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Unread 11-01-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a vehicle with a little bit more "oomph" than what I'm currently driving. I've taken a great liking to Nissan's 350Z and am looking at the years 2007 and up.

My question is, is it wise to buy a used sports car? Many family friends have advised against it, saying things like "The car is probably beaten to hell, since it's a sport model."

Also, this will be my main means of transportation and I want to keep it running as smoothly as possible. With that said, what sort of maintenance would I be looking at once I reached 60,000+ miles?

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1) You can't generalize to say all used sports cars have been beaten on. You ave to take it on a case-by-case basis. That said, something like that is less likely to be beaten on than, say, a 1999 Civic.


2) 60k miles is nothing.
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350z's are much less likely to be beaten to hell than most cars, just dont buy one from a 20 year old.

And weirdo is correct, 60k is nothing.
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Everything you say is very, very true. I havn't driven anything with miles over 100k since my 1990 Taurus Station Wagon ((LOVED that car... so smooth)) and I guess I just get really scared to have the car fall apart on me after 5 years or so.

With that said, what kind of maintenance would I be looking at once I start to get up there? All of the obvious things: Tires, Clutch, Oil, Transmission Fluid, Breaks/fluid. But what about the actual engine internals? What would go first or what will wear down the fastest? Would I be looking at replacing pistons at some point? Swapping out the trans entirely?

I can afford a $25,000 car, but I'm not sure if I can afford thousands more on repairs in the near future.

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head and manifold gaskets are common after 120k miles, make sure you get a manual so you can avoid the headaches of owning an automatic. Alternators tend to go at some point as well as the front end suspension components and shocks. All of this is years away though man.
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Alright, it sounds just like something I can easily look into and do my research as time goes by. I've just never had to replace anything major before and I want to be prepared, seeing as this vehicle will be held onto for quite some time.

Thanks guys! Any other insights would be appreciated, if you have any more.

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Head gaskets should make at least 200k miles unless it's known for having head gasket problems. Clutches are usually about 150k i believe...

You can always do brakes yourself...and frankly they are pretty cheap to repair. I could replace everything on my brakes from the vacuum booster to the drum springs for $200 pretty easily. Calipers are only $10 for mine lol
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Nice!

Thanks for all of the info guys, I'm not really of "Mechanic" status so I will certainly have a lot of questions around the forums. I want to learn as much as I can and I want to do everything right the first time around!

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Nice!

Thanks for all of the info guys, I'm not really of "Mechanic" status so I will certainly have a lot of questions around the forums. I want to learn as much as I can and I want to do everything right the first time around!
That's what this place is all about!

And Weirdo, I officially hate you. Mine are $125 each, with a $25 core.
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Heh, well mine are $10 with a $13 core...how that works i have no clue.
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