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  1. I'm the proud owner of a 05-plate Z with 126k miles on the clock. Unfortunately, as much as I love it, the issues are starting to build up: aircon needs replacing (according to local garage, who said they 'had to remove a belt'[?]), paintwork starting to peel in places, radio / CD player on last legs (stuck on radio with no presets), still with original SatNav............nothing major on it's own, and still (fingers crossed!) mechanically sound, but all taking that little bit of enjoyment away from driving it. The simple (logical??) option with that many miles on the clock might be to sell / scrap it and get a new car, but as anyone with a 350Z knows, it pains me to even think about it!! So 2 quick questions: 1) For those who've owned similar cars of a similar age, do you think it's worth persevering with? 2) If so, could anyone recommend someone - garage or individual - that could take a look at it to assess it and potentially carry out a bit of a mini-overhaul? I do a lot of travel between South Wales and London, so anywhere in that region would be a bonus! Although I love driving the car 'as it deserves to be driven', I'm not a 'boy racer', so just want it back up to a good standard rather than souped up or any major modifications (although as I type this, open to suggestions!) Thanks, Darren
  2. Whenever I brake, particularly at high speeds, there's a fast juddering that continues until I take my foot off the pedal. I had a brief word with my local garage, who immediately asked if I could feel it up the steering column - I can. Their recommendation was new discs and pads, but I just wanted a quick check to see if people thought this was the only possible cause. The garage are great for customer service, but he admits he doesn't see too many 350Z's, yet he seemed to reach his conclusion very quickly!!
  3. Just to update, ballast ordered from ZMANAEX, received and fitted, and problem now resolved. Another 350Z back on the road! Thanks Alex!
  4. DRP08

    Headlight issue

    I had the same issue recently with bulbs and fuses not sorting the problem. Identified a ballast issue, bought from ZMANALEX, and problem is now sorted. I can't guarantee i's exactly the same issue, but it worked for me, and the service from Alex was great!
  5. Thanks for the reply. They definitely checked the fuses, and even replaced to see if that was the issue - no luck unfortunately. So the question now is probably - what next? Can I buy the ballast separately, or do I need a whole new headlamp unit? Either way, any recommended places to get them from? Thanks again
  6. Currently the proud owner of a '05 350Z.......with only one working headlight! No being mechanically minded at all, I asked a local garage to find out why simply replacing the bulb didn't help. It seems there is a problem with the 'headlamp control module (drivers side) that screws into the bottom of the headlamp and controls the xenons' (screws in to bottom of headlamp). Anybody able to shed some more light / advise? I previously had an issue where I had damaged the plastic cover in the wheel arch area, and wonder if there could've been some water damage - there has been quite a lot of condensation in the headlamp since. All help greatly appreciated!! Darren
  7. Thanks again for all of the responses - really appreciate it!! Cobra definitely looks like the longer-term way forward. How noticable is the difference between the resonated and non-resonated? Also, I had been wondering if welding was an option - it seems a lot to replace for what is essentially a split (albeit a big one!!). Would welding be a stop-gap to keep me going for a few weeks, or would it likely to last for a bit longer than that?
  8. After problems with my Y-pipe a few months back, I found this forum the best place to come for advice. The initial problem was solved (Cobra Y-pipe from CS - should point out again that the garage commented on how impressed they were, and also great service - thatnks CS!!), but now my exhaust has started blowing again. I'm far from being a mechanic, but looking under the car it's quite obvious that the join between the centre pipe (?) and the back box has corroded and the 2 parts are now completely separate! A mate of mine has suggested I need to replace 'everything down from the Y-pipe (again, emphasizing there's nothing wrong with the Y-pipe I previously purchased!!) - anybody have any recommendations? Unfortunately I've just I've just committed money towards a holiday (taking the 3 of us - me, my daughter and the 350Z! - to France), so suggestions at the lower end of the price range will probably be closer to the mark....
  9. Just to update, I've now taken it to the local garage / audio centre who (after lots of technical jargon) sound like they're offering to unplug the connections at the back,plug it back in, and charge me £40 for the pleasure!! I'm planning to have a go myself sometime when I get chance, although slightly concerned I need a code? Apparently, as it's Bose, if their first method didn't work they're suggesting I'll have to replace the whole system - does anyone ahve a rough idea how much this is likely to cost?
  10. I take it that the standard Bose isn't the way forward then?!! I'll try to sort this, but if there are problems with the unit, I'm open to suggestions for an alternative! Thanks for the offer of the spare front leonk - I'm hoping to get it looked at tomorrow, so should have a better idea after that.......
  11. Yes, it's a GT, and as far as I know, nothing has been changed from new......
  12. I have an 05 plate 350Z which still has the original radio / headunit. From nowhere, all of the buttons have stopped working! Any ideas? On/off works, and the volume, but other than that, nothing! I can use volume and track up/down on steering wheel, but that's it. I wouldn't be as bothered, except it's now stuck on CD mode and has my daughter's irritating CD stuck in it!! If anyone can save me from this audio torture, it'd be much appreciated!
  13. Y-pipe received, fitted and MOT now passed!! Thanks for all your help. Obviously it's only been on a few days, but seems good so far and the garage said it fitted perfectly and were very happy to recommend!!
  14. Just to update, I've now purchased the Cobra Y-pipe from CS, based on the general concensus on here. And probably more importantly, I knew where I could get it from quickly!! I haven't taken delivery of it yet, and so I can't comment too much so far, but would just like to say thanks to those at CS - they were a pleasure to deal with!!! Thanks to all those that responded
  15. Seems to be a bit of divided opinion here!! Does anyone want to give opinions of why one is better than the other? Similar price, so advantages of reliability, performance, 'fit' etc.......??



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