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Nissan 350Z



  • 759397759397 Posts: 79
    I appreciate your concern, but he had them consecutively not at once. Then traded the 280 for a 1984 Supra. Now he is thinking about a new 350 for his 60th B-Day.

    Again, I do appreciate you worrying about the veracity of my statements.
  • Thanks - I was just wondering where you heard it from, since that's the first time I've heard that (and of course being 20-something myself, I have somewhat of a vested interest in it). Hopefully the Nissan salespeople won't be saying the same thing to very many younger 350Z shoppers that show up on their lots.
  • First of all, I wouldn't exactly think some jerky at a dealership knows Nissan's big picture demographics for the 350Z. I mean they don't train these guys very much.

    Nissan has verified 280+ HP. I take the "+" as more than 280. Duh. At an auto show in December (which they weren't featuring anything about the 350Z, but I kept bugging them about it), a factory rep told me it would be much closer to 300 (or 300) than 280+ HP. He also said 0-60 would be definitely less than 6 seconds (as Nissan has said),the mid to high 5s. Quarter of a mile in less than 14 secs.
  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    Those are very similar numbers to what a wrung out S2000 would put out. So, is anyone thinking about cross-shopping these two cars? The styling is similar. One has more torque, but is porkier. One has fewer amenities but is convertible. Both are basically sitting at the same price point. And the majority of both will probably be silver.

    And on a different note, the Z does not and will not compete directly with a Boxster until its top goes down too. I for one am very interested in the 350Z convertible. The design looks nice. The '03 SVT Mustang Convertible from the other thread also looks very desirable. There are some fantastic convertibles coming down the road around the $35k price point.
  • 759397759397 Posts: 79
    things have come full circle as far as the 'verts go. A few years ago it was a Miata or Sebring. Now there are so many drop tops, and overall they are a solid group.
  • 759397759397 Posts: 79
    Although it looks like a Porsche 911 rear-ended an Audi TT.

    I wonder what the interior quality is like for $30k. That looks like a lot of performance for the price. Basically it has the potential to do better than my current M Roadster. However, I would like to see the quality first.
  • jay_75jay_75 Posts: 10
    That's pretty disrespectful to make a statement like that. If you think someone is lying, then feel free to discount anything they say as BS, but keep it to yourself.

    One of my friend's brothers (25 years old) owned 2 280Z' it is totaly reasonable that a 50+ year old man could have owned 3 Z cars already.
  • 759397759397 Posts: 79

    I felt it wasn't to out of the ordinary for my father to have owned 3 Datsuns in his life time. If someone feels that is BS so be it.

    Then again to each his own.

    It also wouldn't be crazy to own all three now. I wish I had three classics like that is reasonable condition. Although in High School I inherited the 1984 MkII Supra, that was fun.
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Hello room and what a pleasure to watch Nissan make a comeback with all this great new product. Increasing car prices is death these days in a deflationary pricing environment for cars. As the Japanese currency keeps falling the profit on Japenese cars skyrocket for the manufacturers. Their profits surge because the dollar keeps rising relative to the yen. As a matter of fact it looks like Japan is heading or in a deflationary depression now. So I do not look for significant price increases for the Z any time in the next couple of years. What we will see is incredible feature content on Japanese cars in the future for less and less money. This is going to make it very difficult for Detroit. Let hope that tarriffs are not increased on this beautiful Z. This is a great time to be a car enthusiast, maybe the best time ever.
  • It really comes down to $ wouldn't it.If u have the $ to buy, i don't any car salesman would care if u were 20yrs old or 50yrs old. I'm sure they would want your $ and mine. :)
  • Grow up man. That was a dumb remark.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Nissan will release the Z earlier than expected. I will keep you posted.
  • My dealership told me as early as late June when I ordered two weeks ago. But I haven't said anything because I didn't hear it from any other source.
  • rezo00rezo00 Posts: 103
  • Just an FYI- Went to my local Nissan dealer in Santa Cruz, California a couple of days ago. They are allocated only 5 350Z's and 2 are sold already and a third is being tabbed by the owner of the dealership. The salesman also said the two remaining would be sold for 5k over MSRP. Get ready for some summertime Z gouging...Very unfortunate, considering I was going to possibly buy this vehicle. Not with a huge markup I won't though.
  • You are full of BS. Go take your gun under your seat and blow your head off.
  • jay_75jay_75 Posts: 10
    oooooooooooh........the maturity level in here just sky-rocketed.

