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  1. https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/16/next-gen-nissan-z-car/ Nissan have been showing off ideas for their next Z to their dealers. I think we can work on the assumption of a similar size/shape car, with the 3.0 twin-turbo VR30DDTT driving through either the current six-speed gearbox or the nine-speed auto it uses in the Infiniti Q50/60 Red Sport 400. Looks are apparently likely to hark back to both the original 240Z and the Z32 300ZX. Who here would be tempted to buy a 'Z35'? Any hopes/fears for the new car?
  2. I paid £7500 for an '07 HR, 25k miles one owner, Nissan history although gaps where it hadn't been driven. I did go over to NI to get it tho' (!) 2006 Facelift changes: 2007 HR changes: Up to you if you consider them worth the extra tax. I had to fit new brake discs (rusty) and pads and tyres (off-brand and a bit old) on mine shortly after purchase. Look for rust esp. on the leading edge of the rear arches. Also stone chips on the nose and general dents along the sides. Yes, there's a multi-function display that includes MPG. Tbh I found the clutch took quite a bit of getting used to, the feel is a bit weird - but it's not heavy or anything and it's fine now I'm used to it. Unless you buy a car with a receipt for a recent clutch, then I feel there's a fair chance you'll have to change it at some point, but a new one will be fine for years unless abused. I think it's pretty user-friendly as long as you fit good tyres (like MPS4) and leave the traction/stability control on. It's probably the least unruly (the ruliest?) of all the FR cars I've had (Silvia, 180SX, RX-7). I think it's a decent first RWD car. I'm 6'1, I think you'd be ok but it's something you'd need to check. I'm fairly sure the cloth seats sit you a tad lower than the electric leather seats in GT pack cars. I find the 350 pretty comfortable on long distances, I find the seats comfortable, the ride is generally good although it can be a little bit bumpy around town. Yes rust is becoming a bit of an issue, AFAIK it's mostly visible from the surface, no major gotchas in terms of hidden rust. Generally electrical fine. I have no rattles even after disassembling my interior to fit a new head unit, really solid. I find the Xenon headlights on my HR really good tbh, night and day better than my previous '90s cars. Mine is fine with the stability/traction control on and good tyres. I've not drawn any attention in my dark blue car yet. Also I think Cambridge area no-one cares about cars (!) If you get a bright orange one you may have a different experience. I'm in Cambridge, message me if you want to meet up and have a look at my 07 HR and see how you fit in, can try and meet up sometime. PS: 350Z Buying guides: https://www.350z-uk.com/topic/56870-guide-for-new-memberspotential-buyers/ https://www.pistonheads.com/news/general/nissan-350z-ph-buying-guide/32601 https://www.evo.co.uk/nissan/350z/20359/nissan-350z-2003-2009-review-specs-and-buying-guide https://www.classicandsportscar.com/features/buyers-guide-nissan-350z
  3. http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2019-EVO-Summer-Tyre-Test.htm 6th: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 Overall: An unusually poor result for the Asym5, with a lack of steering feel and grip in the dry and wet testing. https://www.evo.co.uk/features/18309/best-car-tyres-evo-performance-tyre-test/page/0/6 Goodyear Eagle F1 Assymetric 3 - 2nd Scored well enough everywhere else but, like the Dunlop, lacks the crispness of steering and response to engage and reward in the dry. The other factor is still alignment I think, it may be that the other car you drove had been aligned to a different, more aggressive setup and that was the feel you got. I once had an S13 Silvia setup by a small garage in Japan that did old Hako Skylines and stuff, it was amazing how much steering weight they put into it, you could clearly feel every tenth of a G at the front wheels. My subsequent S13 never felt like that. When you got the last alignment done, did they give you a before and after printout showing the different angles in relation to the factory recommended values? If they got it so that all the settings are 'green' and within the recommended ranges, then I think it's highly unlikely that any previous accident damage will be affecting the feel of the handling now.
