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3 Years Z32 Ownership... Thanks to all !!


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So I got to thinking about the last 3 years as a 300zx Z32 Owner and realised just how many new friends I have made and mates I now have in the Zed community. All the way back to when Gazwoz offered me Purple Haze, my sweet Midnight Purple 98 TT in a deal against an old vinyl record collection I had stuffed in a cupboard and the few quid I had saved up. I think being the good guy he is, he knew after my many months in hospital I was desperate to get out on the road again and that one of his Zed’s was top of my list, Gazwoz made me an incredible offer and Thank God he did, a top bloke. Of course, I never would have found out about Gazwoz without the 300zx UK owners forum and the many, many people who recommended Gazwoz to me at that the time, new and old members alike, Thanks to all in the 300zx forum for that.

 

And so it began, as I needed someone to maintain my new pride and joy, I met up with Lee Dent of L.A. Autos as he lives closest to me and my family up in Birmingham, Lee Dent had been highly recommended by a few people I had met at Zed meets and of course was a trader in the 300zx forum and recommended by many on the forum as quite a good mechanic and a good bloke, they weren't wrong, 3 years later and having all the work necessary carried out by Lee Dent at L.A Autos on both my Zeds and not a single blip, never broke down, always has the spares, running like a dream. Lee actually cares about my Zed when he works on her and always has a warm welcome when I take my car 2 hours to Shrewsbury from Bedford. Only recently Lee sorted out my rear shocks and while I was there he and Callum were taking little nuts and bolts off the engine bay and placing new shiny ones there, adjusting my handbrake, customising a set of UK spec funky spats to fit, giving me bits and bobs to keep her looking good, nothing to do with the shock absorber work I was paying him for, it was just to see my car at its best, as a mate would.

 

I recall my first meet ever was with Chris Basildon and his mate with the widebody Zed, in the snow... I was that keen to get to a meet!! Chris and I have had some great Zed meets since and hope to continue. Boxhill to Brighton being a good one, Chris is a great mechanic and was an inspiration as Chris’s zed is absoloutley stunning, mint, a really good example of how to own and maintain a Zed. Thanks for the inspiration Chris!

 

A year or so back, I had the misfortune to be made redundant and Purple Haze had to go, she who must be obeyed was being sensible ...again… but fair play, I managed to pick up Lil Red with the few quid I had left after getting another job. This little shortie was an 89, a manual and Red….but she was in a bit of a state after being left in a garage for over seven years, so that's when my mates Paul Liff and Lee Dent really kicked in. Paul Liff has to be one of the most generous and helpful gezzer’s in the Zed community, he spent hours with me getting trim and interiors sorted and the bodywork looking cool, he even spent hours on a cold wet floor helping me change the steering bushes on the Haze once, a top bloke with a passion for Zeds and helping Zed owners I have never seen before or since. Paul's car is a testimony to the pride he has for the Z32 and a cracker of a car, it made me come to realise that modifications on a Zed is a good thing, aside from the performance angle, the expression and art work on his car, like James Paul’s Zed and Mike Sanford’s cars are a great way of being you, I like that in someone. Stand apart.

Lee Dent sorted out all the mechanics as usual and as he knows, its all about reliability for me, hence I can honestly say every single time I get in my car, she starts and I go where I wanna go and I get back home again, every time. Thanks again to Lee Dent and LA Autos.

 

Along the way I have met some great characters, Phutumsh, the light guru with a fantastic shortie, again, a bloke who went out of his way to help me sort my Altia lights out on a cold and windy evening. Thanks Andy! Slick Pete…. What can I say…. I went to pick up a spoiler and had the most adrenalin pumping, mad as F**k rides as a passenger in his Zed, I kid you not I was shaking when I got out, he really knows how to drive a Zed, Thanks Pete!

 

One of the nicest blokes I have had the pleasure to meet and call a friend is Craig S of the 300zx forum, always got a smile and relentlessly works hard on the forum with Jaikai and others to offer advice and encourages Zed owners to meet up, the annual AGM at Coventry being one of my faves, along with Cars on the Lake. Thanks to all who work hard on both the 300zx forum and the Nismo 300zx Z32 UK FB page, a fantastic site, great work, keep it up.

 

With experienced Zed mechanics available in the UK like Jimmer down in Bristol, Lee over in Shrewsbury and Mike up North, I am hopeful that others who are thinking of investing in a Z32 and reading this will know there are many, many good people in the Zed community there to offer help and advice when its needed.

 

Its been a blast this summer getting out and about in the Zed and long may it continue. To all my Zed mates, Steve B, Ian G, Joe T, Chris H, Paul K, Darren A, Ash, Ali, Joel, Si, Gary, Richie K, Bob Jones, Kieth S, Tom, Malak to name a few and no doubt loads more I have met and forget to mention……. Thanks chaps and see y’all soon . Stay happy, keep Zeddin!

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Nice words Chris. Your story with zeds is quite similar to mine but of course Lee Dent ripped me off big time & still hasn't done anything to sort it so I'm not sure recommending him to newbies as a Zed mechanic is the best thing to do as someone else will end up getting ripped off. & of course he isn't a qualified mechanic.

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Its been a blast this summer getting out and about in the Zed and long may it continue. To all my Zed mates, Steve B, Ian G, Joe T, Chris H, Paul K, Darren A, Ash, Ali, Joel, Si, Gary, Richie K, Bob Jones, Kieth S, Tom, Malak to name a few and no doubt loads more I have met and forget to mention……. Thanks chaps and see y’all soon . Stay happy, keep Zeddin!

 

I'll drink to that Chris!

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Great update on your Z story Chris and thanks for sharing. Of course Tom and a few others have different views on mechanic's plus Lee would not explain to us his side of the story but if you are happy then thats what matters. Life is short so do what is best for you.

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Jesus Christ I’d be careful about advocating Lee as a mechanic there Chris!! There’s so much people don’t know about him and what shit he left some of us in,I’m still paying for his shit workmanship he did and yes I hope all the new comers read this to stay well clear of him frankly,if it works for you mate then I’m glad for you but personally I won’t be taking my car there for a wash never mind mechanical work its absolutely shit :)

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LOL I know that I use Lee too and I am not defending him BUT I have to say that only 300zx owners can turn a nice thread about a Zed owners experiences into a slagging thread about someone else. Incredible. Gaz had the right attitude...it works for Chris, so be it!! This thread is not about Lee, its about Chris's experience and happiness for the car and brand. A quick search or a question posed by a newbie will give the right advice about where to go...I feel this thread is not the place.

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It's not about 300zx owners. It's people who have been ripped off by a thief & a con man who is still hiding today. I know people still use Lee, strangely, but they keep it to themselves because they know what's gone on. I will always comment on a thread about him until he resolves the issues.

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BUT I have to say that only 300zx owners can turn a nice thread about a Zed owners experiences into a slagging thread about someone else.

 

Not trying to start a fight here and playing devil's advocate but the original post does devote a large proportion of it to this 'someone else' and there are plenty of folk who have a grievence, so to look at it from another stand point would be 300zx owners looking out for each other?

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Not trying to start a fight here and playing devil's advocate but the original post does devote a large proportion of it to this 'someone else' and there are plenty of folk who have a grievence, so to look at it from another stand point would be 300zx owners looking out for each other?

 

Yes and I agree with that but not on this thread surely. New people will always ask who is the go to people and then we can say who is and who is not. It would have been ace if everyone would have written a short synopsis like Chris about their Zed instead and turned this into a story like thread about each others cars.

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I’m pleased you all enjoyed my post and commented on the positives. Yes Zed life is full of life’s ups and downs. I tend to dwell on the good things that come my way now in life and enjoy sharing this with like minded others. All too often, I find social media to be a platform for negativity and the telling of the shit things that unfortunately, but inevitably, occur to all of us on life’s road of ups and downs. So with that thought in mind, I will be jumping in my everso reliable 300zx and tootle off for a nice spin out to somewhere I haven’t been to or seen before, maybe take in a little lunch and have a pleasant chat with a complete stranger about my “ rare to see that car nowadays” Zed in a random car park, as is usually the way, I might even take a photo. I like seeing folks smile knowing my 300zx Z32 has brought some positive vibes to the party. Love and Peace :-)

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This has made quite interesting reading. I've made some great friends in my 5 years + of Zed ownership, so I can certainly relate to that. I've also met some complete weapons, one of whom is praised repeatedly in your post.

