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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,210 miles

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2010 Nissan 370Z electrical problems

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2010 Nissan 370Z Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 262016


  • 61,000 miles


Driving my car to my brother's house to babysit my niece, no issues or warnings. Go back to my car to leave and my car will not start. Tried changing the battery and reprogramming my key, had to get my car towed to Nissan dealership only to be told that I need to spend $1100 for Nissan to order a part which has caused my car to lock/stall. This is a known issue yet nothing has been done about it, instead Nissan are leaving customers stranded only to pay an insane amount of money.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 102016


  • 51,350 miles
Car would not start-left me stranded--a single female in an unknown area-called Nissan they could not help! dealer indicates is a wheel locking module that they know has failed-recalled in cars up to 2009- the headlight ballast is also a failed product leaving you with a flickering or no headlight-car has less than 55000 miles

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 022016


  • miles
I have a 2010 370Z with only 20,000 miles. I have to say we all (family) were very happy with it till today. My wife always kept it inside our garage, all services up to date. Early in the morning she tried to start it but steering wheel lock came up, we tried everything, checked key fab battery and nothing. Finally we had to call roadside assistance and the vehicle was towed to the dealership. Once there we were told by our service advisor that it's a very common failure on 370Z as a fact he showed us 3 others yes!! 3 more vehicles with same issue he also told us that there's a recall on the same problem on an Altima and maxima but no the 370Z why? he knew right away what the problem was and even told us right away "this is going to cost at least 1200 because that part is around 1000 really!! Nissan thank you!! what a joke for an almost 50,000 dollar car.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

problem #14

Oct 152015


  • 52,000 miles


Electronic steering column lock failed and disabled the vehicle. Vehicle wouldn't recognize intelligent key even when inserted. Vehicle was parked however it left car stranded without being able to start the engine. Had to have it towed to local Nissan dealership where they diagnosed it as this issue. There was a recall for my year, make and model but they told me my VIN didn't qualify for replacement. Had to pay $1,237 out of pocket for repair.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #13

Oct 152015


  • 31,000 miles
So I have a 2010 370Z (31K miles) and it has been running great up until yesterday. I got in to start it and it wouldnżT start. The only thing I noticed was the intelligent key system warning light was on. Just to be sure, I checked the battery in my remote and, of course, also put the remote in the override slot and nothing. The battery in the car is also fine. Everything else seamed to work, lights, horn, doors unlock/lock. The start button said lock and it would not even turn to accessory mode. Steering wheel was in the un-locked position. Doing a little research online Iżve found that it is more than likely a steering wheel lock problem that leads to the intelligent power distribution module. Apparently this is a fairly common problem and it seems to happen around 30-40K miles. So now I have the pleasure of having my car towed to the dealership so they can charge me (their estimate) $1500! I love my car but this is a problem that Nissan should deal with. There needs to be a recall on this!

- Thronton, CO, USA

problem #12

Apr 062015

370Z 6-cyl

  • 49,750 miles
The electronic steering column lock module failed, preventing starting the car. Had it towed, dealer replaced at a cost of $1200, well known defect among Nissan xxxz owners.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 062015

370Z 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


Nissan has had a recall on maxima and Altima vehicles, for steering lock mechanism failures. My 2010 370Z had the same issue. Nissan will not replace because vehicle was manufactured at a different plant?! however the part is from the same manufacter. $1300 to replace.

- Macungie , PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 262015

370Z 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Intelligent key system warning light had been flashing on and off. Took it immediately to apple Nissan in york per the owners manual and was told nothing was wrong with the vehicle. About 2 weeks later, warning light came on again and vehicle will not start. Push start is indicating lock only. Seems to be a common problem that warrants either a recall or an extended warranty on the electronic steering lock mechanism. Will not ever purchase another Nissan.

