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#21 A Pair Of Flabby Wings

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:08 PM

As others have said, good luck with your search.  Winter is a good time to buy one, but not necessarily a good time to drive one.  If it's cold and wet, be careful.

 

As for the age/mileage question, although I like low mileage cars I tend to agree with this:

 

Personally, I've never been too fussed about milage. A car that's been sitting not being driven can have as many problems as a mediocre milage car.

Service history and driver history is my main concern. An so long as it's a reputable service centre I'm not conserned about Nissan stamps.

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Once you get past a couple of years old, I'd buy on condition and good history rather than just mileage.  A few years of neglect and lack of use is usually far worse than plenty of use and good servicing, assuming it's had both.  If you can get a low-ish mileage Zed with plenty of history, that would be your best option - particularly as someone new to that kind of car - but you might have to pay for it.  Although in the long-term hopefully it might save you a few expenses.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 08:02 AM

Regarding steering lock - had it replaced for free on my 2011 back in the summer... just took a few phone calls with Nissan UK to remind them of the issue and that they should still honour it. The dealer didnt have a clue!
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:58 AM

Thanks guys,

Flabby, when you say lowish milage what do u mean? Is that in the 40s? And yeah i get what your saying, if someone has driven 20k odd miles but leaves it to sit in a garage for long amounts of time, may be worse than a car on 40-50k miles that has been driven everyday.

Thanks Cloudy,

So what your saying is it isnt a huge issue to look for if nissan will honor their part.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

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Thanks Cloudy,

So what your saying is it isnt a huge issue to look for if nissan will honor their part.

 

It's only a huge issue if you get into the car and you can't turn the steering wheel - so if you buy a 370 without being sure if the fault's been rectified, get in touch with a main dealer immediately and pray that they know what the hell you're talking about.

 

I must say, I admire your pro-activitly. I normally make a purchase and then ask about the problems afterwards - wish I was like you!


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:25 AM

Thanks guys,
Flabby, when you say lowish milage what do u mean? Is that in the 40s? And yeah i get what your saying, if someone has driven 20k odd miles but leaves it to sit in a garage for long amounts of time, may be worse than a car on 40-50k miles that has been driven everyday.
Thanks Cloudy,
So what your saying is it isnt a huge issue to look for if nissan will honor their part.


I'd have said low mileage would be something like less than 3,000 miles per year, so obviously on a five or six year old car that's 15-20,000-ish. If I was looking at something like that, arguably a car that was well used at the weekend would be better than something that's only done a few miles a day grinding through traffic, at least in terms of the clutch.

My best advice would be not to worry about mileage particularly. Zeds are fairly bombproof, especially if the maintenance has been fairly thorough, so, as a few of us have said up to now, I'd go on condition over and above everything else. In fact if you see one you're really keen on, it might be worthwhile asking on here if someone else nearby will come and take a look with you. There's a lot of good experience of Zeds on here, and two pairs of eyes are better than one.

As for Nissan honouring their part, the only danger is that the car might be out of warranty mostly. So you'll either be relying on goodwill, but better still just find a good example to begin with and hopefully you won't need much help. :)
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:47 AM

Thanks guys,

Flabby, when you say lowish milage what do u mean? Is that in the 40s? And yeah i get what your saying, if someone has driven 20k odd miles but leaves it to sit in a garage for long amounts of time, may be worse than a car on 40-50k miles that has been driven everyday.

Thanks Cloudy,

So what your saying is it isnt a huge issue to look for if nissan will honor their part.

Yep, the steering lock replacement was done under a VSC (Voluntary Service Campaign) which is like a recall but without the urgency.  Basically, Nissan admitted there was a problem with the early locks and agreed to replace them free of charge.  This means that the age, condition, and service history of the car is irrelevant :)


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:56 AM

Well chubbs i did that on my little citroen. Little did i know that if you dont get rid of the carbon in the engine every 20k miles you could have a huge problem. Soooo i ended up forking out 2000£ last month in repairs. So ive learnt that i need to look at the problems before.

And flabby thats a great shout, if i find something in the next couple months i would loveeee someone to help me and have a look at the car with me.

Yeh well hopefully if someone comes with me they can check the steering lock for me and any other bits and bobs

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:18 PM

Yep, the steering lock replacement was done under a VSC (Voluntary Service Campaign) which is like a recall but without the urgency.  Basically, Nissan admitted there was a problem with the early locks and agreed to replace them free of charge.  This means that the age, condition, and service history of the car is irrelevant :)

Paul, is there a specific point on when the locks needed changing, i.e. was there a specific year when they started fitting the upgraded locks in new cars?

 

I have a 2012 GT Edition so I`m unsure whether it would need the locks changing or not.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:43 PM

Paul, is there a specific point on when the locks needed changing, i.e. was there a specific year when they started fitting the upgraded locks in new cars?

 

I have a 2012 GT Edition so I`m unsure whether it would need the locks changing or not.

 

Paul posted the details here in March 2013, so it may be relevant to your car...

 

http://forums.nissan...nt-from-nissan/


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:49 PM

Paul, is there a specific point on when the locks needed changing, i.e. was there a specific year when they started fitting the upgraded locks in new cars?

 

I have a 2012 GT Edition so I`m unsure whether it would need the locks changing or not.

All the info you need is here.  This includes the VIN range to look out for :)

 

Theoretically, all cars should have had the locks replaced during a regular service at a Nissan dealer (the system would have flagged this work up).  You might not have been told, but it should have happened.  However, as said above, we had one recently which wasn't for some reason.

 

If you're feeling athletic you can put your head by the pedals, turn upside down, shine a torch on the under the dash to see the steering column and read the part code for yourself.  I tried that but found it easier to record a short vid on my phone and pause it when I saw the lock :lol:


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:50 PM

 

Paul posted the details here in March 2013, so it may be relevant to your car...

 

http://forums.nissan...nt-from-nissan/

Haha, I was distracted posting the reply and you got there first :)


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:54 PM

Haha, I was distracted posting the reply and you got there first :)

 

We seem to have linked Gav to different threads, both of which are relevant.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:57 PM

Thanks guys, as you said, both threads are relevant and I can confirm that the solenoid is 48700 JF00D-B1-01 so heareth endeth the threadjack  :D


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:57 PM

Hi,

When you're ready if you do need any help with insurance at all then please feel free to drop me a line.

Regards,

Dan.


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#35 Chubbs

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:01 PM

Thanks guys, as you said, both threads are relevant and I can confirm that the solenoid is 48700 JF00D-B1-01 so heareth endeth the threadjack  :D

 

Call that a threadjack? That was just a slightly relevant diversion. Surely you can do better than that?


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:45 PM

 

Call that a threadjack? That was just a slightly relevant diversion. Surely you can do better than that?

I must admit I have seen (a lot) better  :lol:


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:21 PM

BZYS - sorry for slow response. As already been said Nissan will honour the steering lock issue and the link Chubbs has put up covers all you need to know.

The difficulty I had was just getting Nissan to honour it. Dealer didnt have a clue what I was on about and Nissan UK were not exactly helpful until I got assigned a case manager. That said after some discussion over the phone it was all resolved quickly.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:48 AM

Greetings from the Sin City!