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Going from 350Z to family car...

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Jimbo Mahoney, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. a1ex2001


    Joined: Mar 14, 2005

    Posts: 11,726

    Location: Here and There...

    What happens when you want to somewhere for two weeks though?
  2. LiE


    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 18,813

    Location: Milton Keynes

    Exactly this. I really wanted an Audi S3 8V but settled for the a Audi A4 B9 Avant 252ps. Going shopping and being able to fit everything in the boot plus the trips to centre parcs it’s been very useful. Having a bigger car has so much utility as a young family. I didn’t want to compromise every time something came up that required more room.
  3. HouR


    Joined: Dec 18, 2007

    Posts: 474

    Location: Hertford

    Whilst its probably easy to get by without an estate it does make life a lot easier with a little one.
    I don't need to really plan how anything fits in the car, just chuck it in :)

    There have been times for a weekend away where the main bulky items have been clothes bags, Large pram, travel cot, toys (scooter etc) that do fill up a car pretty quick.
  4. SarGara


    Joined: May 15, 2012

    Posts: 755

    Location: Nottingham

    I was playing to the OP's point of "love my 350z" and "needs similar performance". Man maths make any of them viable :)
  5. Az_GTi


    Joined: Nov 26, 2015

    Posts: 60

    Location: South UK

    First things first how did you end up with a 350Z if you're not a car person. It's a drivers car :D

    I was in exactly same boat 18 months ago. Loved my 2008 350Z, really nice example, but once the little one came along it became impractical and had to go. I ended up with a M140i, but should be quite a few options in your price range. Good luck selling on the 350, I didn't have a great deal of interest which surprised me a bit.
  6. Jimbo Mahoney


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 6,142

    Location: Belfast

    I figured YOLO and it was the perfect time to have an impractical car! Have loved it ever since! (Previous car was a 1L Lupo, so it was quite an upgrade! :D

    I do low mileage (so don't care about the fuel costs), have loads of NCB, so insurance is cheap, no kids and (at the timeI bought it), no mortgage.
  7. inflames


    Joined: Oct 15, 2016

    Posts: 575

    Feel you pain, when i finally had to get a grown up car i went from my last MR2 to a Lexus IS200, what was a great car for family use. But i still ended going buying an estate, well if you can call a 3 series touring an estate the boot is that great of a size.

    You could look at a subaru Legacy or Forester? If you really like the 3L V6 in the 350Z you could look at a Nissan Stagea???


    I am sure there is a forum member on here who has one.
  8. SC0TTRS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2014

    Posts: 1,601

    Location: The Matrix

    Perfect family wagon :D

  9. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 7,120

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Keep 350z and buy a beater estate. We are having our second child this September and I am shopping to trade in our hatchback for a 2 seater convertible! Doing it all wrong. Lol.
  10. Maximum Triceratops


    Joined: Oct 22, 2007

    Posts: 2,613

    Location: Hull

    I have a 350z and bought the wife a Suzuki Swift at the same time. I have 2 kids and have never had a space issue in the dinky Suzuki. People Automatically think OMG a kid is on the way I must buy a huge Estate and take the whole contents of my house every time I go out!!!

    Why not keep your Zed and get the missus something for the family?
  11. Gaygle


    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

    Posts: 14,895

    Location: East of England

  12. Django x2


    Joined: Sep 28, 2008

    Posts: 12,462

    Location: Britain

    I wouldn't worry. It was hardly like the 350z was renowned for it's amazing performance handling or pace. Most fast saloons from the last decade including the ST220 will probably do.
  13. MissChief


    Joined: Jul 17, 2010

    Posts: 16,572

  14. GinG


    Joined: Jul 22, 2006

    Posts: 7,132

    It all depends on what you do for holidays and weekends though.

    We could probably get away with the qashqai day to day no bother it's the times we go to centre parcs and weekend away we would struggle.

    We purchased a tent this year and plan on going camping a fair bit, no way could we do that in the QQ.

    I mean my cousin has 3 kids and they get by in an i20...I would much prefer to not have to be some sort of Tetris champion trying to get everything to fit in the car.
  15. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 7,120

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    My brother in law managed to put in a weeks camping, missus, child and a siberian huskey into his Mazda 3 so it is doable.
  16. GinG


    Joined: Jul 22, 2006

    Posts: 7,132

    I'm not doubting it for a minute...however can imagine that it was some squeeze.

    I use don't think I could go to anything smaller than the superb now we've got used to the space .
  17. ~Divine~Wind~


    Joined: Jun 14, 2004

    Posts: 15,879

    Location: Newcastle U/T

    The boot was tiny :(
    Liomited opening and the Sub int eh top of boot meant you lost a good amount of height too.
    NEeded to fit buggies n stuff :(
  18. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 7,120

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    We did a 4 hour trek up to the lake district. Albeit he packed a smaller tent and was a lot more basic. It wasn't that much different to my Saab 9-5 Estate in terms of comfort. Just needed to pack a lot more smart where as i could just basically chuck everything in, pack proper beds/chairs etc. Although our collie still had to ride shotgun but i think she loved that!
  19. FlapR


    Joined: Oct 5, 2011

    Posts: 601

    Location: Manchester

    Get a Skoda Octavia VRS the boot will be massive.
  20. dacads


    Joined: Sep 3, 2012

    Posts: 10,311

    Location: Space

    Audi S3