2004 Nissan 350Z Coupe User Reviews
- $7,988 - $10,728
- No trim specified for this review
- Very nice appearance; excellent acceleration
- Vital flaw in front end suspension; Horrible customer service by Nissan Corporate
When I first bought my Z, I couldn't help but fall in love with the appearance and the way it handled. It hugs turns really well and the acceleration and 287 hp V6 cant' be matched for the price I paied.
However, things started to go wrong at about 9,000 miles. There is a flaw with the front end alignment that causes very abnormal wear on the front tires. This isn't any normal wear you'd experience with a sports car. This wear is so bad that the insides of both tires are practically gone. Because of this issue, the road noise is unbearable and ruins the driving experience. It is also potentially dangerous since I'm losing traction in the front tires.
Nissan accepts responsibility for this issue on the '03 models, but the company WILL NOT hear complaints from '04 owners like myself. They claim that this is not their problem and that I have to pay for all the expenses myself. To make matters worse, Nissan's consumer affairs division is easily one of the rudest and lathargic customer service groups I've ever dealt with. They never return calls and are constantly hostile over the phone.
I've read reports online that even if the dealership re-adjusts your alignment and replaces your tires, the problem will re-occur after 10,000 miles.
Unless you're willing to spend $500+ each year on new tires and re-alignment, I suggest buying something else. It's a shame that a car with a legacy such as the Z can be plagued with such problems.
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