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Nissan 350Z



  • Hi everyone - You guys seem to have a lively forum. Nice to see Z owners are so passionate. I have been looking for a second "weekend fun" car for some time now and finally settled on a Z. I've found a 2004 Touring roadster with 25k on the odo. It's in good shape overall. I have two questions:

    1) When I test drove it, I felt like there was heat seeping into the cabin (with the top down) while driving on the freeway. It was after a very hot day, but had cooled down in the evening - during my short drive. I couldn't localize where the heat was coming from and *NO* I didn't accidentally turn on the seat heater (I checked). Has anyone experienced this problem? What's the cause? Should it prevent me from buying car?

    2) Best price for private party deal? Asking is $29,900. After looking at used inventory, Edmunds, KBB, NADA, I have an idea what I should pay, but would like to hear your opinions on a good deal, considering a major model change may be close at hand.

  • biancarbiancar Mid-AtlanticPosts: 912
    Touring means there's a leather interior, right? Is it black?

    The black interior of my car heats up really fast (I have a 2005 Redline touring roadster, carbon leather seats). I bought a couple of inexpensive terry-cloth seat liners (sort of like a poncho for your seats) to use here at the beach. Protects the leather from sand and sun-tan oil, and keeps it a bit cooler.

    That black leather may have been the source of the heat you felt.

    If not, check the heating controls carefully. If the temperature knob was turned to 75 or higher, and the other knob turned to "auto," it may have been sending out warm-ish air. On your next test drive make sure temp is set to 72 or below, or else turn the "auto" knob to off, and see if you still have a problem.
  • anon954anon954 Posts: 11
    Hey im thinking of buying this 350z roadster with nismo package. Its listed on ebay and the previous owner had it displayed on
    For 30K is this a decent car? (seems cheap for the price considering all the mods.)
    Are there anything I should be wary of?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    If that is exactly what you want, $30k doesn't seem bad. I'm sure its cheaper than buying a stock one and doing all that yourself.

    The miles are low (15k).

    The only thing I could say you should really worry about is the tire-feathering issue. BUT, with the full aftermarket suspension on this car, you may not have that problem any more.

    You will go an inspect and drive it, though, right? Before bidding, I mean. Make sure it drives right. With only 15k, it should feel like a new car. I always worry that a heavily modded car like this was beat on hard.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • anon954anon954 Posts: 11
    Yeh, I plan to drive to the dealership (150mi. away) to test drive it. He said the guy traded it for a corvette if that says anything about the owners driving habit. One thing that was strange was that it was fully modded in Tampa then traded on the east coast of FL.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    eh. I wouldn't sweat that.

    I took my wife's truck 100 miles from home just to get a moonroof put in. Between shopping for the best price AND a quality shop with a good reputation, you can wind up travelling a good distance.

    good luck with the test drive. let us know how you make out.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • rennie4rennie4 Posts: 52
    Anybody buying a 350z should seriously wait for the 07 to come out. The new Z will have the new VQ under the hood. Power should be slightly more than the g35 which is 306. The new G35 has a 0-60 time of 5.2 sec and the 1/4 mile at 13.9 at i think it was 104. That was the sedan(manual) so the 350 should do 60 in 5 seconds or better and maybe 105 in the 1/4 if you guys want to keep up with the twin turbo bmw 3 series that has 300 hp but was proven to be very underated. Pover on the dynos is closer to 350hp!!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    considering the price difference, I should hope the bimmer will stay ahead. If not, good for the Z!

    i should probably point out, however, that these are 2 entirely different vehicles that appeal to 2 entirely different crowds for entirely different reasons.

    Sure, I like them both, but if a Z fulfills my needs, I certainly won't spend the extra money for the bimmer. The G35 vs the bimmer is a much better comparison. Although there is still a price difference, at least they share the same number of seats, for starters.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • anon954anon954 Posts: 11
    They are not actually entirely different vehicles (rear wheel drive sport coupes.) I am strongly indecisive over which car to buy. A new Z with all practical options (at least grand touring trim and options to match the BMW) will run only a couple thousand short of a moderately equipped 335i. The BMW does offer much more practicality and more performance AND a much better warranty/service plan. Oh yeh, it is a BMW. Oh oh yeh... twin turbos with apparantly underrated potential;)
  • dat2dat2 Posts: 249
    I don't think the 07 350Z will include the updated VQ motor that is in the new G35. According to the changes section in C&D the 07 350 will soldier on with no changes compared with the 06. I wish it was true because if so we would see the 0-60 time drop below 5 seconds. The new G35 has the updated horsepower rating so compared to the 300 hp 350Z it is probably liek 330 hp. Where did you get the info that the 07 350 will have the updated VQ motor? :(
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    RWD sport coupes .... so let's throw the corvette Z06, Dodge viper, Jag XK, and a handful of porsches into the comparison.

    the options (and price) difference is a big reason why they are very different vehicles. The bimmer STARTS at about $13k more than where the Z starts.

