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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,402 miles

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2008 Nissan 350Z transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Nissan 350Z Owner Comments

problem #10

May 222008


  • 14,500 miles


The vehicle is a 2008 350Z roadster with 15,000 miles, and the transmission was replaced at around 7500 miles (under warranty) due to bearings that were broken. When the car is brought to mid-high revs in 1st/2nd gear, the clutch will disengage and fall to the floor. This is accompanied by a very strong burning smell (characteristic clutch burning smell) and is extremely damaging to the clutch and transmission. The clutch pedal has to be pulled up manually and is noticeably softer after this happens. This problem has happened 2-3 times in the past year. This problem was noticed in 2007 350Z's and has continued into the 2008 350Z's. the 350Z mentioned in this report was manufactured in 10/07.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 312010


  • 24,597 miles
Driving on freeway approximately 70-75 mph, when applying pressure to clutch pedal I realize there is little to no clutch pedal pressure and clutch pedal sticks to the floor and has to be pulled back with my foot. Felt slight pedal pressure at the end of pedal travel and disengaged and changed gears into neutral. Pumped clutch while in neutral to see if clutch pedal pressure could return to normal with no success. Clutch engagement remained the same at the very end of travel and would no longer go into gear. Continued pumping clutch pedal and was lucky to get back into sixth gear with a grind into gear to continue driving on freeway at speed. Still pedal continued to stick halfway or more down and had to be returned back to static position manually. Drove to local dealer since was on the way to intended destination where problem still occurred and each gear engagement being irregular to normal. Left car at dealers service department for overnight delivery since dealer service department is closed on sundays. Clutch pedal is still halfway depressed as left.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 222009


  • 13,000 miles
2008 Nissan 350Z nismo / clutch pedal sticks, when the gear engages it`S very bouncy?.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #7

Nov 172009


  • 5,500 miles


When rpms are high in first gear, the clutch disengages to the halfway point and you lose all power to the wheels. This is usually followed by a burning clutch smell. It is my understanding that Nissan recalled the 2007 350Z for the same issue (clutch slave cylinder), but it's apparent that the problem continues with the 2008 model and I'm asking that the NHTSA instruct Nissan to extend the fix to 2008 models.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #6

Feb 152009


  • 1,500 miles
Clutch throwout bearing noise & hard shifting from factory.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 082009

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan 350Z. The contact stated that the transmission grinds into second gear when the clutch is fully disengaged. In addition, the transmission stalls and is less likely to grind in second gear in warm weather conditions; however, the failure still persists. When shifting from 3,500 rpms to 4,500 rpms from first to second gear, the transmission would grind more. The dealer advised him to bring in the vehicle for inspection. The contact will take the vehicle to them within the next 24 hours. The failure mileage was 4,500 updated 02/24/09. When the consumer shifted to second gear from first gear, the transmission would grind and would not engage. Updated 02/26/09.

- Palm Beach Gardens , FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 122007


  • 19 miles


Hello I have a 2008 Nissan 350Z 6 speed manual base model, that I had brought in Dec 12 of 2007 brand new. Since then the clutch on the car has gotten stuck three times. All three times are random. Twice was on the highway and once while doing a U turn. The cause of this is burning up my clutch and the Nissan dealerships here in the orlando area are giving me the classic dealership run around. I call Nissan on there 1-800-Nissan-1 number and said they cant do anything until the dealer looks at it, with a possible charge of $600 for looking it at. My car is at 22,000 today on Dec 3 2008. Nissan power train warranty is until 3 years 36,000 miles, but to check the car is at my cost. Nissan has reported on the slaver cylinder recall, but they say that's what might not be wrong with it.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 092008


  • 400 miles
Car would not shift smoothly. Dealer says the flywheel is broken and car needs a new clutch. The car has 3700 miles on it and Nissan will not cover this under warranty. Problem has existed since the car had 400 miles on it.

- Lake Jackson, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 282008


  • miles
Clutch gets very loose after driving a little bit.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022008


  • miles
Slave cylinder is not creating enough pressure and causing clutch to slip and burn.

- Houston, TX, USA

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