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  1. My 240Z - complete with fresh MOT. Let's hit the road!!
    19 points
  2. And ended up with this on my driveway .............. Absolutely chuffed to bits. She's a Gunmetal Grey 11 plate with cream leather seats and 37,000 on the clock. Litchfield Stage 1 tune (which includes Milltek Y PIpe) running 580BHP. I only thought I was going to look at and test drive the car but it was all prepped and we sorted a deal out and I ended up driving back with her. The garage was in Bradford so a long way for me and sadly she got filthy on the way home, so excuse the dirt! There are a couple of cosmetic bits that need a little attention but the bodywork seems to be in great order (I'll find out when I clean her properly tomorrow afternoon) and mechanically very sound - bell housing recently replaced etc. I'll look forward to driving her down to the MOD day on the 24th but for now she's tucked up in bed (thanks to Blobbish I knew she'd go in the garage). There might be a couple of bits I need help with now at the MOD day!
    13 points
  3. NOT FOR SALE NOW The Chilli lives on
    13 points
  4. Well I've been contemplating an addition to the collection for some time. So let me introduce you to the new addition. A loverly MY09 premium. Should pick her up later this week, early next. Super excited! Steady drive back home through the traffic. But a few more images. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
    12 points
  5. Firstly, may I wish all associated with nissansportz OC a Happy (and Healthy) New Year. My NY's resolution as the new Club Chair is to continue the good work of my predecessors, aiming to make the OC a rewarding place to be, and, in conjunction with the other Ctte members, to provide a healthy place for discussion of our shared passion in cars and a platform for getting together at various meets throughout the season. Today sees the 2020 Committee formally take office - my personal thanks to Paul_S as outgoing Chair for his 2 years in charge, not forgetting the many years he gave unstinting service to the OC in the guise of IT guru, a largely-unseen and mainly thankless task which consumed a great deal of his time which, as with all Ctte members, he gave for free. A sincere thank-you, Mr S! We welcome back on to Ctte; Chilli Red, who becomes the Club Secretary, Neutreus, who takes over Events from myself, and Greg Warnes, who has the unenviable task of filling LESmo's shoes as Editor of the OC Newsletter. Our stalwart Treasurer, Paul-W, remains in office; Blobbish takes over the IT role from Paul_S; and Chas GFL and Milanored stay on-board for this next year. So much for who's doing what - the question for the Chair to answer is "What's going to happen this year?". Well, the most important aspect of an internet-based OC is communication - and the platform used most is this forum. In August last year we successfully moved to a new server; this year (hopefully by March) there will be an interface upgrade which we very much hope will go without too much drama. We will continue to promote ourselves on other social media, where we are slowly establishing a presence. I am pleased to say that we will be able to offer some new Events this year - some established favourites remain, such as Leeds Castle and the Mod Days, but we have also organised a members' day at CAT Driver Trg in April (the thread is here) and the chance for members to display their cars at the RAF Brize Norton Families' Day in September. We hope there is something for all tastes - the 2020 Events Diary (still a work-in-progress at this time) can be viewed here. May I thank those who have already stepped forward as Event Organisers. The Ctte of nissansportz will always be "Doors-Open" to members, guests and users alike - please do not hesitate to send a PM to us if anything is bothering you that you think needs our attention - if you don't know who to send it to, Chilli Red and myself should be your first ports-of-call. Wishing you all a safe and prosperous 2020, and very much looking forward to seeing you at Events throughout the year Jeff-W Club Chair
    11 points
  6. 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?!
    11 points
  7. Following on from the thread in nissansportz General Discussion, I have now had confirmation from our cherished trader, Westover, that the provisional customer pick-up date for my MY16 Daytona Blue Zed is 21 April. I will call Paintshield tomorrow to arrange the front wrap for 25th or so. Westover are fitting the rear parking sensors, but I won't have time to get the Gemini fitted to it before the first public meet. This will mean that Duxford is "GO" for Daytona Blue. Having had 3 Zeds (Freds I, II, III) I have decided to call this one Fred IV. No surprises there. Roll on this spring and summer. Jeff.
    11 points
  8. 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.
    11 points
  9. 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. Tyres seem ok, usual Bridgestone issues that all Bridgestone's have - and we all know they won't last forever, at least I won't have to put up with Run Flats this winter. So - there you go, six months in the life of the Car. I would say it is the most appreciated car I have ever owned. Often referred too as that lovely Nissan. For the money I don't think you can go wrong with any Zed. They are rare, they are certainly not hated on the road like some makes. And they are over all super reliable and fun to own. So here's to the next 6 months and all that brings.
