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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,652 miles

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2003 Nissan 350Z engine problems

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2003 Nissan 350Z Owner Comments

problem #20

Sep 012016

350Z

  • 121,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. While driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled intermittently without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the camshaft position sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of a failure. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #19

Feb 082016

350Z

  • 48,500 miles
Car abruptly without warning dropped speed by 15 mph with the engine service light and the slip light and the etc light coming on. Almost killed by the truck behind me; he swerved to the emergency lane to avoid hitting me due to the sudden deacceleration of my vehicle. Recall R2033/R3022 describes situation. There is a campaign 03V455000 but Nissan will not honor this for my particular VIN.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #18

Jan 112016

350Z

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that the engine light remained illuminated and the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #17

Jul 272015

350Z

  • 60,311 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine stops while driving car. Engine service light comes on. Take car to garage - engine sensors are bad - had replaced. Nissan states that this vehicle VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 03V455000 - but problem was the same - bad engine sensors. Nissan national complaint # 19620726 - Nissan says they don't have any responsibility and what is worse, don't seem to care that this is a dangerous condition. Went to google and found dozens of other citations about this problem.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 082011

350Z

  • 83,906 miles
In 2005, I bought a 2003 Nissan 350Z. In early November of 2011, I started having these problems. The engine would die suddenly while driving, the check engine and tcs lights would come on, and the car would run very rough once it did decide to start. I took the car into a Nissan service center on 11/08/2011. The mileage according to the service invoice was 83,906. Along with the problems noted above, the service technician added diag P0340 and C1130 stored, loss of engine signal. Replaced camshaft and crankshaft sensors. My cost for the repair: $618.61. My car had not one, but every symptom of a recalled car. The camshaft and crankshaft sensor (very specific repairs) were needed to correct the problem; same as a recalled vehicle. After bringing this to Nissan's attention, I was contacted by a regional manager who stated my car was not on the recall list and she could not help me.I hope no other vehicles engines shut off while on the interstate.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #15

Nov 072014

350Z 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving and I braked to make a right turn and the car cut off.the second time I was braking to make a turn and it cut off this time I had to wait a few minutes. The third time I was at a red traffic light and it shut off and the fourth time I was at a traffic light it shut off and all four times the service engine light came on but for some reason on the forth time the service engine light did not go off

- Eufaula, AL, USA

problem #14

Oct 102014

350Z

  • 55,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the engine stalled and the warning indicator lluminated. The problem recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the crank shaft sensor was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #13

Oct 162013

350Z 6-cyl

  • 78,560 miles
Engine temperature gauge rises when driving up hill and when coming to a complete stop.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 062014

350Z 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My service engine light came on after the car had trouble starting. It finally started, and as I was driving to work, my car shut off while driving on the freeway. This was tremendously dangerous considering I was driving on a busy freeway. I have contacted Nissan, and even though my VIN number falls within the cam shaft sensor report range, I was told my specific VIN number is being refused. The check engine code was indeed for a cam shaft sensor. The recall campaign is R3022.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #11

May 262014

350Z

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, there was a sudden loss of engine power as the electronic throttle control warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the failure was occurred on three separate occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was approximately 99,000.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #10

Jun 192013

350Z

  • 188,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the traction control and check engine lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the cam shaft position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 188,000.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

problem #9

Mar 162013

350Z

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where the contact was advised that the cam shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #8

Feb 242013

350Z

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the engine and vdc warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle began hesitate while accelerating and then suddenly stalled. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder and was able to restart the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised by T he manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 072012

350Z

  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced, but the vehicle was not included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 052012

350Z 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
I just bought a pre-owned Nissan 2003 350Z in August.. Oct 5 I had car stall on me twice. I drive a truck for a living so after that I went on the road.. when I came back I drove car and it stalled again at about 35 and then it didn't want to start. I got it started and the "service engine light" came on. It stalled 2 more times in motion after that and I brought it to Nissan.. they wanted to charge me $689. I then took it to my personal mechanics shop who charged me $375 for the same thing with Nissan parts.. I go home and find out that there was a recall #R2022 on the 2003 350Z Nissan.. it shows under the NHTSA that this was a safety issue and could result in crash.. when I called Nissan on this they told me my VIN doesn't fall under the recall. If this was a safety issued recall then all the 2003 Nissan 350Z should be under it. I checked online and found lots of other people that had same issues so its a hazard for sure yet Nissan is only backing up some of the vins under this safety issued recall... plz help and tell me what I can do to get my $375 back...

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 102012

350Z

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated the vehicle had a problem starting. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told that crank position sensor needed to be replaced. The contact was made aware of NHTSA recall campaign id number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling for the crank position sensor) but that the vehicle was not included. The failure and current mileage was 95,000.

- Corneilius , NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 282012

350Z

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started, the RPM reading increased excessively. Also, the vehicle exhibited a loud noise as the engine stalled. The engine was restarted however, the service engine soon warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and after the diagnostic test was completed, the contact was advised that the circuit board for the crank position sensor or cam position sensor failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified who stated that there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling) but the contact's VIN was not included. They offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Mcleansville, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 242012

350Z

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that he had to engage the brakes and was able to restart the vehicle immediately after. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 83,000.

- Reston , VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 182012

350Z 6-cyl

  • 94,301 miles
The incident first occurred during highway driving where the engine suddenly lost power completely. Since the manual transmission was in gear, the engine "push started" itself with a violent surge motion and regained power. This happened about three times on this trip. When I got off the freeway, this happened as I slowed for a stoplight and the engine stalled completely since I was not in gear. This problem seems to be very dangerous since all engine power is lost at high speeds and the jolt that results from the "push starting" can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle very easily. This problem happened intermittently but did not cause a check engine light until last week. It is showing code P 0340 and I have found that Nissan is aware of this issue, but does not recognize it as a being associated with my VIN number- this is hard to believe since my car was produced about a year before the recall notice (recall id #03V455000) was issued. I was informed by Nissan representatives that the only way to appeal my VIN#'s applicability to this recall is through the NHTSA. My case # with Nissan is[xxx]. thanks for your help! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032012

350Z 6-cyl

  • 84,466 miles
My car shutoff as I was driving. The mechanic said it was the cam sensor and there was a recall on it. Nissan says my car isn't covered under the recall that explains the exact problem: Recall campaign number: 03V455000 my check engine light came on Tuesday and my car shutoff while I was driving causing a very dangerous condition if I was going faster on a highway. The car wouldn't start and I had to have it towed to the dealer where they aren't willing to fix it under the issued recall for the exact same problem!!

- Elkin , NC, USA

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