On the way back home from school (Riverside back to SF, that's where we go dumb dumb dumb dumb, tell me when to GOOOOO!) While i was on the 5, my Mazda3 bottomed out and cracked a mudguard right underneath the engine (a part of the engine was exposed and i was scared shitless because it was 1 in the morning and i was 200miles away from home), has to get that repaired under warranty. While i'm at it, i asked them to perform some TSB work on my car... idles rough, 1-2 automatic launcher, groaning suspension, crappy AC, bad fuel pump. Pretty much half of the TSB list and the majority of mechanical related.
AND THEY GAVE ME A 350Z AS A RENTAL
It's a red 06 350z tour with 5000miles on it. Automatic of course, rental places dont usually have manual cars. This thing is a beast! Although there are a couple things i dont like about this car.
It's excessively heavy for a two-seater/roadster, 3500 pounds compared to 3000 pounds of the rx8, and 2900 pounds of s2k. Although it's heavy, it handles VERY nice, the suspension is very stiff. Also, RWD is nice! Mazda listen to me that RWD is the key when you go above 250hp. (But of course you wont listen)
The engine drives like a tricked out van engine, power delivery is very linear. Some like it because power is always there. I for one, love high revving engines. Willing to sacrifice low-end torque for high-end power.
This is a very nice car, i'm only disappointed because there are better cars out there in the sector. RX8 and S2K. Hell i'll even sacrifice the power and settle down for a MX5. To me, a true sports car should be light on its feet. This thing drives like a tank.
I am not bashing the car, as a matter of fact, coming from 160hp and FWD, the Z scares the shit out of me. Very very nice car, but it's competitors are a bit better in my opinion.