pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
54,600 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. synchronize gear shift rotation in tranmission (6 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Nissan 350Z transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Nissan 350Z Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 152013

350Z Touring 3.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,000 miles


I'm really disappointed overall that Nissan worked with Z that couldn't provide good transmissions!I I was so damn excited when I bought my car from the dealership and drove home but... 3 months later my gears synchro's couldn't keep up with the potential the car already gives out! I've thought maybe it was just the fluid going out creating the problem but I've changed the gear fluid and no fix was there for me . This issue is so famous with every Z owner of years 2003-2005.

I wish I can trade my car but with this issue it has to be fixed before anything. No recalls for this problem, Nissan should've fixed this ! Really bad car to have ! My first rear wheel drive car I have to drive like a slow a#s can't enjoy shifting over 2500 rpms or else huge grinds between 2-4 so far... I've heard 5th gear will end up grinding As well. Big round of a applause for Nissan, thanks guys!

- Adrian E., Twin Falls, ID, US

problem #6

Mar 302008


  • Manual transmission
  • 67,000 miles

I just wanted to report the same issue from shifting from 4th to 5th gear that everyone else has. I bought this car used in 2008. It had just turned 10k miles. The guy only drove it on the weekend and it was kept in the garage the entire time. I didn't do my due diligence in by searching for these issues. The car today still only has 67k miles on it. I work from home and have since 2010 so it doesn't rack up a lot of miles still today. Shifting from 4th to 5th was always a problem and remains. If there's some sort of recall I am not aware of please share that with me. If I can get this issue fixed at no cost that would be great.

- Dwayne C., Royse City, TX, US

problem #5

May 182011

350Z Touring 3.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I have a Nissan 350z, and it is my first car. so needless to say, it is amazing, but it grinds when i shift into 5th gear. i have read alot of forums and complaints about this problem, and i have done some testing with my car. many people dont realize this, but the clutch is just a complex timer, and you can do the timing of the clutch without using it (so you can shift without using the clutch). i have mastered this in my car, and if i do this, my car will not grind, but it will still grind when i double clutch, or clutch regularly. is there a way to replace only the computer that synchronizes the clutch? if so, please help!

- johnsmith13, Madison, MS, US

problem #4

Oct 082010

350Z 3.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles


no excuse for a car with a tad over 23k to have transmission problems, especially a sports car

- Jd L., Jacksonville, AL, US

problem #3

Feb 182010

350Z 350Z 3.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles

now my car is grinding again. instead of grinding in 3rd gear it's grinding in 6th gear. this shouldnt be happening. im very upset at nissan

if i have an issue fixed it should be fixed and that should be the end of it

- Daniel N., Coral Springs, FL, US

problem #2

May 242007

350Z 350Z 3.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles

OK, at first i just thought i was driving my car wrong. since this was my first 6 speed and the gears are really close,but no , the gears just kept grinding and grinding and grinding. i took my car to Al Piemonte Nissan, Northlake,il

This is the WORST Nissan dealership i've ever been to, the service guys are so rude and cocky. they don't seem to even care about your car. IM VERY UPSET WITH THIS NISSAN DEALERSHIP. my 3rd gear syncro was messed up and they were able to fix it but they talked me into buying a new clutch. so i paid 450 for the clutch.a short time latter i took apart my transmission to put in a high performance clutch in. i know my car and this clutch was never changed. i paid 450 dollars for nothing.

another time i went in for a check engine light and an oil change they fix the check engine light but never did the oil change, AWFUL, AWFUL AWFUL

if you get anything changed or any work done to your car ask for proof, ask for any parts they changed ahead of time , i would even go as far as marking the bolts with something to make sure they fix your car correctly. im so surprised the same guys still work there, i feel like putting there names in this review so you know not to get your car done by them, just dont trust the manager and i would try to avoid this nissan dealership completely


- Daniel N., Coral Springs, FL, US

problem #1

Feb 052004

(reported on)


  • 3,000 miles

Called Nissan dealership wanted a sport car.

Bought a 2003 - 305 Z tour car. The car only had 2500 miles it was used as a show car for dealerships.

The second day I drove the car I noticed that the transmission made a grinding noise when shifting from 4th to 5th gear. The grinding noise did not happen every time you shifted the gears so I drove the car a couple more weeks and the grinding became more frequent. Called the nearest Nissan dealership. They said bring it on over they would look at that day. The service manager said they had to replace the transmission in another Z because it was making a grinding noise between shifts. I did not like the sound of this. So I ask if it was a recall or defect in the transmission. He then implied that the car had been driven to HARD. "These transmission are not made to power shift" I responded that this was a sports car. That it was designed to be driven to the limitation of the vehicle's specification. I did not pay all that money to drive a car that has 160 MPH on speed odometer and the car not perform 160 MPH.

The dealership I took the car to did not look at the car for 2 days then they called and said I needed a new transmission, clutch petal, and clutch plate. Covered under warranty. They could not do the work till the next week. I ask about a loaner car and they said I could not have one. I picked up the Z and called the dealership I bought the car from and they said come on over but as it turned out the dealership I went to close to my home had opened the case on my car and I could not use the dealership I bought the car from. The work is being done today. I will be driving the car back to the dealership I bought it from and filing a formal complaint with Nissan Corporation.

If there are other people out there with 350 Z transmission grinding please contact me.

- tc roberts, Crossett, AR, US

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