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Nah I wish it was a 260! Mines a RS-V, 25DET RWD. Manual converted too :D I'm tall enough to have the seat almost the whole way back haha, they're certainly large in the boot area.. can sleep comfortably in them with the rear seats folded flat. Looking at the images on google the newer style Wish look pretty sweet, even some old ones with the right kit :D

Happens everywhere with the people braking for no reason :( I had someone braking going uphill on a straight road once coming back from Ngatea with no one in front of them.. overtook before I saw what they were like on the corners lol. I'm wondering if I should turn on laser just for the fun of it even though i'm sure ill get a few false alerts along the way.

6 days is fast for most ebay items, my experience is usually 2 weeks+... one time even 6 months. Would definitely be keen to see some photos of what it looks like. Recently i've been getting pretty bad at removing it from the windshield so I need to crack onto that.
Oh cool, that would be a speedy wagon! Nice one :) I I quite like Nissans, but haven't had one for ages, I had a completely standard 4wd turbo cefiro ages ago, which was followed by a R32 GTST manual coupe, which was than followed by the TT manual 300ZX and an Autech Cefiro wagon (they actually looked quite good with that kit) for cruising around and car camping lol. But then I went to uni and have had sensible cars since then lol.

Unfortunately many modern Nissans kinda suck, I would like a 350 or a 370z but I find their interiors hideous to behold... So I think my next project could be a E52 Elgrand (or Alphard AH20) luxury mini camper, with removable modular units. Or who knows lol.


The R3 is an awesome radar detector. I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you! I'm sure I will! :)


I use the back roads from SH1 to Matamata on my trips, not seen a cop yet. Very tempting.
Ha, that sounds like a good call. I think one of the best drives in my old 300zx was one late summer afternoon on some roads west of Tahuna with the targa tops off :)
 
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Oh cool, that would be a speedy wagon! Nice one :) I I quite like Nissans, but haven't had one for ages, I had a completely standard 4wd turbo cefiro ages ago, which was followed by a R32 GTST manual coupe, which was than followed by the TT manual 300ZX and an Autech Cefiro wagon (they actually looked quite good with that kit) for cruising around and car camping lol. But then I went to uni and have had sensible cars since then lol.

Unfortunately many modern Nissans kinda suck, I would like a 350 or a 370z but I find their interiors hideous to behold... So I think my next project could be a E52 Elgrand (or Alphard AH20) luxury mini camper, with removable modular units. Or who knows lol.
:O oh shit you’ve had your fair few of them! Did you ever go to any meets? I feel like 4wd Nissan’s get a bit bashed in the community because you can’t skid them, but damn I’d take a 4wd Stagea over a RWD one. I looked at buying a TT 300ZX but decided against it for some reason, was a year or two ago. Now that I think of it wouldn’t have been a ideal first car lmao. I definitely have a soft spots for wagons though... I haven’t used mine camping yet but think it’d be pretty cool to give it a shot.

No fun in sensible cars :( I always see the Vellfires and think about how awesome they’d be.. totally not cheap though. Elgrands are pretty awesome too, I do agree about new Nissan’s, a lot do suckkkk. The V8 Nissan Fugas are pretty wicked too.

Should get s Stagea :D they’re practical.. right? Lmfao
 

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Good choice on purchase of the R3! Send me a personal message if you would like to update your database.

Just so that you and others know: I'm currently working on another update to my latest NZ GPS database release. I'm updating the alert range and positioning of a few cameras in Wellington and Auckland and some located in the middle of the country.

Also, just so everyone reading this is aware, I'm now supporting both US and NZ/A firmware R3s. Currently my latest NZ version is V2.06 / 31 Dec 2018. This has all the NZ improvements of Unidens V1.36 GPS database + a number of additional improvements we have tested and implemented.

Also please send me a message if anyone is having difficulties updating the firmware on their R3. As for V1.37, I personally don't know of any issues with either NZ/A version 1.38 and think US version 1.48 is the best to date.

Hopefully, within the next month or so, I'm also planning to release a massive update and improvement for the Australian R3 GPS database. Key updates will be around Perth, Victoria, and Sydney: Probably adding in excess of 100 new cameras!
 