    11 points
  10. Time flies when you're having fun as they say, which is certainly the case with my Z. I took delivery of it on 12th February but it certainly feels a lot longer ago than that. So after just 250 miles, a couple of washes and a good nose around it (plus numerous admiring glances and comments from friends and strangers 😍) did I make the right decision? I absolutely love it, so 100% yes is the answer and glad that I took a chance on a "left of field" (for me) decision. Where it lacks in a few departments (no DAB radio or heated mirrors for example - unless I'm missing something there) it more than makes up in others. The power delivery, road holding (despite Bridgestone boots all round - something better next time), those fabulous Recaro seats, road presence - I could go on but I won't because you all know what I mean. Those of you who have significantly modified yours will say things can be improved and I know that's true, but that's something I'll look into in the near future. Currently I'm thinking exhaust, brakes and cosmetic enhancements - not really into engine mods or remaps with this one. But currently as a base line stock version I really have no complaints so far.
    10 points
  11. I have received many messages from lovely members who took advantage of the special offer last year and just wanted to reassure you all. If you paid the £30 for two years membership last year then you don't need to do anything this year with regards membership. Your membership will run until next year automatically. If however you encounter any issues please let me know. Thanks everyone. Sarah
    10 points
  12. Its not run for 10 years but it's not seized. It needs putting back together and a little bodywork done, but basically it's very good. The car was born in 1971 and is from the US (a nice dry state). A previous owner had an extremely good RHD conversion done 15 years ago. I can't wait to get it home and start work on it. But I do need to completely empty the garage first and put all the stuff in my new workshop before that happens. So, until Nissan make a replacement I own the first and most current Z car
    10 points
  13. 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.....
    10 points
  14. Finally decided enough is enough and put a deposit on this today, to be collected on Saturday. It is an '09 GTR tuned by Litchfield to Stage 4 - somewhere in region on 620 bhp and enough torque to rip your face off. I did also test drive a standard R35 back to back and that was a very good single owner but higher mileage car - but when I moved off in this one ... well it would have been churlish to turn it down. It has all the normal whines and clunks you get "at rest" from the GTR, exhaust noise is fine round town and motorway cruise but when you prod the loud pedal the wail from the exhaust is simply amazing. The gearbox is absolutely sublime and swaps cogs so fast. All the usual stuff been done (bell-housing, software upgrade, circlips) and comes with a full 6 months parts and labour warranty. Sadly it is fitted with the most annoying feature you could possibly imagine courtesy of Nissan the dreaded REVERSE BEEPER. Already been in contact with Brian at CarKit for one of his "Beeper Defeater" boxes of tricks! Jack at RoyalSteeringWheels about to provide a proper thicker and perforated leather standard shape wheel (that man is a genius at wheel trimming!), As an '09 it doesn't have Nav - an upgrade to 2014 SatNav is available from R35audio - perhaps make that my Christmas present to me. Oh yes one other thing - the roof wrap is being taken off! So there we have it - wallet considerably lighter today but am beside myself with excitement which at my age is plain ludicrous! Pic quality isn't the best and yes that is my 350 in the background and no I am not selling it! David http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss198/macphersondh/20151003_161221.jpg
    10 points
  15. 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. Meeting at the Monaco suite - it was the first time to eye the new Civic Type R 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.
    10 points
  16. Just the one. Please drive slowly down the lane. I am having constant battles with a neighbours son who drives at ridiculous speeds in the lane. Every house has cats and dogs and there are several horse riders who frequent the lane. So please, please, drive sensibly. Once on the main road, you can do what you want, but don't pi$$ my neighbours and their pets off. Thank you
    10 points
  17. Thought I would share another pic taken today: http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/NismoampTank.jpg
    10 points
  18. 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, John. p.s. and in case anyone is wondering what its like to be 70? - it's just like 69 but later
    10 points
  19. 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.
    10 points
  20. He's only gone and done it. Jaguar XKR S French racing blue with a few a- carbon details front picture is a library one and rear is the actual car. The vents on the bonnet have black surrounds on them. The exhaust is a performance active exhaust with quad tail pipes and sounds orgasmic.
    10 points
  21. http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/P1030614.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/P1030618.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/P1030622.jpg ...Oh well, didn't like that custardy colour anyway.
