Last post on Oct 19, 2006 at 7:25 AM
You are in the Nissan 350Z/370Z
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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Hatchback
#414 of 549 Re: The dealers [calgene]
Oct 30, 2005 (12:22 pm)
The dealer has to be part of the purchase decision. As far as this product (350Z Touring, automatic) goes it is excellent. I have had no problem with the Z. I do run Michelin pilot tires. I have 89k on my 2003 and have had no problems. Just had brake pads replaced and they turned the rotors, and 83k on my Volvo they replace the rotors. I've had many Nissans and I have a great relationship will the dealer. My 86'Z has 184k and is still going strong, everything still works on it, even the clock still works. I did have a problem with a transmission is a 94' Pathfinder and Nissan replaced it at no cost to me. I have an 06' Frontier on order to replace my 03' Frontier, sticking with my Nissans. If I replace the Volvo it will be with a Maxima. My car plan calls for a Roadster in '07.
#415 of 549 Re: Is the 350z good as an everyday car? [jmills]
Oct 31, 2005 (7:56 am)
We have not lost any companies in this country that did not deserve to go out of business.
That's certainly a matter of opinion. I'd LOVE to have Alfa back, for one. My '86 Spider is quite reliable at almost 20 years old and approaching 100k miles. I wasn't even aware such a company existed when they were selling new cars here in the states, but it is my understanding that the poor dealer network contributed greatly to their demise ... Nissan certainly has a stronger presence than Alfa ever did, however.
#416 of 549 good to hear more opinions
Oct 31, 2005 (7:57 am)
I'm glad to see some supporters and those who have not had reliability problems coming forth. Its a shame when someone researches a car and finds nothing but negative comments when there really are many many happy owners out there.
#417 of 549 Re: Is the 350z good as an everyday car? [qbrozen]
Oct 31, 2005 (8:33 am)
Alpha - owned by Fiat - is reported to be in the process of re-entering the US market in 2006/2007.
Poor dealer networks, as you state, can certainly result in withdrawal from the market, as can a poorly designed or executed product.
Unfortunately the manufacturer is still responsible for their dealer network' and deserves to succeed or fail based on their performance.
Twenty years and 100,000 miles certainly speaks well of your Alpha and is a far more valid judgment of a product than that of one who owned a car for a few months and a few thousand miles.
#418 of 549 Re: Is the 350z good as an everyday car? [jmills]
Oct 31, 2005 (8:46 am)
I'm not banking on Alfa coming back. I think the early reports were 2004, then it was bumped to 2006, then 2007. I think I read 2010 at one point. Who the heck knows. But now that GM pulled the plug on their deal with Fiat, I've stopped holding my breath. Too bad.
#419 of 549 Re: Is the 350z good as an everyday car? [qbrozen]
Oct 31, 2005 (8:57 am)
"Sergio Marchionne, the Italian-Canadian finance expert who took over Fiat Auto , plans to bring Alfa Romeo back to the United States as soon as 2007, say suppliers and others. Until it left the U.S. market in 1995, Alfa Romeo had sold cars there since 1952.
Alfa executives plan to recruit established U.S. dealers. They believe Maserati's U.S. network is too small and too upscale" Per Autoweek Magazine
#420 of 549 Re: Is the 350z good as an everyday car? [jmills]
Oct 31, 2005 (9:16 am)
one can only hope.
I'm afraid their current FWD setups are going to hurt them here, however, at their (most likely) high pricepoint. Their hatchback (is it still the 147?) could be a good alternative to a Volvo V50 or Audi A3 ... BUT, a FWD spider for, say $45k, is going to pale in comparison to a 350z, for instance (like how i brought us back to the topic? ).
#421 of 549 Re: The dealers [calgene]
Oct 31, 2005 (11:00 am)
Glad to hear the Michelin's gave you no headaches. If I may make a suggestion on your 06 decision, I can't recommend the Roadster enough. From strictly a looks standpoint I think the Z blows away the G's, but I know others who think the opposite. However, from a thrill aspect, I think the Roadsters can't be touched. I debated between the Coupe and the Roadster(I always wanted a Roadster, but wasn't sure about the cost). All I can say is that about 80% of the thrill of my Z is with the top down. I literally get chills everytime I think how close I came to getting the coupe instead.
I'm sure it depends on where you live, I live in Denver and still get to go top down year round. The aerodynamics make driving topless at 50 degrees and sunny not a problem at all.
That's my opinion, but I think the Roadster is worth every extra cent and then some!
#422 of 549 Re: The dealers [starchecker1]
Nov 04, 2005 (5:49 pm)
When I was looking back in '03 my decision came down between the G and the Z. I was considering the G cause there are times when I need a back seat. However, I never got to drive the G, and the Nissan salesman was friendlier, and bent over backwards for me. And as I mentioned when I drove the Z it was over!
I live outside of Virgina Beach and the weather is great with mild winters, my only concern with the roadster, is that I am 6'4" and I wonder if the wind will be blowing all in my face and around my head. Anyway, I do plan on test driving a roadster, and if all goes right, I will purchase one in January, where I expect they will just be sitting on the lot until springtime when they will become a hot commodity.
#423 of 549 Re: The dealers [calgene]
Nov 05, 2005 (10:48 pm)
I am 6'2", but I actually sit taller than some of my 6'4" friends. The aerodynamics are great on the car, but I definitely get the hair blown look after driving it with the top down.
The height issue is what really helped me to decide on the roadster. The coupe actually rubbed the top of my hair, the roadster actually has a little more headroom with the top up.