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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#239 of 549 Re: 2003 350Z Tire Wear [riders9]
May 28, 2005 (10:20 am)
Myself and MANY hundreds of other 350Z owners are suffering from some type of design flaw in the suspension. The tires are cupping and scalloping in a “heal-toe” wear pattern, which according to Firestone dealers “is an unsafe” situation and should be corrected. (tire cupping is a wear pattern where the trailing edge of a tread block wears more than the leading edge of the same tread block or vice versa)
Nissan is aware of the problem by evidence of their TSB (Technical Service Bulletin NTB03006).
The problem symptoms shows as “tire roar” (simular to driving your car with snow tires on it) The TSB tells the dealer to swap the left tire to the right side and the right tire to the left side (taking the tires off the wheels) and then align the car to NEW specs than the original factory settings. This does NOT fix the problem! It only hides the problem for a little while. Then the “tire roar” came back even worse. In my case, Nissan then gave the dealer authorization to put new front tires on my car and align the car again to newer specs.
3000 miles later on the NEW tires, the cupping (heal-toe wear pattern) came back! I then took my car in again and Nissan told the dealer to re-align the car yet again to the latest specs. 2000 miles later the cupping ireturned even worse. The “tire roar” became unbearable and the heal-toe wear pattern is now showed on BOTH the inside & outside tread blocks. My dealership, after 4 weeks of me calling Nissan North America to get them to call my dealer back to discuss the issue of changing my tires again and to put on a different brand of tire finally received the authorization to putI have been dealing with this issue since March of 2003!
I now have 36,000 miles on my car and I still have the cupping issue. Nissan has changed the alignment 6 times and I am on my 3rd set of tires!
Here is a just a small sample of 350Z owners that have the same problem:
Ian - VIN #100157, Case Complaint #4082264
David - VIN #100594
Scott - VIN#100903 Case Complaint #4059755
Robert - VIN#001766
Jason - VIN#100725 Case Complaint #4049797
Vince - VIN#000877 Case Complaint #4075864
Cobey - VIN#101116
Rod - VIN#110836 Case Complaint #4084933
James - VIN#001324 Case Complaint #4079129
Chris - VIN #103197 Case Complaint #4063661
Jim - VIN#003283
Steve - VIN#004278
Cam - VIN#103689 Case Complaint #4006573
Steve S. - VIN#006118 Case Complaint #4083945
Tim - VIN#103395
James W. - VIN#101018 Case Complaint #4081081
Brad - VIN#000368 Case Complaint #4069344 (2nd)
Conal - VIN#000786 Case Complaint #4089440
Michael - VIN#010832 Case Complaint #4084381
Matt - VIN#002594 Case Complaint #4089713
Keith G. - VIN#000680 Case Complaint #4088854
Keith H - VIN#001434
Lee - VIN#100674 Case Complaint #4087221
Glen - VIN#013166
Rick - VIN# 002043
Jerry - VIN#006027
Mark - VIN#015615
JD - VIN#002533
Joy - VIN#100850
Ricky - VIN#000172
Steve Se. - VIN#005449 Case Complaint #4126032
Jim T. - VIN#007045 Case Complaint#4203517
Vic - VIN#007468 Case Complaint#
Todd - VIN#005309 Case Complaint#4248428
Ron - VIN#009176 Case Complaint#4240264
Chris 2 - VIN#007549 Case Complaint#4097306
Thad - VIN # 114492 Case Complaint#598815
Mika - VIN #004318 Case Complaint#4254193
Robert - VIN#003612 Case Complaint#
Jacques - VIN#109759 Case Complaint#4309843
NHTSA DOI number is 10043366
Ramon - VIN#002338
Josh - VIN#112964
Milt - VIN#002370 Case Complaint#4322037
Artur S. - VIN#009051 BBB case number - NIS0358506
Randy - VIN#009959 Case Complaint#4230229
Nate B. - VIN#005088 Case Complaint#4308954
#240 of 549 Re: One more concern for the Roadster people [fnfalman]
May 30, 2005 (2:21 pm)
My next neighbor, in her new 350Z Roadster, also lost the trunk lid panel while traveling on the thruway; I-95. But the dealer is refusing to replace under warranty and argues that it must have been due to some motor vehicle accident. Two lost trunk panels suggests a design and/or materials defect; "bad glue" sounds right.
