A bona fide legend in the sportscar world, Nissan's 350Z comes off of a recent revamp that brought mild cosmetic upgrades and major enhancements to its superb 3.5-liter V6 engine with virtually no changes. For 2009, the 350Z Roadster set includes Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring variants to complement the existing 350Z Coupe lineup (reviewed separately). Based on Nissan's brilliant FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, the drop-top version of this automotive icon matches outstanding overall performance and features with an impressive price-to-value ratio. Aimed at competitors like the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT and Ford Mustang GT Premium convertibles, this rear-drive two-seater also matches well against even-costlier open-air alternatives, including vehicles like the Audi TT 3.2, BMW Z4 3.0, Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 and Porsche Boxster.
"I bought the 2003 model 5 years ago. absolutely loved the styling and 5 years later it still looks good. I have always owned new sports cars so I was amazed that the car could be purchased for less than 30000. There used to be a weird quirk in the pricing in that the automatic was a 600 add on the entusiast model while the 5 speed manual was a 600 add on the touring model. this made the touring model an excellent value if you want the automatic.
To achieve the low price the tires are are the cheapest available ( wear rating 140).
The ride can be a little harsh and the seats are a little narrow in the shoulder area. The pikes peak white is a pearl paint that tends to develope little rust specks in the paint.
The brakes also go very quickly compared to other cars I have owned. The rear hatch struts are weak and the hatch does not always fully release when opening, especially in cold weather. Otherwise the car has been excellent and is an excellent value."
"love the 350z looks good and drives good. only issue I have had and as I have found out others are having as well is the coloring comes off inside door handle and some have complained about the color coming off stereo knobs and Nissan will not stand behind it. I feel for the price of this car I should not be dealing with this issue."
Pros: "classy and racey car, head-turner for sure"
Cons: "I drive it more than my sedan; luv it!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have a 2003 350Z and I loved that car from the day I bought it and still do. I noticed that other car makers were imitating the body style of the car. I said whoever created the design of the car was a foreruuner because they set the tone for the other car makers. I look at the Porsche and see a lot of similarilities. Incredible! I love to take it on long drives on the highway or just to cruise sometimes. I can't believe some people still ask me what type car it is, they think it is a more expensive car. You get a great-looking and great-riding car for a steal of a deal. Since the 2003 was the first one they made after a seven year hiatus, I think I will keep the '03 and purchase a later model!"