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Posted 02 January 2006 - 14:03

As with every other car, of course, there are going to be various problems. Normally your dealer would be able to tell you what they are.

But, in order to help you get your issues resolved more quickly, we at 350z-uk.com are providing whatever information we can find for free in order to get your car as good as it should be, and to ensure that your dealer is able to fix the problems that you know exists.

Tyre Feathering
http://www.infinitih... ... 04-043.htm
http://www.bonell.pl... ... lletin.pdf

Clicking Noise from rear axle
http://www.infinitih... ... 05-002.htm

Creaky Back End

Squeaky Seats
there is now a UK TSB for this too, so your dealer should be able to fix it

Squeaky Brakes
it helps spraying meguiars alloy cleaner on the brake calipers so that it reaches where the pads sit, then hose between the pads and calipers.

Left Speaker Cutting out on CD Play
Quick fix until it's sorted under Warranty is to thump the Passenger Knee pad very hard near the top.

Skipping CDs
a known issue, dealer should be able to get you a replacement head-unit. Don't accept refurbished units, as they will skip again. Ask for units coming from Holland.

Paint Chipping
Quite possibly the biggest single annoyance for 350Z owners Worldwide (see the Class Action Suit against Nissan in the US for this same issue). The Paint Quality of the Z is not great.. stone chips and gentle taps near the fuel filler cap cause the paint to fall off. Nissan of course publically deny the issue, saying that all modern cars have this issue (due to Water Based Paint) and that the large flat design of the front bumper and aggressive driving are the cause.. google "paint protection film" for a solution, at your expenses though.

Gas Struts do not Support Rear Hatch
some owners have had these upgraded under warranty, so ask.

Rear Hatch release button requires multiple presses
quick fix is to put a couple of felt pads at the tip of the spring mechanism and the rubber pads of the hatch that connect, when closed, to the rear bumper.

Handbrake Adjustment required
Even the owners manual, supplied with the car, mentions this particular nuisance. Get it adjusted dy the dealer.

Satellite Navigation Volume
This little beauty can result in the Sat Nav and the Phone kit having conversations between themselves, and people three or four cars back will be able to hear that you've missed your turning :)

Door Card Trim Rattles

#2 kblackmore

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 21:18

The link above seems to be broken, found this one instead:

http://www.350z-tech... ... _Rear_Axle


I've just picked up my first 350z and have been disappointed to find a click coming from the rear, actually I'd describe it as clunk like someone has left a screwdriver in a place you can't get too and its rolling bck & forth under breaking and acceleration. In fact it did it while pulling on to my drive which is on a slope!


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Posted 04 June 2006 - 16:46

thanks for the update.

This has been dealt with under warranty in the Uk too, so dealerships sholdn't have any issue to solve it :)

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 21:32

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Handbrake Adjustment required
Even the owners manual, supplied with the car, mentions this particular nuisance. Get it adjusted dy the dealer.

I hadn't heard about this one before - interesting as on my 04 Z I picked up yesterday the handbreak def needs adjustment. Does anyome know if this is taken care of under warranty?

Cheers
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 08:06

yup it should be mate

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 21:15

Right, I feel like a real muppet now. It turns out that the glove compartment (behind the passenger seat) has a shelf and low and behold under the shelf was a screwdriver. Clunking fixed   :D

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 23:24

kblackmore said:

Right, I feel like a real muppet now. It turns out that the glove compartment (behind the passenger seat) has a shelf and low and behold under the shelf was a screwdriver. Clunking fixed   :D

Out of curiosity, why was there a screw driver there???

Is the car new or previously owned cos mine never came with one :wacko:

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 22:57

The car was previsouly owned and I guess the previous owner left it in there.


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Posted 10 June 2006 - 07:06

kblackmore said:

The car was previsouly owned and I guess the previous owner left it in there.


Karl

I had a similar rattle from my left hand side front area..  found a   Snap -On screwdriver a mechanic had left in battery compartment.. probably in Japan when alarm system was fitted   ..RESULT :teeth:

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 19:44

adding this as found on already a couple of cars that have been tracked regularly: from MRC Motorsports over the pond

" Recently while removing the gas tank from our shop car, we discovered that the aluminium subframe had a MAJOR crack in it. This may not be an issue for most owners, but the particular car were talking about was an early model 2003 with approximately 90,000 miles on it and was daily driven and drag raced and auto crossed religiously. The car was driven very hard its entire life, and launched many times on slicks. At this point we do not know what may have caused it, if it was the hard driving or simply structural fatigue or an issue with the integrity of the metal.
I do not want to even imagine the outcome had this broken completely in half at 130mph..
I strongly recommend all owners, especially those who drag race or autocross or road race, put their cars up on jack stands or a lift and inspect their rear aluminium subframe periodically. At this time we are in the process of finding a fix for the issue, as we feel this is a serious safety concern. We have seen slight cracking on 2 other cars in the past.."

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 20:20

defo not good :scare:

Azure 350z born Nov 23rd 2004 - still going strong :-)
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Posted 25 December 2006 - 20:27

probably wise for UK owners to check thoroughly especially after winter with the salt situation ,as this will only further exacerbate the matter :dry:

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 22:48

this will most likely apply to highly modified Zs with many more ponies than stock, and that are actually used a lot on the track, 1/4 mile and generally abused. So in the Uk only the Sumo Z probably.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 22:51

TheMinel said:

this will most likely apply to highly modified Zs with many more ponies than stock, and that are actually used a lot on the track, 1/4 mile and generally abused. So in the Uk only the Sumo Z probably.

Zamanelx i think his name is :blush:

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 22:52

who?

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:44

1. Skipping CD's
2. Handbrake adjustment (doesn't hold car on hills)
3. Rear Gas Struts

are these under warranty on a jap import?

doubt the gas struts are as it has a NISMO rear spoiler

or how much should I expect to pay my dealer for each fix?

any help much appreciated!
JDM Silver Fairlady Z: WALD styling, NISMO spoiler, Alezan leather seats, parking sensors, reverse camera, 20" Deep-dish alloys, Falken tyres, Aero wipers, Z badges

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:22

Had an issue with a rattle from rear left....like a left over screw driver....as mine is an 08 it could not be the rear axle...but it was a plastic bit in the boot on the left of the spare wheel that knocked on the metal bucket where the spare wheel sits....

A bit of blue tac and problem solved.....  :thumbs:

Trim rattles are really annoying and i didnt expect the Z to suffer from them....felt so solid when i bought it....  :rant:

As an owner/ex-owner of italian cars i am used to trim rattles tho....blue tac always did the trick.... :lol:

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 13:31

The skipping CD and poor handbrake are both known faults and should be rectified under warranty.  The boot struts can be uprated to compensate for the heavier Nismo spoiler and some of the traders on here do them.  That said, some would argue that since Nismo is the official tuning arm of Nissan, they should also be covered under the warranty.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 13:44

instantkarma said:

1. Skipping CD's
2. Handbrake adjustment (doesn't hold car on hills)
3. Rear Gas Struts

are these under warranty on a jap import?

doubt the gas struts are as it has a NISMO rear spoiler

or how much should I expect to pay my dealer for each fix?

any help much appreciated!

They are all covered under warranty, but Nissan UK won't cover your JDM.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 20:06

My 2003 UK 350 has developed the 'click' from the rear left.

Will this be covered by warranty even though the car is now 6 years old and the original warranty has expired?  If not how much should i be expecting to pay a dealer to rectify?

Thanks,

Chris




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