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Hi All,

 

I'm picking up and '82 280zx in Tas in the next week or 2. Great car but has a noisy transmission. I'll be driving it up to Sydney, and have arranged to have a reconditioned 5 speed fitted by the Z shop in melbourne on the way through. I've been speaking to Lindsay on the phone and he seems like a decent guy, assured me that it's not a 2nd hand box (impossible to find a good one) but fully reco - $750 fitted.

 

I've since done a search here and it seems the Z shop seems to have a less than ideal reputation and now I'm very nervous...  :-\ Should I be concerned or not? Can anyone suggest a better option in Melb or Syd if Z shop is to be avoided??

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truly i have had many dealing with him and he seems fine but i do know that he has a bad rap with the 300zx community mind you he refuses to touch them himself as hes old fashioned.

 

cheers pauly

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I know he has a nice guy working there.. who I think does his mechanical work. From memory I think his name is Ted. Very knowledgeble as he used to work for Warren at Zworx before it was taken over by you know who.. i haven't been there for a while but should go there for a visit.

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So no cause for concern then? Does the price seem fair?

What can people tell me about the Z Factory business? Are they ok?

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Rob at Z Factory (prev. ZWorx moved to a couple of shops down) has a good contact for gearbox work.

 

Don't remember the details

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Fully recon for $750 is a good price, but that does depend on what is done?

 

Does fully recon'd just mean new bearings? Or does it mean new synchros? New gears? etc etc

 

If it's new bearings and synchros I'd say it's a pretty good price for a shop, considering they have to charge for labour and parts.

 

Can't help you out with his reputation at all.

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As the old saying goes, treat a person the same way you would like to be treated yourself, give the man your time and show some interest in his life also!!

I am sure the business will be done correctly and professionally and to my way of thinking $750 sounds a reasonable price (is that a changeover gearbox situation?)

When I was in Melbourne I had work done on two 280ZX's there a S1 & S2 he was thorough and willing, gave good diagnosis, knows his business Lynton 8)

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For sure, I'm planning to hang around while the work is done as I'll arrive there off the boat and head for Sydney once it's done. It is a changeover situation as you said.

Difficult with things like this as I guess people only rant about a bad experience rather than a good one. For every bad story there may well be 1000 good ones we never hear about...

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I'd be finding out EXACTLY what a 'reconditioned gearbox' is, prior to fitment.

 

Lindsey & the Z Shop have had a dubious reputation over the years - however you may find them OK in your situation.

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Being a bit old school ,maybe Im wrong, but going to a one stop shop for a specified problem doesn"t make sense.If the tranny has got issues go to a tranny person,electrical an auto electrician!But what do I know.Maybe get whats done to the gearbox in writing plus a warranty.Then theres no stress.

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Being a bit old school ,maybe Im wrong, but going to a one stop shop for a specified problem doesn"t make sense.If the tranny has got issues go to a tranny person,electrical an auto electrician!But what do I know.Maybe get whats done to the gearbox in writing plus a warranty.Then theres no stress.

 

For me with the 240z I'd go to a zed specialist over some one who works on all kinds of cars all day. Take Daniel Moore for example, if I had an electrical problem he would be my first stop because from my experience he knows the zed like the back of his hand, but if I had a problem with say a commodore I'd just go to an auto elec, maybe its just having someone work on your car you can trust.

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Hi All,

 

I'm picking up and '82 280zx in Tas in the next week or 2. Great car but has a noisy transmission. I'll be driving it up to Sydney, and have arranged to have a reconditioned 5 speed fitted by the Z shop in melbourne on the way through. I've been speaking to Lindsay on the phone and he seems like a decent guy, assured me that it's not a 2nd hand box (impossible to find a good one) but fully reco - $750 fitted.

 

I've since done a search here and it seems the Z shop seems to have a less than ideal reputation and now I'm very nervous...  :-\ Should I be concerned or not? Can anyone suggest a better option in Melb or Syd if Z shop is to be avoided??

 

 

I bought a reco'd 280 box from Lindsay 20 years ago for around $550 and it was fine (so $750 fitted change over now is damn cheap) .

The box shifted well did not jump out of gear and was quiet............I think Stan Holmes was doing his boxes back then.

Whilst I did get "bent over" a little 20 years back when I was nieve............of late I have found Lindsay to be very helpful with parts etc .

 

BTW

 

Lou Mondello is reco'ing 240/260 boxes now for Lindsay's Zeds he is restoring 

 

 

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I've had a heap of work done by z-shop over the years and never had any problems.  I bought my car off Lindsay back in 1993, and an engine rebuild 8 years ago is still going strong.

