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Hi all!
I am in the process of looking at purchasing a used 350Z. I was wondering if anyone could help me on a few queries I have.

The first question I have is on the interior leather. One of the cars I am interested in is what I'm looking for except the interior leather is the tan colour and I am only interested in the black leather. So is it possible to change the leather to black without damaging anything e.g. seat warmers, electrics etc. Or am I best just to look for cars with black interiors already?

The second question is about car inspections. NRMA charges $329 for members for an inspection although I have read from previous posts that the place to get it inspected is from Peter Pilkington at Sports Car International. Is this so? and if yes, do I get the seller to take it to Peter?

Any advice appreciated...
 

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If you want black leather then wait for a 350Z with black leather to come onto the market. Replacing the orange leather with black is a complete waste of money.

For an inspection, take the car to Peter Pilkington's workshop. I'm sure a serious buyer would not mind driving the car to his workshop for an inspection.

Good luck with the search.
 

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Oh I forgot to mention that its not going to cost me any money to change the colours as the dealer is going to pay for it if I want a black interior.
 

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So you're buying from a dealer.

Does the dealer offer a warranty or is the new vehicle warranty still valid?

If you're getting the car from a dealer, then you may need to take the car yourself to Peter's workshop for an inspection if that's what you want to do.

I suppose that if the dealer will change the leather for you, just make sure it is replaced with factory leather - he will probably just pull some black seats out of another Z and swap with the vehicle you intend on buying. If he is actually replacing the leather, I'd want to see what the end result would look like before buying - ie get to have a look at othre seats the upholster has done to establish a level of quality of work.

For what its worth, I would not buy a 1-2 yo car from a dealer and pay his marked up prices. I'm sure you could save yourself thousands of $$$ by buying privately - just make sure that the car is checked out by a specialist for any major damage / failures before you buy. Also, as the Z was released for sale in Jan 2003 in Aust, any second hand Z should still carry some factory warranty, so you have the security of being covered for any faults that may appear.
 

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Thanks KY!

The dealer warranty is only for 6 months but as you said, the factory warranty expires in late 2006 as it is a 2003 model.

I have been looking privately aswell although the Z from the dealer has only done very low km's and should be able to negotiate under 50K. Does this sound like a good deal?
 

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Sorry FT, I cannot help with 2nd hand prices as I do not keep track of them. A couple of guys on this forum have just purchased 2nd hand Z just recently and I'm sure they'll chime in with some price ranges for the various models.
Also, search the trading post (are you in Sydney?), carpoint.com.au (I think) and other online selling sites to establish a baseline for price. Once you have established that baseline, you should be able to negotiate a couple of thousand $$$ off the asking price as most sellers factor this into the advertised price.
Also, are you buying the Touring or Track model?
 

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Sorry I did forget to mention that, its a manual Track model I'm after.
 

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Originally posted by KY350@Jun 13 2005, 08:31 PM
I suppose that if the dealer will change the leather for you, just make sure it is replaced with factory leather - he will probably just pull some black seats out of another Z and swap with the vehicle you intend on buying.  If he is actually replacing the leather, I'd want to see what the end result would look like before buying - ie get to have a look at othre seats the upholster has done to establish a level of quality of work.


Seconded. If you have a look at some the "leather retrim" ricers out there, the **** in that some aftermarket retrimmers put in is just nasty. The leather in the Z isn't too bad; its at least as nice as the stuff in the entry model 3 series (back when they were standard leather), although its not a patch on the nice Nappa leather that's in the higher spec models.

Having been in an S15 GT's "leather" seats, after sitting in them I'd go back to cloth. The stuff was like vinyl. Hard, crackly, not very nice at all.
 
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