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Nissan 350Z Problems and Solutions



  • I'm aware that the '03 had problems with the tire wear but what about the '04 model?
  • my paint is very bad too,very easily to chip especially at the bumper,but i have bigger problem with tires like many others. supposedly the newest alignment settings fix the problem,previous one in TSB from 3/04 were not right. Lets hope that it will be end of this.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    From what I have read in this forum and in many trade magazine's, the '04's and some '05's have the same issue.
  • Bad paint job on my 04 Z convertible as well. I had about 3 or 4 on my hood alone. I had a body shop guy touch it up but it doesn't look "good".
  • I have the suspension defect and was told that the warranty for my 2003 Enthusiast was good for two years after service date. That would include free tires and alignment. They did not know what would happen after the 2 year warranty. Do you have a specific announcement, bullentin or proof that they will provide free tires for life? I will definitely bring it up with my dealer. Thanks for the info.
  • zingerzinger Posts: 61
    Do you mean the bumper or the hood right above the bumper? When it chips is the remaining area left white?

    I am considering an 05 Touring vs an 05 GTO. I like them both but dont want to get into problems.

  • I have the same problem with my 2005 Enthusiast. First gear is fine. Then it feels and sounds like I have no synchro into second. It goes but with a big clunk. This happens only sometimes, mostly when the tranny has not been warmed-up completely. However, It will also occur at different times even after it has been completely warmed-up. I have the same problem going into 3rd also, but it isn't as pronounced as 2nd and rarely occurs. If i downshift into 3rd or 2nd its completely fine, no noise or anything. Go figure. I have 1,600mi on it and it feels horrible. Maybe the double cone synchro is a bad part.
  • If it's not too much trouble, can you give me some more information about what exactly your father had to do to get Nissan to buy the car back?

    I bought an '04 Enthusiast in March '04. By August (about 8000 miles), the tire wear problem was apparent. They replaced the tires and "re-aligned" the front free of charge, so I was happy. Now it's March '05, I have about 22000 miles and the problem is back, louder than ever. Took it in today and they said they won't replace it for free again - they wanted me to pay for another "alignment" - why would I pay for an alignment that didn't work the first time?

    Any help would be much appreciated.
  • I hate to hear and read about all the problems some people are having with their Z but I am glad there is a place like this to discuss them. I own a 03 Enthusiast and have only 5,700 miles on it. Sits in my garage most of the time as you can tell by my mileage. I have had no problems so far with anything. Maybe a little streaking on the windows but nothing else at all. I really love the car especially driving it but will probably sell it soon to get something else with a back seat. Looking at a G35 or maybe a Lexus IS300, don't know for sure yet. T.Morris/Ringgold, GA
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    It sounds like my father had some of the same experiences as you. He worked with his Service manager (who was honest and helpful) as much as possible, but eventually had to get a lawyer involved and let them do most of the legwork. Not really sure where he found the lawyer (I can find out if need be). But, after a couple of tire replacements and the Service Manager stating that there is no apparent fix to the tire wear problems, a lemon Law filing was started.

    Nissan originally blamed the dealer for not having the proper equipment to deal with this problem. The dealer (Service manager) was furious at this notion and responded to Nissan stating they had top of the line equipment and it was not the dealers fault. It was defect in the car itself. The lawsuit dragged on for many months but eventually Nissan agreed to settle the suit for $2000. My dad basically told them not to waste his time with such an offer. After about 4 months, Nissan agreed to buy back his '03 Z.

    An interesting side not: About 2 months after he returned the car to a local dealer, his Z was still sitting the dealers lot where he parked it. I wonder what happened to that car.
  • tirelesstireless Posts: 1
    Was your fathers 350Z a 2004 model? My dealer checked out my tires on my 2004 Z and said there was nothing they could do for me. They are only taking care of the 2003 models. It seems like if TIRE problems carry over into 2004, Nissan would do something about it. If you are a 2004 350Z owner and you have had better luck with Nissan let me know.

  • jwilson1jwilson1 Posts: 956
    You got 14000 on the second set of tires, eattrig. I don't think you'll find any dealer who would give you new rubber at that mileage, unless of course you had an all-season tire with a guarantee for 45k or something like that.

    I have Z rated summer tires on my car, not a Z. I usually get around 10000 miles and am delighted when I get 12000 -- but I don't know how you drive or if you spend time on track. I do and so the tires, tho they are being driven near capacity, don't last long.

  • I posted on one of the other threads, but to fix the tire wear issue is easy, if you find the right guys. You need to have your Z "mechanically aligned," not computer aligned with the computer. For some reason, "if" you are having the tire feathering issue, it will work. Although, if you have an '03 take it to nissan, and it's a recall.
  • smohrsmohr Posts: 1
    I have a 04 Roadster and my tire noise started out around 7500 miles. Three months ago my local dealership (that I have a person relationship with) gave me no hassles at all. They did the alignment and replaced the front tires with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. I have about 800 miles on them and I do not see any abnormal wear (yet). Bottom line is the 04 have the same problems as 03's. I am hoping that those junk Bridgestones are the majority of the issues, but who knows.
  • randyboyrandyboy Posts: 3
    I have had to replace the front brake pads/drums twice and the rear ones once since buying my '03 Z in Dec. of 2002. I believe this is a design defect similar or even related to the recent recall that required replacement of my front tires. Has anyone else had the same brake problems and if so, do you believe that Nissan should be obligated into exploring a recall to fix this deficiency in these brake assemblies?
  • where are you at and what dealer? Ive been told not all dealers will replace the tires for free. I have a 05 base model with 1300 miles on it and I dont see a problem yet.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    well, frankly, averaging front pads once a year on a car like this isn't exactly a big problem. BUT, it depends. How many miles are on your car now?