 

Like any retail business, I'd guess a fair proportion of people complaining probably had unrealistic expectations in the first place. $750 sounds fair to me. Try getting a reco box for a modern car for that price - it would barely cover the labour.

 

 

Cheers,

Gyra

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I have been dealing with Lindsay and the Z shop since 1988.

 

He is allways good to deal with and gives his time and advise, when he readly does not have the time to send talking to every z car person out there looking for free advise or not wanting to spend money.

 

It is a business not a car club.

 

Spend your money with him, i bet you will be back to him if you need anything else.

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all you have to do is know when you should put your big toe in your big mouth and instead of trying to make out you know everything and your the expert and just have to have the podium position you should keep your trap sealed, that just means one thing too me you cant be trusted so the saying goes you dont just receive respect you have to earn and prove you are worthy of being respected , mostly required in the automotive world, sorry i forgot everyones an expert except Lindsay . Regards,, the biggest dork in the world

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all you have to do is know when you should put your big toe in your big mouth and instead of trying to make out you know everything and your the expert and just have to have the podium position you should keep your trap sealed, that just means one thing too me you cant be trusted so the saying goes you dont just receive respect you have to earn and prove you are worthy of being respected , mostly required in the automotive world, sorry i forgot everyones an expert except Lindsay . Regards,, the biggest dork in the world

 

Umm... Pardon? ???

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Daniel

 

Thanks for the vitriolic PM's however I have no idea how I have upset you (again) .

 

I simply agreed that I had once bought a gearbox from Z Spares and it was great and that whilst I may have paid a little too much for work in the past (20 years ago) Lindsay has been nothing but helpful with parts and advice over the past 10 years.

 

So again I have no idea what you are on about  :(

 

Please call me if you wish to discuss you have my number

 

Alan 

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Well, here's the outcome - spent the day at the shop yesterday. Whatever opinions some of you have about the shop and Lindsay's work you are free to have, I can only speak about my experience, which frankly was incredible. I found Lindsay to be very professional and friendly and it's clear he really knows his stuff. I have a fair amount of mechanical experience which he picked up straight away and involved me in every step of the process - we both inspected anything that needed work and were in agreement on everything.

 

We ended up also replacing the tail shaft as one of the unis was stuffed, we went looking for a knock in the rear end which we decided felt like a sloppy diff, so we fitted a tight replacement - when we found afterwards that the knock was still there Lindsay was happy to leave the new one there as we misdiagnosed it - only charged for half the labour and for the oil. Looks like the noise is coming form a combination of slightly sloppy CVs and the suspension somewhere. Also replaced all the rubbers in the front end with urethane and straightened a bent caster rod. Clutch master cylinder was stuffed too so we fixed that. After a test drive he did a wheel alignment, a tune, inspected all fluids and lights etc and didn’t charge for any of that.

 

At the end of the day I was honestly a little terrified what the total bill would be as he had 2 other staff along with himself going flat out on it all day – I told him that and was advised he’d look after me. Total bill was just over $1200 all in – honestly I was shocked – was prepared for double that. He charged some things at a quoted fixed price irrelevant of how long it took and the fact 3 of them did the work, and where it was at an hourly rate he charged for 1 hour for 3 guys (not 3 man hours for 1 hour!)

 

The gear box is tight, slick and silent and the car ran beautifully all the way back to Sydney. Everything came with a written 12 month warranty.

 

As someone has said above – give someone your time, honour and respect and you’ll likely get it back – being involved in the process helps build a good relationship. On the other hand if you’re a pain in the neck, question all the work based on little personal experience of involvement, and then grizzle about a reasonable bill then don’t expect a good experience anywhere (not saying anyone here has done that nor am referring specifically to the Z shop). Lindsay and his staff bent over backwards to see me out on the road that night in a great car.

 

I couldn’t be happier with Lindsay and the Z shop and from my experience would go back in a heartbeat and recommend him unreservedly to anyone who asks.

 

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Iam personal very happy to here that you are happy with the end result. As a retailer its very hard to keep every body happy with your service. It sound like thing are back on track at Linsays. 

regrads

Bruce

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Glad all went well, sounded like a good deal of work for the $$ too.

I have never dealt with Z shop before, so I have no opinion.

Sounds like some have had good experiences, some bad.

Just like any business, whether its a hairdresser or Macca's.

Altough expectation of Macca's should be pretty low anyway, and some hairdressers are HOT!

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