    If you step up to the Grand Touring Z, you still save $5k over the base bimmer. The equipment difference can almost be considered a draw because each vehicle at that point comes with equipment the other doesn't.

    I'm not sure why you wouldn't be comparing the G35 instead.

    Honestly, if you can afford the bimmer, I don't see where the decision lies. And if the Z has ANYONE thinking twice about their 335 purchase, again I say GOOD FOR NISSAN!! That's an incredible feat, in my opinion.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    hmmm... i wonder how much it really would help the 0-60 time on a stock vehicle. I found the biggest enemy to acceleration in the Z was traction, not lack of power. Of course, with aftermarket tires, we could see improvements, and I'm sure even more drastic improvement with drag slicks, but I'm pretty confident you won't see that happen in any magazine comparo. ;)

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • anon954anon954 Posts: 11
    5K difference is not much! You have to compare equal features also. If 5,000 dollars is too big a gap for you you should not even be a car enthusiast. Comparing a top of the line nissan to entry level(3-series)BMW is fair. Comparing two cars made by the same company which both have the same engine, frame, and engineering is a stupid comparison!Oh yeh, all the cars you mention (z06, xk, viper, porshe) those are unfair and in completely different price ranges!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    Comparing two cars made by the same company which both have the same engine, frame, and engineering is a stupid comparison!

    who is doing that? You realize I was saying to compare the G35 to the 335, don't you??

    You have to compare equal features also.

    I would if I could, but a base bimmer doesn't come with leather and a limited slip differential like the GT Z. Likewise, a GT Z does not come with memory seats like the base bimmer. WHY? because the 335 is not a sportscar like the Z and the Z is not a luxury car like the bimmer.

    Oh yeh, all the cars you mention (z06, xk, viper, porshe) those are unfair and in completely different price ranges!

    ummmm... EXACTLY my point! glad we agree.

    Do you realize that a base bimmer is only $3k less than a base vette. SO... if $5k doesn't mean that much, then why not extrapolate your position and compare a vette to the Z?? Oh, and, hell, the Cayman is only another $5k beyond that, and a Cayman S is only a couple grand more than a loaded 335. I could go on and on. The fact is, you have to draw the line somewhere.

    If 5,000 dollars is too big a gap for you you should not even be a car enthusiast.

    LOL! See my statement above. Hell, what if I said I think you shouldn't be an enthusiast because you are picking a weighted-down GT Z rather than the lighter base model or more sporty Track model? Everyone has their cross to carry. Some folks find it more important to put $5k in their child's college fund. Others may rather use that $5k to mod their vehicle.

    Right there is a heck of an idea. If you really want to cross-shop the 2, you should be considering a GT Z with a twin-turbo mod. That would bring the prices right in line with each other. (although i'd still argue one is a luxury car and the other is not, at least you'd cure the price argument)

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,476
    You're giving this person far too much credit.

    That he/she can understand what you just posted is highly unlikely.

    You have more patience than I.

    I'm down to the G35 coupe & 3-series BMW for my next vehicle, but the longer I look & listen, the closer I get to the BMW.
  • rennie4rennie4 Posts: 52 charting the changes
  • anon954anon954 Posts: 11
    The infiniti lacks in all aspects, and IMO especially in looks. Now you mention BASE cayman(not S) BASE corvette not Z06. You keep changing what your comparing. All of the BASE models are NOT comparably equipped as afore mentioned in ALL the posts. Your math of BASE is only 3,000 extra and a comparable model is only 5,000 beyond that. With that logic you could compare all cars in the same price! Oh, a twin turbo mod now eliminates an already inferior warranty/service contract!
    What this all comes down to is that the new 335i is a much more impressive car even considering the slight price difference.
    BTW- yes have drove both 350z and g35 and the Z is a better car IMO so I would not even consider an entry level infinti over the historical Z car.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524

    alright, I'm done with you. I can't compare base models, but you can? (referring to the base 335)

    and, yes, i changed my comparison because (and this would have been obvious to the most dense reader) you originally stated you were comparing RWD coupes, which would include all that I listed, then YOU changed to mention price, which I originally mentioned, but you dismissed as unimportant.

