The launch of the 2023 Nissan Z sports car was just getting off the ground, offering enthusiasts a choice of either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission mated to a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6, but it’s already hitting turbulence. The automaker has voluntarily issued a stop sale order on all new 2023 Nissan Z coupes equipped with the nine-speed automatic transmission; dealers therefore can’t sell their inventory, and all orders are now on hold. Since it’s only an issue with the auto ‘box, the six-speed manual-equipped cars are still good to go.
“Nissan initiated a quality hold on [model year] 2023 Nissan Z [nine-speed] automatic transmission equipped vehicles on August 29, 2022 while it investigates this issue. The investigation is on-going at this time,” a Nissan spokesperson informed MotorTrend. Nissan also confirmed in an email that the transmission issue is related to a similar problem reportedly found on the same nine-speed auto transmission equipped on the Nissan Frontier and Titan pickup trucks, which have already been issued a sale hold and voluntary recall this year.
While not specifically detailed or confirmed by Nissan as carrying over to the Z, the existing issue with the nine-speed automatic transmission found on the 2020-2023 model-year Frontier and Titan pickup trucks has to do with non-engagement of the parking pawl, where the vehicle could be in shifted into “Park” and still potentially roll away if the parking brake isn’t also engaged, as detailed in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year.
Those Nissan Frontier and Titan owners whose vehicles are subject to that recall will be notified by November 1 later this year, the automaker has previously announced. It’s unclear when impacted Nissan Z owners may be notified by the automaker for its similar issue for now. It’s also unclear when Nissan will manage to arrange a fix for the issue, which already implicates up to 200,000 of its newer pickups.
For affected Frontier and Titan owners, Nissan has previously directed them to always engage the parking brake when the vehicle is parked or sitting idle in “Park” until they are notified and receive a fix. It would make sense that similar advice could and should be offered to nine-speed Z owners, if folks aren’t already in the habit of engaging the parking brake every time.
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