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Re: Cars

Postby gazzamagoo » Mon Nov 20, 2023 1:39 pm

dedja wrote:Considering I’ve been in hibernation for 8 years, have been going through some old threads, and thought it would be good to give an update.

dedja wrote:
dedja wrote:First car driven: 1952 Morris Minor
Current car: 2004 Mazda SP23
Best car driven: 1973 LJ Torana
Worst car driven: 1975 Datsun 120Y


2014 Update

Current car: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Best car driven: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

One word ... awesome


2023 Update

Current car: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI, stage 1 tune
Best car driven: 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI, stage 1 tune

:lol:

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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Mon Nov 20, 2023 1:46 pm

The MK8 GTIs are ugly as faark, it’s basically the same engine as my MK7, but the interior cheap and nasty, lots of cost cutting, with a $15K premium on what I paid for a top of the range spec.

The greatest crime though is that all MK8 GTIs sold here are DSGs, so no manuals.
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Re: Cars

Postby Booney » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:14 pm

My boss has the R, goes like stink.
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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:15 pm

Booney wrote:My boss has the R, goes like stink.


MK8? Still fugly.
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Re: Cars

Postby Booney » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:21 pm

Booney wrote:First car driven - Dad's ZC Fairlane when Mum and Dad were away for the weekend, only about 12 at the time.
Current Car - 08 FG XR6 Falcon ( work ) 1968 XT Falcon ( my weekend cruiser )
Best Car driven - 2007 VW Passat All Wheel Drive. Luxury and performance.
Worst Car driven - Mitsubishi Triton Dual cab 2.2lt Auto.....my old work car, what a lump that thing was.


Current - 2023 Subaru Outback Premium
Best Car driven - 2018 VW Golf R ( fastest ) 2021 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 ( nicest ).
Worst Car driven - Close call between the PT Cruiser and the dual cab Triton
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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:28 pm

I nearly had to update my worst car driven. Hired a base model MG last year when we were in Darwin for a trip to Litchfield. I thought the Chinese made piece of junk was going to shake itself to pieces on the 130km section of the Stuart Highway.

So the 120Y still wins, but it was close.

That said, then got an MG HS in FNQ the week after and it was surprisingly good. Still had one of the worst auto gearboxes, but drove well as part from that.

I didn’t specifically hire either MG, just got assigned them by the car hire lottery.
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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:46 pm

Booney wrote:
lebron wrote:Thinking of getting an 05 monaro? Any comments?


Yes. Depreciation.


Appreciation now! Far out. I sold my 2003 Monaro for 42k in 2006. Can't buy one for less than 40k now*

*unless it's a 6, or knackered.
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Re: Cars

Postby gadj1976 » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:50 pm

Update;

First car - 73 LJ Torana
Current car - 08 Mazda 6 wagon & 64 Chev BelAir (cruiser)
Best car - 03 Monaro/95 Mazda MX5/10 VE Sv6 wagon
Worst car - HQ Holden/HZ Premier
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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:51 pm

Covid tax has nearly disappeared now, but there are still some surprising cars that have either kept their value or appreciated before and after the Covid madness.
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Re: Cars

Postby the milky bar kid » Mon Nov 20, 2023 3:24 pm

Made the last minute call to swing down to the Auto Expo Saturday. Decent enough amount to look out, although just seeing the pure amount of cars there for the Zippel cruise is interesting enough. Good to run into Tipper too.
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Re: Cars

Postby Psyber » Fri Mar 29, 2024 12:10 pm

Still driving my 2014 model Renault Megane RS 265 6 speed manual. Only 74K on the clock so far and still behaving well. Overall a better car than the three previous Porsche models and way better than the Alfa GTV6 and Maserati 222E. The Audi S2 I had at one time is the closest match.

My wife's 2015 Hyundai i30 reached its used by date though recently and I bought her a Kia Seltos AWD model.
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Re: Cars

Postby Wedgie » Fri Mar 29, 2024 5:09 pm

Not a fan of the Jags or Austin Martin's mate?
How about your martinis?
Shaken or stirred?
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Re: Cars

Postby Psyber » Wed Apr 03, 2024 11:02 am

Wedgie wrote:Not a fan of the Jags or Austin Martin's mate?
How about your martinis?
Shaken or stirred?
;)

I started out with a second hand FJ - does that sound better! ;)
I had an HR for a short time but quickly dumped it for a 327 Bathurst Monaro - given current value I wish I still had it but it went with my first wife when we split up...