    10 points
  22. 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. Kind Regards LESmo
    10 points
  23. Eventually finished with the clay bar (don’t have to do the front as it’s wrapped) on Saturday, got the whole car detailed and put it away all Sunday as we had visitors. Today eventually went hazy, so managed to machine polish the 4 areas needing a little attention (nothing serious), get the Bilt Hamber wax onto the non-wrapped areas and finish off with a coat of Manzerna wax sealant. I was pleased that so little machine polishing was required, but I guess I had only done 3k miles last year. All that remains now is to get all the insect remains off the wrap with detailer, hot water and a lot of elbow grease. Jeff-W OCDT.
    9 points
  24. This probably belongs in about me or N00B corner, but I might as well post it here. I have go use a VPN tot to this site, probably Geo blocked, but I did IT for 20+ yrs so thats no going to work. I was trying to get Nissan to replace my steering lock under recall (or VSC as they say). So I didn't really want to publish much about myself or my car. I got as high as a USA Regional Customer Service Mgr and figured out they all were saying the same thing: 1. We don't know much about this. Yeah. Right. 2. Its VIN specific. 3. Your model and ESCL part are not affected. 4. You can pay out of pocket to fix your car. Total BS. Im sure they (Nisssn, whoever) have figured out who I am by now, I got an email from one of those consumer advocate places (kind of like an ambulance chaser) that had all my personal info... a summary of what I had posted and wanted me to publish and fight this. I had also threatened to start a website or go to social media, trying to get a better offer after I was iff the road for 2+ weeks. Didn't really work. But Ive gone public now.. I posted my story & solutions on the370.com and because I lived in London for most of my adult life, here on nissansportz.com. Is there a case for a class action suit in the USA or whatever consumer Ombudsman action in the UK? Sure. Is it worth it? Probably not. They know were out of warantee (I had even bought an extra 3yrs on drivetrain and electrical when I bought the car from the Nissan dealer) but of course was outside of that care plan, too. Nissan know time is on their side. More and more owners are forced to fix their 370Z car themselves, and as the cars get older, more go out of warantee. So there are fewer and fewer people with the issue. Or willing to follow up or sue. So: Heres a summary of me: I was brought up in Arizona where my dad worked for the National Parks service, and lived and worked on American Indian Reservations for some of the time. We also lived in Phoenix, AZ the capital. I went to high school and college in AZ and bought a Datsun 240Z around 75 with 42K on the clock from a Nissan dealer in Scottsdale. I loved that car. Once I found a German mechanic named Heinz (I know. Right?) who disconnected the smog pump and defeated emission stuff and retuned it to balance the SUs - it was a screamer. In 1980 or so I sold the 240Z and moved to London. I worked around London and the suburbs for like 30yrs and became a London geezer. I got to own and drive cars like the Ford Escort, Escort Estate, Golf GTI, some Mitsubishis... but I always had a soft spot for the JDMs. Fast forward to returning to the USA after I lost my job in the financial crisis around 2010. I moved further out West and live in California. Im retired now. I bought a 370Z Nismo 10 in Magnetic Black from a Nissan dealer. I paid 1/2 deposit in cash. It had always (until Feb 2020) been a reliable and trouble free car. I mean the usual tires, battery, oil change maintenance stuff. But you expect that. Its pretty unmolested, Ive added a 34row Stillen oil cooler, and cold air intakes (K&N) they have to be CARB legal in CA, so you cant go crazy with test pipes and turbos. Its stock, for the most part. So thats why I was so p****d of when it went wrong. So after lots of looking and reading threads and watching YouTube videos, I found the BEST 2 options outside of letting Nissan touch it for ~ $775 (600 GBP) with 2 hopes of getting my money back, Bob Hope and No Hope. So- Im sorry for anyone who had to pay Nissan to repair this problem. They did issue the VSC for 2009-10 GTR and 2009-2010 370Z but seem to have specifically excluded my model. I bet if it was any GTR that old, they would have fallen over themselves to replace the part the same day FOC. I still like Zs. I have 3 240Zs, one of which is a 73 is restored and on the road. The other 2 are: a 72 future racecar and a 71 parts car with no floorboards. The 370Z Nismo is my daily driver and has creature comforts like A/C cruise control, power everything. Well you know... Finally the part Nissan offered to install after some arguing was: 48700-9N00B for $450 -ish the rest is of the cost was 1.5hrs labour ($170/hr) and taxes. It seems to be an actual metal lock, and not just a bypass harness or whatever. So I would still have to pull.the.f*ing.fuse to avoid a breakdown in future. No thanks. Note the N00B in the part name. Lol. 😂 ♦♠❤ Alienpoker ❤♠♦
    9 points
  25. 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.
