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About dodgybugga

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    2nd GEN (S130)

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Sydney
  • Car 2010 Carbon Silver Coupe 7AT

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  1. dodgybugga added a topic in Zclub Feedback, Suggestions & Questions   

    How to interpret VINs and model years
    Heya guys. Got a question on how to interpret VIN numbers and working out what model year a Z is. Unfortunately back last November some tard just pulled through of a gap in stationary traffic into my lane and path without thinking or looking and wrote my beloved 2010 off. Thankfully he admitted full liability (like he had a choice) and after arguing with the insurance company I got a more than fair payout. I was lucky enough to find an absolutely mint 2016 with only 9k on the clock a couple of blocks from work for sale at a reasonable price and snapped it up. The owner (a nice guy) had bought it but then got in the family way almost straight away. I noticed something odd though. On all the webpages about interpreting VINs it says the model year is represented by the 8th character from the right. Every VIN number on a 370z that I’ve seen is an A which would translate to 2010, even though the manufacture date is years after that. The other odd thing I noticed is that the seller advertised it as a 2016 MY15, but when I did the checks before buying, it came back as a 2016 MY17 which I believe would have initially been input by the dealer when they first registered it (it was a lightly used demo originally). So, a bit confused was I. Knowing there wasn’t a lot of physical difference for a couple of years between model years, does anyone know a sure fire way to work out the exact model year and to know for sure? The VIN plate says manufactured Jan 2016 but I’ve searched high and low to find when Nissan changed the model years without success. Anyone got any ideas? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  2. dodgybugga added a post in a topic New Speedo   

    A Navdy might be an option for you if you want more accurate and readable Speedo that may look a little better and provide heaps more functionality (total control of audio streaming and email/txt messages from phone and GPS with traffic data from a jog dial mounted on the steering wheel so you don’t have to touch your phone at all). It also takes the feed direct from OBDII port so gives a more accurate speed. The company went silent all of a sudden (I suspect that one of the car manufacturers bought them out and took the technology and shut them down overnight) but there is a community on Reddit that have hacked the app (iOS and Android) and device firmware to keep its functionality at 100%. Just another possible option. Plenty on the web and YouTube about them and can snap them up on eBay for about $200 these days. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    To be honest, 370zs are so noisy while driving, sound quality isnt really an issue. The noise from the car is so loud that you would lose any of the delicate notes from anything playing on even the best sound system. The Coolstream Duo/Navdy combination is working brilliantly now since some very intelligent people have hacked the Navdy firmware and App since the company disappeared. Works with voice recognition and also has a steering wheel mounted jog dial which works nicely. Literally the best option out there that I have seen. You just need to upgrade to the latest software for everything to work. Lookup Navdy on reddit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. dodgybugga added a post in a topic ESCL ekectronic steelring lock   

    If I remember correctly there was a recall here in Aus as well but only for certain series of that part number. I would demand to talk to the dealer principal rather than some service monkey that knows nothing but how to extract cash from loyal customers and demand the part be replaced (possibly costing labour which is fair) for a known faulty part that was subject to a nationwide recall. Search this forum for more info on the recall. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    Some bright spark has managed to get the google voice recognition stuff working again on Android devices by replacing some google API keys in the app. No fix for iOS yet though. Everything else is still working fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. dodgybugga added a topic in General Z Car Discussions   

