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Ordering Z parts from the parts guy behind the counter at a Nissan dealership can be an adventure.  When's the last time you bought parts from your local dealer?

Dennis

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I have many times!  As long as I do the research and give him the part number he's happy to do it.  Usually I get them the next day.  He even made up an account for me so I'll get a discount, "Cliff's Auto".  Nice guy that respects the work I've done to my Zs.  I also carry him lunch on Saturdays when he's there by himself.  I don't what will happen when he retires? 

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Before I realized how simple it was to rebuild SU's I went into Nissan of Melbourne and the guy at the counter didn't even know what an SU was! The young whipper snapper!

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33 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I have many times!  As long as I do the research and give him the part number he's happy to do it.  Usually I get them the next day.  He even made up an account for me so I'll get a discount, "Cliff's Auto".

No "local" Nissan dealer in my town, the only new car dealerships are Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, and Hyundai.  So, it's off to a neighboring town for Nissan parts.  The older parts counter guy is great at ferreting out Z parts and part numbers and the younger guy could care less about old cars.  They can usually get parts in just a couple days if in the system.

Like with Cliff, the older parts guy gives me a discount, which is nice.

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Similar experience here.  David or Butch at the counter of Courtesy Nissan Parts understand the parts and know how to find them if they are at all available.  Club discounts are standard, online prices are already fully discounted.  I have parts shipped to the store at no cost, always a good reason to stop by for a friendly chat.

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1 hour ago, psdenno said:

 Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, and Hyundai.  

Kind of a thud at the end there. 

Filet Mignon, Ribeye, T-bone and then Sirloin. LOL

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1 hour ago, siteunseen said:

Kind of a thud at the end there. 

Filet Mignon, Ribeye, T-bone and then Sirloin. LOL

More accurately, Filet Mignon, Ribeye, T-bone and then Dog meat. 

Interestingly, to me at least, is that the Nissan dealership is called Palm Springs Nissan and is NOT located in Palm Springs.  Same with Palm Springs Ford, Palm Springs Volvo, Palm Springs Subaru, Palm Springs Kia, Palm Springs Infiniti, and Palm Springs Mitsubishi.

For years, we had an Infiniti dealer in town, but the dealership left about a month ago.  So, no more Japanese dealers, no American dealers, just three German and a Korean all lined up side by side.  An odd mix for sure.

Dennis

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My local Nissan dealer seems as though they couldn't care less whether I exist or not. At this point, I try to never go in there.

No discount off full retail, and no understanding that I sometimes might even know what I'm talking about.

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After buying many parts I drove my 240 to show my parts guy. He was impressed even though it's not too impressive to me after seeing all the top shelf cars on here. Never the less I get a discount when I say "no, not 240sx". LOL

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There are still A LOT of factory parts available and not very expensive...the trick is to bring in the part number as most of the workers have no idea where is the cd rom containing the old phish data is, and even if they do, they are not that motivated to look for it, load it up ect.

I needed the woodruff key for the front balancer, came in with the part number and left 5 minutes later with the key, $3.14 

If I would have have asked for a woodroof key for a 78 280z..I would get the deer in the head light look and be told that its discontinued.

 

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Here in my part of Canada, we are fortunate to have access to Rick Scott, parts dept manager at Brantford Nissan (Brantford, Ontario is a small city located about 60 miles west of Toronto).  Rick is a long-time Z owner, restorer and enthusiast who knows the cars,  the parts, the company, and the customers.  He and the dealership make their lot and service area available for a Z-parts swap meet once a year. 

By contrast, my local Nissan dealership couldn't care less.

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I fear that if I pulled  into my local dealership they would say  "Hey, nice Porsche!",  except for maybe one old guy in the back.....

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