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  1. So last night saw something that just burst my lungs laughing, for about 3 months we have had an idiot racing his little white Mitsubishi Lancer down our street randomly, he would sit at the end of the street rev his motor and then speed at about 80 plus down the street and out on to a main road. We have tried in vain to get his licence plate but he has some sort of cover over it, we did manage to get some photos but he was way down the road by then. However recent road works along the main road and several side streets have finally paid off as they put a speedhump on our road as many had requ
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  2. 100 %. But you'll have to try not to get too bored. It's a depressing place
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  3. Similar to Bigmike62, I mostly use cruise control for highway cruising. Depending upon the hill incline, there may be no noticeable gear change and increased engine revs. Other times, you notice gear downshifts and engine rpm change from 2000 rpm to 3000 rpm. For reasonably different inclines, I have learnt to increase pressure on the accelerator and this can delay or even avoid the gearshift.
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  4. It's only good for those really long straights, but normally I never use it. It doesn't finesse the throttle all that good when there are up and down hill sections. It will worsen your economy actually.
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  5. Been waiting for a long time for the Flex wax and to my disappointment, the release price is/was pretty expensive at $69.99 everywhere. Supercheap currently have a 30% off sale for Club Members on everything in the store and I thought I use this opportunity to stock up on these detailing products I've been wanting. I already purchased the Graphene infused Max Wax on Amazon but the other two that make up the Trio couldn't be found on that same platform. The usual auto stores, SCA, Repco etc all had these but at full mug retail and I wasn't going to pay the extortionate prices they were ask
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  6. Absolutely certain that the expression "No replacement for displacement" has been quoted quite a few times. I am very much avoiding high compression turbocharged engines mainly because of perceived/expected maintenance and longevity issues. Just came across this YouTube video about oil sludge and presenter has made the point about consumers going beyond the manufacturer's recommended oil change interval. Possible solution is to have a shorter oil change interval and making sure that a high quality full synthetic engine oil with the recommended oil viscosity is being used.
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  7. Toyota build quality is the defining factor. No mechanically driven thing can be perfect, but Toyota definitely do it better than most.
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  8. Hi Gents, Visited Mum and Dad over the weekend and it turned out to be a visit/oil service as I discovered it was due and although I had a feeling it was close, I didn't think it would be that close. It was a recent trip to Queensland which brought the oil service closer than expected. So Luckily I had all the necessary gear handy over there to be able to do this for Dad. Current ODO reading being 83559. Last oil service was approximately 75,5** (I forgot the exact number), so roughly 8K travelled. It was also the first time using the Motive X Tools oil funnel that I showcased a litt
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  9. I doubt it. But anything is possible. I'd ask to see all my old plugs to check their condition. At least you will know all were replaced. How anyone could take money to replace all the plugs and only do the front would be a low act and if such a person has been found doing this, then they need to outed.
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  10. New to this topic here. I too have a Toyota Echo, mine is a 2004 manual sedan variant. Learnt to drive in my Echo, and have had it for a bit more than a year now. I can indeed agree with you on the car being light and the 1NZ-FE being a pretty nippy engine. I find more enjoyment in nailing the heel-and-toe downshifts in the Echo than actually revving the car out. May just be me though. I recently replaced my tyres with Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 ($119 for a tyre) which was on a buy 3 get 1 free deal. They make great difference compared to the tyres the previous owner had on the ca
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  11. So they still have dash pads in stock ?? I was under the impression they were out of stock and obsolete. Toyota shouldn't really have charged you the customer. They should bill the manufacturer. After all it was their blunder that initiated this class action. I wonder if the "new dash" is a new formula dash or NOS dash from the same problematic era ?? I'd be keeping it out of the sun as much as possible if it's a N.O.S item.
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  12. Facts bear testament to his speeding. There is dumb and dumber all rolled up in one. Hope he was crying at least on the inside. Police report and his insurance claim will be another source of merriment. I am assuming that speeding will not invalidate his insurance claim but the claims process could be extended and repair delayed. Karma can just keep on giving.
