Your first oversteer car - Nissan 350Z buying guide

What to look for, and how much to pay when buying a Nissan 350Z

Recalling the classic 240Z with muscular, hatchback coupe lines and a torque-rich 276bhp V6 engine, the 350Z went into production in 2002, hitting the UK a year later with the basic coupe and the GT with electric leather seats, cruise and Bose hi-fi. In 2005 the Roadster arrived, followed by the limited-edition GT4 with an extra 20bhp. From 2006, all versions got this 296bhp engine, and more revisions a year later put power up to 309bhp.

HOW MUCH TO RUN ONE?

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

Auto gearbox imports can dip below £5000, while UK cars with decent history start at £6000. But it’s between £7-10K that you’ll find cars with low miles and a full history.

CHECKPOINTS

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

350Zs resist rust well and well-serviced engines seem bombproof. Grumbles at 15-30mph and feather-edged tyres indicate tracking issues. Clicks from the rear mean driveshafts need greasing; replacements can cost up to a grand. Check the £500 service at 54,000 miles has been done. Clutches should last 40,000 miles, but a new one (with flywheel) will cost a grand if needed. Find out more at www.350z-uk.com

SERVICE: £114TYRES (two rear, fitted): £392EXHAUST (fitted, cat-back): £354INSURANCE*: £600ROAD TAX (12 months): £270FUEL** (10,000 miles): £2060TOTAL: £3730

* Insurance based on a 30-year-old male, two years’ NCD, living in Stamford, office worker, no accidents or convictions. Quotes from Adrian Flux (adrianflux.co.uk).

** Fuel cost based on official ‘combined’ mpg and unleaded at £1.35 per litre

Specifications

Nissan 350Z
Engine V6, 3498cc
Max power 276bhp @ 6200rpm
Max torque 268lb ft @ 4800rpm
Weight (kerb) 1525kg
Power-to-weight 184bhp/ton
0-60mph 5.9sec (claimed)
Top speed 155mph (limited)
Years ’03-’07
Price when new £24,000 (2004)
Price today £5000-£10,000
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/volkswagen/golf-gti/22866/new-volkswagen-golf-gti-leaked-ahead-of-reveal
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI leaked ahead of reveal

Following a slew of spy shots last year, a camo-free Mk8 Golf GTI surfaces online
20 Jan 2020
Visit/lotus/202124/lotuss-badge-engineered-specials-from-cortina-to-carlton-and-vx220
Lotus

Lotus's badge-engineered specials: from Cortina to Carlton and VX220

Some collaborations more secretive than others, a handful of models have received backing from Lotus over the years. We've gathered the very best
19 Jan 2020
Visit/ford/202122/ford-focus-rs500-v-audi-rs3-new-v-used
Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS500 v Audi RS3 – new v used

One’s an eight-year-old Ford, the other a brand new Audi. But which of these five‑cylinder superhatches deserves your £45k?
18 Jan 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019