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As a first timer here, it is refreshing to see that I have not come across this problem among the members at Club Armada. I bought my '04 Armada LE 4x4, new and untitled on 3.28.05. When I arrived home after the purchase it had 96 test drive miles on it. My test drive was more than 40 miles and I didn't notice any problems. The first day, & 100 miles, I noticed very subtly when putting it into drive the gear taking a few seconds to catch. The next day, & the next 100 miles, I drove up a pretty steep hill, reversed down a bit and put it into drive to go back up the hill. When it was in drive it was rolling down the hill like a manual trans. I had to press hard on the gas for it to catch and it squealed the tires and left skid marks. From that point on it became more noticeable with each time I had to put it into drive. I had to press hard on the gas for the drive to catch. I called my husband, to see if it was in 4WD or something that with the push of a button it could be fixed . . . my kids are forever climbing into the drivers seat playing around (w/o the ignition started). Just to make sure I wasn't quacked, :confused: I tried it in my driveway, backed out, put it in drive and again - had to press hard - screaching tires and skid marks and this time, disapproving neighbors. Took it back to the dealership that evening, 3.30.05, had it less than 48 hours. Diagnosed as needing a whole new transmission. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? I'm pretty sure it is a late production '04, but still has obviously sat for awhile. Could sitting for months have been the problem? I tried trading it for another, returning it and inquiring about a 3 day rescind policy. No. However, I was able to get a new '05 Armada vs. the Quest they offered as a loaner car . . . we have four kids and the sedans were not an option. Glad the dealership pulled thorugh with the '05 Armada cuz it will be 2 weeks tomorrow that I have had this loaner. While I don't think I will have anymore trans problems (maybe I am being naive) I am concerned that other things will fall apart on the car. And I mean other than the common brake, window and noise problems. Anyone experince this??? I love the get-up-and-go the truck has, especially when you compare it to my other choice car, the Sequoia. And I love the smooth, quiet ride compared to my Land Rover Discovery. And of course my husband loves it for the roominess over the Rover and the power over both. Any knowledge, experience, insights, winning lottery tickets would be most helpful.
 

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First one I heard with a problem. Titans have the same trans with no problems. Most people rave about the trans. Probably a fluke.
 

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Yeah, it sounds like a very unique situation, bad luck strikes even the most innocent of victims. Seems your truck had a bad part, albeit a big part. The good news it that you've now got a transmission that you can be assured has been inspected, tested and installed properly (they don't want to see you back again!).
 

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transmission

Friend of mine bought BMW 760. $ 100k+. On the way from dealership transmission gave up....
What am I trying to say?Things do happen to the best. I think this is quite unusual situation.
 

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Rest easy...many of us frequent these boards and have read a lot, and there's definitely no recurring trouble with the trans. The Armada is built in a new factory with fairly new workers, and it's going to take a couple of years to get it "perfect". But no doubt it's a great vehicle- that's why you bought it, right?

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My 04 also rolls back on an incline (driveway) while the trans is in Drive. I have never had a vehicle with an automatic trans do this. I just thought it was another issue concerning this vehicle I was going to have to live with.

Did you have other problems with the transmission along with the rolling back situation?

Does anybody know if these automatics are supposed to let the vehicle roll back?
 

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Any auto trans can allow rollback if the incline is steep enough. The Armada's just lets it loose on gentle slopes. It is not a problem if you know about it....
Now those front brakes.........
 

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slick1 said:
Any auto trans can allow rollback if the incline is steep enough. The Armada's just lets it loose on gentle slopes. It is not a problem if you know about it....
Now those front brakes.........
I agree, I used to live in the mountains and never owned a vehicle that didn't roll back, especially a 2+Ton SUV.
 

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Right off the lot....

Late '04 LE, Silver, Nav, DVD
I have you slightly beaten.....
Right out of the gate, 2 KM down the road from the dealer where I had just finished signing all the paperwork, the transmission began slipping in and out of gear and I was forced to push my new purchase off of the road.
I never did get a reason for the failure.
Was fluid not put in ?
Was it a component failure ?
The dealer was embarrassed and keeping quiet.
I was angry and being loud.
So, when they gave me a different vehicle after inspecting mine for a day, citing that they would rather replace than repair, I was only too happy to be driving away instead of walking.
Hardly an auspicious start, but the dealer made things right.
Since then, the rear hatch has given me lock issues, there are rattles that need to be attended to, and my brakes still need 'the big fix'. All in all, nothing as terrible as my first 5 minutes of being an Armada owner.
The love affair continues.....tentatively.
 

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Transmission troubles '04

Sorry to have to post this, but at 15k miles I am embarassed to say my Armada LE 4x4's transmission has to be replaced. I am embarassed more for Nissan, but Iam still embarassed after sticking up for Nissan Armada quality in other forums. We had the brake issue right away, but knock on wood, it still seems to be fixed 10k miles later, but the rattles took 3-4 trips to fix so far. Now this, I have to admit, is getting bad. My wife drives it and noticed it slipping a couple weeks before it went bad and it progressively got worse to the point that it could not be driven anymore. You have to rev it up to about 4k rpm then you would have to let up before redline and let it come all the way back down to 1000-1200 rpm's before it would shift, then when it did, it shifted very harsh. Then it would shift after that ordeal normal up to highway speeds, but if you let up, you had to start over, it acted like it would shift to neutral too, when trying to get back on the gas, say slowing to 45mph or so on a highway and trying to speed back up. Very frustrating driving it on a trip last week for over 2000 miles like that, just glad it moved down the Highway normally. Now I need to tow my 8000# boat back from the river very, very soon and they gave my wife a 2005 Taurus to drive in the mean time. They say they have no idea how long it will be. This is dispointing to say the least, at least we could have gotten an another Armada or a Titan or something more equivalent, ours stickered for $47k, before I had the OEM wheels Chrome platted and installed a Borla Dual Cat-back dual exhaust. It looks and sounds nice anyway. Not sure I will be bragging it up too much anymore, anytime soon at least.
 

