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2009 Nissan 370Z: Ten Things I Like About You

January 08, 2010

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1. seating position allows me to press the clutch all the way in without sitting too close to the steering wheel
2. shifter fits nicely in my hand
3. heated seats are always a plus
4. faux suede trim warms up the look of the interior
5. exterior and interior door handles are interesting
6. engine note sounds scrumptious (road noise doesn't bother me that much)
7. gear display is reassuring
8. sharp tail lights
9. grippy steering wheel
10. the way it takes a curve

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Open Thread

January 05, 2010

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What do you want to know about the 2009 Nissan 370Z?

Have you driven one, been in one, seen any on the road? Any pictures or video you especially want to see?

Write you questions, reviews and requests in the comments section.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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Nissan 370Z Touring: Wraparound Look

December 29, 2009

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We just had the new Lotus Evora in our lot (more on that in coming weeks), and the greenhouse had a wonderful wraparound look - almost like a private jet. It was really due to the exaggerated curve of the windshield and the shape of the side glass, but the A-pillar was also blacked out. I hopped from the diminutive Lotus into our long-term Z and it got me thinking, "would that treatment work on the Z?" In the image above, you'll see it switch back and forth. It's really subtle, but I think it works. Photo credit to the talented Mr. Sadlier.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 17,630 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Our Favorite Caption

December 04, 2009

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Thanks to ergsum for this week's favorite. He sure was on fire.

These are the others that hooked us:

Fishtailing in the 370Z! (ergsum)
There are two fish in this picture, but only one requires a license. (lowmilelude)
We threw a rod in the 370Z! (ergsum)
The 370Z ran the Salmon at 69.8 mph. (ergsum)
Smoked Salmon and the Bandit (ergsum)
Caught in 60 Seconds (ergsum)
The Fishbowl Rally (ergsum)
Anti-Lox brakes are standard on the 370Z. (ergsum)
Faster than a speeding Mullet! (ergsum) (Gotta love a two-time entry)
Thy rod and thy staff; they comfort Z... (mrryte)
Nissan 370Z - It kicks bass. (robert4380)
Come see our sports cars and our master baiters! (vt8919)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: You Write the Caption

December 04, 2009

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Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt took this shot of our Z car on his way to school.

We suggest: "We're Hooked"

I know you can do better. So, drop us a line in the comments section. Heh.

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Looking Back at its Inspiration

October 08, 2009

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One of the strong points of the 370Z is its styling, which manages to pay homage to the original, first-generation Datsun 240Z/260Z/280Z without looking contrived. The long, aerodynamic nose with single headlights that wrap around the corners, the fastback roofline, the kicked-up beltline and the side window shapes all harken back to the clean, classic sports car look of the original. Yet there are modern touches, such as the aggressively-flared wheelwells and free-form headlights. But if I had to pick one over the other purely based on styling, however, I'd have to go with the sleeker and cleaner original.

Between that first Z car and the current one, Nissan's sports car has gone through many iterations. If you want to brush up on your Z car history, we've got it all right here.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor at 13,094 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Pretty Pictures Edition

October 06, 2009

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Just a few shots for your viewing pleasure...

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Open Thread

October 06, 2009

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What do you want to know about the 2009 Nissan 370Z?

Have you driven one? Write a review in the comments section.

Any details you want us to take a picture of? Let us know.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Reprise

October 04, 2009

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Our 2009 Nissan 370Z doesn't get the proper respect it deserves.

It seems to get passed over on our list of who drives what home. But it's not that we don't like the car. Sometimes, other vehicles suit our needs at the moment. There are kids to be carted, furniture to haul, passengers to squeeze into a back seat, left calves to be rested.

So, don't think it's not that we don't appreciate our Z. We do.

And that's why we're giving it another shot as Car of the Week.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Happy Birthday Mr. K

September 15, 2009

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Today (Sept. 15th) Mr. Yutaka Katayama, the father of the Nissan Z-car, turns 100 years old. Above is a photo from the Datsun Heritage Museum of Mr. K celebrating in Japan with his long time friend Peter Brock (Yes, the Peter Brock of Cobra Daytona and BRE fame.)

Happy Birthday Mr. K. And thanks.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Where is My Rear Wiper?

September 10, 2009

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Woke to a wet Z this morning. Spend 37 seconds looking for the controls for the rear wiper. Realized the car doesn't have one. Stopped pulling on the stalk. Activated the rear defroster. Drove to work with a wet Z.

I realize the Nissan 370Z weighs more than enough, but I like a rear wiper on hatchbacks, especially hatchbacks with such radically raked backlights. It wasn't a hatch of course, but I once owned an Evo with a rear wiper, it was a great feature to have.

What do you think?

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 12,176 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Truckin'

July 02, 2009

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During my time in our 370Z, it managed to do nothing but confuse me. I thought liking this thing would be a slam dunk. You see, I like coupes. I like sitting low. I like sports cars. I like the way this car rides. I like the stereo. I even like the way this car looks.

But...

...for some reason, I just wasn't getting it. I knew what I liked about the Z, but I couldn't put my finger on what I didn't like. Then, with great relief, I figured it out.

I'd rather have the truck in which this drive-train belongs; the Nissan Frontier.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 8,352 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z and 2009 Nissan GT-R: IL Readers' Most Wanted

June 16, 2009

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We just published the results of our Readers Most Wanted Awards and the 2009 Nissan 370Z and 2009 Nissan GT-R cleaned up, winning two categories each. That means these two cars took four of the 15 awards.

The BMW 128i also grabbed a spot on the list, which essentially means three cars in our long-term fleet are favorites of our readers. Plus, several recent long-term blog alums took honors. Readers also voted big time for the Honda Accord, BMW X5, Toyota Tundra, Ford Mustang and BMW 3-Series.

