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Thinking about a new Z but I have some questions.

1. I live near Chicago, if I get snow tires can I drive my Z in the snow?

2. Has the tire feathering issue been fixed for 2005 models?

3. Any other problems with the Z that I should know about?

4. In general, when you buy a Z from a dealer, are you paying closer to the MSRP or closer to the invoice price. Apparently there is a dealer in Pennsylvania selling them for just over invoice. Maybe if I buy in the middle of winter I can get a deal?
 

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1. Yes, but there will be limitations. Typically 2-3 inches is the limit, or at least for me that is the limit. I also drive really slow in those conditions.

2. Not everyone has had tire feathering. Most people feel it is related to just a misalignment from the factory. That in conjunction with the stock suspension produces tire feathering. Now some people have not had any feathering at all with all stock settings. Others have fixed the problem with getting an alignment done. Others still have replaced the suspension (like me, but I never had the problem) and this has resolved the issue. I really haven't heard about the tire feathering being a big issue for 2005 models, only time will tell for sure.

3. Minor ones at the least. I have had grease streaks on my windows from going up and down, a small line on each side. Also, my 3rd gear is starting to grind, that is due to a bad syncro gear notorious for that year transmission, the syncros were redesigned for 2004. I am sure that other people have had other minor problems here and there but I don't know what it might have been.

4. Depending on the model you are going to get, you should never pay over MSRP and only look for a price at or below that. I called up about 10 dealerships and got price quotes along with financing APR to determine where I would be going to buy from. It is also good to contact your dealer closer to you to let them know if you found a better price from somewhere else and see if they can beat it, most of the time, they can but don't want to because it is less money for them.

Good luck with your decision and welcome to the website.
 

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Thanks for answering those questions :yourock:

A couple of more questions:

1) Do Zs have a spare tire?

2) When you put on your winter wheels and winter tires, it must mess up the tire pressure monitoring system unless you install monitors in your winter wheels. If you don't install monitors in the winter wheels what happens? Does a light come on the dash? Does it blink or make a noise? How annoying is the tire pressure monitoring signal.
 

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Originally posted by Machan@Feb 7 2005, 09:32 PM
1)  Do Zs have a spare tire?

yes they do

2)  When you put on your winter wheels and winter tires, it must mess up the tire pressure monitoring system unless you install monitors in your winter wheels.  If you don't install monitors in the winter wheels what happens?  Does a light come on the dash?  Does it blink or make a noise?  How annoying is the tire pressure monitoring signal.
not sure, dont live in the snow or never seen snow
 

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Nothing happens. You just won't get any reading on your tire pressure gauge in the dash. Also I have noticed that after driving for 40 miles straight, you will have a warning light come on in the instrument panel, I don't remember what it stands for, but if you turn off the car and turn it back on it goes away and it will take another 40 miles of straight driving to get it to come back on again.
 
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