Used Nissan 350Z Convertible 2003 - 2009 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2009 review
Nissan 350Z Convertible (03 - 09)
  • Nissan 350Z Convertible (03 - 09)
  • Nissan 350Z Convertible (03 - 09)
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What's the used Nissan 350Z sports like?

If you want a quiet life, ignore the Nissan 350Z roadster. Without the coupe's roof, you get an aural assault from the V6 engine, which sings as you wring out its 300bhp.

Thanks to the extra 150kg of body stiffening, there's no shaking when you tackle imperfect or twisting roads, but the loss in performance is virtually undetectable. The coupe's chassis stiffness and steering feel have been retained, and the car rides bumps well, even it does lack the ultimate agility of the best roadsters.

The 350Z is big enough for a couple of tall adults, even with the roof up. However, the fabric hood folds neatly under a metal cover, so the boot is even smaller than the coupe's.

At least, the folding top is easy to use - simply pressing a button stows it electrically in 20 seconds - and there's precious little buffeting inside, thanks to the snug driving position and effective glass wind blocker behind the seats.