Nissan 350Z

Nissan_Z350-45-1024The Z-car is a series of sports cars manufactured by Nissan Motors Ltd. The original Z was sold in October 1969 in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z. It was exported as the Datsun 240Z. Every Z car sold in Japan has been badged as the Fairlady Z and elsewhere under the names Nissan S30, Nissan S130, Nissan 300ZX, Nissan 350Z and Nissan 370Z. Enthusiasts praise the cars for their looks, reliability, performance, and affordability.

Nissan 350Z (Z33 – Fifth generation Z-Car)

In the summer of 2002, the 350Z was released to wide acclaim. It employed a slightly improved version of the 3.5-liter VQ35DE DOHC V6 engine found in multiple Nissan cars at the time, including the Skyline and Pathfinder.

The 350Z coupé was originally available in 5 trim packages: ‘350Z’ (Base), ‘Enthusiast’, ‘Performance’, ‘Touring’, and ‘Track’ editions. This engine initially produced 287 bhp and 274 lb·ft torque, but in 2005 was increased to 300 bhp and 260 lb·ft. Prices started at $26,000 US, well below the $30,000 mark initially set forth by Nissan. Coupled to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 5-speed automatic (the automatic lost 13 bhp in comparison), it was initially available only as a 2-seater hardtop. A convertible model was later introduced in 2004.


The 350Z was later available in a selection of seven trim packages, depending on the year: “Base”, “Enthusiast”, “Performance”, “Touring”, “Grand Touring”, “Track” and “Nismo”. The base model 350Z, in comparison to the more expensive packages, did not have a limited-slip differential or a traction control system. Touring and Grand Touring models both featured leather seats, Bose entertainment systems, optional satellite navigation, VDC (vehicle dynamic control), and other user conveniences, while the Grand Touring models also added Rays Engineering forged wheels and the Brembo braking system found on the Track and Nismo models. In 2007, Nissan dropped the “Track” version in favor of the “Nismo” edition, but retained the Brembo brakes, Rays Engineering wheels, and simple interior, but added a larger exhaust and aggressive body kit. The second Nismo edition, released in 2007, included revised camshafts, a Nismo sport tuned exhaust, custom Rays Engineering 18-inch wheels (19 in rear), front and rear spoilers and rear diffuser, and a Brembo braking system with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers (with 12.8 in front and 12.7 in rear rotors).


The 2005 35th Anniversary Edition 350Z and 2006 350Z equipped with manual transmissions received a newly revised engine, which increased the redline to 7,000 rpm and increased power to 300 hp.

2007-2008 350Z models came with the 3.5L VQ35HR engine with dual intakes and a 7,500 rpm redline, which produced a power output of 306 hp, and featured a more linear power-band in addition to the increased torque at lower revolutions. It is widely believed that this model year (2007–08) is the most desired among enthusiasts due to the car featuring a revised transmission (CD009) which solved all previous issues and the new engine architecture (VQ35HR) which provided an overall faster car.


TOP PROBLEMS
– Crankshaft and Camshaft Sensor Recall
– Faulty Fuel Damper May Cause Ticking Noise
– Check oil frequently since engine burns oil faster than most
– Failing navigation unit may display disc error on screen
– Service Bulletin Addressing Problem With Front Tire Wear/Noise

COMMON COMPLAINTS
– Gears Grinding – Synchros going out, need to replace transmission
– Gear Box Damaged
– Clutch Sticks

RECALLS

Recall for 2007-2008 Nissan 350Z
– AIR BAGS
– ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE

Recall for 2006 Nissan 350Z
– POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

Recall for 2005 Nissan 350Z
– POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
– EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Recall for 2004 Nissan 350Z
– POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
– EXTERIOR LIGHTING
– FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Recall for 2003 Nissan 350Z
– POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
– EXTERIOR LIGHTING
– FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
– ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING