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Picked up the zed's replacement today...


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For ages I've had the itch for a manual V8, and within my budget there were only 2 options I liked- first gen Audi R8 (4.2L) or newish (2018 onwards) Ford Mustang GT. 

After countless hours of research and viewing/driving both I finally decided on the R8.

 

Found a lovely 2009 example in Ibis White being sold by a small independent specialist car dealer down in London, which I collected today 😁

It's pretty low mileage (46,000), in brilliant condition, got a full service history and nearly every optional extra available (crazy how much stuff was optional on these cars considering they started from 75k back in the day). 

 

Only got 1 (crappy) photo of it so far because it's dark and the car is already dirty from a 2 hour drive home in the pouring rain, so I've attached a few from the advert too. 

 

Sadly this does mean the zed has to go, but hopefully it'll go to someone who will cherish and enjoy it as much as I have! 

 

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Cheers guys 🙂 

 

The drive home was mostly busy motorway and the weather was pretty bad so didn't get much of a chance to properly stretch its legs. 

 

It drives lovely though! Plenty of power (and traction thanks to quattro), far more refined than the zed, brilliant feel from the gated box & addictive soundtrack from the V8 😍

 

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Spent Sunday getting a few odd jobs done on the R8. 

 

Washed it for the first time, although due to time constraints only a basic one. In the summer when the weather is better and the days are longer I'll properly decontaminate, clay bar, polish & seal it. 

 

Once clean I set about the task of getting the rear bumper back to standard. One of the previous owners decided to spray part of it black with plastidip, I assume to mimic how the V10 looks. 

It looked alright from a distance, but up close it had bits of white coming through in places, plus I'm not a fan of trying to make a car look like something it's not. 

It took a pressure washer, some plastidip disolver and a lot of time & effort but I got there in the end. Thankfully there were no nasty surprises underneath and it's back looking OEM, with my new gel plates & private reg on. 

 

Next up was to replace the failing engine bay struts with some new ones from SGS, super quick and easy. 

 

Last job was to remove the old ipod cable that'd been run into the glove box and fix the non-functioning CD changer, which I guessed were probably connected. 

I removed the headunit and found a a denison module, which basically fools the car into thinking the connected ipod is the CD changer.

Luckily it was all just plug and play so no hassle removing, and hey presto the CD changer is now working. 

 

Not much else planned at the moment other than get the engine carbon cleaned (FSI engines are notorious for getting gunked up) and maybe look into whether a remap is worthwhile. 

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Welcome to the 350z to R8 club. 😊Had my V8 for 1.5yrs and love it. Few things to look out for and keep on top of. Great car different to the Z in many ways, particularly maintainence and running costs.  While this Z  Forum has always been amazing there are a few great R8 ones too PM me if you want any further info. Happy to meet up, I am in Cheltenham so not far from you. 

P. S. If you are running standard exhaust, consider swapping it out, simply makes it a different car. 

 

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17 hours ago, GranTurismoEra said:

Any videos would be great from cold starts to taking off. Or some POV. 

 

Haven't got any videos as of yet but I'll try and take a couple when I get a chance! 

 

10 hours ago, monkeybrain1234 said:

Welcome to the 350z to R8 club. 😊Had my V8 for 1.5yrs and love it. Few things to look out for and keep on top of. Great car different to the Z in many ways, particularly maintainence and running costs.  While this Z  Forum has always been amazing there are a few great R8 ones too PM me if you want any further info. Happy to meet up, I am in Cheltenham so not far from you. 

P. S. If you are running standard exhaust, consider swapping it out, simply makes it a different car. 

 

Cheers mate, nice to meet a fellow 350z to R8 convert! I'll send you a PM. 

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