2005 Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring 3.5 from North America


Great fun to drive, poor manufacturer backing


Am I the only one who thinks replacing front brake pads AND ROTORS every 16000 miles, and rear tires every 13000 miles, is acceptable maintenance? I certainly don't.

Worse, when I learned that the early Infiniti G35 had the same brake rotor problem, and Nissan responded by

1) Giving a 36000 mile warranty on them, and

2) Fixing the problem in later years

I thought it reasonable that they do the same for the mechanically-identical 350Z.

Nissan's response: "it's a high-performance car, these are normal wear items...", in other words, TOUGH LUCK.

This is my 3rd Nissan Z in a row, and my favorite by far to drive, but if this is Nissan's way of handling a poor design, I'll never buy another one.

General Comments:

As a sports car to drive, I love it. Pickup, handling, comfort are great.

Limited visibility, small rear window (it's a roadster).

Limited trunk space (I can live with it).

Outrageous maintenance costs (see problems above).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th December, 2008

2005 Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary (Ltd Ed.) 3.5 litre petrol V6 from UK and Ireland


A fun car for the weekends


Nothing major, but keeps picking up small stones and gravel in the under car tray, which needs to be cleared at service.

General Comments:

It is a quick car that is a lot of fun.

The 35th Anniversary is based on the Track, so comes with the Brembos etc as standard, but also has a little more power and a 7 speaker Bose system.

On the downside, the boot is impractical because of the strut brace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st June, 2008

2005 Nissan 350Z from North America


A rock solid ROCKET!


So far, nothing has gone wrong. I've only had it for today, so obviously not enough time for something to go wrong. I'm hoping it'll be a LONG time before anything were to break.

General Comments:

I got a black on black version (cloth seats) from a dealer earlier today. It has I'd guess 20% tinted windows, and while driving you feel like you're 007. It just looks so MEAN and awesome, especially from the rear. I got a very good deal on it and would do it again in a heartbeat. I took it to a carwash/detailer straight away, and that really let it shine in her full glory.

Upon my first drive of the car, I was instantly impressed with the solid feel, the steering feedback, and just the thrill it immediately gave me. The roar of the engine is music to my ears! I love listening to my iPod and play it through an FM station, but with this car it's better MUSIC OFF, so you can hear that lovely engine roar.

If you are on the fence between this car and something else, by all means TEST DRIVE this car! It doesn't disappoint!

My last car was a 2005 Subaru WRX STi (US version) WR Blue with the gold rims, and no doubt it was a blast to drive. But being in the 40 and up crowd, it just got the wrong attention. Lots of young kids were always talking to me about it, but older folks tended to give very strange looks. Not that that mattered, right? But after the excitement faded a bit after 1.5 years of ownership, I was ready to try something else. I'd never owned a "Z" car and after watching many videos on Google.com, I was very impressed.

Now with my black beast Z, I feel I'm in another league now. I think the look of this car scares people and they just plain stay out of my way! Haha, I LOVE it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2006

25th Sep 2006, 01:00

The top of my post says 2004, when in reality it's a 2005. Not sure why that happened. Just a quick note - I can't drive this car enough! I'm thinking about driving it all the time when I'm not driving it, and when I do drive it it's hard to pull myself away from it. Even as I write this it's approaching 12AM, and I'm considering for the 6th time today taking it out for a spin. Crazy I know, but it's just so enjoyable! Never in my life did a car get me this excited.

Go Nissan!