Fun But Flawed - Buyer Beware!
By 2JPP8808 on
2006 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
Did lot of research before buying; knew oil consumption was an issue on some 06 Zs. Figured was worth risk, as Nissan warranty gave peace of mind. Thought was safe until Jan 2009, when car started making weird noises, suffered loss of power & oil pressure. Car serviced at dealer religiously, so service mgr determined engine needed to be replaced under recall. Took 2 weeks! In all car has been in shop more times than our Porsche & BMW combined! Issues included clutch assembly, brakes, electrical, trunk release, pass pwr window, TPMS, heat shield, wheel hub. Car has been kept at dealer days/weeks at a time at dealer, & no loaner car given, just shuttle. Thank God we have multiple cars!
We obviously have a love-hate relationship with this car - so fun to drive and looks fantastic! The sound of the car's exhaust upon start-up & acceleration sounds great! Surprising fuel economy 18-19 MPG city & 28-29 MPG hwy, even with enthusiastic driving. Also fairly roomy cabin for sports car.
In addition to all of our aforementioned problems above, there are lots of squeaks, rattles that have developed, even though we have very low miles! Interior materials wear way too easily (common Z issue). Sadly, Nissan dealer is hit or miss - when it's good, it's good; when it's bad, it's awful!