- York, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 112014

370Z 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Steering lock failed. The part failed without any prior indication. I was stranded because my vehicle would no longer start. Had to get my car towed to a dealer and was charged $1100 to replace the part. Vehicle was purchased only 3 months prior and had 29000 miles on it.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #8

Dec 242014

370Z 6-cyl

  • miles
Car ignition is stuck in lock after being parked to go into the mall. Known issue that Nissan issued recall for gtr which is a more expensive car but not for the Z a less expensive car. Car will not start or power into acc mode so the windows are also stuck down and have no way of going up. Issue has been reported many times butthe lower end cars do not get a fixc for this and will leave the owners stranded.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #7

Dec 032014

370Z 6-cyl

  • 38,400 miles


On Dec 2 2014 I noticed that the intelligent ket light was on. Once I got home after work I looked it up on the manuel and it said it could be a malfunction and to contact a Nissan dealer. Well on the morning of 3 Dec I go to work and no light. At around 2030 I got released for the day. Go to start my car and nothing. Had to get a ride to a store and wait for wife to pick me up.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 162014

370Z 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Car would not start, it went into immobilization and would not come out. Windows rolled down, bottom displayed 'lock' and would not go into acc or start.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 032014

370Z 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Tried to start car in the morning and it did start moved up 5 feet to wash car washed car then tried to start again nothing would not start at all found out it was the steering lock assembly this is a know part to fail and theirs no way it should on a car so new it happens to a lot of Nissan 2009 2010 370Z its a known part to fail and when it does theirs nothing you can do to start the car it cost 1600 dollars to fix and Nissan knows theirs a problem but no recall the gtr had the same problem but they fixed that because its a very costly car but the 370 Z nothing yet the dealer just laugh and I also called Nissan and they did the same thing when they no this happens alot with this part I think its very bad for Nissan to treat their people like that I will never deal with Nissan again and I showed Nissan over a thousand emails and problems with this part and they just don't care I can understand if it was not a problem that much but this steering box on the 370 Z is a big problem 40 thousand dollar car and Nissan has or don't care I would just give it back too them but once they have your money Nissan can care less it seems like its sad.

- Forestville, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 062013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 37,067 miles
On December 6, my vehicle's engine did not start at a gas station, so I had to tow it to the nearest Nissan dealership. When I towed it in to the dealership, the service writer already knew the cause of the failure and told me that this will probably be repaired at no charge. He said that this is very common on Z. after the diagnosis, he called me and said that the electric steering column lock needs to be replaced. This parts is what they replaces a lot for this service campaign, but somehow my vehicle does not fall in to this service campaign, and he does not understand why it does not, so he told me to call 800-nissan1 to file a complaint. Now, this service campaign was released for electric steering column lock problem for 2009-2010 370Z, and now, based on service writer?S opinion and my research on this campaign, my vehicle issue should be included in the service campaign due to 1 my vehicle is 2010 370Z. 2 the parts which caused for my vehicle issue was electric steering column lock, and this part is the exactly same parts replaced to take care of this service campaign.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 232013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
Dealer says it's the steering wheel lock issue. Warranty expired and now they're asking 1,200 to fix the issue for parts and labor. This is ridiculous. Apparently it's a common issue for all 2009 and 2010 Z's and they're only recalling some 2010 models. I need this recalled because of the obvious defective part that was installed in the car. Unless I can get this fixed at no cost I will not purchase another Nissan. Ever. They already have awful brakes and rotors and now this? shame

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 242013


  • 14,000 miles
Steering lock relay failed and caused wheel to remain locked (car will not start). Cost over $1,000 after labor and tow. Widely documented issue on many websites and car forums ( Also, issue has been addressed by Nissan for the GT-R and even removed this steering lock from newer 2011 models, and all 2012 and 2013. They need to recall this part with an updated part or remove it completely and reimburse those affected!

- Corona, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 302012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Known issue on some 370zs, Nissan gtrs and Altima. When steering lock fails car will not not start, without lock release push button start is rendered useless. Nissan is aware of the issue but chose not to correct it.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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