Hello everyone, I'm in the market for a used 350z automatic in the 5-9k range.
I looked at 2 cars so far and have some questions/ concerns.
1st car, steering felt really tight, doesn't seem to naturally correct to straight after making turns. Is this normal?
Leather interior, seats in pretty good shape. pass window wont roll up unless door 1/4 way open(pinched wire?).
2005 Car shows 114kmiles but owner says engine was replaced with same year engine with 70k mines and hes put about 10k on it. It ran good shifted well.
No noticeable leaks but the oil pressure gauge would drop to just about 0 at idle (also oil warning light) and go up as it reved. Is it most likely a sensor issue?
Looking underneath the car, mid exhaust pipes looked a bit rusted thin shielding parts rusted out, but no noticeable leaks.
Rear subframe center bushing has the slight black streak and the steel insert in the middle looks tilted.
How big of a deal is this? is this normal to expect on 350z's over 90kmiles? I don't plan on racing / heavvily beating the car.
I ended up leaving a deposit on this car (agreed to take 5500 for it) and was told it was in no accidents other than parking lot dents but when i pulled the carfax it showed 'hit a earth embankment' in 2011 and 9 owners. a few of them seemed to be dealers passing the car around with little mileage, then it was stolen and sold at auction then eventually to the dealer who the owner got it from. He said he got a deal on it from his friend who worked there and was going to be a project car, they replaced the engine and it was faster with the new one, hasn't found any kind of proof with the engine swap and minimal paperwork in general.
Now i plan on asking him if i can have it put up on a lift and looked over at a local Nissan shop before i finalize purchase. Are there any things i should insist on them doing? more things i can look at while on the lift?
Second car 2003 94k miles owner said it was purchased from origional owner with around 50k miles on it 6 years ago.
Again steering felt tight, not quite as tight as the first one but still seemed to not correct to straight after turns.
Engine ran well, transmission smooth, seemed to have a little less torque then the first car i drove but id have to drive them both again to be sure. Oil pressure gague on this one just pinned at 120 never really moved, owner said just have to replace sensor. Noticed about a 5" dia puddle of oil in the driveway where car was parked when we returned.
It had a dead battery and wouldnt start and ran for about 5 minutes before test driving. confirmed it was infact from this car as a new one appeared as car idled when i parked it again. drip was center on the engine, slightly toward passenger side (maybe oil pan?), but from the top driver side valve cover had the look of old oil staining which i didnt notice on the first car.
Underneath the car exhaust looked a little better, maybe just because their were no rotted heat shields covering sections, looked like a solid h or x pipe as opposed to the first one that had flex mesh sections there.
Rear subframe middle bushing also had the small black trail below it but the center piece was not tilted.
Owner is asking 6500 for this one.
Any input on these potential cars? tips on further inspections?
Headlights prone moisture build up inside?
Prices too good to be true? Both cars have some body issues, but im more concerned with the mechanicals.
Thanks for reading my wall of text