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  2. Noticed a few Mark3 Avalon Grandes for sale recently - oh if I only had plenty $$$ & space. Then again if I had $$ & space I'd get an R32GTR in pristine condition & a lovely Lexus LS for a daily or sweet 5 series Bimma. I also wouldn't mind a Porsche Boxster but now I'm getting carried away into dreamland 😐
  3. You might need to look to the Asian markets online.
  4. Poor 1MZ appears to have been mistreated - looks like a cappuccino machine 😐 Looks like too much condensation/fuel dilution accumulated from too many shorts trips on a cold engine.
  5. Personally I have never considered buying a Korean car since their onslaught into the motoring domain because of their lack of engineering prowess, far less a Chinese car. That will probably never happen in my lifetime. Just my 2c worth.
  6. Ingenious design the D4S, but it's not all "rainbows & butterflies" . . . . . I know the HPFP (high pressure fuel pump) in these are ridiculously noisy, made worse with a loud "cricket" racket if you ever encounter varying grades or mixes of fuel such as E10. I and most BR86 owners know this as it too has the D4S system, nice but noisy. "May the lord bless you & keep you & you have a wonderful day" 😀
  7. As I've said many times before, Hyundai/Kia have a long way to go in the engineering department, their engines are ordinary, rough & inefficient. My 1.55 tonne 3.5L V6 Aurion is almost as efficient as a current day 4pot Cerato that weighs 200kg less with far less power & torque, not to mention engine smoothness. My old 1.8L Celica was also far smoother & far better engineered 20 years ago. I love Speedkar's videos, so knowedgeable, detailed & well explained - it's a great heads up / reminder to all would be Hyundai/Kia owners. The the main reason why I have been a Toyota owner since 92, which is most of my driving life, Toyotas are generally bombproof.
  8. pretty sure those are just fake tacked on vents, the real exhaust pipes are under the bumper. Least, thats what Audi, mercedes and every other euro manufacturer seems to be doing nowadays
  9. I couldn't see any way of manually adjusting height, so i tried the dpdt switches again, but this time instead of piggybacking into the circuit, i cut the motor plugs away from the factory loom....... And bingo, it all works, and i can adjust downwards without wires melting. Obviously a replacement seat switch is needed, but this will do in the meantime Thanks to the following page i was able to understand how to wire the switches up to the reverse polarity motors https://www.vegoilguy.co.uk/reverse_polarity_switching.php
  10. Another Repco weekend sale ending Sunday 1st August includes 30% off transmission fluid and other specialty fluids. Price is $36.40 for 4 litres of Penrite ATF LV.
  11. I have a 79 series and it auto locks the car after a period of time when i get out and once it locked me out as i left the key on the seat. How do I turn of this feature
  12. Another YouTube video by Auto Expert, John Cadogan. This time he is giving "Stumpo" a bit of a roasting with facts about RON vs dubious advice/opinion/thoughts. Sulphur content is well explained.
  13. Nothing really exciting. With lockdown going on at the moment, I decided to get on top of some minor things that have been happening for a while. I ordered a new OEM style replacement indicator stalk as my original began having problems some time ago now where especially at night my high beams would turn on when I indicate. After searching online comparing I found a cheap enough replacement that appeared to have no bad reviews at all. Today I finally got around to replacing it. Out with the old and in with the new. After a lot of fiddling around with the trim I was able to remove the old one and replace it with the new one. Before putting it all back together I confirmed that all lights and switches are functional and found I have a dead parker I need to replace so I may end up replacing both with some LEDs now. The trim was put back on and another minor item ticked off the list. I have found some sites to get brand new guard liners from so I may end up ordering a new drivers side liner since I've not had one there for most of my ownership but I'll look into each site further to try get the right one the first time. Stay tuned.
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  15. I've just bought the 2021 Kluger Grande Hybrid, and it's still missing, even though it's been in the US Highlander and many other Toyota models for years. My guess is it's just disabled, and can be re-enabled by the service department using onboard diagnostics (OBD). I'll certainly be asking, and will be really annoyed if there's a charge to turn it back on. Here's a screenshot of a Toyota (Camry 2017?) that has it: and here's the 2017 YouTube video where I found it:
  16. Our new 2021 Kluger Hybrid Grande was delivered three days ago. Due to Sydney's lockdown we've had little opportunity to drive it other than essential trips for groceries.  Already we love the quiet, refined ride and have noticed the amazing fuel economy compared with our previous Kluger. We can't wait to get it out of Sydney on a long trip.

