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Old 04-06-2019, 02:39 PM
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I purchased a 2003 Nissan 350z Performance model as a new car.
Major repairs over the last 16 years:

Date: 06/14/2006
Mileage: 21,728
Problem: Unable to fill fuel tank completely.
Repair: Replace Fuel Vapor Hose
Cost: Warranty Repair


Date: 03/08/07
Mileage: 25,222
Problem: Rear Hatch won’t stay open.
Repair: Replace rear hatch struts
Cost: $43.29

Date: 07/09/2007
Mileage: 30,862
Problem: Synchromesh failing, 5th gear
Repair: Replace Transmission (CD009)
Cost: Warranty

Date: 04/14/2012
Mileage: 74,065
Problem: Car is difficult to start
Repair: Replace camshaft position sensor in bank 2
Cost: $491.58

Date: 09/17/2012
Mileage: 78,876
Problem: Driver window malfunction
Repair: Replace window motor
Cost: $560.17

Date: 05/04/2015
Mileage: 102,803
Problem: Rear hatch won’t stay closed
Repair: Replace rear hatch actuator
Cost: $222.99

Date: 12/02/2015
Mileage: 106,834
Problem: Random misfiring
Repair: Replace Ignition Coil and spark plugs
Cost: $487.52

Date: 01/21/2019
Mileage: 130,419
Problem: Oil leakingRepair: Replace right/left valve covers and gaskets. Replace intake Manifold gasket.
Cost: $1,122.80

Date: 01/21/2019
Mileage: 130,419
Problem(s): Front and rear cross members rusted through, bent driveshaft, transmission noise, synchromesh failure, clutch worn and slipping
Repair: Replace front and rear cross members with used part, install new driveshaft, install used transmission, install new clutch assembly and clutch slave cylinder.
Cost: $4,114.95

Date: 01/21/2019
Mileage: 130,419
Problem(s): Front suspension loose and noisy
Repair: Replace both front wheel hub/bearing assemblies, install new ABS Speed Sensor, replace both upper and lower control arms, install vinyl-aftermarket bushing kit.
Cost: $ 2,952.77

Date: 03/29/2019
Mileage: 131,171
Problem: Passenger side front fender liner cracked
Repair: Install new front passenger side fender liner.
Cost: $95.49

Date: 04/04/2019
Mileage: 131,523
Problem: Passenger Xenon headlight is out.
Repair: Install new Xenon Headlight Control and new HID headlight bulb.
Cost: $751.94
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Date: 04/11/2019
Mileage: 131,531
Problem: Car stalls and is difficult to start
Repair: Install new Camshaft Sensor. Bank 2 (the same repair was done about 10 years previously)
Cost: $215.13 (This is a bargain compared to the dealership estimate of $500.00)
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In addition to the major items I list above, I have:
1. Swapped a summer and winter wheel/tire setup yearly (mounting and storage costs $75.00 per year)
2. Changed oil every 3.5K miles and performed other routine maintenance.
3. Replaced brake pads and did maintenance on rotors 3 times in 130K miles
4. Installed leather seat covers (Katzkins). https://my350z.com/forum/exterior-an...nt-orange.html
5. Replaced the floor mats.
6. Installed a rear hatch-area floor mat.
7. Replaced the radio antenna with a “shorty” that cost $14.00.
8. Upgraded my suspension with Bilstein shocks and Tein springs. https://my350z.com/forum/brakes-and-...coil-over.html

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Man, I wish I had your passion for accurate records!
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That awesome, this August would mark my 12th year.
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Date: 01/21/2019
Mileage: 130,419
Problem(s): Front and rear cross members rusted through, bent driveshaft, transmission noise, synchromesh failure, clutch worn and slipping
Repair: Replace front and rear cross members with used part, install new driveshaft, install used transmission, install new clutch assembly and clutch slave cylinder.
Cost: $4,114.95

Date: 01/21/2019
Mileage: 130,419
Problem(s): Front suspension loose and noisy
Repair: Replace both front wheel hub/bearing assemblies, install new ABS Speed Sensor, replace both upper and lower control arms, install vinyl-aftermarket bushing kit.
Cost: $ 2,952.77

That was an expensive day...
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It was expensive... more than the car is worth.
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Man, I wish I had your passion for accurate records!
This just made my day lol. Ditto.

On a serious note...i have a 2003 Z and have had pretty much similar repairs. Rear hatch, window motor and clutch etc (pricy AF!).
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Dang - She's like a crazy girlfriend who is great in bed, but expensive to keep !

(I've had 5 transmissions from 2004-2014 . . . .CD009 did the trick)
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EDIT to the original post. I wasted some $$'s. The Headlight Control Module probably failed because the shop did not replace the passenger side fender liner. The missing passenger side fender liner allowed moisture to enter the passenger side headlight through its vent.
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I've had several of the same issues. Right now I'm trying to shut up my front suspension since it makes a loose clunky noise over bumps. I've done the lower control arm bushings sway bar bushings and end links but still no dice. I suppose the next step is upper CA bushings : /
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I've had several of the same issues. Right now I'm trying to shut up my front suspension since it makes a loose clunky noise over bumps. I've done the lower control arm bushings sway bar bushings and end links but still no dice. I suppose the next step is upper CA bushings : /
I was also experiencing a "loose clunky noise over bumps" and that is what started my repair journey (an expensive one for sure). As it turned out, the noise was coming from the control arms (and the worn bushings), but the cause was a rusted cross member (both front and rear). The cross members were no longer providing the support needed for the suspension, and this cascaded into a plethora of problems.
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Man, I've been super lucky! I bought my '05 in 2011 with 46k on the clock (pretty sure it was a previous lease by an older folk who kept it in the garage). Since then I have done the following:

- Repaired cracked circuit board in the TCM.
The car kept going into limp mode. Drained the tranny, removed the valve body and TCM. Found a crack in one of the circuits on the board. Nissan wanted 800 for a new
TCM and a few more hundred for the re-program. Cost me 80 for new trans fluid, 2 bucks for solder, and 9 bucks for a 6 pack. No problems ever since.
- Replaced front sway bar bushing with PU bushings.
- Replaced clock spring.
- Replaced valve cover gaskets. (twice in 80k miles)
- Replaced lower oil pan gasket
- Replaced thermostat
- Replaced radiator with Mishimoto aluminum radiator and installed trans cooler
- Replaced rear hatch struts

I didn't include normal wear and tear items such as tires, brakes, oil changes etc. I think I've spent roughly 1k in repairs. Not bad since the car now has 120k miles.
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My 2003 350Z Performance has been a second car and still only has 31,000 miles on it after 16 years. The first window motor when out in warranty drivers side. The second went out summer 2018, I replaced it myself with the help of a YouTude Video for $60 with a Dorman brand motor from Rockauto.. The Nissan Motor was $261.

I went through a battery and a set of tires.

Any recommendations on tires. I hate the Bridgestones They hold the road great but they are loud. I was thinking about Michelin Pilot Sport 4.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:31 PM
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^ ^ ^ It is fun hearing from a long-time owner such as yourself. I consider the 350z a reliable car. Notice that my repairs came after 70k miles, and the major repairs came after 130k miles. I'm in the rust belt and drive my car in the Winter. Much of the fatal suspension problems were caused by rust in the front and rear cross members. The failing cross members placed stress on the suspension leading to its failure. I will say I have a greatly improved car with the new suspension components,
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