You know, sometimes we take flack for this blog not having cars our readers are interested in. Um, hello.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2009 Nissan 370Z: Swoopy Design...Like a Bad '70s Hot Wheels Car

June 15, 2009

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I took a good long look at our long-term 2009 Nissan 370Z over the past weekend and realized something: the car's body lines simply don't work for me.

The problem is more subtle than overt, and it's really only noticeable on profile or rear three-quarter angles, but the swoopy hind quarters, combined with the exaggereted taillight design, looks like something out of my 1970s era Hot Wheels collection. Among my cars is a chrome (literally chrome) Porsche 911 with varying floral print designs going over the hood and roof. Maybe it's the 370Z's vague 911-esque shape, plus its silver color, that furthers the effect, but when I look at the swoops and sweeps of its body I can't avoid thinking of that toy car.

And yes, I did think that Hot Wheels toy was cool...when I was 7.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 7679 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z: The Cheese Stands Alone

June 10, 2009

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Since I'm low man on the totem pole when it comes to the long-term car clipboard, chances are that I'll usually end up with the Smart or the Jetta TDI. Not complaining but it's just funny to see what consistently gets passed over by the editors.

But I've noticed that our 2009 Nissan 370Z has joined the other two at the bottom of the barrel more often. And last night, it was the only car left on the list. Meaning, someone actually picked the Smart Fortwo over the Z. Wuuut?

Curious why this happened, I first asked someone at the top of the list why he skipped over the Z. "I saw the GT-R and the Z and I took the GT-R," said Karl Brauer matter-of-factly. OK, well maybe a fellow low man would be the person to ask. So I asked Automotive Content Editor Warren Clarke who is two above me on the list and who actually picked the Smart.

"I don't like its visibility and it's hard to get out of," he said of the Z. "It's a good-looking car and if I was doing something tonight where I needed a good-looking car I would have picked it. But I'm just going to the grocery store. So I don't want to have to worry about backing out of a space and not being able to see [in a crowded parking lot]."

Other editors, most with longer commutes, have said that they don't like its harsh ride for their everyday needs.

As for me, I like fast cars so yay.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 7,480 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z: The Stig Is Our Co-Pilot

June 02, 2009

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Our long-term 2009 Nissan 370Z got a new key fob today. Thought you might like to see it.

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2009 Nissan 370Z: So, What Do You Think About It?

June 01, 2009

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I sometimes find my truest opinion comes forth when I have to quickly answer the question "so, what do you think about it?" There's no chance to be wishy washy or be swayed by nit-picks (wrong fuel gauge) or pet likes (the excellent iPod interface). Oh, and try explaining Synchro RevMatch to a neophyte in 10 words or less.

Such a situation happened this weekend at a barbecue in Griffith Park when a fellow attendee asked (after first pondering what I was doing taking a picture of my car), "So, what do you think about it?"

"It's really rough. Rough ride, loud, the clutch and shifter are stiff. You have to really manhandle the thing. When you're driving aggressively, it's great, so if you do a lot of weekend driving or maybe a track day, go for it. But I don't think many people would want to drive it every day. It would get old. I'd rather have a BMW 1 Series or maybe a Hyundai Genesis. Looks cool, though."

Hmm, so that's how I feel.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,200 miles

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Where Have You Gone, Yutaka Katayama?

April 16, 2009

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Here he is, and you'll find him in every Z-car.

Yutaka Katayama is the reason the Z-car exists. It was his idea and he made it happen. Nissan started the whole sports car thing from Japan in the mid-1960s, and the 1970 Datsun 240Z put both Nissan and the Japanese car industry on the map. Since then, other Japanese car companies have entered the sports car business, but soon or later, they all quit. Acura, Honda, Isuzu, Toyota -- they all quit. Even Nissan tried to quit. But the spirit of Yutaka Katayama always reminds Nissan that it's mean to be more than just another car company from Japan, and then the Z-car bubbles up to the surface again.

And now the spirit of the Z-car could save Nissan and the car industry again.

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2009 Nissan 370 Z: A C.O.W. Twofer

April 15, 2009

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Today history was made in our 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: it turned 5,000 miles old during its tenure as our Car of the Week.

But wait, there's more. Can you guess where it happened?

Hint 1: The person represented by the place took the world stage in 1969--the same year the original Z-car came to America.

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Open Thread

April 14, 2009

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We knew when we threw a reveal party for the all-new Nissan 370Z prior to the Los Angeles Show that there would be a lot of excitement around this car.

Now is your chance to ask us whatever you want to know about the new Z.

Have you driven one? Write your review in the comments section.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: Our Favorite Caption

February 27, 2009

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Thanks to vacagrande for this week's favorite caption.

Others that made us laugh:

I should've never slept with that pathfinder (cx7lover)
He's my brother from another mother (louiswei)
It's not a tumor! (gooney911) and It's naht a toumah! (Murtman)
Do these wheels make my butt look big? (shladney)
Extra, Extra - Nissan engineers discover the wind-tunnel! (Before and after shots). (bizz1)
Z: Hey, Lil' Man...You're in my space. (johnnyr3)

And you can always get me with a Star Wars reference:

Cube, I am your father (gooney911)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2009 Nissan 370Z Touring: You Write the Caption

February 26, 2009

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Deputy Caroline took this picture of the Nissan 370Z looking like the Cube is a growth on its nose.

I offer up "Dude, you made it come out my nose."

I'm sure you can beat that.

We'll post our favorite caption Friday at 4PM (Pacific Time).

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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