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Nissan 350Z Problems and Solutions



  • zladyzlady Posts: 8 the whole situation I mean that they sold me a car KNOWING it had potential defects in the alignment/steering...and as we can see alot of owners are experiencing premature tire wear. Had I read any of this before last year I would not have purchased this car.
    I have no problems so far, but I think the service dept is trying to get me in to rotate the tires before I discover there is a problem. Maybe i'm one of the few that don't have a defective car. It just bothers me that such a huge car company as Nissan would not be up front with consumers concerning the 350Z. They have lost credibility with me. :(
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    I'm confused who you are mad at. First of all, you don't have the problem yet. And there are more than a few that don't have the problem, by the way.

    Secondly, you are mad at Nissan for the salesperson, who they don't control, at a dealership, that they don't control, for not telling you that the car you are about to buy MAY have tire issues in the future? Well, i guess that's your perogative.

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

  • miata007miata007 Posts: 129
    This question is to the 05 Z owners. Has the problem relating to front wheel/alignment issue been totally solved? I am getting near the decision of purchasing a new car but have been quite skeptical regarding to this problem. I've heard 04 owners got their car re-aligned with new tires, but the problem just keep on coming back. That totally ruins anyone experience of course. I also notice this problem doesn't happen to every Z out there but just afraid to take the risk. I rather go with S2000 or Miata to be safe if the problem for the Z is not completely fixed.

  • zladyzlady Posts: 8
    I was mad at everyone! Correct, I didn't/don't have a problem yet. You are correct, there are more than a few who don't have a problem(s). via other Z chat sites.

    Yes, I understand that Nissan can't control/ doesn't control the dealerships, etc.
    but the KNEW the '03 Zs have problems and they still went on to sell the 04s anyway...that's what i was mad about :mad:
    As an update I just had the tires rotated...talked at length with the Sev. Mgr. where I take it and he insited it was overblown as far as the 04s go because Nissan did not correctly tell the Z customers to make sure they get the front tires rotated before 7500 or there will be problems with wear and alignment, etc. because as we all know, we don't always read ALL of the manuals and so, I have to say at this point I am a happy camper :shades:
  • I have always had mild feathering, but little noise issue until recently. I have an 04 Touring Roadster with 6500 miles on these tires and notice they are feathering like most do, except on the right side the feathering was on the outside block not on the inside as most do. This creates a problem since I can't just swap the tires left to right to even out the wearing issue as the left side has the wearing on the inside.

    So I took it to the dealership and they checked the alignment and it was WAY out. The left side toe was -0.21 and the right was +0.17 the acceptable range is +0.00 - +0.10. The problem is I just had the alignment redone with 3000 miles on it, after I slid into a curb on the left side.

    After they did that alignment at 3000 I noticed immediately that the tires made a strange droning noise at high speeds. So I had them look at it just 3 days later and the alignment was way out on the right rear tire, they said they had it right when it left the shop, they redid the alignment for free, but hinted I must have hit something.

    Anyway 5,000 miles later and my alignment is way out again. People that have the feathering issue, are you finding that everytime you take it in for new tires the specs have gone way out?


  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    I've actually read many reports where they took it in for feathering and the alignment was within specs. I think you may have a bigger problem due to the incident with the curb, and the dealership has simply not realized it yet. Did you tell them you hit a curb? Maybe they should be looking at replacing a component, but don't know it because you didn't tell them? Either that or, if you did tell them, and they can't figure out what is going wrong, try a different dealer or an independent shop.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    Glad to hear it you are happy with it so far. I still love mine, too.

    That's potentially good info from the tech. I plan on having mine rotated at the next oil change just as a preventative measure. Based on that info, though, I probably should have had it done at the last oil change. Well, so far, I have alot of noise, but no noticeable feathering.

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

  • Yeah they know about the curb incident. I was extremely surprised that they couldn't find anything else wrong besides the two bent rims(not visible until you took them off and spin them) and the alignment being out of whack. It came into alignment beautifully everytime.

    They swear up and down that no other damage was done and they checked everything very carefully, because they couldn't beleive nothing else got damaged either. I am going to give it a little more time and see if the alignment slips out again.
  • Myself and MANY hundreds of other 350Z owners are suffering from some type of design flaw in the suspension. The tires are cupping and scalloping in a “heal-toe” wear pattern, which according to Firestone dealers “is an unsafe” situation and should be corrected. (tire cupping is a wear pattern where the trailing edge of a tread block wears more than the leading edge of the same tread block or vice versa)

    Nissan is aware of the problem by evidence of their TSB (Technical Service Bulletin NTB03006).

    The problem symptoms shows as “tire roar” (simular to driving your car with snow tires on it) The TSB tells the dealer to swap the left tire to the right side and the right tire to the left side (taking the tires off the wheels) and then align the car to NEW specs than the original factory settings. This does NOT fix the problem! It only hides the problem for a little while. Then the “tire roar” came back even worse. In my case, Nissan then gave the dealer authorization to put new front tires on my car and align the car again to newer specs.