Maybe there have been more incidents by now. Is there a better way to get resolution than arguing with the dealer? Any comments will be appreciated.
Ken Gilleo - Warwick, RI
#241 of 549 No Problem
May 31, 2005 (7:32 am)
I have owned a 260, 280 and now an 05 350 Z the only Problem I have is finding a place to dive my car. I bought the Ent. with the Auto and love the dual capability. We need to have a little more positive about the Z cars and remember that every car that is redesigned goes through a period of growing pains.... this include the dealers...so dealers make sure you look at the problems as they were yours and customers keep the faith.........
#242 of 549 Re: No Problem [gazman]
May 31, 2005 (9:38 am)
Unfortunately, as is always pointed out, most folks don't seek out a place to vent how much they like something.
Anyway, while I'm typing and thinking of this... can anyone else confirm where the oil registers on the dipstick? About a month or so ago, I checked my oil and it read half a quart low .... so I added half a quart. Drove it that day, when I got home, I checked it again and it still said half a quart low .... hmmmmm.... I added a little bit more, drove it the next day and could swear I smelled oil. So this made me a bit suspicious and I decided to ride it out a couple of weeks and see what happens. Well, as it turns out, no matter how much I drive it this past month, it ALWAYS tells me its half a quart low. Does anyone else notice this? Is it just a quark I need to be aware of that it will never read full, even though it is (and may be overfull now)?
#243 of 549 2004 350Z Roadster Clutch Problems
May 31, 2005 (10:58 am)
Love my 350Z Roadster This car rocks! However After putting just 2,954 miles on this Beast I am experiencing Clutch slippage from 1st to 2nd on the up change at 4700RPM. This is quite embarrassing when burning off a Porsche Boxster from the start position. And of course come to find out that any Clutch repairs are not covered under the Warranty. Also dissapointed to find out that Nissan North America are un sympathetic about my plight and my Local Dealer is rubbing his hands together waiting for my money. Before parting with any funds has anyone else suffered from this problem?
#244 of 549 Re: 2004 350Z Roadster Clutch Problems [jkilcullen]
May 31, 2005 (12:39 pm)
not covering the clutch is not entirely true. i've read of other owners having theirs replaced under warranty. I don't really know how or why. I would think its difficult to prove that it is not due to your driving habits.
#245 of 549 Re: 2004 350Z Roadster Clutch Problems [qbrozen]
May 31, 2005 (12:53 pm)
Thanks for the response I thought it might have been due to my driving also but this only happens from 1st to 2nd gear at High revs and I only have 2,954 miles on her . I never ride the clutch and have always driven sports cars. Over the last 25 years I have had the privaledge of owning and driving Lamborghini Espada, Lotus, Jensen Healy, E type Jaguar, and MG' s. This is the only car I have had this problem with.
#246 of 549 Re: No Problem [gazman]
Jun 01, 2005 (4:13 am)
How many miles on your '05?
#247 of 549 Re: 2004 350Z Roadster Clutch Problems [jkilcullen]
Jun 01, 2005 (5:32 am)
check my profile for my email and drop me a line.
#248 of 549 Re: Response to Gbrozen #228..whole situation. [qbrozen]
Jun 02, 2005 (10:26 am)
I'm glad you're glad I'm happy
Here is my update: I picked up the car after the 7300mi tire rotation and the Service Tech said the tires were wearing evenly and smoothly! They did not have to rotate the back tires as the drive tire was good...indicating to them I was not jumping on the gas and burning rubber at every opportunity. As of this note the car is driving fine. I hear no tire noise and the steering is great. I do love this car and get alot of looks! That also has to do with the fact that I installed a custom grill, custom lights replacing the 2 reflectors in the front bumper and custom lights installed behind the Z logo on both sides of the car AND a custom spoiler from California! It's really a head turner. Drive on and enjoy your summer!