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  1. Where did this Black Friday Malarkey come from anyway ?? Just like this Halloween rubbish we have here now. Never used to be until we decided we needed to copy everything the Americans do. How original Black Friday Sales are all fake. I have carefully watched a few vendors prices in the lead up to the so called "sales" and have found they actually jack the prices up then splash out the big marketing discount hype to make you think you're getting a bargain. What a load of hogwash.
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  2. I agree Ash, I thought the exact same. I think most Black Friday Sales in Australia are bit lack luster to say the least.
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  3. I really wish we had these cars too. I'd seriously consider buying one. I absolutely love the interior design. Ah, that Toyota Quality oozing everywhere. Styling isn't bad either and the exhaust note is very nice too. The guy in this video talks a bit too fast but good video nonetheless. When he says TRD it sounds like "Tierdee" 😄
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  4. Haha, I've seen that video. He did a great job in the presentation of the bike. Very funny too. That bike in the video is actually a 2001 E2 bike. I have the exact same one funnily enough. Best colour combo. The F bikes were the last of the ZX9R's. Sad to see them go but it only adds to their collectability to be honest. Excellent low mileage bikes are fetching top dollar now. I always monitor bikesales. It is a very underrated bike because all the fanboys followed the Honda CBR 900's, Yamaha R1's of the time and most failed to see the overall excellentness of this machine. Definite
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  5. Today's leather seats are nothing like what they had in the old school cars. There's some sort of protective coating on them which keeps them alive longer, but is resistant to the classic leather rejuvinators. You could buff them with a wet polishing cloth & would look like u spent hours giving them love. Having said that, oakwood products are my choice, and the shine from the wax at the end is very satisfying haha
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  6. Since owning my 2005 Corolla Sportivo, I've done 95% of my oil changes and the rest have been done by my local mechanic if my car has gone in for another fix of sort and I usually provide my own oil of my choice which they thankfully don't mind. I've owned my car over 5 years and have clocked over 100000kms since I've owned it and have used 3 main oils in my car. - Penrite 10 Tenths Racing 10W-40 - Penrite Full Synthetic 10W-40 - Nulon Full Synthetic 5W-30 For the first 2 years or so I mostly used the Penrite variants would use the 10 Tenths if I could get my hands on it if
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  7. WOW a bright and shiny product love it..also liked the apply smile enjoy logo..I am sure you will let us all know if that miracle does arrive before the man in the red suit time arrives Thanks for the pic's as well shows great pride in their products when packaged so well... i can see Tony's face now drooling 🤣🤣🤣 KAA
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  8. Haha yeah mate. The silly buggers must love losing market share to Nulon and Penrite. I'd rather give my money to Australian companies anyway. These two mentioned products are superior.
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  9. I was certainly thinking about your coating of the leather steering wheel when my hands started to get a bit sweaty. Driving most of the day in Summer would certainly be putting your ceramic coating product to the test. I was fortunate to get some cool driving conditions 21-24C. It was much warmer on the return trip and I was using the A/C.
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  10. Thanks for that Ash but I am sure it was our DETAIL KING Tony who gave us the idea of the coating on his steering wheel..I also use the Oakwood products as i bought 2 boxes when they were on special last year at Supercheap.. I have found them pretty good at keeping the wheel's leather in great shape..our Presara is now 11 years old but the leather interior is excellent and the leather on the steering wheel still feels great on the hands. I follow my Dad's wise words of look after it and it will last well, and that is what I do..I allow lots of time when doing the interior, as doing most
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  11. I'd use Mobil 1 too if they put it on special occasionally. Mongrels never do so Nulon or Penrite it is.
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  12. John Cadogan explains it so simply. The hide of the marketers to claim we have a lifetime transmission. This should be called out for the fraud that it is. They have no idea how the car is going to be driven to make such a ridiculous claim. I'm glad I did mine despite it having had an easy life, but for those who have a heavy foot i would definitely recommend having your tranny serviced regularly, especially if you're towing. The additional transmission cooler is also a great idea, even for cars driven normally. The better you can reject the heat from the fluid the better its integri
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  13. I have had an oil leak since I bought this Prado with 170000km on the clock three years ago. I didn't bother to check it as the leak was minor. When I did check it out a few weeks ago I found half the threads from the cam cover bolts had been stripped. I tapped the stripped 6mm threads to 7mm and replaced with 7mm bolts. It is running smoothly now without any sign of oil leaking.
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  14. Yes, all that maintenance is paying off. Thinking of finally removing the front valve cover after 5 years but maybe wait for after the next road trip. Planning upon doing a fuel economy run after the 1st refuelling stop. Expecting some wet weather so will wait for dry roads before even thinking about being naughty. Been talking about this road trip for some time. Cannot be all talk and no action, at least in this Forum, lol. In the next few weeks, it will be other member's turn to be posting about their road trip.
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  15. Thanks for the feedback Tony, appreciate it. With the Tyre Sheen, I think because I applied it and just left it as opposed to applying, and wiping afterwards led to it flinging off the tyre itself. I'm the same with Armorall, I only use it since it's there and I mean it does the job for the moment but I definitely rate the Export stuff, can't go wrong.
