really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,440 miles

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2006 Nissan Armada brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Armada Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Jun 182013

Armada 6-cyl

  • 90,686 miles


When applying brakes, pedal goes real low and there is a grinding sound with no braking. Simultaneously the brake light goes on. I have to pull over and turn off engine and truck resets because I can drive away as if nothing occurred. Had checked once and nothing found, there are no recalls but several blogs and complaints included on this site for same issue. Now dealer wants to charge me $927 for booster. I have read and followed up on some consumer complaints and this action does not fix problem.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #43

Feb 172010

Armada 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Over the past couple of years, I have been experiencing a problem with the brakes on my 2006 Nissan Armada. Every 3-6 months the brakes will make a scary noise (can't really describe it - grinding/clanking), the brakes work at about 10% and the brake light goes on. Once the vehicle is turned off, the brake light goes out, the noise disappears and the brakes work at 100% once again. So far it has not happened in a situation where I had to stop suddenly. If it does, there will be an accident, which could result in injuries or even death. I can't believe all the complaints that have been posted about this one "same" problem and there has not been a recall issued. I'm not sure what more the consumers can do, but I will be contacting Nissan and others to see what more can be done.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #42

Mar 202012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 53,465 miles
I was driving home from work and I go to stop the vehicle and my brakes made shuttering and clanging noises. Then I notice the brake light came on. Every time I tried to stop I heard that noise and had a very difficult time stopping I almost ran into the back of another vehicle. I was about 20 miles from the dealer so I put my hazard light on and drove on the far left hand side of the freeway and proceeded to drive between 10 to 30 miles/hr in rush hour traffic until I got to the dealership. Once I got to the dealer and explained my problem. He seemed to know what it was like he had experience dealing with that particular problem. The next day the dealer called me to explain that the delta sensor inside the brake booster had failed and it would cost me over $900.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #41

Jan 062012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 88,574 miles


As I was driving at stop and go traffic speeds of 25 mph or less, my brake light came on with a spongy feeling from the brake pedal as well as a grinding noise from the brakes. Brought vehicle to sears and they did a brake inspection (mechanical) and found nothing wrong. Paid for a brake inspection and they recommended replacement of brake pads but I had recently inspected brakes at another shop that did not recommend replacement. On 2/28/12, same problem occurred and I pulled to the side of the road and turned the car off, inspected brake fluid (sat) and started the engine back up with no signs of failure. Took vehicle to my personal mechanic and code reader found C1179 delta stroke sensor fault. He reset it and problem has since gone away but I am weary of brake reliability in the future.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #40

Nov 022011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
On multiple occasions my recently purchased 2006 Armada has had an issue with the brakes where the braek light comes on, there is a terrible grinding sound, & I lose about 75% of my brake function. I only purchased this truck about 5 months ago & it has happened 3X. No telling how many times it happened to the previous owners. This is extremely dangerous. Nissan fails to recognize this is happening even though a simple internet search will show 100S, if not 1000S of Armada owners with the same issue. Something needs done asap!! the dealership couldn't "recreate" the problem to fix it, but it's likely if they could, then they'd have to admit what was wrong & that it is Nissan's fault. Beware!!

- South Williamsport, PA, USA

problem #39

Feb 012012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
While driving @ approximately 30-35 mph approaching an intersection and slowing down to make a left turn, I noticed that my parking brake light was illuminated on the dash even though I don't have it on. When I tried to step on the brake to stop, a grinding noise was observed coming from my tires and the vehicle shaking as if my brakes locked on my tires. Same thing happened after I made a left turn and stopped on a 4- way stop.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #38

May 152011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


While driving, the following indicator lights came on: Vdc, ABS and brake. When I applied the brakes, there was a horrible grinding noise which scared me to death. I continued on cautiously and fortunately it did not make the same sound the next time I braked. The Nissan service department said it was a sensor that went bad and the ABS brake system that possibly was bad. I paid over $500 to get it fixed and had to sign an agreement that what they did may not fix it, and if so, the brake booster would then need to be replaced at a cost of $1000. I found out afterwards that there had been a recall of the very same issue but not on my vehicle because the VIN did not match the recall. Very suspect.

- El Paso, AR, USA

problem #37

Oct 022011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal while approaching a traffic stop but the vehicle did not respond. The contact was able to stop the vehicle and shut off the engine. After restarting, the vehicle the brakes functioned normally. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostics where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #36

Aug 152011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 118,542 miles
I was operating my 2006 Nissan Armada and was traveling at highway speeds when I noticed that my brake light was on. I tested the brakes and immediately heard a grinding and popping noise and noises that indicated to me that the ABS was activating off and on. The pedal was very soft and my braking effectiveness was severely diminished. Had I needed to make a sudden stop or been expecting my brakes to react normally, I would not have been able to stop in a safe distance. I pulled to the side of the road and visually inspected the brakes and found no issues. I checked the brake fluid level and saw that it was fine (just below the max mark and well above the min). By this time my brake light, vdc off, and slip light were all illuminated. I shut the vehicle off then restarted it. The three lights were still lit, but the brakes were reacting normally. Error code C1179 was pulled from the vdc module. Eventually, the brake booster (with the delta stroke sensor) and the pressure sensors were replaced by the Nissan dealership at my expense. I also found that many consumers have reported similar braking issues on consumeraffaris.com. Nissan Armada forums describe similar issues with brake failures and warning lights. Many take their car to a Nissan dealership only to be told that a problem cannot be found. The following link displays over 25 pages of forums related to this issues with the Nissan Armada: www.clubarmada.com/forums/gtsearch.php?cx=partner-pub-7865546952023728%3ao3K5uc-I2bl&cof=forid%3A11&ie=utf-8&Q=vdc+slip+brake&sa=search&siteurl=www.clubarmada.com%252fforums%252fshowthread.php%253ft%253D12666#1190 this thread details a crash that occurred due to brake failure on a Nissan titan (same platform as the Armada) where the driver was injured: www.titantalk.com/forums/titan-pictures-media-post/120896-death-family.html

- Battleboro, NC, USA

problem #35

Sep 102011


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada le. The contact was driving 30 mph when the brake warning light illuminated. The brakes were applied but the vehicle did not respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted who confirmed that the brake booster needed replacing. The dealer recommended having the brake booster from a later model installed on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 112,000.

