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Nissan 350Z Review

Introduction:
You may be thinking to yourself, why is Arnold reviewing a car that's no longer in production? Well, for starters, because the 350Z is getting cheaper and cheaper by the day, where first model 2003s are selling for as low as $12,000 with good mileage. So that means more and more will be sold as second-hand vehicles, and that also means a vast majority of those cars won't have warranties. So me, I'm doing a service to the future 350Z community by providing them with this, perhaps, overly in-depth review. Well, that and the fact that I actually own the very car I'm reviewing kinda' made it easier to make this my first auto piece. And what better way to introduce yourself into a whole new world of entertainment-journalism?

History Lesson:
The Nissan 350Z is an iconic car, as well it should be, because its predecessors the Z32 300ZX, and even the original 240Z were, and still are icons today. The Nissan/Datsun 240Z proved that you can have Porsche-like qualities in a Japanese sports car, without the Porsche-like price-tag, and the world responded. But many years later, the Nissan 300ZX (Z32) proved that Japan can evolve and keep up with the Germans, by offering a twin-turbo Z-car with 300HP. The 300ZX was not alone, as it squarely faced off against the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, and more importantly, the MKIV Toyota Supra, arguably the 90s' biggest Japanese-muscle icon.

A Few Details (This May Get Boring):
History lesson aside, the 350Z debuted to massively strong sales, fantastic critical response, and extremely loyal fanfare. It was the car I wanted since I first saw it back in 2002. It had everything, drop-dead gorgeous looks that breaks a neck on every city street, razor-sharp handling, a spectacular - and bullet-proof - motor, and, of course, rear-wheel drive. After pining for the 350Z for many years, I finally got one in 2007. The very one you see pictured is my actual car, and I got it with a meager 4000 miles on the clock; the car was 6 months old, but smelled, looked and drove like new. Best of all, depreciation hit, so this $34k car was mine for many thousands less. Great success.

A quick runthrough the car: this is a loaded Touring model, and these come equipped with a Bose 6-disc CD changer w/MP3 CD compatibility, heated seats, leather seats, steering-wheel radio controls, cruise control, automatic/motorized seats, and navigation, SAT radio, and Bluetooth (2007-08) are optional. It's worth noting that the 2006-08 350Zs have the refined interiors, which are less plasticky, and feel a bit better to the touch, in addition to being less rattle prone than the earlier 03-05 interiors. On top of that, a number of options found in the refined years, are not available in the earlier cars. Lastly, a layout of three mini-pods lay on top of the center console - one that shows battery voltage, oil pressure, and the most important, a multi-functional display that can be cycled to show average MPG & average MPH, mileage left until empty, digital MPH readout, tire PSI for all four wheels (not available on 07-08), a stopwatch, outside temperature, and length of time driven.

 On the outside, the 06-08 models receive numerous enhancements over the original 03-05 design, these include standard bi-xenon HID projectors, LED taillights, polished 5-spoke 18" wheels, revised front bumper, among other extras. Inside the engine bay lies the heart of the beast: all 2003-2006 get essentially the same motor, the VQ35DE, which makes anywhere between 287HP/274TQ or 300HP/260TQ. In 2005, Nissan offered a higher-revving variant of the original motor for certain 350Z trims. This newer motor ran to 7000RPM vs. 6600RPM, but the trade-off was less torque, which made differences not very noticeable between the two engines. But it is the 2007-2008 cars have the overhauled VQ35HR motor, which packs 306HP/268TQ, redlines at 7500RPM, but puts down all of that torque and power more efficiently, compared to the motor in my car right now.

Putting Your Foot Down:
So, let's get down to business. What is a Z capable of? Well, traction is a royal bitch with the car. Unlike a Mustang and its solid-beam rear, the Z's independent-rear makes launching this car quite difficult, so wheelspin is almost always a damper on the experience. But, launch it just right, and you'll easily hit a 5-second dash to 60MPH, and 1/4 miles typically range anywhere between mid/high 13-seconds, with inexperienced runs or poor launches netting underwhelming low-14s (assuming compliant weather and sea-level setting). Again, it's all in the launch, so if you get it down right, when the 1/4 mile ends, you'll be running through it anywhere between 100-104MPH. And those stats go for both shifting variants the Z offers, the 6-speed manual, or the 5-speed auto w/manual mode.

