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Unread 11-05-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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So I will be in the market for purchasing my first Z sometime after this winter. Right now I'm still getting settled into a second night job that I just received and still saving up a bit of side cash to get rid of that financing b/s that I don't feel like dealing with.

So I have a couple of questions and I hope that anybody who has the spare time can help me out with a few of them!

*First, I am looking for a 2008-2009 Coupe, and can hopefully find one with under 30,000 miles in the spring of 2011. I will be trading in my 2008 Sentra 2.0 and the 350Z will be my main car.

With that in mind, how does this car handle in regular snowy weather? I'm obviously not going to drive it out in a blizzard, but if I am forced to get out there to get to work on a really crappy day, am I just asking to beat the hell out of the car or will she be alright?

*I will be modding my Z with a few basics, and possibly even some more pricey upgrades in the future if I have the extra cash. Right off the bat I'll be looking for a new exhaust, since I'm not entirely thrilled with the stock system, and will be looking for something with a "meaner" sound to it. Any suggestions?

*Music has ALWAYS been a pretty important factor with my long commutes and just daily driving. My Sentra has an above average sound system complete with sub-woofers in the trunk and a complete swap of all six speakers.
What I've seen from the Z, when I got a chance to take one out for a test drive, was that the trunk does not offer a whole lot of room for all of my hardware. Anyone have any suggestions for setting something up that will fit and sound just as good without having to tear anything up? With that said, does anyone out there have a modded system that they could share some pictures of?

*Call me crazy but I'm a total nutcase for vertical doors. Is this an easy modification to implement and is it practical? I know that they don't take up as much room as the "Lambo" style doors which raise out to the side, but I don't think I could go through with a vertical kit if it's going to stick out too far.



All in all I am VERY excited for next year when I'm all set and ready to trade in. I have been interested in the 350Z for a while, and when I finally got the chance to take one out for a spin I was hooked. I am not the most car/mechanic savvy person out there, so you can expect to see a lot of questions from me that should be above generic.

I hope to talk with the lot of you very soon and I also hope to learn as much as possible within these next few months!

Thanks!

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Unread 11-05-2010, 07:34 AM   #2
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a) PLEASE, do NOT ruin the car by putting lambo doors on it.

b) I don't know where you live, but a 350Z will be pretty crappy in snow. I think it's pretty similar weight wise as my aunt's foxbody mustang and we're better off parking that, it won't make it up half the hills around here, and if there's standing snow, you're going to have issues getting moving. That said, you oculd manage probably if you put enough weight in the back and drove it very very slowly and reasonably. AKA drive it like a gutless Buick in snow.
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Sounds like I'll be busting out some sandbags when the frost starts hitting the ground.

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Please for the love of god don't put stupid Lambo doors on it...

I honestly wouldn't drive that car(or any performance RWD vehicle, for that matter) in the snow. Not only do you have the salt and water from the road rusting and eating everything up on the undercarraige of the car but you will also have one hell of a time trying to drive it, sand bags or not. Back in highschool my buddy had a 94 V6 Camaro that he drove year round. Even that thing could barely get traction with barely 200HP.
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I did a bit of extra research on the vert. doors, but I really wanted another opinion from someone who wasn't a wiki/google search.

The vert. doors are not practical, and would more then likely damage a 350Z anyway. I'm tossing the thought out of my head and leaving it at that.

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Heres my say:

The 350Z is a great car, just dont humiliate yourself and your vehicle by driving it in snow. Go find a decent 78-96 Full Size Bronco with 4x4 and limited slips for around $2000 and drive it when its snowy, and leave the Z at home. It might cost more at first (owning two cars) but you will glad you did in the long run.
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The 350Z is a great car, just dont humiliate yourself and your vehicle by driving it in snow. Go find a decent 78-96 Full Size Bronco with 4x4 and limited slips for around $2000 and drive it when its snowy, and leave the Z at home. It might cost more at first (owning two cars) but you will glad you did in the long run.
That's a huge issue though. There is no way that I could pay insurance for two vehicles and pay to maintain two at the same time.

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Then get the beater DD before you get a performance/luxury vehicle...

Trust us, you don't want to drive that car in the winter.
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That's a huge issue though. There is no way that I could pay insurance for two vehicles and pay to maintain two at the same time.
Insuring old Ford trucks costs next to nothing and you can repair them for pennies. If you can afford the upkeep on a modern Z you can afford the upkeep on five old Fords.
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If you can barely afford it why is it an option?
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