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Exhaust Systems for Nissan 350Z

The Nissan 350Z, also known as the Nissan Fairlady Z, is a sports car that was made by Nissan from 2002 through 2009, offered in coupe and roadster models. The two-door sports car came in several trim lines and is part of the Nissan Z-Car family of models. The Nissan's exhaust system is tuned in order to emphasize performance as well as efficiency, and when parts fail, repair or replacement can be important.

How can you detect exhaust system issues?

You can detect potential problems with the Nissan's exhaust in several ways, and there are some indications that you may notice while driving or starting the vehicle. Because the Nissan 350Z's exhaust system relates to the performance of the engine as well as managing its emissions for pollution control purposes, problems with the system can have a significant impact on the driving experience. The exhaust system includes a number of pipes as well as the muffler, which manages noise and maintains a quiet ride, and the catalytic converter, which controls emissions from the vehicle. Like any car parts, the exhaust mechanism can be damaged due to long-term wear as well as sudden impact. Some signs to keep in mind include the following:

  • Starting issues and operational problems: A missing or damaged catalytic converter can cause loud noises when starting the 350Z and lead to odd, irregular operation.
  • Loud roaring sounds: If you notice loud roaring sounds as you drive, this could indicate a hole in your muffler or elsewhere in the exhaust.
  • Power loss and vibrations: A leak in the Nissan 350Z's exhaust system could develop in the exhaust manifold, cylinder head, or elsewhere. These leaks can be reflected as you drive if you feel a lack of power from the engine or vibrations reflected through the floor or seats. These leaks prevent you from reaching maximum power, speed, and efficiency.
  • Excessive fuel usage: The exhaust mechanism helps to keep the engine functioning efficiently and burning less fuel. If you have to refill more frequently than usual over the same amount of mileage, you might have a leaky exhaust system.

What are the exhaust system options for the Nissan 350Z?

There are a number of replacement exhaust options for the Nissan 350Z. You could choose a direct replacement model that matches the stock exhaust components, manufactured either by Nissan or an aftermarket producer. You could also opt for a high-powered performance model that is designed to maximize your 350Z. You can replace individual parts like catalytic converters, manifolds, or mufflers, or choose one of a few types of full systems.

  • Cat-back exhaust system: This performance system leaves the original catalytic converter in place while replacing all other components back to the tailpipe.
  • Axle-back exhaust system: This option includes all components from the rear axle to the tip of the system.