Feature 350z carbon fiber bumper
The surface is transparent and smooth,no need to paint, 350z carbon fiber and the beautiful carbon fiber road is clearly visible.
Light weight and high strength,it is regarded as the supreme choice of today’s sports car glue is attached and installedMaterial:Carbon FiberUnique&Special Design.Improves Appearance and Performance all at Once Black Carbon Fiber MaterialSuper light Weight and Durable. UV-Protective Clear Coated:Fade&Rush Resistant.
FOR Nissan 350Z Z33 2003-2009
Colour: carbon fiber pattern
Material: carbon fiber
Nissan 350Z used car review
The wave of nostalgia that washed over the motoring industry about 15 years ago is well documented.
And the retro designs that resulted from all that rose-coloured activity were the must-haves in their day.
But these days, as the industry and consumer tastes continue to move forward, some of those retro cars have become a little less desirable.
Sometimes it’s a case of the whole retro thing wearing a bit thin, other times the cars themselves have shown their true colours over time, and it hasn’t always been pretty.
One car that wowed us in the day was the reborn Nissan Z-car in the form of the 2003 350Z.
The combination of a big, rorty V6 engine, rear-wheel-drive and aggressive looks meant the 350Z was in hot demand back in the day, but now, just over a decade later, our ardour seems to have cooled considerably.
In fact, with the replacement of the 350Z in 2009 by the even wilder 370Z, Nissan itself helped take the heat out of 350Z retained values.
The process has continued and now, if you check the classifieds, you’ll see that you can get into a 350Z with reasonable kilometres on board for pretty sensible money.
The answer’s not a simple one, to be honest, but to begin with, let’s just say the 350Z’s driving experience was a mixed bag, even when it was brand-new.
Nissan eventually softened the suspension as a running change, but in the original version, even the allegedly softer Touring model rode like a dray.
Step up to the sportier 350z carbon fiber Track version and the ride was even worse on anything but a billiard table.
That said, the wide track and rear-drive handling characteristics made the car good fun and it was a decent thing for track-days.
The only real catch with the rear-drive layout combined with the relatively short wheelbase is that the driveline took up plenty of space, making the car a strict two-seater.
The power delivery was part of that and Nissan deliberately stayed away from the concept of a high-revving, small-capacity engine in favour of a big lump of torquey muscle.
The 3.5-litre V6 was lifted from other Nissan passenger cars and while it certainly delivered a shove in the back, refined and quiet it was not.
In fact, it felt positively grumpy and when used every day it had the potential to really annoy some owners with its gruff manners and lots of vibration and harmonics through the whole car.
A six-speed manual gearbox is the one you want second-hand.
Even though the automatic had five speeds and took a little of the harshness out of things, the Nissan was a pretty hard-core driver’s car and needed the manual gearbox to fulfil that promise.
The better news is that the V6 seems pretty burst-proof and should rack up plenty of kilometres with no major hassles, provided it’s been serviced correctly.
That includes 350z carbon fiber regular oil changes because the engine has shown in the past that it likes to run its lubricating oil at reasonably high temperatures.
This has only really shown up in cars that have done track miles, but it’s still worth a close check of the service record and a quick look at the colour and quality of the oil in the engine’s dipstick.
While the 350Z was competent on a race-track, we’d always look for one that has led a more sheltered life, simply because every component will have had less stress placed on it, and that’s the sort of car you want second-hand.
An example that has been used for track work – or equally likely these days, for drifting duties – could easily be a hand grenade waiting for its time to come.
Speaking of weekend track-warriors, any 350Z is worthy of a close inspection for crash damage.
Check for panels that don’t line up properly and for mis-matched paint.
Don’t be too put off by a few stone chips around the front of the car, though, as these seem common and the model seems a bit prone to paint chipping and peeling.
The big wheels and tyres are expensive to replace, too, so check for kerbed rims and make sure that any replacement tyres are speed-rated to match the originals as well as being of a quality that will do the car justice.
While the coupe version was the choice of the hard-core drivers out there, the Roadster convertible is likely to have been treated much more gently and is worth a look.
Many of these were automatics and that seems to suit the whole top-down, kick-back thing better.
Just make sure that the folding hood keeps rain out and be wary of a car with damp carpets or a musty smell inside.
The one to potentially avoid is the 350z carbon fiber that has been modified extensively, either through a severe case of lowering the suspension or tuning the engine for more performance.
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