    fine. whatever. you obviously have your own agenda and no amount of sane and logical reasoning can change that. As I've said, the mere fact that someone would pit the Z to the bimmer in their mind is REALLY good news for Nissan.

    good luck to you.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • anon954anon954 Posts: 11
    Good, if you submit you have no need to respond anymore with your foolhardy opinions. The only base model I compared was the BMW due to the price and the fact the 335i base model is already pretty loaded with *options since it is the top of the line 3-series (not including M).
    I never changed the price, look back at the posts.
    It is your own unappreciative outlook of Nissan that makes it inferior to BMW in such a way to be overjoyed at a comparo of a 335i and well equipped Z.
    A better kick in the pants for Nissan fans would be the many Z to M3 comparos, but since the dropping of the new 335i with a much more competitive price, this comparo is only natural.
    Read over the posts and look at how much you change stance on this subject.
    OH... don't forget your "done" with me :)
  • Advantages: Every inch the tyre-shredding muscle car. The 350Z provides barrel-loads of poke and a thrill-a-minute driving experience. Plenty of grunt from 283 hp V6.

    Disadvantages: Strictly a two-seater where some rivals offer four, and boot space is compromised by suspension strut.

    Verdict: Works brilliantly as coupe or convertible.

    Information from:

    What do you think about this car? Please comment!
  • Does anyone know when the 2007 350Z will make it to the dealerships? It's more than half way into the first month of the new year, and there's still no information about the '07 Z on Nissan's website!
  • Well, at least Nissan updated their website to show information about the 2007 Z today.
  • dat2dat2 Posts: 249
    I just noticed carmax nissan in baltimore has a whole slew of them in now, all priced at invoice.

    Has anyone driven this car yet to make comments about the added power of the new motor and any other changes?? I think the "power bulge" hood looks a little goofy but I've only seen it in pictures, and besides it is probably necessary for the twin air intake system.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    I just looked up one there real quick and it came back at $100 under invoice. Interesting that they would price them so aggressively right away. I guess they feel the minor changes aren't enough to drive sales up any from last year.

    I can't confirm the invoice is accurate, however, since neither carsdirect nor edmunds has pricing for the '07s yet.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • dat2dat2 Posts: 249
    The invoice prices at least seem pretty close to what they were last year so it must be fairly accurate. I kinda wish I had waited now because the 07 updates are very appealing to me!! The only drawback is if you go on the nissannews site and look at the specs of the 07 model, the curb weight for the touring model is now up to 3400lbs! The original 03 model was "only" 3150lbs...
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    yeah, this car really didn't need more weight. It needed to drop a few.

    I thought it was always over 3300, though. But, according to edmunds and msnautos, the '03 Touring was 3247. You may be thinking of the base model, which was 3188.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • hello, im looking into buying a 350z at the end of the year. So i guess it'll be a 2008 model. Does anyone know when these will be seen at the dealership?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    ya know, i could be wrong, but i seem to remember reading how the '07s didn't arrive till very very late in the year (like December) because they had a tough time getting rid of all the '06s.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

  • mrdennismrdennis Posts: 6
    i'm in iraq and it's july 07 i wanted a grand touring black on black but could only find a touring, so i brought it. had a friend pick it up in virginia, put it in storage for me until about nov. i'm look forward to driving it, but i cant seem to get the answer to one question. will the 350z do donuts, can you smoke the back tires. thank you
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 18,524
    you absolutely can smoke the back tires. I'm not sure, however, about doughnuts in stock form. Problem is I believe I've read that the VSA is not truly completely defeated by pushing the button to turn it off. I believe, however, there is a fuse you can pull to make it happen.

    When I attended Z Day at Raceway Park in NJ, a gentleman with a twin-turbo 350z had installed a manual kill switch to disconnect the fuse and completely defeat the VSA.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '15 Fit LX 6-spd; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited

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