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Hello I just want to say I'm glad to be a part of this fourm. I've looked it over and its full of info and I'm sure I can find the answers I seek here.
At the first of the year I plan on updating my 06 sentra spec-v to a beautiful 300c and I have tons of questions to help me find the perfect one for me.
One thing I have noticed from reviews ect. is the 2008 c shows a mpg of 15/23 and the other 06-10 show 16/25 is there a difference in the mpg of the 08 and if so anyone know why. (I'm guessing these numbers are using 89octane gas correct me if I'm wrong) What real world mpg could I hope to get if I baby her 75% of the time.
I have also seen claims that the 05-06 has more engine and steering, suspension troubles and the 07 has more tranny, driveline troubles than any other newer years, is this correct or are all years about the same for troubles/ non-troubles?
At what year or do all years of 300c come with remote engine start.
I do have a budget which will probably keep me with in a 06-2010 300c price range, is there a year that stands out being better than anothers.
Thanks for all answers and I look forward to owning, customising, and beefing up a 300c here with everyone.
Lot's of good questions. Looks like you've done some homework. I can't speak to everything, but I'll tell you what I know. First, I'm actually surprised that those are the listed MPG estimates. I actually think they sound kind of low. Don't get me wrong - I get much less when I'm fully tuned. But when I'm not, I can get 28+ and have even hit 30 when doing highway driving and the MDS is running. I would say those city numbers are probably accurate. Diablosport has a fuel saver tune, but I've never used it so I'm not sure how much it works.
I'm not sue about '07 tranny, etc., but I would say that probably the only "common" problem I've seen among all years (probably more specifically the early builds) is the front suspension. They do have a tendency to develop a rattle/creak/clunk/etc that can often be difficult to diagnose and fix. So I always tell anybody that is shopping for an LX to check the front suspension thoroughly.
Not sure when they all get remote start, and not even sure that they ever have all gotten that - I figured that might be a package option. My '06 C does NOT have remote start. And if you really really want remote start, you might want to make sure you buy one with it, because adding aftermarket remote start can sometimes be challenging - due to the need of relays, etc because of the chip in the key.
I'm sure some people that know the differences to look for from year to year will chime in. Good luck with the car search. Keep us posted.
I have an 06 SRT8 and honestly it's been the best car I've ever owned. I bought it with 5k miles on it and now have 87k and have done nothing to it other than regular maintenance and a couple minor recall issues back when it was new. The different years all have little differences but honestly you'll love which ever year you buy.
As far as mileage goes, I get 15 around town and 22 on the highway. You'll get about the same with a 5.7 which usually surprises people when they hear that, however you don't buy one of these cars for the mileage. If your that's your concern you might want to stick with your Nissan.
Good luck! Whatever you find, I promise you won't be disappointed.
The mileage figures quoted appear to be conservative. In 2009 there were some cam and programming changes that had an affect on mileage and the HP ratings.
There seem to be two transmission issues with the first generation cars: The o-ring leak at the harness interface & the park lock mechanism. The first issue was addressed by a TSB and repaired by dealers. The second issue is repaired by owners and utilizes an aftermarket machined part readily available from a well known vendor.
The front suspension links are normally starting to clunk around 60K miles. While not an expensive fix, if the work has been done already then that's an expense you will not have for a while.
Other than normal wear and tear, that's about all you really have to worry about. Buying a used car is always a bit of a gamble as you don't know exactly how it's been cared for. Get as much service history on the car as you can. Get a CarFax, then take the VIN to a dealer to run the service history for you. Any TSB's, services, warranty work or repairs done to the vehicle by a dealer will be available.
MPG...well, if I could keep my foot out of it, I'd get decent mileage as well. I was pleasantly surprised at my hwy mileage on several road trips to SoCal and back up to the PNW, which was in the high 24's. Around town I get 15, sometimes 16. However, as was earlier said here, I didn't buy it for mileage.
Gas milage isn't a big issue my nissan gets 29 highway seems from what all I have read crusing the highway the c should get 25 highway, just wondering if that was close but I do plan on ordering me a diablosport just to insure I get the most out of the car.
I always go over any car I purchase with a fine tooth comb, thanks for all the problem spots everyone mentioned I'll be sure to double check them. Seems theres not a specific year that stands out more than the rest which is great. That way I want have to narrow my search so I can get the most for the money.
1 more question anyone noticed a big difference in insurance cost after the purching their car. Don't get me wrong I'm figureing a price increase just not a drastic one. Any other info anyone wants to add I welcome it.
I have had the misfortune of owning an 07 srt design 300c. I have had it in the shop at least 18 times in the last two years, and have never gone more than four months without having to take it into the dealer to fix various front suspension, transmission issues. When it's running it's a lot of fun, but let's put it this way- I know all the peoples names at the dealership, and the car rental place. It's like dating a stripper in college: looks great, rides great, but needs a lot of upkeep. Thankfully I bought the maxcare policy so I only have to pay $100 every time I go in. My 4-runner has been into the dealer ONCE in over 13 years. Maybe my car was built on a friday, or is a lemon, either way- do your research, carfax, and for sure get the maxcare extended warranty.
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