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A Pair Of Flabby Wings

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  1. I'd echo Paul's comment. Evo magazine had a Swift Sport on long-term test a year or two ago - search their website, there are many months of comments - and all the electronic safety/assistance systems were a nightmare. TPMS, parking sensors, cruise control, etc, were a constant source of headaches. Sorry. I don't understand why, as Swifts were effectively rebodied Yarises. And they're brilliant. I'd still rather not have a Yaris with anything more than parking sensors, otherwise you lose the hydraulic power steering. They still want to understeer like an old NSX, but at least you can feel it and get your Scandinavian flick in quick. Although it pains me to say it, if you want good, easy, reliable TPMS, cruise control, etc, I would go Vauxhall. But if someone said that after the take-over by the French that had all gone to pot I wouldn't be at all surprised.
  2. It's funny, but selecting the first gear when setting off - sometimes first, sometimes second if I think changing from first to second is going to be a chore - is easy, but I agree the oil feels thicker. In fact of all the cars in the household, selecting reverse in the Zed is by far the easiest. It's just the changes while moving, particularly into either second or third, that can be a chore. Using Nissan's own oil sounds like a good idea. It's certainly something to keep in mind for the future. I'm not sure there's a scheduled change regime. I know a lot of Japanese cars have supposedly sealed for life boxes, but experts/good owners tend to recommend changes every other year once you've passed the four year mark, I think.
  3. I was shocked to see this, Paul, and am glad you and your Zed suffered no worse than you did. What I would say is that the longer you don't hear anything productive the less likely you are to do so. The next week to ten days is when anything will happen if the authorities have really taken it seriously.
  4. Very much so. Molyslip has had big plaudits, even on here, so I thought I'd try it. But, like you say, it doesn't really feel any different than previous straight gearbox oil changes. I just hope the gearbox internals are happy with it. It's funny, but I don't remember my old MY06 350Z's gearbox being so much hard work when cold. It's the only thing that spoils the drive, and makes me fancy a change.
  5. Do they do a cooler? I can't believe in a Zed you'd ever need any additional heat. But I digress . . .
  6. Yes, the old saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket" once again proves its wisdom. In this instance once more you do begin to wonder whether, instead of electrical vehicle, EV actually stands for ersatz vehicle.
  7. "The key and the fuel tank are mightier than the battery"
  8. Over a week later and I'm still noticing splatters. Next I might have to do the old pre-PPF trick, and cover the Zed in low-tack masking tape (joke!). The dust is a perennial problem whenever I go out, particularly with a dark-coloured car, but the overspray made it a lot worse. I'm still not entirely convinced of the Molyslip either. It's certainly no panacea for the gearbox. It does feel a bit better lubricated from cold, but that's about it. I just hope it's doing good inside the 'box.
  9. Today, when time allowed, was spent cleaning up after yesterday's elementary lesson in Zed economics. The lesson was: a fresh, clean MOT plus a big, multi-fluid service equals a mostly happy Zed and owner. The gearbox feels slightly slicker after an application of Molyslip, but first to second gear and second to third gear changes still can't always be rushed. My biggest grievance is that the Zed was very clean when it went in, but after testing the windscreen and headlight washers for the MOT (and perhaps it being a slightly breezy dusty day as well, but even so . . .) there were so many splashes left on the paintwork and so much dust stuck to it that it almost looked like a woodlouse (there's a spider that eats woodlice that hangs around the garages at home at the moment, and it was licking its lips when I returned home). Do others suffer this when theirs are tested?
  10. Hello Scott. I was right, that is very pretty and looks great after just a wash and a wax. I can't wait to see what it looks like after a claying, etc. Before they're fully up to temperature, HR gearboxes only really like being changed at just below 2500rpm. And you may even have to double de-clutch the first time or two. There may be the odd funny noise, but the more gently you treat it until fully warmed up the better it should get. The clutch and dual-mass flywheel has a wonderful repertoire of noises, depending on temperature, humidity, and how hard/long you've been driving. The current very dry air, and rapid drop-off of temperature late afternoon should give you the full road-drill. If it has been stood for a while there may be a bit of brake scuffing noise too. I take it that it's not that. I would keep your ears open while in gear and running, just in case it's always in the background. Enjoy it though.