Transmission Variants:
Typically, good results come from launching the 6-speed at 3000RPMs, and the automatic is best when torque-braked to 2000 - anything more is not recommended. Now, what's most impressive about this car is that it actually manages to be one of the very few sports cars with a proper automatic gearbox. Yes, I know, blasphemy - by all rights my tongue and fingers should be pecked at by savage birds, but in this case, it's true. This 5AT is a very impressive unit, as in manual mode it gives you full control, allowing you to bounce off that redline all day and night, never stepping in to shift for you, like most other automatics with manual modes. Best of all, this gearbox performs a revmatch for every downshift, and actually adjusts to your driving habits in a variety of ways. For example, if you're driving spiritedly, the shifts will be crisp and firm. If you're just cocking about, blasting your latest snob-rock indie hit, trying to impress the local girls in a swanky part of town, the shifts will be slower and engage smoother. As a whole, when you're full on it, shift speeds are brilliant and lightning fast, providing you a constant surge of power, without any disruption in momentum when the box shifts to the next gear.

Who Needs Science? iPhone Will Do!
As unscientific as it may be, I've actually measured numerous cars using the iPhone's accelerometer and studying the dips every car makes in-between shifts. I, with the help of a few friends and family, took a 2008 Mercedes-Benz 350 4-Matic (5AT), a BMW M6 (7AT SMG-III), a 2004 Volkswagen R32 (6MT), a 2009 Volkswagen R32 (6AT DSG) a 2005 350Z (6MT), and my own 2006 350Z (5AT). We ran the automatic cars manually operating through their gears, and the results were pretty incredible. The slowest shifting car, despite a pretty experienced driver, was the older VW R32. The fastest? The VeeDub with the DSG gearbox, of course. But believe it or not, the differences between my 350Z and the new R32 are not as drastic as you'd imagine, and that's simply astonishing. As far as the rest of lineup goes: in third was the automated SMG-III equipped BMW M6, which has an annoying tendency to dip forwards with every shift, because, after all, the innards are that of a manual unit, just automatically operated. Fourth was the Mercedes-Benz E350, which was disastrously slow to shift for an auto, fifth was the 6MT Nissan 350Z, and as mentioned, last was the 6MT 2004 VW R32.

But Am I Clinically Insane?
Now all of that is great, but what lead me to buy a sports car, without a rowing kit and a third pedal? Well, after test driving an assortment of manual 350Zs, before buying mine, I couldn't find one with a normally working transmission. Later on, after some research on My350Z.com, I come to realize that there is a widespread issue with the manual gearbox in 2003-2006 350Zs, with instances of people on their third or fourth replacements, already (usually dealing with lousy clutches or dead 3rd gear). Yikes. So I stopped shopping for a Z, and had a deposit down on a 6MT 2006 Red/Red Pontiac GTO. Yes, the 6-liter, 400HP LS2 monster that would make mince meat out of a 350Z on a straight. Unfortunately, being the typical stealership crooks that hunt for every last penny, they decided to sell the car to someone else and refunded me my money. And that's when I found my car...and even though it was an automatic, I figured with the awful New York City traffic no matter what time of day it is, maybe I'd be better off with this 5-speed autonanny. But once I flicked through the gears using the manual-mode, I was impressed.

Far From Perfect:
Having preemptively answered a number of questions about my purchase decision, allow me to say that the 350Z is far from perfect. For one, because this is a coupe with an open hatch (you can access the "trunk" from the cabin), the rear could seriously use at least one proper layer of sound deadening material to drown out that road noise. Also, odd little rattles will creep up from time to time, only to disappear. Although, I currently have one rattling noise that I simply cannot pin-point, and it drives me up the wall -- it will soon be annihilated, though, very soon. And, even though I have a 5AT, I still wished to see a proper manual gearbox, one that can compare to the silky smooth one in the Honda S2000, which to me is the best manual gearbox in the world.