  4. Useful when buying to know what specs changed in what years. Note the PR is Dec 2005 but at the end they mention an April introduction, so presumably the facelift models arrived in April 2006. https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-12709-350z-the-power-broker Copying below since previous Nissan PR links have died when they've rearranged their site: 2005/12/07 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 December 2005 350Z: THE POWER BROKER It’s only been on sale in Europe for two years, but time moves swiftly in a 350Z. The latest round of changes – which include a significant power boost, subtly revised looks and an improved interior – have been made to keep Nissan’s global sports car at the top of its game. “In two short years, the 350Z has established itself as one of the most focused, capable and thrilling sports cars available on the European market. Its popularity has also helped SHIFT_ Nissan’s image: we are now rightly seen as a car maker with passion. And that’s a position that can only get stronger with the latest coupé and Roadster versions of the Z-car.” Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Product Planning and Corporate Strategy, Nissan Motor Company At a glance • More power from higher revving engine (300PS and 7000 rpm max) • Refreshed exterior with: • Restyled front end • New look headlamps and LED tail-lamps • Improved interior with: • Repositioned switchgear • Soft-feel materials 350Z: the power broker…2 • Greater storage opportunities • Factory-fitted navigation option • Speed dependent power steering • Standard Bluetooth phone integration (coupé only) SUMMARY In little more than two years, the 350Z has won the hearts of performance car buyers right across Europe as a focused, no compromise sports car. And now it’s even better. The 2006 model year 350Z has subtly revised looks, a higher quality interior with better ergonomics and more storage space, revised power steering and a new factory fitted satellite navigation option. Best of all, there’s more power – up from 280PS to a serious 300PS. Although the car’s top speed remains electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) the time taken for the 0-100 km/h sprint (0-62 mph) has fallen to just 5.8 seconds (6.3 for the Roadster). The result underpins the 350Z’s place as one of the world’s best-loved sports cars. Since its launch in 2002, ­when sales were initially restricted to North America and Japan, the latest in a long line of Nissan ‘Z-cars’ has gone on to be offered in 95 countries world-wide. Around 160,000 examples have been sold globally to date. It has also become hugely popular in Europe, where the 350Z coupé – specifically tuned for European tastes – arrived in late 2003 and was joined by the Roadster in March 2005. In just two years more than 12,500 examples of the iconic two-seater coupé have been sold to enthusiastic European owners with a further 2,500 sales accounted for by the critically acclaimed Roadster. Today, the sales split between the two models is around 60/40 per cent in favour of the coupé, with UK buyers leading the charge ahead of German and French sports car fans. Winning multi awards from Europe’s top specialist magazines – and more than 40 awards globally – the ‘Z-car’ has catapulted Nissan right back into the heart of the ultra competitive sports car market, despite having been away from the segment for the best part of a decade. 350Z: the power broker...3 Indeed, in just three years, global sales of the 350Z have already matched the total volume achieved by its predecessor, the 300ZX ‘Z32’ – a feat which took that model some 11 years to achieve. In Europe, the sales story is even more impressive as the vast majority of cars – some 95 per cent in 2005 – have been sold in GT Pack guise, which adds electrically operated and heated leather seats, cruise control and a premium Bose-developed audio system to the mix. But then, even with the added cost of the GT Pack version, the 350Z remains one of the most affordable cars in its market segment. Shinjiro Yukawa, Chief Product Specialist, said: “The Z is a car that is loved and sold not only in Japan but on a global scale. We take pride in the fact that Nissan is the only Japanese car maker that can offer such an international, world-class sports car. “But a sports car’s development does not end with its release and sale. We believe it is vital for a sports car to continue to evolve. “We set high objectives and poured our enthusiasm into the new Z, as it was the symbol of Nissan’s revival. But our work did not finish when it was released. Each year since its launch we have ensured the Z continues to shine, and the changes made for the latest evolution are no exception: the 350Z is a shining symbol of Nissan’s enthusiasm and passion.” 