    9 points
  26. 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... http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/01_1.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/02_1.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/04_1.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/03_1.jpg http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/05_1.jpg - parp parp http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/chubbylover88/06d.jpg
    9 points
  27. He got it from Westovers, Bournemouth. It is very nice, I am jealous now .....
    9 points
  28. It's just a measurement of fun! http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160720/93e38bbc2866deed3cf073b435190ae2.jpg
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  29. The lane as most of you know Is tarmac but we have five or six rather large pot holes which are easily avoided if you drive sensibly. For those who don't know the lane, we share it with a few human neighbours and many loose animals (cats, dogs and deer) plus a few ladies who ride horses. Please drive sensibly and don't annoy or upset any of them, also a horse on your bonnet can be costly. Thank you and now let's prey for some sun shine Sarah
    9 points
  30. Thought I should post some pics of my 370Z NISMO after two weeks of ownership and 650 miles later. http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/_DSC5432.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/_DSC5430.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/_DSC5425.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/_DSC5423.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/_DSC5420.jpg
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  31. My car, 6yrs old today http://yellow370z.co.uk/uploads/images/Gallery/Paul_S/AllMine.jpg
    9 points
  32. Yesterday afternoon we were given a treat of seeing 6 Spitfires in formation. Please excuse the Camera Phone video. You could here the rumble of the engines about a minute before they arrived. Could only imagine what a squadron used to sound like. http://youtu.be/7bz1I4QWvH4
    9 points
  33. Picked her up today. So It's Saturday so in love, she looks meaner than the FX30. Purple stitching on seats and steering wheel, 21inch black alloys, a sports button (Tony says I mustn't touch it yet ) dark chrome grill etc.most of the rest is the same. Oh apart from the red S on the back.
    9 points
  34. I feel like a right idiot this morning. Ive been complaining quietly to myself for the last two weeks about the intelligent key. I didnt understand the point of having a push button start when I needed to take the key out of my pocket to unlock the doors then do the same to lock them at the other end. If im going to do that I may as well stick the key in an ignition. Then this morning I notice a funny little button under the door handle and thought Ill give that a push and see what it does. To my delight the car unlocks without having to remove the key from my pocket at all. Now I feel like a kid whos got a new toy. It actually feels like ive modded the car since i didnt know about it before. I can imagine you all laughing at my stupidity but at least I know now! lol.
    9 points
  35. It finally arrived! I hope you like yellow cars... (don't worry the Zed will get the car port back very soon!!!) All I need now is a new Zed so I can have her number plate
    9 points
  36. Well... its In the country My new 370z Nismo Yey And will be at my dealers tomorrow and due to work I can collect it this sat... Can't wait... weeks really going to drag now
    9 points
  37. Looks like a good day, If anything can be put together, I'm more than happy for a mod day to happen at my workshop one Sunday with the use of the ramps and equipment followed by a bbq back at mine 1 mile away from the workshop, plenty of space at the workshop for over 30 motors and space back at mine after 40 plus motors and plenty of space on my bbq to accommodate 80 sittings, I know this after a garden party for my wife's birthday last year with 82 in attendance.
    9 points
  38. More pictures and Tony's write up tomorrow.
    9 points
  39. I can't hold on any more... Here's a pic I took which I was going to hold onto until the next photo comp... So when is the next one? And who wants to organise it?
