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We bought our Armada (Smoke/Steel, SE, Big Tow, Offroad Pkg) last August. We love it for any/all driving. We tow our RV, drive on the beach, play in the snow and blow away sports cars off the line around town. I love the tranny. What a smooth ride. And with the downhill assist and manual shift option towing our trailer was never easier.

Unfortunately I was rear-ended and shoved into an Explorer in front of me. The rear bumber is almost factory-condition (the little pickup took the brunt of the collision against our tow receiver) so we will probably leave it. The front took a beating, though. I am going to our dealer's body shop tomorrow to discuss some repairs and possibly customization, such as a bull bar and maybe a winch. You see we actually use the 4WD. We have been boondocking in "The Beast" a number of times, in all types of conditions, and I thought a winch might make sense. BTW, the 4WD low will darn near climb a tree without you having to touch the gas pedal.

Has anybody here done any customizing? Added aftermarket items? One thing we are definitely going to install is some type of wind/rain guards on the windows. Poor design there by Nissan.

I look forward to hearing from all.
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Hello TNT, and welcome to ClubArmada. Glad to hear that you and your family are enjoying your Armada. Too bad about the damage. Hope everything turns out OK. As far as adding accessories, why don't you look at the back posts on here. I think you will find discussions on just about any accessory you may like. Use the search function for specific items. Also you may want to go over to our sister site, ClubTitan, since many of the accessories fit both.
I also have a smoke Armada, for almost a year, and enjoy it.
If you have any specific questions be sure to post, I'm sure someone here will have an answer.
 

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Hello TNT,
I'm in Vancouver, too. Bought an '04 Armada about six weeks ago. Gresham Nissan had two on the lot and the deal was decent. Going to Gresham for service, however, is a pain, so I'm trying to establish a relationship with the local guy, Metro Nissan, I think it's called.

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jeb said:
Hello TNT,
I'm in Vancouver, too. Bought an '04 Armada about six weeks ago. Gresham Nissan had two on the lot and the deal was decent. Going to Gresham for service, however, is a pain, so I'm trying to establish a relationship with the local guy, Metro Nissan, I think it's called.

jeb
I probably live as far from Gresham Nissan as you do, but I just dealt with them, and I am extremely pleased with their effort to satisfy me. They even rented me a car so that I could leave my Armada overnight in lieu of having to bring it back the next day. I live bout 5 minutes from Gladstone Nissan, and I doubt if I will ever go there.
 

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Gladstone Nissan

I had a bad experience at Gladstone Nissan two years ago when I was looking to trade my Suburban. I was actually verbally insulted by one of the sales managers over an offer I made on a Marano. Told me to come back when I was serious. The price I offered was what they had just sold a Marano for a few days before that, according to one of the salesmen who had been speaking to me hoping I'd make the same offer so they could sell another one.

Anyway, left there and bought a Toyota down the street, which was a mistake. Then recently traded that on my Armada. I'm happy now.

I'm pretty satisfied with the guys at Gresham Nissan. Dealt with a salesman named Dave Nelson. I had some problems as soon as I drove the vehicle off the lot (literally), but they were very responsive and did what they could to take care of things in a reasonable amount of time.

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Gladstone Nissan has changed hands since then. They are now part of Premier Auto Group. I made several tips here and test drove the Armada there. However, they didn't earn my business. I had a contact who knew the General Manager and he was supposed to hook me up. I thought it was a done deal and I wouldn't have to negotiate, but I still warned the sales guy that I had done my homework. But instead of giving me the killer deal, they tried to play the "we will match your best offer" game. So I went to another friend who is a corp fleet manager and he hooked me up with the Gresham Nissan people. The Gresham experience was like night and day. I do not mind the extra drive if the result is good service.
 
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