A Sports Car Big Foot Would Agree With:
The 350Z is a fairly roomy car, though, contrary to what you may think. Me being 6'1, I sit in the thing with comfort, and don't even keep my chair pushed back. Ben, who is 6'3 and built like a UFC fighter, never complained about being cramped when he had his 350Z, and this is from a guy who drove around in a roomy Maxima, and now pilots an even roomier Infiniti M35x. Sure, trunk space isn't ideal, but it's still quite better than you may be lead to believe, as I've often loaded it up with traveling bags and other stuff. It won't fit big screen TVs (but I did get my 32" Samsung LCD in) or giant suitcases, but for grocery shopping, roadtrips, and other activities, trunk space is acceptable.

Vroom, Vroom Toys:
Now, before I end my very first, and probably too detailed car review, I figured I'd let you guys know that my Z isn't stock. The great thing about Zs is that they're fantastic cars out of the factory, but the itch to mod them cannot be controlled, not even with the strongest prescription. My car dolls a Borla True Dual exhaust, a pair of Ultimate Racing High-flow Cats, a Magnaflow X-Pipe, a Motordyne 5/16 Plenum Spacer (for upper intake manifold), Hotchkis Springs, stickier Michelin Pilot Sports, 15MM Eibach rear-wheel spacers, a Jim Wolf Popcharger intake with custom modifications done by me, illuminated sidemarkers with CCFLs (again, made by me) and the final piece to the puzzle, an ECU tune with Osiris, which is a must for these cars. What's more is that with all of the factory original items I replaced with aftermarket stuff, I've also managed to shed nearly 70lbs in weight, which is huge for a car - and my Z nows tips the scales at roughly 3175lbs.

Our Best Top Gear Attempt:
All in all, after driving a stock 350Z a few weeks ago, it's amazing how much of a difference all of my power-mods have amounted to - it's like a totally different car. After being invited out to an airport by someone who is too rich for his own good, I had a chance to use this private runway way out in Suffolk, Long Island and go against the benchmark that I've based my 350Z on, the E46 BMW M3. Much to the surprise of the driver, who was a good sport about it all, the Bavarian 333HP M-car fell behind during a pair of runs from 20-80MPH, and 40-100MPH. But when you've got a modded car making as much as 320HP at the crank - roughly 280HP to the wheels - on a 3100lb frame (I had less than half a tank of gas), the power-to-weight ratio falls squarely in my favor - it's simple logic in the automotive world. Well, that and the guy was driving a 6MT, so I had him on the shifts too.

I'm Finally Shutting Up:
So what's the verdict? First, is that I probably went on way too much about crap no one cares about, simply because I know too damn much about this car, so forgive me, it was hard to restrain myself. I promise the review after this one of the BMW M6 will be much better. But second, is that the 350Z is a proper sports car that you can actually live with on a daily basis. I've owned mine for over two years now, and despite a lowered suspension on NYC roads, I'm still pretty damn happy with it. With its razor sharp handling, aggressive nature, roomy cabin, and gorgeous looks, it's no wonder people still stop and stare at this car. Though, it's always funny telling people "it's just a Nissan" or "oh, these things can be had for cheap now, they're nothing special."  So yes, the 350Z is great...so great, in fact it's even got four cup holders...four! One on each door, and two in the center.

11/28/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (65 posts)

tlpn99
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 4:56:00 PM
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Great review Arnold. I enjoyed reading about your car. Slightly jealous too knowing that I will never be able to afford one of those lol. Maybe a lottery win or something. :)

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mike rlz
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:09:19 PM
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i'm worried about affording a system and i'm staring at a 350z parked outside a Prada store... what am i doing wrong? LOL, great looking car though

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Aftab
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:32:34 PM
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Arnold, no score?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:37:56 PM

Eh, kinda' hard to do it with cars. It's all in the words. If Top Gear doesn't need scores, neither do we. :p

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Titch1794
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:08:50 AM

You could sort out the cars into sections like cool 'n' uncool and sub zero. Its original :P


ps. This car better be on GT5.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:39:40 PM
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Man...

I love seeing these. There is just something about 'em. They look beastly but have an elegance of a Porsche at the same time! Your a lucky man Arnold. Even though its a auto I'd take it. I had a manual '01 Mustang but I guess my 6 cylinder is less forgivable. lol

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maxpontiac
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:42:08 PM
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Nice read. If this is what we can expect on the car editorials, I'll look forward to every review, even if I am not a fan of the car.