    9 points
  40. Well before I brought my nismo I done all the research read the reviews herd the critics, they were all wrong, this car is just fantastic cannot fault it ,they say it’s out dated ,crap, they say the ride is too harsh , crap, I love the feel the drive the power the stares lol , you always seem to judge your present car on the one it replaced I had a 07 3.2 TT , it was a great car but the nismo blows it out the water, I still can’t believe I own a nismo , I just wanted a 370gt so I feel very lucky to have this car 👍🏾
    8 points
  41. Hey everyone, Sorry I have been so quiet on here. There hasn't been much to report with regard to my Zed. Until now! As most of you will already know, one of the biggest flaws with the 370 is it's sound out of the factory. It's almost completely silent (for anyone new to the forum or new to the 370 in general, I promise this isnt even an exaggeration). It was something that definitely put me off when I first test drove the car. It obviously didn't put me off enough to actually avoid buying it though 😆. Anyway. Here we are, after 9 months of deliberation, reading and YouTube'ing. I finally bit the bullet and bought the Invidia Gemini CBE for my 370. Before the 370 I hadn't done any DIYing on cars before. I looked at install guides/videos and I felt like I could have fitted it myself with help from a car savvy friend. However, after one look at the state of the 9 year old stock system I decided to save myself the headache and my time and get it installed at a garage (the nuts were almost invisible and the bolt heads were not much better). So exhaust day finally came. I had planned to keep the old system so I could put back on when I came to sell but after it came off it was apparent that it was not in good shape so I decided against. Besides, my shed is already pretty full! The old one was off and the new one was on within 45 minutes. Then after tighting everything down it was checked for leaks. An hour of labor later and I was driving back home with the biggest cheshire cat esque grin my face has ever seen. My short review for anyone thinking or considering exhaust options is:- The Gemini is 100% the way this car SHOULD sound when coming off the production line. This is the way I imagined it would sound when I went to test drive it. The tone is deeper, louder and more throaty than stock. It doesn't drone or rasp or pop and it isn't obnoxiously loud. Which are all things I did not want (I work early/late shifts and didn't want to upset the neighbors). So in summary, I find myself making even more excuses than before to get out in it or take the longest route home! I can immediately see why this system is so highly regarded by members of this forum and I'm happy in joining them to strongly recommend this exhaust. Also I joined as a member this month too. Hoping to get to the meet at Leeds Castle next year. Would be nice to meet some of you and introduce myself properly. Thanks for reading! - Jack PS. Will update this thread with some photos when I get a chance
    8 points
  42. Right I guess now it is worth a little review. The Car was purchased 7th March 2014 - so it has been on the road a little under 5 Years and 4 Months. The average miles are about 625 Miles a Month. So Story So Far..... Last summer the car was in for a clicking rear axle - the dealer stripped the rear brakes and cleaned them all up and then greased the rear axles. Something I had 3 times on the 350z and it seems the 370z is still a victim of. Was not expensive I paid less than £100 for the work. I changed the Battery this year - after it packed in on a Cold Winters morning, the RAC started it so I could go and get one. That has lasted over 5 years. I have had a massive amount of tyres. Some by choice and some not. I replaced the Bridgestone’s OEM Tyres with Hankook all round, they did around 2 years. After I had a Screw in One of the Rear Bridgestone’s. Hankook were OK, nothing special better than the Bridgestone’s, But after I got another Screw in the rear tyre I replaced the rears with Continental Sport 6's - they were a massive improvement on the Hankook all was well for about 4 months until I got another screw in the rear tyres - Not able to buy CS6's (no stock) I had to swap back over to Bridgestone as I knew I would get those. I moved parking spaces during the day and after a couple of years of no screws, I fitted Michelin PS4 on the fronts and PS4S on the rear (I was not the only one - so they were not just targeting my car). Night and day the best tyres the car has ever had. I have had those nearly 6 months. Paint Condition, That's not too bad after this time, I have tried to keep on top of it, I have a small bubble under the passenger door mirror which I will raise next year in Service and MOT - but apart from Stone chips it’s in good condition. The Paint has a Ceramic Type coating on it and about 3 inches of wax... I kerbed two wheels once when not concentrating and once to miss a numpty on a Bike who crossed in front of me. Both were repaired - one under Insurance and one I paid. However, they are as good as new. I try to be careful but these things happen. Last September I did something I waited until after the Warranty has expired to do. It is something I regret not doing years earlier as the car is everything it should have been and had a custom Valved exhaust built. If you do nothing else, change the exhaust. Only other mechanical mods are the K&N Drop in filters, and a Nismo Oil Cap apart from that nothing mechanical has been changed. (I tried Nismo Radiator Caps - Don't do it as I found out the pressure if different on the Nismo) Appearance. I added a new Nismo Bits, so it has Carbon B Pillars, Nismo entry plates, Nismo Badge on the Bonnet (I see this a lot these days on many of the international cars). I added a Nismo Oil plate to the engine bay and a Nismo Badge to the area near the gear stick - bigger than the V2 and slightly higher. I also changed the Gas Struts for Z1 Motorsport SHP and the lifters (which has stopped working well) I have only run it on Shell V-Power (At the start Nitro+ until it changed its name back). I have had perhaps 3 fills of the Tesco 99 stuff but thats it, no other Fuel types have been used and I have flushed the systems once - no idea what the internals look like as a result. The Car has three clean MOT's with no advisories. I have new Zed and Burger badges in Black - yet I have never fitted them. The Car did a CAT Driver training day - that is the fastest I have driven it, with road works on the A14 for 4 of the past 5.5 years I have been stuck in a vast part at 40mph. Fair to say the car has never really been driver that hard. So there we go. I don't regret the purchase one bit, it rattles a bit, you have to be careful not to ground it, but it still gets massive attention. I still treat it as if it was brand new and still park it miles away from the majority. I suspect the next 40,000 miles will take longer as I really hope in a few years to retire it form the daily commute (but keep it) and use if for a toy car.
