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#1 Haydn

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 08:47 am

Hi I'm looking for a local 350 knowledgeable independent to carry out the replacement of bushes on my 55 plate 350. Would prefer not but don't mind a little (Swindon, Bristol, Tewkesbury sort of area) travel for the right garage. Anyone have any local recommendations?

Have 2 wildly varying ESTIMATES of £300 and £800 at the moment though definitely have more confidence in the latter.

0Some have been reluctant to quote and Wessex (local stealership) start with a new sub-frame (£1200) .... suffice to say that conversation didn't go far. Looking at youtube that doesn't seem necessary and is surely not a Nissan UK recommendation?

Many thanks all in anticipation

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 10:18 am

Have a chat with Jez at Horsham Developments. He's a little further out than Swindon, but well worth the travel. Service is second to none.


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 10:31 am

Have done so and yes appears well up on things just waiting for a price estimate. Would prefer someone more local though to be honest.

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 10:48 am

Have you tried Litchfields. I know they are GTR specialists but they do other cars as well


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 11:03 am

Good call! Just tried them and it was painless. Going to quote shortly. Thanks.

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 12:44 pm

Have a chat with Jez at Horsham Developments. He's a little further out than Swindon, but well worth the travel. Service is second to none.

 

I used to take my 350 & 370 to Horsham (I live in Gloucester) - was definitely worth the extra little bit of travel imho (any excuse for a drive out :D )

 

No experience of Litchfield for the 350 & 370 but their reputation on the GTR goes without saying.and they're closer!


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 01:47 pm

If I was where you are geographically I'd definitely be having at least an initial word with either or both of Horsham and Litchfield.

Out of interest, are you staying with the OEM rubber bushings or are you going harder core polybushes? I imagine both of the above will quote you for both. And probably without asking. :)
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Posted 03 September 2019 - 02:04 pm

Many thanks both, yes looks like the two contenders are horsham and Litchfield both coming in around the £700 mark. Have asked for the updrated white line bushes in both cases.

Meanwhile have had a backstreet garage estimate £200 labour (ex parts) mates rates. Son, (who's car it is and works at Halfords) looks after them when they come in the shop.

If they both come good with their verbal estimates I think we'll be sticking with either of the first two who have the Nissan / 350 experience though !
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Posted 04 September 2019 - 07:42 pm

Well you've had some great advice already and I've nothing to add.  Let us know how you get on :)


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Posted 04 September 2019 - 07:54 pm

Yes it's been well worth posting. I'll certainly update as work hopefully progresses. I'm still waiting for Litchfield to put pen to paper (well email) for us at the moment. We need this because it's a warranty claim and the garage who sold the car will need to see a couple of prices. It might take while for the garage to agree costs.
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Posted 04 September 2019 - 10:04 pm

Good luck going forward with it.  Yes, please do keep us updated, as it will be interesting on many fronts I think.

 

Out of interest, how long have you owned your Zed?  Obviously not long with it being a warranty claim, but handily not long too it seems. :)


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