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Hello all - I'm new to this forum. I just bought a new (leftover) 2004 Armada. Since my purchase I've read many posts on various sites about brake and rattle problems/complaints. Anyway, I have a couple questions. Has the brake rotor/pad dust problem been resolved - I understand there is a "kit" the dealer can install that solves the problem? Also, is it possible to set a function that commands the door locks to engage automatically when you put the vehicle into drive and/or reach a certain speed? Thanks!
 

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tksuther said:
Hello all - I'm new to this forum. I just bought a new (leftover) 2004 Armada. Since my purchase I've read many posts on various sites about brake and rattle problems/complaints. Anyway, I have a couple questions. Has the brake rotor/pad dust problem been resolved - I understand there is a "kit" the dealer can install that solves the problem? Also, is it possible to set a function that commands the door locks to engage automatically when you put the vehicle into drive and/or reach a certain speed? Thanks!
The problem is resolved. The dealer can install new rotors and pads. The problem was warping rotors. The redesigned parts are in short supply but have been put on since May. If you don't have brake judder(warped rotors) don't worry about it. It wasn't a safety issue or braking power issue. It was a brake durability issue. The warranty on the brakes has been extended to 3 years unlimited miles so you have plenty of time to get the new parts for free and no hurry if you haven't got any problems.

As for the door locks, no. Most people don't want this feature (its a PITA if you are getting passengers or in and out and not turning off car) and many left their brands (only a couple do this as most people don't like it) to get away from it. If you want it, you can install an aftermarket alarm which will do this. Personally, I carry a gun instead. One less car jacker instead of car jacking. ;)
 

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Thanks for the answers. I don't really care about the auto locking - just wondering because many new models have this feature. I'll see how the brakes fair - so far I'm impressed with the Armada and hope it is reliable.
 

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Its the drive line

The engine/transmission combo makes it worth the price of admission all by themselves.
 

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Cillyone said:
The engine/transmission combo makes it worth the price of admission all by themselves.
I agree! I got the Off Road model (leftover new '04 so I didn't really have a choice if I wanted the best deal/price) with the towing package which includes the lower gear ratio - really pulls nice and smooth. I'm also impressed with the handling of such a large vehicle. How many miles on yours? Any problems?
 

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Only problems people report are not drivetrain related. You have squeeks and rattles, mostly on '04, some AC sensor issues that Nissan will fix for free, again on earlier models, and you have brake rotor warpage. This is being replaced by dealers as we speak. None of the major rear, fire, trans, head gasket, steering linkage failures, and electrical problems you find with Ford, GM, Toyota or Volkswagon.
 

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small stuff mostly

The only real problem was rear tire wear(inside edges, no burnouts). Nissan did an alignment and replaced the rear tires for free. They replaced radio(tsb), rear seat latch(tsb), inside hatch buton. Brakes have been fine and no cabin boom.
 
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