Nissan 350z Buyers Guide: Common Problems, Reliability & Maintenance Costs

Nissan 350z Buyers Guide

The Nissan 350z is responsive, handles well and will make enough noise to put a smile on your friend’s face.

But in the same way, it can be well behaved, ride nicely, and be quiet enough to take your mother to the shops.

It’s a driver’s car, through and through.

In this buyer’s guide we’ll tell you the things you should know before buying a Nissan 350z, such as:

  • the key characteristics of the car,
  • differences between different model names,
  • differences between different model years,
  • common problems,
  • reliability, and
  • maintenance costs.

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    1. I have one for 5 years now. They are so fun to drive. Make sure you get a 2007 or up any model is fine. Be aware the interior will need to be painted or replaced as the paint on the plastic chips easy. You probably wont find a used one with a clean interior anyway. Other than that the body style is beautiful and even better looking then the 370z.

  1. Great Article…. I bought a 2003 350z Touring 6-speed ……. fun car…. I’ve replace both window motors, rear trunk hatch…. lower control arms…. struts and shocks, valve cover gaskets, alternator, battery…. set of Michelin Tires…. all rotors and pads…. transmission fluid and rear differential fluid change! Last item clutch and flywheel changed December 2018……. drove from Raleigh NC to Atlanta GA …… no issues …… it performed without any hiccups….. great car just about completely restored

      1. @Jase The rubber bushings in the lower control arms bust. It is better to just replace the bushing with aftermarket poly (white line, energy) or solid bushings (SPL) if they haven’t worn to the point of damaging the arm itself.

  2. Just purchased a 03 350z seems I’ll be putting in work about to replace the radiator fan due to it not cutting on” car over heats” cooler o ring gasket “oil leak” both front and back camshaft sensors “just because” crankshaft sensor “trouble cranking on” and door regulator. Both front and rear hood struts and hear a noise from tire while turning assuming “bushings” Just replaced front windshield.

  3. I am the original owner of a 2007 350Z Enthusiast with GT Pack. The car has less than 30,000 miles on it and has been garage kept since I first bought it. She’s my baby. One thing that is a problem with her is the interior. Whatever they used to paint the interior had not held up well. It scratches off with a fingernail and the knobs on the dash for the air have gotten sticky as they’ve gotten older despite very little use. Do you happen to know if there was ever a recall? Any idea the best way to remedy this? Thanks for any ideas you can offer.

    1. I have done a couple things to fix the interior paint: (1) in a couple spots I covered it with a stick – on faux carbon fiber… easy to install, inexpensive, and available in small quantity on ebay and Amazon. (2) black spray paint with a clear coat of satin polyurethane spray paint will produce a very durable surface… existing paint must be clean (no need to remove existing paint, but any imperfections remain visible) .

  4. I bought my ’07 350Z Enthusiast about 4 years ago, after my ’03 350Z Enth. was stolen; and when i bought it, it had 142,00 miles on it. it now has 188,000+ miles and im still loving it! Though I just had to replace the front susp. bushings and a sway bar link, ive also had to replace the valve head gasket due to oil leaking into my spark plug well #4. These are great cars still and worth all the effort, never had a car more fun to drive and im lucky to have it as my daily driver.

  5. Daughter just got a 2005 Touring and it is a great car! Even though it has over 200k, it has been well maintained. Our mechanic was extremely happy with its condition. I think this car will quickly become the family favorite.

  6. I’ve owned 2 350z since 2005 and they have been the most reliable cars ever. One was driven to (2005 model) 158,000 kms and the other is at (2006 model) 20,000 kms.

    Both have never experienced any mechanical issues except for expected wear and tear (I always maintain my vehicles regularly). The paint issue for the interior does effect my 2006 model.

    I highly recommend to anyone looking to buy one.

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Best Battery for Nissan 350z: Prices & Specs

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The first Nissan 350z rolled out of the factory over 15 years ago, can you believe it?

And while the Z33 has proven itself to be a very reliable car, it’s not unlikely your battery is on it’s last legs, if this isn’t the second time you’ve had to replace it.

