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2006 Nissan 350Z Coupe

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  • $27,650 original MSRP
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2006 Nissan 350Z

Source: The Car Connection


I was worried. In fact, I was doubly concerned. Firstly, Nissan has been messing with its 350Z, and because the Z is one of my all-time favorite cars this is something that makes me very uneasy. And secondly, this means that the 350Z is now halfway through its life cycle, so its replacement is now only three years away. Like each subsequent BMW M3 and Mazda Miata, I just know the next one's not going to be as good as the original. I mean, how can it be? This one is almost perfect.

Well, in one respect my concerns are unfounded. Nissan hasn't mucked about with the Z-car too much, either mechanically or visually, and the changes they have made have been subtle and tasteful. If you squint really hard you'll spot the standard bi-xenon headlamps and tweaked front bumper, while the rear light cluster is now festooned with little LEDs. Other than some new wheels, that's it in terms of styling tweaks.

Inside, Nissan has listed to its customers and installed cupholders in the doors, padded the armrests a little better, put a bit of snazz in HVAC controls and added audio controls to the once-naked left-hand steering-wheel spoke of all versions but the base model. The plastics feel a little ritzier, too, but all the basics remain as before so you still have that perfect driving position with its incredible pedal, steering, and gear-lever placement, as well as the wonderful view of the world you can only find inside that rakish shape.


My heart did skip a beat when I heard they had fiddled with the steering, but it turns out they've just dialed in a bit more assistance at low speeds, which is understandable, I suppose. Once up and running, though, you'd never know the difference - the turn in is still scalpel-sharp, the weight is still there and the feedback seems as pure as ever. The meaty gearchange is also unchanged, as is that amazing exhaust rasp, but Nissan has decided to fit bigger brake rotors on non-Brembo and Brembo-equipped models - and more brakes is never a bad thing. Indeed, the old brakes needed quite a shove to spur them into action and even then they never shed speed the way you'd like for such a fast, yet husky, car. If there were one area where the current 350Z needed improvement it would be the brakes, and that's been fixed. All the other bits that makes that chassis as balanced and as playful as it is remains unchanged. Truly, this is a day to give thanks.

Entry-level buyers will be glad to hear that all 2006 models are to be fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, but for those with more cash to spend, the Track and Grand Touring models will be equipped with some staggeringly pretty 18-inch front/19-inch rear RAYS alloys. The Track and GT models also boast bigger and badder Brembo brakes (four-piston front, two-piston rear) while the GT also gets front and rear spoilers and stability control as standard, as well as the availability of an automatic transmission. 

Speaking of which, automatic 350Zs will the have the same 287-hp, 274-lb-ft, 3.5-liter V-6 as before, but they've added rev-matching to the downshift to smooth out man-made gearchanges. Even so, it's still slow to respond to prods of the lever and it seems to change gears when it wants anyways, which means it's fine for posers ambling around town but not really suited to the 350Z's white-knuckle character. Models equipped with the six-speed manual, on the other hand, have been tweaked to produce 300 hp and 260 lb-ft and have a slightly higher redline than the automatic, but because they're a little heavier than before they're no faster. Its 0-60 time remains about 5.6 seconds for the manual (6.0 seconds for the automatic), with a top speed hovering around the 150-mph mark for both. The only other changes for 2006 are new shades of sliver, red, and black, not that anyone will notice.

Fear not

So let's recap. More power. Better brakes. Nicer interior. Sexier wheels. And yet the fundamentals remain unchanged. What was I worried about? Along with the Mitsubishi Evo and MINI Cooper S, the Z brings top-class dynamics, blistering speed, and undiluted driving pleasure to the masses, while sounding and looking better than most of the exotics I've had the privilege to drive. When you factor in the fact it only costs $27,450, it doesn't have a snooty badge and you can service it cheaply at any local dealership, you begin to understand why I, as a driving enthusiast on a budget, consider the Nissan 350Z as close to perfect as anyone can reasonably expect. So get out there and enjoy it while it lasts, folks. Cars like this don't come along very often and sooner than you think, it'll be gone.

2006 Nissan 350Z Coupe

Price: $27,450-$36,650

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 300 hp/260 lb-ft (manual); 287 hp/274 lb-ft (auto)

Transmission: Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive

Length x width x height: 169.8 in x 71.5 in x 52.1 in

Wheelbase: 104.3 in

Weight: 3339 lb

Fuel economy (EPA city/highway): 19/25 mpg

Safety equipment: Front airbags; anti-lock brakes with EBD and Brake Assist; tire pressure monitor

Major standard features: Power windows, mirrors, and locks; bi-xenon headlights; 18-inch alloy wheels; AM/FM/CD player; air conditioning

Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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