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  1. I was looking into this again recently. Certainly, as a few people mentioned above, Pioneer seems to be coming out as a very likely candidate. Their AVH-Z5100DAB unit seems to have it all! - 7" touch screen, dvd-player, sat-nav (via Apple CarPlay), bluetooth streaming, USB input. It looks like a really top bit of kit, if rather pricey (£375). Does anyone have any thoughts on this unit? https://www.pioneer-car.eu/uk/products/avh-z5100dab/specifications The USB input seems to be critical to getting the best out of these type of units, but they are almost always rear-mounted (and rightly so to maximise screen size). But where do people tend to run their USB>Lightning cable to? Ideally I'd want it to look discrete, but without having to cut away or damage the interior in the process. Also, these style units appear to be pretty bulky. I presume they can be fitted ok as many others have clear done so. But again, can this be done without cutting anything away? I see that it does say that a Nissan 350Z can take the AVH-Z5100DAB under the 'Fit My Car' tab here, so that seems positive: https://www.pioneer.com.au/shop/car/avh-z5100dab/
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    Refurbishing 19" Rays Forged LMGT4 G35 (NISMO)

    Anyone got any thoughts on the pros & cons before I get something done.
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    Pretty sure I'll end up going for the Bilt Hamber Dynax-UC stuff. It's just how thorough a job to get done it terms of prep etc. I'll have to give that some thought. I'll probably not be getting it done until around April or so, once the weather improves and the salts are of the road etc. Ultimately the guy who'll be doing the job will have some say on that one too...
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    Well I was told that the Bilt Hamber Dynax-UC wax lasts about 3 years, so not every year no. Why, would you recommend paying more and having a more thorough job done with the wheel arch liners off, sills, suspension arms etc?
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    I got a quote from a trusted local garage saying that a couple of hours (about £60 + materials) should do a basic underseal including the chassis legs and all key areas; but that it would cost more to do a more thorough job (wheel arch liners off etc.). He said he reckoned about 3L should do it. We were talking Waxoyl, as he didn't know the Bilt Hamber stuff. You can currently get 5L of clear Waxoyl on ebay for £23.27. However like ilogikal1 above, a friend of mine also recommended I go for Bilt Hamber (dynax-UC), which is £50 a litre. Sounds reasonable enough.
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    A standard service provided by any decent car wash / detailer which includes cleaning underneath the car to remove all the dirt and probably most importantly winter salts.
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    £500.. Yowza! I'm looking to spend £100 max. Surely it's only an hours labour + materials once the car has been 'MOT washed' underneath and allowed to dry thoroughly?
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    To be honest I think it was me that said the word 'waxoyl' first, because I'd had it done before on a previous vehicle . I'm certainly not wedded to it specifically. Whatever the best quality product is that I can get applied by a local mechanic / bodyshop for a decent price will be what I ultimately go with. Not looking to spend big money on this to be honest. But I don't have the ability to properly get underneath the car, certainly not enough to do the job to the standard I'd want.
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    Waxoyl Undersealing

