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  1. Hey guys - this is going to sound silly. My previous mechanic told me it was a sealed unit, but my new one tells me it does require servicing. It's more than just fluid, there is a filter as well (and gasket I assume). Either way - looking forward to my smoother auto... $290 at Kmart Tyre and Auto service.
  2. 2019 price update. FTG Nissan just quoted me $850 odd for a major service of my 2007 V36. Should be in and out in a day. $25 to hire a loaner car to cover petrol if I want. I didn't realise but my car has a timing chain, no need to change it.
  3. Hey guys, My 2007 V36 Skyline is due for it's 100,000km service. I'm assuming this is similar to the R33/34's and the timing belt needs to be changed and other bigger items. I've been servicing my Skyline at an excellent (expensive!) independent mechanic although I feel I should go to Infiniti or a Premium Nissan dealer for this one. Was thinking of either Nissan Werribee, Infiniti Brighton or Nissan FTG. All of them a hassle to get the car to. I imagine they'll need it for at least a whole day, maybe more. I know FTG has a good little office I can bring my laptop and 'work from home' from, although what would be even better would be one that had a loaner car I could borrow during the service. Obviously I'd want someone who knows the car very well and will do a great job of servicing it most of all - potentially even flash the firmware and so on. Can anyone tell me what are the main things done in the 100km service, roughly how much (I figured $2k?) and personal experiences with V36's at these places? Thanks
  4. Cool, I thought so. Mine gets really really filthy with trips out the country. I was thinking of combining both, a cheapie $99 Karcher pressure washer , this $45 suction hose kit (which is a rip off but required because it has the fancy valves in it to stop sucking in air and allow it to work against gravity) to first spray it all down and then use the rinse-less wash to 'wash' the car and perhaps a powerful air blower to dry it. I just can't see the rinse-less wash washing off splattered on bugs, heavy dirt and other hard to remove things like that. Combined with buckets and sponges it looks like I'd be spending near $200 just to wash my car at home, now I know why I've been using the $5 do it your things. Went to wash it at my nearest one but the queue was 3 cars deep, one of the cons of living inner city.
  5. Gee that ONR stuff looks awesome. Does it really work? I've seen a few YouTubes and it's people using it to clean already clean looking cars. Mine is black, parked outside and looks TERRIBLE and filthy after a downpour. Hard to imagine it turning that into something clean with little friction based 'washing'.
  6. Ok cool. Just the most basic one then. My current problem is finding a basic one that draws water from a bucket - the only one with the portable water source that I can see is the high end V36 battery powered Ryobi for $349 - 499... Wish I jumped on the Aldi one sooner.
  7. Hi guys, I'm in a 70's apartment complex and I really wish I could hand wash my Skyline. I currently take it to the $1 wash places. I do have power but I have no water/tap nearby. Also, I don't want too much soapy water run off in the common driveway area, I'm sure a little is fine though. I'd like to know what type of high pressure washer would be best. I saw at Aldi there are some available that can source water from a bucket via a hose, and also at Bunnings there are these things these Ryobi 20L bladders. My questions are - how much pressure would I need to give my car a good wash? These things range from $99 up to $499 and brands Ryobi, Karcher, Gurni, etc. This Ryobi 1800W 2000PSI for $129 looks good, although it doesn't look like it can use a portable water source. Questions: I've noticed some have a soap tank and some a separate soap bottle attachment - either of these good or should I just stick with soapy water in a bucket? How quickly do these units use up the water? I mean, if I had a standard household bucket or the 20L bladder, would that be enough for a good wash or would I need to keep refilling it? What would be the minimum power / PSI I would want for a reasonable clean? Are any of the brands much better / worse than the others? Any recommendations on a mains powered portable water version? Thanks!!
  8. Yes, there are two settings - don't ask me where they are though! I use a translator app on my phone. Phone via speaker seems fine really. It may actually work again via the car audio but I haven't tested it. Overall it works better like this, i.e. when I used to use Siri it would pause and flick over to the car's audio and was clunky, but just for music it's a smoother experience.
  9. I lived with it for a long time, but have recently fixed it. All I did was unpair and re-pair the phone again and my issues went away. It does work slightly different now, I'm only using the audio streaming (Spotify, YouTube, Podcasts, etc) but not bluetooth for calls (I just use the iPhone speaker for that). Seems to work much better just like this.
  10. Nah, unfortunately not. It has a compact flash card reader (to sync song names) and AV input for video display, but no USB input.
  11. Hi guys, I've successfully paired my iPhone 6S to my 2007 V36 Skyline. It's worked well for years, although every now and then I wipe/reinstall iOS on my phone and have to do the painful pairing procedure again. It's paired, but problem is it keeps randomly disconnecting. In the past I solved this by doing a fresh iOS install on my phone and pairing it again, but this time the problem persists. I haven't noticed any pattern as to why it drops out, and I have to keep reconnected it by switching to radio then back to 'disc' (bluetooth) again. It's really annoying when I'm going on a long drive, it can happen as much as every 3-5 minutes or so. Any idea why this happens and how to fix it? Thanks!
