Pros Excellent Chasis - Feel solid at high speed - Handle superb at high speed
Cons Handling at Low speed is less agile than S2000/rx8 - Feel slow at first, but not when you got to the max - Road noise feel like a race car
Summary Got the car 3/3/2003 (track 2003 model coupe).
Nissan had replaced my front tire twice because of feathering, first time was at 10k and the 2nd time was at 21k. I didn't pay any cent because of the warranty. My car is 40,000 miles plus now, but still no sign of feathering. Probably when I visited them the second time they had just got the right alignment spec to fix the front tire feathering problem. About two months ago I received a letter from Nissan regarding the front wheel alignment for Tire Noise Warranty extention for unlimited mileage.
Other than previous feathering I think the car is superb. This is my first car I haven't spent any cent because of the problem after 40,000 miles except for the maintenance. Average 21 mpg (highway + city), Oil for every 5000 miles plus.
Pros Eye-catching styling, solid V6, good handling
Cons Cheap plastics all over interior, no luggage space
Summary Overall, it's an eye-catching design (even if it was copied from the Lexus SC430 with body proportions from and Audi TT) with a strong performing 3.5L V6 - the same engine that shows up throughout Nissan's lineup from the lowly Altima, Maxima, Quest minivan, etc. through the 350Z. Don't get me wrong, it's a strong engine with good low-end and mid-range power but it runs out of steam at higher RPM. It also doesn't provide quite the same punch as the 3.0L V6 that was in the last-generation 300ZX in Twin Turbo form. It provides reasonable performance for the money with solid handling, styling and interior fit and finish. Sports coupe - absolutely. Sports car - not quite.
On the down side, the paint is afflicted with orange peel (all too common in today's cars), high doors with small windows compromise exterior vision and interior materials look and feel like they were lifted from the Sentra (sorry Nissan!). I'd expect more from a car that can cost upwards of $30K - compare it to its sibling, the Infiniti G35 coupe which has more interior room (back seat) and seemingly much higher quality interior parts for roughly the same price as the Z.
As much as Nissan wanted to return the spirit of the Z to the company, this car gets them about 2/3 of the way there. Compared to the prior generation Z (the 1990 - 1996 300zx in the US) this car doesn't make the same technological leap like 4-wheel steering, twin turbos, twin intercoolers, adjustable suspension and one of the first installations of 4 wheel ABS with vented disc brakes. That said, it still provides reasonable value for customers who are looking for a sport coupe. Perhaps another 50-75HP under the hood (supercharger?) would get this car competitive with today's leading sports cars even if Nissan chooses to shun added technology for cost / complexity reasons. Given that my '92 Nissan 300zx Twin Turbo is still running strong (32k miles) I'd expect a new 350Z to provide its owner with plenty of fun driving miles in the years to come.
Pros The car makes right turns all by itself
Cons Nissan won't stand behind it's product and fix it.
Summary I have had the car since Feb, 04, and have nothing but problems. The car has a defect in the suspension that Nissan refuses to acknowledge or fix. The car pulls badly to the right while driving. Nissan originally blamed this on poor alignments from the factory. They then blamed defective tires. They then went to driver error and are back to alignment. The bottom line is that the car suffers from a serious defect in the suspension which causes the car to not hold an alignment even if properly set. The result is worn out tires every 4k miles at $300.00 a piece.
They also have a defect in the clutch that causes it to rattle like rocks in a tin can whenever the car is idling. This is normal according to Nissan's techs.
The rear suspension clicks like crazy whenever you start off and I have been waiting for parts for over a month now to fix that.
I've had my tachometer die while driving, navigation door stick shut, the screen go blank for no reason, the passenger door only opens when it wants to, and the car just up and dies every now and then while driving.
What's also nice is that the paint is chipping like crazy. I have a BMW that does the same commute to work as the Z does and it has none of the road damage from rocks like the Z does. My commute is only 3.1 miles on back roads no less and the front of the car looks like it got hit by birdshot.
You can see my news story on the car on the New York Channel 2 web site. The air date was May, 6, 2005 under Kirsten Coles' section of the web page.
Pros Solid, fast, quiet interior, even at 100+mph
Cons Poor visibility with the top up.
Summary I own a 2006 Touring roadster and this is the first car I have ever purchased that had absolutely ZERO defects of any type - owned it about 9 months now, and not one thing has gone wrong, not even a squeak or rattle. I have owned Lexus, BMW, etc., and no car I have ever owned has had this level of quality.
Performance is excellent, gas mileage is as high as 30 on the highway, and the acceleration is quick and smooth. The paint, trim, interior, are all perfect on this car. I'm keeping this one for the next 20 years.
Pros "Hugs" the road. Very drivable under normal conditions.
Cons Limited rear view when reversing. On board computer buttons at an awkward position
Summary Bought a 2006 model. Acceleration is neither to fast nor to slow, just enough to enjoy the vehicle. The exhaust tone is music to the ears. Backing up the vehicle does pose some problems as it has limited rear views and takes a while to get use to. The instrument layout has a neat appearance, but the onboard computer buttons could have been within better reach. Had to get rid of the beemer as the beemer came with all the problems dh21187 described.