The engine may stall at times due to a failed crankshaft position sensor and/or camshaft position sensor, These sensors can fail intermittently as they warm with the engine. Sensors on certain models have been recalled by Nissan and will be replaced as necessary. Please visit our recall section for this model to see if your vehicle is covered by this recall.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Nissan 350Z
2003 Nissan 350Z
2003 Nissan 350Z Problems
A faulty fuel damper can produce a ticking noise, which can be heard inside the cabin when the engine is idling. Replacement of the failed dampener should correct this problem.
This engine may burn engine oil faster than similar models. Frequent oil checks are important.
There was a service bulletin addressing a problem with front tire wear and tire noise. The tires would "growl" or "roar" at speeds under 30 mph or under moderate braking on smooth roads. The repair first involved resetting the front alignment and then either replacing or rotating (side-to-side) the front tires. This fixed the concern for some, though others still reported a recurring issue.
A navigation unit that is failing can intermittently display a disc error on the screen.
2003 Nissan 350Z Recalls (Recent)
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The circuit board for the crank position sensor and cam position sensor may have improper solder joints. This could cause the Service Engine Soon lamp to come on, the engine may not start, you could experience reduced power, or the engine may stall without warning, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the the crank position sensor, cam position sensors, and in some cases, the variable timing control sensors. The recall began on December 22, 2003. The Nissan recall number is R2022 and the Infiniti recall number is R3021.
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The fuel filler hose may crack and result in fuel leaking while filling the gas tank. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can cause a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel filler hose. The recall began on March 13, 2006. The Infiniti recall number is R0508 and the Nissan recall number is R0505.
2003 Nissan 350Z Questions and Answers
When I changed my spark plugs I had oil in the plug holes. Will changing the valve cover gaskets fix this? Could this damage the coils?
I just moved here from Texas... any suggestions for reputable, inexpensive places to get my window motor replaced? I have been quoted $400 for parts/labor... is that the norm?
Driving AC quitand radio and dash lights went out. Shut the car off loud sqreach squeel.Restart car and everything is working again weird any ideas?
The only way my heat will come on is if I punch it...at lower speeds or without gunning the engine, I have no heat whatsoever. Does anyone know what this signifies or what the repair would entail?
2003 Nissan 350Z Reviews
a great car, when you have a chance, purchase a twin turbo kit from japan or hobby shops. this 290hp baby will boost up to 500hp. monstrous yet still can be driven daily with full interiors. wow!
I purchased my 350Z brand new as soon as it was announced by Nissan in 2003. I had a 6 month wait to get my Daytona Blue Z, and it was the longest 6 months of my life. I keep it in the garage, and I coat it with Zaino several times each year, so it still looks like it did in the showroom. This baby still gets stares when I drive it.
I have owned this car since 2003, I bought it new and I'm going on 6 years now. It has been a great car, except both window motors went out which isn't cheap as well as the wiring in the drivers' seat. Brakes tend to wear out fast, probably cause the speed of the car itself :)
This car is nice...but it has some problem with the electric power window not functioning properly...Nissan should look into it...a new car with some glithes can be a pain at times