This car (my 40th) follows a long line which includes a TVR 350, an Audi TT and a Mercedes SLK. This one is definitely the best of all.
The cabin is like a fighter plane, the sat-nav and hands-free phone (wireless) are exemplary. The shape is better than Angelina Jolie and whenever I return to it there is always someone looking in the window.
The sound is as good as the TVR and it pulls strongly in any gear at any speed. I get 24mpg and it corners like a go-kart.
At last I have found a car which I shall keep for more than a year.
All I can say is before this, I owned a 231BHP RX8, the 350Z is in a different league. You can poodle along in 6th gear at 1500rpm and accelerate all way up to 155mph....if you wanted to! Great car! Try out the TT, RX8 and then the 350Z, you will understand!
Well, what a car of mixed fortunes this has been for me, though I think I'm very, very much in the minority but more of this later.
As you'll read on a later paraagraphs, I've had some monumental problems with my 350Z, but yet strangely as I sit here and write this, I'm still conteplating getting another one.
So, whats great about the car? Well, I've got 2004 Z, which now has 75,000 miles on it as we do lots of miles in it and its my company motor. Its a completely joy to drive, gets great attention (my wife likes that), and generally makes you feel really happy about owning it. Just love the thing when I'm driving it.
Fuel economy is okish for the breed, we average 26.7 out of it, which isn't bad considering. We get around 20k out of a set of rear tyres, and around 35K out of a set of fronts, though admitedly a lot of our driving is motorway miles.
Problems on mine, hell, where to start. two engine sensor problems, (early problem apparently), stops the car dead, had two sets of rear toe links, and two sets of driveshafts (clicking noises), faulty rear boot weather seals, and has just had to have the rear wheel bearings replaced. Stereo also replaced once under warranty. the clutch has always been very heavey and it judders badly in traffic. None of this is what you would suspect for a Jap car really.
Will I get a new one..? Well, we'll see I guess
First and foremost I am a UK resident, I purchased this car from Japan through an Internet site call IBC Japan.
It is a 2002 Fairlady Z ST version, which equates to the 350Z uk GT pack except for Cruise Control, Rays alloys and controls on the steering wheel.
It is Sparkling silver with Alezan Orange Leather, 18 Inch Nissan wheels and Brembo Brakes. It only had 17000 miles on it when I got it and I've covered a further 5500 miles in 6 months. I am generally very pleased with this car, performance is superb as is the handling and very pleasing looks.
However, a) I find the ride a bit harsh on bumpy roads (you can have a hard suspension setup without being constantly jolted around! so why hasn't this been tuned into the standard suspension setup??) b) Front tires wear their inside edge in around 6000 miles (I swap them around at this point)
c) Drivers side electric window motor has failed
These are minor gripes I suspect and I am still prepared to live with them, it eats up the miles and looks better than a 911! :-)
And all that for under £14,000. not bad!!
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