Go to homepage - Car Reliability Index
Warranty Direct
Car Warranty & Extended Warranty

Buying Guides

Nissan 350Z (2003-2008) Buying Guide

Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)
Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Nissan 350Z (2003-2008)Pictures shown may not represent exact model specified

by Richard Dredge

The original Z cars were all-time greats; while the brand went off the boil for a while, this masterpiece made sure it didn't wither on the vine. With a free-revving V6 up front there's power aplenty while handling is an enthusiast's dream - oversteer is available on demand. Despite superb performance credentials, the 350Z is easy to drive and reliable too - and although there's no prestige badge in evidence, you're not paying premium prices to buy or run one either.

Get an exact warranty quote for this car with Warranty Direct

warrantydirect
We LikeWe Don't Like
Performance
Styling
Dynamics
Reliability
Thirsty engine
Cheap plastics
Nissan badge
No 2+2 option
Key Dates 
3/03The 350Z coupé goes on sale with a 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 only.
10/04A roadster joins the range, powered by the same V6 as the coupé.
1/05The Gran Turismo 4 limited edition arrives, with a 296bhp V6 and special wheels.
3/06A facelift for both the coupé and roadster brings new headlamps and tail lights, extra power (now 296bhp) and a revised dash.
Checklist 
  • Clutches can fail in under 10,000 miles, especially on hard-driven cars, so check for slipping.
  • Don't be put off by a noisy gearbox in neutral - they all do that.
  • Gunmetal cars can suffer from the paint blistering or discolouring on the various plastic components.
  • The paint is also generally not especially durable, as it stone chips easily; look for damage on the nose particularly.
  • The final cars offer more power, but the engines don't feel as free-revving or powerful as earlier units.
  • Exhausts can fracture near the rear silencer, leading to blowing.
warrantydirect

Cover this car from unexpected failure

Get a quote today and protect your car against the cost and hassle of unexpected failure in the future.