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Nissan 350Z

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  • miata007miata007 Posts: 129
    All the 03 to current G35 coupe and sedan do not have this tire feathering problem that the Z has. I currently own a 05 sedan and have been following the three cars for the past two years. I want to make sure the bugs are worked out before we make the decision which turns out to be the sedan. The most common problems for the coupe is the brake pads tend to wear abnormally fast on some cars. It is believed to be fixed by Infiniti using a different types of brake pads. Other than that, G35s have rattles and sqeaks that can be annoying if the dealer can't dublicate the problem.

    On the Z, I was able to confirm recently that the 05 owners are having the feathering problem. I would not believe anything a salesman tells you.

    With the upgraded interior, the coupe is an excellent choice. You may consider to buy in October when the 06's are in for some good discounts on the 05, must be less than invoice. Good luck!

    007
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    Am I getting this right? You settled on a G35 sedan?
    May I ask what made you switch from looking at sportscars like the S2K and 350Z (which, at last check, you were buying a 350) to getting a near-luxo sedan?
    Why not the coupe?

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • You "don't" have the tire feathering problem? How many miles on your car so far... Have you had any mods... Do you floor your car sometimes or leave it in the garage most of the time. Let me know cuz I want to trade a 02 avalon for a 05 Z and I want to use it for daily driving :shades:
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    Not everybody has the problem. I've heard from PLENTY of folks who don't. Problem is, as happens on all automotive message boards, those who have any problems are much louder than those that don't.

    But, where do you live? Because, honestly, I would never suggest the Z as a daily driver. It is HORRIBLE in adverse weather conditions. If you live where it snows, then you will have to invest in a set of snow tires. Even if you live in the sunbelt, you are going to want to replace those stock shoes with a set that will at least be better in the rain.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • nissan350znissan350z Posts: 81
    I have the Z almost a year now with 7,600 miles on it. Like I said before Nissan sells close to 30K Zs a year and not all of them have that problem. On a message board problem can get much bigger than they really are.
  • :blush: :sick: :sick: I live in long island ny
    I know the snow can get crazy sometiems... but i dont plan on going out int eh blizzard... can it handle 1-2 inches? ;) ;)
  • nissan350znissan350z Posts: 81
    Well you are still going to need snow tires and you should be fine in 1-2 inches of snow. :)
  • miata007miata007 Posts: 129
    gbrozen,
    Sorry for the confusion. Last year in October, my fiancee and I bought a 05 G35 sedan. It is pretty much her car. In the last month or two, I was shopping for sportscar myself. Looked really hard at the Z since I really like G35. Went to a couple dealers and even got some prices. Did some more research in some Z forums and found out the feathering problem hasn't gone away for the 04 and 05. As a result, I didn't want to take the risk and decided to wait again. I will probably wait for the new miata(mx5) to come out and go from there.

    007
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    i see.

    well, good luck with whatever you decide.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    A member of our boards said I could post this pic to show off her Z.

    I noticed this when I went to a meet in NJ ... I like the wheels on the automatic version better than what came on my 6-speed. Too bad the autos only have 17s, but those little dimples on the spokes, I think, are cool. Nice car, Zlady.

    image

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • nissan350znissan350z Posts: 81
    It looks like she has the G35 spoiler on it?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    I'm not sure where its from. Its not factory, that's about all I know.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • zladyzlady Posts: 8
    Hey Gbrozen,
    Thanks so much for posting and the compliments! I just took some pics this weekend. The whole front to show off the custom grill and the back to show off the Kaminari spoiler. Also, I have a light ring behind the "Z" logo in the sides, but they only show up at night and give a nice glow...and it shines down like a fan beneath it...
    I do like the rims..alot...they match the dimples on the door handles. Maybe next year I will go 18" on the front and 19" in the back...but for now I'll wait till the tires are worn and go from there. Plus it's a big expense and I couldn't find just want I wanted and so I'll wait. Thanks again!
    Zlady :shades:
  • zladyzlady Posts: 8
    Hello nissan350z~
    This is Zlady. I purchased the spoiler from a site called "The Z Store". It showed alot of spoilers but I loved how this one 'curves' in on both ends in the back...very different looking. Offered by Kaminari. There were a couple of others but they I would have had to remove both logos from the trunk and I didn't want to have to do that.
    Zlady :)
  • zeapodzeapod Posts: 3
    Hi Z Friends
    I am new to the group. I just got the Zea-bug and have not yet drove the car but a friend gave me a ride in one. I love the car, but I am curious what the upkeep is like on one of these cars. I have friends who tell me their Japanese cars are very expensive to service. I asked the salesmen about the tire problems and they pretend to never have heard of such problems as though I had been talking with men from the moon. I am near retirement and would not be using the car for daily use, just pleasure driving and things like that, I am easy on a car. I currently own a Lincoln Mark IV that would share the garage with the Zee... Interested what you have to say, should I shop low miles used or by new ? I really do not want to buy something with high miles or a returned lease car that has been abused... Jim
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,366
    While I'm sure qbrozen has a better idea than I do, around OH, Z's bring strong used money. Personally, I almost think it's worthwhile to go new since there seems to be a lot of stock on them.

    It will make a nice complement to your Mark (I always loved those cars....thought they were styled nice, luxurious and had V8 power).
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    Well... it all depends on personal preference. In my case, even with Nissan's VIP pricing and the incentive available at the time, a new 6-speed Touring Z would have cost me somewhere around $31K, IIRC. I managed to find an '04 with 9K miles for $26K. So I opted to save the $5K and went with the used car. Now, keep in mind, this was February in NJ, so its not like these were flying off the car lots at that time (although it seemed like it since everytime a lead came up, i would call and the car was already sold).

