All Wet - 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: All Wet

October 16, 2009

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Scene: Ontario, California airport parking lot, 9:28 pm, a rainy night, coming back from business trip.

Motivation: Flight was late, sat next to whiny lap-child for the last two hours, airport burrito not sitting well, had to walk 1/4-mile in the drizzle with no hat or umbrella because the parking lot shuttle is AWOL, your own kids are going to be asleep if you don't get home soon.

Action: With rain coming down a little harder now, use unlock button on key fob as you approach car. Once there, press hatch release button hidden under that lip above the license plate. Hatch pops up a quarter-inch, but does not release. Close hatch and try again. Repeat ten times. Swear through clenched teeth. Something about a mother...

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Action (continued): Discover by accident that the small round button on the left will trigger a master lock or unlock of the entire car. Feel bad for swearing before. Try the lock/unlock trick a few times to confirm discovery.

The good karma generated my the resulting easing of the mind (or perhaps the cycling of the lock mechanism) causes larger rectangular hatch release button to work this time. The rain tapers off, too.

Load luggage. Drive home. Problem does not repeat at the other end under starry skies. Unload luggage. Kiss wife. Tuck kids in bed.

*credits roll, music swells*

<record scratch>

Epilogue: Days later, hatch-release problem happens one try out of ten. Not repeatable or predictable. Remind self to notify dealer on next service visit. Swear soundlessly. Something about a piece of something...

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 13,575 miles


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