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I feel like 4wd Nissan’s get a bit bashed in the community because you can’t skid them, but damn I’d take a 4wd Stagea over a RWD one.
Maybe I'm old, but I like the idea of driving a stealthy little hatch that's 18 seconds quicker around the Nurburgring than a GT350 Mustang, not to mention a lot of much faster cars of its time.
I'll pass on the skids.
 

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Good choice on purchase of the R3! Send me a personal message if you would like to update your database.

Just so that you and others know: I'm currently working on another update to my latest NZ GPS database release. I'm updating the alert range and positioning of a few cameras in Wellington and Auckland and some located in the middle of the country.

Also, just so everyone reading this is aware, I'm now supporting both US and NZ/A firmware R3s. Currently my latest NZ version is V2.06 / 31 Dec 2018. This has all the NZ improvements of Unidens V1.36 GPS database + a number of additional improvements we have tested and implemented.

Also please send me a message if anyone is having difficulties updating the firmware on their R3. As for V1.37, I personally don't know of any issues with either NZ/A version 1.38 and think US version 1.48 is the best to date.

Hopefully, within the next month or so, I'm also planning to release a massive update and improvement for the Australian R3 GPS database. Key updates will be around Perth, Victoria, and Sydney: Probably adding in excess of 100 new cameras!
Hi Mittheru! Thanks you very much, I think I may already be sorted (thanks @Aucklandradar ), but I'll send you PM just to say hi,and make sure I'm on the right track :)

That is super impressive! The downunder RD community is very lucky to have you on board! :)



:O oh **** you’ve had your fair few of them! Did you ever go to any meets? I feel like 4wd Nissan’s get a bit bashed in the community because you can’t skid them, but damn I’d take a 4wd Stagea over a RWD one. I looked at buying a TT 300ZX but decided against it for some reason, was a year or two ago. Now that I think of it wouldn’t have been a ideal first car lmao. I definitely have a soft spots for wagons though... I haven’t used mine camping yet but think it’d be pretty cool to give it a shot.

No fun in sensible cars :( I always see the Vellfires and think about how awesome they’d be.. totally not cheap though. Elgrands are pretty awesome too, I do agree about new Nissan’s, a lot do suckkkk. The V8 Nissan Fugas are pretty wicked too.

Should get s Stagea :D they’re practical.. right? Lmfao
I did a couple of times ages ago, back when the 300zx club was active. Lol, I agree, I think 4wd is great, I don't get why people beat on it.. The kind of Nissans we're talking about are basically rwd cars which switch to 4wd just when you need it anyway, so I don't understand the bias. I've been stuck on wet slippery grass/mud/icy-snowy pavements (go Duniden) more times than I've ever wanted to do a skid lol.. Oh yes, be careful of 300zx's.. They're great but they are of an age where they need a lot of difficult work done if they haven't had it done already (especially TT ones). There is no such thing as a cheap TT 300zx unless you have the ability to pull the engine out yourself, and that's just the start. My advice would be to either buy mint fresh import and spend a few k on necessary maintenance to bring it up to scratch, or spend about 20k straight up and buy someones long-term well-built and maintained hobby car. :) The latter are great as they often tastefully modified and will likely be significantly quicker than standard.

I'm kinda more interested in random adventures now though. I'm also a geologist so, I'd like make something that was nice to base rock adventures out of, the sort of rocks I'm into seem to usually occur in naturally awesome places like the Coromandel, Nelson-Tasman and the South Island's West Coast... so makes a good excuse to have some jungly-adventures. So non-crusty geoadventure-van is what I'm thinking of as my next automotive-y project lol. A stagea would be cool, but not quite big enough for what I'm planning lol. A 2010+ Alphard (AH20) or Elgrand (E52) looks like the go I think :)
 

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Traditionally 4WD's have been known for bland handling, and a lot of understeer in some models. It's one reason I didn't consider a Golf R. My Cupra will understeer if you really abuse it, but it's easy to control.
I gave my a touch of the whip through the Rimutakas on a soaking wet road, and it never put a wheel wrong.
You have to go to something sophisticated/expensive to get decent responsive handling from 4WD. Even Audi has brought out the RWS series of R8 for people who want rear drive.
They love 4WD in the colder, wetter parts of Europe for obvious reasons. There's lot's of complaints on the Cupra forum about UHP tyres never warming up in winter temps and spinning up in 3rd and 4th on light throttle.
 
