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NISSAN WILL FOLLOW UP its successful launch of the 350Z coupe and roadster with a series of running changes that will appear on 2004-model Zs now arriving in U.S. showrooms. Nissan already incorporated most of the changes into Japan-market Zs, including significant interior upgrades, suspension tuning and brake system improvements.

Inside, Nissan focuses first on the front and center console, specifically the flimsy, manually operated upper instrument panel compartment cover. The new lid is more robust, with power operation on cars with satellite navigation. The center console, gauge hoods and instrument pods get a special “soft-feel” treatment intended to inject a touch of higher quality into the interior.



And how about this for those road warriors who’ve grown weary of bruised extremities: ’04 Zs come with cushy kneepads for both driver and passenger, and the driver’s right elbow even gets its own special padding on the center console. Further interior updates include the addition of seatbelt “service arms” that eliminate the need to reach far behind the seatback to grab the belts, and a redesigned shifter for automatic models.


2004 models also benefit from Nissan’s decision to adopt a Euro-tuned suspension setup for all 350Zs, a handling setup that Nissan says provides a much better ride and better overall suspension compliance. The Brembo brake system gets tandem brake master cylinders replacing the earlier model’s single cylinder.




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Ragnarok043 said:
what no turbo
ehh we are getting ripped off by the japaneese companys the import legends are all present from the early to mid 90s that made the import game what it is but in a non turbo form when we all scream for turbo.

Supra is present trough the is300 which rocks its n/a 2jz powerplant but no turbo.

RX7 is around in the RX8 form but again no turbo

300zx back as the 350z with again no turbo

even the little mr2 has been bastardized.

if you ask me they should start selling some nice little turbo engines like they used to back in the day. I understand there fears though. at the end of all of the cars listed aboves production they werent selling any more because they were becoming to expensive so they had to stop making them. so the US has to settle for 1.8t GTi's srt 4's impreezas and evos. Nothing wrong with them but i miss the 2door sports car with modding potential up the ass. whether it be handeling or str8 line the mosters that lived in the 90s could dominate both arenas
 

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ehh we are getting ripped off by the japaneese companys the import legends are all present from the early to mid 90s that made the import game what it is but in a non turbo form when we all scream for turbo.

The reason is because of cost and stricter guidelines. (especially in California.) Remember when Supras and 300zx first came out in the 90's it was like starting around $40,000. That was a lot of money back in the 90's and still is today. The 300zx suffered pretty bad with sales because only most people in the high classs could afford these cars. To keep up with sales, the middle class is targeted with $30,000 as a base price. So putting in a turbo will up the price alot more, because now the engine has to be forged to handle the forced induction. Keep in mind when engineers design a vehicle it must also conform to meet with strict federal guidlines so it takes more time for research and testing, time is money. Back in the 90's it wasn't as strict as today.

Not being turbo from the factory gives you a better option now because you can build it the way you like and turbo it yourself with stronger and better turbo for lesser cost. (don't know about reliability)
 
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