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Nissan 370Z: Buying guide and review (2009-present)

Nissan 370Z: Buying guide and review (2009-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Nissan kept the formula much the same when 370Z replaced 350Z in April 2009. Where the final 350s had seen power grow to 309bhp, the 370, with its extra .2 of a litre, was up another 17bhp to 326bhp. 0-62mph was clipped a tad at 5.4sec, top speed the same electronically limited 155mph. Visually it was an evolution, a slightly shorter wheelbase making it look even chunkier, the more angular lights giving it a touch more attitude.

Which one to buy?

List price for the base model was £26,895 when it was launched, but most buyers ticked the box for the GT pack, which took the price to £30,195 and added 19in wheels and a load of extra toys, the best of which was Synchro Rev Control, which blipped the throttle automatically on downshifts. There was also an auto (£1400), which came with paddleshifters.

The 370Z Roadster arrived in March 2010, but even more interesting was the GT Edition that came in May 2011, with suspension revised by UK engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe. Ride and handling were both improved, while extra standard kit included darkened 19in alloys, satnav and a parking camera. The whole range got a round of revisions in October 2012, including a reprofiled front bumper, daytime running lights and more colours choices.

Summer 2013 saw the arrival of the 370Z Nismo, with a £36,995 price tag (a whole ten grand more than the base Zed). That price, and the association with Nissan’s famed racing arm, raised expectations that the car couldn’t quite meet. Power was up only a smidge at 339bhp, 0-62 trimmed only a little to 5.2sec. Under the aero was a reinforced structure, retuned suspension and lots of standard kit, but the 1500kg kerb weight blunted agility. Still, if you want the ultimate so far, this is it.

The bargains, though, are the early GTs. They’re not cheap to run: mpg is low to mid-20s, road tax a hefty £485, rear tyres the thick end of £200 each, and servicing costs can sting (though, as ever, it’s worth shopping around). But if you like simple, reliable, big-hearted rear-wheel-drive fun, there’s still little else to touch them.

Performance and specs

Engine 3696cc V6
Transmission Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, LSD
Power 326bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 269lb ft @ 5200rpm
Insurance group 47
Fuel consumption 20-26mpg
0-62mph 5.4sec (claimed)
Top speed 155mph (limited)

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2550mm
Length 4247mm
Width 1849mm
Height 1318mm
Weight 1520kg

Common problems

• The engine was basically carried over from the later “HR” unit in the 350, so is very familiar engineering-wise. Properly serviced, there really are no big issues with either the engine or the transmission.

• The V6 has a timing chain, so there’s no cambelt to replace. Service intervals are 12 months or 9000 miles, whichever comes sooner, and since most Zeds do fairly small mileages, most of them simply have an annual service.

• The big service is the sixth one, which includes spark plugs and can cost over £500.

• It’s important the schedule is followed, with more frequent oil changes if a car is driven on track regularly. There are reports of cars overheating if the oil isn’t in good condition.

• From 2012, an oil cooler was standard; for an earlier car on track an aftermarket unit is a wise investment.

• The transmission, so far, is proving equally robust. With a manual car, switch the Synchro Rev on and check it’s working on every downshift; with an auto make sure the paddleshifts are working crisply both up and down the ’box.’

• The 19in wheels are prone to kerbing and pothole damage, so check both outside and inside edges.

• Check there’s plenty of life left in the tyres, as they wear through tyres pretty effectively!

• On the test drive listen for any untoward clonks or knocks – if you hear anything it’s probably a worn drop link. The suspension arms on the 350Z were prone to wear, but these were redesigned for the 370.

• Don’t be surprised if the front of the car has had a respray, as they’re very prone to stone-chipping.

• Glance underneath for signs of corrosion – Japanese cars are never the best protected – but it really shouldn’t be a problem just yet.

• Early cars had weak hatch springs, so check they’re strong enough to pop the hatch clear of the latch.

• With the Roadster, check the hood operation and the condition of the fabric, particularly where the windows drop.

• Interiors, seats and dashboards seem to be holding up better than 350s at a similar age. Any loose trim would suggest it’s been removed at some point, so might worth investigating.

Clubs and websites

• www.nissansportz.com - Owners club for Nissan sports cars
• www.350z-uk.com - 350Z and 370Z owners club and forums
• www.junction17cars.co.uk - Nissan 370Z specialist
• www.abbeymotorsport.co.uk - Specialist servicing for Japanese cars

Summary and prices

Even the earliest 370Zs are still depreciating, but not steeply – buoyant prices for 350s are helping keep 370s firm. Condition is important, but age and mileage are still the main factors affecting value while the model is still relatively new.