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  13. Tony it is a rant that needs to be out there more often, Yes Karma finally bit him hard and I enjoyed a great nights sleep after it. We are in a 50KPH zone and I have no problem with any of our neighbours as all have young children who love to play football kicks on the street, we all try and watch out for them and all get along great, so in a way he allowed a good bonding session for all who came out to laugh and cheer the police. As you said the lack of respect the lack of manners these days is just so frustrating at times, and really came out into the open with lockdown panic buying an
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  14. Hahaha, that is the best kind of Karma Robert. I also live in a street with a 60 kay speed limit and the amount of Morons who do 90+ through it gets my goat, especially the Absolute Morons who drive past at 2am with the loudest bass doof doof crap blaring makes me want to wait outside and throw a brick at them. Why are people so selfish and arrogant on the roads ??? Are they so caught up in their little world of self entitlement that they forget that we all live in a society they so selfishly use streets where families live ? Not many display the slightest sensitivities when they ro
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  15. Repco's latest catalogue, various oils on sale including some Castrol and Penrite. https://www.repco.com.au/en/shop-catalogue?q=on_sale_shop_catalogue%3Arelevance%3Alevel1Category%3A1862918054%3Alevel2Category%3A1862918076%3Alevel3Category%3A1862918079
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  16. Don't forget to check and adjust tyre pressures. Rolling resistance can affect economy if tyres are under inflated and causes premature tyre wear too. If you drive sensibly, to the road conditions, have some mechanical sympathy, you will get the best mileage the engine can offer. Also, don't carry unnecessary weight in the car if you can avoid it. Every bit helps I guess.
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  17. Best bit of fun was driving down the Cunningham's Gap [near Warwick QLD] without any vehicles in front and not using any brakes or accelerator. I stayed within the speed limit and recommended speed signs using the Sports Select to go down and up the gears to either slow or accelerate. Certainly gave the transmission and ATF a good workout so did a change of the ATF when I got home. Most of my driving is using D [Drive] but when going down a mountain range I am likely to use Sports mode to save using the brakes too much.
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  18. Distance is going to be very much dependent upon your leadfoot and the condition of your vehicle. Before COVID-19, I was doing an annual round trip from Brisbane to Wagga Wagga. One year fuel economy was 7.84 Litres per 100 kms. Next year it was 8.39 Litres per 100 kms. Assuming an average fuel economy of 8 Litres per 100 kms, theoretical travelling distance would be 875 kms. Ideally, you should be refuelling well before the 1/4 Full mark. In planning a road trip, I have an idea where and when I will be having rest stops [2-3 hours] and refuelling stops [usually based upon an Interne
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  19. Definitely need something to lay on when getting under the car Ash, especially to insulate ourselves from the cold concrete. I have the "homeless man" version of this, a couple of flattened large cardboard boxes. The insulate well and provide a small degree of comfort. Just having a look at the link I found a very funny anomaly SCA have imposed on the purchase of this product. See if you can find it 😜
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  20. I thought they were obsolete those 40 series dash pads. They still have some in stock you mean ?? I saw your other post on this. Is this a common problem they are finding with these ? I'm sure they'll figure it out and hopefully you never break down again. Keep us posted. Awesome car the Supra. The BMW engine makes it what it is.
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  21. Greetings everyone, With all the marketing, as well as old truths it may be hard to know which Petrol (gasoline for any non Australians reading this) is best for your car. (Also for non Australians reading this, our Petrol Octane uses the RON system not the MON system https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octane_rating) Don't get me wrong generally speaking the higher the grade, the higher the quality of the fuel. However is there such thing as too much octane? The answer I believe is yes. The way higher octane benefits your engine, is that it allows the spark plug to fir
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  22. I find it staggering how much of a price discrepancy exist between service stations and postcodes. A good example of this is my local 7 Elevens. I pass two on my way to work, one in Blacktown and one in Seven Hills (which borders Blacktown). Both these are identical which is a relief, but when I get to the Shell just around the corner from work it's almost 30 cents per litre difference and that's only 15 minutes from my house. If we are governed by the Singapore oil index, how do you go from 143.7 cents a litre to 171.7 cents between two outlets only a few suburbs apart ??? It's a poorly kep
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  23. I am thinking I'll do a 50/50 test on the bonnet of my Colorado as it would serve as the perfect flat panel test rig. It's used daily and sits outside all day and night, so environmentally, it will be perfect. On one side I'll use Ice seal and shine and the other, the Graphene Flex Wax. I'll do a proper decon, then compound the surface with the Precision Platelet 1 and Done Compound. This will prepare the base for the application of both spray sealants. I'll post up a seperate thread for this later. Cheers everyone
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  24. There are plenty of 40 series Aurions wrecking everywhere. I'm pretty confident the OP will find one to suit. If it's an ATX, then it would be obviously cheaper and sensible to go like for like, but in the event no good ones are available, then the higher priced option is always there. He can also swap out the rear garnish an fit the ATX one right ? That is, if he doesn't have the camera set up.
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  25. I have no doubt it will go over 500,000 Big Mike !
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  26. Bigmike here,.. I plan to keep my 40 series presara till it hits 300 thousand, it's sitting on 94,000 ATM.. I'll continue to do 2 penrite 5w30 oil changes a year and see how that goes.. I honestly think this car will easily do 300 thousand.. Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth..😉
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  27. What the video failed to capture is the type of oil/s the engine circulated during its 18k km life. For all we know, the Ford dealer/s could've used cheap conventional oil in its services. 5,000mi is around 8,000km, which isn't an awfully long interval if quality fully synthetic oils are used. On the other hand, a few people in the comments did raise the point that the small displacement engine is over-stressed, which could contribute to oil shearing and sludge formation more readily. Correct me if I'm wrong, but is it the general belief that with forced inducted engines, oil is bound t
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  28. That's very difficult to answer Ben, but on average I'd guess around 50 kays or so around town, more if cruising on a highway/freeway. Not sure why you'd ask this though. Do you run on empty often ? If so, I'd get out of that habit because you can damage your fuel pump with low fuel all the time.
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  29. It's so true what the guy in the video said. He stated that even though the manufacturer says it can go to 5,000 miles without an oil change, but when you do this over and over again, the problem will compound and it's the old adage whereby, you give an inch they will take a mile. So true in that the car owner will then start going over 5K. It will become 5.5K, then 6K, then 6.5K and before you know it, we're watching videos like this because there are engines failing everywhere. It makes me want to do my oil servicing even earlier now 😜
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  30. Good thinking. I should've done that too. I think I know which is the oldest by the amount of dust accumulation
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  31. In a number of previous posts, I have mentioned that I was informed by an ex-employee of a Toyota dealership to expect about 400,000 kms from the 2GR-FE before requiring any significant engine rebuild work. This was when i was thinking that the valve seals might need to be replaced. If you want reliability and longevity, then regular oil changes using a quality full synthetic engine oil is highly recommended. Because I do mostly short distance urban driving, I am fighting an ongoing oil sludge battle so I do an oil change say every 3 months.
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  32. I guess it depends on the engine, but in saying this, knowing more about the 2GR-FE, it is a robust engine without the frailties of some of the other manufacturers. The only caveat is that you really need to be on top of the maintenance. Do regular oil changes, and I mean regular. Allow the engine to warm up before applying the beans. It's not water temperature that does the damage, it's the oil temperature. You will have ancillary failures like water pumps, alternators etc, big deal, they all do. Just replace them and move on. Another important point, do not follow the stupid service book g
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  33. That's dedication. I'd love to buy another one. If I do it will definitely be a 50 series Presara, preferably the end of the run models.
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  34. Gary, from Melbourne. This will be our first Toyota but our 5 adult children and spouses have had a few Toyotas over the years. A life time ago I started my first “real” job as a Production Engineer at Ford in Geelong - just as the XY was was being replaced by the XA (the less said about that model, the better!) i remember about a month into my employment there was a sale of 12 month old ex company cars - all lined up between the Engine and Stamping plants. Included were 4 XY Phase 3 GTHO’s for sale all priced at $4500. If only I knew then what I know now! we had a Mitsubishi L
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  35. Recent posts going down memory lane have reminded me of how much I was determined to buy a used 1994 Honda Prelude VVti-R at first sight then a closer look while waiting for the seller to arrive home. Sold itself just sitting there and the selling price was attractive. Still remember doing an inspection of my Aurion which was an eBay listing by a vehicle wholesaler then going home to increase my bid with a view to winning, if the price was right. Another memory was taking an interstate road trip with our new 1998 Camry and watching the odometer roll over to 1111, 2222 etc.
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  36. They are actually a decent transmission. The important thing to remember is to have it serviced periodically and don't abuse it. It's not a performance car even though the 2GR-FE is very powerful. It needs to be driven sensibly to get the best out of it.
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  37. I remember when I used to ride around in my Dad's XB Falcon and when we'd pull up to a servo, I did recall at the time when petrol was around 28 cents. Prices went up incrementally, so by the time I got to high school it was around 45 cents. By that time Dad had traded the Falcon and purchased a brand new Cortina Ghia station wagon 1980 model 2lt. He thought it would be better on fuel. Well, it was, but it was pretty gutless. We all learned to drive in that car and have very fond memories in it. Still have all the photos from a bygone era. Those were the best days I reckon. The world has gone
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  38. Thanks for the post and pic's on your dad's service mate, when it comes to keeping these beauties perfect and on the road nothing is too good for them. Glad you got the opportunity to do this for your dad plus to know he is being treated with the respect due all car owners, and not being used as a cash cow by those who choose to just gouge money. KAA
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  39. Thanks Big Mike. I feel it was my duty to take over the servicing because I didn't realise his so called mechanic was ripping him off in the past charging for things he didn't even need and my Dad doesn't know any better. I put a stop to the gouging quick smart and assumed the role of chief service guy. Saving him plenty of money now. I decided to use Penrite for his car for two reasons. One, to support Australian business and two, something different to the Nulon I use on my car. It would be nice to compare the both even though I have full confidence in both products. The opportunit
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  40. I've never tried it, but I have heard excellent reviews and feedback about the brand. Unfortunately, I don't have enough cars to be able to use the various brands as I don't like to mix oils. My Aurion has always had the Nulon, my Dad's Aurion I'm using the Penrite and my garage Queen M3 only uses Castrol as recommended by the factory. If I had to use another oil for the M3, it would definitely be Liqui Moly. There is also a youtuber who restores 80'-90s BMWs and he swears by this stuff. Uses it everywhere. Can't go wrong if the label states "manufactured in GMBH". I don'
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  41. Not at all Big Mike. I hr is very reasonable. It probably saved you a lot of cursing and frustration so would be great value for anyone not wanting to DIY it. My car has over 120K and still going on original plugs. No issues thus far. I'll pop one out this weekend and take a look and see how well it's fairing. I'll post up some pics when I do. Cheers guys
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  42. With wait times of at least 6 months, on the Cruiser Hybrid in particular, I found that there was zero haggle room. Some dealers on Carsales are advertising as "Used Cars" (with only a few hundred Ks on then) the same car as the one I ordered at up to $8000 more than my contracted price. My guess is that these are cancelled orders and instead of passing them down the que, the dealer has shifted them sideways to their used car lot. In this madness a discount is very unlikely. You may find some limited joy by contracting a Broker.
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  43. Why anyone would buy one of these is mind boggling. There's more at stake than just buying a cheap car. Cheap for a reason too.
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  44. Just dropped the fan in mine yesterday, 05 Camry sportive, for first time. No cab filter on this one for some strange reason. Three screws to drop fan, under glove box. Very easy. 16 years worth of leaves seeds and crap cleaned out. Now fan is quiet and blow air much better. Could be something dead. In there. A flat screwdriver worked for me. Just remove the panel under glove box to access fan.
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  45. Found a juicy nugget of info regarding that rubber pad. Leave it in place as it is designed to absorb heat generated in the head. There seems to be a design flaw where these engines tend to shear of the rear 3 head bolts from uneven heat distribution. Watch this video and he explains it from @50 seconds into the video.
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  46. Before and after pics of K&N Cold air intake fitted to my 2014 ZR6. Definitely worth the money. Sounds the same until you put your foot down then it sounds awesome with noticeable hp gain. Approximately 7hp is claimed by the supplier. Easy to install by watching YouTube video.
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  47. This YouTube video makes the replacement of the rear struts look very straight forward when complete replacement struts are available. Unfortunately, we will have to disassemble the strut assembly and then reassemble.
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  48. Very Nice Adam. Good work. I love the ample space in and around the inner barrel to be able to get a wheel brush in there. Nothing like clean barrels.
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  49. My mate has one that connects directly to the top of the strut, however you won't be able to use it if you get coilovers as that's where the dampening adjustment knob goes. He's on stock struts + King springs so it fits. Any strengthening helps so I'm sure you'll still benefit greatly from the chassis brace. A thicker torsion beam/rear sway bar does wonders as well
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  50. Normally we do not provide any exceptions for any "For Sale" threads on TOCAU. However, after discussion with a member by the name "Bucca Bill", I have granted a particular exception for him to advertise his car for sale here. This thread is currently a placeholder so he can reply here with the details of his sale. If you have any questions about my exception (or want to say anything off topic), please reserve this for PM. Regards, Daryl K
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