Well my new stepdad is selling his almost new 350Z because he just bought a 3.2 type S to have a rear seat. He desperately wants me to like/accept him, and I think thats the only reason he let me take it. Am i taking slight advantage of the situation? eh maybe...but can you blame me?
so heres my review:
RWD is fun! I hadnt driven a rear wheel drive car in a while, except for my cadillac which is hardly fun to throw into turns. The Z is auto, so its not as much fun as it could have been but i wasnt complaining.
Very torquey. Its ready to go anytime, which is nice. Handling is awesome, much better than my wrx. The engine/exhaust note is very pleasing. The brakes were a dream. I dont even think he had the Brembo package, but they were awesome. Such a nice grippy feel...totally different than the mushiness in my car. Acceleration was not impressive. Not shabby at all, just less than I was hoping for. The torque makes it feel quicker around town, but when you get on it my car is more exilirating. However, from a roll Im sure it could take my Cobb Stage 1. The manual shift mode on the auto is clumsy and I didnt use it much.
The car sucks to get in and out of being that its so low to the ground. The rear visibility is a joke. Im paranoid and am always looking to see who's behind me. In that car, you'd better know how to identify headlights to tell if thats a copper tailing you. The interior has some cool features, but overall is too plastic-e for my liking. Being 6'1" I felt a little confined in the cockpit, but I could adapt to it. The stereo with the sub is garbage.
I did a few mild drifts, and quickly remembered how much more driver input RWD needs compared to AWD. I couldnt get it to do a burnout. With the traction control off, it still seems as if the computer limits you from doing one. It was strange. Maybe someone out there could comment on this? I got some light smoke but not what I was looking for.
Overall its a really cool car, and even though I wouldnt buy one I can easily see why a lot of people would. Shoot, I had to roll the windows up to keep girls from throwin me their numbers at stoplighs.
I finally took it back and bs'd with the stepdad for a while about it. He says, "You know, theres a way to turn the traction control off." "No kidding" I replied. "Yeah, I bet you could punch it from a stop with it off and it'd spin the tires some" he says. "Yeah, probably" I respond, keeping my grin contained. Then I took him for a ride in my car and scared the **** out of him.