With all of our great warranties and guarantees, its easy to see why AutoTopsDirect is the leading online distributor of premium convertible tops. The real question is, which car makes the most convincing icon? America's longest-running auto show enters its 98th season this week, filling the ginorrmous, 1. Our test car was a roadster--a Touring model in the middle of the 350Z's roadster lineup--and it was a fine example of a contemporary sports car. The 350Z also integrates rollover bars to prevent head injuries if the car is flipped. The Nissan 350Z was also campaigned competitively in racing, as well as in the then-new sport of drifting. Performance is a sports car's primary mission, and the Nissan 350Z in any form does not disappoint.
For those items that are not in stock, we can have your order custom manufactured and shipped direct to you within three 3 days. The chassis features Nissan's Zone Body construction, with front and rear crush zones and side reinforcement. Offered in stunning condition and with a complete service history back to day one, the vendor bought it a year ago from a local chap who had owned it for the previous three years. The cabin of the 2005 Nissan 350Z Roadster is cozy but comfortable and well appointed. Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this paperwork.
We were a little baffled by the need to release the parking brake to get the top up or down. A low-tire-pressure warning system lets the driver know if the tires are inflated properly. Visibility with the top up is not as bad as we expected--mirror coverage is good, and the heated glass backlight should stay clear for the life of the car. Although subsequent Zs may have strayed from the original ideology, the latest version returns to its roots. He says they look much better than the smaller wheels which looked, he said, a bit lost in the wheelarches. And while the 350Z looks expensive, with distinctive styling, it doesn't have a particularly high price, especially considering its performance potential. A change in his plans now forces its reluctant sale, and he tells us that it is being offered in full working order and in need of nothing other than, perhaps, a new fabric roof.
The owner has priced one up, and says you can get a replacement for £700-ish plus fitting. With 287hp at 6,200rpm and 274 pound-feet of torque at 4,800rpm, the aluminum-alloy 32-valve twin-cam V-6 is more than strong enough. The subject of an almost cult-like following in Japan, British drivers seem to have remained immune to its charms, which is a real shame because few cars offer more bang-for-your-buck than the 350Z — or deliver it in such a beguiling fashion. Cowl shake and noticeable flex are as close as possible to nonexistent, so handling does not suffer--the wheels go where you want them. The Bottom Line The beefy little Nissan 350Z Roadster offers plenty of performance and a little cabin technology in the form of a navigation unit.
The brakes are appropriate for the car's level of performance, with large four-wheel vented discs. The Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring model has dual-stage front air bags with seat-belt sensors and side air bags. They offer first-rate comfort and support, as well as a good driving position. Forget that one seats four and the other two. The seat belts have pretensioners and load limiters. The Good Easily accessible navigation system; responsive engine and transmission; fast-acting power top. Offered with no reserve, this is a wonderful opportunity to own an impeccably maintained convertible sportscar with a genuine motorsport pedigree.
It offers a choice of views: North Up, Heading Up, and Birdview. In many cases, increased bracing of the convertible's lower structure adds more weight than rigidity. Although awkward to reach, the compartment is quite large and can easily fit a laptop or a camera case. The latter is quite unusual as this paperwork often gets lost when the car is imported. The Nissan 350Z organizes its meager interior storage space in a unique manner.
Underneath Fully up to date with its servicing regimen, the owner tells us that the 350Z drives very well and has been very reliable, never having let him down. Primarily used only at the weekend, the Nissan appears to have escaped the sort of everyday car-park dings that can plague our daily drivers. According to the trip computer, we averaged 19. A very good automatic climate-control system keeps the interior comfortable in warm or cold weather, at least with the top up. Placing the car's mass toward its center provides the quick-turn handling for which midengine cars are renowned, without the engineering and practical difficulties of a midengine chassis. It uses continuously variable valve timing to widen the power band and decrease emissions. Inanely hopped-up Camaros and Mustangs duking it out? The power-operated top works quickly and requires only manual latching and unlatching.
We know that not all Nissan convertible tops are made the same and as a result some fit better, look better, and last longer. The system takes a few seconds to boot at start-up, and route computation causes a slight delay. The engine bay is clean and tidy and has been dressed with some carbon fibre goodies, as well as a front suspension strut brace and orange hoses. However, there is a small rip in the fabric, which was there when the vendor bought the car. You can enter destinations by the usual laborious letter-at-a-time method or by scrolling the screen display to the desired location and marking it with the toggle control. Moreover, the attention to underbody airflow results in low levels of aerodynamic lift for high-speed stability. The Nissan warranty offers three years or 36,000 miles of coverage plus limited power train coverage for five years or 60,000 miles.
The screen is reasonably well protected from glare for good visibility in most lighting conditions. The speedometer has been recalibrated and now reads in mph, as does the centre gauge. Yes, the top is gone, but careful engineering of the lower structure, with extra crossbars and reinforcement around the door frames and in the floor pan, gives it nearly as much rigidity as the coupe. The engine puts out linear power with no flat spots or sudden surprises, and it makes a unique six-cylinder howl when pressed hard. A search of the dash for the glove box will turn up only a power outlet. The process virtually eliminates window separation and leaks, making this the best looking and best built convertible top available for your Nissan 350Z. It also includes contemporary technology for performance, safety, and even entertainment and information.
Created by longtime drag racer and team owner John Bradshaw, the Project Zed Nissan 350Z beats an incredible 1,900 hp out of its 3. On the downside, the modifications to the 350Z Roadster's chassis add 250 pounds to the weight of the coupe. On the Outside The metallic Sunset Orange paintwork is in fabulous condition being free of scratches, dents and scuffs. A four-channel, four-sensor antilock system and brake assist come standard. Each material type is available in either black or blue. Background The Nissan 350Z was released in 2002 as a coupe, albeit one that was available in a bewildering five different trim levels.