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10th Birthday Present.

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Bonjour!

 

Well now, here we are 10 years down the line together. I bought zeddy new a whole decade ago, and although only 33000 miles have passed under the wheels, heavily stacked in the first 6 years, we've seen a lot of things and seen a lot of changes too.

 

Early on, lots of club drives, a few life long friends made, and many pounds of super unleaded burnt. Later on, a month long honeymoon tour of Europe, early morning raids up to Hartside, and a couple of trackdays are the main interruptions to the general background of life getting in the way and a much reduced mileage.

 

Still, a decades sterling service deserves rewarding, so we took a trip down south to Horsham Developments for a big service, Uprev, and a 4 wheel alignment.

 

Service was completely painless as expected from Jez, the Uprev found another 10 horses, and the alignment sorted a niggly setup I've had for a few years when my lower arm bushes were replaced.

 

Driving away afterwards didn't feel like a new car of course, just that it felt renewed, and just a bit more sorted than before.

 

Visiting friends and family along the way it was 700 miles well spent, and a little scenic detour via Teesdale and Hartside on the way home was a fitting celebratory end to the trip.

 

Heres to the next 10 years!

 

Andy.

 

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I bet going into the dealer and driving that away brand new felt pretty special!!

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Car looks showroom fresh in that pic!

I too got my zed from new back in 05.

We should start a thread to see how many 350z owners who bought new are still on the OC with their Zed's.

People always told me how foolish I was buying new......how much depreciation I'd get hit with.

Sod em all.

Worth every penny.

I bet seeing your zed wearing its LMGT4s and Nismo kit in glorious red paint amongst a sea of new Mercs, Audis etc makes you feel the same.

Here's wishing you and your zed many more happy years together :thumbs:

oh yeah.... HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY to her too :lol:

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The pictures weren't displayed when I posted, those wheels you have are perfect.

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Perfect ,Rare and expensive.LMGT4s.

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Jesus, i think i remember the thread when you got this.

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Such beauty B) here's to another 10 years 

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Still looks mint all these years on. I’ve taken a liking to red as well now. Is that rosso red? Mine is chilli

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Still looking great Andy, you took it to the Wales event one year if I recall correctly? 

 

Looks pristine, keep enjoying her :)

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Looking great, my favourite body kit and wheels :teeth:. Had mine 10 years this year although not quite from new. :thumbs:

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47 minutes ago, Humpy said:

Still looking great Andy, you took it to the Wales event one year if I recall correctly? 

 

Looks pristine, keep enjoying her :)

Think I did 4 Wales events, one wasn't in the Zed though as we were on a cycling trip.

 

51 minutes ago, LRF4N said:

Still looks mint all these years on. I’ve taken a liking to red as well now. Is that rosso red? Mine is chilli

Yeah, Rosso Red. Best colour blah blah... :D

 

2 hours ago, HEADPHONES said:

Car looks showroom fresh in that pic!

I too got my zed from new back in 05.

We should start a thread to see how many 350z owners who bought new are still on the OC with their Zed's.

People always told me how foolish I was buying new......how much depreciation I'd get hit with.

Sod em all.

Worth every penny.

I bet seeing your zed wearing its LMGT4s and Nismo kit in glorious red paint amongst a sea of new Mercs, Audis etc makes you feel the same.

Here's wishing you and your zed many more happy years together :thumbs:

oh yeah.... HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY to her too :lol:

Ah well, the depreciation has been pretty level for a while now.  Last time I looked I'd need about 10K+ to buy a replacement with same age and mileage. How many 10 year old cars are still maybe worth 30% of their new value?

Also every possible replacement has increasingly gone for turbo power, I rather like the NA lump. If I sold it, i'd have to take on something with considerably higher running costs, e.g. 911, V8 M3 etc, or, more likely, something simpler or stripped back like an Elise or a Caterham. Hell, I think id rather have the revitalized new MX5 over an entry level 4 pot blown Boxter. 

 

1 hour ago, Ekona said:

Needs spacers :p

And a smaller aerial too if you want to be in the gang ;) 

 

I am not in the gang.

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Hi Andy

 

Good to hear from you again and kudos to you for not only keeping one of the best looking 350 Nismo HRs I have ever seen, but still in such great condition......but then again it always looked immaculate whenever we met up on the Wales drives etc :thumbs:  The LMGT4s really add the icing to the cake ;):D

 

Sadly, I had to let the 370 go in favour of 4 seats, but recently back to a 2 seater now :drive1:

 

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Nice one Colin, much more your style than an uncouth hatchback! Didn't fancy one with the correct number of cylinders? :lol:

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I'd of had last car just over 10 yrs now too, but joyriders made sure that didn't happen. I think it says alot about a person being able to keep a car for a much longer period of time than the average. Well done fella, you have an awesome car. The one Nissan UK will want to buy back for themselves one day. 

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10 hours ago, AK350Z said:

Nice one Colin, much more your style than an uncouth hatchback! Didn't fancy one with the correct number of cylinders? :lol:

4  + turbo + two less driven wheels are plenty to keep me occupied, and with a whole host of creature comforts to make our more sedate (:innocent:) scenic drives these days enjoyable.  Sure we will up your way in the not two distant future, so would be good to meet up with you and Fran again :thumbs: 

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Hi Andy, 

 

Great to hear from you and Happy 10th year with the Zed. Looks as good as when I last saw it on the Scotland trip :thumbs: 

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Still putting out decent power with good looks after a decade Andy, ...great stuff. :#1: :thumbs:

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7 hours ago, Ebized said:

4  + turbo + two less driven wheels are plenty to keep me occupied, and with a whole host of creature comforts to make our more sedate (:innocent:) scenic drives these days enjoyable.  Sure we will up your way in the not two distant future, so would be good to meet up with you and Fran again :thumbs: 

Tea and cake's on any time you want Colin :D

 

16 hours ago, davey_83 said:

Well done fella, you have an awesome car. The one Nissan UK will want to buy back for themselves one day. 

 

Don't think they'd want mine, its a non-gt aka the lightweight edition without the heavy stereo and powered seats :lol:

 

I have to say actually that the cloth seats have worn really well, could nearly pass for new.

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