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You are in the Nissan 350Z/370Z
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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#1779 of 2071 Re: 350z buy back [driftracer]
May 13, 2005 (10:11 pm)
I might need some help. I purchased my 2004 350 Touring Z in 02/04. I already have 25K miles on it. I started noticing humming noise from the front tires during deceleration and braking at around 15K miles. Although, my brother drove my car and noticed the defect much earlier. So, thinking it was the brakes, I had them checked. The Nissan dealer told me nothing was wrong with my brakes. They actually had the tires off the car at that time and did not tell me about my excessive tire wear. I tried to live with the noise but it was getting louder. It is more of a roar now. I just had my car at the dealer today and they told me my front tires were "cupped and feathered" and I was responsible for paying the $930 for two new tires and an alignment. I was aware of the suspension troubles with the '03 350Zs but I thought it was a specific problem to the 2003 models.
Did I wait too long to take action? I want to challenge Nissan and make them pay for what I think is the obvious suspension problem that lots of other 350Z owners are having. I am worried about driving the car with that much tire wear.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#1780 of 2071 Re: 350z buy back [cazdriver]
May 14, 2005 (5:43 pm)
Yes, there is a tire "issue" with this car.
The part of your post that caught my attention, though, was the $930 quote for two tires & an alignment. Where I come from, an alignment is under $100.
Help me understand why two tires are worth $830.
#1781 of 2071 Re: 350z buy back [cazdriver]
May 17, 2005 (9:53 am)
Please read back over this Z board (especially in the problems section) and review what people have experienced with the Z tires. It is a major problem with these cars...BTW: Nissan bought back my father's '03 Z for this same tire problem. Also, they replaced his tires every 7K miles. Fight Nissan and they will relent.
#1782 of 2071 Re: 350z buy back [fish8]
May 20, 2005 (8:25 am)
What's worst about this tire feathering probem is the dealers are still trying to make every owner pay for the new tires/alignment despite the fact that this is a well known problem to all 350Z. That's ridiculous!!! Nissan should be completely responsible to this issue util a total solution is made. I am too not buying one at this point until I can be assured the problem is rectified.
Jun 01, 2005 (3:35 pm)
I was ready to purchase a 2005 350Z. I had heard rumors about the excessive tire wear. I questioned the salesperson about the problem and was told that there is no problem. I checked E-bay and two friends who own a Z and both stated that there is a problem. The tire manufactures will not honor the warranty and is trying to pass the buck to the dealership. I was told that the wear is due to the suspension. Both friends are trying to sell there cars. I immediately cancelled my order. Good luck
#1787 of 2071 always full of surprises
Jun 02, 2005 (5:21 am)
I still can't get over how powerful this car can be when you hit the gears just right. Just this morning I took off hard from a light, took it to about 6K RPMS in first, then pushed it hard into 2nd ... getting the tires to spin a bit at that point turns me into a giddy schoolgirl everytime.
#1788 of 2071 Re: 350Z Tires [jlettie1]
Jun 02, 2005 (7:19 am)
I think it's hard to know where to place the blame. On the one hand, you've got some people stating that the suspension geometry is to blame. On the other, you've got some saying it's the OEM tires to blame.
What I do know, "Z" rated tires aren't going to give the same mileage as Mom's Michelins on her Camry.
Tire warranties are separate from the bumper-to-bumper warranties given by Nissan.
I can see this being a hassle trying to use the tire manufacturer's warranty and them saying it's a Nissan issue. I can see Nissan stating that it's a tire manufacturer issue.
All that said, I've driven many cars with Z rated tires. None of them lasted longer than 25K miles. Most gave up the ghost well before that.