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Nissan 350Z



  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    Now for a little reality -- the car will be produced almost exactly as you've seen it in the pictures. The body and engine will be as advertised on, and the first cars to be produced will be those pre-ordered by those lucky people who get their orders in quickly. Roll-out will be gradual, but that's exactly what Lexus and Toyota have done with the MR2 and SC430, and I think it's a good idea.

    Dunno who your "Nissan rep" weas, but most likely it was someone from corporate who didn't have a clue -- not as rare as you might think. When I worked at Toyota HQ, 90% of the people who worked there couldn't care less about the cars -- they were just there because it was a job, and their lack of knowledge about their own company's products was appalling. I'm sure the same holds true for Nissan and other car companies as well.
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    Hate to disagree, but I don't think the 350Z is nearly as finalized as it is made out to be, either. The fact that they're advertising like all heck but can't even tell us the HP rating of the car makes me feel like, well, like Intel reaching the 1GHz plateau with their chips through marketing and industry samples, even though the actual chips didn't arrive until six months later.
  • I will not believe that the design of the Z is finalized until I see a horsepower rating for it. This car has potential, but who knows what it will be like when it hits the market. If it is anything like the previous model, I am going to have to buy one. BUT, I'm going to drive it before I pass judgement.
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    that the only thing preventing Nissan from releasing a final hp figure is emmissions testing, and Nissan says the MINIMUM the engine will produce is 280. How much more than that depends on what they can squeeze out of it while maintaining an acceptable emmissions level.

    It is quite common for new models such as this to undergo testing right up to the last minute. Toyota did the same thing with the Celica GT-S. Remember the C&D article where they tested a pre-production car and found the acceleration disappointing? Just a few months later, the car was in the showrooms with an engine that produced 0-60 times a full second faster than the car C&D tested.

    Really, folks -- not everything in life is a conspiracy. But if people withhold judgement (and money) until the car is actually out on the road, I can certainly understand it. You just have to wait a little longer for your fix!
  • I saw another one on eBay about a month ago. The bid was for a down payment/deposit on apre-ordered Z. I believe it was in Atlanta.
  • Emisson testing is based on total number of a car in a given year. Every car manufacturer is supposed to turn in their total number of sales and the emission data to EPA (at least in US). EPA then calculate the air quality. Selling 18000 units in one year will definetly kicks up the polution.
    On the other hand American BIG three are continuing making worse economical vehical called SUV or trucks which does not classify in car catogary.... i guess it is called "Lobbying"!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Hi Folks- You'll now find a direct link to Edmunds' New Vehicle pricing information for the 2003 Nissan Z350 on the left side of this page. Also, keep your eyes open for other related features, articles, and discussions to be linked to that area.

    Btw, anyone have a 350Z on order? We look forward to seeing your "Reviews and Ratings" in our new Consumer Opinions section. Thanks for your participation.

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  • z4mez4me Posts: 2
    I just pre-ordered my 350z, touring model in chrome silver, with charcoal leather interior and 6spd. manual transmission. I have never owned a nissan or pre-ordered a vehicle. Bottom line I didn't want to take the chance that I would miss getting mine!
  • lswaidzlswaidz Posts: 92
    I don't know if any of you have noticed but Nissan released pricing and option packages for the Z a few weeks back... it's all on their website now, as well as edmunds, car prices, and carpoint... The 5 models are nice, I think that the Touring package is what I'll be getting, but the Track package sure is nice though - I want that oranage interior on the dark silver car though... hehehe... check it out.

  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    if the base model had an LSD that would be interesting.

    of course, they probably expect to sell a few base models that will be modified with parts from the nismo catalog.

  • lswaidzlswaidz Posts: 92
    I was at Gerald Nissan here in Naperville, IL a few weeks back and I was told that a T-top model would shortly follow the coupe, and then a convertible a year later... anyone know about this? My old car had t-tops and I thought it was the best trade-off between open-air motoring and strong, stiff handling...

  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Thanks for sharing your pre-order info. Sounds really nice. Do you have any idea when you'll be taking delivery? We look forward to hearing more....

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  • z4mez4me Posts: 2
    Mid-August.I am supposed to be updated via email by Nissan, as to the progress on my car. I will keep you updated as I get more info.
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    know of any test drive reviews or anything that comments on the handling?
  • revdrluvrevdrluv Posts: 417
    "Initial impressions are of excellent handling, thanks to the structurally rigid rear-wheel-drive chassis," and "The Z corners with benign understeer and a bit of suspension compliance, giving way to a high-grip neutrality. Lift the throttle mid-corner, though, and the tail moves out of line. This supple suspension means the car won't crash or skate over bumpy surfaces. All we'd ask for is a quicker turn-in and better on-center feel."

    This is what Car magazine had to say.
  • I put a $200 deposit on mine 6 weeks ago at a fixed MSRP published by Nissan with no dealer add ons. I trust my dealer since I have purchased 7 cars from him (mine,wife's,kids). I did see orders at higher prices in the sold rack. There is no obligation to take car when it arrives(mid August). See it,drive it, check it out thorougly first. I get notifications each month as to progress.Anyway, Z looks sharp. We'll see
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    When do they (dis)appear on the lots? Is there a date yet?
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,389
    Is the release date.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    Is there a dealer allotment? For example, would all dealers get only x amount of 350Zs? I know demand is incredible right now...there are preorders flying out of windows. Will there be enough that dealer gouging will be negligable?
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    "All we'd ask for is a quicker turn-in and better on-center feel."

    I don't like the sound of that. The key to a sports car is the responsive feel. I'll reserve judgement until more reviews are in or I can actually drive one myself but my one reservation about this car is that it might be a little "soft". I hope not.
  • I share your reservation. In an R & T article someone from Nissan, I don't remember who, stated that they wanted the car to have more "mature" handling than an S2000.
  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    they should leave the "mature" handling to the G35 coupe, and keep the 350Z sport.
  • tmc1688tmc1688 Posts: 28
    Hi folks, what looks better the G-35 coupe or nissan 350z? I personally like the G-35. It looks more mature. I have a feeling that the G-35 coupe will ride more comfortably.
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    They both look nice but I am partial towards the G35's styling. It would be very hard to pick a CL-S over such a beautiful coupe, plus it reminds me of my old Prelude in a lot of ways, just smoother.
  • cyber_xcyber_x Posts: 37
    Based on looks alone, I prefer the G35 Coupe over the 350Z. I hope it rides as well as it looks. I'd be willing to sacrifice a bit of handling prowess for a more luxurious ride.
  • dannym11dannym11 Posts: 18
    I like them both - I think they're meant to be used for different things though. Kind of an apples and oranges thing. I'll take the Z, and my girlfriend can get the G35 :)
  • Dig the prices on both cars! HATE the taillights on the G35. G35 is better value 'cus of the warranty/service/luxury. The Z is the stud! But like the G too. Heard the stupid place for the seat controls (under driver's right thigh) gets on your nerves after a while.
  • verozahlverozahl Posts: 574
    ... the Z wins over the Skyline (G35). However, I'm ready to sign up for the pre-order for the Silvia/240SX and/or Skyline GT-R when they come over (or return, in the case of the Silvia).

    I understand the Z has had the most following, but personally, I'd prefer a new Silvia/SX. The S15 Silvia sold in Japan right now is so hot looking... is the site to check it out!

    That said, the Z and G35 will beat the RX-8 in the looks and gotta-have categories when Mazda brings it out later this year.
  • did any car mag or rag do a 0-60 or 1/4 mi yet?
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