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NISSAN 350Z - 2003 NISSAN 350Z Problems & Complaints

 
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by Nissan North America, Inc.

There are 270 complaints filed for the 2003 NISSAN 350Z

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2003 NISSAN 350Z. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2003 NISSAN 350Z, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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SUSPENSION: FRONT

4/11/2008 - NASHVILLE, TN
ACTION NISSAN IN NASHVILLE, TN HAS REPLACED DAMAGED FRONT TIRES AT LEAST TWICE, AND I HAVE NOW REPLACED DAMAGED FRONT TIRES AT MY OWN EXPENSE. THE EFFECT OF NISSAN+S ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEM IS NOT ISOLATED TO TIRE DAMAGE. ACTION NISSAN ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT MY VEHICLES+ ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION ISSUES, BUT MY CAR CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE ISSUES RELATED TO ABNORMAL TIRE WEAR AND A PULL TO THE RIGHT. NISSAN DID NOT OFFER A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEMS OF MY AUTOMOBILE, AND I CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE DAMAGE TO MY FRONT TIRES AND MISALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION EFFECTS. TO PROTECT ANY NEW TIRES ON MY VEHICLE, AND TO PERMANENTLY CORRECT NISSAN+S MANUFACTURER DEFECT ON MY VEHICLE, I HAD REPAIRS PERFORMED WITH 3RD PARTY PARTS, AN EIBACH FRONT ALIGNMENT KIT. THE ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION OF THE FRONT FACTORY 350Z DOES NOT ALLOW FOR SUCH ADJUSTMENTS, AND THE EIBACH KIT ALLOWS FOR COMMON FRONT ALIGNMENT ADJUSTMENTS THAT CAN EASILY COMPENSATE FOR THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEMS. THE INSTALLED PARTS, ALONG WITH NEW TIRES, BALANCING, AND ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION HAS TOTAL COST OF $1087.04. I AM INCLUDING DOCUMENTATION OF ALL ITEMIZED COSTS BELOW: TIRES+++++. $288.00 FRONT ALIGN KIT+ $394.87 PARTS TOTAL++... $682.87 2X TIRE MOUNT+. $10.00 2X TIRE BALANCE... $30.00 ALIGN KIT INSTALL.. $270.00 FRONT ALIGNMENT.. $59.95 SUBTOTAL++++ $369.95 LABOR [email protected]% $34.22 LABOR TOTAL++. $404.17 GRAND TOTAL++. $1,087.04 THE PROPOSED NISSAN CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT COVERS ONLY A FRACTION OF THE COSTS TO PERMANENTLY CORRECT THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEM EXPERIENCED BY COUNTLESS NISSAN 350Z OWNERS. MY OBJECTION IS THAT NISSAN SHOULD OFFER A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO CORRECT THE MANUFACTURER DEFECT IN THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION OF 2003/2004 350ZS, WHICH CAUSES TIRE DAMAGE AND OTHER MISALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION SIDE-EFFECTS RESULTING FROM THE INABILITY TO PROPERLY ALIGN SELECT 350Z VEHICLES. I DULY SWEAR TO ALL FACTS PRESENTED IN THIS DOCUMENT.

