2008 Nissan 350Z

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2008 nissan 350z Reviews and News

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With the wisdom gleaned over a full model cycle, or about five years in this case, I think it's safe to pronounce the returning Nissan Z car a winner. The original 240Z was a defining car for Nissan (then Datsun), and a beacon of sports car hope during the largely hopeless early 1970s. Unfortunately, it evolved - or, more accurately, devolved - into the tasteless and disco-y 280ZX and 300ZX. A magnificent redesigned 1991 300ZX restored Nissan's sports car to a position of glory, but spiraling sticker prices - especially for the most desirable, twin-turbo model - eventually snuffed out sales. After what seemed like an interminable wait, and an equally interminable parade of show cars, the 350Z finally arrived, to general acclaim.
Now, we have already seen its successor, the slightly smaller and shapelier 370Z. But even as the 370Z makes its debut, the 350Z will live on for one more year, at least in convertible form.
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Aesthetically speaking, the convertible form is not the Z-car's most pleasing form. It really looks like the coupe was designed first, and the roadster sort of had to work around what was there. Beautiful roadsters have never been Nissan's forte. The previous 300ZX was a stunning design, but the roadster version was awkward. Same with the 240SX. There's no arguing with the 350Z roadster's function, however, as the power top zips up and down without issue, and the trunk space is reasonable even with the top lowered.
The raised top does create a bit of a claustrophobic atmosphere inside, though, particularly as the 350Z already has such a high beltline. The interior, at least, has been upgraded somewhat since the car's introduction; early models were excessively plasticky and cheap. Storage is still very limited, but the armrests are more cushioned, the steering wheel feels great, and the seats are very comfortable.
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While this Nissan's 306 horsepower doesn't confer the bragging rights it did only a few years ago, it still makes for a very quick 350Z, and the normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 is very linear in its power delivery. The six-speed manual has positive, if not fluid, shifts. The top-spec Grand Touring model has Brembo brakes, but our Tour edition test car stopped well enough without them.
Nissan did a good job tuning the 350Z's chassis, which carves through corners with a very neutral attitude. The steering has pleasing heft and good feel and the engine's set back position helps keep the car from feeling front-heavy. Surprisingly, however, stability control (VDC, in Nissan-speak) is offered only on the Grand Touring version, a rather shocking omission at this price point.
As pleasant as the 350Z roadster is, I'd be tempted to hold off and at least get a look at the convertible version of the new 370Z. With its more curvaceous bod, the 370Z looks like it could become the first Nissan that's not just fun to drive, but great to look at too.
2008 Nissan 350Z Roadster Tour
Price: $38,605/$39,200 (base/as tested)
Engine: 3.5L DOHC V-6Power: 306 hp @ 6800 rpmTorque: 268 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
Fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (city/highway)
Weight: 3595 lbs
2003 2008 Nissan 350Z NASA Spec Z Class
Nissan and The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced Wednesday an all-new Spec Z class. The new class is open to all models and trim levels of the 2003-2008 Nissan 350Z.
2008 Nissan 350z Profile
A report issued today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says crash data shows that SUVs are now safer than traditional passenger cars. The report also listed the vehicles with the highest driver fatality rates: The Nissan 350Z and Titan, and the Chevrolet Aveo and Cobalt.
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2008 Nissan 350Z Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
Horsepower:
306 hp @ 6800rpm
Torque:
268 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front (optional)
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:41
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING 204,361 MY 2007-2008 ALTIMA, ALTIMA HYBRID, 350Z, 350Z ROADSTER, MY 2008 ALTIMA COUPE, ROGUE, MY 2009 MURANO, AND INFINITI MY 2007-2008 G35 SEDAN, MY 2008 G37 COUPE AND EX35 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS' OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (OCS) CONTROL UNITS. A VARISTOR IN THE OCS CONTROL UNIT LOCATED IN THE PASSENGER SEAT CUSHION MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION. UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, THIS COULD CAUSE AN INTERRUPTION OF SIGNAL BETWEEN THE OCS AND THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT (ACU).
Consequences
THIS COULD RESULT IN THE PASSENGER AIR BAG BEING SUPPRESSED WHICH COULD FAIL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL TEST THE SIGNAL BETWEEN THE OCS AND ACU SYSTEMS USING A SPECIAL TOOL TO CHECK THAT IT IS FUNCTIONING AS DESIGNED. IF NECESSARY, THE SEAT CUSHION (CONTAINING OCS HARDWARE) WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE MANUFACTURED TO SPECIFICATION. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261 OR INFINITI AT 1-800-662-6200.
Potential Units Affected
204,361
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:41
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING 204,361 MY 2007-2008 ALTIMA, ALTIMA HYBRID, 350Z, 350Z ROADSTER, MY 2008 ALTIMA COUPE, ROGUE, MY 2009 MURANO, AND INFINITI MY 2007-2008 G35 SEDAN, MY 2008 G37 COUPE AND EX35 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS' OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (OCS) CONTROL UNITS. A VARISTOR IN THE OCS CONTROL UNIT LOCATED IN THE PASSENGER SEAT CUSHION MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION. UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, THIS COULD CAUSE AN INTERRUPTION OF SIGNAL BETWEEN THE OCS AND THE AIR BAG CONTROL UNIT (ACU).
Consequences
THIS COULD RESULT IN THE PASSENGER AIR BAG BEING SUPPRESSED WHICH COULD FAIL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL TEST THE SIGNAL BETWEEN THE OCS AND ACU SYSTEMS USING A SPECIAL TOOL TO CHECK THAT IT IS FUNCTIONING AS DESIGNED. IF NECESSARY, THE SEAT CUSHION (CONTAINING OCS HARDWARE) WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE MANUFACTURED TO SPECIFICATION. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261 OR INFINITI AT 1-800-662-6200.
Potential Units Affected
204,361
Notes
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.


IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
No Data
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
N/R

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