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I am not a current owner but I may be very close. We just had our 5th child and am looking for our second 8 passenger car. I am in the process of selling my 2000 Honda Odyssey EX-Navi.

My brother works for Nissa USA and via a VPP Claim number, I am able to get any Nissan or Infinity at below invoice. I like the look and feel of the Armada but I wanted to ask first about the "issues" with this SUV before I shell out almost $40,000.00 in cash.

The media hype does not bother me. I have a 2003 Hummer H2 and according to JD Powers it was the worst car for problems. This is half true. Yes, it was the first model year and it did have a few issues in the beginning. But, two trips to the dealer and every single issue was corrected under warranty. Moroever, I have close to 36K miles on it and other than the initial few issues, this truck is reliable as my Honda.

So here's the question for you Armada or QX56 owners, what has your experience been with reliability? I know what the reports say but that's all a crock. Go to the Honda Odyssey club, given all the complaints about Odyssey's, I must have gotten the only reliable Odyssey on the planet. :eek:

Also, could you comment about squeeks and rattles? I "hear" the Armada is plaqued with them. If so, are they fixable through the dealer? Fit and finish issues coupled with unfixable rattles and squeeks drive me crazy. I actually sold my Landcruiser because the arrogant Toyota dealer wouldn't admit that there was a rattle!
 

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So far, as long as I have been able to provide the squeak, my dealership has fixed it. I can't say it's been done in any timely manner, but they get fixed nonetheless. As for reliability, so far (knock on wood) I haven't had a single mechanical issue. My Service Engine light came on due to faulty fuel .. somethings (I forget the name), but they were replaced in no time, and I couldn't tell a difference in drive or gas mileage really. Hopefully the drivetrain will last up to expectations. I think it will, all of my families older Nissans have held up remarkably.
 

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You may be able to get around all the rattle and squeek issues by skipping the 04's and getting an 05. Or at least go with a very late built 04. Nissan did a good job of sending a lot of engineers into the plant in Mississippi to find out what all the problems were from. They made a lot of changes to the line and subsequently a lot of issues with the Titans and Armadas were fixed. Good luck with your research and hope you find what you are looking for.
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I just want to echo what M4ck said. It seems the Majority of the issues have been addressed at the factory. Your best bet would be a late build date. My '04 Armada LE has a build date of September '04 and with 7 weeks of ownership and 5,000 miles I have not had any problems.
 

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My 04' Armada LE has a September 04 build date. I have several problems that need to be addressed. So far I have a little over 2K miles on mine.

I've been waiting two weeks so far for the dealer to get parts for these problems: Fuel gauge stuck on Full, needs sender; Cabin Booming noise; Ceiling mount DVD monitor shake.

When I go in to have the above mentioned fixed I will tell them about the following: Drivers Seat bottom cushion leans to left; rattling noise in drivers door; drivers door mirror shakes too much.

I think that for 40K the interior should be of a higher quality and way tighter.

The fuel gauge would drop from full by 1/4 after I drove 30 miles when brand new. At about 900 - 1K miles it just stayed on full. I have a feeling a lot of the senders are going bad or will go bad from what I've been reading.

It was difficult for me to check fuel mileage when new, since the tank never quite filled up consistently. Then my gauge went bad. So It's been kind of a guessing game as to when I should fill up. I still don't know what kind of mileage I'm getting. The trip computer is messed up because of the fuel gauge sender. But, I do believe the mileage ratings shown on the window stickers have been misrepresented somewhat on these vehicles. I could be wrong , but it seem that way.

As for the drivetrain. I love it. I haven't had any problems and it's smooth as silk. Lot's of usable power and it just sounds so darn good. So far on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give the interior fit, finish and layout a 5. The drivetrain in my humble opinion gets a 9 so far.
 

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Every problem (rattles) I've had are fixable but my dealership is inept so either I have to trace them down or find time to take it to another dealership. The interior quality didn't bother me at first but the longer I've had it the more cheap things seem to be. Would I buy again an 04? probably but I'd be sure every single little squeek was taken care of a before I owned it.
 

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Nissan has been great to work with about squeaks and rattles (passenger seat and rear overhead console). Lots of help from the dealership and when I called Nissan USA telling them they had a design and/or assembly problem on their hands, they talked to my dealer, called me back, etc etc. All the squeaks are fixed.

Reliability isn't an issue at this point (20k). I bought a Nissan in part because my parents put 300k pain free miles on Mercury Villager (aka Nissan Quest) with a Nissan V-6. Front brakes have been the only hassle, but the dealers have been great in providing repairs (turned rotors, new pads, new rotors).

