2003 Nissan 350Z Reviews - Page 4 of 5

2003 Nissan 350Z V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8500 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Easy to handle, fun to drive, beats the Mustang gt, RX8, and handles like a dream

Faults:

The tires lose air and the front tires are loud.

General Comments:

The car is a joy to drive on the open road.

I have had no problems in the eight months of ownership.

The Z is always a head turner. More than once men from 20- to seventy have asked to drive it.

The Boss stereo is somewhat lacking for a system of this line.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2005

25th Jan 2006, 12:56

I own a 03' 350Z and can answer some of your problems. There is a dealer recall on all 03' and 04' Z's for alignment problems. They have to much toe in resulting in sever tire wear on the inside of the tire. Nissan will realign your car correctly and replace your front tires under the recall. Further, there is also a recall on the amplifier for the Bose Stereo. The amplifier causes the stereo to sound "muddy" with no clarity. This was also replaced under warranty. Neither of these warranties were made aware to the owners, but if you complain, they will take care if it, even if the standard warranty plan has expired. My car drives and sounds great now.

26th Jan 2006, 19:43

This comment is regarding the front tire air pressure. This is probably not a dealer or manufacturer problem. You should go see your local tire shop to resolve this issue.

28th Feb 2007, 12:14

My 2004 350Z drains the battery in about a week when it is not driven. Research on"IdentiFix" shows the radio draw is excessive and is a confirmed fix. The cause is a parasitic drain on the #37 fuse on the Bose Radio (approx. 8 amps). Disconnecting the radio stops the drain. The dealer states this is within factory parameters.

23rd Mar 2013, 14:54

Because it wasn't a recall. It was a warranty extension.

HUGE difference

2003 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 3.5 DOHC from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.5 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Outstanding!

Faults:

Out of alignment destroyed front tires.

General Comments:

The car came from the factory out of alignment which caused the tires to have terrible "scalloping" on the inside and outside edges. Nissan realigned and replaced the front tires at no charge.

When I first saw this car advertised, I figured it would be another $75K, high-end sports car but when I saw that it went for around $30K, I jumped. I had a highly modified 1993 Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo which I loved but I didn't love replacing engines anymore. Knowing that my third engine was close (disappearing coolant) I traded it in for the Enthusiast model. I can do the wheels/tires and four piston caliper brakes better on my own, if I feel I want that. This will be, after all, a street car. I choose the Enthusiast model because I wanted the limited-slip differential.

I come from a sports car background, racing in SCCA and IMSA for many years. From that background, I can tell you that I'm very impressed with this car. I'd love to wring it out on a nice road course.

From the Inside-out, the seats are about the best I've experienced in a car from the factory. It is a well designed interior with the exception of the lack of a power outlet anywhere near the dash. It's between and behind the seats. Not very convenient for a radar detector. Speaking of radar detectors, it might just be my particular Z but my Bel 980 constantly shows radar where I know none exists. Bel said that some high-output engines do emit signals that will set off radar detectors.

Engine performance is about perfect for a street car. It has all the power one would logically need for the street. For those who feel the need to race on streets, the Z already has plenty of upgrades on the aftermarket. On a road trip, averaging 80 mph, the fuel computer showed fuel consumption at an astounding 29 mpg! My city/highway is holding at 23.5 mpg. You will need a minimum of 89 octane and higher would be better.

The handling is as good as one would logically need for a street car, even with what I consider to be mediocre Bridgestones. A set of BFG G-Forces are standing by for this spring. I've read some say that the suspension could be stronger but that would be too jarring on New England roads. Still, I can have fun on exit ramps, doing 80 mph where it should be at 35 mph (when no one is around). In fact, one of the finest features of this car is how tight the entire car is. I hate rattles!

The stereo system is fine, but then, I'm not a "rocker." I would imagine that a subwoofer would bring the system up to reasonable levels.

Finally, I really love the automatic dimming rear view mirror that I also programmed to open my garage door opener.

The 350Z is the rebirth of the 240Z which was ground-breaking. A good car, reliable with outstanding performance at a reasonable price. Just don't buy a red one, I like to be unique!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews