Compare 2003 Nissan 350Z vs 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe

2003 Nissan 350Z
2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe
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2-Door Coupe Manual Trans
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual Trans 20 26 $24,663 $26,370
2-Door Coupe Manual Trans Enthusiast 20 26 $26,219 $28,350
2-Door Coupe Automatic Trans Enthusiast 19 26 $27,115 $29,320
2-Door Coupe Manual Trans Performance 20 26 $28,235 $30,530
2-Door Coupe Automatic Trans Touring 19 26 $29,308 $31,690
2-Door Coupe Manual Trans Touring 20 26 $30,431 $33,280
2-Door Coupe Manual Trans Track 20 26 $31,254 $34,180
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2-Door Coupe Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,199 $15,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 23 29 $16,063 $16,825
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GL 42 49 $16,374 $17,195
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $16,596 $17,815
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GL 34 44 $17,238 $18,070
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GL 24 31 $17,558 $18,450
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 23 29 $17,460 $18,690
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $17,687 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GL 23 29 $18,422 $19,325
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 24 31 $18,481 $19,855
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 44 $18,551 $19,870
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $19,345 $20,730
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 24 31 $20,129 $21,640
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 23 29 $20,993 $22,515
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual S 23 30 $21,884 $23,540
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,663
$15,199
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,370
$15,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$440 / month
$266 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.5 85
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 52.8
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 39.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 49.3
Second Leg Room (in)
- 33.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 36.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in)
169.6 161.1
Height, Overall (in)
51.9 59.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 58.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 98.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
6.8 12.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x 9.5 11.0 x 0.87
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.50 x 0.63 9.13 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
37.27 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.9 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.33 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
235/50WR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50WR17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3188 2817
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 5.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 70
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
274 @ 4800 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
VQ35DE NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
287 @ 6200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 24
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.62 1.36
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.32 2.12
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 3.78
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan 350Z Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe
Body Style
2dr Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/stabilizer bar MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/stabilizer bar Torsion Beam

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