hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,047 miles

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2005 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2005 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #78

Jul 082011


  • 138,000 miles


On three different occasions starting July 2011 and ending March 2015, the brakes failed after vdc/ABS/slip warning lights were illuminated on a 2005 Nissan Armada. On one of the occasions, while attempting to stop, the brake pedal was depressed to the floor with little resistance. The vehicle failed to stop causing it to go through a busy intersection and just missed being struck by a tractor trailer. Spent over $2000 in repairs and the problems persist. I no longer feel save in driving the vehicle and finally sold it at a lost.

- Circleville, NY, USA

problem #77

Jul 082011


  • 138,000 miles
On three different occasions starting July 2011 and ending March 2015, the brakes failed after vdc/ABS/slip warning lights were illuminated on a 2005 Nissan Armada. On one of the occasions, while attempting to stop, the brake pedal was depressed to the floor with little resistance. The vehicle failed to stop causing it to go through a busy intersection and just missed being struck by a tractor trailer. Spent over $2000 in repairs and the problems persist. I no longer feel save in driving the vehicle and finally sold it at a lost.

- Circleville, NY, USA

problem #76

Mar 262013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 143,116 miles
I have had a braking problem with my Nissan Armada for years & years. When driving, the brake light on the dash will come on & when you apply the brakes it will make a grinding noise & barely stop. Yesterday, while I was driving 68 mph in the fast lane on the freeway the brake light, vdc light & slip light randomly came on the dash, I had not applied the brakes. I have included a picture of my dash yesterday when this occurred. I knew from experience that I now had compromised braking so I quickly pulled over to the right & got off the freeway at the first exit. My car slowly ground to a stop. It took a much longer distance to stop than it should have. As always, when you turn the car off & restart, it resets, and the brakes work again. Whenever I have taken the car in & mentioned this problem they always act as if they have never heard of this problem before. The first time I experienced this was probably when the car was 2 years old & it has happened intermittently throughout the years, probably about 5 to 10 times a year. Nissan must be aware of this problem, it is all over the internet if you investigate. Updated 06/17/13

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #75

Apr 202012

Armada 8-cyl

  • miles


Driving home about 45 mph, the brake light came on. I slowed down for the upcoming red light but the brakes did not work, they went into ABS mode so I removed my foot from the pedal, re-applied pressure to the brake pedal and the brakes started pulsing and grinding violently. I could not stop for the red light so I dropped it down into 4th gear and made a hard right turn about 25 mph. Thankfully there was little traffic so no accident and no one was hurt. I drove the remaining two miles homes at 25 mph and without using the brakes until I got to my driveway. I applied very light pressure on the brake pedal and little noise but not much stopping power, thankfully my driveway is uphill. When I got home I looked up Armada brake failure and realized that there were hundreds of posts dating back to 2004, so this appears to be a common issue with the brake booster and computer.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #74

Dec 242008

Armada 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving in a residential area and attempted to stop and I couldn't. the brakes started making a grinding noise and the E-brake light came on. It slowed down enough for me to pull to the side and finally able to make a complete stop. I put it in park checked the E-brake and it wasn't on and put back into drive when the vehicle was in a slow roll I checked the brakes and it did the same thing. I put it in park turned it off and called mt husband. When turned he turned it back on the E-brake light was off and the brakes worked.

- Big Pine, CA, USA

problem #73

Jul 192006


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, he applied the brakes and the brake pedal vibrated. A slippage light also illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the failure occurred while driving on a dry road surface. An authorized dealer was notified and stated that the rotors would have to be turned, but they did not diagnose the actual failure. The failure occurred a total of three times and was never repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #72

Oct 112011


  • 65,000 miles


When cruising at low speed when I release the gas pedal to let the truck coast, it feels like the brakes get applied slightly and the truck starts to loose speed. In my experience with all my automatic transmission cars is that when you release the gas pedal the car would coast and loose speed gradually. But in my Armada it almost feels like the brakes are being applied very slightly.

- Winnsboro, SC, USA

problem #71

Oct 112011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Same issue everyone else is having spongy brakes when pressed not stopping, loud grinding noise, major safety issue. Can NHTSA help out the little guy for a change and order a recall for this safety issue at hand with all Nissan Armadas breaking systems. Nissan is aware of the issues but does not want to fix its problem. I guess it takes a death to have them listen. In all reality its not the death that will cause them to listen or fix the issue at hand it will be the law suit against Nissan for their unsafe practices.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #70

Feb 112009

Armada 8-cyl

  • miles
When driving and when the brake is applied to stop the brake light comes on and the brakes sound like they are scrubbing and the brake petal goes to the floor the vehicle slows a little but it is still rolling. The vehicle then has to be put in park, the engine then has to be turned off. You then have to wait a few seconds and restart vehicle. If this is not done the light doesnt go off and the braking is the same. Also the front passenger door lock works randomly. I have this problem also with my infiniti G35 which is also made by Nissan, I have two friends that own Nissan vehicles that experience the same problem with their door lock on the front passenger side.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #69