    3000 miles later on the NEW tires, the cupping (heal-toe wear pattern) came back! I then took my car in again and Nissan told the dealer to re-align the car yet again to the latest specs. 2000 miles later the cupping ireturned even worse. The “tire roar” became unbearable and the heal-toe wear pattern is now showed on BOTH the inside & outside tread blocks. My dealership, after 4 weeks of me calling Nissan North America to get them to call my dealer back to discuss the issue of changing my tires again and to put on a different brand of tire finally received the authorization to putI have been dealing with this issue since March of 2003!

    I now have 36,000 miles on my car and I still have the cupping issue. Nissan has changed the alignment 6 times and I am on my 3rd set of tires!

    Here is a just a small sample of 350Z owners that have the same problem:
    Ian - VIN #100157, Case Complaint #4082264
    David - VIN #100594
    Scott - VIN#100903 Case Complaint #4059755
    Robert - VIN#001766
    Jason - VIN#100725 Case Complaint #4049797
    Vince - VIN#000877 Case Complaint #4075864
    Cobey - VIN#101116
    Rod - VIN#110836 Case Complaint #4084933
    James - VIN#001324 Case Complaint #4079129
    Chris - VIN #103197 Case Complaint #4063661
    Jim - VIN#003283
    Steve - VIN#004278
    Cam - VIN#103689 Case Complaint #4006573
    Steve S. - VIN#006118 Case Complaint #4083945
    Tim - VIN#103395
    James W. - VIN#101018 Case Complaint #4081081
    Brad - VIN#000368 Case Complaint #4069344 (2nd)
    Conal - VIN#000786 Case Complaint #4089440
    Michael - VIN#010832 Case Complaint #4084381
    Matt - VIN#002594 Case Complaint #4089713
    Keith G. - VIN#000680 Case Complaint #4088854
    Keith H - VIN#001434
    Lee - VIN#100674 Case Complaint #4087221
    Glen - VIN#013166
    Rick - VIN# 002043
    Jerry - VIN#006027
    Mark - VIN#015615
    JD - VIN#002533
    Joy - VIN#100850
    Ricky - VIN#000172
    Steve Se. - VIN#005449 Case Complaint #4126032
    Jim T. - VIN#007045 Case Complaint#4203517
    Vic - VIN#007468 Case Complaint#
    Todd - VIN#005309 Case Complaint#4248428
    Ron - VIN#009176 Case Complaint#4240264
    Chris 2 - VIN#007549 Case Complaint#4097306
    Thad - VIN # 114492 Case Complaint#598815
    Mika - VIN #004318 Case Complaint#4254193
    Robert - VIN#003612 Case Complaint#
    Jacques - VIN#109759 Case Complaint#4309843
    NHTSA DOI number is 10043366
    Ramon - VIN#002338
    Josh - VIN#112964
    Milt - VIN#002370 Case Complaint#4322037
    Artur S. - VIN#009051 BBB case number - NIS0358506
    Randy - VIN#009959 Case Complaint#4230229
    Linda VIN#101957
    Nate B. - VIN#005088 Case Complaint#4308954
  • kgilleokgilleo Posts: 1
    My next neighbor, in her new 350Z Roadster, also lost the trunk lid panel while traveling on the thruway; I-95. But the dealer is refusing to replace under warranty and argues that it must have been due to some motor vehicle accident. Two lost trunk panels suggests a design and/or materials defect; "bad glue" sounds right.
    Maybe there have been more incidents by now. Is there a better way to get resolution than arguing with the dealer? Any comments will be appreciated.
    Ken Gilleo - Warwick, RI :confuse:
  • gazmangazman Posts: 1
    I have owned a 260, 280 and now an 05 350 Z the only Problem I have is finding a place to dive my car. I bought the Ent. with the Auto and love the dual capability. We need to have a little more positive about the Z cars and remember that every car that is redesigned goes through a period of growing pains.... this include the dealers make sure you look at the problems as they were yours and customers keep the faith......... :)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    Unfortunately, as is always pointed out, most folks don't seek out a place to vent how much they like something.

    Anyway, while I'm typing and thinking of this... can anyone else confirm where the oil registers on the dipstick? About a month or so ago, I checked my oil and it read half a quart low .... so I added half a quart. Drove it that day, when I got home, I checked it again and it still said half a quart low .... hmmmmm.... I added a little bit more, drove it the next day and could swear I smelled oil. So this made me a bit suspicious and I decided to ride it out a couple of weeks and see what happens. Well, as it turns out, no matter how much I drive it this past month, it ALWAYS tells me its half a quart low. Does anyone else notice this? Is it just a quark I need to be aware of that it will never read full, even though it is (and may be overfull now)?