  12. Hi guys, I saw a second hand hybrid Q50 that was a 2013 model. It got me wondering, whats the deal with the batteries in these things now that they are 5 years old? Do they still work OK just hold less charge / use more petrol? How does it all work? Thanks!
  13. BTW I was just quoted $350 + GST ($385) from a Nissan Melbourne dealer for a 20L drum of Nissan Matic S. I want to use the right stuff but ummm... yeah, nah. Nengun sell it for $190 AUD a 20L drum but my account doesn't work and I don't know if that's shipped or not. I can also see it on Alibaba Express direct from Japan but can't get a price without an account. My understanding is the Matic S, while a replacement for the J, is really only required for the 7 speed autos? Mine being a 5 speed I'm going to ask if they have Matic J in stock, how much and can I use that. Makes me wonder how old their stock is given S came around circa 2008-2009?
  14. I thought they didn't ship internationally? "This product ships UPS ground only. WE CAN'T SHIP FLUIDS INTERNATIONALLY!!!!!!!!!"
  15. I would highly recommend NOT letting this issue hold you back They are amazing cars for the money and you'll only read about the very small % of users on the forum who have an issue like this. I'm sure the vast majority of users have no problems at all.
  16. OK, done the searching for you. It does seem there are special 'certified GTR dealers'. Find them here - http://www.nissangtr-nz.com/en/web_GTR/buying/buying_dealer.htm
  17. Ahhh... that's different from Australia. In Victoria for example, we have many Nissan dealers but only two 'premium' ones (Ferntree Gully and Werribee (I believe)). Only these 'premium' ones sell and service GTRs (being a highly specialised skill set). From Ferntree Gully Nissan website: It sounds strange that you say most Nissan's in NZ sell and service GTRs, it doesn't make sense when it requires specialist skills and there aren't that many GTR's on the road, that seems inefficient. Might be worth double checking. Maybe all dealers can sell GTR's but not all can service, not sure? So for us in Aus, these premium ones are the ones to go to for new keys for imports and the like given their higher skill set. These were also the dealers that were encouraged by Nissan to become Infiniti dealers.
  18. Some good news. I did a big trip up to country Victoria and managed to get just under 700kms to a tank. Calculated fuel economy was 10.1L per 100kms, which is the best it's ever been by a good 100kms at least. My 'bucking' issue on transmission downshift is still present though. If you have used oil based filters and have economy issues I HIGHLY recommend you use some MAF cleaner.
  19. I still have this problem even after I cleaned my MAF. Fuel economy did improve though (which was great), but bucking still present. I suspect it's a gearbox thing and will ask my mechanic to look at it at my upcoming service. Hopefully it's just the gearbox needing an oil change.
  20. Alright... an update. Visited Scotty last night, cleaned out the MAF sensors and checked for error codes with Consult. The sensors didn't look particuilary dirty but given their tinyness and sensitivity it's still worth doing. Turns out it's an extremely easy job on the V36 once you know how (and should be done after air filter re-oil, or better yet, avoid oil based filters). Consult showed the O2 sensors working well. There were a whole bunch of logged error codes back 32 starts ago when my battery and alternator died and was replaced. These were all cleared to start afresh. I won't really know if it's help until another 2 weeks or so of driving but I can tell already the car is much smoother on the HWY, like back when I first got it 4 years ago. I thought it might be a placebo effect but my GF noticed the same. I'll monitor fuel consumption and post the results. For anyone looking for mechanical work in the Melb SE suburbs, I'd like to say Scotty is a great guy, very knowledgeable on the V series and highly recommended!
  21. @ sonicii - Yes, wide band sensors I believe. OK, so I just got off the phone with Scotty from this forum (Scotts Customs). He was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and good to talk with - highly recommended for anyone needing any work done. He reckons it's most likely a oil/dirt build up in my AFM. He says a dirty AFM will give poor economy and rough idling and it's also the only part of the car I've modified (drop in K&N oil based panel filters). He reckons it's a common issue with oil based filters (the wires end up getting covered in a combination of oil and dirty) and recommends I switch to cottom based filters. It could still be an O2 sensor (which a scan should pick up on) or manifold leak as well, but this is the cheapest thing to check/fix first. Anyway, I'm off to buy myself a can of CRC AFM cleaner and give him a visit
  22. I've done a bit of Googling and yes, a dodgy O2 sensor will cause the car to 'surges, hesitates, skips and bucks.' I reckon this is it. Will report back in the hope to help others
  23. OK. So I just called around two performance workshops here in Melbourne. They both mentioned the O2 sensor is the most likely culprit, especially in a 2007 car. The ECU doesn't get accurate readings so it overcompensates by dumping fuel. Hooking it up to a scan tool would easily ID if this is the problem ($80). Strangely, one of them recommended a Dyno to check A:F ratios and the other said it would be a waste of effort (as they want to check the car at 'cruise', not at full throttle). Could this also explain some weird idling / low speed 'lurching' I've been experiencing? What are the common symptoms of a dodgy O2 sensor?
  24. Does anyone know the best way to go about sorting this out? I do service the car at a very reputable mechanic (TruTrack North Melbourne) and it's recently had brand new spark plugs and air filters cleaned. Tyres are near new too and I regularly check the pressure.
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