Stuck in Gear - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: Stuck in Gear

July 13, 2009

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"Is that a new one?" the lady standing on the sidewalk asked me through the window as I was holding the clutch in with one foot, other foot hovering over the brake, and trying to reverse the car into a parking spot...while three guys pushed it from its front end. "Yes," I replied. "Oh dear," the lady said. Yeah, our 2009 Nissan 370Z broke.

We were just about to pull into a driveway for a nice Sunday breakfast at a Redondo Beach diner and wanted to make sure we didn't hit the curb of the parking lot ramp so reversed and then tried to put it in 1st gear. That's when the shifter decided that it didn't want to budge. We tried letting the car roll forward a bit to see if it would work then and we tried putting it in any gear. Still nothing. The shifter was stuck in the middle and couldn't be moved at all...except a little side to side.

Apparently the car is stuck in a gear even though the digital readout says it's in neutral because when we gently ease our foot off the clutch it stalls the car. So the Z was undrivable and we had to call AAA.

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Since a flat-bed truck wasn't available, they sent in a guy with a dolly that would lift up the car's front end. We checked under the car to make sure everything was kosher and saw that if anything the exhaust would suffer a minor scuffing.

After 15 miles of towing, the car was A-OK. We dropped it off at Santa Monica Nissan and on the envelope that we had to leave our key in, we wrote "Car stuck in gear" as the issue that needed to be addressed.

We'll keep you posted.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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