2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test


2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: The 10,000 Mile Post

August 05, 2009

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Holy Deja Vu, Batman. Seems like I already made a milestone post on our 2009 Nissan 370Z, didn't I?

Yes, it's true. I was in the car at 5,000 miles, too. Now, I don't drive this (or any other single car in the LT fleet) that regularly. You ever sit down to watch a TV show you haven't seen in 4 months, only to discover it's the same episode you saw the last itme? This is kinda like that.

On a lighter note, Mike and I changed the front brake pads and rotors on this very car last night. Before you go blaming the car, we have to 'fess up by saying we think it's our fault. We're pretty sure we took the car to the track for testing too soon when the car was new and heat-cycled them too mercilessly. We made them stink and came home with heavily scored rotors, a mistake that shortened their life.

A full DIY blog on how to change pads and rotors on one of these will come in a couple of days. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here's a teaser that shows how close to the ragged edge with took these pads.

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This pad wear indicator must have just started rubbing that very day, because I never once heard so much as a peep and the rotor didn't have any new scratches where this would have made contact.

On the other hand, this one pad was the only one out of four front brake pads that had a pad wear indicator, and it came out of the passenger side of the car. Odd, until it dawns on you that that would be the driver's side in Japan. You kind of want the driver to actually hear this thing, guys.

Maybe it doesn't much matter which side it's on -- I hadn't really thought of that before now. From the looks of it I'm sure it would have started making a racket my entire block would've heard in another couple of days. Apparently we timed it perfectly without really trying.


Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,001 miles

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