I would be curious to read your thoughts on the 2010 GT500 Mustang if you get the chance..

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:58:09 PM

As I earn credibility, I will definitely try to.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:02:16 PM

@Max

Goooood suggestion.

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N a S a H
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:45:06 PM
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I like the 350Z a lot. Infact, I even considered getting one. But then I drove an M3 (E46) and I fell in love.

The 350z is a great car, but Nissan still have a lot of catching up to do with the Germans in the quality department.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:55:08 PM

Don't say that to the GT-R's face...it'll get pissed and go roast every BMW ever made. ;)

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 5:57:22 PM

They sure do, NaSaH. The E46 M3 is a fantastic car even today, because of its interior quality, timeless looks, and marvelous steering feel. For the perfect mixture of sport and luxury, the M3 wins hands down. For a mixture of more sport than luxury, the 350Z is the better car. In a way, comparing both is apples to oranges, because it's really all about what you want.

But you simply cannot go wrong with either of the two, provided you do the proper research.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:00:35 PM

Ben: The GT-R is great, but for raw thrills, a BMW is still more proper.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:05:06 PM

I've seen a GT-R and almost peed myself...okay not quite but I felt like a boy after his first kiss. These things are nice. I think I over reacted more for this than when I recently saw a Gallardo with my own two eyes...and followed it with my uber awesome 2007 Jeep Patriot! lol

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N a S a H
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 8:20:34 AM

I could just go on about the GTR all day if I wanted to. It is such a GREAT car. I want to drive one so much but they are so rare in Ireland.

You guys should do a review of one in collaboration with your GT5 review. It does use PD's technology :) How can you argue against a car which has something from GT's developers in it?!

Besides, it gives Arnold an excuse to push one to its limits ;) (If he's brave enough :D)

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:15:33 PM
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Awesome you decided to do car reviews. Glad to see you did an honest review of the 350z as well. And since you mentioned in the beginning of the review that you were doing the 350z because of its availibity as an affordable 2nd hand car, would you mind testing out an 02 f-body trans am ws6 or camero ss.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:30:47 PM

If I can get my hands on one, I'll try.

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piratedrunk
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:33:03 PM
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Great read and I'm not even much of a car guy.

I would love to see this no score just words approach applied to video game reviews as well.

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Kowhoho
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 6:59:53 PM
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My eyeballs did some heavy lifting reading that. I can tell that this review is your baby! :p

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BikerSaint
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 7:01:58 PM
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Great review Arnold!
After reading your review, now even this biker feels like a little bit gearhead-y too.

Loved your section on cup holders too. LOL

Keep up the good work & keep em coming!

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www
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 7:06:05 PM
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So why does manual seem better than automatic in the car world. I was tired of manual and I've been wishing for automatic transmission any chance I get. Why! is the question???

And am waiting on that BMW M6 review, I've adored that car for quite sometime now and the SLR ;)

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 7:10:47 PM

Age old stereotype, elitists, purists, and arrogance. Take your pick. I like both, as long as the auto is a good one like mine is. These days, a good automatic shifts very fast, weighs barely more than a manual, barely makes any difference on drivetrain loss, and still manages to retain a lot of the fun.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 8:20:45 PM

@WWW, Not sure why with cars, but for me in my Ford F-150's, a stick is a must over an automatic just because of the difference in the gasoline consumption.

I had 2 f-150 long-bed pick-up's, with the same motor, same size gas tank,(everything except for color). only one was an automatic, & the other one had a 5-speed Overdrive stick.

I never hauled anything & they're basically the same weight(except for slightly different transmission weights).

RESULTS:
5 speed Overdrive = 440 miles a tankful

Automatic = 300 miles a tankful.

So once I realized I was losing 140 miles every tankful with the automatic, I traded it in for a 3rd F-150, again with a 5-speed stick that, that was exactly the same otherwise as the other 5-speed.

And guess what, I got those missing 140 miles right back cause this one also averages the same 440 miles a tank too as my other stick.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 9:21:38 PM

you can do more things with a stick, such as in an automatic you can't rev it up and then drop the clutch (even though I highly recomend not ever doing that) and in a stick you choose if you want to red line or not before shifting, thus with a stick you can get more out of every gear instead of what is pre designated in an automatic transmission. And shifting gears just makes driving a more entertaining and involving experience.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 11:05:12 PM

The transmission in the Z will not shift automatically when in manual mode. You can redline a gear until the car explodes. ;)

And yes, clutch dumping is very bad for a car - not quite as bad as neutral dropping or torque-braking beyond a certain RPM, but still very bad, regardless.

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www
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:26:41 AM

Oh I see...

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 7:14:27 PM
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Arnold, you must get a lot of attention from the ladies in the 350Z don't ya? If you do, then I think I might need to start saving lol..

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 8:30:07 PM

I'll bet he does.

But Arnold is happy with who he's with, as I'm sure he'll tell you. :)

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frostface
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 7:50:59 PM
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Arnold I know nothing about cars and frankly I tried, although right now I'm a tad drunk, to read all your article but failed miserably. But I don't want that to come off as a disrespect to you or your article, tomorrow I really do plan on reading it sober. What I really want to say is that, although I'm slightly inebriated at present, I see you have a real passion for your motors and for that sir I give you major respect. Keep up the motor reviews and I promise when I'm not so smashed I'll look forward to reading them.
Respect Mate!!!

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NightHawk17
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 8:13:49 PM
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Hey Arnold(no pub intended), do you think this is a good first car? cause i got my license last summer and i really don't know much about cars

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 8:29:28 PM

Uhhhh...NO. I mean, it's a dream first car, yes, but IMO, it's too expensive and too fast for a first car. This is one vehicle you don't want to wreck and when you're unsure of yourself at ALL, then...

You gotta work your way towards the Z, as far as I'm concerned. No offense or anything. :)

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NightHawk17
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 9:02:13 PM

no offense taken, i mean you gotta find the right car to start off with. like a rpg, leveling up ;)

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Shadow_Ninja
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 9:04:28 PM

it really depends on how much driving experience you have. I got my license last year and my first car was a 2001 Honda Accord, and i just sold it last month and got a 2005 Infiniti G35 6MT as my second car. and if you know about cars, you would know its pretty much a 350Z with two extra seats. so i suggest proving to yourself you are a good driver and can handle a sporty car.

I am 17 by the way.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 9:25:14 PM

Well if I was that age again I would buy a cheapo truck that can handle a crash, but considering those are pretty much non-existant now because of cash for clunkers I would say settle for the cheapest thing you can find, regardless of make/model

plus you can try out tricks like drifting in a cheap vehicle that you would never want to try in a nice sports car

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:06:07 AM

Just do what I did. Buy a Mustang and then drive it over to Saleen for enhancements. ;)

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Shadow_Ninja
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 9:08:08 PM
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Not to bad for you first car review Arnold. I read the whole thing. A bit wordy, but still good, lots of information.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 10:02:11 PM

Yeah, the next review will be a lot more concise. :)

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jlch777
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 10:01:49 PM
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Great Review! Next year i will buy my second car. I was considering a 2010 Honda Accord Coupe, and RX8 a Hyundai Genesis Coupe or wait for the FT-86. I don't know what to do! Any suggestions are appreciated.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 10:23:31 PM

I would steer clear of the Mazda RX8. Beside a great interior and a delightful six-speed gearbox, the motor is an awful and unreliable mess that burns oil and gets MPG worse than a military tank. Plus it's completely unresponsive to aftermarket components, and even forced induction (supercharger, turbocharger) nets worthless results on them.

The Honda Accord Coupe is a potent car with a V6, but it's front-wheel drive, and is a bit too boaty because of its weight and weight distribution. Looks are subjective, but I'm not a fan.

The Genesis, though, is a solid car. Handles good, looks nice, and the 2.0T is a Mitsubishi Evo derived motor, and is already putting out over 300HP with just an ECU tune. Plus the price is right on those cars, so I would suggest the Genesis. Forget the Hyundai badge, those days are long gone.

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jlch777
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:29:54 PM

Thanks Arnold for the help! I was watching some videos of the Genesis and the car is pretty good i have to test one.

