January 22, 2007

UPDATE: G35GT Undergoes Final Testing at VIR

Filed under: Nissan News / Infiniti News — greg @ 10:20 pm

We caught up with the TEAM HLM / NICOclub G35GT at VIR, undergoing final testing for the 2007 season before its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona.The Team HLM / NICOclub G35 ran just one second off last year’s record pace at VIR, which means the car is well-sorted…

There were a couple issue with insufficient dampener softness, but new parts have been ordered to remedy this. Also, due to the extreme cold, tire temps remained under 180 degrees, which means there was still a LOT of speed available. The Menard’s-prepped VK45DE was screaming, and felt ready to rock.

Driver positions have been sorted, with Bryan Sellers and Joey Hand piloting the G35, and a surprise European driver rounding out the team.  Check out the pics!

January 15, 2007

Project 240sx Convertible – Part 1 of an 8-part series.

Filed under: Nissan News / Infiniti News — greg @ 1:38 pm

Starting today, January 15th, NICOclub will be providing a 8-week overview of NICOclub’s Project 240sx Convertible, also known as “The Droptop From Hell”.

For the next 8 weeks, the NICOclub homepage will provide a new article link on the buildup. Be sure to check back weekly for the next episode.

The first installment is available for viewing: Part 1: Finding the Proper 240sx

January 12, 2007

NICOfest Returns to Phoenix With NOPI!

Filed under: Nissan News / Infiniti News — greg @ 11:53 pm

Nissan owner?  Infiniti driver?  Datsun fanatic?

Then you’ll want to join us at the 2007 NICOFest Phoenix meet on March 17th & 18th.

For the third year in a row, NICO has hooked up with NOPI to host the NDRA race and NOPI show at Firebird International Raceway. For the last two years, Phoenix has been the opening race for the NDRA season, although this year it will be the 2nd race into the season. But regardless, NOPI Phoenix is one of the best races and shows to attend all year! Why? Because we’ll be there, that’s why!

For the past two years, NICOclub has “gone big” at the Phoenix event, exceeding the attendance of any other club, with more Nissans than any other manufacturer, and more fun than anything on the midway…

Read more about it (and see pictures of last year’s meet) here:

Phoenix Nissan Meet

January 5, 2007

How To: Save a TON on Vehicle Repairs!

Filed under: Nissan News / Infiniti News — greg @ 12:44 am

We’ve all seen the commercials for auto insurance companies: The ones featuring the talking lizard, the ones describing a company that gives you quotes for competitors, the ones with people prattling on about saving tons of money on their car insurance…

Well, there’s not much need for car insurance if your ride won’t run, and modern automotive technological advances have lulled many drivers into a false sense of security.

Despite all the electronic monitoring, high-tech geegaws, on-board diagnostics, “lifetime” spark plugs, and long-life motor oils, let’s face it: Modern cars still operate on internal combustion engines, four rubber tires and other “low-tech” engineering.

With dealer service rates hovering between $70 and $130 per hour, even a simple diagnosic check can put a dent in your wallet. But, routine maintenance is a necessity, with new car prices averaging between $20,000 and $30,000.

If you’re a Nissan or Infiniti owner, you’re in luck. and are staffed by factory-trained and certified Techs, who browse through these forums on a daily basis, looking for people to help (think of them as the “Roadside Assistance” of the Internet!)

Say your car is making a funny noise. Simply pop in at one of the aforementioned sites, describe the issue, subscribe to the thread, and as soon as replies are received, you’re notified via email – It’s as easy as that.

You’re getting a “check engine” light? Great! We can show you a simple method to find out exactly what your car is trying to tell you, without spending a lot of money on professional diagnostics – And it’s as simple as counting the number of times athe light flashes!

Or. perhaps you’ve been to the local mechanic, and he’s given you a list of “repairs needed”. Again, simply log into or, tell them what your mechanic said, and get a “Second opinion”. And a third. And a fourth.

Let’s say you’ve been to the dealer, and they’ve run a diagnostic on your car. Again, pop in, describe the results, and within hours, you’ll have some “insider knowledge” to help you decide your next course of action.

Perhaps it’s something you can repair yourself, saving hundreds of dollars. We’ll walk you through the repair, with accurate technical information. Chances are, someone has done it before and has documented the requirements, step-by-step.

Or, maybe you’ll need a part – in that case, there are several OEM Nissan / Infiniti parts suppliers who sponsor the Online Mechanic and offer HUGE discounts, just for logging in and getting assistance!

So stop in and check it out – Make sure to include all the pertinent information that the techs will need, such as year, make and model, mileage, prior repair history, any modifications, and anything else that might help the techs “zero in” on the problem.

Tell all your friends about the Nissan Online Mechanic and the Infiniti Online Mechanic!

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