2003 Nissan 350Z Consumer Review: Love/hate relationship

2003 Nissan 350Z - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (3.5L V6 6-speed Manual)

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Love/hate relationship
By RedwoodZ on


2003 Nissan 350Z 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 6M)


Fun car to drive but ours came with too many shortcomings for us to be happy with it. As mentioned in other Z groups, the dealer plays dumb with the problems -- in our case the front end / tire problem and a 6 speed that has chronic shifting problems from 1>2. Trannie has been replaced once. The front end has had the TSB "fix". With new tires, the noise is returning after about 4000 miles. The seat covers were replaced at less than 12000 miles! And last but not least, burning premium gas these days is very hard on the pocketbook. We had an '88 300Z we owned until we traded it in on 350Z. After our current nightmare, we won't be owning any more Nissans.

Best Features

Stylish, fun to drive. Admittedly "best bang for the buck".

Worst Features

Don't sell a $30k car with major design defects but if you do, give *GOOD* dealer and national support fixing the damn thing. The interior is too cheezie. A front air dam / bumper that scrapes going over anything higher than a cow pie is not practical in the real world.
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