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Nissan 350Z



  • nytsydznytsydz Posts: 1
    I see you want a Z, but are unsure of the reliability. Well...I have an 06 Zed and I have had the motor replaced and the tranny replaced. There is a known oil consumption problem with many of the VQ35DE motors ranging from 05-06 throughout Nissans vehicles. Mostly in the 350Z, Altima, and Infinity G35. My Zed was burning 1.5qts of oil per 1k miles. I don't drive hard and commute 160miles a day all freeway no traffic at times I work. The Tranny problem is also known as many report having problems shifting into/out of 3rd gear, but my problem was a high pitched supercharger like whine in the tranny. Fortunately this happened at 29k as I bought mine with 21k. There are many quirks with the Z that you can read through other forums, but ultimately the decision is yours since many cars have their problems. It is a nice car to have fun in, but I wouldn't suggest it for heavy driving. If you choose the 06, check the oil level at purchase. drive it somewhat hard and after 1k miles look at the oil level. If it has dropped more than the Technical service bulletin recommends, have the motor replaced. Also you can purchase an Extended Warranty through a Nissan Dealership for under 2k giving you 5yrs 100kmls from in service date. That means from the date the vehicle was originally sold as new. Hope this helps. BTW the invoice for a new motor was over 7k, but was covered by factory warranty. 3yr/36k bumper, 5yr/60k drive-train. Tranny also covered by warranty. Also 13k is substantially low for an 06 350Z. Dealer will buy mine for mine 15k if I buy another car and price range for sale from most dealers should be around 19-21k because of the low miles. Be careful about that. As far as Fast Eddies reply seems someone was super hard on the clutch. Mine was also showing signs of excessive wear when they opened it up and they said it was due to hard driving or riding the clutch. Neither of witch I do so I can only attribute this to the original owner.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Is anyone buying new Z's these days? These forums haven't shown much activity lately.

    I'm still enjoying my roadster. Just passed the 3 year anniversary of owning it. I don't drive it much in the winter, so the car has really low mileage on it. Now that it's spring and the weather is calling out for a convertible, I'm enjoying the long drives again.
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    I've been thinking about selling my 1999 Jeep GC now for a while. I've searched Edmunds site for the value of my Jeep plus Kelly Blue Book and others. I was hoping someone out there could help me out further. What do you guys think is a fair price to ask ? Overall, I would say the Jeep is in pretty good condition. It has 94,000 miles on it. There is very little rust, if any. The interior looks like new. The only problem is it probably could use some reconditioning by a professional. I was thinking about asking around $4,000 to $4,500. Do you think that's a fair price given the basic information I've given?

    Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

    Steve (NJ)
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    You might want to post in a Jeep forum instead of a Nissan 350Z forum to get an answer to that.
  • I bought a new 2005 350z that has required me to purchase new tires (and alignment) every year, due to the Feathering. My tires become bald, I lose tire pressure constantly. . .in other words it's been a pain in the butt car. The dealership won't do anything, Nissan refused to admit there was any engineering issues with 2005, said that the 2003-2004 years had the TSB fix, and the 2005 had no issues. I hate this car, and it is extremely unsafe. I will not drive it anymore. I called Nissan after the replacement of tires 3 times (required by Lemmon Law) to give them one more chance to do the right thing, I will post after I speak with the Consumer Affairs Specialist tomorrow. If they still refuse, I will be getting a Lawyer. I'll let you all know.

    I would talk anyone out of purchasing a Z, or a Nissan in general. Bad Car, bad customer service
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    I'll be interested in hearing what happens with that. I have had to replace front tires once so far, at about 15,000 miles. That's ridiculous.

    The Nissan dealer even gave me a "special offer" when I bought the car, that I would get a "free" set of tires at 25,000 miles if I did all service at his place.

    Well, his place quit selling Nissans; the outfit that took over Nissan sales from him had the same service manager (nice guy, owns a Z himself), but when my front tires went bad at 15k, there was nothing he could do for me but give me a 10% discount on the cost of the new tires.