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therabbitkinge
Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 10:23:52 PM
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I like the meat of this review, see here I was worried it wasn't gonna give me the rundown a car should get but low and behold you my friend are truly dedicated to your craft (so to speak) hope to see more like this and now I'll be damned if I don't make this one of my dream cars ^_^

(Just for kicks what's your opinion on a nice finish for the 350Z? I was think either burnt orange and candy apple red enamel or an orange/black/white matte finish. Appreciate any feedback because the cars one thing but what she's wearing is another lol ^_^)

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___________
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 12:37:44 AM
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why buy a 350Z or even a 370Z when you could buy a infinity GTR?
those things munch 911s at half the price and there like a bloody fighter jet in the inside.
m friend use to have a R32 GTR and jesus christ that thing would break your neck.

anyway i would never ever ever buy a second hand care ever again.
i did with the car i have now and i have had so many problems with it i could of bought it brand new with cash left over.
i had the airbag sensor go twice, aircon has been fixed twice, had to get the clutch changed.
and sometimes when i start it up the oil light comes on.
as my father says buy second hand your buying some one else problems.
one car i would like to see reviewed is the alfa 147 GTA and the spider.
next 2 cars im tossing up between.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:32:18 AM

No such thing as an Infiniti GTR. Besides, there's a huge difference in price between a $36k Z-car, and an $80k GTR. Most people cannot afford to spend $80k on a car. And also, I don't live in Europe. We don't have Alfa Romeos here.

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___________
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:42:02 AM

positive thats what its called, infinity badge at the back in the middle and right bottom corner is the GTR badge.
maybe they have different names for different countries.
and there only 15K more here, i would rather hold on and save up the 15K because the difference is like a ferrari to a suzuki.

really?
wow we got them here in australia, dam your missing out on the worlds sexiest car.
as Jeremy from topgear would put it.
you cant be a true petrol head till youve owned a alfa.

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 11:50:54 AM

We used to have Alfa Romeos here in the States and then they dropped off because of poor sales but they are expected to bring two cars over here for 2010. My sister had a '93 Spyder Veloce. Fun little car with no power. LOL

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jerocarson
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:26:17 AM
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sh*t, i came late..
i enjoyed the review,, GREAT REVIEW. looking forward to seeing more..
thankful i was among the people who wanted this, but all i have to deal with is my inability to afford even the tires . . so sad

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:32:38 AM

=) Thanks!

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Banky A
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:04:48 AM
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Bloody siiick review on a PS site.
Nice Arnold, I would wish this could be my 2nd or 3rd car but I gotta' go for lower $$$

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:11:34 AM
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Wow! If that's not thorough I don't know what is! *claps*

Great to see that you noted the cons
I actually like a car in which I can hear the engine/outside noise, so that negative is actually a positive for me.

It is a beautiful car, I remember first seeing it in GT3 as a concept car. And then all thes beautiful models in GT4.

I find it hilarious how true everything you say about the car is in the GT games too. It's not a great "accelerator," but it is a really stable and "enduring" car, a smooth ride when you get it going kinda thing. I know it's ONLY a game, but hey that's my 2 cents on it

PS: Back in those days I was eyeing this car too. Hopefully after college I can get my hands on one

PPS: Arnold, any thoughts on the Mitsubishi Eclipse?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:18:46 AM

Thanks for all the praise, dude!

To answer your question: please stay away from an Eclipse. It's not slow in a straight lane, but my God is it ghastly. And I've never heard a good thing about its handling traits.

Surely there's something else you'd want to consider?

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Zorigo
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 9:35:57 AM

Nice arnold, car solving problems aswell hey. I think this automotive stuff is quite the jizz.

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Highlander
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 2:35:53 AM
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LOL! I was sold on a 350Z before even glancing at the review... However good review!

Now, all I have to do is wait for the good times to roll, my employer to once again award bonuses to all 'good' employees, and then the Nissan dealer and I shall become good friends.

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Zorigo
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:21:54 AM
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Theres a lot too read. And i started reading. but im working at the moment. but damn will i read the whole thing. the impression i got from the begining was good. Good information, especially if i was gonna buy one. If you keep this up, i'll probably buy something you recommend. I think you said you'd only review realistic cars, such as this, not supercars like a zonda. That's good, great for decision making.
Nice one.