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  16. That was the title of the video, but upon watching it, it actually illustrates the replacement of the valve springs instead, not the 'seal' per say. I assume the uploader may have a language barrier and calls a valve spring a valve 'seal ' perhaps ? Regardless, what a job !
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  17. Low mileage vehicle but way overpriced. Good price for the seller but not for you as a buyer. I use Redbook for its pricing guide. https://www.redbook.com.au/cars/details/2002-toyota-camry-altise-auto/SPOT-ITM-280561/ http://australiancar.reviews/reviews.php#!content=recalls&make=Toyota&model=Camry&gen=886 I would be looking for previous repaired accident damage plus any obvious drive train noises. When you find a worthwhile vehicle, definitely get a vehicle history report and a mechanical inspection before buying.
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  18. I am thinking that this Black Friday Sale is mostly hype and little substance. Repco has continued with their catalogue sale as previously reported. Some good oils are @ 50% discount. Checked SuperCheap Auto and AutoBarn but nothing much there in the way of oil specials. I am not expecting any outstanding oil specials in December and maybe not until Australia Day 2021.
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  19. Repco has a few oils on special for Black Friday sales. https://www.repco.com.au/en/oils-fluids/engine-oils-fluids/engine-oil/c/1862918079?q=%3Arelevance%3ApartSlot%3AENGINE%2BOIL&text=# Not too much going compared to other big sales we've had.
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  20. We can only hope that sales of the new Camry V6 are sufficient to warrant continued availability. I am more thinking that the Camry range could eventually be consolidated to just the Camry Hybrid model. Perhaps then, there would be consideration for the Avalon Hybrid model. Toyota is developing a new V6 turbo engine to replace the V8 so I am dreaming that that engine will become available in a sedan. https://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2020-toyota-camry-vs-2020-toyota-avalon-whats-the-difference
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  21. Hi Ash, This is a tough one. A 2005 Prado here is worth somewhere between 9k-15k depending on condition and equipment level. Not knowing the condition of yours makes it hard to assess the viability. You say it's been on Safaris, does it mean the vehicle has had a hard life ? What are Prados worth in South Africa ? Is it worth the stress of having it put on a ship, risk it getting damaged in transit, deal with customs, quarantine etc etc only to find that it would be much easier to just buy another one here ? I'd probably lean towards selling the one you have back home and put the fun
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  22. I'm actually curious too see how you/some of you actually maintain your leather interior ?. Myself owning an Avalon, technically different leather used, and alot more genuine stuff, just what Toyota did years ago, but even still.... maintenance is the same ! Personally because i know people with horses, etc. I generally clean the leather by hand with a PH neutral glycerine soap (cake of soap) or saddle soap. Usually go with pears personally. But when it comes to the lengthy two step conditioning phase. I swear by oakwood leather conditioner, it's a truely brilliant product, alot
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  23. I know, it is quite ridiculous actually. I know it's good oil, so is Penrite, so is Nulon, so is Shell, so is Castrol, so is Valvoline, so are many, many others. It doesn't justify the stupid price tag. Motul is the only oil I've used in my bikes.
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  24. Very naughty. Xmas is coming so be good. At least that Ducati could not have been a potential unmarked police vehicle.
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  25. I am happy knowing that I have 200KW under the bonnet and the Aurion is a comfortable highway cruiser. Rightly or not, I have always thought that automatic transmissions do not handle being abused as much as a manual. Attached document is worth reading about what happens to the transmission case so more keep to apply a smooth and steady acceleration approach most of the time. Leave it to others to thrash their vehicles and end up with the repair bill. Toyota U660E Dust Problem Finally Solved.docx
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  26. Interesting - I'll also do some investigation. What I do notice though is that if I'm rolling at say 5km/h in 2nd gear and floor it (kicking down to first), I feel a lot more pull than directly from first and can even let the tyres slightly loose. I'm going to experiment a bit after ordering one of these which just arrived (only spent $120 shipped with Prime - they've hiked the price now but it jumps all over the place). After reading the article here I may need to incorporate a velocity stack, but going to run without initially. (Then go ahead with the Y-pipe mod).
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  27. I used the Penrite Copper eze anti-seize grease on the slider pins. After last 2 road trips and about 6000 kms, I am intending to check the brakes pads and slider pins again. It is available at Repco. https://www.repco.com.au/en/oils-fluids/greases-lubricants/greases/penrite-copper-eze-anti-seize-grease-500g-ceze0005/p/A9307309
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  28. Thanks for the update Luke. Unusual you should mention the finding with the Remsa pads though. I have the same pads and they feel very reassuring. Mind you I don't have the slotted rotors, only the standard DBA ones, which seem to be more than adequate. I did a full brake fluid flush not that long ago when I replaced both front and rear pads. Re lubed the sliding pins too.
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  29. Haha yeah, it won't hit the sale section ever, believe me. $94 for the 5LT 5W-30. If it ever hits anything, it will be for the most expensive oil on the planet competition. It will win Gold every time !
