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  1. My car's the base model, so no Bose. I'm afraid I'm not really an audio person, so I can't tell you much about the sound quality. My goal was to get an Android Auto head unit for a reasonable price, so I could listen to podcasts from my phone and also have navigation displayed on a slightly larger screen. Plan B would have been to try and get a line in and use a phone mount, but I was keen to try Android Auto. The Sony was cheap and has done everything I wanted, so I'm pretty happy with it. Sound quality seems fine to me, but I'm no audiophile. I think if you want a straightforward Apple Carplay & Android Auto headunit from a known brand at a good price, the Sony XAV-AX100 is a really good shout, yes - but it depends what you want. It doesn't have it's own built in nav nor DAB radio. If you don't plan on plugging in your mobile, then I imagine you would probably be better getting something more audio-focused for the money.
  2. I did this recently. Sony XAV-AX100 head unit (Apple carplay & Android auto, ~£250) Incartec Sony adapter cable for steering wheel controls* Incartec 350Z adapter cable for the stereo Incartec 350Z double din facia* * needed slight modifications to work You need the facia (plastic rectangular trim piece) because the standard stereo is bigger than double DIN so the hole is too big, and the one that came with the stereo was too small for the hole. I also removed the obsolete Bluetooth adapter from the rear storage box in the centre console, and threaded my USB cable down there so I can keep my phone in there and use it with the stereo screen via Android auto. Was a bit of a job, but all installed and working 100% now including the steering wheel audio controls
  3. I paid £57.67 for the Brodit kit for my RX-7, you need the car-specific clip that attaches to the car, then you need the phone-specific cradle that attaches to the clip. And you have to screw one into the other yourself with no holes pre-drilled (!) So I would say that, if this truly attaches securely to the car interior, and holds the phone securely yet lets it slide in and out easily, then I would say it was well worth £20. Personally I'm not sure I'd buy one myself right now since I've got an Android auto headunit and can leave my phone in the cubbyhole and use the phone on the headunit screen, but if I was wanting to hold it up front, something like this would be v attractive.
  4. Thanks for this Z Legend, helped me a lot. I know this is an old post, but in case anyone else finds it while looking for help removing the centre console / gearlever / handbrake surround, I'll post my own experience on my non-GT 2007 HR Coupe since I found a few other things on my way: 1) For me, I didn't remove an ashtray/cointray. I removed a bluetooth receiver from inside the rear storage cubby in the centre console. - squeeze the button on the right hand side of the cradle to unlock, then pull the bluetooth unit itself forwards to remove it from the cradle. - pull the front lower lip forwards to expose a small cross-head screw. Undo this screw to release the cradle. - the cradle has two leads that disappear through a small hole. The surround to this hole can be pulled out. You can then undo the two wiring harness connections 2) I found it worthwhile to unscrew my gearknob first - even though it was very stiff - and then I could lift the gear surround / gaiter completely off the gearlever, making it much easier to get the centre console on/off. 3) Note that these are the two larger screws at the front of the area under the gear surround, under where the heater controls are. NOT the five small screws directly around the gearlever, which you DONT need to touch. 5) I also found the centre console was constrained by two wiring harness connections just under the gearlever. First try to release the connectors from the holes they are clipped into by squeezing the grey clips, then undo the connections Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Z's interior came apart and went back together again Thanks again for the instructions, I'd have been stumped without them. Enjoying my Sony XAV-AX100 now!
  5. Alignment is a good idea, if they can't fix it they should be able to diagnose the problem at the least. Could be a broken spring - does the car look at all low at the back left / high at the front right? Otherwise possibly something come loose on the suspension adjustment so the alignment is way out - does the back left wheel look like it's leaning 'inwards' unusually, or not pointing straight ahead? Is your car stock? I had aftermarket suspension arms on my 180SX, and one broke (!)
  6. Looking good. First registered 14 March 2006 - so you've nicely dodged the £570 road tax rate :-) 25mm spacers all round will bring the Rays out to sit flush, which really helps the stance.