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where did you get the OEM wheels chromed?

where did you get the OEM wheels Chrome plated and how much did it cost?
 

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My values

$510 for chrome! Let me see, I could get a new helmet, chest protector, boots and maybe a set of tires for my WR. You see I have to convert currency into motorcycle farkels to understand value. Oh! Oh! maybe something for my ST, hmm.....
 

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92TripleBlack said:
Yes, that is where I got mine (EBAY). I like to keep my vehichles OEM looking, but had to have the wheels chromed because the LE chrome grille, all the other chrome on the vehicle and Galaxy Black paint. It really set the looks off, but not tacky or ghetto looking. Nissan should offer chrome wheels on at least the LE Armada's. My dealer starting offering them after I showed them mine, they do the same, buy them through Ebay.
 

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Rollback Problems

I have an early 05 Armada LE 4x4 and I’m having rollback problems. After reading the other posts here I understand that the vehicle may rollback when the brake is released on an incline. However, the rollback I’m experiencing is a full out roll like the vehicle is in neutral. It rolls so suddenly and quickly I need to slam on the brakes or accelerate so hard the tires squeal. If I brake to stop the roll, I then need to two foot the gas and brake pedal so I don’t hit the guy behind me.

I’ve taken it to the dealer twice and both times they insist the rollback is normal. If something is normal them I’d expect it to happen every time. When we took it in on 10/28/05 the dealer said the Nissan rep was going to be in that day and he’d take a look at it. Later that day they called and said the rep confirmed it was normal. I asked for the reps name so I could speak with him and the dealer said they could not give that information to me. Isn’t it the rep’s job to talk to customers who are having problems?

My son got his license about a month ago and I’m afraid he doesn’t have enough experience to avoid an accident if this situation happens while he’s driving. Heck, it scares me when it happens.

I’m dealing with Wilde Nissan in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Do you think it’s worth trying another dealership? I bought the vehicle there so I thought they would have more of an interest in repairing the vehicle and keeping me happy.

I can live with taking it back multiple times for the brakes and all of rattles, this one I can’t live with.
 

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Take it back

Definately NOT normal. More like dangerous. Another dealer would be the next choice at this point if I were you. I hate ostrich dealers (head in the sand "all looks good from here").
 

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As a first timer here, it is refreshing to see that I have not come across this problem among the members at Club Armada. I bought my '04 Armada LE 4x4, new and untitled on 3.28.05. When I arrived home after the purchase it had 96 test drive miles on it. My test drive was more than 40 miles and I didn't notice any problems. The first day, & 100 miles, I noticed very subtly when putting it into drive the gear taking a few seconds to catch. The next day, & the next 100 miles, I drove up a pretty steep hill, reversed down a bit and put it into drive to go back up the hill. When it was in drive it was rolling down the hill like a manual trans. I had to press hard on the gas for it to catch and it squealed the tires and left skid marks. From that point on it became more noticeable with each time I had to put it into drive. I had to press hard on the gas for the drive to catch. I called my husband, to see if it was in 4WD or something that with the push of a button it could be fixed . . . my kids are forever climbing into the drivers seat playing around (w/o the ignition started). Just to make sure I wasn't quacked, :confused: I tried it in my driveway, backed out, put it in drive and again - had to press hard - screaching tires and skid marks and this time, disapproving neighbors. Took it back to the dealership that evening, 3.30.05, had it less than 48 hours. Diagnosed as needing a whole new transmission. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? I'm pretty sure it is a late production '04, but still has obviously sat for awhile. Could sitting for months have been the problem? I tried trading it for another, returning it and inquiring about a 3 day rescind policy. No. However, I was able to get a new '05 Armada vs. the Quest they offered as a loaner car . . . we have four kids and the sedans were not an option. Glad the dealership pulled thorugh with the '05 Armada cuz it will be 2 weeks tomorrow that I have had this loaner. While I don't think I will have anymore trans problems (maybe I am being naive) I am concerned that other things will fall apart on the car. And I mean other than the common brake, window and noise problems. Anyone experince this??? I love the get-up-and-go the truck has, especially when you compare it to my other choice car, the Sequoia. And I love the smooth, quiet ride compared to my Land Rover Discovery. And of course my husband loves it for the roominess over the Rover and the power over both. Any knowledge, experience, insights, winning lottery tickets would be most helpful.
We got our Armada LE 4X4 04 in July 05 It had 91 miles on it. As soon as we took delivery we heard this beeping sound. Well we soon found out what it was. The tail gate would start to open and then close. The salesman told us to talk to the service manager. It took three apointments and a free rentel before they discovered that it was a bad sensor in the tailgate. No more problems. We got a free box of Mrs Fields cookies in the mail from Nissan.We now have almost 9,000 miles and we just love this SUV.
 

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From the factory Nissan supplies it's new vehicles with all the fluids at absolute minimum levels. I checked over 20 Armada's on the lot before I told the sales person not to bother delivering my new 07 to me without filling all the fluids up. On my maintenance delivery check sheet, they added: engine oil, fluid to both diffs, the trans, brake fluid, the radiator, and windshield washer fluid. A qt to the diffs a qt to the trans 2 qts to the washer, 3 oz's to the brakes.

Ya gotta watch these guys! A penny saved is still a euro saved!
 
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