2003 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast

Faults:

Things that went wrong or I didn't like on my Z.

The motor and tranny were as solid as a rock!!!

1) Poor tire wear. The insides of the front tires were eaten away quickly.

2) Factory radio went after a few years.

3) Outside door handle stopped working. Caused by broken inside mechanics (made of plastic). I used a remote to wind the windows down until I replaced it.

4) Click noise from the rear axle.

5) At about 120K miles, throw out bearing started making a noise. Hard driving of course; probably not a fault.

6) Valve cover gasket spark plug seal crystallizes, causing oil leaks into the spark plug tube. Spark plug tube seals are integrated into the valve cover; huge oversight by Nissan. I got by with some silicone.

General Comments:

I loved my Z. The only reason for my sale was a baby; could strap him to the roof.

This car has the most power for the price. The design and performance out do anything in the price range; the S2000 and RX8 were eaten and beaten daily.

The 3.5 V6 motor on this car does pack a punch for such a small car. It's very easy to get in trouble. The manual transmission short shifter was flawless!

Interior is a bit small for 6'2" guy, but hey it's a sports car. Race leather seats fit like a glove.

Overall this car is rated Awesome!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2013

2003 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 3.5L V6

Summary:

Great car for the price

Faults:

My 350z has been great to me, no huge/major mechanical problems. At 130 K I am surprised at the z. Taking daily driving and hard driving with ease. Most maintenance below was expected except for tire wear and the valve cover.

Major Maintenance:

1) Incorrect camber wears inner front tires.

2) 130K slipping clutch replaced with ACT clutch and Fidanza flywheel great (expected).

3) Leaking valcover tube seal. Seal built into valve cover (dumb). The entire valve cover has to be replaced $250 each.

Simple Maintenance:

1) Radio died at 100K.

2) 90K, transmission mount replaced.

3) Clicking axles (re-torqued axles and changed back brakes).

OVERALL, A GREAT CAR FOR THE PRICE!!!

General Comments:

Great car to own fun to drive, awesome power for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2010

2003 Nissan 350Z

Summary:

Looks cool and moves fast, that's about it

Faults:

Mine is a piece of junk at 73k miles.

General Comments:

If you drive this car in the snow you're risking your life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2009

23rd Mar 2009, 01:04

I don't understand how you can expect it to drive good in the snow. It's a sports car, not a jeep.

24th May 2009, 23:08

I bought my Z and drove it to Michigan. The dealer misguided me and said that the tires were All-Season, which actually were summer tires (OEM Potenza 18 inch). I drove to MI and on my way I went through snow at midnight and the car fishtails and started spinning, I had zero traction and the car finally went into a ditch. Luckily there was a damage to the front bumper, rear splash guards, bruises / scratches on the rims and to the exhaust only. I missed trees by inches on my way to the ditch and it could have been fatal. Got a ticket from Police without having any fault, and paid for the tow. Immediately went and bought Dunlop M3 Sports for the car next day. My advice to all the new owners of 350Z is to not even consider driving it in snow without WINTER TIRES. You are inviting trouble if you do.

2003 Nissan 350Z Touring 3.5

Summary:

It's a true sports car for an enthusiast

Faults:

Front tires wear prematurely due to bad factory alignment.

General Comments:

Factory Bose head-unit has poor sound quality.

Rear speakers produce monotone sound quality.

Upgrading the headunit and rear speakers is recommended.

Using factory Bose amp with aftermarket radio actually produces great sound quality.

Automatic transmission shifts very slowly for tiptronic. Shifts are too soft and lag. Trans-Go reprogramming shift kit is recommended. Stillen's valve body upgrade isn't worth the money.

OEM rims and tires are HEAVY and have terrible traction.

Acceleration is quick, MPG is fair, styling is beautiful, interior is well designed, engine/transmission reliability seems solid, handling is quite nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2008