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Interesting Facts about the Nissan Armada

  • The Nissan Armada was formerly called Pathfinder Armada. The name 'Armada' is a Spanish word that refers to a large group of things, specifically a fleet of large ships that are used for wars.

  • The Nissan Armada is a full-size sport utility vehicle with a body-on-frame construction that was based on the F-Alpha platform. The F-Alpha platform is an automobile platform that the Nissan Motor Company uses for their trucks and sport utility vehicles. Other Nissan vehicles that have the latest version of the platform include the Nissan Xterra SUV, Nissan Titan pickup truck, Nissan Pathfinder SUV, Nissan Xterra, and the Nissan Frontier pickup truck.

  • From 2004 to 2010, the Nissan has switched to a platform based on the Nissan Patrol and was sold as the upscale version of the Armada. It was called the Infiniti QX56, a luxury SUV that was exclusively sold in North America.

  • The four-wheel drive models of the 2012 Nissan Armada can be equipped with an optional two-speed transfer case. With this new feature, the driver can switch to a two-wheel mode that is thriftier when four-wheel-drive is not needed.

  • A tradition in Nissan design began in 1986 with the Nissan Pathfinder in which the rear door handles are installed on the "C" pillar. This tradition was applied on the first Nissan Armada that was introduced in 2004.

  • Aside from the Nissan Titan, the Nissan Armada was the only Japanese vehicle that was sold in the United States that can use E85. The E85 is an alcohol fuel mixture that is commonly used by flex-fuel vehicles in the United States and Europe. It usually contains a mixture of up to 85% denatured fuel ethanol and gasoline or other hydrocarbon (HC) by volume.

  • The Nissan Armada was awarded the top honors in two different studies that were based on customers' opinions. It won the "Most Appealing Large Premium Multi-Activity Vehicle" award from the J.D. Power and Associates' 2006 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) study and the buyer-perceived overall quality study that was conducted by the Strategic Vision research firm in the Large SUV class of its 2006 Total Quality Index.

Nissan Armada Articles

  • The Two Chief Complaints about the Nissan Armada 22 February 2013

    Over the years, Japanese brands like Nissan have churned out model after model of SUV. The Armada is one in an already long line of SUVs that seem to be saturating the market. What makes this particular SUV stand out when it first came out were its high-tech add-ons and its reliability. As far as SUVs go, this one was particularly top notch and certainly well-received as a result. It's really little wonder why it continues to be sold in the United States. In fact, it was one of the few vehicles that one would be hard-pressed to find fault with. Still, no ride is ever truly perfect, and here are the two most "common" problems that consumers have reported in.


    Brake disc rotor breakdown

    The most frequently reported problem with the Nissan Armada is a breakdown of its brake disc rotor-specifically those in the 2004 version of the SUV. Reports vary as to the specific manifestation of this failure. Most report that their vehicle shakes and that the steering wheel shimmies every time the brakes are applied. Others report that the front wheels themselves seem to shake and shimmy violently when the brakes are applied. So far, no accidents and incidents have been attributed to this particular problem.

    Surprisingly, as rare as the problem is, it's very consistent across all instances-and yet no recall orders were ever issued to address it. The best option always seems to be a replacement of the rotors-if not the entire braking system. Some manufacturers gladly do it, but by and large, spending on it yourself will not cost too much-and you can even opt for higher performance rotors.


    Cracked windshields

    This alarming problem is another instance of a relatively rare occurrence that is eerily similar in manifestation. The reports all come regarding the 2006 version of the Nissan Armada. The damage is, in all cases, not attributable to external forces, and has proven to be the combined fault of the windshield glass and the frame itself applying pressure. All reports place the damage at exactly the same area all the time-the difference being the speed by which the damage progresses and is spread.

    Once again, no recall orders were issued. However, a replacement of the windshield with aftermarket equivalents seems to be the best course of action-the cracking never re-occurs in these cases.

  • Six Amazing Facts about the Nissan Armada 22 February 2013

    Where most automobile manufacturers like to source out production all over the United States and across the rest of the world, the Nissan Armada has always stayed loyal to its roots. From when it first came out in 2004 up until the present day, production of the Armada has never been anywhere other than in Canton, Mississippi.


    The Nissan Armada is the only Japanese vehicle in the United States that is capable of using the bio-fuel E85. This is an ethanol fuel blend of up to 85% denatured ethanol fuel and gasoline. This amazing fuel is said to significantly reduce exhaust emissions, reduce engine heat and wear, increase engine performance, and is easily manufactured by using agricultural waste materials.


    With a 9.3 GB hard drive installed for storing music and a compact flash reader, the Platinum edition of the Nissan Armada was one of the most high-tech of its time. On top of that, it featured conveniences unheard of before: a powered lift gate and electronic control for the third row seats! Additionally, it had a towing capacity of up to 9,000 pounds.


    The 2010 Rob Schneider movie The Chosen One features a fictitious "brand new hybrid V8" variant of the Nissan Armada. His character works as a salesman in a Nissan dealership and talked one up to a customer. The movie was well-received by some critics. The only sad point-of-fact was that this hybrid V8 never existed at all.


    With a new navigation system boasting a 40 GB hard drive, Bluetooth streaming support, a USB port for smartphones and iPods, and the Nissan DVD Entertainment System, the 2013 iteration of the Nissan Armada is one of the most technologically advanced SUVs in the market today. And that comes as a standard with their new Platinum edition-not as a modification!


    While the Nissan Armada is primarily a North American SUV designed exclusively for the US market, the SUV has quite a following abroad. More specifically, the Nissan Armada has made such an impact in Russia that a huge club has formed around it ostensibly called the Russian Club Armada.

  • Common Causes of Problems Encountered with the Nissan Armada 17 January 2013

    The Nissan Armada was introduced in 2004 as the full-size sport utility vehicle of Nissan. With its old-school but stylish body-on-frame construction, this eight-passenger SUV has gained a lot of good impressions for its excellent off-road performance and its reliable towing capacity of up to 9,000 pounds. However, some car owners have experienced problems with some models of the Armada. Here are a few things to watch out for before purchasing a Nissan Armada.


    Brakes

    In February 2010, Nissan has recalled 179,383 vehicles that are experiencing problems in the brake system. The recalled vehicles included 2008 to 2010 models of the Nissan Armada. The problem was caused by a manufacturing defect in the brake pedal pivot pin end. This faulty could cause the pivot pin to slide and lead to partial disengagement of the brake pedal bracket from the brake pedal. As a result, the braking force will be reduced, the pedal will be loose, and the risk of an accident will be increased. Replacing the brake pedal assembly will solve this problem.


    Fuel pump

    For the 2005 to 2010 models of the Armada, Nissan has recalled power loss problem. This problem was caused by the weak or failing fuel pump that results to low fuel pressure and lean mixture conditions. Aside from the power loss, this problem also causes the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Other problems caused by the faulty fuel pump of the Nissan Armada include insufficient power at wide open throttle and failure of the auto-up feature. To avoid more damage in the catalytic converter, an immediate fuel pump repair is necessary.


    Transmission

    Aside from the service brakes and the fuel pump, car owners have also encountered problems with the Nissan Armada's transmission. These transmission problems were found in the 2004 model of the Armada. Consumers experienced failure in the transmission shifting and no-start problems. This is due to the water that enters the main engine wiring harness connector that is attached to the transmission. For the 2004 to 2005 models of the Nissan Armada, consumers encountered transmission fluid leaking from the connections of the transmission cooler.