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I managed to do 1300km over the weekend going to welly and back. Had a 3km detection on the desert road, he was using IO so I thought that was pretty sweet. Had the odd occasional one along the way elswhere.. also got stuck 2 cars behind a cop with a suzuki swift up my ass. Bet they instantly regretted overtaking... never seen a car brake so hard and fast haha. Cop later on did a uturn and went after a camper going over 90 or whatever. All I can say is wellington is definitely the worst place to drive around. Didn't see as many cops as I thought I would really, which was a good thing.

I did a couple of times ages ago, back when the 300zx club was active. Lol, I agree, I think 4wd is great, I don't get why people beat on it.. The kind of Nissans we're talking about are basically rwd cars which switch to 4wd just when you need it anyway, so I don't understand the bias. I've been stuck on wet slippery grass/mud/icy-snowy pavements (go Duniden) more times than I've ever wanted to do a skid lol.. Oh yes, be careful of 300zx's.. They're great but they are of an age where they need a lot of difficult work done if they haven't had it done already (especially TT ones). There is no such thing as a cheap TT 300zx unless you have the ability to pull the engine out yourself, and that's just the start. My advice would be to either buy mint fresh import and spend a few k on necessary maintenance to bring it up to scratch, or spend about 20k straight up and buy someones long-term well-built and maintained hobby car. :) The latter are great as they often tastefully modified and will likely be significantly quicker than standard.

I'm kinda more interested in random adventures now though. I'm also a geologist so, I'd like make something that was nice to base rock adventures out of, the sort of rocks I'm into seem to usually occur in naturally awesome places like the Coromandel, Nelson-Tasman and the South Island's West Coast... so makes a good excuse to have some jungly-adventures. So non-crusty geoadventure-van is what I'm thinking of as my next automotive-y project lol. A stagea would be cool, but not quite big enough for what I'm planning lol. A 2010+ Alphard (AH20) or Elgrand (E52) looks like the go I think :)
Oh sweet, there's some pretty big meets going on nowadays... and as always quay street/greenlane 10pm lol.
I do miss my 4wd even though added weight and worse fuel.. and yeah I think tits like 5/95 ratio on the Stagea, but can press the centre diff lock button to make it 50/50. I found if you had crappy tyres on the front and the front gained more split you could understeer a fair bit. I once did on a onramp and headed straight for it.

yeah fair enough, sometimes when stuff goes wrong on my car I think why don't I just buy a decent bloody car lol, Elgrand definitely takes the looks outta those two, I still reckon the most baller van is the Vellfire but until they drop in price stuff paying that much. Can get many better cars for that price haha.

Traditionally 4WD's have been known for bland handling, and a lot of understeer in some models. It's one reason I didn't consider a Golf R. My Cupra will understeer if you really abuse it, but it's easy to control.
I gave my a touch of the whip through the Rimutakas on a soaking wet road, and it never put a wheel wrong.
You have to go to something sophisticated/expensive to get decent responsive handling from 4WD. Even Audi has brought out the RWS series of R8 for people who want rear drive.
They love 4WD in the colder, wetter parts of Europe for obvious reasons. There's lot's of complaints on the Cupra forum about UHP tyres never warming up in winter temps and spinning up in 3rd and 4th on light throttle.
I often drive a Mk5 R32 and haven't noticed too much understeer, though i've had it happen once, wonder if Haldex controllers would help much. I had RE003 which were okay - then went to Pirelli dragon sports which were actually pretty good bang for ya buck. Keen to try PS4s next.
 

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I often drive a Mk5 R32 and haven't noticed too much understeer, though i've had it happen once, wonder if Haldex controllers would help much. I had RE003 which were okay - then went to Pirelli dragon sports which were actually pretty good bang for ya buck. Keen to try PS4s next.
The Haldex type diff (2WD) on the Cupra is brilliant. It has three choices of drive mode too.
I wouldn't have believed you could shove that much torque and power through the front wheels without spearing off the road.
 

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