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Nissan 350Z Tires and Wheels

tracyleetracylee Posts: 1
edited January 19 in Nissan
Has anyone had this cupping/feathering tire problem on a 2004? I just had it happen to me at just before 12,000 miles. My technician said he has seen it on 2004 models, but that there is no service bulletin for it. Right now they are trying to get in touch with the area rep to see if Nissan will warranty. I love my car, except for this problem.


  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,147
    i was trying to carefully go over my tires just last night on my '04. I believe it may be starting (I've read that if you run your finger clockwise over the treads, it feels smooth, but run it counterclockwise, and you can feel the leading edges of tread sticking up), but its not real obvious and the tires still have a great deal of tread left on them. I'm coming up on 12K miles, myself.

    I really wish I could get the service history on the car (bought used a couple of months ago), but I was told by my local dealer that I'd have to get that from the dealership where the previous owner took it for service. I have no idea where that may have been. My dealership did tell me that no warranty work has been performed, though.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,098
    q....I would think that any Nissan dealer would be able to pull up any service/warranty work by your VIN #. You're knowledgeable, so I'm certain you've already asked them to do that.

    I know that any car I've owned over the past 5 years or so had the service records (at least dealer service) tied into a master data base that could be accessed anywhere in the country by any dealer.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,147
    that's what i would have thought.

    she said she could look up warranty work, but not service work (unless it was serviced at their dealership, which it wasn't). maybe she didn't know what she was talking about or maybe its a nissan thing or maybe a dealership thing. I have no idea.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,098
    ....or maybe a lazy service writer?

    Any way to go to Nissan's WEB site and punch in the VIN# to get info?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,147
    ya know, i keep forgetting to do that. don't have the info with me today, so i'll have to try that later. i'll let you know if it actually gets me any useful info.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • youngnyoungn Posts: 1
    I have this same problem with my 2004 Z. The local dealership replaced my front tires at 9,000 miles and now at 18,000 I'm hearing the same grinding noise with my tires as before. The dealership advised me to call Nissan's 800 number to file a complaint and see if Nissan would do anything. Nissan says that my car is beyond the 12 month/12,000 mile warranty and this problem with my tires is not covered under my extended warranty. What Nissan did with the 2003 Z owners was to extend their warranty for 2 yrs. The suspension problem which causes the tires to cup or feather has not been remedied. They claim they have not had many complaints from owners of the 2004s regarding this tire problem. So all you 2004 owners need to file complaints with Nissan. 1-800- Nissan 1
  • miata007miata007 Posts: 129
    This really sucks! I will be looking at the new S2000 and the MX-5(Miata) now.

    One more quesiton, how come the G35 sedan/couple do not have the same problem relating to this tire issue?

  • dbrasherdbrasher Posts: 17
    the G35 coupe doesn't have the independent suspension
  • dbrasherdbrasher Posts: 17
    I had the 2004 touring with the tire problem. Third set of tires at 20,000. They always replaced mine. I had a letter from Nissan that there was an extended warrenty till 36,000 for the problem. I done a lemon law and it was bought back by Nissan in April for every penny that i had in it. It had 25,ooo when i returned it.
  • Hello all. I got a 2006 350z in Feb 06 and I am having major problems with the rims spotting black and discoloring slightly. I've tried every chemical to try to get it off, but it almost seems as though it is coming from under the clear coat. I took it to the dealer and they said that it was environmental and that its not covered. Has anyone had this problem?
  • I have a 2003 base model with silver alum rims on 225/50/17 front and 235/50/17 rear tires. I called the dealer to see if I could get Nissan chrome rims. They said that the chrome rims came out in 2005 and were only in 18 inch size and they did not know if they would fit. They called Nissan and got back to me and they said Nissan did not recommend putting the rims on, with no explanation as to why.

