hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,145 miles

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2005 Nissan Armada drivetrain problems

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2005 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #8

May 122014


  • 132,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle went in to limp mode. In addition, the contact stated that the coolant from the radiator leaked in to the transmission and the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102013

Armada 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. The contact stated while shifting from reverse to drive, there was a clunking noise. The contact mentioned that the vehicle hesitated and attempted to stall. In addition, the contact stated that the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was powered off and was able to restart. The failure would recur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. Updated 09/16/14 the vehicle was repaired. Updated 1/16/15

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #6

Sep 222005

Armada 8-cyl

  • miles
I bought this car in 2005. The 4WD has never performed correctly. I have taken it back to the dealership numerous times and it still doesn't work. Of course, now the vehicle is way out of warranty, and Nissan will not pay for any repairs despite the fact that it hasn't worked right from the moment I bought it. I've never been able to use the 4WD system for any length of time. I've seen other posts on several other forums about this same problem. For now, I've taken the front differential out of my vehicle, and a friend of mine is going to see if there's a fix for it. I think it's obvious that the Armada and titan have design flaws concerning the front differential. I keep hearing about leaking and blown seals. I like the car, but I paid for a 4WD vehicle and I think I should have one. Is there any action I can take" against Nissan maybe? maybe they could pay me to be ok with their faulty vehicle" I've owned several Nissan before and had no problems, but I'm thinking that I'll never buy another one because of this. If there's a class-action lawsuit against Nissan for this, sign me up. Or maybe we could file one.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #5

Dec 122012


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, he heard a loud bang and the rear of the vehicle became unstable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the radiator and transmission would need to be replaced. Additionally, the contact stated that anti-freeze was leaking into the transmission. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #4

Sep 222013


  • 128,000 miles
Vehicle would not shift into 5th gear at speed and upon stopping and shutting the vehical off the transmission was perceived to be in 4th gear for approx. 30 miles till our destination was achieve. When arrived the fluid was at operating level and of visual check no loose electrical connections where found. After sitting fir 15 min vehicle was restarted and transmission properly went though 1st - 4th gears properly with 5th gear still malfunctioning by making a loud roaring noise and engine speed accelerating with the roaring getting loader as engine speed increased.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

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problem #3

Feb 032013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 127,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the transmission failed to shift out of third gear. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostics. The dealer noticed radiator fluid mixing with transmission fluid which caused the transmission to stall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,500. Updated 04/30/13 the consumer stated her husband noticed the gears were not shifting properly and soon the check engine light illuminated. The next day, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. The inspection revealed the valve body was bad and the radiator was leaking fluid into the transmission. Updated 05/08/13

- Bellville, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 032012


  • 60,659 miles
On the listed date above our family was on en route to our vacation destination, traveling in our Armada with camper in tow. While going thru the mountains in Virginia we had lost all power to our transmission causing us to pull over onto the shoulder of the expressway. After some time we where finally able to get towed to a dealership in covington. As soon as the service manager looked at the vehicle he new exactly what had happened. He explained that the tail pipe had disconnected from the muffler and that the hot exhaust burned up the wire harness that controlled all the power to the transmission. This they had seen and fixed 4 to 5 times at this dealership. My complaint is that the piping from the muffler some how eroded away and disconnected allowing the exhaust to burn up the wire harness, as well as the hose that supplies the compressed air to the air shocks. This to me is a very serious safety issue. Fortunately we were in the right hand lane and no other vehicles were near to cause a potential accident. We were able to get over safely although we had lost all transmission power going up this mountain. Not sure if anybody else has reported this safety issue. But Nissan must know about it based on the service manager seeing this that many times. Why would one have your electric wiring running so close to a potential hot source that could disable your vehicle while driving? I recently was talking to a coworker who has a 2004 Armada and told him about what happened to us. He had said that he just had his tail pipe welded back on but had it done at a muffler shop so this was not documented at a dealership. He had said that he could smell something burning but he had no other issues. He was lucky and he may want to check it out because of the experience that I had. Please look into this because I feel it is a serious safety issue.

- Channahon, IL, USA

problem #1

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

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