I did test drive an E-type Jag and a later Jag model but they didn't handle well. Thats why I moved to European products.
The second Porsche was a 930 Turbo but its back end had a tendency to try to pass its front on sharp corners like he old Devils Elbow - rear engine and drive and 300bhp required being careful. The Renault is 265bhp and 6 speed manual but front wheel drive and front limited slip drive.

Martinis - not my drink.
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Re: Cars

Postby Wedgie » Wed Apr 03, 2024 6:18 pm

All of your post disappoints me except for the bit about Porsches and European cars. 8)
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Re: Cars

Postby Psyber » Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:34 am

Wedgie wrote:All of your post disappoints me except for the bit about Porsches and European cars. 8)

A change of pace - a month ago we drove around Kangaroo Island in the AWD Kia Seltos I bought for my wife recently. First time I'd ever been to KI.
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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:50 am

Good to see that you finally got there, the roads are much, much better than they used to be.

When I first went there most of it was dirt roads, or rather small stones so many were like an ice skating rink. On one trip with my yet to be wife, I was going as fast as I could in my ‘82 KB Laser, when a large lizard appeared on the road in front of us.

I wasn’t particularly concerned, so was going to just drive through, but my missus started screaming and waving her arms about, which caused me to slam on the brakes. I ended up doing a 180 and came to a stop facing the wrong way. Yep, there was the lizard, unperturbed, continuing on their way as if nothing had happened.

I turned to face my missus and said “Dear, next time I’m running over the bastard”.

My favourite roads over there are the so called 2-way roads but only with bitumen on the middle part, enough for one car. So you drive in the middle of the road, and swing out when someone is coming the other way.

Hope you enjoyed it, there are some nice spots if you make the time to find them.
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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Thu Apr 04, 2024 11:06 am

gadj1976 wrote:Update;

First car - 73 LJ Torana
Current car - 08 Mazda 6 wagon & 64 Chev BelAir (cruiser)
Best car - 03 Monaro/95 Mazda MX5/10 VE Sv6 wagon
Worst car - HQ Holden/HZ Premier


Little pocket rockets. My brother had one with 3 on the tree, went like the clappers.

Should have kept it, would be worth heaps now.
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Re: Cars

Postby Corona Man » Thu Apr 04, 2024 11:38 am

First Car: 1981 TE Gemini
Current Car: 2020 Mercedes C200; 4 Pack AMG
Best Car: As above
Worst Car: 1990's Subaru Wagon in a close tie with my first Company Car - 2000 - Mitsubishi Magna.

About to help Miss C with her first car purchase. Think she is looking at a little Fiat, or similar.
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Re: Cars

Postby HH3 » Fri Apr 05, 2024 2:27 pm

dedja wrote:I nearly had to update my worst car driven. Hired a base model MG last year when we were in Darwin for a trip to Litchfield. I thought the Chinese made piece of junk was going to shake itself to pieces on the 130km section of the Stuart Highway.

So the 120Y still wins, but it was close.

That said, then got an MG HS in FNQ the week after and it was surprisingly good. Still had one of the worst auto gearboxes, but drove well as part from that.

I didn’t specifically hire either MG, just got assigned them by the car hire lottery.
I travel a lot for work now and have Avis Preferred. Normally I get the best available car, so Renault Kolios or BMW X3, etc.

A couple of times I've been given an MG and can agree, they are the biggest pieces of crap on the market.

To the point that I will cancel my car and walk to Hertz if Avis try to give me an MG.

This week I had a Sorento in Melbourne which is actually very nice. Mrs HH3 has been looking at them so this was a good test run.

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Re: Cars

Postby dedja » Mon Apr 08, 2024 1:40 pm

Who still maintains and services their car?

As a family with 5 cars, I now service them all.

I still enjoy doing as much maintenance as I can, especially with the oldest car, a 2003 Mk4 Golf, which has some challenging electrical and canbus gremlins (par for the course with his model). I've managed to conquer most of them, but there's still one or 2 that have so far eluded me.

This has been the kid's hand-me-down first car for a few years now, and despite their best efforts to kill it, I've managed to resurrect it when insurance wanted to write it off. Pays to know a good repairer who is willing to be creative.
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