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2009 Nissan 350Z Convertible

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  • $36,870 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan 350Z Convertible

Nissan's 2009 350Z manages to capture all the excitement of the original Z car. The car's styling is remarkable, handling is taut and performance is thrilling.

What's new for 2009?

The 2009 Nissan 350Z is now only available in a roadster-style soft-top convertible. Other changes include dropping the NISMO edition from the trim lineup and replacing Pikes Peak White with Moonlight White for exterior color.

Model Strengths

  • Breathtaking performance
  • aggressive styling
  • driver-centered cockpit.

Model Review

Datsun forever changed the world of affordable sports cars when they launched their sleekly styled, 6-cylinder missile, the Datsun 240Z, in 1971. Six years after the Z car's reintroduction to the U.S. market, the 2009 Nissan 350Z happily stays true to the 240Z's successful blend of performance, style and reasonable price.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's sportscar editors drove the new 350Z in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com's enthusiasts researched available road tests on the new 350Z to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other car reviews might differ.

The Nissan 350Z returns for 2009 largely unchanged from its 2008 form, though now only offered as a convertible. The coupe has been redesigned for '09 as the 370Z, which will spur a redesigned convertible for next year. The sporty roadster is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 306 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan has drawn sharp lines and smoothly rounded curves that echo older Z-cars only a little. Where the Audi TT and Ford Mustang steer toward retro themes, the style of the Nissan 350Z is totally modern.

The interior of the 350Z has been upgraded since its introduction in 2003; the plastics are more lavish, but all the basics remain. Inside the 350Z, Nissan lets the controls do the talking.

The 2009 Nissan 350Z puts power to the ground through a 3.5-liter V-6 and a choice of either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is a respectable 18/25 mpg with the manual gearbox and 17/23 mpg with the automatic. The 350Z's 0-60 time is about 5.6 seconds for the manual (6.0 seconds for the automatic) and a top speed hovering around the 150-mph mark for both models. Top-class dynamics, blistering speed, and undiluted driving pleasure are standard equipment; the Nissan 350Z has scalpel-sharp steering, a meaty gear change, an amazing exhaust rasp, and big brakes.

These attributes are especially enjoyable with the top down. The 350Z employs a power-operated soft top, and wind buffeting is quite good, but with the top up, the experience is more claustrophobic and visibility is hampered.

Crash ratings from the NHTSA are mostly four stars, save for five stars for passenger side impact. Anti-lock brakes are standard across the line, with front-side and side-curtain airbags.

A navigation system, a choice of satellite radio systems, and an Aerodynamics Package are optional, while 18-inch wheels and tires are standard, as is a speed-sensitive power steering system.


The Bottom Line:

Amazing V-6 power and rear-drive handling keep the 2009 Nissan 350Z convertible rooted in sportscar basics and fun.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

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.

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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 6 model years or newer & 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 No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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