Does Nissan Know There's A Tire Problem?
Yes. In fact, so far Nissan has issued three separate Technical Service Bulletins addressing the problem, including one which according to Auto Week says the suspension design/geometry of some models is causing the inside of the tires to wear in a choppy fashion.
When the tire feathering problem appeared during a long-term test of the 350z by Edmunds.com, they contacted Nissan and were told that cars built early in the production cycle had known alignment issues that caused uneven tire wear. And according to a report by Auto Week, Nissan is "cautiously optimistic the problem is under control and will not plague newer 350z's, although the company acknowledges that it doesn't consider the matter closed and it's engineer's continue to monitor the situation."
Is Nissan Fixing The Reported Tire Problems With The 350z's?
In one of the technical service bulletins (NTB03-006A) issued to deal with the problem, Nissan instructs dealers to swap the left tire to the right side and the right tire to the left side (the tires have to take be taken off the wheels because the tires are unidirectional). In addition, the dealer is instructed to align the car to the new specifications listed in the TSB. Unfortunately, this has proved to be only a temporary fix. Auto Week reported the tire noise and feathering went away only to reappear later at a later time. In fact, many consumers have reported that within 3000 miles of having the tires swapped and the cars aligned, the problems have reappeared to an even greater extent.
Is There Anything I Can Do?
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, you should know that most state and Federal consumer lemon laws or warranty laws provide a right to a refund or a new car in any situation where the use, value or safety has been substantially affected. Certainly the above problems can be distracting at best, or lead to disastrous consequences at worst. That consumers can obtain free legal representation from skilled and experienced consumer lemon law attorneys for such claims is also a little known fact. Why settle for excuses and aggravation anymore?
If you would like to know whether or not a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law is available to you, take a moment to read through this web site or contact any of the attorneys listed. There is no cost or fee for doing so.