The Not-So-Ideal Side Of Buying A Second-Hand Nissan 350z

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 4 months ago

    Manufacture of the Nissan 350z might have stopped an astounding ten years ago, but this is still a sports car we love. With its rear-wheel drive, sharp steering, and excellent grip, many drivers can’t get enough. And, that’s before we consider how downright sexy this model is.


    It’s not surprising, then, that this is an increasingly popular option on the second-hand market. As with any car, though, the Nissan 350z is not without issues. Ten years on, there are some recurring problems for any potential new owner to look out for. This is especially important considering many of these problems develop over time, and could thus be prevalent in many a used 350z. But, what are these issues, and what can you do about them?



    Premature clutch wear


    Generally speaking, the 350z stock clutch isn’t a bad piece of equipment. While there have been some rare cases of clutches failing after a few thousand miles, most owners can get around 40,000. Sadly, there’s a high chance your second-hand Nissan has already done close to that. And, past that point, this clutch can fast let you down. That’s disappointing when you consider that stock clutches like these are anything but cheap. Still, it may be worth seeking a 350z at a reasonable price and addressing this issue with a replacement like those mentioned on this list of uprated clutches for a Nissan 350z. This way, you can install a clutch which is guaranteed to last longer and will likely cost you less in the first place.


    Oil consumption debacles


    There have also been reports of issues with oil consumption, especially in 2006 350z models. The 300bhp 'rev-up' engine seems especially problematic, with some users finding that their engine uses 0.5 liters of oil per 1000 miles. This isn't helped by the fact that there have been reports of problems with 350z engine oil pressure sensors. The best way to work around both these issues is to check oil levels at least once a week. Or, you might want to steer clear of the MY'06 to be on the safe side.



    Fading front bumpers


    Car restoration doesn’t get much more expensive than a paint job. Sadly, front bumpers on the Nissan 350z seem prone to both fading and chipping. Some colors seem to be worse offenders than others, but the consensus is that the front bumper fades much faster than the rest of the car. To top that issue, many drivers find that stone chipping is incredibly common. Before buying a second-hand model, then, make sure to check out the front bumper for signs of problems, and perhaps wait for a better option if you notice signs of wear and tear.


    These issues don’t make the Nissan 350z a bad choice. In fact, you could probably find similar problems with second-hand models of most cars. As long as you account for these issues in the price you pay, then you can still land a fantastic vehicle which doesn’t leave your pockets empty.


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