    We researched the car thoroughly before buying, and knew many of the features available in the US versions (Highlander) had been dropped or turned off. Here's a list of things that went missing in the translation from Highlander to Kluger:

    1. 12.3" infotainment screen
    2. Digital rear-view mirror
    3. Wireless phone charging
    4. 4-way lumber support
    5. Adjustable thigh support
    6. Second row captains chairs
    7. Ventilated 2nd-row seats
    8. Remote start
    9. Tyre pressure monitor 
    10. Curve-adaptive headlights
    11. Auto door locking/unlocking based on speed or gear position (P/D)
    12. Reverse Autonomous Emergency Braking
    13. Latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+

    The Palisade Highlander was the other car on our short list. We test-drove both for more than an hour, and found the Hyundai superior in many ways, particularly interior room, and the lane centering assist was noticeably better than the Kluger. In the end we stayed with the devil we knew; we've had Klugers since 2004.

    We bought through John Cadogan's broker service (autoexpert.com.au/) and saved on both delivery time and cost. 

    This will probably be our last car as we approach the "departure lounge" of our lives. I'm already tracking mobility scooters. Fully electric of course! 😄


  17. Nah, it's actually Habibi's famous line from Fat Pizza.
  18. I am hoping that someone may be able to help me I wish to install a sandwich plate between the oil cooler and the oil filter there are a company that makes one but they are very thick to accommodate the length of the threaded fitting the filter screws on to .My thought was to make a shorter fitting so a standard sandwich plate would fit (I have access to lathe etc) but I need to know how the fitting attaches to the oil cooler housing (I am rather hoping it is threaded in) and I cant find a picture or diagram of how it is attached .If anyone could shed some light on the situation I would be most appreciative.
  19. Something thats bugged me about my wrecker sourced powered zr6 seats is the driver seat height adjustment has never worked. Have narrowed it down to a faulty switch assembly which is near impossible to source without buying the whole seat. Using my own dpdt switch & running power straight to the motors only made it go up to max height & now i have a bigger problem haha. Surely theres a way to manually adjust it but after a quick inspection it looks pretty daunting. Any ideas?
  20. my guess is water in fuel or cracked head
  21. Hi Guys, I'm not an expert but I would appreciate some help, I own a Toyota Yaris 2012 Hatchback 4 Door with a radio unit and I have lost the SD Card and can't seem to update the radio which now only displays 'insert SD Card'. Anyone who has the files please email at caglayan1998@icloud.com or if you could allow me to take the card for a day to take it to Toyota Car services to install the SD card/Copy Card and I will return it to you. I will pay to borrow the card, please help! Im located in Melbourne CBD.
  22. Hey guys, I've had a bad squeak in my lux for a couple of years getting progressively worse and I finally found where the damn thing is coming from. The body of the car is rusted out around the body lift spacer and it's actually punching through the passenger seat floor slightly. I don't have the skills or equipment to fix this so does anyone know who generally deals with this kind of thing? bit lost on where to start searching.
  23. Thank you for the laugh. Exactly why I do not let anyone drive my Aurion, especially the girlfriend. Reckon she would have the engine redlining if she drive it like her Yaris. Plenty of experiences and learnings in your post. Certainly agree with your comment that extended service schedules set the car up for failure. Admittedly biased but I keep finding more evidence/support for the old school approach of an oil/filter change every 5000 kms if you want to have engine reliability and longevity.
  24. 'tis dat the Japanese for "nope, can't do, not safe Leh San"? 🤣
  25. Owned a 2007 Sonata NF 2.4 litre for almost 10 years and nearly 190.000km, the most trouble free car I've ever had in my life. Great build quality and unbelievably reliable. Until one day when my wife heard a loud bang while driving it and then the car suddenly lost power, then the engine started to sound like it spat a rod or something, sounding worse than any 1950 unmaintained diesel tractor started on a -25 degrees Celsius Christmas day :)) She managed to somehow drive it home and few days later the thing went to the wreckers (the car, not my lovely better half!), the engine was done, rebuilding it would cost more than the car's value at the time and selling it as parts would have taken years. It kind of started to give some early signs of failures around 160k mark with pinging / knocking some times and the oil level would drop towards min mark on the dipstick after 6-7000k. Lessons learned? - Don't put 91 unleaded in that engine, should have used 95 all along. - Don't trust the stealership for servicing, they'd put whatever crappy drum mineral oil they had in stock every 15k kms oil change, as per the service schedule. At the 135k service the dipstick already had some dark brown varnish on it where the min/max marks were. The car should have been services every 10k max with quality full synthetic. The car could have easily lasted past 300k mark if I had these 2 covered, but I left it to the pros at the time and it showed. Blessing in disguise, my wife now drives the 2013 Aurion we bought after the Sonata went, better car overall, but we still remember how well built the Sonata was and the interior finishing quality, well above Camry/Aurion. Even since I've decided I won't trust the monkeys at the stealerships and their extended service schedules which will only set your car up for failure. I'll be doing my own oil/filter changes at shorter intervals for as long as I'll be able to do so.
  26. This YouTube video is doing a tear down of a common Hyundai/Kia engine. Early commentary is enlightening about the expected longevity. Will have to watch the rest of this video later.
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