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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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    Type: Used Year: 2011 Make: NISSAN Model: 370Z Trim: 3.7 V6 GT Edition 3dr Body: Coupe Trans: Manual Mileage: 42002 Engine Size: 3696 Ext Color: Black

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    • Engine size: 3696
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    • Mileage: 9545 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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    • Mileage: 65026 mi
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    Variant name:Coupe Nismo ,Derivative:Nismo ,Variant: 3.7 Nismo Nissan 370Z 3.7 Nismo 2-Door Coupe finished in silver metallic with black cloth - leather 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: 2017
    • Mileage: 1857 mi
    • Engine size: 3.7
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