About Nissan 350Z
Nissan 350Z is a 2-door, 2-seater sports car manufactured by the exceptional Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company Ltd from 2002 to 2009. The first Nissan 350Z was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model to replace the Nissan 300ZX. It used to belong to the famous sports car series Z-car of Nissan Motors Ltd. Available in both 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster, Nissan 350Z has won many awards and recognition such as Car and Driver Magazines' 10 Best Cars, Edmunds.com's Most Significant Vehicle of the Year and Editors' Most Wanted and so on, which not only prove Nissan's strong brand awareness but also Nissan 350Z's popularity.
When the Nissan 350Z was first introduced to the United States on August 20, 2002, 350Z Coupe was available in five trim levels: Base, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring and Track. Then in 2004, a 350Z roadster with two trim levels: Enthusiast and Touring was introduced to American market and a new Grand Touring (GT) trim level was added in 2005 as well as a 35th Anniversary Edition. Nissan 350Z was also available in some special editions such as 350Z Gran Turismo 4 Limited Edition and some NISMO editions such as NISMO R-Tune and so on. Nissan 350Z was powered by different 3.5 L V6 engines mated to 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
Nissan 350Z Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Just like any sports car, Nissan 350Z is also renowned for its high speed and high performance. But just like any regular vehicle, it would wear and tear and have problems eventually. And these are the most common one happened to it for your reference:
First, engine problems. It seems that on the way of breaking down, the first part gets impact in your Nissan 350Z would always be the engine, which is a quite serious problem though. Some experienced Nissan 350Z drivers told signs such as fuel odor, dirty exhaust, engine overheating and performance reduced as hard starting or inability to start, decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy are indicating you to replace the 350Z camshaft position sensor, fuel injector O-Ring, exhaust manifold gasket, exhaust flange gasket, rod bearing, radiator or cooling hose, throttle body gasket and intake manifold gasket. Remember the illuminated Check Engine Light is the action signal.
Second, suspension failure. Can you imagine that when you enjoy the high speed and freedom brought by your Nissan 350Z, but you can still feel uncomfortable intense vibration? I bet you do not like that feeling. Actually, some Nissan 350Z owners have complained about vehicle tilting to one side due to uneven tire wear, hard control of vehicle as it steered unintentionally or made intolerable clunking or rattling sounds. All of these could be attributed the suspension system. the faulty coil springs, steering knuckle, control arm, wheel bearing, sway bar link and coil spring insulator, any of them could be the culprit.
However, it is never easy to keep your Nissan 350Z at the prime condition all the time. So many kinds of auto parts made of it, some would wear quicker and some may last as long as the vehicle may. The right way for maintaining is always to get know of what parts need routine maintenance first. Door handle is designed for passengers entering or exiting vehicle more conveniently but it would fall off or become loose after overexposure to usage. So would the emblem, your 350Z's signal. They should get maintained more often. While other parts such as seat belt, window motor, headlight and wiper blade are all important for your driving experience and safety, they also should be on your periodical maintenance list.
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