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Old 11-17-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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350Z Impressions?

I made a thread before regarding the G37 Coupe but I'm leaning towards a 350Z now because of the dramatic price difference I feel like it would be a smarter choice based on the fact my family has other older/4x4 cars I could use in bad weather or when I need four seats.


Has anyone here had any experience with this vehicle in terms of fun factor and drivability and maintenance and overall experience?

any thoughts would be appreciated


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Old 11-17-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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oh great another thread

my honest opinion

any car would be more fun than a 160hp rsx

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oh great another thread

my honest opinion

any car would be more fun than a 160hp rsx

enough said
my honest opinion

dont go on forums if you dont like threads

enough said.



in all seriousness though yeah i realize that although i heard that a G37 wouldnt be as nimble and fun to drive as the RSX might because of the size difference so i assume this would not be the case with the 350Z? Also if anyone has anyone experience in regards to the maintenance of a 350..
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I just let go of my 350z a few months ago.

It's just a really cool, good looking car. It was super fun to drive.. though I'll admit not as fun as the S2000. But lots of nice low rpm torque on the Z.

Considering what it did, the gas mileage wasn't too shabby at all. The only issues with the car I had - which is common on G35's and 350z's, were all electrical issues. Dome lights stopped working, and previous owner had to have a window motor and a door actuator replaced. (I had issues with window motor and door actuator on my G35 as well..)
Oh, and I hated the interior. I actually think Civics have nicer materials and plastics.

All in all, I really enjoyed having this car. But I couldn't do without back seats. If I were to go back, I wish I would've stuck with my G35. Wahh I miss my G now..!

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in all seriousness though yeah i realize that although i heard that a G37 wouldnt be as nimble and fun to drive as the RSX might because of the size difference so i assume this would not be the case with the 350Z? Also if anyone has anyone experience in regards to the maintenance of a 350..
There's no way a FWD RSX can be more fun to drive than a G37..
The only thing about this that makes any remote sense is that the RSX is more raw without all the bells and whistles of a G37. But even so..

Maintenance is not much different from your RSX, except for the rear diff fluid.
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I just let go of my 350z a few months ago.

It's just a really cool, good looking car. It was super fun to drive.. though I'll admit not as fun as the S2000. But lots of nice low rpm torque on the Z.

Considering what it did, the gas mileage wasn't too shabby at all. The only issues with the car I had - which is common on G35's and 350z's, were all electrical issues. Dome lights stopped working, and previous owner had to have a window motor and a door actuator replaced. (I had issues with window motor and door actuator on my G35 as well..)
Oh, and I hated the interior. I actually think Civics have nicer materials and plastics.

All in all, I really enjoyed having this car. But I couldn't do without back seats. If I were to go back, I wish I would've stuck with my G35. Wahh I miss my G now..!



There's no way a FWD RSX can be more fun to drive than a G37..
The only thing about this that makes any remote sense is that the RSX is more raw without all the bells and whistles of a G37. But even so..

Maintenance is not much different from your RSX, except for the rear diff fluid.

Thanks for the first hand experience! I've hard of those electrical issues and I can live with them. What made you go from G35 to 350 anyways
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I drove a few when I worked at a Nissan dealership. Lots of complaints on the interior plastics, but I didn't think it was that bad...maybe it's because I'm used to driving older cars. Nice to drive for sure, great engine, makes great noises. Prices are plunging on them now. I'd consider one, but it only seats two.
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G35 and 350z have the same engine/transmission.

Go for an 04, or 05. I think 06 and 07 have the rev-up engines that are notorious for burning excess oil. and 03 (some) had transmission grinds and premature clutch wear.

Overall, I think they're a fairly reliable car. They wear out tires really fast. I'm sure you can find more useful information on google, which I have in the past.
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serious opinion?

driven a handful of Zs & Gs

great engine, lots lots of torque down low..they do lack high ends tho which is ok i guess


gets about 400km a tank depending how you drive



06+ is faster however the price is higher too since newer



interior is pretty cheap, lots of hard plastic, engines sounds great.

However was talking to one of my friend who is a mechanic, he too owns a VQ. HE was telling me that a lot of common issue with higher mileage VQ is its prom to have a bolt near the engine to fail/snap off, if that happens it will go into the engine and scrape the piston = engine rebuild.

just something to watch out for, maybe look for one with less kms?


Z and G pretty much drives the same, G for practicality...Z for true sports car feeling .
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There's no way a FWD RSX can be more fun to drive than a G37..
I dunno man... sometimes I wish I kept my 06 Si. That was a really fun car to drive. G37 is a whole other level of driving though.
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driven a few before at work........

only complaint i can think of is the crappy interior plastics.

kinda frustrating, especially when you spend majority of the time INSIDE the car. two of the three i driven, the plastics were rattling inside....

i might be biased, but i think my first gen Z has better interior materials.. (lots of vinyl surfaces in black.. that survived for 40 years)
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My friend owns one and he let me drove it a couple times, it was a base car with no LSD imported from the states.