350Z IN DETAIL Engine At the heart of the 350Z lies a remarkable engine: the award-winning 3.5-litre V6 from Nissan’s ‘VQ’ family. Voted one of the world’s best engines for a record 11 years in a row by influential American journal Ward’s Auto World magazine, the VQ engine is acclaimed across the world for its abundant power and smooth delivery. But Nissan is not a company to rest on its laurels: the all-alloy, 24-valve twin cam unit, which was extensively redesigned for its role in the 350Z, has been further enhanced for the latest Z-car. 350Z: the power broker…4 As befits a pure sports car, the changes target performance by enhancing the unit’s free-revving ability. First seen in the limited edition 35th Anniversary edition, launched earlier this year, the engine revisions raise power from 280PS to 300PS and move the rev limit from 6,600 rpm to a heady 7,000 rpm. Peak power is now developed at 6,400 rpm, some 200 rpm higher than previously. The improvements have been achieved by traditional methods. In other words, the changes have been implemented not by simply ‘chipping’ the engine’s electronic brain but by careful re-engineering of a number of key components. With the aim of raising the rev limit and boosting power, the major changes allow the engine to breath more freely thanks to a redesigned intake duct. Along with new pistons and a revised camshaft profile, the intake manifold has also been shortened and widened. The timing chain and oil pump have been redesigned and electronic exhaust valve timing control has been adopted. A number of other components have been lightened and stiffened to reduce internal friction and to enable them to withstand higher engine speeds. As well as raising power output and rev limits, the engine is now fully compliant with Euro IV emission regulations. The changes have brought about a slight reduction in peak torque, which has fallen from 363Nm to 353Nm at 4,800 rpm. However the revised torque curve is far flatter than before and provides greater torque reserves at higher rpm. Torque delivery in the original 350Z fell off comparatively steeply once that 4,800 rpm peak had been reached. In the latest evolution the torque curve remains more linear as engine speeds rise: at 6,000 rpm, for example, the new engine delivers a full 20 Nm more torque than its predecessor could achieve. What the changes mean in practice is simple: sharper acceleration through the gears. With the rev limit raised to 7,000 rpm, for example, maximum speed in third gear increases from 142 km/h to 150 km/h (88 mph to 93 mph). The benchmark 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) figure has been cut from 5.9 seconds to 5.8 seconds (6.4 to 6.3 for the Roadster). In all other respects, the engine and drivetrain remain as before. The engine is mounted at the front of the car but as far back in the chassis as possible for optimum weight distribution. 350Z: the power broker…5 When stationary, the front to rear weight distribution is 53/47. The extra weight over the front wheels helps provide sharper turn in when cornering, but when accelerating out of a bend weight transference towards the rear helps to create an ideal 50/50 balance when it’s needed most. And, of course, drive is to the rear wheels. Power is transmitted rearwards via a short-throw close-ratio six-speed gearbox and ultra lightweight one-piece carbon fibre propshaft. Chassis Just one change has been made to the 350Z’s race-bred multi-link chassis: the adoption of speed dependent power steering. Designed to give increased assistance at parking speeds for easier manoeuvrability, the electric system weights up at higher speeds to provide steering with more positive feel and greater feedback. In all other respects, the new 350Z’s chassis is as before. When developing the 350Z for Europe, the UK-based Nissan Technology Centre Europe (NTC-E) effected a number of small but significant refinements to the 350Z’s chassis. The changes were designed to take into account Europe’s generally higher average speeds – notably those sections of limit-free German Autobahn – and included subtle modifications to the car’s aerodynamics and cooling as well as to the damping. The result was greater straight-line stability and more positive handling than cars sold elsewhere in the globe. A firmer, yet still compliant, ride matched the car’s sporting potential. Braking is also unchanged, the highly effective Brembo all-disc set-up also being retained for the new model. Special gold-coloured ‘autographed’ callipers – four piston at the front, two piston at the rear – are easily visible through lightweight 18inch alloy rims. Exterior The 350Z’s purposeful and sporting silhouette remains largely unchanged for the 2006 model, though it does contrive to have a quite different look thanks to a subtly altered ‘face’. A new front bumper incorporates a revised lower grille and a smoother profile with deeper scallops ahead of the front wheels for a more aggressive look. 350Z: the power broker…6 Above the bumper, the headlamps have been altered considerably. Though the overall shape of the lamp assembly remains unchanged, new bi-xenon projector lamps, augmented by LED side lights, have been adopted. As well as enhancing night-time visibility, the new lamps have a greater ‘technical’ look which complements the engineering purity of the overall design of the car. At the rear, the dramatic triangular tail-lights now feature no fewer than 42 LED lamps on either side. As well as enhancing the visual appeal, the use of fast acting LEDs for the brake lights means greater active safety. Two new exterior colours have been added: Universal Silver and a new black metallic. Interior Engine aside, perhaps the biggest changes on the new 350Z can be found inside the cabin. Although the basic layout of the cockpit remains unchanged, a host of small changes have improved both the ergonomics and the quality of the interior. But there’s no need to worry that the cockpit remains anything other than totally driver focused: one look at the heavily angled trio of supplementary dials in the centre of the dashboard – providing a visual link to the original 240Z of the 1960s – is enough to be reassured on that front. Inside, the changes