    Now, I know 2003 models above base model came with 18 inch rims, although not chrome. Are there any brake or suspension mods required on the base model in order to use these rims ??? Is there any reason these rims can't be used ???? Thx for any responses. Rick
  • jimkjrjimkjr Posts: 1
    How did you go about getting Nissan to buy back the car through a lemon law? I have a 2003 350Z with 28K miles on it and I'd like them to buy it back due to the ongoing tire problem. I wouldn't mind it if they were a bit more cooperative in getting the problem fixed but I can't accept a time based warranty and not a mileage based warranty for a tire wear problem. I wouldn't even mind if they extended the warranty for the alignment. I'm going to dump the car in the spring anyway but that would make it easier to sell to someone else.
    Thanks in advance for any info.
  • rps_49rps_49 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 touring model and I put the chrome 18 inch wheels from Nissan on mine and they truly look Awesome!!!!!
  • In 21,000 miles I have been through 10 tires (no wheel spinning) I just drive it daily between Philadelphia & Princeton. Serious tire cupping on the right front. Called the Nissan number and had an idiot call me back who was unfit to drive a car let alone resolve a complex technical issue. She said "Nissan is not responsible for tires" This is clearly a serious design flaw that Nissan does NOT know how to fix (or they would). According to the blogs it was the WORST on the 2003 model. They say it is better on the 2004 & 2005 but it does not "feel better" as since I have the 18" wheels, the goofy sizes are hard to find and $$$$ - - UGH!

    As for the paint problems - the paint sucks. I had the front fascia replace ($700 - surprisingly cheap) and the shop paint is FAR BETTER than the factory paint. The dealer who sold it to me even asked me if the car was repainted as it has a lot of orange peel, I told him only the fascia to which he said "that's what looks the best" I agreed. Otherwise chip chip chip, if someone looks at it too long in a parking lot it will chip.

    Other than that, when the top is down on a nice day, I can't hear the wump wump wump of the tires or see the paint chips so I calm down a lot, for a while.

  • This is insane.

    I own a 2003 Touring coupe, it now has 24,000 miles at the end of 2007. I baby the car and I don't drive it that much. I recently started to notice that the front tire rumbling is getting worse and that's when I did some research and here I am.

    NissanUSA is not going to do ANYTHING about it, probably due to the fact my Z is a 2003 and my warranty period is up. There is no reasoning with NissanUSA regarding the fact this is a mileage issue and not a time lapse issue.

    AND they've already adjusted the front end and put new tires on at 4000 miles, which eludes to the fact this is a recurring problem.

    This is obviously an inherent defect in manufacturing/design of their so called "Company Car".

    So what's a loyal Nissan customer to do? Live with the problem that gives off loud thumping noise that goes "wah wah wah wah wah wah" and makes me want to pound my own head? Is it logical to spend $500 for two new front tires at every 3rd oil change?

    This is not right, there must be something that can be done. As far as I'm concerned Nissan has sold me a lemon.
  • Hi,
    My 2005 continues to wear front tires. Tthe dealer they replaced the tires and within a few hundred miles the right front tire had visible "cupping" and the tires made terrible noise.

    The dealer changed the tires yet again, The noise is gone, however I'm sure the tires will wear again.

    Will the Stillen aftermarket A-frame fix the tire wear?

    The camber on left front tire is -1.0, whereas the right is -1.3. As you know the camber is not adjustable on this vehicle.

  • garygzgarygz Posts: 1
    I got a 2008 350Z and i was wahing it after a heavy rain and when i went to go wash the rims and they had black spots on them...i have tried many different things to try and remove it..but nothing works. I was told that it was break dust that stained the rims due to lack of clear coat!
  • I have a 2003 350Z, I been through a lot of tires, factory tires didn't last long at all and where nosy. Recently I started buying Firestone tires and have not any problems ( I also bought their life time alligment warranty) Last time I brought my Z in they told me that the camber is bend in some, hope that doesn't mean problems down the road. Why did they not allow adjusting the cambers?
  • My wife's 06 has had stains on the wheels almost since the car was purchased. I have tried various wheel cleaners and nothing seems to work either. I have not yet resorted to a more abrasive solution, but I am thinking that rubbing compound will do the trick. I don't think it is brake dust, and i believe all the factory wheels are clear coated and it appears to be stained underneath the clearcoat...feel free to argue with me
  • Thought I'd bought a problem also...04 roadsters, had the dealer try to sell me tires showing the inside tread belt coming out...had them do the alignment...print the specs...was not out....talked to the service manager...told me both the mich and high dollar ones on my car are 8 to 12,000 mile tires and most likely are the real problem...I agreed...I went home and ordered from ttp:// bought a set of falkens 40,000mile warranty...i've already put 13,000 on them...still look brand new...oh...and they are cheap
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