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Nissan 350Z Problems and Solutions



  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Not only stop using all CAPS, but also PLEASE use punctuation!!! You're posts are very difficult to read!!!!!!
  • Guys, I do recommend considering trading in your faulty Zs (if you are on your third tranny) for another car, for example the STI or S2000. No car is perfect, but when you are on your third transmission, its time to dump it. I am SOOO much happier with my S2000. The only noises it makes are the sounds of the engine, and the wind through my hair. The Z sure is a beautiful car, but no matter how beautiful it is, it is one [non-permissible content removed] of a ride.
  • furlyfurly Posts: 5
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    We can hear you! :D

    The point is that all caps is difficult to read and it would be much appreciated by everyone if you "lowered the volume".

    Thanks for your cooperation!

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  • Just because I like you sooooo much, I will let you in on a hint: #008 doesnt help, grind and clutch problems will come back. I give it 5000 miles before it goes, just like it did on mine. Keep the caps lock on!
  • Live in the Midwest and we get a few snow days, was wondering if this car would be good as an everyday car. Plus, with all the problems on clutch, should i just go automatic? thxs for any response
  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    Clutch problems-Tire Feathering problems-Window motor failures-Transmission failures-

    The absolute worlds worst Factory and Dealer service and support in the world.

    Do not buy a 350 Z

    Wait and get the BMW 2 seater or save your bucks and buy a Cayman.

    Nissan will neither fix nor repair any problem and you will end up with a beautiful totally unserviceable car.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    Absolutely loved my Z and had no problems with it (same goes for many many other happy owners I've heard from and met at a meet over the summer).

    However, there is NO WAY I can suggest it as a daily driver. Its not all that great in the rain with the stock tires and completely undriveable in the snow. IF you swap out the tires for ones that will handle the rain better, then you could drive it every day that there isn't snow. That's about as good as it gets.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Just bought a 2006 350z. The car is prewired for Satellite radio. Where do I get the components for the radio? I called Nissan service depts and they tell me that 2006 catalogue is not available. Any suggestions on how I can get Sirius radio to work they way it was "pre-wired" for. Thank you.
  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    The headlights were misaimed and three dealers stated they could not be adjusted.

    I finally called Nissan directly and they instructed dealer number three on how to aim them.

    The headlights are now properly aimed and work well
  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    "Absolutely loved my Z and had no problems with it "

    Speaking in the past tense?

    You no longer have your Z?
  • I read all the problems and I am curious are most of the problems coming from the manual version of the 350z. Or are the problems affecting the automatic version too? And are there still problems with the tires on 350z? :confuse:
  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    Window motors would be all models.

    I just spent $525 today to have the passenger window motor replaced, out of warranty, the drivers window motor was replaced a few months ago under warranty.

    The front suspension problems are also probably applicable to all models.

    Transmission complaints seem to be limited to the manual transmission.

    I still own my 350Z track after 28 months and 41,000 miles because I love the way it drives - BUT - I have never owned any car with as many problems or as poor service from the factory and dealers.

    This is the fifth new car I have owned in four years and would not be a heartache if the factory and dealers were interested in giving decent service. Nissan will go to any lengths to keep from replacing/repairing under warranty.

    I am planning on getting rid of my albatross as soon as the BMW Z4 coupe is available, I will certainly never reccomend any Nissan product to anyone- except possibly to my worst enemy!!!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    correct. I, unfortunately, gave it up about 2 months ago (i think it was about 2 months) for financial/baby-on-the-way reasons. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    So sorry to hear you had to give it up.

    The Baby is certainly well worth the sacrifice!!!

    You can always get another Z , with all the problems corrected, later.
  • I used to own a Nissan Maxima and never had any problems with that vehicle. Does anybody have problems with their 350z convertible with the automatic transmission? Doesn't matter if it is 04' or 05' model. I read both good and bad on this forum and want to make an intelligent choice before buying one.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    oh sure, i'm definitely more excited about the baby.

    But I can't help that i get a little verklempt (spelling??) when i see a Z on the road.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    Understandable - but - you are also going to miss the many problems associated with this design.