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

  • jkilcullenjkilcullen Posts: 3
    Love my 350Z Roadster This car rocks! However After putting just 2,954 miles on this Beast I am experiencing Clutch slippage from 1st to 2nd on the up change at 4700RPM. This is quite embarrassing when burning off a Porsche Boxster from the start position. And of course come to find out that any Clutch repairs are not covered under the Warranty. Also dissapointed to find out that Nissan North America are un sympathetic about my plight and my Local Dealer is rubbing his hands together waiting for my money. Before parting with any funds has anyone else suffered from this problem?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    not covering the clutch is not entirely true. i've read of other owners having theirs replaced under warranty. I don't really know how or why. I would think its difficult to prove that it is not due to your driving habits.

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

  • jkilcullenjkilcullen Posts: 3
    Thanks for the response I thought it might have been due to my driving also but this only happens from 1st to 2nd gear at High revs and I only have 2,954 miles on her . I never ride the clutch and have always driven sports cars. Over the last 25 years I have had the privaledge of owning and driving Lamborghini Espada, Lotus, Jensen Healy, E type Jaguar, and MG' s. This is the only car I have had this problem with.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    How many miles on your '05?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    check my profile for my email and drop me a line.

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

  • zladyzlady Posts: 8
    Hey Gbrozen!
    I'm glad you're glad I'm happy :)

    Here is my update: I picked up the car after the 7300mi tire rotation and the Service Tech said the tires were wearing evenly and smoothly! They did not have to rotate the back tires as the drive tire was good...indicating to them I was not jumping on the gas and burning rubber at every opportunity. As of this note the car is driving fine. I hear no tire noise and the steering is great. I do love this car and get alot of looks! That also has to do with the fact that I installed a custom grill, custom lights replacing the 2 reflectors in the front bumper and custom lights installed behind the Z logo on both sides of the car AND a custom spoiler from California! It's really a head turner. Drive on and enjoy your summer! :shades:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    Can you post a pic or 2? I'm curious what you did with the lights.

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

  • jlmorajlmora Posts: 1
    I am considering buying a 2005 Touring, but am concerned about this tire issue. One thing I haven't figured out from the postings is whether people see it more often with the 18" tires versus the 17" tires. I am looking at the model with the 17" tires, so I'd like to know if the problem is occurring with any tire, or one specific tire. Thanks in advance.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    nope, doesn't seem to be wheel-specific.

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

  • aloha1111aloha1111 Posts: 1
    Help. My dealership is trying to rip me off with my repairs. They just replaced the clutch and flywheel 3 weeks ago. Two days later it felt like it was slipping again and brought it in about 1 week later. They say there are hot spots because of my abusive driving. They also admitted that the flywheel was not lined up perfect when they installed it. Wouldn't that put hot spots on clutch?
  • This also happened on my new 2004 Roadster I just bought this April. At about 3000 miles, I happened to notice my truck deck was not latching down properly after a couple attempts, I then noticed the whole deck lid was loose as in really loose. The driver's side hinge had both screws loose (hinge to deck lid), one had fallen out completely into the rain channel the other was about to come out...the right side hinge was still tight.....I noticed that there is no lock-tite built onto these bolts, in my mind there probably should be as there is no star lock washer either...I suspect these will be open to vibration and will come loose again.

    I torqued them back in myself, all seems ok for now, but will now need to keep an eye on this....
  • I've got a new 04 Roadster Touring, I've noticed the same tint in my rear view and my blinkers do the same thing, I'm always riding around with them flashing. People must think I'm in my 70's....(not that there is anything wrong with that!).

    Anyway, I have not had the pleasure of driving my Z in snow yet, where do you live, any luck with tires that work? I'm actually thinking about buying a $1000 junker to drive to work instead of investing in Tires, then drive the Z on days with no snow...(Iowa Quad Cities)
  • redn350zredn350z Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 350Z Touring Model and at 11,000 miles I experienced a "squeaking" noise when steering the vehicle and learned when I took it into the dealer that it was a TIRE PROBLEM. They indicated that it was a toe-ing problem that caused the tires to wear on the inside due to improper alignment and my 2 front tires were replaced FREE. Currently, I have almost 14,000 miles on the car. They were supposed to have fixed this problem in 2004, but apparently, it is still occurring. Keep us all posted and THANK YOU. (RedN350Z) western suburb of IL
  • texas350ztexas350z Posts: 4
    Is anyone having brake problems with their 2005 350z?? I have 16,000 miles and the dealer says I need new brakes! And new tires!
  • Do your tires need to be replaced becuase of feathering(uneven wear on the inside tread blocks)? If so it looks like we have our first case of '05 tire feathering! Do we have a winner?!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    maybe first case here, but not the first case I've heard of.

    texas350z - are we talking front tires, rear tires, or both?

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

  • leebroleebro Posts: 8
    The brochure for the Lexus SC430 says that if you spend the extra for the run-flats you should expect 10-15k miles of them. Maybe you should be glad you're doing so well.
    In addition to the worse ride you get with run-flats you also get to replace them 4 times as often. The tire companies love it.
  • texas350ztexas350z Posts: 4
    I don't feel like a winner!!!! I've read of other 05 owners with tire problems....but could the brake issue be related to the feathering problem??
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