2003 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast from North America

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 from North America

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 from Australia and New Zealand

Faults:

Fuel gauge doesn't go all the way up when the tank is full.

Oil pressure gauge doesn't work.

There are 3 rattles in the center console, 2 rattles in the dash and both doors rattle. Sometimes some of the rattles stop for a while, but something is always rattling somewhere.

Exhaust muffler between the 2 pipes developed brown burn marks, which are visible and ugly.

The CD player keeps skipping.

Cup holder broke.

General Comments:

I've always loved the look of this car, so a year ago I decided I just had to buy one. Everyone was very impressed and it seemed to improve my social life.

Realistically though, the car is "stupid." It looks like a sports car, but really isn't. The power of the car is lacking and will always leave you wanting more. The car is very heavy and desperately needs a turbo. It can't keep up with modern V6 family cars. Housewives will beat you off the line. Seriously.

It goes around corners very well, when doing a U turn it is easy to kick the tail out and scare your passenger. The downside is that because the camber is pointing out so much, your tyres wear unevenly. The tyres cost about $600 each.

The engine is rock solid and I never had any mechanical problems. It's only the interior that is very cheap and full of glitches. The squeaks and rattles are well known, yet Nissan continue to construct it the same way, year after year.

The sound system isn't good. Very light speakers and inferior sound quality. The sub woofer is a joke. I wouldn't mind the light speakers if I thought Nissan were making a genuine effort to save weight, but clearly weight wasn't a concern when they were building the car.

I just sold the car for $10k less than I bought it for 12 months ago.

I regret buying it, though I did like impressing people with a fine looking car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd January, 2010