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
#464 of 549 Re: 350Z issues make me sad [burnnspy]
Feb 11, 2006 (8:25 am)
My 2003 Track Z has had multiple alignments in the past year by Nissan and the rear alignment has always been slightly off.
I got 32,000 miles out of my first set of OEM rear tires and the Pole position S03's that replaced them are worn unevenly in the center after 14,000 miles, even though they have been run at the Manufacturers 35PSI. I am on my third set of front tires due to the Nissan Cupping problem.
It would seem that the 350 Z's have multiple suspension problems
Since you work at a Subaru dealer can't you get your Z aligned there?
In view of the fact that Subaru is an all wheel drive vehicle I would think your Subaru techs are better at alignment than Nissan and certainly you can trust their judgment better than Nissan's
#465 of 549 Re: 350Z issues make me sad [jmills]
Feb 13, 2006 (6:46 am)
if you have wear in the center of your tires, that is typically an overinflation problem. When exactly do you have 35 psi in the tires? When they are cold, warm, or hot? Do you have the TPMS? If so, what pressure readings are your rear tires giving after an hour of hard driving?
#466 of 549 Re: 350Z issues make me sad [qbrozen]
Feb 13, 2006 (10:52 am)
I am familiar with the causes of tire wear.
The Bridgestone SO3's were run at the factory reccomended pressure of 35 psi cold as measured with an accutire digital gauge and Nissan tpms which agree.
The OEM Bridgestone REO 40's were run at the same reccomended 35 PSI and had an even wear pattern. I Have , as a result of the uneven wear,dropped the rear tire pressure to 33 PSI cold and anticipate the tires will now wear more uniformly.
#467 of 549 Re: 350Z issues make me sad [jmills]
Feb 13, 2006 (10:57 am)
well, if they wore evenly, why, in your previous post, did you say the rear alignment has always been slightly off?
#468 of 549 Re: 350Z issues make me sad [qbrozen]
Feb 14, 2006 (5:05 am)
I was surprised when they wore in the middle-caught me totally by sunrise since they are the exact same size as the OEM - just a higher speed and better performance rating on Tire Rack, and both are Bridgestone.
If they had been different in any way I would have watched them more closely and caught it quicker. I expect to see them even out now that I have reduced the pressure.
I have had two four wheel alignments by two different dealers in the past two months and they showed slight rear misalignment which may have aggravated the wear.
The last alignment was by an excellent Nissan Dealer I finally lucked out and found- Gwinnet Place Nissan- they did a superb job, certainly wish I had gone to them over a year ago, I probably would not have had most of the problems I have encountered.
Since I got 32000 out of OEM I expected at least that out of these. I will probably switch to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S when the 36 month alignment extension from Nissan expires, until then I will stay with the OEM on the front as recommended by the Dealer, since Nissan will only replace feathered OEM tires.
#469 of 549 Re: 350Z issues make me sad [jmills]
Feb 14, 2006 (6:09 am)
are there any adjustments in the rear? What did they do, if anything, to correct it?
i agree about keeping the OEM ... as long as they are free. I think they are horrible tires. I never found the grip to be very good in dry, wet, or snow. But, like you said, they won't replace non-OEM under warranty (which is pretty suspicious, if you ask me ... they blame the tire design, but won't let the owners change tires ... hmmmmm).
good luck with the dealer you found.
#471 of 549 Engine noise question?
Feb 26, 2006 (1:32 am)
Is everyone experiencing a slight consistant clapping noise from the engine when ever in idle, which increases in speed as the throttle is pressed? It is later drown out by the Engine noise at higher RPMs. At first i thought it was normal, but now i am starting to get worried. The noise has never increased over time, but now i am questioning whether or not this affects every Z. It sounds like when u put a piece of tape on a fan and let it spin. Any advise would help! Thanx!
#472 of 549 considering '05 z purchase
Mar 12, 2006 (7:28 am)
i'm new to the forum and also buying my 1st car. i've lately been trying to increase my knowledge and i'm considering a purchase of an '05 350.
i must admit i'm a little timid after reading in this forum. i need to ask based on what this site has on the '05 350 z as the 'low true cost to own' car. i saw a few posts that suggest the engine noises, transmission issues above.
not to agitate anybody or disrespect an opinion but what about the warranty? did it take care of you? my purchase of this car will be only recreation. weekends, holidays & maybe a trip to get a burger.
i've been at this quest for about 5 years saving up and i had my sights on a boxster s but called around to find it was an expensive car to maintain. 30k, 60k, 90k oil changes on that thing is around $1k from the dealer. i would need a trusted mechanic to battle that price.
i know this forum is for problems only but to all that posted so visciously is there any light in the tunnel for us that are considering an '05 z?
#473 of 549 Re: considering '05 z purchase [7thgear]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Mar 13, 2006 (10:29 am)
Because this is a Problems & Solutions discussion, most of the posts you'll see here will concern problems. To get an overall view of owner experiences with this car, you might also want to visit the two discussions below:
Nissan 350Z: Meet the Owners