Featured Member of the Month - April 2005
Mark's (markbuts3) 1994 Nissan Primera eGT
G20.net: How, when & why did you first acquire your Nissan Primera?
Markbuts3: This is my second P10 eGT. The first one I neglected and damaged the engine due to it running low on oil. This one is going to be well maintained. Iíve had my current one for about 15 months. I got the original one as it has decent performance and five doors (we were planning on having kids); after I killed it I drove numerous cars but came back to the Primera eventually.
G20.net: What were your original plans for the car and have they changed since?
Markbuts3: I was going to leave it as standard at first seeing as I have a young son and his needs tend to consume what spare cash I do have. I don't have definite plans; I just keep finding new things to do to it.
G20.net: What performance modifications have you made to your car?
Markbuts3: I have fitted a SSAutochrome header, Blitz SUS intake, el cheapo Ebay muffler and advanced the timing to 17į.
G20.net: Do you have any dyno numbers?
Markbuts3: I only have one from when I had the stock muffler and a K&N filter on. I'm not sure on the accuracy of it though as the torque figure is very low . The figures were 120whp @ 6900rpm and 98wtq @ 5100rpm. I need to get another one done to see how things are progressing.
G20.net: What suspension modifications have you made to the car?
Markbuts3: I have D2 coilovers fitted and later model 16Ē wheels. The wheels are from a P11 GTLE, I also have a set of P11 GTSE wheels. Iím sure everyone is aware of my problems with the coilovers and they are soon to be sorted out, Iím looking forward to a smooth ride once again.
G20.net: Any cosmetic modifications to the exterior?
Markbuts3: I have tinted the rear lights and side repeaters with Nite Shades spray tint, fitted a phase II G20 grille and removed the Primera badges from the rear. I now just have a large Infiniti emblem from a G35 in the centre, it confuses the cops here in the UK. Another cosmetic mod is the JDM folding mirrors, although they look identical to the original ones.
G20.net: How about the interior?
Markbuts3: I have a Nardi carbon fibre effect steering wheel, short shifter with chrome knob and a cup/coin holder from a Taurus fitted. I have nothing else planned yet, although Iíll probably find something to do.
G20.net: Have you made any upgrades to the stock sound system?
Markbuts3: I have only replaced the stock cassette HU with a MP3 capable CD unit. I need to change the speakers as they arenít sounding too healthy.
G20.net: Any future modifications we should look out for?
Markbuts3: Iím currently working on a custom stainless steel enclosed intake system and have plans to fabricate front and rear STBs. Iím also starting to hoard mods, they need to be fitted. I have a set of Thermoblok spacers to fit and a de-cat pipe. Iíd like to get these fitted before I go to a dyno again.
G20.net: How and when did you first find G20.net and how has this site benefited you?
Markbuts3: I found the site shortly after I bought my current Primera. I have learnt a lot from the site, especially when it comes to turbo systems. Iíd love to go that route but with insurance and petrol prices as they are in the UK I donít see it as a viable option. Hopefully Iíve been able to communicate some of my knowledge to other G20.net members in my time here as well. Itís unfortunate that I canít make it to any of your meets as Iíd love to meet some of the guys Iíve got to know on here.
G20.net: Any last comments you would like to make?
Markbuts3: A massive thanks to everyone who has helped me out with parts, services and advice both in the US, UK and elsewhere. Iím sure Iíll need more assistance in the future.