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Nissan 350Z



  • I have an '04.. enthusiast (no need to get a performance, touring or track -- because even the amenities are cheaper if added by Nismo and not financed into your payment)

    The road noise is across the board, regardless of tire size. I believe it has more to do with the suspension and the way the tires are set. I think the Zs from the past generations were always set at 0"... these '03s and '04s are set at like .25" off center. No mention on whether this will be modified for the '05s...

    But I love my car. Very few other Z car owners in the area, and that helps the exclusivity --which I like. It is worth the few minor headaches you will have (paint chipping in extra dry/dusty climates, tire noise after 5,000 miles on tires, expensive maintenance across the board). You will not be able to do much work on it on your own, so if you're into tinkering with the car, this may not be the one for you. Several parts on the car can be voided under warranty if an unauthorized mechanic alters them. So that is a drag.

    Acceleration's great. Few cars will beat it in the .25/mi. or the half. And in this class, only the 'Vette will pass it stock. Braking is great, whether you go with the stock Nissan brakes that come on the base, enthusiast models or the Brembos that come on the Track. You really can't lose.

    But if you're a ticky-tack person, play it safe and just get a Porsche.
  • john, thought you were my bro jason aquino..jaquino.
    currently driving a 2004 merc 500e and am thinking about getting a second car.for the money the 350z tops my list.also considering vette c6,infinity g35 coupe,or 2005 merc slk.
  • Saw the 05 Yellow today and it was awsome. MSLP of 41000.
  • iancianc Posts: 3
    where did you see it?
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    are on the trucks now. we havent received any, but it should be within the week.
  • No problem laquino, I can see how you might have thought I was your bro.

    Good luck, I hope you decide to get the Z. The other cars on your list are great as well.
  • For those concerned about tire feathering, it would be best if you bought a new 350Z then getting a used one. I hear a lot of problems from owners who got either a 2003 or early 2004.

    My car is a 2004.5, build date is 10/2003. So far with 9000+ miles on it there is no sign of tire feathering or tire noise *knock on wood*.

    I don't know if Nissan fixed anything with the 2004.5s, so I can't say for sure if the tire feathering issue is resolved.

    But then again, I read of 2003 owners who have no tire feathering issues at all at 20k+ miles. This seems to be a hit and miss thing.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185

    no such difference.

    its either a 2003 or a 2004.
  • scantyscanty Posts: 171
    Check it out at

    Highlights include 18's, Brembo's, front and rear spoilers, two-tone leather seats, and three colors to choose from.

    Oh, and "a higher level of horsepower." Not announced at this time. Are they trying to tweak it to take away Acura's claim of the highest HP for a 3.5L normally aspirated V-6 (300 in the new RL)?
  • bowke28 wrote: "2004.5???? no such difference. its either a 2003 or a 2004. "

    Oh really?

    Guess you never been to other 350Z forums. The supposed "2004.5" were built starting October 2003. I did not invent this, and it is common knowledge at other 350z forums (which I shall not mention because it is a violation of Edmund's rules). My mistake for assuming everybody knew about it.

    Anyway Nissan was supposed to implement some changes through the mid-year, like knee pads and other stuff. Not all 2004s have knee pads, the ones built before 10/03 did not have them. Also Nissan changed the ECU firmware for emissions. 2003 and early 2004s have different firmware than the 2004.5. There are other slight differences as well.

    Nissan does not refer to the later model 2004s as 2004.5, but it is a name that was used by various 350z forums to describe the changes that Nissan made mid-year.

    I am not here to argue, you can take it for what it is worth.
  • scanty wrote: "Oh, and "a higher level of horsepower." Not announced at this time. Are they trying to tweak it to take away Acura's claim of the highest HP for a 3.5L normally aspirated V-6 (300 in the new RL)?"

    That could be a possibility. Also the new 2005 Mustang GT gets 300HP, so Nissan wants to make the Z a little more competitive I am guessing.

    I bet the new Z will get "305HP" :D
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    mid-year changes dont make a different model. manufacturers constantly make mid-year changes. the quest SL was made available with the skyview, but they didnt call it a 2004.5. the maxima SL became standard with a 5-sp. auto, but they didnt call it a 2004.5. nor do they call the current Z a 2004.5. it is a 2004 according to nissan.

    your '2004.5' designation is your own and that of a few other private parties.
  • bowke28,

    Did you even read my previous response? Yes I admitted Nissan does not call the mid-year changes a 2004.5, and yes I admitted its a designation made by people on various Z forums.

    As I said, I just use that designation to represent the mid-year changes, as some other people do. I did not invent it personally, just picked it up from another forum. I think it is easier/shorter to just say 2004.5 350Z than to say "mid-year changes made to 350Z starting at the 10/03 production date".

    What else do you want from me? A written apology or something? Care to pick apart other parts of my message? Check my spelling perhaps too?

    And where in my message did I mention about a different model? You are reading in too much from my simple post about tire feathering.

  • I also wrote this on other board, but thought I would try it hear to.

    I'm interested in leasing a 2004 350Z Touring Roadster. 2 questions for this esteemed group:

    1. With what I've read about some quality problems on this board and elsewhere, particularly the tire feathering problems, would you recommend this car? Are these major issues/problems or relatively minor nuisances that can be resolved?

    2. What is some of the latest lease pricing you've experienced? Looking at a 36 or 48 month lease with 10k or 12k miles and as little cap reduction as possible.

    Any input you have would be greatly appreciated as I will likely make my decision imminently.

  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the first thing i would recommend would be to not go over 36 or 39 months. NMAC also doesnt go less than 12k miles.
  • Pinnacle Nissan, Scottsdale, AZ
  • beeba1beeba1 Posts: 1
    I have just purchsed a 2004 roadster with an onboard Navigator. The cost of a new DVD is $680.00 and the one I re'd is over 6 years old. The dealer is having problems getting someone's attention. Any suggestions?
  • dklaneckydklanecky Posts: 559
    Try, they sell the dvds for about $185. Man has that dealer got some profit build in! Were DVD's even used in cars 6 years ago?
  • 2 Years ago I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Z roadster, I have wanted a Z since I was in 8th grade. I finally had the money to afford one and they were just about to start production when the divorce hit! So now two years of ugly battles later I am finally able to get one. The question I need answers to now is that this would be my only car, and although after driving "practical" cars for 19 years I am ready for some serious fun I do have some serious concerns about the nasty blind spots on the roadster. How much of an issue is it, escpecially living in Denver or any large city with jammed interstates running through town. It seems it would be impossible to change lanes or merge onto the busy freeways. I have also looked at the Subaru STI - tons of fun with the sub 5 sec 0 - 60, looks tough in my opinion but I have never had a true sports car and although it might be the practical but fun alternative the Z is just too hot, and now that I am back on the market that appeals to me, alot!
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the Z will have a 35th anniversary edition for 2005 as well. look for one of those.
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