    When you get ready to get another Z they will probably have worked them out and it will be as reliable as it is good looking.

    I just dropped $525 yesterday to get the passenger window motor replaced, no longer in warranty.

    The drivers window was previously replaced under warranty.

    So in fact your sacrifice is probably a very fortunate occurance!!!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    c'mon jmills, not EVERYONE experiences problems with their Z. I was certainly not guaranteed to run into the issues you have. As a matter of fact, I'm confident I wouldn't have. But, of course, we'll never know for sure. Pity.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • gotzgotz Posts: 2
    I traded in my '04 manual transmission in May '05 due to a bad clutch that Nissan would not take care of except if I gave them $2400. Then they would not guarantee that it wouldn't go out in 500, 5,000, or 10,000 miles again. Everyday I see a lot of Z's and it really hurts because it is the first and only car that I have absolutely loved to drive. Nobody seems to understand except fellow Z owners. My friends and family think that I am just whining but it was truly a fun and awesome car to drive. Maybe in a couple of years I will buy an automatic. I don't know.

  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    2003 Nissan 350 Z - Track
    Front tires force balanced due to cupping/feathering at 2000 miles.
    Front tires replaced because force balance failed to correct problem- Nissan states problem due to incorrect alignment at factory.
    Unable to get headlights aimed by three dealers in two states-they all said the headlights are not adjustable. Headlights aimed after I called Nissan and they instructed last dealer.
    Drivers window motor failed- replaced under warranty -
    Gas gauge/fuel pump defective-replaced under warranty -
    Auto dimming rear view mirror defective- replaced after arbitration with national BBB because Nissan refused to send Factory rep to check after two dealers said it was ok even though it would not dim and they would not take it to try driving at night- Now works properly.
    Dealer charged me for alignment-even though still within 24 month alignment period which has now been extended to 36 months- Nissan to refund- still waiting for refund eight weeks later-after faxing bill to Nissan twice.
    Passenger window motor defective -replacement cost $525 - Car two years old with 40,000 miles.
    Worst transmission of all cars listed - extremely difficult to shift-notchy- Latest Nissan dealer states that it is "Race type" transmission and that is why it is so difficult to shift.
    Over 100 individuals have filed formal owner complaints with the NHTSA -No other vehicle has anywhere near this number of complaints.
    National class action lawsuit pending.
    It is a terrible shame that such a beautifully is so poorly built and so terribly supported.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    I already know the problems you've had. How could I not?

    My assertion still stands ... not EVERYONE has those problems. And, believe it or not, MANY folks have NO problems. As always, those with problems are much louder than those without ... stands to reason, of course.

    I'm really not trying to belittle your bad experience. I truly feel bad for you. But, at the same time, its certainly not fair for you to say they are all junk and nobody should buy one because they absolutely will have problems. Its just not true.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    Cars are very complex devices and will probably experience problems. We all live with that fact.

    However the manner in which these problems are corrected is the determining factor.

    There is a action suit in progress against Nissan because of the manner in which they addressed the suspension problems.

    How many other automakers have had class action lawsuits filed against them.

    Take a look at the NHTSA web site- No other car has even close th the number and variety of user complaints.

    However my complaint is NOT the Car it is Nissan and their dealers.

    Nissan has consistantly failed to correct the suspension problems.

    Nissan has consistantly denied the existence of clutch and transmission problems.

    My complaint is not that my car has problems - It is the fact that No attempt has ever been made by Nissan to actually correct their suspension or transmission or variety of other problems- they just ignore or stone wall the problems until most people give up.

    Enough owners have reported problems that Consumer Reports removed their check mark of approval from the 2003 Z - Keep an eye on their ratings and you will probably see the same happen to the 2004/2005 as their problems are reported.

    If the problems with my car had been corrected without multiple complaints to Nissan and the BBB I would have no complaint - They were not.

    I certainly do not say all 350 Z's are junk!!

