This is a rather odd-looking and flawed car.
It has a moderate drive - it's great in a long straight line, but on UK roads and bends, come across a Mazda RX8 or Honda S2000 and you can expect to be completely embarrassed.
It returns awful fuel consumption around town - no wonder it has a near 18 gallon tank. It's also very noisy and insurance is fearsome.
It has lots of power, but when you hear owners boast that it manages to accelerate from low speeds in a high gear and feels like an automatic - that sums it up.
It might work on the straight roads of the USA but over here - oh dear. Save yourself a lot of money and grief and buy the far more convincing Audi TT or Mazda RX8 (you'll save pounds on fuel, servicing and the need for a second car, too).
I have an Azure late 2003 GT coupe with 30,000 miles. Overall, it's a great car, and I'd consider getting the latest 309bhp version when time comes to sell.
It's a great drive - not quite as nimble as a Boxster but better than an RX8 or Z4. The engine note is excellent, I'm getting about 26mpg which is reasonable.
There is plenty of power, and good flexibility overall - you can leave it in fifth if you wanted and treat it like a big automatic. However, I think there could be more pull lower down the rev range, you need to get above 4000rpm before the real shove comes in.
The major problem is that the Nissan dealer support is completely pants; easily the worst I have come across. Nissan need to realise buyers of premium cars demand better service than this.
The main problems are that the main dealer support is awful, the driver's side electric window sticks (took the dealer four attempts to fix), second gear can graunch when cold, and the Bose stereo is not up to par in my view, and on top of that the CD player skips. You guessed it, the dealer (and Nissan customer service) didn't want to know!
Also, the rear hatch struts weaken, needing new spacers or replacement struts. The paint is prone to chipping, and although the cabin finish is OK (it's slightly better in later versions) it could be improved for style and quality.
Overall I heartily recommend this car - just check the forum site before buying so you know the relatively minor pitfalls from the start.
Oh dear....what can I say. Having written a previous review I had to jump up and down and get angry with the dealership to get the 350z totally replaced after the engine was found to be shot after only 10,000 miles. This took a month to sort and cost me much lost sleep. Having recieved the replacement car with a similar mileage all seemed well untill I noticed a rumbling coming from the front.....another trip to the garage and two new front wheel bearings later and the problem was resolved. the replacement car was better but the C.D. jumped and there was a noticeable clonk from the back axle during gear changes.The window on both driver and passenger side had a wind noise issue which also had to be resolved. The dealership would not entertain a refund so I've resorted to selling the 350z and getting an Audi A4 insead. A great shame as the car looks superb and drives beautifuly but has been let down by poor build quality and an attitude from nissan and the local dealership that beggers belief.
I've got mixed opinions on this car. I've owned my 2003 350Z for 14 months. It's a great car to drive, but the rear tailgate strut had to be replaced - it was too weak to support the hatch. There was a clicking noise from the rear suspension, which meant a major job under warranty.
The driver's side electric windows stuck down (now it's stuck up!), and there was a creaking noise from the rear suspension - that meant the anti-roll linkage had to be replaced. Now, the final straw - a clanking noise from the rear suspension.
The local dealer is appalling. Really appalling. Words can't describe it. It might wash with a typical Micra buyer, but people who buy these kind of cars expect German standards of customer care.
I've just ordered a new TT. OK, it won't drive as well, but the trim won't creak, I'll be treated like a human, and hopefully it won't break down. It's a shame, really, Nissan. A bit of polish in quality and customer service is all that is needed.
It's a great car to look at and drive - a real head turner!
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