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  1. Personally on the DE I found the airbox trumpet mod (I forget what it's really called :P ) gave the best improvement in feel vs cost. made the car much smoother on the throttle.
  2. KK so if you've not negotiated a reduction on the sticker price then as you say it's a straight 8K for the car. I wouldn't be faffing round in the hopes of saving a grand over a car you really want.
  3. but whats the sticker on the new vehicle say? Have you negotiated on it?
  4. Do both need replacing? Drop links are cheap and easy to replace, I'd narrow the issue down before replacing everything you can.
  5. The level of movement is often hard to spot, you can either undo the drop links and see if they seem stiff and firm or loose and wobbly or if you can replicate the clunk on the driveway or whatnot just undo the droplinks and see if that cures the clunk.
  6. Hehe it's the phone bluetooth thingy (though not the actual dongle) feel free to remove
  7. The navara is the lefthand side it's a standard 7pin plug (I think it's 7?) I found one on ebay but they're in no way special
  8. I picked up a second hand Navara mirror which is what several people have done. Essentially they're all similar, power negative and a reverse input to ensure the mirror isn't dimmed when reversing
  9. There's a speaker or mic up there somewhere, if you want to run an auto dimming mirror I'd recommend you take power/negative/reverse from the stereo rear and run it up the passenger pillar, it's what I've done as have others. The dome lights are notoriously finicky and people have blown fuses or even the body control unit fiddling with the dome lights and power. If you've got the headlining off then you can also pop a gps arieal or whatnot up in that space as well. You could retro fit auto lights or wipers from other cars. Plenty of slightly newer Nissans have these features they're essentially wired to "on" with the function acting as a relay.
  10. Quite 4 expensive tyres later.... If you want it get it but best not get it on the assumption of what the price will be in a few years.
  11. Admittedly not a fancy electric car but I've a BMW 650i GC, original owner paid £89,000, after two years the second owner paid £55,000 and after another 2 years I picked it up for £27,000. For me that's a typical depreciation curve. Now clearly although it's rare (only 13 in the country!) it's just a rare version of a common car (plenty of 6 series around) I don't see what will be a special but fairly common Porsche holding it's value much better?
  12. Which one? The running costs are still something unless you've got free electricity? Even then no fuel and no road tax is going to save you what £1500 - £2500 a year?
  13. Yah Cambourne to the science park :/ stuck with the times as I have to drop our son at nursery as well
  14. Well Cambridge's roads are just awful atm so I feel for you, my morning commute is 45min to an hour to travel 6 miles! It's definitely nicer with an auto, I've taken the BMW to work most days to give my left foot a rest from the clutch in the 350
  15. As my dad says "someones got to keep the economy going!" You'd have to be doing some serious miles for that to bare out. Purchase price is always the biggest factor. I'd always get something cheaper with slightly higher running costs if I could get something nicer. It's like people who worry about the tax band, if it's a serious concern then your buying the wrong type of car. That said buying something with silly maintenance and running costs won't end but most cars available are much of a muchness.
  16. Indeed if you own the car outright the only costs are running costs, if you look to swap to anything where you have pay towards the car then your running costs are unlikely to be your biggest sink. I doubt the Zed is costing you so much that a more economical car would be able to save you enough in running costs to put towards the finance/purchase? I've long shaken my head at people who stump up a fortune for an economical car when a less economical one costs less even with the running costs thrown in.
  17. I've swapped my arms without having to drop the brace, you can leave it with the opposite side loose while replacing an arm and then swap, this saves you having it on the floor and lifting it up again. Bolts are nice and thick and while the nuts might have seized some PB blaster and a long breaker bar gets them off without too much hassle.
  18. Few things gone already, sensible offers happily entertained
  19. Having a clear out! All items will be cleaned before sending, posting from Cambridge (so happy for anyone who wants to collect) Interior steps, a few scratches otherwise fine, all clips etc unbroken. £30 +postage Interior trim round lower door, fee scratches clips etc all correct £15 + postage Rear view mirror all good £20+ postage GT de coupe spoiler (original) in chilli red all the fixings are present, no clips but the clip holders are all correct, easy enough to repaint. £40 plus postage Torque solution gearbox mount. I said yes yes, wife says no no. Makes shifts butter smooth and the car sound amazing (from my pov anyways) driveway DIY job to fit. 2nd hand but doubt it's had more than 1000 miles of use. £60 +postage SOLD De coupe boot weight £10+ postage De standard lights turn signals etc, all working (swapped to an led pair) £50 + postage I also have a radio unit which I removed, haven't uncoded it so not sure it's worth much? Sensible offers! SOLD
  20. Muppets, Plenty of blame to go around here.. The GT86 clearly should not have pulled out, he could see the Nissan and the speed involved, no doubt he though he'd be able to have a "race" the biggest lack of brains available. The 350z, why are you racing along a street lined with people? Pretty dumb. Spectators, why are you standing feet from muppets? The interview with the organiser sounds like he's a very level headed guy, the meet is in a carpark with speed bumps to stop people being idiots but as always brain dead morons have to turn up to try and make themselves feel special by being idiots. Just shocking stuff, if people choose to be this way there's no wonder the police and society clamp down on it and wanting to admire a group of nice cars and have a chat then becomes some illegal activity. I'd never ever put my life in the hands of morons around me. Everyday when I drive I'm fully aware that every other car could be driven by a complete idiot and keep the appropriate distance and try to fully anticpate that they could choose to do anything not just what I'd expect.
  21. Very true, you pay if they're ill or on holiday as well!
  22. 2-4 isn't an issue for me but 6-8 is definitely on the limit, at 6 weeks it's a properly spluttery slow start, 8 weeks is dead battery territory. No worries though I'll pop it on a trickle charge in the garage. Speaking of which my current charger is basically a transformer and 2 croc clips (ebay special) it works fine but I wonder if there's a nicer version people recommend?
  23. For the past year and a bit I've been swapping between the 350 and my other car (Thwarting my attempts to get it over 100k miles) Often it sits in the garage for up to 6-8 weeks, twice now the battery has discharged and I've had to let it charge over a few days before using it when it's perfectly happy again. In the 7-8 years of ownership It's had a few batteries so it's kept fairly up to date. I've no problem with putting it on trickle charge while in the garage I'm just wondering if people consider it should be able to sit for up to two months and still be able to start happily? It has an aftermarket stereo/rear camera/auto folding mirrors, rear view mirror mod but all of them should have been wired up to the correct power (ie not the always live). It's perfectly happily not being used for a few weeks but 2 months seems to be the limit, does that seem about right? The fancy BMW just seems to turn things off to ensure the battery doesn't drain obviously the 350 doesn't have those sort of features. Just curious
  24. MDMetal

    Quick Jack

    Similar for £1000 I really want to know they're awesome! I'm always looking for better jack's I hate using the smallish trolley one I've got!
  25. Damn you Adrian! I'm a good few years behind on my z purchases and you keep adding cool stuff!





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