    I do certainly say Nissan factory service and dealers are substandard.
  • The 350Z is a terrific car. If Nissan would just acknowledge and address the 3 major problems, Suspension, tires, and Clutch/transmission. I swear once the lease is up on this Car I will never ever, ever buy a Nissan vehicle again. Nissan North America along with its dealers should be ashamed of themselves.
  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    I agree with you completely.

    It is a terrible shame that such a potentially terrific car has such deplorable service and factory support.

    I too will never buy any Nissan product of any kind whenever possible,and will do everything within my power to keep others from purchasing Nissan,
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    See, its that last statement that i just don't completely follow. I really don't wish for any company to go out of business, and that is what you are saying, you want nobody to buy any, so they would inevitably fold. Its just not something I want to see. In my opinion, we've already lost too many companies here in the states that I pine for.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • jmillsjmills Posts: 77
    I have never - repeat never- dealt with any reputable company which refused to have a factory service representative meet with me and look at their product.

    Nissan absolutely REFUSED to arrange to have a factory service rep look at my car.

    Any company which acts in that manner is not reputable and deserves to suffer.

    We have not lost any companies in this country that did not deserve to go out of business.

    Companies who do not provide quality products and good service do not deserve our support.

    In point of fact, since this is a French owned and run Japanese company, and the product was designed and built in Japan, your concern is ill placed.

    I would also point out that my 2004 Mazda 3 5 door assembled in Japan, which is 15 months old with 35,000 miles,my 2002 Acura RSX type S, and our 2002 Subaru Outback, have not experienced a single problem or failure of any kind and have received superb dealer and factory service.

    So obviously there are still Quality Japanese auto manufacturers and dealers, unfortunately that just does not include Nissan or it's dealers.
  • You just summed up what everybody else thinks. You lost ALL of your credibility. Why in the world would you LEASE a car in the 1st place? My Z is great. It's 3 years old and never had a problem.
  • I agree about the dealers. I've had my pathfinder in and out for a month now trying to get the AC to turn off. No Luck. The service department is terrible... Good luck to the future parents!
  • I am an owner of an '03 350 purchased in May of 03. I currently have 65K miles, I suffered the front end alignment issues which lead to cupping of the tires, which caused tire growl.

    I went to the dealer about this at 10K and they said they were cheap tires and I needed new tires. They did check the alignment and said it was at factory specs and it helped somewhat.

    At 38K, I replaced the tires with Michelin Pilot Sports All Season, though pricey, the car handled like a new car, I could not believe tires could make that much difference in the handling of a vehicle. To this day, I do not understand why Nissan, would put those RE040s on the car.

    My next problem occured this summer when the passenger window motor started acting up, the dealer said the motor is bad, and a new one would cost around $400. The window will go up and down; however, if it goes all the way down, it will not come back up, you have to bang on the lower inside of the door, and then the window will go up. But it will go up and then come back down and stop halfway. So for now I just keep it up and do'nt use it.

    Just this past week, I noticed that one of my driver side front speakers appears to have a short in it. That doesn't bother me too much, cause I had planned on replacing the speakers.

    From where I sit, it appears that the Z was a new design from top to bottom, and most experts will say you do not buy a new design in the first year because they will have bugs in them, you wait until the second year after most of the bugs have been worked out.

    So after 65K, it may cost me around a $800, for the window and new speakers, and the tires werre 850 for a set of 4 at 38K miles, so I'm not complaining. However if I had an '04 or later, I probably would be, since I feel that Nissan would have had enough time to work out the bugs.

    This is my second Z, I have an '80 280 on blocks in the garage. I've also owned 2 Accords, and both were excellent in terms of build quality reliability,

    I am currently deciding whether to purchase an '06 Roadster, or an '06 G 35. Coupe.

    I can understand the feelings of someone who has gotten a lemon and the shaft from his local dealer, and if that had happened to me, I wouldn't purchase a Nissan product and would advise my friends also. That being said, I believe that overall Nissan makes extremly good cars. If I had to rank the top cars, and using quality, reliablity. I would have Honda and Toyota tied, with Nissan following closely behind. If I ranked based on performance, I would have Nissan followed closely by Isuzu.
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