    I love my 370z and I love tracked vehicles (used to drive APCs) and I love snowboarding. Put the three together and you get this.... https://www.autoblog.com/2018/02/04/nissan-370zki-quick-spin-review-89453929342/ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  7. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    Unfortunately I spoke too soon. Looks like on Thursday the google integration for voice recognition and map location suggestions stopped working which really sucks. There is a slightly clunky work around in that you create a contact in iOS and add an address to that and then import that as a favourite into the navdy app and can then navigate on that. Such a shame as the google integration made it superior to anything I’ve ever used to before. Everything else is still working though. Hopefully someone snaps up the I.P. and gets it going again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    Look above for what I’ve said about the coolstream duo. That’s what I’ve got and the volume controls on the steering wheel work just fine with that. But you can’t change or browse music from the steering wheel unfortunately. I do have another solution which I’ve just implemented which I really like. It’s called Navdy. Look it up on youtube. Plenty of vids/reviews on it. I love this thing. It ties everything together, turn by turn navigation with voice prompting/recognition (you tell it where you want to go) with traffic data from google maps, phone/txt/email integration, vehicle data like speed and tachometer etc, full phone music integration (control from steering wheel dial add-on) and all this info on a fighter jet style heads up display. The best one I’ve seen. It’s freakin awesome. Heaps better than Merc, BMW Mini, Mitsubishi HUD attempts. Check it out. There is one possible large down side (and a possible up side) to the Navdy though. The company went into a form of liquidation end of last year. No one is sure why exactly as they had an awesome product and had signed a deal with Renault-NISSAN so they shouldn’t have had money problems. Even saw a rumour that they’d been bought out by Garmin but it’s all here say and conjecture at this stage. So their support has stopped and no one knows what functionality of the Navdy will stop working or break or when, if at all. There’s no more software or map updates for the foreseeable future. So far mine works fine. The upside of this is that loads of people with them have all panicked and are now trying to offload theirs reasonably cheap on eBay. JB HiFi are still selling them for $800AUD but I’ve seen them go on eBay for as little as $200 recently. May even be able to get it for less now. Personally I think even if some of the functionality like the voice recognition etc stops working, the car data through the ODBII port, the music and messaging integration and the funky heads up display which should definitely still keep working would make getting one on the cheap a worthwhile investment. Oh and works with iOS and Android. No windows phone support etc unfortunately. Just a couple of pics of the tachometer and music controls. It’s really difficult to capture the display on the phone but in actual use it’s ludicrously clear and easily readable. The GPS/maps/traffic are really good too. Way better than what we get as stock. Hopefully this has given you a couple of ideas. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 370Z or vw mk7 r   

    And a Z is heaps more fun. Plus the girls turn their heads more at a Z than what is essentially a boring hatchback with go-faster bits in it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. dodgybugga added a post in a topic Remote window down   

    Unfortunately, here in Oz, we got shafted on a lot of stuff. Choice of interiors and trims etc being one example. Another is the remote window down function. I think our cars get slugged with so much import and luxury car tax, NISSAN Australia decided to leave a lot of the little extra things out - even if it didn’t really cost anything to include them to keep costs down as much as possible. As a result, all the easy to remove stuff went. Which sucks... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    Forgot to add, my iPhone 7 works perfectly with this set up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    Heya Michelle. The AUX connection is on the car, not the phone. In 2010 version that I have, in the console between the seats there is three RCA jacks (red yellow and white). You'll need to get the cable from the Apple Store to fit this or a cheaper equivalent. It's got the male RCA jacks and a USB for power on one end and the old style Apple 30-pin connector on the other end. For iPhone 7 you'll also need the 30-pin to lightning plug adapter if you can't wait for the Coolstream duo to arrive. My advice would be to wait as that adapter is stupid expensive for what it is. The cheap fake ones don't work. Plug all that in the console. When the coolstream duo turns up plug that onto the 30-pin connector and follow the instructions to synch your phone to the Coolstream Duo. Whenever you want to listen to the phone just press the AUX button on your stereo head unit and play your tunes from the phone wirelessly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. dodgybugga added a post in a topic 2010 370z Bluetooth Music Stream   

    Actually found an elegant solution to stream audio in my 2010. Works with IOS/apple, android and windows devices. Still using the aux cable in the console, I bought a Coolstream duo Bluetooth dongle which plugs in to the old style apple 30-pin connector. Does a good job, doesn't interfere with the phone Bluetooth connection and you can pair a couple of phones to it to mix the music up. Conveniently also has a 3.5mm plug to enable you to turn any headphones into Bluetooth headphones. About $40 on eBay. Also, as a bonus turns any old 30-pin docking station etc into Bluetooth compatible meaning the old docks can now be used with the lightning plugged IOS phones. I should have bought 3! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. dodgybugga added a topic in General Z Car Discussions   

    How we'd all like to drive the Putty Road
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY42WvDx5GI&sns=emNew Drift Content from Chris Forsberg "Fresh Tracks"
    With an unlimited tyre budget of course..... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  15. dodgybugga added a post in a topic Reverse Cam install 370Z coupe   

    Thanks to this guide (and that of Primusa) I did this a couple of months ago and find the reverse cam to be a huge help. I used the naviks unit and ended up hooking it up to a 2in1 camera off Amazon that has an integrated parking distance sensor (ATian Universal 2 in 1 Car Parking Reversing Radar Rear view backup Camera). You have a clear image on the screen till you get to within a couple of metres away from something and then you get the lines on the screen with a distance value (eg. 1.3m) As the distance decreases the colours of the lines go from green to yellow to red and eventually has a "Stop" prompt once you are too close to something (in case you are too dumb to know what to do otherwise I guess). It also has an audible "sonar" prompt. I recommend this camera as a cheap way to get both camera and reverse sesnsors on your car (and also without having to drill holes in the bumper). Doesn't look too non-factory either. While it's not ultra HD Tv quality it certainly does the job. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk