hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,476 miles

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2008 Nissan Armada electrical problems

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2008 Nissan Armada Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 152013


  • 68,000 miles


Numerous times since January 2013 when we have been driving on the highway, roadways and parking lots the red brake light comes on and the brake pedal goes to the floor and makes noises. The car is very hard to stop and has almost caused accidents. One of the times it happened I took the car to Firestone to see what was going on but when I turned off the car it stopped doing it but they did have code C1179/ABS control unit come up. We contacted Nissan and left our car at suntrup Nissan for a month. They told us they could not find anything even when I gave them the code. We met with a Nissan specialist who told us the problem was the brake booster and gave us a price of just over $1,000 to fix it. I have been online doing my own research and many other people have had this same problem and code and have all said the ABS control module needs to be reprogrammed and there is a firmware update to fix a known bug. I am not sure why Nissan can not find anything wrong and tell me it is the brake booster but when I do research I find what could be the problem and now have to take more time out and go to a different dealership to get the problem resolved before my family is in a horrible accident. From my research this is a common known problem that can be very dangerous if not fixed right away and I think Nissan should be responsible. The last time we talked to Nissan they told us they would not do anything for us. I want people to know about this safety problem and also the problem with dealerships who think they can take advantage of people who don't know about cars.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #15

Jun 012015


  • 211,900 miles
The rear overhead console became loose and fell while I was at work one day, when I came out to my vehicle the whole console was hanging by one of the wires that connects to the ac and radio in the ceiling. I have 3 young children that sit in the second seat of my vehicle where the console had fallen, thank goodness they were not sitting there that day! I had asked my mechanic to attempt to fix the console, he was not able to and suggested that I bring it to my local Nissan dealership. From the multiple complaints that I have read online regarding this issue, Nissan is not considering it a recall item.... why not"?" it is obviously a bad design, it is too big, it is not attached to the ceiling securely enough for such a big console and once the plastic becomes older and brittle.... it breaks! now, I do not have ac or lights throughout my vehicle due to the vents and lights being in the ceiling for anyone riding in the second and third seats aka my children!

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #14

May 142013


  • 100,000 miles
Multiple occurrences - while driving, the brakes begin to grind, stutter, and stop working. I had to downshift in order to slow the vehicle, and pull over. The brake light will illuminate as this occurs. After stopping the vehicle, it must be completely turned off for a few moments, and then it will go back to "normal." This has also occurred while exiting the freeway - not safe! airbag light is constantly on. Many of the electrical parts are not working. We thought Nissan would be the best vehicle to buy. But have had nothing but major problems. Please send recall for brakes and airbags

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 292012

Armada 8-cyl

  • 80 miles


My husband and I were driving through atlanta, ga (grady curve) at 75mph and the front, center console fell and hit my husband who was driving. The plastic had broken and literally shattered into pieces but the electrical wires were holding on to what was left of the structure. I took the car to the dealership and was charged almost $1000 to fix it. Nissan America said there was no recall and I had to pay for it if I wanted it fixed. A couple months later the exact same thing happened to the back, center console. The plastic that was left was suspended by the electrical components. We brought the car back to the dealership and they removed part of it so the kids could sit in the backseat without the plastic splinters falling on their heads. I was quoted over $1000 to fix it and still no recall on this faulty plastic.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 092013


  • miles
The rear hatch lock actuator fails in cool temperatures. This leaves the rear hatch unable to open. In the event of an accident or fire, I would be unable to get my children out of the 3rd row seating. This happens each year as soon as the temperatures drop below 50. There are numerous issues experienced by other Armada owners noted at: www.clubarmada.com/forums/archive/index.php/T-11055.html.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 032014


  • 72,500 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. The contact stated while traveling at any speed the brakes seized and abruptly stopped the vehicle or the brake pedal was soft which did not provide enough safty to depress the pedal to slow down intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who indicated that the brake actuator needed to be replaced but was not able to give a definate diagnosis indicating that the part specifically needed to be repaired. The vehicle was also taken to an independent mechanic who indicated that there was an ABS failure and to have the authorized dealer repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V072000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,500. Dyd

- Silverton, OR, USA

problem #10

Mar 172011

Armada 8-cyl

  • 65,731 miles


My wife (along with our 2 children under the age of 5) was attempting to apply the brakes as she approached an intersection to make a turn. The SUV responded by beginning to shake violently, make very loud noises, & ultimately the brakes failed. She observed the parking brake light was illuminated on the dash board. She was able to continue on the current road & downshift to reduce speed before pulling over to the side of the road. She then turned the SUV off & back on. After re-ignition, the brake light was no longer illuminated, and the brakes functioned normally. When she got home I did some research online about this problem and noticed thousands of other Nissan owners have experienced this exact same issue, to the point of a class action lawsuit currently underway in California. This is at least the 8th time this has happened in this vehicle over the course of 3 years of owning. Thankfully, it has not resulted in a crash, injury or fatality to date. The same brake failure has occurred while driving at speeds up to 70mph. Every incident occurs similarly, with shaking, noise, and parking brake light illumination. Turning the vehicle off and restarting seems to temporarily solve the problem, but it has continued to occur randomly. This is a very unsafe issue and that needs immediate attention!!

