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A friend and I had a 2009 Nissan 370z Touring in black for 24 hours and here is the review.

Exterior:

I was not ashamed to be in it, that is for sure. I think it is a nice looking car but there are some things I noticed and would change. The front end of the car looks nice, however the rear looks rather odd ( I understand it's replicating the Z of old ) The wheels/tires did not fit properly regarding appearance. I feel that if they were wider that it would look more natural and fill the awful 3/8ths inch overlap of the fender and quarter panel. The car as a whole in my opinion, though attractive I feel it is a bit too busy. The lines may be nice but I think it tries too hard but again that is just my opinion. I feel the 350z is the more attractive of the two simply because it is a bit toned down.

Interior:

The quality was better than the 350z however I see how it many parts were just re-dressed if you will. If the 350z interior were a woman, the 370z would be that woman in some hot skanky booty shorts instead of wal-mart jeans but in the end... it's still the same woman. The materials were improved for sure but the seats were annoying as all hell (not the fit or feel) but moving them forward of getting them to move to get whatever crap I had in the back (slowwwwwww as death).

Now to the stuff people actually give a crap about...

Braking:

The brakes were touchy, they took a second to get used to and there is not a whole lot to say about them. They were great, no fade, the peddle feel once you got used to it was intuitive and overall I have NO gripes what so ever.

Handling:

The car is planted and predictable, steering feel was excellent and this car though chattery over the rough stuff was reasonably comfortable and well mannered. It flowed nicely into hard turns, soft turns and was good for every day driving as well. On top of that, it is a very capable track competitor in the Auto X, Road Course and or Drag strip. Pick your poison

Traction:

Excellent, the VDC assists very well and unfortunately when it is off too. With the auto/paddle shift it will NOT allow you to break the rear loose, no scandinavian flick, no too much power out of 1st or 2nd outside or coming inside of a turn combination would do it... maybe I missed a cheat. This car can make an idiot look like a very good driver.

Power:

It loved every gear, more than others depending on the moment obviously but the powerband was strong and the car was surprisingly quick and did not feel like a heavy weight they claim the 350z to be. It is much improved in this department over its older but weaker brother.

OVERALL:

Would I buy one?: Probably not

I feel this is a solid package for someone who wants a sporty looking and feeling 2 seater sports car and does not care about the feedback it offers (or the lack there of). Though to some how easy it is to be fast in may be a good thing (as I stated above an idiot could be fast on a track in this car, or seem so at least) it is not my cup of tea. I feel the car does far too much for the driver and it takes away from the actual experience. The rev match feature is nice but I personally would rather do it my self. I take pride in knowing how to drive well through my experiences, screw ups and time in seat and I feel that I would be cheating myself with all these goodies.

The other part that contributes to the lack of personal interest in owning one is the sheer abundance of them in due time. Right now they turn heads, but pretty soon people will see them all the time and that will change. The car is a very good performer, it looks nice, I am sure it is reliable, it definitely is fun but it is just not my cup of tea.

Thank you all, and here she is:



 

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Can someone PS[Photo shop] :sorry: the 370Z head lights going through all crazy parts of the car to exaggerate the ridiculocity of the headlamps as they are now?
 

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wait.... am i the only one who didnt understand this?
No, and I really did try to decipher it. Still don't get it.
 

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Nice review -- thanks for taking the time to write it. Nissan just can't QUITE "get there" with their designs, IMO. Both the GTR and the Z are close, but no cigar. The Maxima and several if the Infinity vehicles have a similar problem -- they have some nice features but the end product is just a little weird somehow.
 

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Can someone PS the 370Z head lights going through all crazy parts of the car to exaggerate the ridiculocity of the headlamps as they are now?
WAIT! I speak drunk. I think I've got it.

He would like someone to use a photo altering program to drag the angle of the headlights down the entire length of the car, therefore exagerating the extreme angles and size of said headlights.

To the OP....thanks for taking the time to write this up. I too like the car, but probably would never buy one. This is the first one I've seen without the cool sport wheels. It really needs them to look good. The ones pictured above aren't doing anything for the car.
 

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Damn it, why am I the only one that loves this car? :lol:
 

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You know what REALLY bugs me about this car.... the wheels. Not the styling, but the fact that Nissan used the same ones on both sides of the car. Stay with me here....

Look at the wheel. See how the leading edge of each spoke is taller? If you walk to the other side of the car the trailing edge is taller on that side.

I know it's a cost savings but shit like this really bothers me. Either spend a little more and make them symmetrical or pick a wheel design where this isn't a problem.

I know 99% of the people won't notice that, but it would drive me nuts.

On a related note, I saw one in person the other day in that funky Blue color and I must say it looked pretty good, much better than I thought it would. I still wouldn't buy one though.
 
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