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Nissan Armada, SUV
Mar 30, 2004 (7:55 am)
to those who have questions for me....why did i go back 4 times to the dealer to get it fixed? the dealer told me to bring it in to get it fixed. you have to play by their rules in order to go through the steps for resolving this issue. if i had refused to go back after the 3rd time, what right would i have to say "give me my money back?" the dealer has a right to "fix" the problem as well. my biggest problem with the whole fixing ordeal was....they took my truck for 2 solid weeks, and did not give me a replacement vehicle! then called me up and said they couldn't fix it to come and get it, and now, it's much worse!!
i have an le with the sunroof. my dealer told me that "nissan is aware of the problem, but as of yet does not have a fix for it" --- that was 2 weeks ago. the truck is setting in my garage because i can't/won't drive it. i have an umbrella positioned from the back seat to the roof to stop it from squeaking me out of the truck when i HAVE to drive it (picking up stuff that will only fit in a truck). a manager from nissan corporate is suppose to call me today --- after i called them again for the 8th time yesterday and got a little pissy with them about no one calling me back.
i like so many things about the armada: the power, towing, room, and really like the drive...very smooth, and the appearance. so it's really a shame that i am about to swear off nissan products forever over this. this is my 5th new nissan product i've purchased over the years, and you would expect that as a valuable repeat customer, i would get better cusomer service. i am also going to call the ownwer of the dealership and tell him that he will also be included in my lawsuit if they/nissan don't give me my money back. nissan could have had the best product in the suv arena ....but they are dropping the ball big time by not making things right with customers like me. hell, if they had made things right with me early on -- i would have considered buying a new one in 2005...but not now. looks like lincoln navigator here i come! btw....i even went as far as going to an infiniti dealer and drove the qx45(?) to see if that "luxury" truck has the roof/vibration problems....it does!!! granted, it was not as noisy otherwise, but has the same roof design flaw that the armada has. good luck to all of you!
Mar 30, 2004 (8:22 am)
At the top of this page you'll find a reminder: "What is this discussion about? Nissan Armada, SUV" Your opinions about the VEHICLES are persuasive.
Going for another test-drive today. Have test-driven three Armadas since last week and all had the resonance. If I find a quiet one, I'll probably be sold. Test-drove an SR5 as well. Compared to the Armada, has a GM feel -- lots of metal on the outside, unexpectedly tight quarters on the inside. SR5 dash styling looks like planned obsolesence -- and a whole lot like a Corolla. Seems larger in my garage than the Armada (despite the specs, which indicate the opposite). That plus the 40 lb non-folding seats, sway and weaker engine keeps me in the hunt for an Armada.
Have you ever heard resonance in the Armadas you've driven?
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#2203 of 3836 Message Boards In General....
Mar 30, 2004 (8:34 am)
While I appreciate both the negative and positive comments posted by informed users of this board, I think it's safe to say that very few of us believe everything that is written here. I find it quite easy, actually, to separate the valuable posts from the occasional jabberwocky contributed by the 'I have too much time on my hands' of the world.
I would laugh out loud if I found out that some of you are basing your buying decisions based solely on what you read on these boards.
Mar 30, 2004 (8:53 am)
Drove two. SE (no sunroof) and LE (sunroof) both had the resonance. Won't be driving any more. Seen and read enough to wait at least for the 05.
Mar 30, 2004 (9:25 am)
no, i have never heard it. i can imagine how it is, but neither me, the people i work with, or our customers have ever complained about it. thats why, although empathetic, im still skeptical of the widespread nature of it "everywhere else".
Mar 30, 2004 (10:25 am)
the more i drive my baby (still havent thought of a name after 2100 miles!), the more i notice a slight pressure build-up while going over bumps, very simmilar to an ear-popping sensation, but nowhere close to the extremes of actually popping my ears (i seem a little more sensative to it in the morning for some reason). from what i have read, this does not seem as what i would expect from the notorious resonance issue, but i would like to ask those of you who do experience this "resonance," does this sound simmilar to what you all are experiencing?
i have read a few unfortunate souls who didn't come across the resonance until 3-5k+ miles, and it seems just get worse...
whatever my issue might be, it becomes more noticeable every week. it isn't that bad IMO, but it is annoying... especially since nothing of the sort was heard from any Tahoe i have test driven (and the hefty price of over 36K).
Mar 30, 2004 (2:48 pm)
Mine's got 3500 on it and the resonance has definitely gotten worse over time. I'm afraid what it's going to be like at 10 or 20K.
Got my dealer calling Nissan today to try to prod a TSB date out of them. Good luck, I know. I did some research and the 1st instance of resonance mentioned on this board was around October of 2003, so this isn't a new issue. No doubt there are Nissan people who check this board from time to time, so it really makes you wonder if Nissan is actually serious about fixing this problem, or if they just can't because it's inherent. If I end up trying the "fix" I'm going to have them apply dynamat to every possible inch of the roof while the headliner is torn out and see if that helps. I'll keep y'all posted.
Too bad too, 'cause in every other regard this is a great vehicle.
#2209 of 3836 First Impressions
Mar 30, 2004 (3:38 pm)
My LE finally came in last week and I thought I'd post my initial impressions after only 300+ miles.
The fit and finish are excellent (inside and out).
The engine and powertrain are phenomenal! LOTS of smooth power at lower RPM. Haven't been over 4,000 RPM yet, per break-in instructions.
Love the cockpit storage, instuments and especially the Nav system. It's more than a toy!
Have not been affected by the dreaded resonance problem, but the headliner shakes like a "Big Dog" when the road gets choppy. If you hold your right hand up, you can feel it with an amplitude of approximately +/- 1/8".
No creaks or rattles at all (yet). As with every new vehicle I've ever bought, I expect some to come with age (and be eliminated by me or my dealer).
Wind noise from the sunroof is quite noticeable at all speeds. It's even present sitting still in a 5-10 MPH wind! Pulling the manual sun shade closed eliminates it. Will get it checked out at my first servicing. This is the ONLY complaint I have about this rig.
btill1: did you install the wind deflector because of the wind noise of your sunroof, or was it already on the unit that you bought?
I can hardly wait to drag my boat behind my new "Bold-Mobile"!
#2210 of 3836 roborig wind deflector
Mar 30, 2004 (3:47 pm)
I had it installed at my first oil change I thought it would help the noise but it really did not. Like you I just end up closing the sun shade, I also had the moonroof adjusted at the dealer and that did help but it is still noisier than I would like.