UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

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Thread: UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

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    UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

    http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/art...630541,00.html

    Nissan 350Z Roadster
    By Jeremy Clarkson of The Sunday Times

    Too polite to be a beast

    "The 350Z, then, feels like a mishmash; like a Japanese car designed by an Indian from Leicester in America and then altered for Europe.
    Which shouldn't be a surprise because that’s exactly what it is. And worse, when you’re at a party and someone asks what you’re driving you have to say: “A Datsun with a Renault engine.”

    Clarkson on the Nissan 350Z Roadster.


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    My Opinion: I once drove a 2004 Grey Nissan 350Z Coupe and I have to be brutally honest:

    I Was disappointed.

    The car wasn't particularly fast in let's say in a "Sports Car" sort of way. It was more like a Rapid Motorway Cruiser, rather than a real Beast. Sure it did had Torque but Not that "Neck Snapping" Acceleration. The engine didn't growl or even humble - it sounded "normal". And actually, it was quite noisy at high speeds.

    The Handling also wasn't specially breathtaking. It did go around bends, but it lacked the same precision as a BMW 330Ci. The steering was too light and the ride very stiff. Brakes were good though.

    Very Uncomfortable. Seats are hard and the headroom is mediocre for tall people. Boot size is a Joke.

    The Build Quality was suspect. The one I drove, was already with a rattle from the Glovebox area, and the plastics were too cheap and flimsy.

    At least it was a nice looking car, if not a bit of "Porsche Styling Rip-Off".

    In my conclusion: It wasn't a bad car. But somewhat disappointing for a sport coupe. Not bad but not good - Just Boring as most of the Nissans.

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    Re: UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

    I don't see why he'd call most Nissans boring. Even though I don't like the 350Z.
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    Re: UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

    where to begin... first off, the VQ line (3.0, 3.5, and now 4.0) is a nissan engine, been around since well before renault bought them out. secondly, is he reviewing the coupe or roadster? the headline and pic are roadster, the article says coupe. thirdly, 350Zs do growl, unless euro tuning messes it up. some reviewers have even said they thought the G35 coupe (the Z's big brother) sounded like a small V-8. although i do get why he says nissans are boring... in europe their best car besides the Z is no more exciting than the old (92-01) altima. IMO nissan is the one company that gives the US better cars than europe.

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    Re: UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

    From what I've read, the Euro-spec version of the 350Z had a retuned exhaust because the "growl" found in the U.S.-spec version would've been considered too loud for European roads. Odd, but it's what I've heard.

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    Re: UK: The Nissan 350Z Roadster. A Real Beast or just All Show and No Go?

    The only complaint I have about the 350Z roadster is the quality of the materials for the price. I driven one on many occasions (buddy's car) and the door panels feel cheap, there are a couple of rattles in the dash, etc. His car only had 7,500 miles on it too. I just think that for nearly 40k for a roadster, you could get better materials. For a couple grand more, you could get into some really nice roadsters from BMW, Benz, and Audi.

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