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I picked up the car today having had the work done. The manager there has a history of Japanese cars (primarily S-bodies) so I asked him his thoughts on the Zed. Condition-wise it's not perfect but "one of the better ones we've seen", he's very comfortable that's it's mechanically sound and general opinion was that it drove very well (I'm not quite sure how many had a go 🤔).

 

So aside from remaining gentle on the new brakes, I had the confidence to push slightly harder. There are still a few squeaks and groans over bumps that I hadn't expected but a lot of the noise has disappeared with the new wheel bearing.  I'm pleased to report that she's absolutely lovely to drive - super responsive and turns in beautifully. It's never going to win a concours but I'm much happier tonight. 

 

In terms of the MOT Centre I'm going to call DVSA tomorrow to discuss. I'll let you know.

 

This is turning into quite a long welcome thread isn't it?

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Good news, they're a great car, glad your enjoying it. The deal doesn't change that. You have to budget for the odd whack with these but they're not timebombs like some exotica. As said above, presumably you got it a bit cheaper as a private so you have some wiggle room.

 

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Glad you getting it sorted and never feel embarrassed to ask about the condition of brakes and tyres (pictures if need be) as for these cars it's a big cost to put right. 

 

Suspension compression arms on the front are common for wearing and don't often show up on an MOT, yet can be noisy over bumpy ground. 

 

Which set of tyres did you go for, as Formula 1 garages do some good deals on sets of rubber.

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15 minutes ago, davey_83 said:

Which set of tyres did you go for, as Formula 1 garages do some good deals on sets of rubber.

 

I went for Eagle F1s. It was a toss up between those and PS4s 

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For anyone interested I just reported this to the DVSA who were very interested in what I had to say. Having had the car fixed, I can't present it as evidence but I do have a couple of photos which I am sending over too. 👍

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6 hours ago, Nickbee said:

For anyone interested I just reported this to the DVSA who were very interested in what I had to say. Having had the car fixed, I can't present it as evidence but I do have a couple of photos which I am sending over too. 👍

 

That mot station / tester is about to have a very rough couple of days haha. As I said the ministry take this very seriously so they're going to get a random spot check and every bit of paperwork gone through. 

 

I wouldnt worry about the squeaks and groans so much, 350s and 370s are probably one of the least refined "sports cars" on the market. So feedback all adds to the experience 

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17 hours ago, Olly350z said:

 

That mot station / tester is about to have a very rough couple of days haha. As I said the ministry take this very seriously so they're going to get a random spot check and every bit of paperwork gone through. 

I look back and think how slack MOT tests could be in the 80s and 90s, prior to the internet and automation. I recall several MOT test stations that would turn a blind eye on faults for a few quid to those they knew well (that didn't include me btw!).  

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