centre on the practical with a new easier-to-assimilate meter design and revised locations for the seat heater and hazard warning switches. Improved soft-feel materials for the C-Cluster and the centre console and all-new door panel inserts enhance the quality feel of the interior, while there is also a new seat cloth material on entry grade models. Aluminium surrounds for the air conditioning controls also add an extra touch of class. Further practical touches include greater storage opportunities in the cockpit. There’s a new magazine or map net added to the passenger footwell and a deep compartment on the centre console which now incorporates a cup holder and has a neat sliding lid. 350Z: the power broker…7 The door pockets, now fully trimmed, are a more practical shape and incorporate an illuminated bottle holder. Other storage opportunities, such as the lidded compartment behind the seats, and which is large enough to hold a briefcase, remain. Also new for the 2006 350Z is the availability of a factory-fitted satellite navigation system. The DVD-based system features improved processor graphics as recently introduced on the all-new Nissan Pathfinder. The wide screen display can be split to show map settings and realistic visual representations of the road ahead. The Birdview™ satellite navigation system also includes Traffic Message Channel (TMC) offering alternative routes to beat the jams. Finally, the 2006 350Z features standard Bluetooth phone integration on both grades (coupé only). Prices will inevitably go up in line with the increased power and equipment levels. These will be announced closer to the car’s April introduction. But the 350Z will remain fantastic value for money compared to its rivals. “The changes we have made to the 2006 350Z are subtle but we are confident they will increase even further customer interest in this iconic car… especially if that customer is looking for exhilarating performance from a no-compromise sports car,” said Brian Carolin, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe.
  5. Welcome! 350Z Buying guides: https://www.350z-uk.com/topic/56870-guide-for-new-memberspotential-buyers/ https://www.pistonheads.com/news/general/nissan-350z-ph-buying-guide/32601 https://www.evo.co.uk/nissan/350z/20359/nissan-350z-2003-2009-review-specs-and-buying-guide https://www.classicandsportscar.com/features/buyers-guide-nissan-350z A few dates worth noting: 2002 Fairlady Z (350Z) goes on sale in Japan 2003 Official UK sales start. All European cars get a revised chassis setup done here in the UK (Cranfield) which was later adopted worldwide 2005 GT4 special editions with 'Rev up' engine (up from 276hp to 296hp) 2005 March Roadster (cabriolet) introduced 2006 March 23rd All cars registered from this date onwards pay the higher rate of annual road tax (£570 vs £330-ish) 2006 April? Facelift, all cars get Rev Up engine https://uk.nissannews.com/en-GB/releases/release-12709-350z-the-power-broker 2007 May 350Z refreshed with updated HR engine making 308hp (313PS), a bulging bonnet to accommodate it, and different colours ( https://www.350z-uk.com/topic/124638-2007-onwards-hr-engine-and-speccolour-changes-nissan-gb/ ) Obviously prices are higher for the later cars, but all 350Zs are fairly cheap for what they are IMO, given the power and reliability. My impression is that the 350Z is really very reliable and there is little major that usually goes wrong with them. In many ways it's the 'standard' stuff that applies to any car to check - I ended up putting new tyres and brake discs/pads on my car straight after buying it. Now obviously that applies to any car, but for a performance car like this they're not cheap, ended up spending almost another grand just on those. So something to watch if you're on a tight budget. If you let us know what your budget is and whether you want a Coupe or Roadster, then we may be able to give more specific advice on the kinds of cars you'll be looking at.
  6. You're depressed by the lack of opportunity to sell tyres for cars doing so little mileage? Or just that nice Zs aren't being used ??
  7. I just recently bought this 2007 HR from Northern Ireland, on 26k: sadly not as perfect as one might hope bodywork-wise, will need some minor attention in 2020, but generally very 'tight' and new-feeling.
  8. I think I've found the likely cause: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ Nearside Body or chassis is damaged, seriously affecting its strength within 30cm of the body mountings (6.1.B.2) Sounds like some serious structural damage, presumably now repaired but enough to account for the drop in value.
  9. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201911304911397 110K miles, sure, but still low for an HR. GT Pack too. I spy a small dent ahead of the offside rear wheel, but otherwise looks good in photos. Either something else is wrong with it, or a bargain for someone. Maybe the £4k is in addition to paying off the outstanding finance??
  10. Looks fantastic, like a Hot Wheels car come to life, the dish and size of those wheels really work and go well with the ducktail. Will be interested to see if it looks better or worse lowered.
  11. I had a brief test drive in a 350Z with 25mm spacers all round, it drove fine. So I would try sorting the geo first, only remove the spacers if it's still a problem I think.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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!





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