Fun factor: its a massively fun car, you can throw it around corners and have a laugh. You wont keep a serious face for long. The way the engine punches you in the mid range is amusing so even though the VQ engine is harsh sounding during the higher revs you can kind of forgive it for that. Plus the stock exhaust sounds really good.

Feel/Handling: it feels likes a smaller G35/G37 so obviously it feels lighter on its feet and more easy to throw around. But, it does not have the same feel to it as say a Z4, S2000 (cars I consider in the same category FR, 2seat) It feels less planted and stable than the Z4(35is), and more mild than a S2000. Also, in the words of Keiichi Tsuchiya the drift king once said feels like a Japanese muscle car rather than a true sports car.

Overall its a very fun car and great bang for you buck. I think its reliable but it doesnt have quite the same finesse as a S2000 or the new Z4. Its capable but not that confident inspiring especially when the rear end gets loose.
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Thanks for the first hand experience! I've hard of those electrical issues and I can live with them. What made you go from G35 to 350 anyways
I actually let go of my G35 and picked up a Camry cause I needed a sedan for a new job I just got. A few months later I found out I qualified for a company car.. so I got out of the Camry and got the Z.. Then I became single and needed back seats so I let go of the Z and got a TL. JOKING... not really.
But seriously, the whole 2 seater thing didn't really fit my lifestyle. If you can make do with 2 seats, go for it.
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I dunno man... sometimes I wish I kept my 06 Si. That was a really fun car to drive. G37 is a whole other level of driving though.
No, no. I'm sure I'd enjoy a RSX, but not more than a G37. Personally, anyways. Like I said above, the reason I could see FWD Hondas being more fun than a G37 is that they're more raw and you can drive the shit out of them and not really care. G37 is more luxury+power/low end torque... and that exhaust..
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I had a z for about 2 weeks, truth be told, the car can't hold anything cuz of the rear strut bar... A Rsx can actually hold a lot more
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I had a z for about 2 weeks, truth be told, the car can't hold anything cuz of the rear strut bar... A Rsx can actually hold a lot more
Just because you don't know how to handle a rwd car doesn't mean it can't hold...but if your talkin cargo, then obv your right

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i think hes talking about cargo wise.
Fair enough! I just figured if someone is going to buy a 350z, they will buy it for the driving pleasure not the cargo space lol my apologies!

Having 2-seats can be an inconvinience, but I would trade back seats for driving pleasure anyday! G37s is a great car, I enjoyed driving it
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a 2003-2005 350z is pretty affordable these days, especially from the States.

for the money I think it would be worth it.
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I don't really think you can compare an older 350Z to a newer G37...The Infiniti is more refined and finished than the 350Z. How much are you looking to spend anyways? The Infiniti has a lot more technology and features and actually looks like a luxury car from the inside. The 350 on the other hand, is a plastic factory with buttons. Apart from the powerful engine, I see no reason to buy a 350Z over a G37, in my opinion.

A lot of people complain about the lack of high end torque in the Infiniti but every car is going to have a downside. At the end of the day, is it really a deal breaker?

Before you start looking at cars, it's always best to figure out what it is that you want in a car and then go from there. You own an RSX and you're looking into a G37 and a 350Z. Are they all comparable? Not really...We're comparing a entry-level Acura base to a high-end Infiniti sports...Not really in the same category at all!

What is that you want in a car? Performance? Low maintenance? Resale value? Technology? Aesthetics? Luxury? Comfort? Prioritize your needs and from there it should be really easy to chose...
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What yr are u planning on buying?

Id stay away from 03 due to tranny problems and 06 due to oil consumption.



My 06 recently got written off, but for the 2 yrs i had it i really enjoyed it.

Pros-
Quick
Great handling
Looks greeat(every chick thinks its a phorche)
Cheap on maintenence(just regular up keep)
Very safe( a lady busted a left in front of me while i was going straight and i t-boned her) her 02 camry was crumpled and mine showed minimal cosmetic damage and i didnt have a scratch on me

Cons-cheap interior peices(scratch very easily) easy fix though is u just get the peices wrapped or can order carbon fiber interior
Suspension-very rough u feel every bump(but thats a sports car for u)

Overall id way rather have a 350z over a g35. Im in the market for another vehicle and i test drove a g37 and there was minimal diff in power. The g37 just had a little more torque at the low end, but im pretty sure my 350 was quicker(exhaust and intake). Overall i didnt find it to be ano exciting car,pretty boring if you ask me

350 for the win! But if ur gunna buy one try getting a 07 with the hr engine, and that for a fact is quicker than a g37 stock for stock.
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I drove a friend's 04 350Z a long time ago, and from what I remembered it was:

1. "Chunky", as in the car felt heavy and dumb
2. Lots of torque, great fun around town
3. Engine music

Would drive again, but would rather own a G35
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Have you thought of an RX8?

I know I know... the 350Z and G35 coupe were meant to be a sports car sports car, but driving the car is just so uncomfortable.

The RX8 is much more comfortable to drive, with an easier clutch to use and buttery smooth gearbox.
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Great handling but no balls - might as well as well stick w/ the rsx
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They're both terrible, there's better cars out there for the same money.


And yes, VQ's are terrible engines...not as bad as the QR's though.
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