When the car is stopped and restarted all problems vanish. Sometimes it does it when the car is parked like when I went to the store came out and try to drive it but it was locked. When im driving the car and it with just a touch to the pedal the brakes would just lock up. Its unsafe because there is no warning when it happens. I called the dealer and told the person in charge what was happening she said it might be the brake booster. I think its a computer hard ware or software issue because once its re-started it goes back to normal. Since my insurance has already expired and the lady said it will cost me about 1,000 dlls which I don't have right know it will be difficult for me to fix it right away. If it is the brake booster.I hope in the meantime im lucky enough to not be in a car accident because of this problem thank you. Help.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jul 102012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 77,042 miles
While traveling down the road, the brakelight comes on. When pressing the brake pedal there is not the same amount of braking pressure and the ABS starts sounding off, creating a lot of noise. The brake feel becomes overly grabby and inconsistent. This has happened at least a dozen times to me personally as well as my wife. When the vehicle is shut off and then turned back on it seems to reset and work as normal, until it does it again. Please help! this had recently happened 4 times in the last 1 week. This has occurred 2 years ago. I went to the dealer. They reprogrammed something and has been good for a while, but now it is back. I took vehicle in to service on July 9th 2012 is part of a tsb to have the computer flashed or updated. Did not solve problem, it happened again today. This is becoming a serious and life threatening issue with brake failure on this Nissan Armada.

- Liberty Lake, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 062011


  • 60,000 miles


While driving in the neighborhood around 20 mph, I needed to brake and notice an unusual noise. This noise seems to be coming from the brake booster. In addition, it sounded like the brakes were grinding. I notice that the brake lamp from the instrument cluster was on. Driving slowly, I repeated the braking and it would do the same. So I pulled over to the side of the road and turn off the truck. I turned the truck back on and the brake lamp is now gone. I was able to drive home with no problem. This has occurred to me at least 5 times. I have brought it to the dealership and they did not see any fault code. Did a search on the web and many people have had the same issue. This should be a safety recall since it pertains to the brake system of the vehicle.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 202012


  • 80,000 miles
When I was driving today, the brake light came on and it was very hard to stop. This has happened several times in the last several years. It's scary because you can't stop like normal. When this happens, I pull over, turn my car off and then on again and it clears it. This seems to be an ongoing problem from online complaints I have read and Nissan is aware of this. This is a huge safety concern. Please do something about this. This should be without a question, recalled. Thank you !

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #2

May 042011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,550 miles
The brake light came on and the pedal went to the floor also a grinding banging noise. I shut the truck off and started it up and it was fine. This has happened 4 times in the last year, the last 2 times within the last week.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #1

May 182012

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 117,690 miles
I needed to stop and my brakes wouldn't work completely. They slowed me down a little but did not function completely. The pedal pumped up and down made a weird noise and the brake light came on. If I had been traveling at a faster speed and been following closer, I would have wrecked.

- Nampa, ID, USA

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