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2017 Nissan Armada: 5,000-Mile Service

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author photo by Brian Moody June 2017

Our long-term 2017 Nissan Armada just passed the 5,000-mile mark, and that means time for a regular service appointment. We took the Armada to Regal Nissan in Roswell, GA. I couldn't have had a more positive experience. Even though the dealership is undergoing a massive remodel, the service lane was quick, and people were friendly and helpful. One thing I really like about this specific dealership is that the service advisors seem to really like cars, frequently chatting about one feature or another or asking "How do you like this new Armada?"

One thing that kind of surprised me is the fact that Nissan recommends synthetic motor oil. The total for an oil and filter change was $68. Tire rotation was about $20, for a total of $96.15. I'm guessing I could have save about $25 by going with conventional motor oil -- and I got the idea that they would have done that if I insisted. I also suspect the use of synthetic oil is about getting the most MPG out of the 390-horsepower V8, so I just went with recommended grade and type of oil. The dealership also fixed an issue related to reprogramming the engine's computer (ECM). On the bill, it's listed as a recall, but I didn't find an open recall by searching online. Either way, it seems to have fixed a problem a few drivers have noticed related to the transmission, specifically that that transmission is too eager to upshift at around 4th gear but reluctant to downshift if you apply moderate pressure to the gas pedal. Now it works perfectly, and we get to enjoy the full benefit of the big V8.

We also needed an alignment, probably because we recently took the Armada off-road, not an uncommon occurrence for trucks that venture off-road. This was done at no charge. I expect many people will take their Armada off-road.

As time goes by, most of our staff is liking the Armada more and more. I have been the one to drive it the most. As much as I like it, there's one real flaw with the 2017 Nissan Armada. It's a $45,000 SUV in its most basic form. Even at that price, you get a 5.6-liter V8, navigation, a Bose audio system, side-curtain airbags and a power passenger's seat. Our Platinum AWD is $60,000 and has even more stuff, like 20-inch wheels, predictive forward-collision warning (it senses trouble with the car ahead of you), blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and prevention, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start, rain-sensing wipers, an around-view monitor, power folding third-row seats and a two-screen DVD player. It's a lot, I get it. Regardless of the badge on the grille, this is a luxury SUV. But no Apple CarPlay. That's the only real drawback.

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