Last post on Oct 19, 2006 at 7:25 AM
You are in the Nissan 350Z/370Z
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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#353 of 549 Re: Lawsuit-- [350_junk]
Aug 30, 2005 (8:41 pm)
I've also got the 350Z front end problems. In fact I'm going to the dealer tomorrow for them to check and see if I qualify for a SECOND set of new tires for my 2003. I've got 34,000 miles on it and the problem has never gone away. Can't believe what they've stated in their latest letter that was sent out a couple of weeks ago about a new tire design to solve the problem. Seems pretty obvious by now that the front end alignment is the problem and the tire wear is a symptom. Prior to Nissan's latest warranty extension and I had purchased a five year unlimited alignment from the local Goodyear store (Which Nissan has refused to reimburse me for!). For the last year I've just had the front end aligned every time I get the oil changed. And the front tires are still wearing unevenly and the tire "growl" is still there.
I would appreciate knowing the name and contact information for the attorney you are using.
BTW, I also have the Brickyard Red paint but so far have not noticed any problems.
Thanks, Michael G
Huntington Beach, CA
#354 of 549 Re: Lawsuit-- [mgorfain]
Aug 31, 2005 (4:18 am)
Lots of luck with Nissan.
They will not state what their exact criteria for tire replacement is.
I had 2/32 cupping, two weeks ago,and the dealer said it was not enough and said the noise was not loud enough to warrant replacement
I think they are only going to replace tires if they are so worn that you end up paying their cost
I was charged for alignment by a Nissan dealer during the previous "Free Alignment Period" and am still trying to get it refunded.
The one definite given in this whole situation is that Nissan is doing nothing to fix the front end problem and everything possible to keep from replacing tires with the newer design.
It is one big publicity scam to look good and do nothing.
#355 of 549 Re: slight rattle when slowly engaging the clutch [tdowell]
Aug 31, 2005 (7:00 am)
It was most noticeable in the left rear bearing, but when they looked at it, they ended up replacing both rear bearings. I thought that was great. So far this service dept has taken care of me pretty well.
They did say that was the first time they had to replace both sides. But they definitely knew about the problem.
#356 of 549 Re: slight rattle when slowly engaging the clutch [starchecker1]
Sep 06, 2005 (10:07 am)
Turns out the bearings were ok, and the rattle is coming from something else that Nissan doesn't know how to fix. When the clutch is let out, the car starts making a whirling noise, both when in gear and when in neutral. Dealer heard the noise but didn't know how to fix, and they called the Nissan Techline who acknowledged the problem but doesn't have a TSB out for it and doesn't have a solution to what they know exists...who ever tested mine had heard the same noise in 4 out of 10 other Z's so its more common than not. Seems strange that Nissan doesn't have any clue how to fix this!
#357 of 549 Re: slight rattle when slowly engaging the clutch [tdowell]
Sep 07, 2005 (4:33 pm)
Unfortunately it is not at all strange or surprising since they have never been able to correct the tire cupping problems, only reduce them by having Bridgestone build a special tire.
Nissan has the most pathetically incompetent dealer and factory service network of any car manufacturer.
#358 of 549 Re: Lawsuit-- [jmills]
Sep 10, 2005 (11:09 pm)
What was the problem with your headlights? Mine are aimed too low and even the high beams are easy to overdrive. It will be nice to know if there is a fix.
#359 of 549 numerous issues
Sep 10, 2005 (11:41 pm)
I have an '05 GTR with 775 miles and sometimes after parking it, when its in neutral there is a rattling/clicking noise that seems to come from the trans when I turn off the engine. The dealer heard it, but was unable to reproduce it on a test drive. Thus far I've had the car in 3 times for service (I've had it since aug 8th and was gone for 2 of those weeks on vacation)
1. The top leaks, and when they replaced the seals (2 trips - one for diagnostic, one to install the seals) they did it wrong and now it is worse requiring another trip. I wish I could post a picture of what they did - it's pathetic .
2. there is a chunk of plastic missing from the roll bar cover behind the drivers seat that they agreed they would replace. They ordered the wrong part requiring another trip to get it installed. (one down, hopefully only one to go)
3. the aforementioned rattling noise - I'm sure there are more trips in my future about this.
I've also noticed that the headlights are aimed way too low. It feels like I could overdrive them at 50. I get the idea from this forum that there will be a fight with them over that. Forewarned is forearmed I suppose.
There is also a rattle somewhere in the center console, but that is probably a losing proposition from the start.
To be honest, I love this car, It looks and handles great and even gets decent mileage, but I didn't plan on spending all this time at the dealer when I purchased it. Overall I'm really unhappy with the overall experience - this is what I'd expect buying a $12K Cobalt, not a $37K sports car.
Admittedly, I'm very picky about my cars. I take care of them and expect to get quality for what I paid for. To add insult to injury, the last time I dropped the car off, the tech had his notebook on the hood of the car and was writing in it, and I had to ask him to not do that. You'd think that car people would know that you never do anything like that on a painted surface, even a clean one, especially when the owner is standing right there. Then they "detailed" the car and left water spots all over the door sills and on the wheels which took me 45 minutes with a shammy to clean up that evening.
I'm trying to be nice to the people in the service department, because I know that if I go off on them I'll just get worse service than I'm already getting. How many trips to the dealer to fix manufacturing defects and dealer screwups in the first 1000 miles is acceptable?
#360 of 549 Re: numerous issues [craigj]
Sep 11, 2005 (12:08 pm)
Lots of luck!!!
I love to drive my 350 Track
However I have never experienced worse service from dealers and factory.
It took me three dealers in two states followed by a call to the factory to get my headlights aimed. All three dealers said they could not be aimed until I contacted the factory who called the last dealer.
I had to go through arbitration with the BBB to get my defective rear view mirror replaced.
I have never owned a car that had as many problems and as poor a dealer/factory service network.
#361 of 549 Re: Big problems with tires [pscholes18]
Sep 12, 2005 (3:56 pm)
I have a new 350-2005 base model that has 3000 miles.At first oil change I told the deasler that I had received info re: TSB for tire wear and alignment problems and they swore that they had no problems with the 05 because they all had the new tires and the alignment problem was corrected. BS! Guess what? They had to replace two front tires last Thursday, and they even put the left one on wrong! I had to wait another hour while they corrected their mistake. Oh, by the way, I guess they don't know how to user a tire guage either, as every tire was underinflated and no two tires were the same PSI!
#362 of 549 Re: numerous issues [craigj]
Sep 13, 2005 (8:00 am)
I got the same rattle noise on my 2005 Z too. I hear it when I turn off the engine and if you slowly engage the clutch without putting too much gas on, you can hear it then too. i think the rattle is linked to a whirling noise mine makes when you lett the cluth out, whether in gear or not. the dealer heard the noise on mine and called the techline at nissan who tested 10 of them and heard the same noise on 4 others, so they acknowledged it but don't have a solution. my dealer said to call the techline and file a complaint, if enough of the z's have the same problem, then they will have to address start addressing it, for now its just considered normal.