Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Chris asks: My wife and I are looking for a new fun car. We looked at the Miata but it’s a little too low for our aged bodies. We saw a Datsun 370Z convertible recently and it looked pretty nice. R&T places it between the Miata and Porsche in price and quality. And it has plenty of power and is available with a manual. We probably would buy used, maybe 2014 – 2017. Have you driven it? What do you think?
My reply: I’ve driven several! It’s a great car. The “VQ” V6 is a strong, reliable engine; it’s not as revvy as a Miata’s but it has mucho low and mid-range power (which the Miata doesn’t). The car is an older design, so it’s free of almost all the naggy saaaaaaaaaaaaafety and other stuff we hate.
Downsides: It is a tight fit and depending on your leg/torso ratio, you may not find it very comfortable. This is a subjective thing, of course. You will have to drive it to know.
Otherwise, thumbs up. The Z is very much like the Miata in that it’s an everyday driver that can be a weekend track car, too. Lots of aftermarket support – and lots of fun!
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