- North Liberty, IA, USA

problem #34

Sep 132011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


I bought my Nissan Armada brand new in 2007. It is a 2006 model. The vehicle is very stylish but it is like a death trap. When the bumper to bumper warranty ran out @ 36,000 miles, my brakes have been an issue. Every year I have had to get brakes put on the Armada and it has to be Nissan brakes because I tried other brakes and they squeal and grind. Now I have an rather scary situation. I was driving 25mph and put my brakes on and my SUV started nose diving in the front end and the brake light came on, not to mention, the brakes would not work properly. It was catching and releasing about 4 times, each time I would brake. I almost hit a car. I drove it to a mechanic right then, and they ran scan on the brake code since the light came on during this event. The code is C1179. Apparently this is a dealer issue. I called the Nissan dealership I bought the Armada from and they told me I needed a software update for the ABS system. Really" this is not a recall issue? I have read several reviews and they are are having ABS issues. Come on Nissan, how many lives have to be lost or injured before you recall this ABS problem" why would they charge consumers $120 for a computer update to the system if it is clearly a manufacturer defect... the other issues are: Drivers side seat is ripping, poor material, the drivers side floor mat is sliding under the driver pedal, the blind spot is a severe issue on the left drivers side, paint chips easily, bad gas mileage, radiator leaks, strut is bad on the passenger front side, which is causing it to leak on the pavement when parked.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #33

Feb 172010


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the brakes were applied and the vehicle slowed down, but did not stop. The contact also stated that the brake light illuminated and the brake pedal felt spungy when depressed. During the failure, the brakes sounded like cans were being crushed when they were engaged. Video footage of the failure was given to an authorized dealer, who stated that the brakes were fine and the brake booster needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 130,300.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #32

Jul 152011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph and attempting to stop, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle would not stop. After repeated pressure was applied to the brake pedal, the vehicle eventually stopped. The failure occurred approximately six different times on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostics, where the technicians were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #31

Jun 252011


  • 17,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the anti-lock braking system would become inoperable when pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer had not been notified. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 17,800 and the current mileage was 18,000.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #30

Jul 162011


  • 80,000 miles
While driving approximately 25 mph, I applied pressure to the brake pedal and the brake pedal fell to the floor. We had no braking power at all. I heard a grinding noise coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated they could not find a problem. The vehicle was not repaired. This has happened three times already and this is a real safety hazard!!!!! one of times it happened at 40 mph what if I cant stop the next time it happens who is going to be responsible for this.

- New Jersey, NJ, USA

problem #29

Jul 072011


  • miles
The brakes on our 2006 Nissan Armada has made a very loud grinding noise as you brake and the brake light comes on. This has happened on several occasions before. The latest was this morning as I drove to work. It continued until I arrived at my parking space. Once before when we heard this sound, we took it and had the brake pads changed and the mechanic told me to not have any normal put on the tires, this might cause the sound as well (what?). anyway, the sound is like springs popping and as you brake, the brake pedal goes up and down and scrubs really loud. We've paid to have the pads changed and the new rotors. This really expensive. What's next?

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #28

Apr 282010


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the ABS light illuminated and disable the brakes malfunctioned. Whenever the brakes were being depressed there was a loud grinding nose and the contact had to apply extreme pressure to the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealers several times for diagnostic testing and they were unable to repair or duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #27

Jun 242011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, she applied the brakes and the pedal depressed to the floor. During the failure, a grinding noise could be heard coming from the brakes. The brake light also illuminated on the instrument panel during the failure. The failure ceased after a few moments. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the same failure occurred once before, and was repaired by an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 57,000. Updated 08/12/11 updated 3/05/2012

- Tommball, TX, USA

problem #26

Jun 072011

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I own a 2006 Nissan Armada SUV and since I have owned it I have had 4 separate instances of little or no brakes issue. The dash "brake" light comes on and if you apply the brakes you hear and feel the ABS system working...giving you little or no brakes when needed. I have research the issue and found many with the same problem with there Nissan Armada's. Nissan is aware of the problem but no fix in place yet...and no recall. Someone is going to get killed or kill other with there 6000lb SUV that can't stop when this issue happens. I feel I should not have to pay for a service call on this issue...this is a safety issue! the brake system is fine 95% of the time...but you never know when this will pop up and you have no brakes! if the SUV is shut off and restarted it goes away and drives and brakes normal....till whatever triggers this issue shows up again at some point in the future. Nissan needs to get this fixed and have a recall asap! I love my Nissan but this scares me! my wife drives this SUV most of the time with our 4 kids in it. Some have had a tbs done to the SUV but it comes back over time. How do we go about getting this fix?

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #25

Dec 122010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Armada. The contact stated that whenever attempting to brake, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal grinding and the anti-lock braking system would activate abnormally causing difficulty in stopping the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test but did not repair the vehicle.the contact stated that the dealer was to reset the codes for the ABS issue. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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