Last post on Oct 19, 2006 at 7:25 AM
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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#196 of 549 Re: New 2004 - 350Z owner [fish8]
Mar 15, 2005 (12:57 pm)
Obviously, fish, I'm not saying the car is trouble free. I've read too many reports to say that.
But, is it your contention that owners should be exempt from liability for the life of the vehicle?
I'm not giving Nissan a pass on this problem, but I try to at least be fair. I've read reports from owners who have a problem at 20K and complain that Nissan isn't taking care of the problem. That's just ridiculous. And, yes, it is part of the responsibility of an owner that if you have a problem with ANY car, you report it as soon as possible. Is the dealer just supposed to believe everybody who says "oh, yeah, i had the problem 50K miles ago, but just kept it to myself till now"? Heck, if ANY company followed that rule, they'd be out of business within a year.
by the way, if you check out my350z.com, you'll find plenty of folks who have had their tires replaced and alignment done for free on '04 models (i haven't looked, but i wouldn't be surprised if there are reports of fixes on '05 models, too).
#197 of 549 Re: New 2004 - 350Z owner [qbrozen]
Mar 16, 2005 (5:16 am)
Understood and I agree!!!!
#198 of 549 question on the tire issue
Mar 16, 2005 (7:41 am)
So, for those of you who have had the tire feathering/alignment problem, could you possibly describe, with a bit more detail, how you determined there was a problem. Of course, there is the physical feathering, but I've heard many folks describe the harsh "tire roar" that occurs, as well. How would I (or any other Z owner) know what this sounds like? In other words, since I bought one with 9K miles, the road noise has always been the same for me over these past 1200 miles, and it is rather loud, but this may be normal and the roar described by owners with the problem is much louder than the noise I am experiencing.
I figured the noise was normal, but reading descriptions from those with problems, I may indeed experience a problem myself (although my tires seem to be in great shape so far). For those who have had the problem fixed, is the ride actually "quiet"? Or, at least, is the road noise consistent? (not changing noise level depending on a certain speed - since i've heard many say the noise in a problematic car is more pronounced when slowing down past 40 mph)
#199 of 549 Re: cloth seats [350z enthusiast]
Mar 16, 2005 (9:15 am)
hey man, i just got a 2005 enthusiast 350z, and i was wondering about the cloth seats. i heard that they frey fast. do your seats do that? have they changed it for 2005?
#200 of 549 Re: 04 tire problem with Z [drgene]
Mar 17, 2005 (5:43 pm)
You should take them to small claims court and get your money back. Just search the web and you'll find hundreds of complaints from people just like you.
#201 of 549 Re: 04 tire problem with Z [jrsimpleman]
Mar 20, 2005 (8:29 am)
I have 9800 miles on my 04 ZR now and the tire noise is unbearable. I scheduled an appointment Jan. 12th to have it addressed but I missed it due to snow. I have rescheduled it for tomorrow, the 21st, and I will have to see what their response is to this problem.
I also have a number of other issues they must deal with:
1-GPS unit door does not open all the time
2-Tach just stops working sometimes
3-Right power door lock does not always open
4-Loud clutch chatter at idle
5-Can't shift into 5th gear without difficulty
As soon as these are fixed the car is going up for sale. I only drive the car on weekends and off days from work and I regret purchasing this car. It has been nothing but a headache.
#202 of 549 Re: question on the tire issue [qbrozen]
Mar 22, 2005 (1:25 pm)
Since no one has answered your question yet, I will try. The sound my front tires made was a "whom, whom, whom", like the sound a flat bike tire might make. You will definitely notice it, expecially around 25 mph, the faster you drive the less you hear the sound. It gets progressive louder as the tire feathers more. You'll notice it, trust me. I was not able to see any tire ware visually, but the tech said there was definite tire wear. I have put on 3000 miles since my last tire change and have not heard anything yet.
#203 of 549 Re: question on the tire issue [liongirl]
Mar 23, 2005 (6:31 am)
thanks, liongirl. That kind of makes me feel better since the noise I hear is a very steady tire roar when slowing down. Since its not pulsating, I'll keep hope alive that I don't have the alignment problem (yet ... and, yes, i'm knocking on wood).
#204 of 549 Re: question on the tire issue [qbrozen]
Mar 24, 2005 (1:31 pm)
Good luck, but don't hold your breath. I talk to every Z owner I see and so far everyone has had a least one tire change. Someone has a 2005 in the parking lot, but I have not seen the owner yet. I wonder if the 2005 will have the same problem? I intend to keep my Z because other than that I love the car. I'll work with my dealer, I'm hoping the roar does not come back. If it does I want free tires and alignments for the life of the car not just the extended 2 year warranty they issued on the 2003's.
Mar 27, 2005 (8:18 pm)
Some dealers will do an alignment and replace tires on '04, some will not. My nephew took his
'04 to a dealer where he did not buy the car and they held to '03 TSB but the dealer where he bought the car replace the tires and did the alignment. The consensis from Z car forums is that the '05 are having problems also. The problem appears to be an engineering problem and nothing short of re-engineering will fix the problem either from the factory or aftermarket. I advise anyone not to buy a 350Z until this problem if fixed for good. I am extremely disappointed with Nissan for stonewalling on this issue. I am a owner or previous owner of 4 Z's, 4 Maximas, 2 200SX and a '03 G35 coupe. If they don't get this right it will be the last Nissan I purchase.