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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
Apr 02, 2006 (4:54 pm)
This is my everyday car that I use to drive back and forth to work (35 miles round trip)and errands and thatís about it. I do not push this car because I am not feeling safe driving in it anymore. NISSAN has tried to fix the problems with my driver side door 4 times now and are still unsuccessful! Every time they try some new fix, it creates another problem! I previously owned a 2004 350Z Touring COUPE and upgraded into the 2005 Touring Roadster... I am so disappointed with this car...
#1909 of 2071 2006 350Z tire problems?
Apr 08, 2006 (7:25 pm)
I am considering becoming a 2006 350Z owner. Does anybody know whether Nissan has resolved the tire feathering/cupping problem in the 2006 models?
Does anybody know of any other problems with the 2006?
#1910 of 2071 Re: Enthusiast vs. Track [specialt]
Apr 10, 2006 (6:35 pm)
The track has the breaks, nicer wheels, and underbody upgrade....if you are just going to cruise in the car, you dont need it. If you are going to take it to the track every so often or like to drive as if you were in the track, then go with the TRACK version, no doubt.
#1911 of 2071 Re: 2004 350Z Roadster [wendyk]
Apr 10, 2006 (6:39 pm)
The noise when you start maybe the hydraulics from the brakes...mine does the same...touch the peddal as soon as you start and you will see what i mean.
I have the TRACK version, no bose there, I dont like it and plan on doing an upgrade...poor sound from it.
#1912 of 2071 Thinking of buying 2005 roadster
Apr 13, 2006 (2:39 pm)
I just test-drove a new 2005 Touring edition roadster at the dealer's. It's leftover, so they've dropped the asking price to $34,000. It has mud guards, wind deflector, mats, cargo net which boosted the price some.
I had been thinking along the lines of a Solara or the new Volvo C70, very different cars, but loved driving the Z-car.
On the whole, would those of you who own 2005 convertibles do it again? Are you happy with your choice? If you decided on or wish you'd decided on something else, what other car would you have picked?
#1913 of 2071 Re: Thinking of buying 2005 roadster [biancar]
Apr 13, 2006 (7:50 pm)
DO NOT BUY A ROADSTER! There is a reason that they have dropped the price!! The ROADSTER suffers from FRAME FLEXING! You might not notice it right away but it develops. POP the hood and you'll see a bar that is mounted across the engine in hopes of making the car a little more sturdy! I have owned a 2004 COUPE and now a 2005 Touring Roadster that I can't stand to drive!
Did I mention that I'm currently in a law suit on this car?
See my previous posts...
#1914 of 2071 Anniversary Edition ?
Apr 14, 2006 (5:37 am)
I am looking at a 2005 Anniversary Edition - could someone tell me what is special / different abou the Anniversary Edition...
#1915 of 2071 Re: Thinking of buying 2005 roadster [ambergrl]
Apr 14, 2006 (12:53 pm)
that bar is present in the coupes, too. So it has nothing to do with trying to keep just the convertible from flexing.
Have you heard of anyone else having this problem? Yours is the first I've personally heard of, so I'm certainly not willing to shoo people away from the Z convertible in general for this one instance.
#1916 of 2071 Decisions, decisions
Apr 14, 2006 (4:37 pm)
Today I had the pleasure of test-driving the new Volvo c70 and the Toyota Solara. First impressions: The Nissan was certainly the most fun. For pure grins, tight handling, traditional sports car feel, it's the winner. Clearly it's also the least practical of the group, too.
The Volvo was very comfortable, obviously more practical, very quiet even with the top down. With top down, windows up, I could carry on a conversation with the salesman. Turbo-lag was very noticeable; as compared to either my Maxima or the Z-car, it took a bit of getting used to because the Nissans respond immediately. The Volvo had that moment of hesitation. Dynaudio stereo was fabulous. I tried out the back seat; it was VERY difficult to get out of, despite the control of pulling the front seat forward. Dealer is asking full sticker, no negotiation possible.
The Solara had a decent ride. Seats felt like they needed more padding. The trunk was huge for a convertible, almost equal to the Maxima trunk. It was also pretty easy to enter and exit the back seat. What makes it a loser, for me, was the horrendous rear visibility with the top up. The broad side pillars, combined with the tall headrests in the back, made it almost impossible to see out of.
So, oddly enough, for me right now it's between the Nissan and the Volvo, two very different cars. More test-driving is clearly necessary before making a final decision. Tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Apr 15, 2006 (10:48 am)
Well, y'all, I am now an official member of the 350Z club! Decided it was the most fun, best value, and will be a great beach car. I would almost be scared of taking the Volvo to the beach, as a large, expensive car.
I went back to the dealer today and took the car out on the Beltway, to see if I'd be nervous with big trucks whooshing past. And I wasn't, at all. I like that the Z is heavier than the usual sports car, it felt stable and rigid and not blown around at all. Handling is precision-sharp.
I asked the sales guy about the tire feathering issue, and he said it was because the alignment of the 2003 versions had been set to the way the Japanese drive, on the left with the driver on the right. Um, frankly, that sounds like nonsense to me, but whatever. Anyway he said the alignments specs were changed by mid-2004, and the 2005 shouldn't have any problems along those lines.
I feel like I got a good deal. Original sticker was somewhat north of $40,000. Current asking price for this was $34,500. (Current 2006s are in low 40's) I offered $32. He came down to $33,500 plus the dealership has a program where they give you two sets of tires, at 25 and 50k miles. So that's not bad, as long as the tires make it to 25,000 miles each time! I asked what would happen if they don't, and he said as long as I do all the maintenance per the book, they would replace earlier if needed.
Used Touring models with some miles on them have asking prices of typically around $30 - $32k, sometimes even more, so I feel like this is fair enough.
Anyway, I'll re-evaluate after I've had it for a couple years, might trade up to a Volvo then if we find we really wish for a larger convertible very often, but I think I'll be very happy with this for quite some time.