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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#364 of 549 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems
Sep 17, 2005 (3:00 pm)
I purchased a 2004 350Z Touring Roadster, that when my problems started. The car seemed fine for the first 500 miles, then I noticed a burning smell like plastic or tranny fluid. I took the car to my dealer and they said they could not smell a thing. I did this over a 3 month period of time repeatedly taking the car back to get advise but none was given. Then at 1500 miles the clutch stopped working. I had the car towed to the dealer they looked it over and then replaced the clutch. That was good news until the burning smell came back and again at another 1500 (or 3000 miles total) miles the clutch stopped working. They accused me of bad clutch habits until they drove with me in an identical car and saw that I was a great clutch driver. So they called in an Nissan expert who without even looking under the hood told the service dept to replace both the clutch assembly and the tranny... I was happy and moved on. The burning smells again came back at about 8000 miles I took the car in for advise and again I was told they could not smell it. The Car stopped working again at 9000 miles (Yes the clutch) and now they won't fix it. As a matter of a fact they would not even look at the car and told me that it is a non warranty item and it will cost me $2200.00 to fix. I made a complaint with the Nissan customer sat people and thought I was getting somewhere... I didn't they said no warranty. I towed the car from the local dealer to an Acura dealer where I know they have good mechanics (Ex Nissan Expert) who told me that it is very hard to believe that the clutch would do what it is doing unless the time is not adjusted, hot spots on the flywheel from the tranny change, or just bad service work in general.
My question is to all of you out there have you had the same problems seems like a few threads hear are having the same type of issues?
I dont trust Nissan but I had to have my car towed to a different dealership (as to not void my warranty). I am not going to even go into the poor service and customer service issues I had but there were plenty. At least Acura gave me a loaner and it wasn't even their problem.
#365 of 549 Electric seats
Sep 18, 2005 (1:06 pm)
Does the seats use 12V?
Under seats are plug where is 4 pins and there is red, black, blue and white wire.
Red and black is + and -, but what are blue and white wire?
There is also one small plug where is two very small pins, what plug is this?
Best regards, Henri Pylväs, Finland
#366 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [clonedna]
Sep 18, 2005 (6:30 pm)
hey sorry to hear about that problem you had with the Burning smell.. I just got word from my dealer .. which I had to call by the way .. they didnt call me to advise me .. but.. either way .. they have to fix the back axles.. the guy couldnt even explain to me what happened or what they were doing he just said they are putting a kit.. or something like that replacing the axles .. I would ask him if this was a factory problem that existed on other 350s and the guy was getting annoyed and he wouldnt let me talk. I had to tell him to stop talking and ask him if he was going to actually listen to any of my questions and let me talk. LOL the service IS HORRIBLE I got to the dealer to drop off the car and the guy was having a fun conversation with someone cursing and all.. I stood in front of him for about 5 minutes looking at him then I asked him.. excuse me.. are you busy.. then the guy tries to play it off by saying eh .. " yeah hold on sir " on the phone.. lol comeon he was talking to a buddy he wasnt talking to a customer. Very unprofessional. I have never owned a Nissan .. I only have about 4500 Miles so far.. and I am knocking on wood that nothing else happens.. but I must say I am dissapointed.. I had a honda accord.. which ofcourse doesnt compare and its a totally different car completely. But I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WHAT SO EVER and I drove that car hard.. for four years.. that car was loyal and didnt give me ONE problem.
Either way Just wanted to let that say sory to hear about your problem and keep us updated.
#367 of 549 Re: Electric seats [hene]
Sep 19, 2005 (5:29 am)
Not sure. Did you test them to see if one or both had power? Is it possible that its just another set of + and - that are there to power the 2nd motor (if there are 2 motors - 1 for tilt and 1 for sliding)? Just taking a stab in the dark.
May I ask why it matters? Are you replacing the seats?
#368 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [clonedna]
Sep 19, 2005 (12:34 pm)
You should file a complaint with the BBB autoline, online.
When Nissan refuses to correct the problem request arbitration.
Arbitration will probably bring in an independent expert and that expert will often rule in your favor and Nissan will be required to correct the problem.
This process will not cost you anything- Nissan has to pay for the cost.
#369 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [clonedna]
Sep 19, 2005 (2:00 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problem. Is your car out of warranty? I know the clutch warranty is less than the car warranty. In your case, I can see you already have the problem before the car breaks down. Your dealership should have a record of your service record since they looked at your car several other times and found no problem. I suggest you get a laywer who is familiar with your state lemon law.
#370 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [miata007]
Sep 19, 2005 (5:40 pm)
Thanks for the advise, I have spoken to legal but the problem is that clutches are considered out of warranty. My best hopes are that they (Nissan) tear it down and find out what is causing the problem. If the motor is spinning too fast, hot spots on the fly wheel, improper tranny install, defective tranny, defective car... The thing that kills me the most is the overall experience with Nissan. You know had they been honest from the get go and at least opened it up and said it out of warranty I would have probably coughed up the $$$ and moved on. They didn't even look at the car and diagnosed it as driver error. According to legal though if enough people are complaining about the same thing there may be a case. It does bug me to no end though. After talking to Nissan Techs, and from all the research I have been doing I am finding that Nissan is having this problem all over the place. I am not sure if it is the clutch, flywheel, tranny, or being miss timed, etc.. The NissanTechs aren't sure either. I have found on other forums that there has been a major issue with shoddy parts plaguing Nissan especially in the clutch area.
Well right now as I am writing they are tearing down my Z and hopefully I will have an answer tomorrow. I will keep all posted here as to the outcome.
BTW I have already contacted the BBB, the OC Register and LA times newspaper s, FOX news, CBS, and KCAL news all of which have a big interest in the outcome as well.
#371 of 549 Re: numerous issues [tdowell]
Sep 23, 2005 (7:51 am)
I can tell you from my experience, that after driving my 03 350z, that i started hearing a ratteling in the transmission when the clutch was released and the vehcle was idle. Turned out that it was a loose bearing that had not been cased inside the transmision. This is fixed under warranty. Took my dealership 3 weeks to do it, yay i had fun driving a pulsar around .
Hope this helps
#372 of 549 Re: FEATHERING AND ALIGNMENT(What Else?) [starchecker1]
Sep 28, 2005 (12:15 pm)
Can anyone tell me if Nissan is extending or admitting now that the feathering is a problem on the 04 models. I have an 04 Roadster, been thur on set of tires before 12 k... not covered under warrenty. Had the alignment redone again at 16k, again at my cost. The car drives ok but the noise when breaking is still there.
#373 of 549 Re: FEATHERING AND ALIGNMENT(What Else?) [ztomcat]
Sep 28, 2005 (3:24 pm)
Yes you should have received a TSB in the mail from Nissan stating that they are covering the tires and alignments for the first 3years of ownership, regardless of mileage.
If you bought used from a private party, you may not get the notice, and I am assuming it will be covered 3 years from when the original owner purchased it.
All dealers should know about this by now. So just call them up and schedule. I think they will even cover previous alignments and tires if done through a Nissan Dealership.