  7. A topic near and dear to my heart, the best 90s Japanese cars. After reading a lot about them all, I decided on my personal favourite, and bought it seven years ago: I decided I'd prefer a simple, classic rwd sports car rather than a 4wd; a car that starts from uncompromised weight distribution and suspension layout to achieve speed, rather than compromising the basics and then compensating with reactive technology. I'd actually rate the NSX as my personal #2, but the RX-7 is objectively smaller and lighter, quicker with Stage 1 tuning, and subjectively prettier, plus I guess FR 50/50 weight balance is probably slightly more forgiving. I can confirm that the FD3S is excellent to drive; the handling balance is beautiful, resisting understeer and settling into a mild drift if you are over-ambitious with your entry speed, like the sixties sports-racers whose lines it draws inspiration from. It's quick; in the dry it squats and goes, the sequential turbos giving a great one-two punch for blasting past 45mph dodderers. Twice I encountered 996 GT3s on trackdays, and both times there was nothing in it in a straight line between the Porsche and my mildly tuned RX-7. The car readily shrinks around you, becoming an extension of your body that you can control intuitively. It's not perfect, and it moves around quite a lot on its suspension, but it's pretty quick and great fun. Basically a dream to drive, shame about the level of maintenance needed and the difficulties getting parts to fix it properly. Hence bailing out and getting the Z now :-) Having said that, I have a lot of time for the NSX, the Z32 in SWB TT form, the Supra A80, the BNR32, SW20, .... . In an ideal world I'd have a big garage and about ten of the best 90s Japanese cars in it.
  8. Sorry to hear about the MX-5! Car tax is £325 pa for 350Zs first registered up to 23rd March 2006, then £570 thereafter. If you have the number plate, the government MOT check page will also show you the date registered.
  9. You could also check out these for sale posts for reference on price, black car has similar mods, blue car has more: https://www.350z-uk.com/topic/122846-2007-350z-hr-midnight-blue/ https://www.350z-uk.com/topic/124577-2008-350z-hr-black-£7995/
  10. While I was seeking my own Z just this past couple of weeks, I put all the details of all the cars for sale into a spreadsheet, and graphed price against mileage: According to the graph, the 'typical' asking price for an HR Coupe with 105k miles would be approx £6,750. However this is just a simple straight-line fit to one single parameter, mileage, so please don't treat this as gospel! But the dots on the graph show what other cars are up for. Other relevant factors might be whether it is GT spec or not, and what sort of documented service history it has? I assume you have the standard Rays wheels. I can't really say if the mods make it worth more; personally I was looking for a stock car to keep insurance simple, but I recognise that the mods you have are generally considered the ones to go for to increase enjoyment. I might be inclined to put it up for £7500 on the basis that it's got new tyres, gallery gasket done, and some nice mods; and see what interest you get. Don't let me stop you putting it up for more, though !
  11. Car looks great. I didn't see a single white UK car up for sale out of about a hundred cars, so very much a rare colour, and looks great with the pearlescent effect.
  12. Got it! Now on the ferry back from Larne, with a nice long drive stretching out in front of me to get to know my Z. Seller was a nice guy, gave me a full tank of petrol ... some of which I may already have turned into noise exiting each roundabout on the dual carriageway between Belfast and Larne port in third gear, throttle wide open :-) Love the car, really happy right now. Pics to follow once I'm home.
  13. +1 https://www.am-online.com/independents/news/2019/05/03/supercar-retailer-motorhub-fined-over-50-000-by-trading-standards https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/motor-hub.co.uk I find it best to work on a trust basis when buying a car personally. I can't imagine trusting these people. I'm not confident enough at inspecting every aspect of a car to try to snatch a bargain from the jaws of crooks.
  14. So, neither of the two cars I looked at were quite right - both a bit scruffy bodywork-wise, and both about 12psi oil pressure at warm idle, which isn't great I understand. But they were both lovely to drive, especially the non-GT car with the lower seating position. I found a lovely car, stock, 25k miles, one owner from new, night blue, cloth seats. There's just one slight issue - it's in Portadown. Which is in Northern Ireland, and I'm in Cambridge. So, having had it inspected with overall positive results, (28psi oil pressure, just a couple of small marks/dents on the bodywork) I'm off on a flight on Sunday to bring it back! I'm pretty excited.