- Somerville, TN, USA

problem #9

Apr 292014


  • 68,000 miles
Purchase 2008 new Armada and having many problems since purchase october2007- the top console fell off while driving about a year ago went to Nissan dealer and they said is not cover with warranty ( this happen within before my 60K miles warranty) they told me I need to purchase that it was not factory defect. A few weeks ago the other part of console front driver crack and is hanging. I have no lights in the back or front. Is a safety hazard this thing can break in the middle of me driving and Nissan is not taking responsibility of their cheap products, I've been searching and seen a lot of complaints about this issue and nothing is being done about it. I need help on this matter is not fair for customer to pay out of pocket to correct a company issue.. we already paid enough money on the vehicle. Not only that my car had an engine issue which they refuse to change when I first complaint they did it after many complaints and having a state trooper take me to the dealer or safety hazard the car used to smoke dark smoke every day..guess Nissan was afraid of lawsuit if something happened. Please help.

- Woodbridge , NJ, USA

problem #8

Nov 232013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Last night ready to leave and load family into vehicle. My husband opens the back door to load a stroller but the door did not open. He kept locking it and unlocking with the control and door hinge and window hinge were stuck. In order to open door he had to climb inside vehicle pull the plastic cap of and pull lever to manually open back door. We can hear it lock but it wont open. The levels feel rough and stuck when you pull to try and open door and window.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 122013

Armada 4WD 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The passenger side front seat adjuster motor caught the under side of the seat on fire while no one touched the seat adjuster. For some reason the adjuster motor heated up and when my wife, child, and mother had to pull off of the interstate due to smoke, I was luckily behind them and got the family out of the car and then looked under the seat and saw 3 inch flames coming out of one of the adjuster motors. I was able to pull the motor out from under the seat after I poured a water bottle over the motor and used two pairs of gloves to keep from burning my hands. From looking at the adjuster motor after pulled from the vehicle one end was completely gone as it melted and burned off the plastic cover. It also burned a couple of holes in the carpet under the seat. I cannot believe that a motor would just catch on fire and after taking the vehicle to randy reed Nissan, the service department stated the seat adjuster was stuck in the "on" position. The question I have is how can it stick in the on position when we are not touching the seat adjusters. Lastly, since my wife stated she smelled a burnt smell while the vehicle was in the off position, what if the adjuster caught fire while in the garage and cause the vehicle to burn and catching the house on fire. I say this because the adjustor would have caught fire while the vehicle was off. It had nothing to do with having the vehicle on. There should be a safety switch to keep something like that from happening. It also caused $3,600 in repair which we have not completed yet.

- Parkville, MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 012013


  • 73,000 miles


The overhead console fell down without warning going down the road at 55 mph.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

May 052013

Armada 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
For the last year my Nissan Armada 2008 has had numerous failing parts that all include electrical issues of some sort. First the passenger side window stopped working and then the ac is now stuck in max ac. Thieves issues are not safety related but may contribute to the horrible electrical issues this model has. The other day my wife was picking the kids up from school when she realized the brake light came on and the brakes were making a horrible grinding noise with no or limited braking ability. She pulled over and turned the car off. 5 minutes later she turned the car on and the light and braking problem went away. 3 days later this happened again. Turned off car, restarted and problem went away. After looking through numerous message boards and forums, it seems this problem has been documented in hundreds of cases or more. Nissan has not done anything about this from what I understand. It seems a fix or at least a fix that comes back in many cases is to replace the brake booster and reprogram the vdc. This looks like it has been running about 800 to 1000 dollars to fix. Many of the consumers that reported this problem have reported after being fixed, the problem comes back within months or a year after being fixed. A recall is needed as this is life threatening to families driving in the SUV and also to others on the road.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 072012


  • 61,000 miles
For unknown reasons the front windows (driver and passenger) will let themselves down. Have asked Nissan dealer about this several times and they said we must have hit the remote key. I don't buy this as this occurred while keys to the vehicle was in spouses purse and purse was on floor some 50 yards away. This is not first time this has occurred. This has occurred several times and we have inquired at dealer and always get same answer-someone hit the key. Another problem is the steering wheel seems to lock up and you can't start the auto unless you work with the steering wheel turning from 9 to 3, 3 to 9, 9 to 3, 3 to 9. eventually it will free itself up.

- Meigs, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012011

Armada 8-cyl

  • miles
My 08 Armada is keeping me locked out of the back. The hatch door and the window. The problem is faulty actuator. Part information is; 905507S000 0892068-a B/D actr 03 09 26 12V the latch on the actuator is not operating 100%. the little swing latch, come short by 15% that cause the lock to open the glass door and the main door.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 122009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. The contact stated the keyless entry malfunctions causing the vehicle to lose power. The dealer replaced the battery in the keyless entry remote but that did not remedy the issue. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer and the dealer can not find what is causing the vehicle to lose power. The contact stated the vehicle is unsafe and could leave him stranded in the cold. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 032008


  • 38,409 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Armada. The contact received a recall notice for her air conditioner condenser fan motor. She took the vehicle to the dealer to have the work repaired. The dealer serviced the vehicle and stated that the air conditioner condenser fan motor failed. The dealer installed a new one, but it was still not working. They kept the vehicle overnight in an attempt to try to figure out why the new fan motor was not working. The following day, the contact received a call from the dealer and was informed that they could not repair the vehicle because a wiring harness had been replaced. In addition, an aftermarket wire had been installed and caused the fan motor to fail. Since the wires had been tampered with, it voided the recall. The dealer is now refusing to repair the vehicle for free. She is the original owner of the vehicle and stated that no wires should have been tampered with and no installations made. The vehicle was taken to the same dealer for repairs; therefore, if any wires had been changed, it had to be done by that specific dealer. The contact feels that the vehicle should still be repaired under recall. The recall number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 38,409.

- Newport News , VA, USA

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