2008 Nissan 350Z Nismo Vq35HR from North America
One of the best track cars to come out of Japan
My car is still low miles, but these are the general problems and maintenance issues of the 350Z (2007-2008 with the HR engine).
The clutch slave cylinder needs to be replaced quite often if you drive this car hard. It is best to use an aftermarket relocation set up that moves it out of the transmission when it prevents the fluid from being contaminated with dust from the clutch.
Oil galley gaskets. These are made with low quality paper gaskets, and when they leak or blow you see a big drop in total system oil pressure, requiring the need to buy new ones or aftermarket stronger metal gaskets. The gaskets are very cheap. The labor is not, as half the front of the engine needs to be removed as well as the front core support to access them.
Window motors like to go out after 70-80k miles if you use them frequently.
Interior paint on the 350Z of all models is terrible. My car has less than 20k miles and is well taken care of, and is already missing paint from the cubby lid and the inside door arm rests. I plan on vinyl wrapping them to fix the issue, but you will be hard pressed to keep the original paint on the car in those spots.
This is one of the most amazing cars I have ever owned. Coming from a 2006 350Z, then a 2012 370Z, and a 85 MR2 before that. The HR engine is in every single metric leaps and bounds better than the old DE engine it replaces. With the HR pushing 300-315 (to the rear wheels) fully bolt-on and tuned vs. the VHR in the 370 hitting 310-330 (to the rear wheels) you are not missing much performance.
I've never been a fan of the 370Z styling, which is why when I had the opportunity to buy a low mileage 350Z Nismo, I jumped on it.
As if moving from the DE of my old 2006 350Z to the HR wasn't enough of a jump in performance, the Nismo is that much better in handling over the non-Nismo editions. The seam welded chassis with the extra dampening and better set up suspension makes the car feel like it's driving on rails. It out handles my old 370Z while having most of the power.
The styling of the Nismo with the functional aero might not be for everyone, but if you love 350Zs and you want the performance of the 370Z, the Nismo is the way to go. I will put this car on a track vs. a 370Z any day of the week.
Many reviews talk about the sparse interior of the 350Z marking the car down or saying negative things about it. Honestly this is one of my favorite things about the car. No distractions, no useless buttons everywhere. It's a car built to drive. And I love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2016