After many years (10) on the Maxima forums, posting about my heavily modified 05 Maxima, I decided it was time to change direction. I was looking for a convertible car that would supplement my Maxima. After looking at Miatas, and Boxsters, I started looking at convertible 350Z's. Last weekend, I became a Z owner after finding a car that was within my budget and condition.
The car was a black/black 2005 350Z Roadster automatic (yes automatic!!). It had high miles (179,000) and big a$$ 20" black rims. But it drove beautifully and that was good enough for me.
When I got her home, I checked it over to make sure there were no glaring problems. I decided to replace the big heavy 20s right away. i found some 35th anniversary rims and tires and did the swap. What a big difference in appearance and driving comfort. The road noise was quieter and the car just felt better. The 35th A rims are just very attractive rims and it brightened the car up nicely. They are also EACH 7 lbs lighter than the 20s.
While looking for rims, I found some original virtually unused Nismo Z seats. Unfortunately, the seller was in Vegas, about 230 miles from home.
While in Vegas, the Z bug began nipping at me. I noticed the seller's 08 Nismo Z had the front bumper missing. He said he was turning his car into a drift car and was having a bar built for the front. I asked if he had the original (silver) Nismo bumper and he said he did, and he showed it to me. After more $$$ changed hands, I stuffed the seats AND the bumper in my car and headed home with my loot.
I immediately installed the seats, which are fabulous. I did lose the heat
and power, but they look great, they feel great, and they are very rare.
I also removed the "350Z" rear badges and removed the paint on the "Z" part of the side badges.
After acquiring the Nismo front bumper and Nismo seats, I realized that I wanted a Nismo roadster. I have always loved the Nismo Z, but they never came in roadster version. I located a rear Nismo spoiler and acquired that last night from a former Maxima forum mate. This is the lower, smaller spoiler (I think there are two versions) which looks great on a roadster.
I also located an original rear Nismo bumper that is close to my house, which Im planning to pick up later today.
I also did not like the sun worn center console - soooooo, I replaced that too with one that is a darker silver and looks rather striking in contrast to the black interior.
1. Convertible top - the tonneau cover opens but the top does not close on its own. I hope the motors arent bad.
2. Passenger door handle - the outer passenger door handle does not operate the door. I imagine the linkage is bad.
3. The navigation door does not work. I spent many hours last night working on this when I swapped consoles. The door works when attached to a 9v battery but when attached to the car, it doesnt work. I kept it in the open position and I suppose I can live with that.
4. The front parking lights dont work. Im guessing bulbs.
5. The headlights need adjusting.
Pics to follow.