1996 Nissan 300ZX 2+2

Jetting off to Kentucky

1996 Nissan 300ZX 2+2Well, as I mentioned in an earlier post I believe the search is over.  I’ve committed to the purchase of my next Z by buying a one-way ticket to Lexington, KY for next Wednesday evening and a $39 hotel room thanks to Travelocity.  The plan is that I will fly out that evening and stay in downtown Lexington getting rested up for the next day when we’ll finalize the purchase and then I’m on a 11+ hour road drip back to Oklahoma.  I think it should be a fun first drive in my new 300ZX and a chance for me to get to know the car really well.  I’m not too nervous whether it will make it or not but the owner did tell me he took it in to have the tires rotated and balanced today and they told him one of the tires needs to be replaced.  I’m hoping that is the typical hard sell that most tire shops put on to get you to replace tires early but I guess I’ll find out when I see it for myself.  He gave me the option to buy one that he’d have them put on but I told him I would just check it out when I get there.  If it is really bad then I’ll find a cheap tire somewhere to throw on there.  I plan on getting the Infiniti G35 17″ 6 spoke wheels at some point so the mismatched tires, which would normally drive me crazy, will hopefully not be around too long.  I also talked to him about the exhaust and he said he has a midas exhaust on there now similar to OEM so that should hold me for a while until I can decide on exactly which exhaust I want to put on it.

I’m sure there will be quite a few things wrong with this car but hopefully nothing major and mostly cosmetic.  The pictures that I have seen make it appear to be in good condition but it’s hard to tell until you actually see it up close and personal.  It had some points deducted from it by Autocheck.com because it had been in a fender bender (before this last one) and has had 6 owners.  Early on in my search I think this deterred me a bit from this car but the longer I searched the more I realized that compared to what was available out there this one is really solid.  When I would find other 5 speed 2+2s if they were well taken care of then people were asking too much for them and on the other end of the spectrum there would be some that were completely ragged out and the seller was still asking quite a bit, relatively speaking.

I consider myself lucky to find this one.  We’ll see if I’m still feeling lucky next week when I am cruising down the open road with this car.  I sure hope so.

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