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TIRES

4/11/2008 - NASHVILLE, TN
ACTION NISSAN IN NASHVILLE, TN HAS REPLACED DAMAGED FRONT TIRES AT LEAST TWICE, AND I HAVE NOW REPLACED DAMAGED FRONT TIRES AT MY OWN EXPENSE. THE EFFECT OF NISSAN+S ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEM IS NOT ISOLATED TO TIRE DAMAGE. ACTION NISSAN ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT MY VEHICLES+ ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION ISSUES, BUT MY CAR CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE ISSUES RELATED TO ABNORMAL TIRE WEAR AND A PULL TO THE RIGHT. NISSAN DID NOT OFFER A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEMS OF MY AUTOMOBILE, AND I CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE DAMAGE TO MY FRONT TIRES AND MISALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION EFFECTS. TO PROTECT ANY NEW TIRES ON MY VEHICLE, AND TO PERMANENTLY CORRECT NISSAN+S MANUFACTURER DEFECT ON MY VEHICLE, I HAD REPAIRS PERFORMED WITH 3RD PARTY PARTS, AN EIBACH FRONT ALIGNMENT KIT. THE ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION OF THE FRONT FACTORY 350Z DOES NOT ALLOW FOR SUCH ADJUSTMENTS, AND THE EIBACH KIT ALLOWS FOR COMMON FRONT ALIGNMENT ADJUSTMENTS THAT CAN EASILY COMPENSATE FOR THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEMS. THE INSTALLED PARTS, ALONG WITH NEW TIRES, BALANCING, AND ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION HAS TOTAL COST OF $1087.04. I AM INCLUDING DOCUMENTATION OF ALL ITEMIZED COSTS BELOW: TIRES+++++. $288.00 FRONT ALIGN KIT+ $394.87 PARTS TOTAL++... $682.87 2X TIRE MOUNT+. $10.00 2X TIRE BALANCE... $30.00 ALIGN KIT INSTALL.. $270.00 FRONT ALIGNMENT.. $59.95 SUBTOTAL++++ $369.95 LABOR [email protected]% $34.22 LABOR TOTAL++. $404.17 GRAND TOTAL++. $1,087.04 THE PROPOSED NISSAN CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT COVERS ONLY A FRACTION OF THE COSTS TO PERMANENTLY CORRECT THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION PROBLEM EXPERIENCED BY COUNTLESS NISSAN 350Z OWNERS. MY OBJECTION IS THAT NISSAN SHOULD OFFER A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO CORRECT THE MANUFACTURER DEFECT IN THE ALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION OF 2003/2004 350ZS, WHICH CAUSES TIRE DAMAGE AND OTHER MISALIGNMENT/SUSPENSION SIDE-EFFECTS RESULTING FROM THE INABILITY TO PROPERLY ALIGN SELECT 350Z VEHICLES. I DULY SWEAR TO ALL FACTS PRESENTED IN THIS DOCUMENT.

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VISIBILITY: POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS

2/29/2008 - RIVERSIDE, CA
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 NISSAN 350Z. THE FRONT DRIVER SIDE WINDOW WILL NOT GO UP OR DOWN PROPERLY. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE WINDOW MOTORS NEED TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE SAME WINDOW MOTOR HAD TO BE REPLACED ONE AND A HALF YEARS AGO. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 112,500 AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000. UPDATED 04-07-08

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: EXHAUST SYSTEM: EMISSION CONTROL: CRANKCASE (PCV)

12/13/2007 - PATASKALA, OH
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 NISSAN 350Z. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH, THE VEHICLE COMPLETELY LOST POWER AND WOULD NOT RESTART UNTIL TEN MINUTES LATER. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING. SOON AFTER, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. AN AUTO ZONE EMPLOYEE STATED THAT THE CAMSHAFT SENSOR AND CRANKSHAFT MALFUNCTIONED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 03V455000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING). THE PURCHASE DATE WAS UNKNOWN. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 74,000. UPDATED 4/2/08 THE DEALER STATED THAT A FUEL HOSE RECALL HAS BEEN PERFORMED ON THE VEHICLE AND EMERGENCY BRAKE IS NOT PERFORMING PROPERLY. UPDATED 04/02/08

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PARKING BRAKE

12/13/2007 - PATASKALA, OH
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 NISSAN 350Z. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH, THE VEHICLE COMPLETELY LOST POWER AND WOULD NOT RESTART UNTIL TEN MINUTES LATER. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING. SOON AFTER, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. AN AUTO ZONE EMPLOYEE STATED THAT THE CAMSHAFT SENSOR AND CRANKSHAFT MALFUNCTIONED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 03V455000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING). THE PURCHASE DATE WAS UNKNOWN. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 74,000. UPDATED 4/2/08 THE DEALER STATED THAT A FUEL HOSE RECALL HAS BEEN PERFORMED ON THE VEHICLE AND EMERGENCY BRAKE IS NOT PERFORMING PROPERLY. UPDATED 04/02/08

