Nissan Motors, one of the leading Japanese automobile manufacturers in the world, has produced a number of cars of praiseworthy performance through the years. A few of their noteworthy cars were the Z cars, cars based on the Z platform. The said platform was introduced in 1970, and after 35 long years, cars manufactured with the said platform continue to impress car buyers. The latest and the most current car introduced using the same platform is the 2005 Nissan 350Z.
The current Nissan 350Z is the fifth generation of Nissan's Z-car line. It stands on a variant of the original Z chassis called the Z33. Current models of the car are available in two body styles, namely coupe and roadster. There are 5 trim levels available, starting with the Base model priced at $26,000 to the premium Track Edition priced at $34,000. Other trims with price rates falling in between the two trims include the Enthusiast, Performance, and Touring Editions.
A balance of powerful engine, excellent over-all design, and use of high quality parts gives the Nissan 350Z the powerful performance it is known for. In both roadster and coupe forms, the Nissan 350Z comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 287 hp with 274 lb-ft of torque. The car is also extremely lightweight due to the use of carbon-fiber composite materials for its driveshaft and the extensive use of aluminum for its suspension and engine. Furthermore, the body of the Nissan 350Z was aerodynamically designed to maximize the effects of airflow through its body.
While the 350Z's exterior and mechanical design is aimed toward performance, the interior design is aimed toward comfort and functionality. Inside the Nissan 350Z, one can witness the various uniquely designed amenities that can make driving more comfortable. It also comes standard with a lot of functional systems like the Nissan Navigation System, automatic temperature control, power seat controls and various others. Safety and protection is neither compromised, as the car has its own set of safety and security nets like the side-impact beams, hood buckling creases, vehicle security system, front and side air bags, and seat belt pretensioners. All of these various Nissan 350Z parts comes standard on most Nissan 350Z packages and are also available at your local Nissan dealership.
Aside from these original Nissan 350z parts, there are also various other aftermarket and custom Nissan 350Z parts that you can purchase from your local auto parts shop or form various aftermarket parts dealers on the net. Just be cautious and selective in purchasing these aftermarket parts so you can be assured of its quality and performance.
Four Things Your Nissan 350Z Would Like to Tell You about Maintenance
The Nissan 350Z is said to be the right sports car for everyone. So if you own one, you must do whatever it takes to keep it working perfectly well and looking as gorgeous as ever. That would be so easy if your two-seat sports car could talk. It sure would yell at you every time you do a pedal-to-the-metal start and brake so hard. It would also tell you when and how to do this and that to maintain not only its good looks but also its efficient performance. Now, let's assume your 350Z could actually talk, what do you think it will say to you about automotive maintenance? Sure enough, it will tell you that:
- The fluids are your car systems' lifeblood; replenish them.
Some of your Nissan's major systems and components rely on fluids to operate. The engine components work smoothly because they are lubricated by the engine oil. The coolant, on the other hand, keeps them operating at the right temperature. The brakes, power steering, and transmission won't work at all in the absence of their respective fluids. Check all these essential fluids periodically; their level must never go beyond the minimum line. Top them off when necessary and with the specific kind recommended in your owner's manual. Also make sure that their filters are working well, without any clog that could block off fluid flow. Most of these fluids should be replaced every two years or 24,000 miles, along with their respective filter.
- The brakes are lifesavers; save their lives, too.
Except for the tires, no car part failure is more potentially fatal than that of the brakes. This is especially true for racing and sports cars like your Nissan 350Z. Consult your manual or your maintenance checklist for the recommended schedule and intervals of service and replacement of your brake components. If you often drive in a stop-and-go city traffic or you have the habit of accelerating too fast and then braking hard in a red light, you should check your brake pads and other brake system components earlier than what your manual recommends because such driving practices make your pads wear out faster.
- The suspension gives you a comfy ride; go easy on it.
The suspension components work hand in hand to keep the tires in contact with the road. They also help the tires in negotiating with roads irregularities so that their impact on the cabin will be reduced. The suspension also supports the weight of the vehicle and maintains proper ride height and correct wheel alignment. That said, it is just right that you stop taking your 350Z's suspension for granted, and start going easy on its components. You can do that by avoiding driving on potholes, overloading your car, doing periodic inspections, and always being on the lookout for signs of wear and tear.
- The body panels are multitaskers; take good care of them.
Besides making up your ride's exterior to be your its first line of defense against natural elements and holding some of the vital exterior features, your Nissan's body panels also perform individual tasks. Being the multitaskers that they are, it is but right that you provide them with some TLC. The best way you can do that is to keep your ride away from the sun's harmful UV rays. You should also give it a regular car wash and then protect its body panels with the right type of wax. Having a good car cover will also go a long way especially when it comes to exterior protection.
Nissan 350Z: The Sports Car for Every Man
Before the Nissan 350Z entered the North American scene, Nissan didn’t have much success in the market. The lineup it had from the late 1990s and early 2000s was missing something. Fortunately, the fifth generation of the Z sports car brought much flair with it. The two-door sports car’s compact body shape, muscular engine, rear wheel drive, and sharp handling became a hit. It helped that the 350Z wasn’t overpriced; it came at a price that most was able to afford. The 350Z gave Nissan’s Z lineup a much stronger comeback since the 300ZX. It brought back fun and performance in a sports car. The 350Z had a 7-year stint. Produced in 2002 and released as a 2003 model, it lasted through the 2009 model year. During its run, the Z sports car received a good number of recognitions, including Japanese Performance Car of the Year in 2007 by TopSpeed Magazine, 10 Best Cars in 2003 by Car and Driver, Editor’s Most Wanted in 2003 by Edmunds.com, International Car of the Year: Most Sex Appeal Award 2003 by Road and Travel, and Driver's Choice Best Performance Car in 2003 by MotorWeek.
2002: The Nissan 350Z first rolled out of the production line
When the 300ZX was taken out of the US market in 1996, Nissan had to think of ways to continue the Z line. The recreation of the 240Z happened the following year. The Z concept sketch was shown to the public by Yutaka Katayama, known as the Father of the Z, when he was awarded the motor industry award. Unfortunately, the design didn’t sit well with Yoshihiko Matsuo, the original 240Z designer. The 240Z concept was unveiled in the Detroit Motor Show, but its initial design seemed underpowered and backward. A redesign was later commissioned until the Z Concept was introduced in Detroit Motor Show several years later. It had a similar body shape but came with a new front end. After a minor redesign, the sports car became known as the 350Z.
In the first year of the Nissan 350Z, it was available as a coupe. The roadster was offered the following year. The coupe came in base, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring, and Track trim levels. Meanwhile, the roadster was available in Enthusiast and Touring versions.
2009: Through the final year of the 350Z
There were minimal changes on the 350Z during its first few years. One of the bigger changes came when the 35th anniversary edition was released. This M/T model had an engine that could produce 300 hp but generated less torque. Some of the updates on the 350Z included speed-sensitive steering, better interior, new navigation system, and more standard features. The style was also upgraded. Non-Brembo models were given larger brakes. The Performance trim was eventually discontinued while the Grand Touring was added. For 2007, the Nissan 350Z was equipped with a more powerful V6 engine that could generate up to 306 hp. The Track trim was later dropped. The coupe-only Nismo 350Z, which was more performance-oriented, took its place. The coupe version was produced till 2008 while the roadster lasted through 2009. The 350Z was highly regarded by critics and reviewers for its value, performance, braking, and handling.