2018 Nissan Armada Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Vehicle structure, headlights and electrical issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners


2018 Nissan Armada

The 2018 Nissan Armada remains one of the more popular full-size five-passenger SUV options. It’s no wonder why customers flock to the Armada with a tagline, such as “Drive with Precision,” yet there is nothing precise about this vehicle, except failure. The 2018 Armada contains a poorly built structure, reduced visibility and a faulty electrical system.

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Problems with the Vehicle Structure

A capable SUV, such as the Armada, should be built with the utmost quality, but this model can’t boast of that quality.

Just look at this Edmunds review. “For the most part, the exterior of the vehicle has a nice look.  That is until you start to drive it.  In another attempt to apparently shave cost off the vehicle Nissan has thinned the sheet metal for the body panels that flimsy.  In fact the hood is so thin that as you drive down the interstate the hood will flex and bend in the wind.  I assume it is only a matter of time the dents will start to show up on the doors and quarter panels due to this thin material as it will definitely not be able to withstand any type of impact.”

While the communications don’t have a lot to reveal about structure-related issues, there is one that stands out. Service Bulletin #NTB17-023b states that the outside mirrors are loose at the base, leaving them at risk of falling off. How does an automaker forget to correctly secure the outside mirrors? Objects may be closer than they appear unless owners can’t see them at all because the mirror fell off.

Problems with the Headlights

While the defective mirrors pose trouble seeing what’s alongside and behind the SUV, the headlights make it just as difficult to see what’s in front.

Here’s yet another Edmunds review to look at. “The headlights are horrible. Can’t see hardly at all on dim and bright has a yellow halogen light which sucks also. No excuse for this on a new vehicle”

While Nissan doesn’t want to own up to any headlight concerns, the company did make it clear that some adjustments will be denied under warranty. That statement is found in Service Bulletin #NTB19-106. So, owners are not allowed to even have the headlights adjusted to the proper location without worrying about paying for the procedure. Instead, they are expected to drive an SUV where the mirrors fall off and the headlights are cockeyed.

Problems with the Electrical System

The electrical system is used to run everything in a vehicle from the battery to the radio. One fault in these wires and it can cause several glitches throughout the entire SUV.

Here’s one example from an NHTSA complaint. “I went out to my vehicle which unlocked with my pod I went to start it and all the dashboard came on but the vehicle would not start. I jumped the battery and it started instantly so I took the vehicle to an auto store to check the battery which they stated was a great battery with a high charge. I have looked online to see that many people are having a problem with their Armada starting at times and have to do many things to get it to start. I have also heard after purchasing this vehicle that others around me are having the same problem as well. I never know if it will start when I get which is a major problem. This occurred as the vehicle was stationary in a parking lot.”

Nissan issued a massive recall related to the electrical system. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V654000 affects over 1.2 million vehicles. It turns out that the back-up camera fails to display the image, which can increase the chance of an accident. For whatever reason, the automaker doesn’t want owners to see what’s happening in front of or behind the vehicle. That’s evident when looking at the lack of backup camera, headlight brightness and defective mirrors. Driving the Armada is like traveling in a bubble, unaware of what’s going on.

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  • D L

    I purchased my 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum in Feb 2020. Since then the battery has gone dead, vehicle towed 6 times because it wouldn’t start. When dealer tries it, no issue, so they think it’s me. We are afraid to take the vehicle out of town or even stop it when shopping.

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