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Akuma07
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 6:49:48 AM
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Maybe a bit less indepth.

As much as i really wanted to read your first car review.

thats a wall of text, that i simply cannot be bothered to scale.

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Soultaker
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 8:15:47 AM
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love the top gear part lol keep doin it twas awesome

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G8GTdriver
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 9:14:29 AM
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GREAT review. I love these cars but the need for a back seat will be here soon so I "settled" (as I like to say to rag on the wife) on a 4 door.

Looking forward to the auto review section of PSXE!

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 1:09:05 PM

You didn't settle, friend. The G8 GT is a f*cking awesome car! Essentially a four-door GTO, but with even better handling and looks.

And in fact, it's definitely a car I'd love to review. If you're in the NYC area, let me know. Hahaha.

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 11:54:24 AM
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Interesting take on a review and I enjoyed the read. I have rented the '08 model several times for work and have to agree that there is plenty of room in the trunk for how small the vehicle is. I am able to fit two suitcases, a tool kit and a large laptop backpack in the back with no problems. I even put a tool kit in the passenger seat in order to be able to rent this car.

I will look forward to the next review. Throw in a Mustang review in there whenever you get a chance. I love those cars. Always have. Just a suggestion.

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Gone
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:26:54 PM
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Great review Arnold. Now you need to compare the 350Z to the 370Z. From all the car sites I have read they say that the 370Z is a much better car, a specially with the Synchro Rev. You should also do a review of Ben's car (M35).

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:55:40 PM

I will most certainly review a 370Z in the near future.

I have driven the 370Z once and walked away feeling that it only excels in two aspects over my Z...the interior (and that's assuming you get a fully loaded Touring with Navi) and the 7AT transmission, which is nicer than my 5AT, for obvious reasons. But I'm still torn on the looks of the car, and while it has better steering feel than my 350Z, it actually doesn't handle and respond as sharply as the 350Z, unless you get the NISMO.

Plus, Nissan really ticked me off when they lied about the car weighing less than a 350Z, when the base model ended up weighing 30lbs more than a loaded Touring 350Z, like mine, and the fully loaded Touring + Sport 370Z weighs over 3400lbs.

Don't get me wrong though, stock for stock, the 370Z walks all over a 350Z. But with my mods, my car handles every bit as good as a 370Z, and moves just as fast, if not a bit faster.

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DemonNeno
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 4:31:19 PM
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Nissan did do themselves a favor with the 350Z. Their flagship in the states was carried on a mule (maxima - or shall I say "4 Door Sports Sedan".. hah!) for quite too long.

Admittingly, I'm far too American-Car bound to ever fall in love with such vehicles, it's a good praise to Nismo for actually bringing something here that's noteworthy.

You did an excellent job with the write up. The lengthy article just proves your automotive enthusiasm and love for your ride, so no complaints there! (I'm a Gen 1/2 Taurus SHO junkie and have spent A LONG time involved in their community and spending money on the few i've owned to road race.. Although, The Gen 4 isn't looking too shabby running 12.75 modded via ECM and has the optional massaging front freakin seats! haha..)

Good job sir!

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Radical Gordon
Sunday, November 29, 2009 @ 5:04:32 PM
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Great work Arnold.
I enjoyed reading this and look forward to more of the same.

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JPBooch
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 9:41:54 AM
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Your self-deprication is un-warranted my friend. That was a great review. You hit all the points with depth and breadth that I wouldn't have gotten in a lot of places. Good luck keeping that up!

Since you mention it briefly, I had an S2000 when it first came out and absolutely loved it. It also screamed for mods, but I never did anything to it except wrap it around a tree, lol.

Living in a bad section of Yonkers at that time, there were just too many haters. I had to get rid of it. :(

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Neurasthenic
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 2:10:01 PM
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You need to, learn to, write, without using, so many, useless commas.

I'm sorry, but your sentence structure is awful and this article reads straight out of a high school newspaper.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 2:28:51 PM

I don't mind when people point out my mistakes. But you registered to troll and make one post. See ya.

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