The 2004 Nissan 350Z boasts a powerful engine and all the bells and whistles expected from a quality sports coupe. It offers an assortment of model variations, including the Enthusiast, Base, Performance, Touring, and Track. While consumers won’t find ample cargo room, they will enjoy above average handling and a smooth overall ride.
Body styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan 350Z Enthusiast, Nissan 350Z, Nissan 350Z Performance, Nissan 350Z Touring, Nissan 350Z Track
The 2004 Nissan 350Z continues to evolve and remain relevant as new sports cars are emerging around every turn. Changes for the 2004 year include driver and passenger side knee air bags.
The 2004 Nissan 350Z's power convertible roof is standard on the Enthusiast and Touring editions. All models are equipped with two doors, remote keyless entry, and alloy wheels with 17- or 18-inch performance tires, depending on the package. All models are available in seven vibrant colors, including Daytona Blue Metallic, Le Mans Sunset Metallic, Redline, Silvertone Metallic, Chrome Silver Metallic, Super Black and Pikes Peak White Pearl. Convertibles offer either a soft top black or blue roof to complement the chosen body color. The car reaches 169.6 inches in length and rises to 51.9 inches in height. The wheel base is an impressive 104.3 inches, providing a solid ride with reliable handling.
Depending on the model selected, the interior cabin can be purchased in Charcoal, Burnt Orange, Silver, Frost or limited to Carbon in the lower Enthusiast package. Standard features in all models are automatic temperature, front cup holders, remote keyless entry, trip computer, power front windows, CD player with AM/FM radio, and air-conditioning. Other than that, the options vary by model selection and available upgrades. Navigation systems are listed for all models other than the base along with accompanying garage door transmitter. Optional satellite radio is available on all models.
Performance & Handling
Drivers gravitate towards the 2004 Nissan 350Z due to its performance and reputation. Despite varying standard equipment options, all five models ride on a powerful V-6 engine that climbs to 287 horsepower and released 274 lb-ft of torque. The handling is quick and agile as drivers cruise through the city blocks or along the open highway. For some, the engine may be on the louder side, but that is to be expected with a smaller sport coupe or convertible of this caliber.
The NHTSA gave the 2004 Nissan 350Z with a full five out of five stars in rollover resistance and side front seat crash tests. An alarm system is standard on all models in addition to a panic alarm for emergency assistance. The ABS brakes and brake assist are also standard in all models. Traction control can be added to the Base, Performance, Touring, and Track. Overhead airbags and dual front side impact airbags can be purchased for all model types.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan 350Z coupe: 17/18 mpg city/highway
Nissan 350Z convertible: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Sporty design
- Powerful engine
- New roadster
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Costly options
- Minimal cargo space
A powerful sports car that offers great performance and a variety of top of the line luxury features.
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