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hi guys, i'm in the midst of looking for my 350z and have a few questions. i'm leaning heavily towards buying the base model because i have a long list modifications planned. i know that this model doesn't come with a LSD or VDC. 1.does it come with traction control or does it perform as a higher level z would wit VDC turned off? 2.are there any safety concerns(with daily driving) to worry about with the lack of VDC? 3.will the car be oversteering excessively?
 

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The Base doesn't come with traction control either. The Base is the only model without it. I have the Enthusiast, so no VDC for me either. I didn't want it though. Not have it is only going to be a safety issue if you don't know how to properly drive a car. If you take every corner way too fast and never brake, then yeah, you'll probably want it so it can try to save your @ss. Otherwise, you may not even notice that it's there. A lot of people say that when you turn it off, it isn't actually 100% off, so if you even plan on going to the track, not having it is actually a good thing.
 

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Another item lacking is the high intensity discharge lighting. On dark roads this can be a safety issue - you can't drive faster than you can see. The limited slip rear end should be critical to performance too - unless you intend to install an aftermarket one.

You also miss cruise control and the auto-dimming mirror. The extra $2000 bucks actually buys a lot when you add it all up.
 

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thanks for the help so far guys. so u think it can be a safe daily driver? slightly off topic, what do u think of the yellow color for the z as opposed to the black? too gaudy?
 

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Lots of people use the Z as a daily driver. I did about 1250 miles a month with mine as a daily driver before I picked up my Si

And if you like the yellow and want to pay for it, go for it. It's not my thing, but I'm not the one who's going to drive the car everyday
 

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I'll never understand all you [email protected] and your cruise control. Is stepping on a pedal really that hard?
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to maintain a steady road speed when enjoying "attention" from my female passengers. And yes, it IS hard.....thanks for asking.

 

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Originally posted by Got Rpm@Oct 11 2004, 10:03 PM
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to maintain a steady road speed when enjoying "attention" from my female passengers.  And yes, it IS hard.....thanks for asking.


Then you need more practice
 

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Originally posted by DiRN+Oct 12 2004, 02:07 AM-->QUOTE (DiRN @ Oct 12 2004, 02:07 AM)
<!--QuoteBegin-Got Rpm
@Oct 11 2004, 10:03 PM
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to maintain a steady road speed when enjoying "attention" from my female passengers.  And yes, it IS hard.....thanks for asking.


Then you need more practice

 

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I have a base Z. I waited 3 months to get it. I have driven every thing from coupe to roadster - base to track models. The base model is the lightest of them all. you can add the LSD, stupid huge mirror, and HID's for next to nothing. I HATE traction control and think that it takes away from the fun. BUT that is just me.

I daily drive my car - had it 2 months and have 4000 miles on it. We have a 2003 Viper on our lot and I swear I enjoy driving my $25K car more than the beater $70K car!

Hope that my 2 cents helps.

~Z~
 

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yup i also have a base model and the price "they" put on the hid's is crazy i am looking to get some after market ones or the wanna be bulbs hey its just for looks and the lsd well lets just sat santa's bringin me a nismo one ,.. oh yes,... she likes it ,.. hard lol! (TRIUMPH THE INSULT COMIC DOG)
 

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I also recently purchased a base. You can add many of the extras for pennies on the dollar, if you don't mind doing the work. But there are limitations as mentioned above.

I live in SoCal so I don't get many opportunities to use a cruise control if I wanted. Traveling on the 805 is usually stop and go during peak periods anyway. Why do these drivers have to constantly change lanes? With the traffic flow, you usually catch up to them eventually.

Regarding the color, there aren't many yellow cars I like. Black cars when clean look REALLY sharp. But they show dust/dirt quickly and tend to be warmer inside because of thier color.

Good luck with your search:)
 

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I love my track...I take the VDC off when I am really driving her...I like the cruise contriol on long drives because you can be doing 90+ and not even realize it...although the radar detector helps with that too
 
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