hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,711 miles

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2008 Nissan 350Z drivetrain problems

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2008 Nissan 350Z Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 212016


  • 191,250 miles


Csc failure 6 times. Failure occured in multiple places, on the highway, side streets, country road.

- Ellenville, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 202016


  • 70,000 miles
I purchased my 08 350Z grand touring October 5, 2015 from hoy fox Toyota in el paso tx. 3 days later it left me stranded. The clutch stayed to the floor and it wouldn't gear. They sold it to me saying it had a new clutch so I decided after test driving it to take it. I had to wait 30 days for my power train warranty to kick in so I can make a claim. Initially it was the master cylinder which was covered. However, that was not the case. Later they said I needed a whole new clutch kit for around 2800. Of course I don't have that amount of money. I purchased and exedy aftermarket clutch, flywheel and pressure plate as they told me to do. Took it home November 15 and it worked fine for several months. It then began to leak clutch fluid and clutch felt soft. I went back and they kept telling me to go to Nissan. I paid for a diagnosis at viva Nissan in el paso tx and the concentric slave cylinder was the issue. I had to go back and forth and try to get the help to fix this issue. I bought a slave cylinder online because I didn't know I had that part under warranty. I tried talking to them at dealership but no help until I made a bad review. They took the car in and they said no worries we will fix it. They replaced the slave cylinder and in 3 days once again it failed. Plastic Nissan parts are no good. They get damaged easily and even new cars with less than 5000 miles need it all replaced. The only solution we all might have is a heavy duty slave cylinder from zspeedsports and its expensive. I've been reading so many cases and we all have the same issues. It's ridiculous what we have to go through and for Nissan not to solve this issue immediately. I have no car and its at dealership once again for the third time. I have a case number 23013379. These vehicles need to be replaced and fixed. Too many cases and no help from dealership.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 162013

350Z 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Clutch stuck to floor from slave cylinder going out.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 152013

350Z 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


While driving at speed pressed clutch pedal and it stayed on the floor accompanied by a very characteristic and strong burning smell, unable to change gears, car rendered inoperable. Safety hazard, stuck in gear at highway speeds.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 162013

350Z 6-cyl

  • 27,863 miles
Driving, push clutch in it stay on the floor, cannot shift, dangerous on the freeway, safety hazzard, there are numerous same problem with the 2008 350Z Nissan need to do a recall before someone get kill of this problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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problem #5

Sep 092012

350Z 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Nissan 350Z on the freeway at about 65 mph and when I stepped on the clutch to switch gears it was stuck on the floor and didn't come back up. The clutch was stuck in gear and I had to pull over and get it towed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 052011


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan 350Z. While driving approximately 30 mph, the clutch failed to respond when engaged. The brake pedal was applied with force and the vehicle came to a stop. The vehicle was towed to the residence. The contact inspected the vehicle and stated the slave cylinder would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 192011


  • miles
The clutch slave cylinder has gone out on the vehicle 3 times since I have owned it. It has cost me over $500 each repair. Others have complained about this. The second time it went out was in a parking lot when I was going slow and the third time happened this morning when I left for work. This is ridiculous and all Nissan wants to do is charge off the wall prices. I'm a master mechanic and the design of this whole system is ridiculous.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

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 #1

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

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