My 2005 has 200K miles with $71 in total repairs
November 2, 2017
The 2005-7 Armada has to be the most reliable SUV ever built. My water pump went out at 170K miles, I replaced it myself in an hour for $71, now with a lifetime autozone warranty.
I've done the usual wear and tear items of course, tires x 4, brakes, all synthetic oil changes (very easy to DIY), battery x 3, and serpentine belt x 2 (45 min DIY).
Comfort is off the charts, I love the leather seats and the my entire interior looks almost new at 200K. And its out in the Texas Sun all day everyday with only the factory tint.
The interior is incredible versatile and huge! Cross country travel could not be any more spacious, comfy, and downright enjoyable! My two kids LOVE having a full row each to themselves.
The engine is strong as ever. Hope to get at least 400K miles from this vehicle. Many people are above 300K miles with few issues. Everything is easily accessed - ignition coils, plugs, fuel injectors, air intake and filter, oil filter and drain plug, transmission fluid drain plug and dipstick/fluid entry, brake pads are easy, water pump, fluids, alternator, a/c charge port, full spare, fuses.
Mileage is always sited as a downside, but frankly there is nothing better on the market in the Armada's class. The Sequoia' mpg is identical but has no personality or grunt. The Armada handles like a sports sedan and is downright powerful at 6.8 secs 0-60. In typical Nissan style, it puts all the power down, beautifully.
One caution: You MUST add a discrete transmission cooler (takes 30 minutes for $40 on amazon) to keep the radiator fluid and transmission fluid separated, should the stock radiator's interior bladder crack--this is the only major design defect of the Armada/Titan. Spend $40 to do it yourself or give $100 to a shop to install a tranny cooler and the problem is solved, since the transmission fluid will no longer enter the main radiator for cooling.