Why did I buy my Nissan? It was the car that closest fit what I wanted at the time. The year was 2003. I wanted a new fun car with which to do track days plus keep up with my best friend's modified Audi. There were many choices. The 350Z was a traditional RWD manual sports car that could have the nannies shut off with one button. Yes, it was a first year model which always carry risk, with cheap interior materials, and a big obnoxious brace in the middle of the luggage area, but compared to it's competition back then, it had plenty of torque, handled well, with a high fun to drive factor all at a reasonable price. 18 years, hundreds of track days, and an industry horsepower war later, she's now considered very much a "momentum" car, but it's been a fun, tight, reliable car that I still enjoy thrashing today. I have no regrets buying it.
I think a bigger question to ask is if you would buy a new Nissan now. My answer is likely no, given the infestation of fun-sapping Jatco CVT's throughout the lineup. But the the next Z, which supposedly will be offered with a manual transmission might be worth a look.