definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,971 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z electrical problems

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2009 Nissan 370Z Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Jan 282013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 22,114 miles


Attempted to start car using the push button. The car wouldn't start. Had aaa come out to test the battery. The battery was good. I towed to the dealership. They said it had a steering lock failure which cost $1100 to repair. It took a day to order the part. The mileage was 22,114. The service tech said he saw a lot of Altima come in with this problem.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #42

Feb 012013


  • 60,000 miles
The car stop working when I tried to turn it on. I towed it to the shop and found out the steering lock and given up and this was very rare.... I searched only and found out so many people had the same issues with the same vehicle.. how is it that the car never been in any accident and now having an issue with electrical. I had stereo issues, electrical issues, and now the steering wheel issue.. they don't cover the car cause there is no recall.. how do companies get away with this.. I can not believe there is nothing that is being done about this.

- Avenel, NJ, USA

problem #41

Feb 012013


  • 21,002 miles
I had the infamous "steering lock failure." It has yet to become a recall and recognized as a fault by Nissan, yet the fix is $700+. I got in my car and attempted to turn my car on only to get 0 response, whatsoever. After running through the manual and seeing there were only two options if the "key light" stayed on, I changed the battery in the key fob. That wasn't the issue, which then meant the only option was the steering lock failure. I now have to get my car towed and cough up $700+ at random (since it chooses when it's going to die). This is absolutely ridiculous. Mind you, I was under the mileage warranty (21K, not 35) but I get screwed because the year. This will be the last Nissan I ever buy.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #40

Nov 202012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles


Steering wheel lock froze. No changing of fuses, disconnecting of battery, or any other suggested "fixes" worked. Towed to Nissan dealer. " highly unusual".. hahaha found over sixty other Nissan model owners same problem. Mechanism discontinued on 2012 models. Cost &1400.00 to replace. Not covered under warranty!!!

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #39

Jan 292013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Car would not turn on. Towed to local Nissan dealer & they said the steering lock assembly failed. Vehicle locked up. Costing me $1400 to repair.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #38

Jan 282013


  • 67,000 miles
Steering wheel lock assembly stopped working.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #37

Jan 242013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 45,100 miles


Parked car while getting lunch, tried to restart car afterwards and ignition wouldn't cycle (wont go to acc or on, stays at lock). Indicator light implied keyfob needed to be inserted into the slot. After doing so, still would not start. Replaced keyfob battery, jumped the car; none worked. Eventually had to be towed to local dealer. Steering lock unit was determined to have failed. Unlike most reported failures, this one failed with the steering wheel unlocked (mechanism never engaged), however it would still not start. Parts came in at $719 and labor at $259. Had I been made aware of these costs before the work was done, as I requested in a voicemail left for the dealer, I would never have agreed and would have done it myself. Although this event may not occur while the vehicle is in motion, posing an immediate and apparent safety issue, it did result in being stranded in 10degree winter weather. Fortunately, this occurred in the middle of the day with people in the vicinity to help and a cell phone charged. Had it happened 12hrs later and with a dead cellphone, it would pose a considerable safety issue in sub10 degree weather. This is a well known issue, known by Nissan, and seems to have been addressed for the GT-R's under ntb10-025 issued 3/18/10. Yet, for some reason, it has not yet been corrected for the 370Z. According to service department at dealership where this work was performed, there were too many instances of this occurrence in their system to begin counting them all when I requested that information for reporting purposes. For others information, exact part number on the sticker of the replaced unit is as follows: 48700 9N00A-B1-01 T 4601101C E08 M01 31.03.09.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #36

Nov 142012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
After I drove car for 5 minutes, I parked the car for 40 minutes. When I tried to start the car, nothing happened. The car has a push button start and when I pressed it, nothing happened. No sound, no starter noise. Nothing. I tried putting the key in the dash. Still nothing. I got the car towed to the Nissan dealer and was told the locking system had failed. $1300 to fix it. I was told that when the system fails, the car will not start. This is an extremely dangerous car. It will leave your stranded anywhere and at any time. Many 350Z & 370Z owners have complained about this safety issue but nothing has been done to fix it. A recall should be forced on Nissan!

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #35

Jan 212013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Steering wheel lock has failed, rendering car unable to be started.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #34

Jan 212013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My car will not start due to the well-known yellow key light problem. I had it towed to the shop and I am afraid that the repair bill will be very expensive. Please make a recall for this obvious defect. It is very cold right now and could have been a real danger due to the cold weather.

