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Nissan 350Z Problems and Solutions



  • zzz350zzz350 Posts: 44
    With the run of luck you have been experiencing, stay away from the casinos.

    I live in SF and have not had a problem at all with my Jet Black Z, yes the paint is prone to chipping but that's it. Sounds like your dealer who is doing all the fixes is also causing you some of your problems with careless treatment of the car. Oh, yeah, it's "Braking" not "breaking", then again in your case maybe "breaking" is a more appropriate discription.
  • zzz350zzz350 Posts: 44
    is you can forget to check it for a month or two, yet you can get caught up on all the posts (1) in 10 seconds.

    Come on folks, there must be more news and info to report than we have been showing in here. Let's pick it up a little, okay alot.
  • woz832woz832 Posts: 1
    I have an '03 performance model (manual w/ 18's). I too have already been into the dealer to replace the tires (at less than 11kmi). They claim it's an allignment problem and supposedly fixed that. So far, the new tires are ok, but it's only been about 1.5kmi. I have heard many people say the tire wear issue is due to the shock/strut combo not being right for the car. Basically not correctable by re-allignment. I'm hoping this problem does not reappear but if it does, I think the only way to fix it would be by putting in an aftermarket suspension better suited for the car. Has anyone put 5 or 10 kmi on their 350 since getting the tire problem fixed? Does it come back?

    So far I have also had a couple mystery rattles and squeeks on the interior. Definitely annoying, but I chalk it up to this being the first year out w/ a new car design. Usually it takes them a while to work out the bugs. It's just disappointing to hear so many people complain about the dealers not wanting to fix things.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Straight from the editors - Nissan published a TSB on April 12, 2004 Reference NTB04-043 "2003 350Z Front Wheel Alignment Warranty Extension" and it has been sent to the dealers.

    If you confirm:

    An applied vehicle has excessive front tire "roar" or "growl" noise under the following conditions:
    -When braking moderately
    -At speeds below 30 mph
    -On smooth road surfaces

    ....the TSB is quite long. We will be posting a summary version or notice of it in the Ownership section of the site. If you would like the entire TSB (21 pages) please contact your dealer.
  • Since the 350Z has different size tires on the front and back how does the dealer rotate them if they do?
  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    side to side; remount tires, of course. JW
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Anyone read the long term test in Autoweek? The 350Z did not do too well as far as quality problems go.
  • bigmo24bigmo24 Posts: 3
    I live in Chicago and am looking into buying a Z. Does the upgrade of traction control in the Enthusiast from the base model make a huge difference for driving in the snow?...or do both models handle the same?

  • brett3brett3 Posts: 3
    I just had the 3M clear bra applied on my car: lifetime warranty on it: barely noticeable, and I hope it will help with the chipping problem. Covers the entire nose to the top of the headlights, the door edges, and side mirrors: $400.. Worth it, if it works!
  • brett3brett3 Posts: 3
    the service manual states tires on the z are not rotated.... Seems wierd: would think they would do side to side?????
  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    The tires are directional treads, iirc. So it's not really "rotating" in the sense you move the wheel from one side to the other. The tire has to be removed from the rim then remounted on the opposite rim to keep its direction. When I remount tires on my car it runs about $80-$100. JW
  • lm350zlm350z Posts: 1
    I just bought my 2004 "Z" in March. After reading some of the problems that other owners have had I just thought I would share my 1 and only problem so far. Had a interior rattle so the dealership worked on the dash, tore it completely apart. The rattle was still there. Then somehow I realized the rattle was coming from the rear view mirror. They replaced the mirror and have not heard a rattle since.
    Also heard about the front tire wear through a friend. He owns BMW's and has the same problems with them. Suggested to take it to the dealer and have them set the tires straight. No toe - No camber - No Caster just put them straight. My service advisor admitted that all I needed was to have the front tires aligned before the wear pattern was started, so I have a appointment soon before I trash 2 tires.
  • bkhan25bkhan25 Posts: 1
    Hi, I was planning on buying a 350z, but after having read about all the problems this car has (brakes, paint, tires, crappy music system) I think I should stay clear of this car. If people are having problems with it under 20k miles, I can't imagine how bad it'll be when you're closer to 50k or 75k. It would be really painful to buy a brand new car and have to spend time at the dealership.
    What do you guys think?
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Good luck with your tire issue. Nissan just bought back my Fathers car due to tire wear issues. 2 Sets of tires in less than 20K miles.
  • mailadymailady Posts: 1
    I own a 2003z and on my way home today ran out of gas with the fuel tank showing a quarter of a tank showing on the guage.The HELP truck came and gave me a gallon of gas so i could reach the gas station where i proceeded to fill the tank.The tank showed full with the addition of 11 gallons.If this is a twenty gallon tank what happened to the other approximately 8 gallons? Has anyone else had a problem with the fuel gauge.
  • zzz350zzz350 Posts: 44
    OPEC not only is charging a lot for oil, they are now sending thieves to steal gas from your tank.
  • earlfargisearlfargis Posts: 16
    Here's a very good site for practical 305Z fixes

    That said, I'm not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling that Nissan's "running" 2004 production fixes are all in place -- or will make it prior to the 2005 models -- and, even then, don't address the tire problems and transmission problems. I was considering buying one but my pockets aren't deep enough cover post-warrenty repairs and annual replacement of high-priced performance tires.

    I thought famous Japanese quality was a draw but a recent JD Edwards quality report I read in the paper (based on experiences with 2001 models) showed Nissan slightly below average in average defects. Which may explain many of the gripes in this (and other) forums.

    If I can get past the quality issues, one issue keeps me on the fence that others here may be able to help me with. I'm concerned with the blind spot on the 350Z coupe. Is this a scary car to drive on interstates and in heavy traffic (e.g., rush hour)? Some driving impressions would be helpful. Thanks.
  • dcolasdcolas Posts: 2
    I see a lot posted in regards to the problems with the nissan 350, I most deal with the 2003 model, I drove a 260, a 280 and a 300ZX and enjoyed them very much, since the 350 came out I have been waiting for my present lease to expire to get one but now I'm not sure after reading what has been posted here.
    Can anyone tell me if the 2004 models have the same problems, or has nissan taken care of it, also what about the 2005? will they increase in price.
  • I have a 2003 Track model. The windows have a grease smear that is caused (I assume) by the rollers within the door. Additionally, I have this “boing” sound in my car that I simply cannot isolate!

    Lastly, I know everyone complains about the sound system, but has any one upgraded to a better sound system and if so any suggestions? I am weary of putting in a new system because I do not want to change to look of the car.

    Notwithstanding the above, the car kicks [non-permissible content removed] - and I would recommend this car to anyone who loves to drive - and if you don’t - this car will make you love driving.
  • I have 2004 brand new roadster and there is a squeak directly behind driver seat. I cant reproduce it without driving. It sounds like styrofoam in a box. Any help??
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