Everything is just bolted in except the minor problem I describe below. (The carpet in the center between the 2nd row and 3rd row is slightly different, but does not cause any problem)
After removing the armrests, the technician discovered that there are two metal bars (one on each captain chair), where the armrests are attached to, were sticking out and preventing the backrest of center seat to recline flush with the captain chairs.
There were 2 options:
- Buy 2 seat brackets that are made for the bench seat. Take the chairs
apart and replace them with the new brackets. This is the right way of
- Simply use a saw and cut them off. This means you could not put back the
armrests (unless you replace the seat brackets)
I chose to cut them off for many reasons:
- Cost of parts and labor
- Time (don't have to wait for the parts)
- Don't ever plan to put the armrests back
- If I ever want to put the armests back, I could always buy the new
brackets and replace them then (instead of now).
OK... here's the whole story regarding the price...the reasons that the whole job was $1280 instead of $1700 because I worked with a new parts manager. The old parts manager didn't even do any research. He is just throwing out a number and hoping that I'm not going through with it. He told me that the parts alone were going to cost me close to $2000 and he would give me 20% discount... plus the labor. Originally, I was going to do the installation myself to save the $$$$.
Anyhow, after waiting for a while and didn't hear anything from him. I did more searching... I called and sent emails to numerous wrecking yards to see if they have any Armadas in... but none of them did. I searched on the Net for aftermarket seats... and none was available for the Armada.
After a few months, I decided to call the same Nissan dealer. This time I spoke with a new parts manager. He's willing to work with me. He asked me to bring my Armada in so he can verify that it is doable. He took the center console apart to determine if there are pre-made holes for the seat mounting. He then verified the holes against another Armada on the lot that has the bench seat. Everything looked OK so he proceeded with parts ordering. The original quote was $1500... but I asked him to give me some discount. After talking to the dealer mamager, he was able to give me 10% discount. That brings it down to $1350. When I picked up the truck, he further reduced the labor to bring the total to $1280.