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

12/13/2007 - PATASKALA, OH
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 NISSAN 350Z. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH, THE VEHICLE COMPLETELY LOST POWER AND WOULD NOT RESTART UNTIL TEN MINUTES LATER. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING. SOON AFTER, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. AN AUTO ZONE EMPLOYEE STATED THAT THE CAMSHAFT SENSOR AND CRANKSHAFT MALFUNCTIONED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 03V455000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING). THE PURCHASE DATE WAS UNKNOWN. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 74,000. UPDATED 4/2/08 THE DEALER STATED THAT A FUEL HOSE RECALL HAS BEEN PERFORMED ON THE VEHICLE AND EMERGENCY BRAKE IS NOT PERFORMING PROPERLY. UPDATED 04/02/08

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

12/13/2007 - PATASKALA, OH
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 NISSAN 350Z. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH, THE VEHICLE COMPLETELY LOST POWER AND WOULD NOT RESTART UNTIL TEN MINUTES LATER. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING. SOON AFTER, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ILLUMINATED. AN AUTO ZONE EMPLOYEE STATED THAT THE CAMSHAFT SENSOR AND CRANKSHAFT MALFUNCTIONED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 03V455000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING). THE PURCHASE DATE WAS UNKNOWN. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 74,000. UPDATED 4/2/08 THE DEALER STATED THAT A FUEL HOSE RECALL HAS BEEN PERFORMED ON THE VEHICLE AND EMERGENCY BRAKE IS NOT PERFORMING PROPERLY. UPDATED 04/02/08

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SEATS

9/10/2007 - SIERRA VISTA, AZ
PERFORATED LEATHER SEAT IN MY 2003 350Z POPPED OPEN IN HOT WEATHER. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND THE MATCHING BURNT ORANGE LEATHER ON EBAY AND REPAIRED LOCALLY. ADDITIONALLY THE REGULAR LEATHER ON THE SEAT IS WEARING EXTREMELY FAST. IT WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED AS WELL. BURNT ORANGE LEATHER DOES NOT GROW ON TREES AROUND HERE. THE MILEAGE IS LOW BY MANY STANDARDS, BUT OUT OF THE 36K WARRANTY WINDOW.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

6/22/2007 - MURSREESBORO , TN
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2003 NISSAN 350Z. THE CONTACT ATTEMPTED TO START THE VEHICLE FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES, BUT IT FAILED TO START. THE FAILURE OCCURRED 5 TO 6 TIMES ON JUNE 22,23 2007. THE SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT SOON, VDC LIGHT, AND SLIP LIGHT REMAINED ILLUMINATED. THE DIAGNOSTIC TEST INDICATED THAT # P0340, THE CAM SHAFT POSITION SENSOR CIRCUIT, MALFUNCTIONED AND CAUSED THE ENGINE TO FAIL. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE IS PERFORMING AT 80% AND THE FAILURE IS SIMILAR TO THAT NOTED IN RECALL # 03V455000 (ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING). THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER STATED THAT HIS VIN IS NOT RELATED TO THE RECALL. HE WAS ISSUED CASE # 5757949. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 60,000.

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SUSPENSION

6/6/2007 - PRESCOTT, AK
1> TIRES ON NEW CAR WORE OUT AFTER 6000 MILES 2> ALIGNMENT OF NEW CAR OFF SO BAD AT PURCHASE, THAT TIRES WERE UNSAFE AFTER DRIVEN A FEW THOUSAND MILES. 3> DEALER REPLACED FRONT TIRES AND REALIGNED AT 13,687 MILES

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