  15. Browsing around for info and found this https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-13113-2007-nissan-350z-prices-announced? Might be useful for buying. Apologies if this has been previously posted or is in the wrong place. Copying here, since previous Nissan press releases have subsequently vanished from their site leaving dead links here -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 27 April 2007 2007 NISSAN 350Z PRICES ANNOUNCED Nissan has announced the price of the new 350Z, with its uprated engine, to give a starting figure of £26,795 OTR for the Coupe and £28,295 OTR for the Roadster, representing an increase of only £300. This also includes the recently announced rise in road tax (up £90) and the first registration fee (up £12). Vehicle deliveries are expected to start from mid May. Changes to the award winning 350Z include an 80% new engine which has meant, due to its taller stance, that the front bonnet has had to be discreetly redesigned with a slightly raised profile, giving it a look reminiscent of the original 240Z. There are also three new exterior colours on offer – Temper Orange, replacing Sunset, which contains a subtle green “flip” when seen in soft light conditions. Twilight Grey and Night Blue complete the new shades replacing Gun Metal Grey and Azure Blue respectively. Solid Red, Universal Silver and Ebisu Black continue to remain available. Inside, a new no cost option trim has been introduced called Frost. It has a pale grey tone and adds a touch of sophistication to the car’s interior. On the Roadster the frost trim can be ordered with a new grey coloured roof hood, also at no extra cost, replacing the previous availability of blue. Safety and on road refinement has also been improved with the fitment of Active Headrests, to minimise the chances of neck injury in the event of a rear impact, plus the change over to Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres which aid refinement without losing any level of grip. An illuminated ignition switch is the only other change made to the new model with all other levels of equipment remaining unchanged. As a memory jogger these include 18” RAYS forged alloy wheels, voice prompted phone activation with Bluetooth, gear change indicator, climate control air-conditioning, 6 CD auto-changer with cassette facility and 4 speakers. Keeping you safe on the road are anti-lock brakes with Switchable Electronic Stability Control, bi-xenon headlamps plus, should they be needed, front, side and curtain airbags. The GT pack which is a further £2500 includes heated and electric powered leather sports seats, a 240W Bose radio / cassette 6 CD autochanger with 7 speakers including a 10” sub woofer and audio pilot noise compensation technology, and cruise control. Alezan orange interior is a further £400 and if you want Birdview Satellite navigation then add £1200. The HR in the engine code stands for High Revolution and High Response designed to improve the overall acceleration, feel and sound of the unit. Power is increased by 13PS giving a total of 313PS at 6800rpm with a further 500rpm added to the top end of the rev range – now standing at 7500rpm. However, the real difference will be noticed lower down with 90% of the 358Nm torque (up 5Nm) being achieved at just 2000rpm (maximum at 4800rpm). These changes allow performance figures to improve with 0.1 of a second shaved off the 0-62mph time which means the Coupe now takes 5.7 seconds and the roadster 6.1. And, there is no change to either the combined fuel consumption figure or the CO2 emissions; 24.1mpg and 280g/km respectively for the coupe and 23.5mpg and 288g/km for the Roadster. How do you change 80 percent of an engine that has been voted as one of the top ten engines in the world for the last 12 years*? Please read on… Measures The following are the main changes that made the performance increase possible: A block deck height increase reduces the angle at which the piston presses down the conrod. This diminishes the piston side forces and increases the rev limit Crank journal diameter increased Crank pin diameter increased therefore friction reduced and rev limit increased Twin symmetric air intake system therefore increased ram-air pressure effect and improved intake noise Raised piston crown gives higher compression 10.6 (instead of 10.3:1) Smaller intake and exhaust valve diameter for better air flow at small valve opening Improved coolant flow: higher speed around spark plug (smaller diameter) and pipes in every cylinder giving cooler combustion chambers, allowing more spark advance and eliminating knocking Straight intake channels (manifold and head) give improved air flow to combustion chambers Other modifications include: Valve springs with increased load rate by 25% and stiffer oil pump rotor material (+20%) è massive reduction of vibration level è rev limit up. Twin knock sensor instead of single type è recognises knocking at earlier stage è allowing more spark advance and eliminating knocking. Stiffer crank shaft housing è less vibrations è reduction of mechanical noises. Results from VQ35 HR Max. output: 313 PS @ 6800rpm Torque: 358 Nm @ 4800 rpm Rev limiter at 7500 rpm (up from 7000) Engine centre of gravity lower by 15mm Specifications MY07 MY06 +/- Coupe Z33E Roadster Z33T Coupe Z33D Roadster Z33S Some technical specs Displacement cm3 3498 3498 3498 3498 Output PS @ rpm 313 @ 6800 313 @ 6800 300 @ 6400 300 @ 6400 13 Torque Nm @ rpm 358 @ 4800 358 @ 4800 353 @ 4800 353 @ 4800 +5 Compression 10.6 : 1 10.6 : 1 10.3 : 1 10.3 : 1 +0.3 Specific output PS/l 89.48 89.48 85.76 85.76 +3.7 Performance Top speed (electronically lim.) mph 155 155 155 155 0 Acceleration 0-62mph s 5.7 6.1 5.8 6.2 -0.1 Fuel Economy Combined mpg 24.1 23.5 24.1 23.5 0 Urban 16.8 16.6 16.9 16.6 -0.1/0 Extra-urban 32.1 30.7 31.7 31.0 -0.1/+0.1 Emission CO2 g/km 280 288 280 288 0 *Ward’s has nominated the VQ35 engine one of the 10 best engines in the world for the last 12 years. Both 350Z Coupe and 350Z Roadster models have a 12 months’/9000 mile service interval and are covered by a three-year/60,000 mile warranty. There’s also a 6-year anti-perforation warranty. ends…



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