really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,950 miles

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2004 Nissan 350Z body / paint problems

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2004 Nissan 350Z Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 212011


  • 85,000 miles


On 2004 Nissan 350Z the convertible top will stick in the half open half closed position. Nissan will not help fix this costly repair $2200-$3000. The motors that control the top called the (fifth bow motor) will go out without notice. No way to manually close the top. Many others on Nissan forum site have reported this same issue. I paid Nissan to fix this problem cost me $2800. Now it is doing the same thing less than 3 years later. (I can supply the part number is needed).

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 012009


  • 30,000 miles
Convertible top doesn't close, or open while in progress.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 182006


  • 6,000 miles
I was involved in a near fatal auto accident, which Nissan didn't report to the death and injury reports done every quarter per annual year. The accident almost left me paralyzed and I broke over 6 bones in various body part locations due to the car not living up to the "safety" features the maker boasted to have which falsely lead me to buy the car and nearly killed me during an accident, at no fault of mine. The accident was on 1-18-2006, the vehicle a total loss, and occurred in Arizona on interstate 51 in phoenix AZ. I was rear ended, while sitting in traffic pile-up during rush hour traffic. The other driver was estimated to be driving upon impact at 43 mph. I had my sealtbelt on, which broke my collarbone, and a rib. I also ruptured a silicone breast implant from the force of the car into the steering wheel. The air bags didn't deploy, the leg and feet compartment for the driver area caused one foot I had on the brake, to break the sessamoid bone; the rt knee was thrown into the steering column and I broke my patella and tore my meniscus. Both required surgery, both on opposite legs. I required surgery for the ruptured implant. My neck was fractured and the blow and whiplash from the inadequate head restraint caused vertigo for nearly 3 months. I suffered brain bruising and swelling from hitting my head against the headrest after being thrust forward without an airbag to cushion the jolting of the neck and spine. My thoracic spine was fractured, and remains that way since I've opted not to have surgery. The lumbar spine has a ruptured disk and developed a mass from the impact blunt force trauma that developed from the other drivers car hitting my rear end of the car and the seat thrusting all the contents of the vehicles structure into the seat behind where I sat. I had surgery on the removal of the mass and the lumbar spine repair 3 times. My life was completely destroyed as a result of the false misleading claims the Nissan manufacturer and dealer claimed.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 282006

350Z 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


: the contact stated after getting a carwash, it was noticed that a dimple had formed on the dashboard above the passenger airbag. The dimple worsened through time and the dashboard eventually caved in. On 10/13/06, the dealer was contacted, and determined that the entire airbag system had failed. The airbags and dashboard needed to be replaced. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer after filing a complaint with the NHTSA.

- Newhall, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 172006

350Z 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,700 miles
: the contact stated the convertible top does not go up and down properly, this causes the defroster to disengage from the rear window. Also, the metal in the frame damages the top and it has been replaced twice.

- Kenova, WV, USA

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problem #1

Feb 022005

350Z 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
My 2004 350Z roadster's convertible top retracts into holder when down, but the cover of that area will not completely close consistently. Approximately, 80% of the time, the cover stops two to three inches before it should and the convertible top open light indicator is on. After two-five tries, the cover will eventually close. My dealership has tried to fix the problem three times unsuccessfully with service taking one to three days.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

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