Nissan is very aware the front end problem in the 03 and 04 350 Z's, INFINITI G-35 and the associated tire feathering and cupping of the front tires after as little as 4000 miles. They are avoiding this with the hope that it will go away as they did when the 84, 85, and 86 300 zx car were catching on fire. It wasn't until people died from their car catching fire that they were forced into a recall campaign to fix the problem. This campaign is still open in 2009. we must continue to press for more accountability on the part of companies that are only interested in our dollars and not the consequences of bad design or negligence. If you own any on these vehicles you might be interested in these links.
NOTE: There is no need to change your injectors. Nissan has recalled all 84-89 300ZXs in the USA and will replace the injectors and some other associated components free of charge. Make an appointment with any dealer if your car has not been done yet. If you're unsure whether your car has been done yet, call any dealer with your VIN handy and they will look it up for you.
The early 300ZXs' injectors have a habit of leaking around the seam where they are pressed together. If they are not changed once they start to leak, your car will burn. Since this is not good, you will want to change your injectors once they start to leak. "But how will I know when/if they leak?", you ask. You will smell it, trust me. Anytime you smell gas in your car, check around the injectors and fuel rail, as this is where virtually all leaks start. It is a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher in your car, just in case. If your car catches on fire, unless you are really lucky, or near a fire station, it will be a complete loss.
UPDATE: Class Action Suit Filed Against Nissan For "Tire Feathering" and "Tire Roar" in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Nissan 350z!
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Nissan for the defective front tires and alignment system that causes premature and irregular tire wear, "tire feathering, " and "tire roar" in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Nissan 350Z. On October 1, 2004, in the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all 2003, 2004 and 2005 Nissan 350Z owners and lessees nationwide (Paul Doty v. Nissan North American, Inc., Case No. BC322435).
The complaint alleges that these vehicles suffer from suspension and alignment defects that result in premature wear, feathering, and cupping of the front tires, resulting in "an extremely loud tire roar or tire growl, especially when the vehicle is braking, traveling on a smooth road surfaces or cruising at speeds of 30 mph or less." In addition, the complaint charges that Nissan 350z owners and lessees have been forced to replace their front tires and service their vehicle's front-end alignment more often than is reasonably expected.
Nissan has made several inadequate attempts to remedy the front tire problem in the [protected]Z car. Nissan issued several advisories to its dealership service departments, called Technical Service Bulletins, prescribing varying steps to address and correct the front tire problem. After several attempts, Nissan finally issued on April 12, 2004, its Technical Service Bulletin called "2003 350Z Front Wheel Alignment Warranty Extension (NTB04-043)." In conjunction with this bulletin, Nissan sent all 2003 350Z owners a letter describing a warranty extension and inviting 350Z owners with front tire problems to come to the dealership service department for a free inspection. The purpose of the inspection was to determine if the car was eligible for a repair pursuant to the April 2004 "2003 350Z Front Wheel Alignment Warranty Extension Program."
In our lawsuit, Plaintiff alleges that the repairs done according to the April 2004 Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) are ineffectual and lead to the rapid recurrence of front tire problems.
If you are an owner or lessee of a 2003, 2004 or 2005 Nissan 350Z and have experienced any of the above conditions, please fill out the form below. By filling out the form you may be able to participate in the class action and will be notified of any important developments.
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We would like to hear from as many 350Z owners and lessees as possible who have had the April 2004 TSB repair procedure performed on their cars.
Did you receive information from Nissan about this TSB?
Did you have the April 2004 TSB procedure performed on your 350Z?
The April 2004 TSB repair procedures typically resulted in the dealer service department performing a front tire rotation or replacement followed by a front-end alignment. Specifically, we would like hear from you whether or not your "tire roar" or "tire feathering" has recurred since having the April 2004 TSB repair performed on your vehicle.
Did the "tire roar" or "tire feathering" return on your 350Z after the dealer performed the April 2004 TSB repair procedure?
If you answered yes to the preceding question, please indicate approximately how many miles elapsed on your car after the April 2004 TSB procedure before the "tire roar" or "tire feathering" recurred?
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