  11. Many Happy Returns, Geoff. I hope you got the one you can't have, the one that's driving you mad. Unless you already had it . . .
  12. After several months of relative neglect - or at least a relative lack of attention (and nearly a sale until I pulled out after realising the difficulty of finding something that nourished the soul like the Zed) - I at last broke out the polish and the glaze, a little later than in previous years. I had to get my skates on slightly, as I'd also arranged to have four new tyres fitted early next week and I'm not at home much before then. As I've no wish to have a mobile tyre fitter removing and refitting the wheels - and that I would like to wire-brush and grease the brake pipes and clean the arches out again now that I need to and have the opportunity - I jacked the front end up and removed the front wheels this evening. It's a bit of a tight squeeze doing that in the Zed's tight little garage. Taking the rear wheels off tomorrow evening will be a bit easier, with using just the one jacking point and the rear end pointing out of the garage.
  13. "Annoying beeping sound"? It's not another "Nismo" engine sound, is it?
  14. It's mainly a matter of technique. And raw meat, which maybe explains your difficulty.
  15. I thought one of the ten commandments was: "When removing or refitting a 350Z's gearknob, thou shalt use mole grips". There was also another stone tablet with more detail: Lift the gaitor/surround/centre console up to expose the shaft. Wrap a duster or a cloth around the shaft before fixing the mole grips around it. Hold the grips with one hand, and grab the gearknob with the other. Lock your wrist, and turn from your elbow - it effectively gives you a breaker bar about eighteen inches long - and nothing much can hold up against that.
  16. [Slightly outraged at the joke at the expense of a vehicle I thought "we" were supposed to support] Although its always difficult to win a race when you have further to travel than your opponent, and perhaps don't get the same level of support either.
  17. Merry Zmas everyone. Realising that the gift of a Yorkshire garage tan is greater than a Gloucestershire open air detailing is the greatest gift of all. Well, almost . . .
  18. Arguably the quick-checker is more brilliant than the dehumidifier bags - the engine should still turn over easily when the amber light is flashing in my experience - the only casualty was my multi-meter.
  19. Yes, my thoughts entirely. I'd much rather save my charm for something other than a quick charge . . .
  20. I've been pondering buying one of those that is suitable for a Zed for a few years, and next Spring I might have to bite the bullet and get just one of those. That is despite the fact that the Halfords battery a previous owner put in my Zed still holds its charge pretty well - possibly down to using the recondition mode on my CTEK once a year for a week or two.
  21. Yes, sad, very sad. And a mistake, even if not entirely of Nissan's making. Honda's regret at losing the S2000, and its enthusiast following, has fallen on deaf ears.
  22. As far as I'm aware running the aircon for short journeys, or for the first and last few minutes of any journey, isn't particularly advisable - unless the car is used daily. It just blows damp air for the first few minutes until the system has dried out a bit, and you're best not having the blowers on at all for the last few minutes because no air coming in means the air is drier. If the car is relatively new, and the aircon system is relatively good (or Japanese), ten to twenty minutes use every four weeks is sufficient. As for the CTEK trickle-chargers, they are absolutely idiot-proof, not that they need to be here of course. And, of course, letting a modern car battery completely discharge is a terrible idea in any event if you want to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and expenditure. Here's an old-ish picture of mine in situ. The bonnet then closes flush, and everything remains dust-free and self-contained.
  23. The World Health Organisation recommending that countries should test for it, because the vast majority aren't at present, would suggest that is correct.
  24. That's a good one. I knew there was one I'd forgotten. Keeping the tank at least three-quarters full (to minimise condensation formation) was how I remember it. Occasionally putting a can full of fresh petrol in doesn't do any harm either, and if that means your winter hack gets a fill-up of V-Power or Momentum into the bargain as a reward does more good than harm too . . .
  25. Tier 3 here too. There was a slight hope a week ago that we may drop/climb(?) into tier 2, but alas that didn't happen and it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. An observation would be that I doubt the UK is the only nation in the world, or indeed in the continent of Europe, to have the more effectively spreading variant of the virus. So the decision to isolate us is as much political as it is scientific. I would also ask if anyone else did A level Geography and if so did you read the writings of Thomas Malthus? Is Covid-19 an Malthusian control - a natural control on over-population, and hence its prevalance in the most heavily-populated areas?
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