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Nissan 350Z Tires and Wheels



  • rdt1rdt1 Posts: 3
    There are 2 issues at work here. An initial design flaw and poor quality tires. From my understanding, Nissan initially set up the front wheels with an agressive camber (wheels slope out at the bottom) to provide extra-tight cornering. Unless you race your car, this is overkill. If you look up the Bridgestone Potenzia tires that are shipped with the car (look at you will find that these tires have just about the lowest wear rating possible. These tires re extremely expensive and have a low wet traction rating as well. Nissan had their dealers reduced the camber specifications and also provided free replacement front 'Potenza' tires that had a bit harder, longer lasting tire compound. These improved the situation a lot. However, I plan on replacing my free tires with an even better quality and less expensive Z rated tire that offers better wet traction when they wear out.
  • rdt1rdt1 Posts: 3
    Look up your car in

    They also sell rims for nearly every vehicle made and provide all of the detailed specifications if you want to shop elsewhere. I ordered a set of winter aluminum rms for my wifes VW Eos when no-one else could even find a match.

    You will need the rim diameter, bolt pattern/size and the rim offset when you go shopping.
  • I am looking very closely at 370z Touring w/o sport package.

    My only concern (beside money I have to pay) is that it snows A LOT in Iowa.
    I heard 370z's summer tires don't have traction on the snow.

    But I'm not sure about having dedicated snow tires for winter and constantly changing those.

    Can anyone tell me all season tires would be viable to 370z?
    I'm not crazy about driving cars (I sure don't know how to drift at cetra).

    In sum, is it crazy to have all season tires on 370z?
  • Living in Iowa, your problem will not be just traction but also the clearance space of the car in the winter. I also live in Iowa and would never attempt to drive mine in the winter unless I wanted to assist the snow plows.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 918
    Yes. I have a 2005 Touring Roadster. I love it, but have very low miles (this is basically a summer-only car), and had to replace the front tires at around 15,000 miles or a bit less. Very disappointed in that.

    Other than the tires wearing out too quickly though, I love it.
  • I used to love mine, but it is a lemon that I hate. I think since your roadster is a "summer car" it might take a little longer time wise (but not miles wise) to see if you will have the same problems. Good Luck
  • I have 2006 conv. 350 Z., and promise you that they still have not fixed the problem. Nissan also will not admit that they have a problem with the Z. They also have problems with maxima transmission 2006. I just paid 3000 $ to replace it and Nissan would not help at all. I DICOURAGE EVERYONE FROM EVER BUYING A NISSAN. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHERONE. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Actually there is a CLASS ACTION SUIT against Nissan for 350Z tire feathering, tire roar, suspension and alignment defects for 2003, 2004, and 2005. They say that they fixed it in 2006, but i am here to tell diff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I own a 2003 350Z. SB was issued for tire and alignment issue. It were (all 350s were) shipped from the factory with wheels out of alignment. Waranty re-aligned all 4 wheels. Had to throw the tires away and start over. I ONLY run Michelin pilot sports on factory 18" rims with no problems since. OEM tires (Potenza) were terrible. Wore (cupped) horribally, noisy, etc. Never buy Potenzas again.
  • yomiyomi Posts: 2
    Did you follow up on this? I am having same problem. Tires and Clutch and I am so pissed off. I have a 27k miles from brand new. 2005 350z Conv Roadster. No more Nissan EVER!!
  • rd350zrd350z Posts: 2
    Can I put 205/45/18 on my 350Z 2005
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    edited August 2013
    rd350z, you might also want to ask about this in the Tires, tires, tires discussion.

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  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 859
    No, a 205/45R18 is too small by 2 or 4 sizes. That means it has less load carrying capacity and that increases the risk of a tire failure - and those sometimes have tragic results.
  • rd350zrd350z Posts: 2
    I need to find some AXIS rims or similar that are deep dish. I like this type of profile. I don't won't to compromise the suspension. Anyone ?
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