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Old 02-13-2007, 03:21 AM   #1
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First Car...350Z??

I'm in the market looking for a new car. I have been looking at 2003 Nissan 350Z's and 2002-2004 Celicas. What do you think about those two? What do you recommend in the 20 Grand and lower range? Manual Btw

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Old 02-13-2007, 03:46 AM   #2
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The Celica and 350z are two different beast. The 2003 350z's had many glitches.

I recommend an SRT-4, Civic Si, or an Acura RSX Type S...FOR YOU.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:46 AM   #3
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You can pickup an '03 Z for 16,500 these days. Plus, with RWD, a 280 hp V6, and sheer looks put it way ahead of the Celica as far as how cool the car is.

Plus you can get 4 wheel ABS and traction control as options, making it relatively safe for a 300 hp sliding machine.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:58 AM   #4
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What are you looking for? Like WHAT said, the 350 and Celica are quite different. If you don't have to worry about snow, there's no way I'd want a FWD car. Of the two I'd take the 350Z, more power, RWD.

Other cars to look at that haven't been mentioned any LS1-powered car, for 20K you could get a real sweet Firehawk. It'll out accelerate the 350 and Celica, looks better (IMHO) and is rarer. Although I'm sure you'll see a depreciation in the short term for all of these cars, I bet in 30 years the Firehawk will be in demand.

Then again, it's your first car. Maybe you should start with something relatively slow, but a good base (turbo Talon, 5.0 Mustang, etc). You'll get better at driving (I don't care what you say, you're a new driver, and GOOD driving only comes with experience) and you'll be able to build it up with your extra money. You'll learn about cars, and as your skills develope so will your car. A new driver behind the wheel of a shiny 350Z scares me.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:51 AM   #5
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The 2003 350z's had many glitches.

As What stated the 2003 had its share of problems. So if you do decided to buy one make sure you check it out. THe biggest problem was with the automatics so a manual is a safter bet. Also make sure the windows work properly, that was one of the other problems.
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:55 AM   #6
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also where are u located? RWD could be bad if u have snow... I suggest The WRX slightly used, or an EVO or STI used ( might be abused). Only reason i said those is because looks like u want performance and i dont know where u live so i assumed AWD would be best. If u wasnt RWD how about a G35 or
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:43 PM   #7
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Question classics

hey hows about looking for a new drifter, say a nice AE86 hah
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:51 PM   #8
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A new driver behind the wheel of a shiny 350Z scares me.

After all, who needs EBD, traction control, brake assist, ABS and VDC when we can get a 5.0 mustang.

5.0 mustang...no problem. Its the slow choice!
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:52 PM   #9
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I test drove an 07 Z the other day.

It was pretty fast and torquey. Has a nice trunk, but it's hard to see out the back window due to its gradient.

I drove the touring version.


What version are you looking at? It makes a difference.
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After all, who needs EBD, traction control, brake assist, ABS and VDC when we can get a 5.0 mustang.
I'm sure all of those things would be great for a person who's LEARNING TO DRIVE. If he can't handle a 200hp car without traction control, or doesn't know how to properly brake, that same kid behind the wheel of a 350Z really scares be. Think about it, in the 70's before there were traction control modules, would you have been afraid of a new driver in a 6cyl. Nova?
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Old 02-16-2007, 02:56 AM   #11
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ya i live in Maryland so snow is not that big of a problem. I do like Si's and wrz's however i feel like G35's are somewhat out of my price range.
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By something slow and RWD so you can learn to drive unless you have a history in motorsports then get whatever the hell you want.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:58 AM   #13
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I'm sure all of those things would be great for a person who's LEARNING TO DRIVE. If he can't handle a 200hp car without traction control, or doesn't know how to properly brake, that same kid behind the wheel of a 350Z really scares be. Think about it, in the 70's before there were traction control modules, would you have been afraid of a new driver in a 6cyl. Nova?

he would definitely be safer in a 350z with all those driver aids. plus the 350z is only 80+ horsepower more than you say the mustang has (seriously only 200 horsepower? i woudnt know because im not from around)
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