May 132008


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact engaged the brake pedal and an abnormal grinding and pulsation was exhibited by the vehicle. The vehicle failed to properly decelerate. The contact drove to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and they were unable to locate the problem. The manufacturer was notified of the constant failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Oelwein, IA, USA

problem #68

Sep 012011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 133,862 miles


Driving fine then after stopping at a stop sign, car would not accelerate, like it is in a higher gear. After reaching 10mph it drives perfectly fine. If after stopping you cut the engine and restart, it is fine. Reverse works fine. Code P1757 comes up on test. A bad valve body. I've seen this all over the internet mostly on Nissan '05 models, maybe some '06. Very frustrating, Nissan says I need a whole new transmission. I'm thinking a recall should be looked into. It doesn't seem to happen on other year models as much.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #67

Aug 082011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
At slow speed, brakes appear to fail. Grinding noise with very minimal braking as a result. Turning off vehicle and restarting seems to clear the "trouble". would be dangerous in traffic situation. Recurring yet very occasional problem.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #66

Apr 032011


  • 135,000 miles
2005 Nissan Armada- our problem seems to be the same as countless others with no answer in sight. We will apply the brakes when we are at a slower speed (<30mph) and the brakes will fail. They pulsate, grind, and push in a spongey feel all the way to the floor with very minimal braking results. My wife drives this car with our 3 year old daughter so you can imagine our concern. We are planning to sell the car and get something else, but would like to have the brakes fixed first. But from what I see, Nissan is going to do nothing to help and the government must be turning a blind eye to an issue that is obviously a serious safety risk for not just owners of these Armadas, but for other drivers and pedestrians walking the streets as well.

- Alto, LA, USA

problem #65

Aug 112011


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. The contact was driving 30 mph when the brakes were depressed and the vehicle failed to stop properly. The contact also stated that a loud grinding noise could be heard when the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to both a local repair shop and the dealer but not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but provided no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 86,000.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #64

Aug 052011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 56,550 miles
2005 Nissan Armada ABS issues. Vehicle brakes just start grindiing and grinding when brake is applied and braking power is at a minimum. If you turn off the vehicle and restart is seems to work for a while. This is a very intermittant problem but very very dangerous. I was applying brakes to slow down and turn into a grocery store drive and the brake light came on, they started making a horrible grinding noise like the brakes were falling apart....stopping power greatly dimished but luxkily I was able to pull to shoulder and limp into lot. Once I turned it off and back on it has worked fine for several days...but very scared.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #63

Apr 282010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada le. The contact stated that while applying the brakes, the brake pedal was abnormally depressed into the floorboard. The emergency hand brake was engaged and the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle resumed normal operation once restarted but the emergency brake warning light was illuminated. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #62

Jul 212011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
While driving the 2005 Nissan Armada, experienced an engage of the braking system, clanging noise, loss of braking at the pedal, park light comes on. Appears as though the ABS system has engaged. Armada remains locked in this position even after stopping. This condition is recoverable by turn off the power/key and restarting. Seems like a computer just engaged the ABS by mistake. Dangerous!

- Leesville, LA, USA

problem #61

May 152007


  • 29,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Armada have brake problems the vehicle at no particular time the brakes will fail having a spring clonk noise several times coming from the front brakes when this problem happens the vehicle will not stop the brake pedal will travel all the way down with no braking power to the wheels. This problem has happened to me many times over the years, I have taken the vehicle in numerous times to Nissan dealers. Unfortunately dealer can't replicate this problem telling me that there is nothing wrong with the brakes. Now my warranty is over and there is no way that the dealer will cover these expenses. I have told the dealers that this is a very serious problem that somebody could die if there is no brakes that Nissan should recall the brakes, so far Nissan has not done anything to fix this issue.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #60

Apr 292008


  • 32,000 miles
We have had several incidents with the Nissan Armada since owning the vehicle new. Basically, the brakes fail on the car and it becomes very difficult to stop the vehicle. It becomes unsafe to drive. It is a known problem with the Armada and titan and Nissan continues to deny the problem. My wife nearly had 2 accidents during the incidents. The dealer states turning the car on and off resets it but there is no way to determine when it can happen again. It is extremely dangerous and should be addressed with a recall by Nissan.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #59

Jun 252011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Brakes on 2005 Armada went out and started to grind and stick, could not duplicate after re starting vehicle and mechanic cannot get it to duplicate as well costing me money to have checked out each time it happens not the first time replaced pads the first time and re-occurs more often now very unsafe never know when brakes will engage sometimes drag without being applied.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

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