Manuals and autos are valued the same, but coupes are worth more than convertibles with the same provenance. Early, high-mileage examples start around £13,000, but £15k-20k gives a good choice of low-mileage 2010/2011 cars. Nismos start at around £25k.
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Last updated: 20th Oct 2015
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  • Nissan 370Z

    £13,480 £13,480

    Variant: 3.7 Black Edition

    • Mileage: 63800 mi
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  • NISSAN 370 Z V6 GT 68000 miles FSH Sat Nav 19 Alloys Electric Heated Seats 2010

    £13,995 £13,995

    Finished in Metallic Silver with 68,000 miles and a Full Service History and Only 2 owners from new, Auto with Paddle Gear Change, Factory Satellite Navigation, Factory Bluetooth, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Rear Reversing Camera, CD, Half Black Leather Seats, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, 19" Unmarked Alloys, Electric Windows, Remote Alarm and Central locking, Keyless Entry with Push Button Start, Electric Folding Mirrors. Absolutely Superb Condition and Value for 370Z. UK Supplied with Full Book Pack and Spare Key.

    • Mileage: 68000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.696
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  • Nissan 370Z

    £19,000 £19,000

    HPI CLEAR, 1 OWNER FROM NEW, FULL DEALER SERVICE HISTORY, Satellite Navigation, Full Leather, 0% FINANCE AVAILABLE,, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Electric Windows

    • Mileage: 38000 mi
    • Engine size: 3696
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  • Nissan 370Z

    £30,995 £30,995

    Variant name:V6 NISMO ,Derivative:MK1 (Z34) ,Variant: 3.7 Nismo Nissan 370Z 3.7 Nismo 2-Door Coupe finished in ebisu black metallic with black cloth interior Specification includes Alarm, 19In Alloy Wheels, Remote Central Door Locking, Climate Control, Power Socket, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Front Electric Windows, Driver/Passenger Heated Seats, Power-Assisted Steering, Rear Wash/Wipe, Driver Seat Lumbar Support, Tinted Glass, Immobiliser, Headlamp Wash, Load Anchorage Points, Electric Heated/Folding Door Mirrors, Bi-Xenon Headlights Exterior Lighting, Steering Wheel Leather, Rain Sensor, Hill Holder, Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Front Armrest, Rake Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Body Coloured Bumpers, Cup Holder, Spare Wheel, Satellite Navigation, Radio/CD/DVD, Driver/Passenger Electric Seats, Eight Speakers, Centre Console, Limited Slip Differential, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Electronic Stability Programme, Front Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners, Front Head Restraints, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Rear Parking Camera Parking Aid and Tyre Pressure Control.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 1957 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
    For sale
  • Nissan 370Z

    £30,940 £30,940

    Variant name:3.7 V6 (344) Nismo 3dr ,Derivative:Nismo ,Variant: 3.7 V6 (344) Nismo 3dr ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Engine Immobiliser,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,iPod Connection,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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  • Nissan 370Z V6 NISMO

    £30,950 £30,950

    Body: Coupe Transmission: Manual Mileage: 250 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2016 (66) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.7 Finished in: BLACK WITH LEATHER AND ALCANTARA INTERIOR 19" alloys

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 250 mi
    For sale
  • Nissan 370Z V6 GT


    Nissan 370Z GT 3.7 V6 6 Speed Manual registered September 2011 finished in LeMans Blue with Black Half Leather and Suedecloth interior, 19 Inch Alloys, Satellite Navigation, BOSE Audio, Heated Electric Seats, Power Folding Mirrors, HDD Jukebox, USB and Audio Video Connections, Keyless Entry and Start, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Xenon Headlamps with Washers, Full Nissan Service History at West Way Southampton at 2,047 on 04/04/12; 7,769 on 05/04/13; 12,722 on 21/03/14; 17,413 on 08/04/15; 22,184 on 23/03/16. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Year: 2011
    For sale
  • Nissan 370Z V6 GT


    JUST IN - Nissan 370Z V6 GT 7 Speed Automatic registered October 2009 finished in Black with Black Leather and Cloth interior. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Year: 2009
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  • Nissan 370Z

    £29,900 £29,900

    Variant name:3.7 V6 (344) Nismo 3dr ,Derivative:Nismo ,Variant: 3.7 V6 (344) Nismo 3dr 5 Star NCAP Rating,6 Speed Gearbox,Anti Theft System,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Front Fog Lights,Heated Seats,iPod Connection,Isofix Seats,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,Leather Upholstery,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control,Upgraded Alloy Wheels,Xenon Headlights

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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  • Nissan 370Z

    £23,888 £23,888

    Variant name:3.7 V6 (344) Nismo 3dr ,Derivative:Nismo ,Variant: 3.7 V6 (344) Nismo 3dr 5 Star NCAP Rating,6 Speed Gearbox,ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Automatic Headlights,Automatic Wipers,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Climate Control,Cruise Control,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,ESP,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,iPod Connection,Keyless Entry,Leather Steering Wheel,LED Headlights,Manufacturer Warranty,MP3 Connectivity,Multiple Airbags,Onboard Computer,Parking Camera,Parking Distance Control,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation,Xenon Headlights

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 26291 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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