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#403 of 687 Re: Complete Brake Failure [paisan]
Jan 06, 2007 (4:51 pm)
Its very simple.... I would need to stop. I would press the brake, the brake would go to the floor and would not stop. Turn the Armada on and off again and problem fixed. Happened 8 times. The last time the wife was nearly killed, off the road into a ditch.
Yes it is helpfull. I told people to email me if they are having the dreaded 2004 brake failure issue and perhaps I could help them.
They could not find the cause and could not fix the issue. Nissan flew experts in and nobody could figure it out.
Dont get me wrong your Armada sound like all is well. I wish I had one like yours, so do tons of other people. Good luck with it.
I wish nobody have the same issues I did. Somebody will get hurt.
Jan 06, 2007 (8:25 pm)
I take it they replaced the ABS Unit, all the sensors, and possibly the VDC ECU, and the Car ECU.
There isn't much else that could cause a problem like that, I also find it very hard to believe that there would be NO BRAKES, they aren't brake-by-wire.
Seems odd to me, something isn't straight on this story, sorry I don't buy the brakes completely failed. That's not how brake systems are setup.
#405 of 687 Re: Complete Brake Failure [rbabcock]
Jan 08, 2007 (10:09 am)
My parents have had similar issues with their 2004 Armada. Twice while my mom was driving the car simply would not brake...luckily no one was hurt. When she took the car into Nissan they told her nothing was wrong with the car. Then a few months ago the brakes gave out while my parents were driving on highway. They rear-ended the car in front of them. Luckily they were driving at slow speeds and no one one was hurt. Once again Nissan says they can't find anything wrong with the car. I'm curious to know whether Nissan is doing anything to address your issue?
#406 of 687 Re: I fought Nissan and won!!! [rbabcock]
Jan 08, 2007 (10:16 am)
Would you mind sharing what steps you took to get your refund? I won't let my daughter ride in my parent's Armada because I'm concerned about the brake will give out again. Obviously the ideal situation would be for my parents to get a new car. I'd appreciate and insight you can share.
#407 of 687 Re: Complete Brake Failure [austin55]
Jan 08, 2007 (10:34 am)
I agree with Paisan. Something is missing from the stories here, or there is a piece of information that's missing. Complete brake failure on a modern vehicle (especially in the U.S, which the stringent DOT standards) is virtually unheard of here on a late model vehicle. Anyone who has indepth familiarity with servicing brake system will know what I'm speaking of. Granted things can happen with older vehicles that are not properly maintained or serviced, but the examples cited here are vehicles that are less than 3 years old. If there was a real issue here, NHTSA would be all over this immediately as complete brake failure is so obviously inherently dangerous. Is it possible that the examples being cited have other factors the writers did not mention?...for example slippery road conditions or operator error? Sure, it seems painfully obvious that the early Armadas has brake rotors that probably weren't beefy enough for American drivers and the weight of the truck (this is not unique to the Armada, and a lot of it is a function of the manufacturers trying to reduce vehicle weight, not to save a few dollars as you might think), but complete brake failure???
#408 of 687 Re: Complete Brake Failure [shark715]
Jan 08, 2007 (11:00 am)
My dad was also skeptical about my mom's claims that the "brakes gave out". He also chalked it up to "operator error" that is until it happened to him. Everytime the problem occurred it was a sunny day (we live in TX) so no slippery roads. I don't know what the problem is but I'm just hoping they can find some resolution so that I can feel comfortable letting my daughter ride in her grandparent's car.
#409 of 687 Re: Complete Brake Failure [austin55]
Jan 08, 2007 (1:44 pm)
Please read the messages concerning Armada brake sssues listed in the below edmunds link.
Jan 08, 2007 (1:46 pm)
Yup, you are making my point in a more eloquent manner. Perhaps they weren't complete failure, rather power-brake failure? Most drivers of today's cars would think that failure of the power brakes is equal to total brake failure, however there was a time when power brakes were optional. If the power brakes were to fail, you'd need to push very hard against the pedal in order to get brakes, however you would in fact get brakes by pushing hard.
I think there is some facts missing from these stories that we (or even those posting) are unaware of.
#411 of 687 Pending Armada Brake Failure Issue
Jan 09, 2007 (10:39 am)
Does anyone know if this issue has been resolved in the 2007 version of the vehicle? If not, does this issue occur also in the Infiniti QX56?
#412 of 687 Re: Pending Armada Brake Failure Issue [susanlemay]
Jan 09, 2007 (10:54 am)
I think this is an isolated issue on 2004 models only.
05+ have not reported any issues.