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  1. Good car choice and in the best colour. I've got a 66 plate in white. Same wheels as yours and I love them - I think they look even better in the flesh than they do in photo's.
  2. At my age I tend to fall out of my Zed rather than stepping out of it : )
  3. The DE Revup has the improved interior, same as the HR. The redline of the Revup is only 500 rpm less than the HR, I suppose some people like to 'redline' but not everyone. 'Some' Revup's burnt extra oil (not a problem if you keep an eye on it or have previously owned RX8's) but not all of them. Lots on this forum have never had a problem with excessive oil consumption. Some HR's have had oil gallery gaskets fail but no-one seems to say not to buy an HR. The most annoying thing with the Revup is the high tax (as HR) but the upside is the better interior.
  4. The shape of the front end does 'attract' stone chips just like any other coupe. I have never had a stone chip go rusty because I regularly check and touch up. Most modern cars have crap paint compared to how it was in the good old days when they were very solvent based. My other car is a 2018 Kia and my daughter has a 2018 Renault, both low mileage and both shocking for stone chips so I don't think my current 2016 370Z is any better or worse. If you are buying a 2018 370Z Nismo then you really don't need to worry about rust. Just regularly check for chips and treat and touch up and you will be fine. For chips I usually use a no.1 artist brush (very fine tip) and just touch in carefully. Each chip may get two or three light applications so it is level with the rest of the paint which is far better than the 'blob' that many people put on.
  5. I was really lucky and realised there were 'issues' quite early on even though I had none with mine. I suspected that used prices may fall dramatically so decided to let it go. There was a bit of a waiting list when I sold mine so advertised it at a pretty high price. Couple of old folks turned up to look at it on behalf of their son who worked abroad. He was due home and they had been instructed to just buy it. No haggling and they didn't even look at it properly. I did buy another a few years later for a bargain basement price when no-one would touch them and again had no problems at all.
  6. They look great but photo's never quite do the colour justice. It really pop's in the sun.
  7. I have waited 18 years to buy my son his first pint. His birthday was last week and the bars are closed so I decided that if we cant go to the bar then the bar will come to him. Managed to recycle some stuff from the garage and created this:
  8. I had always been a fan of the 240/260Z and was quite excited when Nissan launched the 350Z. However, as I was considering purchasing one, Mazda launched the RX8. I was completely smitten with the RX8 and purchased a brand new one, probably one of the first in the country. I had never previously been tempted to buy a brand new car. I kind of forgot about the 350Z for a few years until I was looking to change my car and my young son spotted one for sale close by and talked me into going to have a look. I went along to humour him but the car was very eye catching and in immaculate condition – when I say eye catching it really was, being a Temper Orange 350Z HR. I took it for a test drive and loved the sound, performance and handling but was a little put off by the lack of visibility – it was fitted with a Nismo rear spoiler and really heavy tint on the side and rear windows. Felt a bit like driving a van, only using wing mirrors. I could live with the lack of visibility but the question I was asking myself ‘was I too old for a bright orange car’. A few days later I collected the car : ). It was a good price and I decided that if I didn’t like it then I could probably get my money back. Obviously I loved it. After the Temper Orange 350Z I decided to upgrade to a 370Z, a natural progression. I found a nice white GT Edition, 7 speed auto. This was a really good car, the GT Edition has additional sound proofing and suspension tuned for UK roads. I did find myself missing the manual box from time to time but the auto box with paddle shift was pretty good. In hindsight I should have probably kept this car but was being tempted by another… Next up was what I thought was the pinnacle, a 370Z Nismo, again in white. Bit odd this one because it had done very few miles, was described as immaculate but was being sold privately for less than the We Buy Any Car price. It was quite a distance away but after speaking to the owner who sounded very genuine took a train to look, and buy and drive back, if as described. It was. The seller had been trying to P/X it so can only assume he had been offered a daft price and was crap at negotiating so had priced the car based on that. Although there was nothing wrong with the car itself it really was not for me, especially on the crap roads around where I live. I absolutely loved the look of the car, the Nismo really does look fantastic, but found it way too skittish unless on perfectly smooth roads (hard to find). After the Nismo I decided to try something different and bought an Audi RS3. These cars are awesome, very few cars would be faster A to B on any road type. It was quite an experience but they don’t really come alive until you are doing stupid speeds and I feared for my licence so that had to go. Nice thing about the RS3 is if you buy one a couple of years old they really hold their price so no financial loss. I was missing my Zed’s but since the next one was just for weekend fun I decided to get another 350Z. Came across an immaculate, super low mileage 350Z DE revup. I really liked this car but since my son had now passed his driving test it was my wife who would be coming out with me and not him – and she hated it. The 350Z is a lot more raw than the 370Z and despite the low miles it still crashed and bumped its way around. Probably didn’t help that I had fitted it with a Cobra exhaust so it was noisy too. It was great for solo trips but not with a passenger. So after 14 months ownership it had to go. I then toyed with the idea of a Porsche Cayman but since it was only going to be a toy, the purchase cost and ongoing costs put me off the idea. Also found during the test drives that they did not really excite me any more than my Zed’s so just settled on the idea of another Zed. I found a 2016 370Z GT manual (in white again!) at a Maserati dealership. Very low miles, immaculate condition but it had sat in their showroom for nearly 12 months. As with the Nismo it was priced really low. The sales guy was very honest and showed me its pricing history and it was now up for sale nearly £9K less than they had started. He even showed me the paperwork to show what they had paid for it. It drove well, was pretty much as new so I bought it. Covid-19 had put paid to me putting many miles on it, but so far it seems to be the best version of Zed for me. It is far better behaved on the crap road surfaces than the Nismo and does not crash around like the 350Z. I am getting older so the ‘softness’ is probably better suited to me.
  9. I'm on my 5th Zed now and 3 of them have had rather 'agricultural' gearboxes and one was an auto. My current 2016 (12K miles) is very smooth into all gears even when cold - I think it must be broken : )
  10. If the Nismo ones are too expensive, Zmanalex has some GT Rays for sale. These would be a good upgrade over the non GT wheels.
  11. Just tie a couple of 9-pack toilet rolls together and sling them over the back like panniers and you should get away with it. Essential items ..
  12. It was possibly developed by one James McCormick the inventor of that most excellent bomb detector??
  13. You can wash it within an hour, is better exercise than a walk, and less likely to come into contact with anyone else. I suppose that if the police have a word with you then you can just claim to be 'decontaminating' it and show them your bottle of revolt (other manufacturers products are available).
  14. Yes, still got one. On my 5th now. I intend to write an ownership thread but just don't seem to have the time at the moment...
  15. Funny how in these strange times you do the slightest of jobs but feel a great sense of satisfaction for having done it - then retire indoors for a well earned beer : )





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