Most mechanics will tell you, a car battery tends to last around 5 years before needing replacement. But for many 350z owners, it’s not something they consider replacing until it dies completely.

For this reason, many Nissan 350z batteries have managed to last over 10 years! You’ve gotta love that Nissan reliability!

The good news is, Nissan 350z battery replacements aren’t particularly expensive, or hard to find.

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Ultimate Guide to Nissan 350z Bash Bars & Drift Armor

Street Faction 350z Bash Bar

So you want a 350z bash bar.

If you’re skidding your Nissan 350z more and more, it’s a fairly easy decision to make – why keep destroying your bumper bars and bending your reinforcement bar every time you take a small hit?

They also give you way more space for things like aftermarket intercoolers (if forced induction is one of your 350z mods), or cold air intakes.

Hose lines for oil coolers can be easily mounted to a bash bar using zip ties in seconds. Doing the same with an OEM front bumper bar can be a frustrating process, especially if you’re regularly removing your front bar.

Done right a bash bar without a factory bumper can look cool too.

In this article we’ll look at what a bash bar is, why you might want one for your Nissan 350z, and the different types available for both the front and rear of your car.

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Best Nissan 350z Coilovers

Best Nissan 350z Coilovers

When it comes time to modify your Nissan 350z, suspension is often the first place you’ll start. From the factory, your 350z’s suspension was impressive.

Thankfully though, for those of us left wanting something more, there’s a huge amount of aftermarket options.

The coilovers vs lowering springs debate will live on forever, but for serious drivers it’s a simple choice; quality coilovers will almost always provide the best results, with:

  • great handling,
  • comfortable ride,
  • maximum adjustability.

In this article we’ll review the best 350z coilovers for street use along with the best value coilovers.

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Nissan 350z Modification Guide

Nissan 350z Modifications Guide

The iconic Nissan 350z (Z33) came from the factory with the perfect formula; rear wheel drive, front engined and a generous sized engine. Rare for anything built in the last few decades!

But let’s be honest, as performance car owners we are never satisfied.

It didn’t take long for aftermarket parts to become available for the Nissan 350z, and today these mods are plentiful.

In this guide we’ll review the best 350z mods for you to consider, broken down by the handling, performance and exterior mods.

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    1. Mike_myke on instagram has a centrifugal charger on his and he’s modified it to around 500hp ish, along with a 500hp 300zx with a sr20 and a 900+hp sc300

  1. Ive got the akebono brakes steel braded lines full suspension intake full exhaust tune short throw shifter and stage 1 clutch and light weight flywheel and wheels and tires handles like its on rails. But still not as quick as it looks or sounds. Turbo is a must to make good power on these cars, thats next on my mod list to be installed.

    1. You are right, Vincent. While performance gains can be made they are never impressive at all without forced induction. The good thing is, these engines were just about built for turbos and handle the extra power with ease.

  2. Thanks very helpful
    I have a 2008 HR with wheels and exhaust upgrades only. Can the HR stock motor handle forced induction without damage?
    What do you recommend over Supercharger or Turbo?

    1. They are quite strong engines David. Both have their benefits and turbo kits were more popular earlier after the engine’s release but in recent years better supercharger kits have hit the market. If it was my personal car I’d probably go for the supercharger. We’ll have some guides on these in the coming months, hopefully they help you!

  3. Great write up!

    I took copious notes and I’m now ready to start my build project.

    Your article is the most comprehensive of than all.

    Well done!

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Coilovers vs Lowering Springs: Which is Better?

Coilovers vs Lowering Springs

Choosing aftermarket suspension for your car doesn’t have to be difficult. Despite the wide range of options out there, most of us can narrow down our choices by asking one question:

Are coilovers, or springs and shocks better for my application?

The catch is, this initial choice before looking at the individual products, isn’t so easy to make.

Many people will say to use “lowering springs for street, coilovers for track”, but that can be a misguided opinion.

In this article, we’ll review the true differences between coilovers and shocks using lowering springs, and why one may be better than another for your unique scenario.

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