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Running with a Nissan 350Z @ 130 +

Dropped the wife off at the airport on Christmas day (8:00) and returning home came by a 350z. Now, I wasn't sure what it was at the time or what the HP plant was because I don't pay much attention to other cars on the road. Too busy studying the lay of the road ahead.

Anyway, I stopped downtown to fuel up and after a short cruise down P'tree street, got on the interstate at spring & North Ave to head north. The Nissan was in front of me and as we made the 180 to get on the interstate, he then opened it up a little and pulled away.

I sort of lagged behind for a short distance and as we were coming up on the split (85/75) North, I picked up a little more speed to go by him on I-85. I was in the extreme right lane, he was in the extreme left lane.

The road was wide open in front of us (one or two cars way out in front) and it wasn't long before he decided to see what I had to offer. As I saw him approach, (he was about 4 car lengths behind doing 90) I shifted down to 4th and hit the gas.

As 4th wound out to 6K he was still behind me but not by much. shifted to 5th looked at the spedo and was doing 135. I eased off the gas a little and it wasn't long before he came by me.

I slowed down to about 120 and ran a short distance at that speed while he was pulling away from me. I could have downshifted to 4th to see if I could catch up, but I had my fun and got off at the next exit just in case there was a HP lurking up ahead. He was still pulling away we parted company.

This is the second encounter I have had with the 350Z and on both occasions I noticed that my 4th gear keeps me ahead of them. By the time I reach 5th gear, it's time to slow down so I don't really know if I could stay ahead.

Looking at the specs on the 350Z it has about 240 hp (I think) so I know it's going to be faster then mine on the bottom end but on the top end I'm really not sure if it does have the power to go by.

Just thought I would share this with you.

Steve

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I think it's actually 280 or so with the manual, I think the auto is a little less. Lots of bang for the buck.
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yeah, its got 287, he should've walked away from you, must've been a lousy driver.
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350Z has 287 hp
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Stormcrow, I don't know what model 911 you have, but the 350Z seems about comparable to a 3.2L car in acceleration according to several magazines. I have seen the 3.2L cars reported as capable of 0-60 anywhere between 5.2 and 6.1 and a quarter in the low to mid 14's with a top speed of 150. This site, http://www.freshalloy.com/site/cars/nissan/2003/z/performance/home.shtml, has specs from 3 different magazines and puts the 0-60 between 5.4 and 6.0 and the quarter between 13.95 and 14.4, so with an aggressive enough launch a 3.2 should keep up.
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steve, highway run and 0-1/4 mile are 2 totally different things. The weight advantage of the 911 diminishes and it's all up to hp and aerodynamics at that point.

Leland, it's too bad yours turned out to be such a POS, but the majority of them aren't like that. Also, it seems to me like your incompetant dealer was a bigger problem than the car itself. I have a good amount of seat time behind the wheel of a 350Z and have a friend who just bought one and I really think they and the sister car, the G35 coupe, are excellent cars.
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I had an encounter with one of those Datsuns a few days ago on the way to work. This fella hunted me down in traffic then pulled in ahead of me to hit an on-ramp. I ate his ass. He got a fleeting glimps of widebody and 345 rubber.
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The 350Z is pretty quick (even if the interior is cheap). With 287 hp pushing 3225 lbs, it has a pretty good hp/wt ratio (11.24 lbs.) too.

0-60 is between 5.6 - 5.9 seconds (I got 5.99 when I tested a press car).

1/4 mile is about 14.25 @ 98.5 mph.

It could have been an automatic - that would explain something. I also don't know how fast the 350Z can go before the electronic top end limiter kicks in.
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My buddy has a 350z. My car eats his alive from 0 to 60 and all the way to about 100.....don't know beyond that. His is a 2003 manual shift.
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Wow Steve.............135 mph on I-85 just outside the connector?
You deserve an award for the gutsy move considering Fulton County's finest were not around.

The thing you did not see, was what was going on inside the "Z" as all the plastic rattled, and the screws were coming loose!



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There's no denying the fact that the 350Zs are fast. I think it was faster than my SC, but that DOES NOT make it a better car than a SC!
The suspension was too firm... if cornering hard, any small ripple/bump would toss the the car and send you sliding... very unpredictible.

The build quality was less desirable than what would be found on a spagetti powered Nova built by a special team of high school Vo-tech stutents.

I had very bad tire wear problems in the front... (bald in 7000 mi)

Door panels popping loose, dash rattles, squeeking shock tower in the rear (dealer told me it was NORMAL CHASSIS FLEX!!!!)

Orange peal all over the paint.

One seam splitting on the drivers side seat.

The worlds sloppiest feeling steering rack. It made autocrossing no fun... when I'd hit some of those fast switchbacks, the wheel wouldn't react fast enough.

Horrible visibility... backing up at night was a challenge.

Noisy throw out bearing...

I think what really threw me over the edge was the continual stream of peanut covered ***** that I had to put up with from the dealerships. You would NOT believe some of the lines they gave me. This was when I realized that warranties are worthless. I will never buy a car with a warranty again.

The interior was about as well thought out as a '58 MGA. The cupholders are where you want to put your elbow, there is no glove box where a glovebox should be... all sorts of stuff. It had some cool features and seemed like a great car for the buck, but man, it just did not come through for me.

Nissan will never again get a penny from me.
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"I had very bad tire wear problems in the front... (bald in 7000 mi) "

Leland, Nissan knows this is an issue, as they put in the wrong steering rack or something. They don't admit to it, but they will replace it. I forget the exact issues but it was problem in building.

I'd rather have the inifinity...
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I'm in complete agreement with you Leland. I had a track model for about six months and dumped it. I had the exact issues that you described above along with a third gear grind that the dealer said was normal. Fast car but made way to cheaply. I have a friend with a G35 and find it to be a nicer car. They still don't hold **** over my Carrera
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They will sell 34,000 each and every year. They (Nissan) will at least recognize the issues and deal with them. Yes the interior is cheap, but the engineering is pretty strong. 0% lift front and rear with the areo package, Minimal body flex under severe conditions. For 35K it has the Bang for the Buck award. I am a Porschephile since my 10th birthday, I currently own an 88 coupe and wouldn't trade it for anything else. But gentleman, let's be gentleman, to each their own. That's what makes the world an interesting place to be. I'll run against a 350Z at the track any day.
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