    And replacing rears half as much as fronts is very normal. Its pretty much standard, really. So I have to think that all 4 wheels are wearing an relatively balanced rate. Also indicating no particular problem.

    By the way, just for clarity, "drums" are a different style of brakes altogether and are not found on this car. So, for future reference so that there is no confusion on the part of those reading the posts, you should refer to them as "rotors."

    I haven't had my car long enough to warrant brakes, so i'm interested in learning more of your particular issues. Thanks.

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

  • drgenedrgene Posts: 1
    I too have a bad, uneven noisy tire problem with my Z which now has 6000 miles. Too bad since I love the performance and styling of the car. My dealer said the problem was my fault (without testing anything - just visual look at the tires), and that there was no problem with the 04's. After a shouting match and talking with two layers of management upward, they did an alignment at my insistence (it was off) and rotated the front tires (I was still forced to pay $62 for the rotation). Their mechanic told me in a side discussion that he had dealt with many 04's with this problem. I have owned an Alfa for 40 years and sold a Porsche 911S which I had owned for 28 years when I bought the Z one year ago so I know sports cars pretty well. I am putting my Z up for sale tomorrow. The thrill of ownership is gone and the irritation is not worth it. So long.
  • randyboyrandyboy Posts: 3
    Thanks for the terminology clarification. I have about 22,000 miles on my Z; if your informed opinion is that I will be replacing the brake assemblies every 10,000 miles or so, that really sucks!. I guess thats the price you pay for owning a "true" sports car (I owned a '96 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX AWD Turbo and probably replaced the brake assemblies maybe once in 3 years of ownership). I still would like to hear from other owners with that many miles on their vehicles who have spent almost $800.00 on brake repairs.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I am sorry to hear about your problems!! I think your experiences confirm the fact dealers will not replace affected tires.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    I respectfully disagree. One, a few, or many experiences don't confirm anything. I've heard several stories of dealers replacing tires on '04s, as well.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    Well, that's why I asked how many miles. Now I can say that 10K is a bit low. Its tough to know without experiencing your driving habits first hand. The worst I ever remember experiencing with any car was 15k miles. It could be a number of factors contributing to this, however. Have you been getting them replaced at the dealer? The first thing I would try is a set of aftermarket pads.

    One experience I can share that might help is the brake replacements in my current Volvo. Owners of this car frequently find they need to replace pads every 15k and rotors every 30k. After my first set of rotors and second set of pads, I switched to aftermarket materials. Not only are they lasting much longer, but they grab much better AND produce much less brake dust. good luck. let me know if anything changes.

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

  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Ok, I stand corrected....maybe I should of said some dealers will replace the tires. But, I would venture to guess, most will not. I hope I am wrong, but.......
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    heck, i'm just hoping i have no problems with mine. ;)

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

  • Ok, I was discussing this issue with a friend, who is a Nissan Dealership owner. His good friend, is head of Parts and Service for the US division of Nissan, "Yes, the US Division." As of right now, there is a repair order in the works for the '04 Z's, although, no approvals as of yet. And the other problem is, since 99% of the Nissan dealerships are privately owned, then it's up to that dealership on how to handle the issue. Although, from what I know and have been told if there not willing to fix the issue, then they are probably not a good dealership to work with. The dealerships can eat up the cost without any penalty, because they can write it off to the corporation, but hey, it still comes to the question. Does your dealership suck or not? The problem is, many of them are looking at it as a money loss issue, instead of a customer retain issue.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    Nice to hear that maybe they will send out something official.

    And you are 100% correct about dealerships responses. That's why I always tell people if they are not happy with their service departments response to ANYTHING, to try a different one.

    On another note ... well, related, at least. I just stopped by my local service department this morning to check on the history of the '04 I bought last month. They show NO warranty work on the car. So I'm pretty happy about that. The tires still look brand new at 9500 miles. [knocking on wood]

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

  • That's good for you, my '04 Roadster just hit 2600 last weekend, when I had it out for an all day wash, clay, and wax job. I mean, I'm at only 2600, but thus far there seems to be no signs of off alignment
  • The dealer told me that the 04 models had all been fixed. That is very far from the truth. I have a 2004 350Z Touring model that started having problems after the first 2000 miles. The dealer gave me the runaround and told me that they couldn't help me because I had driven it over 12000 miles before calling them even though they know there is a problem with the front end on the 04 models too. I had my car fixed by NTB but they told me that I would need tobring it in every 3 months to be realigned because it will not hold its alignment.
  • Don't do it! Unless you want to be replacing your tires at about $1000 for four. I have a 04 model (Touring) that I have been having problem with the front end since 2000 miles. Just replaced tires because the noise got so annoying that I did not want to drive my car anymore at 13000 miles. And the dealer will not do anything to help you. I have had my Z for 8 months and if I could do it over I would buy a Vette or a German made car.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,094
    well, why did you wait so long?
    What started happening at 2K miles?
    I just can't imagine having a problem at 2K and waiting another 10K before doing anything about it.

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

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