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Nissan 350Z (2003 - 2009)

Last updated 21 May 2018


Buying Guide


Reader reported thinking of selling his much loved 2004 350Z at 137k miles. Bought at 107k miles in 2010. No problems over 30k miles ownership, and 30mpg.


Hideous protruding door handles that look like something on a kitchen unit. Only 23mpg, which isn't very good for a 2 seater. 

2007/08 cars with long stroke 310PS engine don't feel as gutsy as older 300PS cars. 

2007/08 Temper Orange not as nice as 2006/07 Sunset Orange.

300PS 350Zs from March 2006 get hit by high £505 annual VED.

Watch and Telegraph readers report a lot of early clutch failures. at between 9,000 and 25,000 miles. 

On 06 build gunmetal grey cars the paint over the plastic parts changes colour. Seems to be a general problem of paint blistering, leaving damage that looks like untreated stone chips but isn't. As of 8-6-07 Nissan would not acknowledge this as a fault.

24-2-2012: Report of "splinter' in first gear of 3 year old just out of warranty.

17-12-2013: By 8 years old, 350Zs need to be carefully inspected for rust underneath.


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