    I recently had my MOT and pleased to say it successfully passed with no issues. While the car was on the ramp I asked the tech whether he thought it could do with being waxoyled or undersealed in some way. He said he thought it was starting get to the point where a coat of waxoyl would be a good idea, particularly if I was looking to hold on to the car for the longer term. I had my previous car ('91 Scirocco GTII) waxoyled underneath a long time ago, and it seemed to be a very good job. Do people think this would be worthwhile? What sort of price should I expect to pay? Any tips or specific things to look out for or request?
  10. It is bizarre alright. It wasted as much of the master tech's time as it did mine. In a sense, I'll be so relieved this is finally over (still talking future tense as it's too soon to relax completely..), that I'll be content. But in one sense I paid £464 to have a basic weld done. Doesn't sound too good when you say it that way... I'm actually pleased I've an MOT coming up next week. I'd rather fail it than be driving an unsafe car or be doing more damage to my beloved Z! Hopefully that'll act as some level of counter-check on this guys work. Not sure if there are any 'trusted specialists' in and around Belfast, but certainly I have a relationship with a couple of good quality independent mechanics. I don't always go to Charles Hurst. I did this time as (ironically) I wanted someone knowledgeable and accountable as it was an Engine Management Light issue...
  11. Well I think this may finally be resolved (hopefully I'm not speaking too soon!), but in case this helps anyone in future, here's how things went for me. I called them back the next day with an ultimatum; a sizeable refund and I take the car (and any future custom) elsewhere, or they continue to work on this until it's resolved free of charge (unless parts are required), and I only pay the bill once I've verified that this issue is actually resolved. Both options had to go through the Service Manager. He had someone call me the next day to say they'd go with the latter. After several update calls with a flummoxed Master Tech he called their tech support who suggested checking for hairline cracks in and around the catalytic converter, which can expand with the heat, causing an air leak. He did find one and has since welded it and following test drives with the diagnostic gear attached, it seems to be saying the sensors are now content. Fortunately I had use of my girlfriend's TSIII for this time, as it took the car being with them for almost another week to get it all sorted.
  12. Many thanks for the replies guys. Looks like I'm going to have to dust off my copy of The Riot Act tomorrow morning! Don't go anywhere. This may not be over... Pretty sure I'm completely done with Charles Hurst after this though. It's the last straw... I'm absolutely disgusted at how this has been handled so far. The fact that after two misdiagnoses so far their offer is to fart about for a good few hours tomorrow and then bill me for some/all of that time is scandalous. P.S. The original story above omits the bit where they also fitted new brake discs & pads all round during this time. I sourced the parts myself (hopefully correctly) from Europarts (see below). Charles Hurst charged about £180 to fit the lot (which is reasonable to be fair), as they knew I was shopping around on that one. Their original price to source and fit though..? £2150!! A 'saving' of almost £1700. I have a copy of the 'Vehicle Health Check' document showing their quote. I should send the bloody thing to Trading Standards.
  13. My engine management light came on before Christmas and upon taking it to Charles Hurst Nissan was told it needed a replacement oxygen sensor (P/N 22693CD700). After a bit of haggling this was done for £250 all in. A day or two later the engine management light came back on, just in time that I couldn't get anything sorted due to the holidays... Eventually I got it back in and was then told that often when you you replace the front sensor the rear can then fail. Approximately £220 later and with a new rear sensor (P/N 226A1AM601) apparently onboard I drive away (Friday afternoon). Less than 10 minutes later and the back on comes the engine management light..! F#&@!! Naturally I immediately phoned Charles Hurst and gave off. The car was then booked straight back in for Monday morning (today). After not hearing from them all day, I contacted them and the 'master tech' has proposed switching the injectors on each side of the car to see if the error code moves to the other side, with me paying 50% of the 5 hours labour required and if needs be then sourcing the parts myself (as them sourcing them would be very expensive by their own admission) and them then fitting the parts for free. What to people make of this? Other than the fact that I've almost certainly had two perfectly good sensors replaced on the car already for in and around £470, with likely another £200+ to pay for investigatory work tomorrow. Pretty sure I'll not be paying another bill until I sure the car is 100% and driven for a good distance. Oh and I have the MOT booked for Friday... Will most likely have to cancel that I'd say.
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    New Discs & Pads needed - Brembo?

    Looking at the 'view detail' section it seems as though two of the sets (the square shape) are for a Brembo brake system, whereas the other two (longer/curved shape) are for Sumitomo & Akebono systems. Presumably I need the ones for a Brembo system.
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    New Discs & Pads needed - Brembo?

    Yes, mine currently has Brembo callipers, discs and possibly pads. I'm inclined to fit Brembo brand replacement discs and pads as, bar the stereo, I have kept the the car stock and fitted genuine Nissan / NISMO parts where possible. That is unless for similar money an alternative set of discs and pads would give a significant improvement in performance..? Not sure what the difference between the two shapes of pads are though on the links above?
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