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  1. Makes sense, the 2007-08 boom and financial crash hit especially hard over there I understand. The tax goes on the date of first registration, so this, like every 350Z first registered from 23rd March 2006, will pay the top rate of tax. AFAIK the 296hp RevUp cars ran from April 2006 to May 2007, so all (?) RevUps pay the higher rate except the GT4 special editions from 2005 - I assume this is a RevUp so no different from the others in those terms. If it was an Apr 07 car it might have only sat for a year.
  2. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/used-cars/used-car-buying-guide-nissan-350z Extremely positive write-up for the 350Z, adding "it might not be long before casual enthusiasts are priced out of the market for it". Also says £10.5k is 'justified' for a good low-mileage HR. When the 350Z originally came out the journos really rated it, then in the interim it seems to have suffered a bit in reputation, so it's nice to see those same publications coming back now just to re-iterate how good they are :-)
  3. The 370Z has had a very good run really. And even now, I wouldn't really call it an ending. More of a gap between one act of a play and the next, as behind the curtain the stage-hands shuffle the scenery around just in time for the curtain to rise on the next act of the epic story The replacement is still expected to be on the same platform, so in a way it's a development of the 370Z, not throwing away and starting afresh.
  4. When I was looking I saw a car for sale with 25mm spacers all round, and it looked great. So that's what I would do personally. Think I saw that car for sale when I was looking, was definitely tempting.
  5. Welcome. Don't forget that it's perfectly fine to drive to an open space, my Z has been enjoying the quiet roads when going out for walks
  6. Wow, what a story! That's really bad luck to have a bearing go, and then the endless saga of trusting people who say they can help, but actually can't. Nice work getting the car running properly finally. You know what they say, if you want a job done properly, do it yourself. Anyone who needs engine work near Doncaster should drop you a line to find out who not to call, I think ;-) Hope everything goes smoothly with the car in future.
  7. I've written up a slightly fuller version of the above 370Z version guide over here as suggested :-)
  8. I've taken these from the below-linked Nissan UK Press Releases Range Launch - July 2009 (deliveries) 370Z 18” wheels GT Pack + 19” Forged Rays, heated leather seats, 6CD Bose, cruise control, rev matching GT Ultimate + Persimmon suede, sat-nav Revised Suspension - April 2011 (announced) Euro-tuned dampers (by NTCE at Cranfield UK) More noise insulation Rear view camera gains Satnav TPMS Minor facelift - Oct 2012 (deliveries) New bumpers & DRLs Instrument binnacle gets black background New Meguma Red and Midnight Blue colour options New 19” wheels & base Coupe gets same 18” as Roadster Red brake calipers Believed to mark introduction of revised oil gallery gasket fixing the low warm idle oil pressure problem. Revised Suspension - Sep 2014 (on sale) Revised spring and damper rates More noise insulation New ‘Spinal’ seats (shell construction) Gunmetal 18” wheels Minor facelift - Aug 2018 (on sale) Exedy clutch (lighter pedal) Revised lights Black door handles, rear bumper New 19” wheels New metallic red colour option Original PRs: Here are all the official announcements about the 370Z with specs etc, what changed at each facelift: 2009: Initial launch of the 370Z with three grades of standard, GT Pack and GT Ultimate https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-13995-new-nissan-370z-pricing-and-grades 2009: Roadster released https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-14078-all-new-2010-nissan-370z-roadster-adds-open-air 2009: 370Z Yellow edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-14193-latest-370z-puts-other-coupes-in-the-shade 2010: 370Z Black edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-14460-370z-back-to-black 2011: European specific suspension changes https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-79276-nissan-370z-model-year-2011 2011: GT Edition special edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-80647-nissan-370z-gt-edition-a-celebration 2012: Minor facelift (believed to be when the engine oil gallery gasket was upgraded) https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-96048-revised-370z-range-delivers-even-greater-value-style-and-entertainment-to-driving-enthusiasts 2014: New seats, revised suspension again, more sound insulation (at the bottom) https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-125052-nissan-turns-up-the-excitement-with-fully-updated-370z-nismo 2017: Minor facelift, Exedy clutch https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-426201032-new-updates-keep-nissan-370z-fresh-for-my18 2019: 50th Anniversary special edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-3224a3bf335e58101aa8e401d5020712-nissan-celebrates-50-years-of-the-z-car-with-2020-370z