    8 points
  43. Hi Everyone, I picked up my first Z on saturday and despite the miserable weather it has been thoroughly enjoyable. Not much in the way of pictures but I swung into a layby on the way home yesterday and took a couple pics (albeit rubbish ones) http://i.imgur.com/04EOJSG.jpg http://i.imgur.com/tq9A4cK.jpg Its exactly what I hoped it would be and thoroughly enjoying it. I always wanted a 370z as it reminded me of the old 240z which is one of my favourite cars although not ideal as a daily! I also wanted a newer car that had that old school feel. The brakes are lovely and sharp. The gearbox and clutch require finesse which is why I wanted manual as the drive is soo much more rewarding. Already I can shift cleanly and quick'ish through the gears. The turn in is great compared to what I am use to recently and the weight is excellent as I favour a slightly heavier steering feel with good feedback. That said its not exactly heavy steering but gives even more charm reminiscent more of the older generation of cars. It does feel like a heavy car but by no means wallowy. Ride is firm but not harsh or crashy. The interior is spotless (like new) and one thing I love also is I have actually found a japanese car with an interior I really, really like. Seats are not perfect for me but not bad either. I would prefer a little more low down torque but when its at the right revs its plenty quick enough for the road. That said it doesn't struggle low down and being a high revving v6 its kind of expected. Not really much in the way of negatives to speak of and for a 6yr old car its close to immaculate. Especially for a black nissan. Couple of stone chips and surface swirls are there but nothing a good detail wont sort! Undercarriage is clean with a slightly corroded standard exhaust system and the bracing being pressed steel is suffering a little from surface rust but aside from that no horror stories. All four wheels are immaculate as they have been completely refurbished. Negatives, well only one and that is the road noise (depending on road surface) can be quite loud but I am mid way through a set of bridgestong Potenzas and I know they can be a little louder than some. It doesn't bother me so much, its more the people who ride in it. I have had about 15 people at my workplace say how nice the car is and a couple now want a 370z.lol Anyway I will try and grab some better photos as I know they are not the best.
    8 points
  44. As promised I have taken some photos of the new car today in the brilliant sunshine. I collected the car last Friday and it is a rare 6 speed manual as the majority go with the DCT in Yas Marina Blue with black wheels, opal white interior with carbon trim, Harmon Kardon surround sound system and sun protection glass. I didn't go mad with the options as this bumps the price up loads and you never get your money back with loads of extras so kept it nice and simple http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/BMW%20M4%20Side%20View.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/BMW%20M4%20Side%20View%20Distant.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/BMW%20M4%20Side%20View%20Passenger.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/BMW%20M4%20Rear%20View.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/BMW%20M4%20Interior%20amp%20Dash.jpg http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj185/Ady_Jones/BMW%20M4%20Interior.jpg
    8 points
  45. So, I got a phone call last week. I did report to the police that my keys had an "if found call for £10 reward" tag on them, although I knew that the insurance was no longer valid that went with it. So they called me and said some one had found them, and that if I paid the £10, plus a a £5 admin fee they can put me in contact with the person who found them. (I actually just decided to renew the cover for £27 and they waived the £15). Anyway, it turns out a window cleaner had noticed the keys in a garden next to where the f****rs stopped after I chased them. I guess they decided to ditch them (no sight of my watch or the telly remote though!). Long story short, being so busy at work, I'd been shuffling the cars around, ensuring that the zed was either up t'north with me, or blocked in by the scooby all the time, and didnt get round to paying £400 for nissan to replace the locks, and now I have my keys back! After a week of laying on the grass in the rain, I decided to put the electronic key in a bag of rice for a day or two before I pressed any buttons. This morning, I tested it, and it WORKS! Happy days!
    8 points
  46. Racecar spelt backwards is still racecar.
    8 points
  47. My sister got married yesterday, which was all very nice, and as requested I had to pick up the groom in the Zed. Unfortunately for my sister the Zed seemed to get nearly as much attention as her..... the Zed did look good though, not to say my sister didn't or course!
    8 points
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