    If you ever say something intelligent, I'll respond to it rezo00.....but for now I'll let everyone else laugh at you and leave it at that.
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368

    It's "You're both full of BS."

    (If you're going to insult someone, at least spell it right!)


    As for owning 3 Zs, I see nothing at all unusual about that. My brother-in-law bought his-and hers Zs twice in a row, so that makes 4 in 4 years. I owned 4 Alfas in 6 years, starting with my first one at age 18.
  • hgileshgiles Posts: 66
    I don't think any of you are liars. I don't want any of you to violently commit suicide. We are just talking cars here not abortion or euthanasia Just thought I'd state that before I got started.
    Like a lot of you I am excited about the 350Z. It looks great and it promises great performance at low cost. But...I just got finished reading an article in Automobile by Jamie Kitman on the head of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn. This guy is notorious as a "cost-cutter" wherever he goes. The criticism of the Altima and its Achilles heel seems to be the cheapo interior materials. Kitman raises a concern about quality. If Ghosn cuts too deep quality will suffer. I'm hoping the Z won't be too good to be true. I feel confident about the engine, but I don't want a corner cutting car when it comes to the interior. Would those of you who have seen the car at auto shows comment on what you thought of the quality and build of the car, especially the interior. If you don't know where I'm coming from you ought to read the article for which I'm referencing. It's on the last page of the March 2002 issue.
  • The interior, while the car spun on a platform, looked fine and the DV I shot of it with my camcorder got me in pretty close. Did it look to be of BMW/MB/VW quality? No. Never seen a Japanese car that looks that nice, but the Z's interior was not the bargain basement level of the Altima or a Ford/GM/Mopar. The leather looked pretty nice, but again I couldn't physically touch it.
  • So, soon I can trade my 1992 240sx convertible for a 350z convertible. Hope the 240sx will hold up that long. I heard from the dealer that the 350z convertible will have a retractable hard top. Has anyone seen photos of it yet?
  • Believe me it's not worth getting worked up about him ... He's one of those guys that has nothing better to do than go to various car forums and be a troll.

    I've seen him in at least two other forums posting negative comments about cars he neither owns/nor wants to own.
  • ...I am surprised that Mr. Shiftright hasn't come in here and booted some of these posts!

    Man! That Shifty is ALWAYS after me! Well, lately, I have toned things down.


    It is TRULY possible to have owned a 240, 260 & 280Z in one lifetime!

    So, yes, Rezo is wrong.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    WOW! What a sweet ride! That's to say the least. First of all the silver color was perfect. Similar to the silver on the VW Jetta that has been so popular. If I were to buy the silver would be the only color for me. The design was smooth and elegant, yet looked very tuff. The 18" wheel's is just what this car needs. The interior instrument panel looked so much better than the photo's on Nissan's web site. I think the tag line for this car should be "must see to appreciate".
  • Jim, Are they allowing to sit inside? I know for sure NAIAS (detroit), didnt.
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    No, the Z was on a spinning platform with the drivers door open. A Nissan spokes person explained the new Z in detail, however most of the information was spec's we already knew.
  • jimxo -

    I just spoke with a friend who went to the Detroit auto show, and he said pretty much the same thing - that the 350Z looks bad-*** in person. He loved the instrument panel layout as well.

    He (as I'm sure you did as well) also saw the Evolution VII and RX-8, and said the 350Z looked the best of the bunch (he actually liked the entire Nissan lineup). I was personally planning to just wait for the Evolution VII, but now it looks like I may have to reconsider the 350Z when it comes out.
  • I'd have to say that you really toned down lately... maybe you got too lazy to reply :D

    It seems to me that the Z crowd would buy the car more for looks than for performance, am I right?
  • Nah!

    I have just been too busy at my new job (that's right, I no longer am doing the auto broker thing.). I have to share an office with my boss! :-/

    He is a cool guy, but would get mad if I posted all day. At night I am just too lazy.

    If I see something that rattles my cage, you KNOW you guys will here from me! ;-)

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