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Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Convertible
#17 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [biancar]
Aug 06, 2006 (6:35 pm)
Your response has me a tad nervous. I got rear ended about a month ago. Had a SVT Contour which had about 60K miles on it. Frame was bent so I am looking for a replacement. I have driven a number of cars (mx-5, S2000, new GTI, used jaguar and the 350Z). I have seen a 2005 anniversary edition with 10K miles on it. Dealer (non-nissan) is asking $29,900 which seems to be a good price but I would still negotiate since they have had it for about 2 months (which mystifies me). In any event, my main use is an every day commute of about 30 miles round trip. I assumed the car being a nissan would be reliable but I am concerned about this not being a car to use daily. I wonder if I should be reconsidering buying the car. Any and all comments welcome. I am 57 years old but still a kid at heart. Thanks!
#18 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [alaw35]
Aug 06, 2006 (8:26 pm)
I'm 56, and also either a kid at heart or this car is bringing out my inner bad girl! I truly love it.
Didn't mean to scare you at all. I think the car will be very reliable. Are you looking at the roadster or the coupe? That makes a bit of difference.
When I say it doesn't usually make sense as the only car for most people, I'm just thinking of the occasional need for more storage space, more passenger space, etc. Plus, if you live in a cold climate, the roadster is not that practical in winter. Even the coupe might do better with snow tires if you get a lot of snow.
My tires (on a roadster) are high performance tires that are not designed to be driven in snow, for instance, at all. But I live in Virginia, so we don't get that much snow. I plan to garage it in the winter and only drive it when the streets are dry.
Some people avoid driving in heavy rains. This is probably wise again if you want the roadster, because convertibles don't give you any protection against lightning (no steel frame). Even though odds are you won't have a problem, still, I won't drive mine in a thunder and lightning situation (though it's been fine with just rain, no problems at all).
That said - if the car meets your needs 90% of the time, and you can either stay home in nasty weather or rent a car on the occasions when you need more space or have to get through snow, then go for it! It certainly puts a grin on my face while driving it. Most fun I've had in a car since I was a teenager!
#19 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [alaw35]
Aug 07, 2006 (5:06 am)
Don't let them scare you off.
I drove an MGB over 100K miles as my daily driver (plus trips), including two winters in Edmonton, Alberta, where temperatures below -20 were common.
Replaced it with a 240Z which I drove every day for the next five years in Edmonton & Vancouver (where it rains a lot).
Neither of these cars had ABS, yaw control or any of the other gizmos available to make life simpler and/or safer on the 350Z.
Buy one. Have fun.
#20 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [biancar]
Aug 07, 2006 (5:31 am)
Good morning. Thanks for the reply. I live outside of DC in the Maryland suburbs. The model I am looking at is the coupe. I drove the roadster as well but I have allergies and my sense is that I may not use it as much. The car appears to be in beautiful condition but of course one can never tell. It was titled in April 2005 so I would still have warranty coverage. Has under 11,000 miles and the brembo brakes. I am wondering if I should wait to see the new mx-5 hardtop Mazda is coming out with but the Z seems to more of a substantial car with some pizzaz. I am a little nervous about the gas mileage and gas prices continuing to rise but none of the hybrids have any fun quotient to them. Thanks again and I am glad that I am not the only 50 year old out there who is interested in the Z.
#21 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [alaw35]
Aug 07, 2006 (5:49 am)
Well, here's a thought, if you are considering the MX5 hardtop, you might want to also look at the VW Eos. 30 mpg and a turbo 4-cylinder make it an interesting package starting at $27,990.
Mind you, however, neither the Eos or MX5 will come close to the performance of the Z.
Its a matter of finding out what is important to you.
#22 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [alaw35]
Aug 07, 2006 (9:06 am)
You live close to me then, I'm just south of Alexandria.
Don't know if you've checked the "mileage" topics but most people have found the Z has pretty decent mileage. I get around 18 - 19 around town, and upwards of 25 on the highway (not in stop and go traffic on the Beltway, but heading south towards the Outer Banks on the very uncongested Rt. 17).
The tank holds 20 gallons - you won't be filling up as often as you do with cars with smaller tanks, which is nice on a long trip. Getting close to 400 miles on a tankful is certainly possible. (The warning light goes on when you still have about 3 - 4 gallons left.)
Everyone talks about gas prices, but think of it this way - is your life really going to be significantly different if you spend $500 a year on gas vs. $300 vs. $800? Really, I doubt it. Knock off a couple stops at McD's and you'll have some extra dollars in your pocket right there - and be healthier as well!
I can't say about the Mx-5, but I test-drove a Miata some time ago (the forerunner of the 5, isn't it?) and felt like I was in a toy. It was fun when there weren't any other cars around, but I drove it for just a few exits' worth on the Beltway and really didn't like how it was blown around with big trucks whooshing by.
The Z has stability, performance, good looks, and pizzaz and fun quotient to spare!
Part of my thinking was "If not now, when?" In the mid-50's, one's thoughts naturally turn to "what do I still want to do with my life?" For me, owning a fun, fast red convertible was pretty high on that list! When I test-drove the Z, the fun, the stability, and the "whee!" factor immediately won me over.
#23 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [biancar]
Aug 07, 2006 (6:33 pm)
Thanks for all the input. I appreciate your thoughts on the car. I have to now get to the dealer and do a test drive on the car. I will let you know what I end up getting. I will be following the forum.
#24 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [biancar]
Aug 14, 2006 (1:45 pm)
I agree with the reasons for a lot of Z's on the market. Not really a practical car for everyday use and the Z is priced just right to make it very enticing. It could easily be the champaign on a beer budget. When I was in my 20's and 30's the Z was out of reach. Now that I hit the magic 50, it is easily in my budget. Between my wife and I, we now have 3 cars and a motorcycle. Wife's car is a Solara (2 door). 3rd car is a Sable (4 door) which is good for the dogs since they like to hang their heads out. It also has a hitch on it so I can haul a trailer when needed.
I just bought my 350ZR 3 weeks ago and dropped 15 years off of the mental age (wasn't that high to start with). 2005 new left over in Ultra Yellow. Now if that is not a ticket getter I don't know what is. Speaking of which, Virginia has a law against radar detectors. Anyone have any good suggestions on the discrete (invisible) detectors. I'm thinking of getting one the next time I am visiting NC. I have read several posts from folks in the VA/NC arae. I just moved to Richmond a year ago from Winston-Salem. One tobacco town to another.
#25 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [alaw35]
Aug 14, 2006 (1:50 pm)
One other thing. If you are looking and can find a left-over 2005, I got mine for $7K below sticker ($4K under invoice) without any rebates or incentives. Sticker was $39.5 and dealership started with $34K. I ended up paying $32.5K and also paid an additional $1600 for the 6 yr/ 100K mile bumper to bumper warranty. Nice thing about the warranty is that if I do not use it, they will re-imburse me 100% of what I paid for it. There did not seem to be enough difference between the 2005 and the 2006 to account for the cost difference.
#26 of 53 Re: Lots of 350Zs for sale [350zr_dave]
Aug 14, 2006 (9:21 pm)
Hey, I recognize you from the 350 site! Glad you're enjoying the car.
And definitely second the advice about buying a left-over 2005 if at all possible, if there still are any. I did the same thing in April and got a similar deal. You have to be in the right place at the right time for that. Very good financial move when it works right. The dealer and/or Nissan corporate gets to pay the first year's depreciation that way.