 

Y'see, Lee Dent has "cared" about many peoples' cars. He cared so much about Gray's that he charged him repeatedly to fix issues that he'd caused himself. He cared about Tom's so much that he "saved" him from having to have a Z1 prop fitted. He cared so much about Jaikai's engine that he didn't bother to use the genuine Nissan gaskets which Lee supplied. He cared so much about Broadbent's car that he (or his monkey) broke the original gearbox used in the manual conversion.

 

And let's not forget that he cared so much about mine that he burned his way through half a tank of fuel and also text me to say that my car likes to drift at 80mph in third gear! The phrase "rogue trader" doesn't even begin to describe this imbecile...

 

But hey, if there's still a hardcore set of people that want to believe he has even the first clue about what he's doing, you guys go right ahead. Have your little barbecues and tell him how awesome he is. Much like Tom, I will continue to dissuade everyone I can from going within 50 yards of his "business" because I just don't want folk to be ripped off and left with cars that are substandard at best and potentially dangerous at worst!

 

My question, though, is this: if Mr Dent is so spectacular, why were you trying to arrange to get Powerzed to fix an issue with your Zed that he consistently failed to put right...?

 

I'm glad you've enjoyed your 3 years and I'm sure there are many more for you to enjoy yet. I am, however, fairly stunned that you'd be so brazen to praise a PROVEN thief and a PROVEN conman on this forum though! But hey, each to their own, right?

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I'm actually finding it hard not to make another comment here if I'm quite honest......I'm really shocked that this thread was allowed to be publicly put up! and the one thing I'm really really struggling with and questioning IS did you really write that Chris or did MR BENT actually write it????

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I'm sure Gray would love to be driving around somewhere new in his black Zed but unfortunately Lee messed up two engine builds so it's at jimmers getting it done properly. Hope Lee doesn't screw you over Chris like he has done to many others including a good friend of yours you mentioned in your first comment, still you wouldn't dwell on it would you.

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Just back home from a big car show in Belfast and had an awesome day. Cars from all over Ireland UK and even one from Germany. Everybody there were car enthusiasts and I had so many people take pictures of my Z. Cars is what we should be focusing on and not all this negativity. One member has already messaged me in discuss about this. Time to be positive guys and I hate to say this but we must move on.

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We are trying to move on Gaz. I was at a small meet myself today, met up with Graham & Dave for a chat & look at some cars. That's what it's about for me, making friends, building a nice car & enjoying showing it. But this last 12 months has been an eye opener, being ripped off by someone I thought was a good friend & finding so many bodged jobs on my swb which I thought I'd paid a specialist to work on. It's left me wanting to sell both my zeds. So I think it'll take a while to get over what's happened. I believe the one person who's caused the negativity is the person who started the thread. Ok you could say all he's done is tell his zed story but did he honestly think this thread wouldn't provoke some angry comments? He's consistently praising a banned member, who's ripped off & threatened members of this club & taken no responsibility for his actions. Then in his second comment he's basically saying my zeds fine so I don't care how the rest feel. Yes life is full of ups & downs but when people are down there's no need to rub their noses in it. Like I've already said I will continue to tell everyone about what Lee Dent did & what I think of him because he is a thief & a con man taking people's hard earned money for work he hasn't done or has made a bodge of. If this gets me banned then fine but if it means one person doesn't use him & doesn't get ripped off then it's a good thing. Love and peace? How about think before you post? Have some consideration for others & we'll all get on much better.

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Come on guys we are all intelligent people here...this thread was started for exactly this reason for a reaction,you can’t come here and rub our f....noses in it and not exspect us to say nothing that’s just not exceptional this man ROBBED & CONNED us plain and simple and with no remorse what so ever,so I’m never going to keep quite and put up and shut up! Like tom says we do what we can to represent our cars and club and yes we stick together that’s what it’s about looking out for each other,not to come on here now and again causing trouble and poking people with a stick that’s not how it works,members know how raw all this is for us,so keep your smart arse comments to yourself please

 

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Graham

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