You Know You Want To: Nissan 350Z


The recent announcement by Nismo of its 344hp upgrade to the 370Z caused us to waste... ooh... a good 15 minutes combing through the classifieds to find drool over second-hand examples of the standard car, and another 15 minutes looking at its predecessor, the 350Z.

From here, you'd never guess how leggy it is
From here, you'd never guess how leggy it is
Naturally, the first thing we did was to find out how little cash you could buy one for – and the result astonished us. £3,750, was the measly answer. For a rear-wheel drive, 276hp coupe that’s under 10 years old, that seems an exceptionally reasonable figure.

So, what’s the catch? Well, the example you can buy for that price does have a big one: miles. 182,152 of them, to be precise. In other words, 20,000 a year, for all nine years of its life. Golly.

The big question, then, is how much faith you put in that fabled Japanese reliability. The good news is that the 350Z seems to have plenty of that, with most owners reporting good things. Whether the same applies to a such a high-mileage example will depend largely upon how well it’s been cared for, but the signs are promising: full history until 20,000 miles ago, and regular servicing by a Nissan tech since then; fresh gearbox and diff oils, full four-wheel alignment, and recent rear discs and pads. And for those among you who subscribe to the theory that a pricey tyre brand suggests a careful owner, feast your eyes on the two new Bridgestone Potenzas at the back end.

You might from here, though...
You might from here, though...
Faults? Not many, if the ad is to be believed. The front end stone chips should ideally be treated before they start to rust, but their presence does at least confirm that the car’s probably spent most of those miles on the motorway at unstressed cruising speeds, rather than being revved to within an inch of its life on a country road. There’s a tear on the driver’s seat, but that’s no biggie, and... er... that’s about it, actually.

So while the mileage is daunting, the signs are there that they might not be cause for too much concern. And when you consider that this is a rear-drive coupe with a great chassis and a sonorous V6, that can hit 60 in under six seconds, that price is sorely tempting. Naturally, we’d advise caution and a very careful inspection – but it’s such a great proposition that we’re finding ourselves struggling not to pick up the phone. Please, someone, get it bought – before we do something daft!


NISSAN 350Z
Price:
£3,750
Why you should: Fast, reliable, fun-to-drive, and handsome - what's not to like?
Why you shouldn't: It's been to the moon and back. Well, nearly.

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  • Lyndag 5 days ago

    I have owned my 350z GT pack for 11 years now and never had a car so long. It has been the best fun and has never let me down. Needs gas struts, which is how I found this page. I know it is an old thread but I just wanted to say Top Gear did a comparison with the S2000 and it beat the z on the track. But I would like another Z. I get 36 mpg motorway driving but average 22 most of the time. I can't count the number of times, like now, that my OH has had to use my car because his 3 range rovers are all off the road with problems. Mine is always there, ready to roll.

  • josingh20 19 Jun 2013

    TameRacingDriver said:
    Bit harsh.

    Anyway, mine would just about do 24 MPG on the drive to work and back, but that was real granny driving. Mine would only just do 30 MPG on a steady 70 mph run on cruise. Mine was a convertible though, I'd expect the coupe to maybe be slightly better. However, it would have been less painful had it not needed super unleaded.

    As for the S2000, I did consider one, but as much as I enjoyed my DC2, I'm not sure I want a car that peaky on the road again.
    Cheers for the troll comment, Si_man...!

    ...and I thought this might be a friendly forum. Yes I'm new, but troll I am not. I was simply trying to weigh up which one to buy for the summer (yes, a drop top 350Z vs S2000, didn't think they were too dissimilar?). I have an 05 Honda Civic EP2 and was looking to upgrade, armed with some advice from more experienced/opinionated car owners. I simply linked from the "Nismo is not a performance brand" article, and thought I might get involved.

    That said, I have heard the same thing about the S2000, Tame, and last time I test drove a brand new '05 350Z it felt absolutely solid on the rear/.


  • ATTAK Z 19 Jun 2013

    josingh20 said:
    Has anyone evaluated getting an S2000 over a 350z??
    Yes ... see 350z-uk.com

  • TameRacingDriver 19 Jun 2013

    Si_man306 said:
    Really? 1 post and with the subject matter, we're not immediately picking this guy out to be a troll?

    By the way, in the start of this thread there's a quote of the 350z 'struggling' to crack 25mpg. Well I get 29 regularly thanks, and have had up to 36 on a run up to Yorkshire. In fact, I only pay a small amount more in fuel than a friend of mine does in his old 206. The car has so much torque it just doesn't need to be worked hard and decent mpg is avaiable, as is the thunderous noise on acceleration when you want it!
    Bit harsh.

    Anyway, mine would just about do 24 MPG on the drive to work and back, but that was real granny driving. Mine would only just do 30 MPG on a steady 70 mph run on cruise. Mine was a convertible though, I'd expect the coupe to maybe be slightly better. However, it would have been less painful had it not needed super unleaded.

    As for the S2000, I did consider one, but as much as I enjoyed my DC2, I'm not sure I want a car that peaky on the road again.

  • Si_man306 19 Jun 2013

    Really? 1 post and with the subject matter, we're not immediately picking this guy out to be a troll?

    By the way, in the start of this thread there's a quote of the 350z 'struggling' to crack 25mpg. Well I get 29 regularly thanks, and have had up to 36 on a run up to Yorkshire. In fact, I only pay a small amount more in fuel than a friend of mine does in his old 206. The car has so much torque it just doesn't need to be worked hard and decent mpg is avaiable, as is the thunderous noise on acceleration when you want it!

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