definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,656 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z steering problems

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2009 Nissan 370Z Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #41

Jan 032013

370Z 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Steering lock unit failed. Car would not start. Did not acknowledge that key was in the car. With the slu not working, steering wheel can turn but car won't start.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #40

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 #39

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 #38

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

problem #37

Dec 312012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 17,500 miles
There is a known issue / problem with 2009 and early 2010 Nissan 370Z's. the problem is related to the steering wheel lock mechanism, which prevents the car from being turned on in any form (power or engine) because the mechanism fails mechanically and prevents an electrical response from being sent. It is not an issue that would affect safety while driving, but it is absolutely a safety issue because it can and will cause consumers to be stranded without warning. Nissan is refusing to take responsibility for this issue and consumers need a voice for a known faulty part which hundreds are experiencing! the simple fact is that because this vehicle is not a widely purchased, popular model, this issue has been ignored by Nissan and the powers that be in the government that make recalls happen. More information from frustrated consumers may be seen at the following locations: www.the370Z.com/diy-section-do-yourself/53437-steering-lock-cut-one-wire-switch-optional-18.html www.the370Z.com/diy-section-do-yourself/47181-diy-replace-dreaded-steering-lock-2009S-early-2010S-30.html www.the370Z.com/Nissan-370Z-general-discussions/48434-Z-looked-awesome-tow-truck-sarcastic-6.html my vehicle should not have mechanical issues with any part with less than 18,000 miles on it. Ridiculous!

- Shakopee, MN, USA

problem #36

Dec 282012


  • 40,000 miles
Drove 370Z to work with no problem. Attempted to leave for appointment later in the day and car will not start. The car will do nothing, no power, no radio, can't roll the windows up, etc. The wheel lock system has malfunctioned. Apparently, this is a common problem.

- Mt. Washington, KY, USA

problem #35

Dec 192012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


Steering wheel lock failure (intelligent key system warning). Was at a gas station and car would not start. "yellow" key light showed up but car would not start at all. Had to have car towed to dealership. After research, I have discovered that this part has failed on many Nissan models with this type of electronic steering wheel lock. This needs to be recalled and anyone who has paid to have it replaced needs to be reimbursed. A class action lawsuit needs to be filed because Nissan refuses to accept that it is a faulty part. Total cost to replace: $1084.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #34

Dec 232012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 27,400 miles
Steering wheel /ignition system electronics switch failure, causing vehicle and all electric accessory systems on vehicle to not function.

- Atchison, KS, USA

problem #33

Dec 262012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 52,500 miles
2009 Nissan 370Z worked perfectly then wouldn't start. Found many other incidents of the same problem. The issue is a broken steering wheel lock which won't unlock. Although the same part is known to have issues in many Nissan cars, there is no recall so owner pays for an expensive part and labor.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #32

Dec 132012


  • 26,000 miles
The steering lock would not engage after turning off or locking the car. If the steering wheel lock does not work then the car will not start leaving me stranded.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #31

Dec 022012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Car will not start. Seems to be a very common problemwith 09 370Z's. steering lock mechanism.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #30

Nov 202012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
In the 2009 and 2010 model years of this car (and other Nissan vehicles), the steering wheel lock assembly is known to randomly fail, leaving the car unable to start. There is no recall or tsb for this as of yet, and it has affected several Nissan vehicles including the gtr. Revisions a and B of the steering wheel lock assembly are well known to fail, and revision C is also known to fail however there are fewer occurrences. This has left me stranded and unable to get to work, and Nissan will straight up refuse to fix the problem for less than $1000.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #29

Dec 012012


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan 370Z. The contact stated that he went to start the vehicle but the steering wheel lock malfunctioned. The contact stated that he could not unlock the steering wheel to start the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the steering wheel lock needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would look into the matter and get back to him. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #28

Dec 022012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Car will not start, had to be towed to Nissan, my 2009 370Z had a electric steering lock problem. Part with labor will be around $1000. There have been several complaints on this same issue and should have been recalled by now!! will be looking further into this problem Nissan should be at fault 100%.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #27

Nov 282012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 43,065 miles
Parked my car at the store came pushed the start nothing. Changed the battery on the intelligent tried to start wouldn't start inserted the key into key slot nothing happened.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #26

Nov 272012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Attempted to start vehicle. Keyless entry system not working. Vehicle would not start. Had car flat bed towed to Nissan. They said that it was the steering lock. There have been multiple complaints from consumers who own 2009-early 2010 Nissan 370Z. This part should be recalled by Nissan since it prevents starting the car, thereby leaving you stranded. Nissan had a recall on the gtr's but not the 370Z. This is what happens when you try to start the car. Without warning, the electric lock fails to unlock, sending error message to the BCM. The car will not start in this case and will flash the intelligent key warning in the cluster. Nissan is well aware of the faulty locks they installed and choose to ignore it. They stopped using these locks ( revb, revc etc) on the 2012 Z's entirely.

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #25

Nov 222012

370Z 6-cyl

  • miles
Car will not start, had to be towed to Nissan, my 2009 370Z had a electric steering lock problem. Part with labor will be around $1000. There have been several complaints on this same issue and should have been recalled by now!! will be looking further into this problem Nissan should be at fault 100%.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 222012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 18,500 miles
On 11/22/2012 I attempted to start my vehicle and it would not start, or go into accesory mode. The car was towed to the dealership and determined to be caused by a faulty steering lock actuator. The car has under 19.000 miles.

- Neshanic Station, NJ, USA

problem #23

Nov 142012

370Z 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
The steering lock assembly went out, which causes the car to not start at all. It leaves you stranded. Reading through forums and talking to other 370Z owners this is a common problem that needs to be recalled. You cant start your car or even turn it to accessory, which means if you break down away from home you cant even charge your phone to be able to call for help. The part is quite expensive and there are ways to disable it. I feel that if this issue is happening with so many of these cars it needs to be replaced free of cost.

- Tumwater, WA, USA

problem #22

Nov 252012


  • 21,500 miles
Car was parked at a local coffee shop. Suddenly the steering lock, part of the starting system went haywire and disabled the car completely. Now the car can't be turned on even though the key is in the car and the battery is full. I believe NHTSA needs to be made aware of this issue as it is a safety concern since every 370Z is at risk of this problem, leaving all potential owners stranded. I believe Nissan is aware of this problem as the Nissan GT-R had a campaign to replace the very same part. It is called a steering lock.

- Norwich, CT, USA

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