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Used car: Nissan 350Z – 2003 onwards

Nissan has a bit of a cult following for its 350Z. It’s hardly surprising, as it’s every inch a proper sportscar with eye-catching looks, a punchy, sweet-sounding engine and lashings of standard equipment.

The roadster arrived in early 2005 and, as 350Z was designed to be a drop-top from the start, it’s every bit as good to drive, too.

Driving and performance
The 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 powers both the coupé and roadster. In everyday driving there’s little difference in performance, getting to 62mph in 6.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 155mph. 2006 saw a facelift and a power upgrade to 296bhp. Power delivery is good and the engine note sounds even sweeter with the roof down. The only problem part of the package is the gearchange: it could be smoother, especially when changing down.

An exceptionally stiff body and low centre of gravity means the Z is a delight for the driving enthusiast. It corners flat and its quick steering means the car goes exactly where you point it.

Comfort
There’s a clear dash and plenty of appealing details, such as ‘Z’ logos in the door air vents and a height adjustable instrument cluster. The driving position is good and the driver sits in a low-slung position with a good view of the road ahead, although rear visibility is limited.

Leather is optional, as are ventilation seats, which are cool in summer, but can be warmed up when it’s cold.

Safety
No Euro NCAP rating, but every 350Z roadster comes with ABS, electronic stability control, front, side and curtain airbags and Brembo brakes. There’s also a lightweight carbon fibre ‘safety propeller shaft’.

Security is taken care of by remote central locking and an immobilizer.

#AM_ART_SPLIT# On the forecourt

Fast movers
Models with GT pack
Adds heated electrically-adjustable seats, cruise control and a Bose Stereo. 2006 models also get Birdview sat-nav. £200-£1,500 premium

350Z GT4
Limited edition of just 176 with an extra 30bhp.
Trade: 0554-0655: £21,200-22,700. Retail: 0554-0655: £24,300-25,000

Ones to avoid
Imports lack the UK model’s generous spec and can come with an automatic ’box.

In the workshop
No problems reported by owners and no recalls.

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