Interested to hear why you are going for an Armada vice a Suburban with five kids. We have three, expecting the fourth, and are wondering what to do with groceries when you have four kids in the truck. The space behind the third row is minimal (more than an Expedition or Tahoe, but nothing compared to a 'burban).
 

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Squeeks?

I took MeArmada into the dealership for my first oil change, and asked them to address some issues, ie. check the brakes no problems to report just check them and let me know what they thought, and I did'nt like the way one of my rear mudflaps appeared, not a nice symetrical look. Well when I went back the dealership had installed new calipers and pads on the front brakes, and instead of realigning the mudflap in question heck they just put two new ones on. I also thought my window lock switch had lost its light and did'nt glow when the lights were turned on? Seems the switch isnt lighted after all. I do have a squeek just above the speedometer window but they couldnt find anything, so after speaking to the service manager he agreed to drive with me and hav eme point it out to him said they would do what ever it took to resolve the problem. I don't see a problem with any dealership fixing these issues as they make their money in service fees. They want you to come to them for service items, time after time. Am I happy with my MeArmada? Well I'd say" Yes I Am!" I drove the ford expedition on vacation for a week but the Armada is so much nicer. Nissans arent know for fuel efficiency but I know if I maintain this beast I will not have any major drive train items fail me. How do I know this? Well years of buying Nissans have proved this out!! So if you get a chance to pruchase an Armada Id say "Whats stopping you from showing me your new ride!" Enjoy
 

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Why buy an Armada?

I own the two most reliable cars on the market and a 2004 Armada LE. LS430 and Accord.
Honestly when I first saw an Armada, I had to have it. In my opinion, you don't buy this SUV for reliability. Yes it's a Nissan and should be above average for reliability and quality. It will certainly not be like a Honda Minivan or a Lexus, but I don't think that's why we all bought one.
My sister has a 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer that rides better, is way quieter, smoother, and doesn't rattle or have stuck gas gauges. But I wouldn't even consider owning that car. The Armada is probably owned by 90% males vs. 60% Ford and GM SUV owners. (I pulled this out of my butt)

The Armada is like art, beautifully designed with the best engine out there. Armada's get second and third looks. Think Expeditions and Tahoes get that?

Anyway, all the issues we bitch about are all pretty minor considering. I'd rather complain about rattles than transmissions any day.
Just my 2 cents worth.

I love my Armada and highly recommend it.
 

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Interested to hear why you are going for an Armada vice a Suburban with five kids. We have three, expecting the fourth, and are wondering what to do with groceries when you have four kids in the truck. The space behind the third row is minimal (more than an Expedition or Tahoe, but nothing compared to a 'burban).
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Thank you and everyone else for your honest input. I'm intrigued with your comment about the trunk space behind the 3rd row. When I test drove a QX56 the trunk area "appeared" to be ample for a medium size stroller, travel bags, etc. Are you saying that in every day conditions you find it small? We actually did look at the Denali LX but the interior was so similar to the H2 that we passed on it. Plus, it was a lot more expensive. It did have a lot of trunk space but hell, it's over three feet longer than my Hummer.
 

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Space behind the third row...

We routinely put a stroller, extra booster seat, soccer balls, etc back there. I can fit a double jogger if I remove the front wheel. It is bigger than the competitors and with the ability to open the back glass to access it, it is fairly useful. We can also fit two good sized black labs back there for short trips.

The hitch is when we go grocery shopping, or get a few boxes, etc. Then we find we have to have the third row folded down to have enough room. And when we take longer family trips, that third row has to be down.

My concern is when we add a fourth kid (inevitable) that we'll lose the ability to fold the third row, since none of my kids are old enough to ride up front. The only possibility is putting three kids across the back row (tough because its narrow), one on a side in the second row, folding the two other second row seats flat and putting the bags/boxes/etc there.

Somehow my parents made do with four kids and an Olds Delta 88 sedan. We even did two cross country treks in that beast.

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Thanks again for all the comments. My wife and I went to Younker Nissan (checkbook in hand) today. The gold Armada was absolutely beautiful. However, we emptied out the items we routinely carry out of the Odyssey and the trunk area is just too small. :(

Get this - We've decided on a Denali XL with quad seats (seats seven total for now). However, I will order a custom 4th row bench that faces backwards to make room for three more! I added a 3rd row bench from www.jatdesign.com for the Hummer and now the H2 seats 8.

Pretty soon we'll need a yellow school bus. Oh well, I would have liked to share Armada stories with all of you... You guys have a fantastic vehicle.
 

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Good luck with your Denali! Those are pretty nice vehicles, too. And wow, seating for 10?? LOL that is crazy!
 
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