    As far as upkeep, this is pretty low maintenance. It has a timing chain, instead of belt, so no worries there. I've switched to synthetic oil and will probably still with the manufacturers recommended 7500 mile oil change interval. 14K miles on mine now and the brakes and tires still look good. I will be rotating the tires every 7500, as well. Tune-up, as on most cars these days, is scheduled for 100K miles. So, really, this car is surprisingly low maintenance. Less than both my Honda Pilot and my Volvo S70.

    Like you, this is not my daily driver, and I am still convinced that I made the best possible choice for me. I absolutely love driving this car.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,366
    q....around southwestern OH, the used ' 04 "Zs" all loaded up (Touring) are advertised in the paper for around $27K. I would think a new one would sell for about $32K. Less options, and your in the $30K range. Pretty close from what I can tell if the used one actually sells close to asking price.
  • Great to have you on board. I absolutely love my Z. The only real issue that seems to pop up is the tire feathering. Even with it, the car is so much fun to drive I think it's worth whatever hassles might come up with that. I have an 04 roadster and the tires have 9500 miles on them. I only get some tire hum at 40 - 50mph. This is not typical for the feathering(most hear it below 30 mph if they have it). But I hit a curb at about 40mph in a flat spin. Bottom line is I think the feathering issue is more and more rare the later the model you get. Since you are using it for a joy ride, I don't think you'll put that many miles on it per year, so replacing tires won't be much of an issue.

    If it's not going to be your daily driver, might I recommend getting the roadster. I really wanted the roadster, but debated spending the extra money. All I can say now is that it was worth every extra cent many times over. You owe it to yourself to at least try the convertible. It literally brought a tear to my eye the first time I took it through the mountains, west of Denver. Nissan really did their homework on the roadster, it loses very little rigidity. Most of the car mags are impressed with how much it feels like the coupes in regards to handling. The airflow is great. With the top down you can have a normal conversation at 90mph.

    The only other advice I would have is to get a new 05 if you can afford it. I got my 04 new at $4500 off sticker and 2.0% financing(who in their right mind buys a roadster in Denver in the middle of Nov). If you wait you can get a smokin deal on new ones, and the later the production date the less likely you are to have issues since they had more time to get the bugs(including the feathering) worked out.
  • zeapodzeapod Posts: 3
    Hi Friends many thanks for all the advise and suggestions. I will shop and enjoy looking at the cars for the next few months. I have some money coming in around the first of the year and I will be able to buy the car cash at that time. I think a left over model that will still be new would be a starting place for me.... many thanks Jim
  • I am going to buy a Z in the next month or so. I live in Nashville TN, but am looking as far as KY and GA for my Z becuase I have a special desire. I want to get a Touring Coupe for under $30,000. Has anyone accomplished this daunting task? If so, tell me how much you paid, how many miles were on your car, and what kind of discounts and rates you got? The reason I ask for miles is because I have pretty much given up hope on finding a new Touring Coupe for that price.

    I was considering a lease but after realizing what pride I could have in ownership, I changed my mind...the extra 50-70 dollars a month will be more than worth it!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    Back in Feb. I paid $26K even for an '04 Touring 6-speed Silver over Orange leather with 9K miles. Everything absolutely perfect and like new on the car.

    Bought from a pretty big high-end used car dealer (mostly porsches, benzes, bimmers, jags, that type of thing) ... I didn't get a discount... he was asking $26K and my shopping experience up to that point told me it was a very good deal as priced, so I paid the money and ran.

    Rate? ummm, let me think back .. oh, yes ... also pretty good for a used car ... i had gotten pre-approved for something like 4.85% over 5 years from an online bank (e-loan, i think), but this dealer got me 4.65% through his lender. But, obviously, your rate can easily vary based on credit score, current federal reserve rate, alignment of the planets, etc.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • Thanks for these comments qbrozen. I hope more people can respond to my question. I don't think I would want to get one with more than 10K miles on it. I want to break the baby in myself. At that point it may be too late.

    Thanks again...wish me luck in my search.
  • zeapodzeapod Posts: 3
    Friends I live in Portland Oregon and saw two Track coupe's sold for approx 25,000. They were both black and well appointed and had only 15K miles on them, looking and smelling factory fresh, not a spot to be found. One man here in Newport Oregon is selling a nice 2004 Track with special wheels and tires etc, only 4K miles and asking around 30,000K Would not lease me one, I am buying mine Zeapod
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    not a problem.
    good luck.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    were those 2 track models '03s or '04s?
    Seeing as how Track models only add about $700 to the trade-in value over a Touring, and given the 15K miles, I could see it being possible they were '04s ... but also knowing that I've seen many folks overpay for used Zs, I could also see them being '03s.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • chancezchancez Posts: 1
    I had to replace my front tires at 15,500 miles. I'm now totaling 19,500 miles on my 2005 base model 350z, and these new Bridgestone tires are already showing uneven wear with under 4,000 miles on them. I guess it's time to have them swapped and aligned....big bucks.
    I've been told that switching tire brands might help - there's an ad for Michelins in the new Motor Trend, which I take to mean that we've now got a wider selection available.
    Has anyone Swapped brands this with success?
    Any otherideas for me?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    personally, when the time comes, I'm going to try the Avon Tech tires on tirerack. I'll get all-season capability and the reviews on there from other owners are all positive.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Sounds like the well known suspension issue causing pre mature tire wear/feathering. Not sure a different brand tires will help.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,540
    I'm pretty positive he knows all that, based on the comments in his message.

    Some folks have had perfect success swapping tires .... some haven't. Its a crapshoot.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

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