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Potential New Owner--what to look out for?

Hello all, I just joined. Have never owned a Nissan before. Looking for a 10 - 14 low-miles 4WD Armada. Just wondering if there is anything I should be aware of in regards to differences in year models, for example a 4WD problem in the 2009 model that was corrected in later models. Are there 4WD models and AWD models out there or just 4Wd. ?
 

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Mechanically they are all the same vehicle so it is more about maintenance, condition and what trim levels you’re interested in. They are part time 4x4’s with a 4 low transfer case with the exception of auto. The T-case also has an auto selection that is similar to an AWD vehicle when engaged. They all have 2H, Auto, 4x4 and 4L. Good luck with your search.
 

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Hey Guys,

Finally wising up and getting away from Domestic crap. I already have 2 Nissan's in the family and I'm looking to add a third. I've been doing lots of reading and a couple of warning signs seem to stem from bad Radiators and Head Gaskets over a certain mileage. Are there any warning signs as I look at older Armadas. I'm looking at higher mileage ones as my budget doesn't permit much more looking to Spend $10-$13K here in Canada and there have been lots around with 140000 Km - 190000 Km.

Are there any warning bells or anything I should be worried about with these rigs. Just finally getting tired of driving a money pit GMC.

Thanks in Advance,.
 

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The nissan is a solid car. This question gets asked a lot from new users to the Nissan Armada.

The car is only as good as its previous owner(s), so take that into consideration. This also goes for any used car.

My recommendation is to start at 2006 and up. Look out for leaky manifolds, and rust (since you you’re up in canada )...
 

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Here are a few common things i would watch out for and their approximate part cost (labor not included)

1. Exhaust Manifold leak ($250 per side)
2. Seized Rear Camber bolts, which means all new Rear Lower Control Arms, Spring Buckets and hardware (Parts: about $550)
3. Rear Air Shocks leaking($225) (if so equipped). Also make sure the air compressor works ($210)
4. ICC laser for adaptive cruise control goes bad alot (if so equipped) (used $150 to $650 and New $1300)
5. General Electric issues
6. Make sure front differential is in working order and doesn't make any noise or vibrations. (used $500 and New $1200)
7. Inoperative gauges in cluster can be fixed for about ($150)
8. Loud Clicking from HAVAC Actuator ($35 per actuator)

I am sure there is more, but I cant think of them :)
 

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Questions before buying

Hello all, My family is looking at buying an Armada as they are known for lasting quality and solid support ( You guys :) ). We have found a " Good Buy " around 3 hours from us and are going to go check it out. But as I am new to the Armada train, I am wondering what to look for as far as Armada Quarks? I am a DIYer but this Mada has 231k on the clock. The previous owner has owned it for 4 months. It's not a "Steal" so, I do not feel like I'm being swindled yet. But want to know if there is something specific I could look for while there.


Thanks a Ton.

You're soon to be Brother Mada owner.
 

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Hello all, My family is looking at buying an Armada as they are known for lasting quality and solid support ( You guys :) ). We have found a " Good Buy " around 3 hours from us and are going to go check it out. But as I am new to the Armada train, I am wondering what to look for as far as Armada Quarks? I am a DIYer but this Mada has 231k on the clock. The previous owner has owned it for 4 months. It's not a "Steal" so, I do not feel like I'm being swindled yet. But want to know if there is something specific I could look for while there.





Thanks a Ton.



You're soon to be Brother Mada owner.
I'd be curious as to why they only owned it for 4 months. Does it have something big they don't want or can't afford to fix?

Paul

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I'd be curious as to why they only owned it for 4 months. Does it have something big they don't want or can't afford to fix?

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I asked him the same question. His response was he bought it because he was getting married and his Fiance had children. But they ended up not getting married and he doesn't need it any longer.
 

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He's probably selling it cause he can't afford to keep fuel in it lol I know our's is horrible! If the wife didn't have a company gas card it'd be gone after a week. We don't have cheap gas like you do in the states.
 

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Don't forget that these things are expensive if there is a major problem. You might have a mechanic look it over before you pull the trigger. It's cheap insurance.

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New member shopping for Armada

Hi everyone. My name is Seth and we live in Indiana. We are currently shopping for a Armada to replace my wife’s 98 Expedition. I have read on here to try and go 2008 and up. It does seem that these have to be pretty reliable as quite a few people keep them into the high 200 or 300,000 mile categories. Also what is real world mileage as I have heard it’s bad. My expedition has never gotten more the 13 mpg. Is the Armada comparable?

I wrench on my cars myself 99% of the time so I am trying to put a list together of things to worry about. Please feel free to add to the list or correct me if I am wrong.

1. Coolant getting into the transmission. (Was there a recall on this? If not is the fix a new radiator, transmisssion lines?)

2. Exhaust manifolds, many seem to replace with headers? Any brand that is better then another?

3. Rear bushings wear prematurely?

That’s my short list as I have much more to learn. Looked at one with the power third row but the big side wasn’t working. Are these repairable or do you just have to installed a new motor? Are these expensive?

Thank you all a head of time for any help or insight you can give. It’s between a Sequioa and an Armada but my wife loved the Armada.
 

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Hey i have a 2010 qx56 (same as armada) and i love it. I get an average mpg of about 14.7, depends on how much i am playing around. And if you do get coolant in the tranny it is a new radiator that is needed. The lines in the radiator have been damaged, and hope it was not enough to damage the tranny. And yea a lot of people do switch out to headers when the time is right for repairs.

On a side note if you get the big tow package it will have the rear air support shocks. Over time the bags dry out or get damaged so be prepared to change them out at some point as i have.
 

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It does seem that these have to be pretty reliable as quite a few people keep them into the high 200 or 300,000 mile categories. Also what is real world mileage as I have heard it’s bad. My expedition has never gotten more the 13 mpg. Is the Armada comparable?

I wrench on my cars myself 99% of the time so I am trying to put a list together of things to worry about. Please feel free to add to the list or correct me if I am wrong.
My 2005 LE has like 219,xxx miles on it, and still seems to work. It's got a bunch of rattles and a few problems, but fires up every day and drives me 70+ miles a day to work and back up here in New Hampshire. It's done well in summer and winter.

I get a little over 15 MPG combined, but it goes up a little once the weather warms up.

If you can do easy/medium jobs (oil changes, brakes, hoses/belts, wheel bearings, etc..) you'll be fine, and save a bunch of money.

I have the leaky manifolds, which are kind of annoying, but whatever. I already have the JBA catback exhaust, and will be hoping to get headers and b-pipes to finish the system off this summer.
 

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If it has over 100k miles, the exhaust manifolds are probably cracked. Easy solution is to buy jba long tube headers. Mine took all day to do, but it wasn't too bad compared to other jobs I've done.

Mode door actuators for the heater start clicking and go bad, but they are about $35, and easy to replace. I did the front and the rear ones.

Rear airbags for suspension leak on older trucks. I replaced mine with aftermarket shocks and springs.

I drive mine like it's a rental car, and never had an engine or transmission issue. It has a lot of miles
 
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