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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#377 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [clonedna]
Oct 05, 2005 (2:10 pm)
I'm back... Well so is my car and as promised here is the out come as of Oct-5-05. They replaced the 2004 Clutch and Flywheel with a 2005 for $2400.00 installed and threw in a 2005 tranny kit for free. One week later the car still has a burning smell especially in idle, 1st or 2nd. The clutch makes noises when shifting from 4th to 5th and downshifting from 6th to 5th.
I had an in dependant Nissan gearhead look at the car, drove it for 30min, and give suggestions. He stated that the synchro gears are faulty and this is a big issue. He too smelled the burning odor and feels that it is a leak of tranny fluid somewhere. Hmmmmmmmm!!!
Well I scheduled time with a different Nissan dealer service dept to investigate. They took the car out for a 10 min run and I went with. The guy who drove the car drove at a break neck speed of 45mph max. Grand ma Moses was driving my HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS VEHICLE like it was a senior citizens transportation van. Of course he could find nothing wrong. I switched places with him and took control. He then smelled the burning odor. Right away he stated that I clutch between 1st and 2nd too fast and stated that this is causing the smell (Yeah right) and that the Nissan Z should never be downshifted to slow the speed of the car ( Another yeah right). Unfourtunatly I could not duplicate the grinding (synchrogear) noise. We made it back to the service dept and had a conversation with his boss and it was determined that:
1: I need to slow down my clutching between 1st and 2nd especially starting, and around corners to stop the burning smell and drive at a top speed of 5-10 miles MPH in those gears
2: That the Z was not meant to be downshifted to reduce speed and that only the brakes are viable for this
3: If I am to drive the car hard and fast I should consider getting a 3rd party heavy duty clutch kit (They even recomended Stillen) since the 350Z was not meant to be driven like a sports car should drive ???)
Well I laughed at 1 & 2 above but I took them up on #3 and contacted Stillen. I think the guy I spoke too is still laughing at 1 & 2 but told me for $1100.00 he would put in a heavy duty clutch kit (much like the other 4 Z's on his lot who have the same issues are doing). He did state that he has been getting alot of Nissans w/ similar issues.
On a good note though the Nissan head service guy does side with me and feels there is a bigger problem inside the car other than the driver. They are working though their internal forums, and tech reports and trying to find out why the Z should not be downshifted to slow the car bla bla bla... Wait and see... When I get more updates I will post
#378 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [clonedna]
Oct 05, 2005 (2:33 pm)
GOOD LUCK BABES IM SO DOOMED U GOT ME THINKING IM GONNA HAVE MORE PROBLEMS I BEEN HEARING SO MANY PEOPLE ARE ON 3RD TRANNYS ITS AWFUL I KNOW FOR A FACT DEFECTIVE SYNCS IN THE TRANSMISSION HAS DONE MY CLUTCH IN 4 TIMES AND NISSAN KNOWS IT TWO I ASKED FOR A NISMO CLUTCH AND THEY SAID IT WOULDNT HAVE WARRANTY CAUSE ITS A RACING CLUTCH I SAY NEITHER DOES UR STOCK CLUTCH HAVE WARRANTY I HATE NISSAN HONESTLY ITS NOT THE CLUTCH OR DRIVER ITS ALL TRANNY ISSUES STOP TRYING TO FIND THE PROB I ALREADY KNOW WHAT IT IS DEFECTIVE SYNCS
#379 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [furly]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:34 am)
Please stop using all CAPS. First of all, in forums, that is interpreted as yelling. And, second of all, it makes your posts VERY HARD TO READ. I suffered through and read the first one, but just skipped the 2nd.
#380 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [clonedna]
Oct 06, 2005 (9:26 am)
I just wanted to clarify the downshifting issue, since I love to downshift. Are you heal to toe revmatching when you down shift, or just letting the clutch out slowly when you downshift to slow down? If they have an issue with rev matching downshifts, they are full of crap.
#381 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [starchecker1]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:10 pm)
RevMatching w/ a combo of Heal to toe and letting the clutch out slowly. I follow the RPMs very closly when I drive either upshifting or downshifting...
#382 of 549 Feathering Still an issue with the 05s?
Oct 06, 2005 (10:42 pm)
I've read on other forums that the suspension components of the '05s are slightly different. Can any '05 owners who have started putting the miles on their cars comment on tire feathering issues? What about "late model" '04 (built after March of April of '04)?
#383 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [furly]
Oct 07, 2005 (6:10 am)
Not only stop using all CAPS, but also PLEASE use punctuation!!! You're posts are very difficult to read!!!!!!
Oct 07, 2005 (11:00 am)
Guys, I do recommend considering trading in your faulty Zs (if you are on your third tranny) for another car, for example the STI or S2000. No car is perfect, but when you are on your third transmission, its time to dump it. I am SOOO much happier with my S2000. The only noises it makes are the sounds of the engine, and the wind through my hair. The Z sure is a beautiful car, but no matter how beautiful it is, it is one bitch of a ride.
#385 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [qbrozen]
Oct 07, 2005 (12:48 pm)
I CAN YELL SCREAM ALL I WANT U DONT OWN THE INTERNET LOL GOT MY TRANNY TODAY AND CLUTCH WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PART #008 FEELS HOT LIKE A BRAND NEW PORSCHE WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IM STILL COMING AFTER U NISSAN FOR THE 2 CLUTCHES U MADE ME PURCHASE TO PAY FOR THE TRANNY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED AT 3700 MILES BECAUSE IT WAS DEFECTIVE
#386 of 549 Re: 350Z Clutch / Transmission problems [furly]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Oct 10, 2005 (11:12 am)
We can hear you!
The point is that all caps is difficult to read and it would be much appreciated by everyone if you "lowered the volume".
Thanks for your cooperation!