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Need me some Threefiddy Advice!!

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Hi Friends!

I went to see a 2007 350z today and apart from the car looking great (both exterior and interior), I need some advice on what I should be doing/checking. I don't speak fluent 350z but from what I know: it's a VQ35HR, with no mods other than a twin K&N filter and done just over 100k km. The car is going for 22k and services seem to be fairly on time (from the current seller anyway). Are there any concerns I should be having with this model? Also, reckon 100km is OK? 

Cheers yo =D

Jo.

 

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Make sure you get the stock airboxes so you can swap to stock when you tire of the pods.

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Hi Dindar the Grey, ok will do. Thanks for the tip!

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Make sure the car hasn't been flogged but 100k is nothing, ive seen Z's with 200+ and no problem.  These cars are built to last, and best of all no BIG $$$$$ 100k service!   $22k sounds okay to if it is in good nick.

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The seller said they were freeway KMs, and the car seems to run smoothly upon test driving (didn't get a chance to test it put on the freeway though, only 60km roads. Shame :/). But! He did already pay for the major 100k service - a plus for me haha

I'll keep yous updated on how I go w the car. Fingers crossed for now

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As with all 350's I'd recommend checking the clutch for slip (on take off and in high gear high load situations), plus check when the discs/pads were last replaced - I missed this on mine so just got hit with all of them needing replacing (not cheap...)!

On the less major side (but still good for haggling price), listen out for clicking from the rear diff when slowly turning a corner which indicates a build up of rust on the splines in the diff - relatively easy and cheap to fix (and would hopefully have been addressed at 100K service). On the noises whilst driving front, listen out for any creaking/squeaking suspension components over bumps - usually indicates bushes are on the way out (again, would hopefully have been addressed at the 100K service). Also, see how far the boot pops open as the rear struts fail over time - not a deal breaker but can get annoying (mine annoys me...).

As others have said, 100K is nothing on these engines assuming it's been looked after well etc.

I hope this helps - the above taken from the list of niggles on my car when it was taken in for it's latest inspection a couple of months ago (the first inspection in my ownership)!

Good luck with the search mate :)

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Make sure all gears engage nicely :) 

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Thank you for the great advice guys, much appreciated!

It was a good drive overall, gears seemed on track and there weren't any strange noises coming from suspension. But I also don't precisely know what to look out for, so I'm taking it for a pre purchase inspection just to be sure! Oh, and I forgot to check those little things like the boot struts...damn if these fail it'll ruin my sanity too =/

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I BOUGHT THE CAR!! I can finally call myself an official ZClub member =D

Struts were good, checked them again when I picked it up. However, after spending a day with it I noticed the gear knob to be shaking a whooole lot on 3rd whilst driving at 70-80km. Is this an indicator of something awful? A little concerning. I didn't get to test it on a freeway during the inspection.

 

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Could just be the bushings in the shifter need replacing, nothing huge

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Thanks Rob, I've been given the same opinion from my mechanic too. Phew, glad it's not a major thing. 

Cheers!

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No probs, stick some pics up of your new ride when you get a chance

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