Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Barny, 8th May, 2017.
Noticed a few car peeps around and would be great to talk anything related to cars here.
Well what do you have Barny, or what would you like?
Craving a new car. Looking at either an everyday fun car or a Sunday only drivers car and just keep what I'm driving now. Considering cars that are fun and appreciating in value. This or an evo?
I went for a practical daily (Golf GTI) and a Friday/weekend cruiser (E39 540i). Just had a front end respray, dog climbed on it
If I buy an everyday car it might be this...or the new megane rs, or BMW 1m. I like the idea of having a warranty. But I love the old cars.
Came up like new
It was already in near showroom condition... insurance covered it thankfully. They did the bonnet, bumper, front quarters and front doors
Used to have a Porsche 997. Definitely the most fun car I've ever owned. Eye wateringly expensive to own at times, especially to keep it in decent tyres.
Wish I still had it. (Glad I don't). Wish I still had it.
Driving anything fun these days?
Nissan silvia s13 with a s14 engine due to two previous s13 engines which no fault of my own decided to cease to exist ha ha.
Vw golf gti as a daily drive and to date never been pulled over unlike the silvia.
Would live to own a r32 or r34 gtr but seeing the new mustang.....
Go with the godzilla. Good ones are already hard to find but if you can find a evo 6.5 TM, that's another option.
I'm a new dad but couldn't stand the idea of myself in a city SUV...
So sold my 3 series and went for this bad boy
Love it. Not common to see this series in the touring
Brand new (10 years ago) it was $140k
This was my old pride and joy pre-marriage (so 4 years ago)
It's only real downfall was being FWD. but it cornered a dream.
And the noise that thing made when it hit MIVEC (I put on pod/intake/headers/full exhaust/smaller muffler), was insane.
Automatic smile material.
Oh forgot my reno/dog/offroading car... trusty old NJ Pajero, hung the back on the towbar (have no key to remove it ) Really needs a read diff locker
Was running on 5cyl for a while but still made it home every time
Very fortunate to have my parents fork out for my first car.
Nissan Pulsar Q N13
Then moved to:
Suzuki Sierra SJ series 1.3L
Holden Jackaroo UBS
Mitsubishi Galant VR4
Daihatsu Charade 1.0L (spare ofr when Galant spent extensive time off the road for repairs)
BMW 323i E30 (2 door)
Ford Mondeo MKII
Toyota Corona (spare for other half)
Holden Jackaroo V6
Toyota Camry XV20
and finally.....(drum rolll)......
A 2006 Mazda 2 Neo !!!
The 2 has been an unbelievable car - 180,000km service just done, went to the great ocean road over easter (1 day 700km round trip) with 4 adults on board - and no cruise control.
Bit heavy around the sweepers, but the $69 Kmart Diamondback tyres held quite well (lucky it was a dry day!!)
Thought this trip would convince me to ditch it - but found it ridiculously good on the highway. Cruise control was not an issue - the car is pretty much maxed out at 100km/h with 4 on board (A/C on).
No major repair item to date. Unbelievable.
Yes the mustang looks fantastic, crash rating was something rediculios like 2 star or something dangerous though.
I was umming and arrring bout the tommie evo last year, decided to keep cash in offset instead, then bought shares. It's gone up 10k since that time now, would have made more with the car than shares.
Which is the favourite?
And those diamond tyres are crap when emergency braking is required , save a life and spend a little extra next time.
An odd mix. My cars have been:
1995 Defender Tanami
1995 Discovery Tdi
2000 Defender Extreme
2004 Discovery Td5
2007 Citroen C3
2014 Defender 110 ( keeper )
Broke a front strut on the Citroen up at Barrington tops and decided I better go back to a Land Rover.
Hmmmm... hard to say believe it or not.
Pulsar was great for the young and stupid. It was great except it just kept inexplicably stalling. Did a chip reset, chip change, in the end mechanics suggested selling it....
The most physically painful by far was the Suzuki Sierra. I got more bruised elbows, twisted wrist, sore back/butt, bumps on the head than any other car.... and yet there was just something so fun about it (and it really did deserve the "CAUTION - overTURNING VEHICLE" sticker).
Jackaroo was luxury compared to the Suzy - especially doing the Broken Hill > Tibooburra > Bourke run without a single flat tyre (albeit I did break a damper clean off on the rear axle - made no difference to the handling)
VR4 was just ridiculous (first of the AWD turbos homologaiotn model for the WRC). On the same patch of dirt where the Suzy would have thrown you through the roof doing 40km/h, and the Jackeroo would do 60km/h, I scared myself silly when I looked down at the speedo of the VR4 doing a relaxing 140km/h... But a first gear cog that kept stripping (special cut - not a standard galant cog) and a timing belt that kept jumping out of place, and most annoyingly - it would simply stall and refuse to start until left for about 6 hours (sound familiar?). Factory reset of chip, all EFI components checked, etc etc - no fault found. Cracked solder joint offered as a possible reason. Decided to sell to a friend who wanted a fast car. He was able to reproduce the issue - fixed by sticking a MOTEC unit in.....
The Bimmer was awesome. Bored to 2.5L with a 325e block (allowed under prod car regs), lovely handling, cheapo parts. Very light on its tyres. Production brakes are crap though - first outing to Calder left me with no brakes at the end of the main straight and 180km/h.
Once we got some QFM pads in though, no stopping it....until I spun out on Turn 10 at Phillip Island on the entry to the pits on a big stream of water - my mate behind me spun his GT4 on the same patch and backed into my rear axle. Still managed to straighten it and whack a factory LSD into it while we had the axle down. ventually had to sell it a) got married b) the chassis was seriously beginning to get loose due to the race set up spring/damper. Used to regularly bend the wheels on railways. Could have really used some seam welding and a full cage, but gave up..... oh yeah, and the engine would occasionally stall and not start again for a while....(air intake meter suspected - never found fault)
As much as people bag the Mondeo, it was an interesting car. The only trouble I had was the fuel filler pipe separating itself from the tank, spewing petrol out near the rear exhaust..... lucky it was parked when it happened!!
The Charade was something I got from a friend when they went overseas. Fascinating 3 cylinder 1L engine the size of a sewing machine. 2 seater fully stripped out courier model, no aircon, a single speaker AM radio. Drove it to Adelaide with a mate just to see if we could do it in summer. Other than being hotter inside than a F1 car, it was slightly more comfortable than the Suzy (simply because it didn't get blown off course as far by cross winds)
The Corona CSX was another used car special - but it had the works. Really impressed, except for the carby - for some inexplicable reason would just stall and be unable to be restarted (surely people.... this one is a carby engine with no chip, nudda...!). Fully rebuilt the carby, rejetted, to no avail. The one thing I really miss from that car that I have not seen in any car since - a central (to driver) "crotch outlet" for the aircon on the under side of the steering column.
The second Jackeroo was also a disaster - also did inexplicable stops in the traffic (is this something to do with my driving!!) - and unable to restart for a good 20 min. Guys from Holden managed to recreate the prob, but never managed to figure out the fault - they recommended I sell it fast....with no time to really consider, traded in for an Avalon Grande (praying the car wouldn't stall on the way to the car yard) - big, comfortable - like an updated version of the Corona. It really did nothing wrong - very "Toyota". I t was so anonymous looking I joked you could use it as a getaway car in a robbery, and no one would be able to remember the car....and it never did the mystery stall!
The Camry I inherited from my dad - basically used it as a spare - sort of a less fuel hungry version of the avalon (bit smaller too). Again - very Toyota - just did everything well without being spectacular. Good workhorse. Eventually sold to a friend's son.
Oh yeah... the Mazda 2 does NOT stall (touch wood).
I am convinced I am emanating something deadly to cars though - I test drove an E46 3 series Bimmer and guess what - it just stalled and died in the middle of heavy traffic with an engine warning light. Had to wait 5 minutes before it mysteriously reset itself and got going as if nothing had happened.....
Can't beat the r32 for investment potential. You may have missed the boat on them though. Plus the rb26 is such a glorious sound, especially with a big single hanging off the side
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