  9. Yeah, you'd appear to be wise to look for a 2012-onwards car as it has the euro-tuned suspension and the fixed oil gallery gasket. As has been said, worth keeping an eye on the for-sale section here, quite often it seems that well cared-for cars with some of the mods you are looking for appear and sell relatively cheaply. Plus you may be able to search forum history to get a bit of an idea about the car. Here are all the official announcements about the 370Z with specs etc, what changed at each facelift: 2009: Initial launch of the 370Z with three grades of standard, GT Pack and GT Ultimate https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-13995-new-nissan-370z-pricing-and-grades 2009: Roadster released https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-14078-all-new-2010-nissan-370z-roadster-adds-open-air 2009: 370Z Yellow edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-14193-latest-370z-puts-other-coupes-in-the-shade 2010: 370Z Black edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-14460-370z-back-to-black 2011: European specific suspension changes (apparently for all models not only GT Edition) https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-79276-nissan-370z-model-year-2011 2011: GT Edition special edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-80647-nissan-370z-gt-edition-a-celebration 2012: Minor facelift (believed to be when the engine oil gallery gasket was upgraded) https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-96048-revised-370z-range-delivers-even-greater-value-style-and-entertainment-to-driving-enthusiasts 2014: New seats, revised suspension again, more sound insulation (at the bottom) https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-125052-nissan-turns-up-the-excitement-with-fully-updated-370z-nismo 2017: Minor facelift, Exedy clutch https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-426201032-new-updates-keep-nissan-370z-fresh-for-my18 2019: 50th Anniversary special edition https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-3224a3bf335e58101aa8e401d5020712-nissan-celebrates-50-years-of-the-z-car-with-2020-370z
  10. I can't see that link, can you try posting the URL again?
  11. Welcome! I'm not an expert on the 370, but in terms of factory spec, there's the base model with cloth seats (which is the one you linked), there's the GT spec which has leather seats and cruise control (unsure if it also has a stereo upgrade on the 370), there's the "GT Edition" which got Europe-specific suspension revisions, then there's the Nismo which is more money and a bit more power. The car you linked is on cheap tyres - if buying I'd budget to replace with MPS4 or similar - and is the base spec as noted, otherwise looks decent.
  12. Thought you might like to know that Harry 'Lord' Metcalfe did a video talking about what the 'Best value modern classics' are, and among other recommended cars he tipped the 350Z as good value, very reliable, and a car that was much-enjoyed at Evo and by everyone else who's owned one. (link above should go to that part of the vid, however the whole thing is well worth a watch IMHO, as are almost all his videos :-) )
  13. I would suggest you read about Mark Riccioni's experiences with "Terrible Disappointing Insufferable Tuning" before going somewhere with those initials... http://www.speedhunters.com/2020/04/project-thirty-four-lifting-head-gt-r-ownership/
  14. Yes, generally all 350Zs are pretty reliable; there's nothing like Boxster IMS/RMS/Bore-scoring or M3 rod bearings to worry about. However, with a near 20-year-old performance car there's plenty to check, not least rust, and you should budget for a few things being needed on your new purchase. The oil consumption issues seemed more with the 2006-07 'RevUp' engines than the earlier DEs, so in your age range it's probably not a big deal. While looking at the bottom of the market be aware that you may see early imports, however these missed out on the European chassis tuning that was done here in the UK, and is generally considered to be a good thing for our roads. Also insurance is likely to be a fair bit more on a stock car - although that difference probably disappears if you modify the UK car a bit. If looking for a weekend toy you might want to find a car with intake and/or exhaust mods, won't make much difference to the performance but most people enjoy the sound. Quite a few such cars come up for sale here.
  15. FYI, the Nissan UK press release with the 2007 HR model changes is copied here and 2006 Revup here Autotrader has the most cars, I found mine there. I think if you want a car with a few mods, the for sale section here is probably best; standard cars seem to be most on AT, but check Pistonheads, Gumtree also. It's worth being aware that cars registered after 23rd March pay the higher rate of road tax, £580 as opposed to £330 annually. I decided the HR was worth that, but if you don't get an HR then IMHO you may as well buy a car on the lower tax rate, as nearly all DEs are. As far as I could discover doing my research, the 350Z - all versions - are about the most reliable sports car out there; so while I'm not going to promise you perfect reliability, I do think if reliability is your concern then you are looking at the right car. As an older car it'll likely need a few things - brake discs, clutch, etc - from time to time, but you'd be very unlucky to suffer major failures or expenses. Do check for rust before buying.

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