After teasing us for a decade plus, last week Nissan made it official. There will indeed be a seventh generation Z. That’s great news for car enthusiasts, especially in this day and age where sports cars are an endangered species. We should be grateful, but we know that the Z name comes a whole lot of baggage: expectations, fanfare, countless online debates. With what little we know so far:
What are your thoughts, hopes, and fears about the next Z?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the best inexpensive Japanese off-roader?”
Our budget off-roader question elicited a range of eclectic answers. It included everything from Chris from LMM‘s serious and practical suggestion of a Nissan X-Terra to Angelo‘s recommendation of a Clarkson-approved rusty HiLux, to Dirty_S30‘s choice of a lifted Miata. Sage advice was offered by
エーイダン, who emphasized mechanical simplicity, and dankan, who stressed non-ownership. At the end of the day, the best answer this week went to Danny and his inspiring tale of a long road trip in an untested old rig.
I bought a 1st gen Montero (Pajero) for $2,000 last summer, then drove it from Montana a couple thousand miles home to West Virginia, with just a couple of extra quarts of oil for insurance. So far it seems to be very capable off road, with locking diffs and plenty of ground clearance. Other than basic maintenance it hasn’t needed much, and though under-powered on the highway, the low range 4 wheel drive off road makes the truck feel like it has plenty of grunt. It might not be the absolute best off roader, but Montero prices are hard to beat.
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