    Next time I replace I will get different tires entirely, rather than the high-performance wonders that just don't last. I drive like a normal person, not a race car driver, so these expensive tires are not worth it to me.

    I only drive the Z in summer anyway, don't put all that many miles on it, so for me, it's my fun car, not my daily driver. I don't plan to get rid of it or anything drastic like that, because I really do love it in the summer, but we are looking to replace our other car (Maxima) with something other than Nissan, probably.
  • jlp68jlp68 Posts: 4
    Sorry to hear about your plight.

    I have had my 05' for almost 2yrs now, and have not had one issue with the tires feathering, though I have heard about it on other years. I am in Mass, and actually have had blizzaks on for 6mos now. The original tires didnt have any excessive wear, and these blizzaks have great tread.

    Good luck,
  • Well, I got a call from the Nissan Consumer Affairs Specialist, and she claims the paperwork required us to take the Z into a body shop to fix the camber?? There was no discussion of that. And another question would be WHY would I have to take the car to a body shop? I understand (correct me if I'm wrong) that the camber cannot be adjusted on the 2005 350Z. Smells like an engineering defect to me?? Anyone else?
    So I will be calling a lawyer under the Lemmon Law. Anyone out there with a 2005 having Tire wearing issues?
  • sandyb3sandyb3 Posts: 3
    I have a 2006 350Z Roadster GT convertible with silverstone finish and Orange leather seats with mesh ventilation.

    Does any one know if I can find out how many 06 350Z's were built with this appearance package?

    Also the black leather drivers door interior handle is showing signs of wear in the finish. Is there a fix or leather polish that will restore it's appearance.
  • car_lovecar_love Posts: 27
    36k miles on first set of tires, yes the tread is getting thin compared to brand new but no issues thus far, I drive it like an old lady though.
  • mrdennismrdennis Posts: 6
    I have about 18000 on my 07 and the treads still look good and I also drive like an old lady. Hey thanks, and do anyone know what I can use on my driver door inside handle to restore the black finish, it just seem to disappear and I have white spots there.
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Have you asked the dealer? Seems an odd problem. I have a 2005 roadster, bought in April of '06, and don't have any problem like that at all.

    I had to replace two tires at 18,000 miles and I was very upset about that. Next time will try something that has a better longevity rating.
  • jrallsjralls Posts: 1
    I am searching for the orange mesh seats for an 2007 Nissan 350Z. If anyone knows where i can get my hands on some please e-mail me at
  • car_lovecar_love Posts: 27
    edited July 2010
    I noticed that in my air filter box are dead leaves and such. I was looking for a diagram of how the how the air box and tubes are designed and where in the front fender or front quarter panels they sit... can't find it. Does anyone know where the front part of the stock air intake sits and how I'm sucking up leaves? Thanks!
  • Hi. Am new to Edmunds and forums so not sure this is correct place to start.
    I had a 2005 350Z (purchased in fall of 2004). No major issues until past July 2013. Had new rear suspension installed at dealership due to damage to original parts (my bad ran over curb). Picked car up on July 22 and noticed steering was unusually tight but did not return to dealer (my bad again). 2 days later made lane change on dry road, no speeding, sunny weather, good pavement and car rear wheels unexpectedly started to skid to right. Steered into skid and rear wheels fishtailed back to left. Tried to steer into skid and car continued to spin 360 degrees 2 times across 3 lanes of traffic before hitting inside concrete barrier facing oncoming traffic. Thankfully only minor injuries and nobody else involved. Have driven this Z and previous 300Z for over 20 years combined and never had this reaction from vehicle even on icy or snowy or wet roads. Insurance totaled the car. I could not get insurance or anyone else to inspect rear suspension but found some items online that indicated this could be a faulty install on the toe out. Am trying to find anyone else that might have had this situation or type of accident and it traced back to faulty install and/or faulty toe out settings on new suspension. Can anyone help me? If this is not the appropriate place for this post please advise which forum or blog I should go to. Thanks
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