My 240Z - complete with fresh MOT. Let's hit the road!!
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Posted by Paul_S on 01 May 2018 - 03:07 PM
My 240Z - complete with fresh MOT. Let's hit the road!!
Posted by Chilli Red on 27 May 2014 - 02:58 PM
NOT FOR SALE NOW
The Chilli lives on
Posted by Paul_S on 17 October 2017 - 11:08 AM
Yesterday was The Honey Monster's birthday (I took delivery on 16/10/09).
It was very kind of nature to produce a special sky to celebrate. I got back to the car park just in time last night to capture this:
It gives you a warm glow doesn't it?!
Posted by Jeff-W on 04 February 2016 - 08:21 PM
Posted by LESmo on 07 September 2014 - 02:27 PM
I have been trying to learn by looking at some of the amazing shots Alex takes, and getting some of the ideas he has. Anyway, quiet space today - so thought I would have a go clearly much still to learn.
Posted by LESmo on 31 August 2014 - 04:53 AM
Hard to be believe tomorrow when we wake up the 14 plate will be replaced with a 64 plate and another batch of new cars will hit the road. Also difficult to believe its been 6 months since I collected the car.
So with about 3700 miles on the clock how have the first 6 months gone - the good and the bad.
I got my first stone chip about two months ago, more a rock chip when a low loader carrying heavy plant came past and I was in stationery traffic, it wedged into the bumper and hit near the petrol cap, as such I have two chips, the paint is very easily damaged, I have tried to keep chips to a minimum, but they are a fact of life with any car. But definitely a low point. Not sure that can be avoided.
I had the paint sealed with AutoGlymn but I think to be honest that may just be similar to the sealant I have been using, I can't say how much difference it has really made, if any, but now with so many layers of wax on the car - I will never know I guess. The best Wax to date on it has definitely been Do Do Juice.
So Duxford and Donington Park have been two outings for the car. Its been great back in the club after a year or so in the wilderness, really enjoyed the events. Great to meet up with everyone.
So What have I learned. Syncro Change I use now every day, it works well when the car is warm, its a bit clunky on cold starts. I am not sure why the car is so sensitive to over revving on cold starts, but I understand that's a feature and I just have to be careful not to use too much throttle when moving away otherwise it does sound like I am over revving the car. Not sure if that's something Nissan will fix in software updates, but again it only happens when the car is very cold.
I have used just under a third of the oil so far. Fuel - apart from long trips I am probably averaging something like 22-24 Mpg. On the Donington Run it was 30+ - So far I have only run on Shell Nitro + and the first batch of Fuel the dealer put in which I think was Total.
Day to day, the car has been bullet proof, not one issue in the first six months, you do get used to the Boot opening, same with the 350z, If I didn't love the car and if I was back in the BMW I would hate it, but you do get used too it. Something I might ask for adjustment at the first service.
I do love the dramatic effect of the car, people want to talk about the car - so you end up almost acting like a Nissan Salesman, Not one week has gone by when someone hasn't spoken too me, pictures have been taken and even spotted on things Like Pistonheads and Facebook.
On the road, the small children give you thumbs up and cheer, I have had Van drivers stop beside me on a dual carriageway, it is noticed. That does come with responsibility, there is no way you could drive under the radar, if you cut someone up, its pretty apparent you would be remembered. I miss the digital speedo, and without the Snooper I would be lost. That's something I do not understand why they dropped from the 350z - the Clock is lets face it a complete waste of time - and its not even linked to the one on the Connect System.
The reversing camera is a good friend, I am being careful with the Alloys and so far I have not hit them.
Posted by Paul_S on 02 April 2017 - 11:10 AM
Posted by LESmo on 07 March 2017 - 06:28 AM
Hard to believe 3 years ago at 10:30am this morning I picked up the Nismo.
So after 3 years what do I have to say.
Its not the fastest car on the road. But I will say like the 350z it has character. I has a presence on the road. Other drivers respect it. I suspect mainly because of the GT-R and most drivers not having a clue what a 370z is.
I still enjoy today as much as I did 3 years ago. While we have a few more blemishes, and a few scratches we didn't have 3 years ago. I still think for a daily its in good condition.
So the Mileage clocked up.... 22454 so thats about 624 Miles a Month on Average 144 miles a week, Fuel it has pretty much only run on Shell Nitro+, there has been perhaps 4 fills with Tescos and a 5-6 with BP. But thats it.
It has had two clutch fluid changes, interesting the chatter is gone at the moment. Something to think about if you have it.
I have done a few mods myself. Nothing major, and under the bonnet its fairly stock apart from Air Filters and the Oil Cap apart from that its stock. So as I leave the safety of warranty - am I worried I don't have extended. Not one bit - I am taking the lead of so many others and stashing the cash. The car has proved to be nothing short of bullet proof. The dealer who I bought the car from has been great. I also still have service 4 & 5 included in my original purchase.
How do I sum it up, yes there are better cars on the road for sure there are the Zed is Argricultural. Yes there are more technical cars on the road. But How many of those demand the interest and admiration of the little Zed. Its not perfect but but nor am I and for me its as close as it can be. So Happy Birthday little Zed.
Here's to another 3 years.....
Posted by Tinyflier on 04 October 2015 - 09:14 AM
Posted by LESmo on 19 August 2015 - 08:38 PM
In 2001 I put down a pre-payment on a then soon to be released Civic Type R believing it would be a good car, but until collection I had no idea how good. Four happy years followed 2005 when I moved to the 350z. I still rate the CTR as one of the best all round cars I have ever owned. And certainly one of the most reliable.
So when Norton Way Nissan in Letchworth offered me the chance to drive the new Civic Type R I jumped at it, Although Bedford Autodrome is just 22 miles up the road, I have never been. So I set off with the Nissan GPS taking me across county. Arriving early I just parked up and waited looking at the amazing cars which had come on the Track day.
The car is more. Much more expensive - about twice what I paid in 2001. Bigger and a lot more wings and aero than most cars on the road have.
Talking to owners the Nismo was very popular, people wanted to look around it and it took a proud place amongst the Porsches and Aston.
Then it rained. We had the Safety briefing and was bussed out to the West Circuit, taking our turn 3-4 CTR's were on the track at the same time.
On the out lap the car seemed tight and good grip, first lap up to about 110. Second Lap 115 and final lap 118Mph. The car didn't feel any faster than the Nismo and in the wet it suffered massive understeer, no noticeable torque steer, mainly because get the gear wrong and the Turbo lag was very noticeable - the Rev lights straight from a F1 car take a little getting used too and seemingly waiting for ever on the main straight for the Red lights. Gearbox is really good, quick throw, and the electronics didn't feel noticeable, or actually prevent the near understeer of the track.
So what did I think. The car is good - really good and handles really well, it felt solid and given the conditions did really well. Tubo lag hasn't been magically solved by Honda, If I could have it in the garage I would - but would I swap the Nissan - no I don't think I would, but if someone gave it too me I would not say no.
The car will sell, in its thousands, I do wonder what it will be when Mugen get their paws on it. Its a good car for sure. But driving home in the Zed It seemed strangely more planted.
Posted by Chilli Red on 19 February 2015 - 08:41 PM
Posted by Turboextreme on 17 January 2015 - 02:43 PM
Thought I would share another pic taken today:
Posted by JohnFK on 30 November 2014 - 06:30 AM
I was totally caught out at the Christmas Party to receive a surprise Birthday Greeting and Presents! So much so that I feel the need to say thank-you to everyone....
I really feel nissansportz is a special car club and great to be part of the friendly, helpful band of owners (past, present, .... and future!).
My gifts were totally spot-on and will be put to good use I promise!
Thank-you all again,
p.s. and in case anyone is wondering what its like to be 70? - it's just like 69 but later
Posted by LESmo on 03 October 2014 - 12:15 PM
Thank you very much for the Messages this morning - what a lovely way to start the day. Caroline arranged for the local bakery to make a Birthday cake for me, which we shared around the Condo's last night. Even the picture was edible.
Posted by Chilli Red on 27 May 2014 - 06:10 PM
Posted by Chubbs on 12 April 2014 - 05:55 PM
...Oh well, didn't like that custardy colour anyway.
Posted by LESmo on 07 March 2014 - 05:16 PM
Well, many of you will have been on my journey with me, from the day I came back to the forum last August with a view to buying a 370z Nismo, to today and the collection, and back into Zed Ownership.
There are many people to thank for their help and support, it really did carry me through the long wait. I hope you all know what that has meant to me.
Anyway, today was the big day, as I posted somewhere I struggled to sleep, partly excited and mixed with that doubt you always get when you make such a big purchase - or I do. That doubt was wiped the moment I actually Saw the Car for the first time.
At that point I knew I had made the right decision and I would be happy, many of you know my reasons for leaving Zed ownership and the last two and a half years have never been really happy. I guess I sort of linked the car to Dad and today was the last part of that process as well. I made a decision in haste and regretted it.
So anyway, back to the story. My wife and I arrived at the Dealer at 10am, I think it is fair to say they were pleased to see me turn up, It sat in the showroom and it looked stunning, everyone was looking at it, there was almost pride in the dealership I think to have it.
