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You are in the Nissan 350Z/370Z
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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#172 of 549 Re: New 2004 - 350Z owner [fish8]
Feb 25, 2005 (12:06 pm)
If it's not too much trouble, can you give me some more information about what exactly your father had to do to get Nissan to buy the car back?
I bought an '04 Enthusiast in March '04. By August (about 8000 miles), the tire wear problem was apparent. They replaced the tires and "re-aligned" the front free of charge, so I was happy. Now it's March '05, I have about 22000 miles and the problem is back, louder than ever. Took it in today and they said they won't replace it for free again - they wanted me to pay for another "alignment" - why would I pay for an alignment that didn't work the first time?
Any help would be much appreciated.
#173 of 549 Re: awesome car , yes indeed
Feb 27, 2005 (10:15 am)
I hate to hear and read about all the problems some people are having with their Z but I am glad there is a place like this to discuss them. I own a 03 Enthusiast and have only 5,700 miles on it. Sits in my garage most of the time as you can tell by my mileage. I have had no problems so far with anything. Maybe a little streaking on the windows but nothing else at all. I really love the car especially driving it but will probably sell it soon to get something else with a back seat. Looking at a G35 or maybe a Lexus IS300, don't know for sure yet. T.Morris/Ringgold, GA
#174 of 549 Re: New 2004 - 350Z owner [eattrig]
Feb 28, 2005 (6:15 am)
It sounds like my father had some of the same experiences as you. He worked with his Service manager (who was honest and helpful) as much as possible, but eventually had to get a lawyer involved and let them do most of the legwork. Not really sure where he found the lawyer (I can find out if need be). But, after a couple of tire replacements and the Service Manager stating that there is no apparent fix to the tire wear problems, a lemon Law filing was started.
Nissan originally blamed the dealer for not having the proper equipment to deal with this problem. The dealer (Service manager) was furious at this notion and responded to Nissan stating they had top of the line equipment and it was not the dealers fault. It was defect in the car itself. The lawsuit dragged on for many months but eventually Nissan agreed to settle the suit for $2000. My dad basically told them not to waste his time with such an offer. After about 4 months, Nissan agreed to buy back his '03 Z.
An interesting side not: About 2 months after he returned the car to a local dealer, his Z was still sitting the dealers lot where he parked it. I wonder what happened to that car.
#175 of 549 Re: New 2004 - 350Z owner [fish8]
Mar 02, 2005 (2:53 pm)
Was your fathers 350Z a 2004 model? My dealer checked out my tires on my 2004 Z and said there was nothing they could do for me. They are only taking care of the 2003 models. It seems like if TIRE problems carry over into 2004, Nissan would do something about it. If you are a 2004 350Z owner and you have had better luck with Nissan let me know.
#176 of 549 Re: New 2004 - 350Z owner [eattrig]
Mar 02, 2005 (7:43 pm)
You got 14000 on the second set of tires, eattrig. I don't think you'll find any dealer who would give you new rubber at that mileage, unless of course you had an all-season tire with a guarantee for 45k or something like that.
I have Z rated summer tires on my car, not a Z. I usually get around 10000 miles and am delighted when I get 12000 -- but I don't know how you drive or if you spend time on track. I do and so the tires, tho they are being driven near capacity, don't last long.
#177 of 549 Fixing the Tire Issue
Mar 03, 2005 (11:45 am)
I posted on one of the other threads, but to fix the tire wear issue is easy, if you find the right guys. You need to have your Z "mechanically aligned," not computer aligned with the computer. For some reason, "if" you are having the tire feathering issue, it will work. Although, if you have an '03 take it to nissan, and it's a recall.
#178 of 549 Re: Chopping out tyres [liongirl]
Mar 07, 2005 (1:23 pm)
I have a 04 Roadster and my tire noise started out around 7500 miles. Three months ago my local dealership (that I have a person relationship with) gave me no hassles at all. They did the alignment and replaced the front tires with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. I have about 800 miles on them and I do not see any abnormal wear (yet). Bottom line is the 04 have the same problems as 03's. I am hoping that those junk Bridgestones are the majority of the issues, but who knows.
#179 of 549 MAJOR BRAKE PROBLEMS
Mar 08, 2005 (10:26 pm)
I have had to replace the front brake pads/drums twice and the rear ones once since buying my '03 Z in Dec. of 2002. I believe this is a design defect similar or even related to the recent recall that required replacement of my front tires. Has anyone else had the same brake problems and if so, do you believe that Nissan should be obligated into exploring a recall to fix this deficiency in these brake assemblies?
#180 of 549 Re: Big problems with tires [cdikmen]
Mar 09, 2005 (1:53 am)
where are you at and what dealer? Ive been told not all dealers will replace the tires for free. I have a 05 base model with 1300 miles on it and I dont see a problem yet.
#181 of 549 Re: MAJOR BRAKE PROBLEMS [randyboy]
Mar 09, 2005 (10:41 am)
well, frankly, averaging front pads once a year on a car like this isn't exactly a big problem. BUT, it depends. How many miles are on your car now?
And replacing rears half as much as fronts is very normal. Its pretty much standard, really. So I have to think that all 4 wheels are wearing an relatively balanced rate. Also indicating no particular problem.
By the way, just for clarity, "drums" are a different style of brakes altogether and are not found on this car. So, for future reference so that there is no confusion on the part of those reading the posts, you should refer to them as "rotors."
I haven't had my car long enough to warrant brakes, so i'm interested in learning more of your particular issues. Thanks.