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Old 05-08-2018, 02:50 PM   #1  
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Default Used 350Z Nismo- should I?

Hey all, so my boring old car is ready to move on and for something more interesting to take it's place. I have my eye on an '08 350Z Nismo with around 10k miles on it. I was wondering what issues, if any, I should specifically look for on this car? I've read all the reviews and have a good idea of what I'm getting for handling, power, interior, etc. Just want to make sure I don't let any major issues slip through the cracks on the test drive/inspection at the dealer.

Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Welcome- get a mechanical inspection from a technician that you pay for. It's the only way to get a complete and unbiased analysis of a used vehicle. The 07-08 Z is a fine car, but a hands-on review is better than anything we can tell you from behind a keyboard.
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Thank you! I will be sure to do that. Seems like the car fits what I'm looking for really well. Fingers crossed it's as clean and mechanically sound as it looks!
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I'll say this as a former Nismo (Z33 and Z34) owner.... best Zs made out of the box. Not because I am biased but because I've now owned several 350s and my 370 Nismo with which to compare. (See .sig)

The Nismo ISN'T perfect. (After selling mine to a forum member here, it lost the ubiquitously and notoriously prone-to-failure clutch slave cylinder, and I still feel bad about it.)

But aside from a few niggly points, I do make the proclamation at the top with no compunction whatsoever.

You may ask why I don't have them anymore and why I "only" drive an Enthusiast.... because that's my baby. The others were sold or given away.

If you have a few hours, my tried-to-be-objective "report" on the 350Z Nismo found here:

https://my350z.com/forum/2003-2009-n...omparison.html

PS So enamored with the Nismo Zs that I've been hunting for another one in either flavor 33 or 34 but can't really do so until I clear one of the cars out of the garage - read that as: "Coming soon to an auction site near you." But ya, wish it was posted for sale this week.... there's a 33N for sale currently that's got my heart racing.
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That's what I like to hear right there! Glad I jumped onto this forum, great information. Looks like all that's left for me is a good thorough inspection and the test drive. Wish me luck!
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Don't let excitement get the best of you. That being said, check all the things that make it authentic Nismo and not a sheep in Nismo clothing!
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Yep, I will be doing a long and thorough inspection for sure. This is the car I'm looking at:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/t-Used...ting=205803133

Looks good on a screen, hopefully the pics aren't hiding anything.
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Seems like it's already sold? Link said it was not listed anymore
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Yes indeed, I ended up pulling the trigger on it! Was owned by the #2 at that ownership group before it got to me. Checked all the right boxes and was well maintained so I snagged it. Really enjoying it so far.
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Yes indeed, I ended up pulling the trigger on it! Was owned by the #2 at that ownership group before it got to me. Checked all the right boxes and was well maintained so I snagged it. Really enjoying it so far.
That's a way better story than i thought it'd be! I've had a couple cars sell out from under me and it felt horrible. Congrats on the Nismo. Keep her shiny side up!
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Thank you! I'll be taking good care of it.
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