The usual paperwork stuff had to get sorted, the usual Debit Card Anti-Fraud issues had to be sorted. The Franchise Manger dropped in to see us and thank us for being their first ever 370z Nismo, gave me their card and made us feel very special. Later we were introduced to the Regional Manager for Nissan UK who happened to be visiting, and he stood and chatted, I was sure to drop nissansportz into each and every conversation. Again he was very enthused by the purchase.
Then came the moment I got behind the wheel - I was not sure what to expect, like Dave I had never driven one, I had driven the GT and I liked that, what if it was too hard, what if the brakes were a nightmare, could I live with it? With that the Sales Guy went to move it, he pressed the start button and it fired up, boy did I miss that sound, the Diesel rattle was less than my favourite sound. He reversed it out, we played a bit with the reversing Camera and then on our way.
Leaving Letchworth, immediately I was aware of people stopping and looking, admiring it. The same reaction the 350z had. One Taxi Driver on a roundabout nearly drove onto the pavement. I am not sure the Pigeon poo'ing on it was an opinion of me, the Nismo or some how good luck, lets take the later for now.
The drive home was stunning, I had the window open I just listened to the engine, it was lovely, I was tentative with the brakes - but after a while decided they were very similar to the BMW performance brakes I had previously.
Drove home and immediate washed the contribution from the Pigeon off it. Neighbours started to come out, and take a look and admire it. We drove to fill it up as the dealer had put about 60 miles in of Fuel - £78 for Nitro+ which I didn't seem to think was much different to 3 years ago and the 350z. Then to post off the DVLA stuff and Road Tax refund. Again everywhere I drove it was admired, but without the agro I had suffered for the past few years.
It is definitely a step up from my 2005 350z, definitely more refined. I am yet to play with the toys, but it is lovely to drive I am sure in time it will inspire confidence and we have a lovely weekend, for a few trips out.
Anyway a few pictures of the Car from this afternoon, thank you all for being so kind and understanding over the past 6 months. I am looking forward to Duxford and meeting many of you, for the first time.
Posted by JohnFK on 30 December 2017 - 12:49 PM
As most of you will know In October I decided not to stand again for a 2018 Committee position at the 2017 AGM. After eight years of being the elected Chairman I felt that the time had come for some fresh enthusiasm to continue to promote nissansportz.
Its been an interesting time with many highlights and feel quite nostalgic that I wont be in the thick of it - although I will be around as a member and participant.
I'm also pleased that a number of previous Committee members did stand for 2018, thereby providing continuity of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh volunteers whose enthusiasm is especially welcome.
I'd like to say a big thank-you to all the previous years Committee members for putting up with my non-decisions(!) and a big good fortune to the 2018 Committee who I know are already full of ideas to be explored.
One might think that with my retirement from IT work after 56 years I could be expected to have more time on my hands, but for those of you who dont realise the ageing process seems to dictate any free time needs to be taken up by sleep!
It would be difficlt to list all the high points of the last few years but if I had to it must be the steady liaison with NMGB that got us invited to Spa for the pre-launch experience of the MY17 GT-R - a weekend that showed Nissan's customer appreciation at its finest. The content of the event was truly priceless!
I ought to also mention our Traders as their fees have helped us get back on a more secure financial footing. In particular I'll mention the support and encouragement of Colin & Jo at CAT Driver Training and Liz and Bob at RJN Motorsports - the latter for tolerating every time I asked the quesion "can we take part?" to finding ways in which we could join them for race spectation, pit visits, etc.
Anyway, I shall remain a member (better pay up then!) and be around with one eye on proceeedings and hopefully to take part in events that aren't too far away for this old b*gger to get to.
Here's to 2018! I look forward to seeing you all... and I hear 2019 might be a special year for all Z owners.
Posted by lolver on 05 July 2017 - 12:16 PM
Hey, that would be me, sorry about the lurkiness.
So... my name's Laurence, I live in Eastbourne and work in Brighton. Have had my z for two years, it's a 59 plate 7AT, a little scruffy but I'm doing stuff to it when I can afford it. So far it has Ark exhaust system, K&N filters, EcuTek, Stoptech brakes, BC Racing coilovers, black wheels. And that bonnet. I love carbon, so much more to come. Have plans for SC but I need the cash first. High hopes for early '18.
I met Blobbish at the christening, had a fascinating chat. Thanks Rob great meeting you.
Posted by Chubbs on 15 October 2016 - 04:57 PM
Finally got round to taking a few pics. Haven't done the rear wheel spacers yet - tomorrow maybe - but at least the windows are nice & dark, so people can't see how ancient I am...
- parp parp