- Waukee, IA, USA

problem #33

Jan 202013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Drove to 7/11 to get gas. Turned the car off. When I got back in the car to leave the car would not start. There was an amber key on the dashboard. There have been a major number of complaints filed for this same reason. The immobilizer locked out the wheel shaft which locked out the key faub. Since the car thinks it has been stolen the car will do nothing. No Nissan dealership is open on a Sunday and they are knowingly doing nothing about the issue. I never received any notices that there could have been an issue in the 3 years I've had my car. There has been a huge number of complaints on blogs which I discovered today after attempting to get my car started again.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #32

Jan 152013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I parked to get gas and when I went to start my vehicle, it did nothing. Checked battery and everything else to my knowledge then had it towed to my local dealership. The dealership diagnosed the problem as the "steering wheel lock has gone bad." Towing cost was $65 and total cost of repair was $1198.50. My warranty ended in October of 2012, so this was paid out of pocket. I was without a vehicle for 4 days. It happened without warning and I was stranded at the gas station. If your steering lock control unit is a "reva" or "revb", it is jut a matter of time before yours fails. Nissan needs to do something about this like they did with the Nissan gtr.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #31

Jan 012013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 19,906 miles
The vehicle in question, failed to start after a routine stop. A faulty steering lock control unit (slcu)resulting in the steering wheel failing to disengage from the locked position thus preventing the push button ignition system from starting the engine. The vehicle was able to be put in neutral, but only after accessing a compartmented shift lock switch. Unfortunately, with the steering wheel being locked, the vehicle could only be pushed forward or back and not turned. This proved to be a problem as the tow truck driver was forced to "drag" the vehicle to a better position in order to be loaded onto the flat bed. The dealership confirmed that the slcu was the single point of failure and acknowledged that this was a known issue in the 2009 and 2010 model years. Nissan failed to cover the repair costs because of the age of the vehicle, despise having under 20K miles.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #30

Dec 282012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 23,150 miles
I have a 2009 Nissan 370Z that after 3 days sitting in my garage wouldn't start without warning because the steering wheel lock failed. I was lucky that the issue didn't happen while I was out of town. The car had absolutely no power and had to be towed to the Nissan dealership. The bill to have it fixed was $1051.01 with labor. I have a case open with Nissan to try to get it covered since this part is out of warranty.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #29

Jan 062013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
This is a very common problem found in 2009 and 2010 Nissan 370Z vehicles. The steering locking unit fails at a premature rate and the car will suddenly not start without warning. This happened to me in a valet parking structure without any warning or indication. Many, many individuals are being cheated without a recall on this highly defective unit. The dealership is looking to charge $1,200 for a replacement. Nissan has already ordered a recall for their Nissan gtr's for the same exact issue, but for some reason refuse to acknowledge the same problem of the same part with their 370Z line. Please NHTSA, listen to the hundreds of individuals with the same problem and order a recall and reimbursement for the 370Z steering locking unit failures. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #28

Jan 052013


  • 37,000 miles
I parked the car in the lot and lock it. When I came back to drive away at 2:00 am where is nobody around I couldn't start the car and I had key warning indicator flashing on the dashboard. I found out later that is my steering wheel lock module failed like another couple of hundreds other 370Z. Nissan need to recall it.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 052013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Steering wheel lock failed thank god while im in the driveway not on the road.. Nissan said its common and will happen again.. cost 1200 dollars not including labor... this is insane.. I just bought this car now im wasting alot of money..

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #26

Dec 272012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
My vehicle would not start after normal usage. Had car towed to dealership and the steering wheel lock mechanism was shorted out. Cost around 1,200 to repair. After search, found out that this is a very common problem with this vehicle.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #25

Dec 302012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 33,381 miles
I drove my car to work and everything was running fine, as I stopped at a store to grab something and came back out my car no longer worked. The system would no longer recognize the intelligent key, and the push start button was in the "lock" mode. After researching this I found out that this is a common issue in the 2009-2010 Z models. The same issue found in Nissan GT-R models, the steering wheel lock malfunctions and is therefore enable to recognize the intelligent key due to the steering column being locked. Nissan should definitely take responsibility for the faulty equipment as this leaves cars and owners stranded. For a relatively new car this should not be happening esp. Under 36,000 miles. The majority of the complaints have not even surpassed the powertrain warranty. The government should show concern for consumers as well as Nissan!

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #24

Dec 242012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
The steering lock mechanism part #48700-jf00A on 09 and 10 models fails after a while due to poor quality. This results in the steering column being unable to unlock and therefore disabling the car from being started. This can leave anyone stranded and needing the car towed. In my case the car is stuck in my garage because I am unable to start it due to this faulty part. This needs to be recalled because the part will fail its just a matter of when.

- Exton , PA, USA

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