hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,450 miles

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2003 Nissan 350Z engine problems

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2003 Nissan 350Z Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Dec 022007

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle completely lost power and would not restart until ten minutes later. The failure occurred without warning. Soon after, the check engine light illuminated. An auto zone employee stated that the camshaft sensor and crankshaft malfunctioned. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 74,000. Updated 4/2/08 the dealer stated that a fuel hose recall has been performed on the vehicle and emergency brake is not performing properly. Updated 04/02/08

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #6

May 222007

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan 350Z. The contact attempted to start the vehicle for fifteen minutes, but it failed to start. The failure occurred 5 to 6 times on June 22,23 2007. The service engine light soon, vdc light, and slip light remained illuminated. The diagnostic test indicated that # P0340, the cam shaft position sensor circuit, malfunctioned and caused the engine to fail. The contact stated that the vehicle is performing at 80% and the failure is similar to that noted in recall # 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer and manufacturer stated that his VIN is not related to the recall. He was issued case # 5757949. The current and failure mileages were 60,000.

- Mursreesboro , TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 102005

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The vehicle turned off in the middle of a rainstorm when I was driving on the highway and ended up on the road where I didn't have much of a pull out which could have been disastrous if another vehicle had not been aware due to the conditions on the roadway. The result of this is due to burning of oil which the manufacturer has no idea of what causes this! they just order a consumption test and rarely does what they are supposed to! which is replace the motor as they did in my case but not without a fight!I went to the BBB whom ordered Nissan to replace the motor along with other fixes for suspension and window motor but those are separate issues. They replaced motor but it still ended up breaking down again twice after and they don't want to fix! it broke down about 6 thousand miles after the new motor.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 192005

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Consumer owned a Nissan 350Z track version 2003. He took vehicle to dealer for recall repair about a year ago. Consumer stated it was a recall, however, could not find recall on NHTSA web site. Ntb03-046 was the number identifying the recall that consumer had. Repair work was done on 6-11-04. Then, on July 19, 2005 consumer took vehicle to gardena Nissan in California, and they told him that the problem involved front tires wearing out on the inside during repair work they replaced the right front compression rod. Consumer contacted Nissan, and they told him that after recall and warranty repair work was only good for 10,000 miles. Consumer believed that recall repairs did not fix problem, per gardena Nissan. Six months after consumer bought vehicle when shifting up or down at any speed periodically it will not go into gear. Nissan was aware of the situation, and they did not want to do anything about it.

- Williams Port, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 262003

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
2003 Nissan 350Z brought in to showcase Nissan in bourne, MA with oil light on and no oil pressure. Technician put car on lift and drained "less than a pint of oil" from vehical. Inside of tail pipes were oily and black. Milage at the time was 14,100. Nissan's solution was to do consumption tests at 500 mile intervals which resulted in oil usage of 1/4 to 1/2 quart per 500 miles which Nissan claims is "normal".

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152004


  • 24,600 miles
Engine sensor malfunctioned. As a result, engine failed while driving. A recall was issued, but consumer was never notified.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 222004

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The vehicle lost oil and smoked. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the mechanic did a consumption test. There was no evidence of a leak.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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