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  30. Hello Steve, it pays to be active to get the most benefit from the Forum. In recent weeks, there have been a number of posts about the topics you are interested in. Best to help yourself by doing some Forum or Google searches to locate these posts. Also take the time to read all of the posts on a thread After quite some internet searching since joining this Forum, I believe that the best upgrade is a set of new quality tyres from a trusted brand name that meet your driving needs. If you are interested in performance tyres, a few members have recently bought Michelin Pilot Sport 4. S
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  31. Hi All, Thought I'd join this forum as I'm sure there will be things I can learn and also possibly help others from my experiences. Have owned many Toyota's over 25 years of vehicle ownership and have seldom been disappointed. In most recent years I have settled on the Camry as my vehicle of choice, and now on my third one, a 2006 3.0L Sportivo, after a 99' 2.2L GX, then a 2009 2.4L Facelift, which was sadly written off very recently due to someone leaving their handbrake off, a rolling tradies van with 'roo' bars causes a lot of damage when it hits your car. I do miss my 09' C
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  32. In Victoria the legal limit is 20% rear & 35% front. But due to all automotive glass being different shades, dyes, etc. They have a 5% leeway grace period. So absolute minimum is 15% for the rear & 30% for the front. But the visor strip there is no legal limit on tint, only that it can only cover 10% (basically that whole blue strip on your windscreen), but carbon film on the rear windshield/screen is reccomend if your antenna is there to prevent interference from metalised film. Carbon is basically metalised without the metal content. So I've already checked my glass,
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  33. The only leather experience I've ever had is with the steering wheels on my 86 & I used the Duragloss cleaner & conditioner. The cleaner does a rippa job and the conditioner also but with a slight sheen which I prefer not to have. I always wipe it down well with a MF afterwards which achieves a matt result. Soon I'll try the CarPro Cquartz Leather, I'm told it will leave the leather in the same condition after cleaning so we'll see how that goes. Main reason for use is long term UV protection, otherwise the Oakwood is something I'd be keen to try, I think it was @campbeam or @KAA
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  34. BITOG has often commented on how good Mobile1 is especially in the USA where they supposedly also make Toyota's own TGMO 0W20 for 86 & BRZ which is extremely well regarded. Only problem with group 4 & 5 oils is their price otherwise they're the best all day long.
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  35. Hence why there's a correct way, at first i applied alot more than i needed, now i literally use a 5c amount & rub it into the tyre until it basically settles, hardly get fling off from it. It is messy but it lasts weeks so it's a minor trade off haha ! I use paper towel folded & folded, then simply throw it away. X amount of pieces per wheel. Works a trick.
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  36. There's really not much to say about leather treatment. The main thing is to clean the surface thoroughly before any treatment products are applied. Everybody has their own product preferences and procedures that suits them, but the main thing is to get the leather nice and clean first. If you don't want to buy any fancy leather cleaners and are on a budget, you can always use APC (all purpose cleaner), diluted to the correct dilution of course, and simply spray it on, scrub with a leather cleaning brush, wipe off, inspect, re scrub a second time if necessary, then after it's wiped c
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  37. Coming from personal experience myself & from knowledge within the automotive sector. I can't recommend Mobil 1 0w40 enough, but that's what i run my car on, the additives in Mobil 1 0w40 especially the base oils is what i look for the most. But personally if you want a great all round with proven use. Penrite's HPR range is by far the top pick, even though base oils are more a group III, now they have a Premium non friction modified 0w40 from Penrite which is group IV & V base oils. Same with Nulon's 0w40 being a group IV & V base oils. Always consult your owners manual for a
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  38. So after COVID-19 restrictions finally f**ked off i was able to get my windows done. Before & after provided below Because she's a friend of mine, i won't disclose how much it cost me, needless to say she was aussie so i know the work was top notch using very high quality US made film (3M) i believe. So as follows.... 35% (front metalised film) 20% (rear metalised film including quarter windows) 18% (rear window carbon based film) - because the navigation & radio get their signal from the antenna in the rear glass, there isn't a physical antenna. Which is
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  39. You brought back some memories. When I first purchased our Aurion. My wife had been so used to driving her little Corolla that she would always put the boot into the pedal to get it going and when she drove the Aurion, she started doing the same thing. I had to pull her up immediately telling her it's nothing like the Corolla and all you need is a gentle tap and away it goes. Took her some time to get used to it.
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  40. NIce work Richard. I'll never know why some people over tighten small bolts to buggery like that. Glad to hear you got it sorted.
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  41. Hi Peter, what difficulties are you facing ? Insurance is a minefield these days and you need to spend a fair bit of time researching the various options. Might even be an idea to try a broker who can find a tailored solution.
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  42. That's an excellent question G. I haven't used any personally, but I doubt there would be a ceramic coating that can mimic carnauba wax the way nature intended. I have researched this a bit and found little. The chemistry of SI02 is totally different to that of carnauba and hence I would say no. Kamikaze claim to have such a product, but I'd take it with a grain of salt with the marketing hype. It's a very competitive industry and until you've tried several products (at great expense) you'll never really know. It can get expensive real quick. If it's that warm glow you're after, I'd
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  43. Suggest that you read the earlier posts in this thread i.e. October 2019
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  44. All good safe trip. Only had one moment with an oncoming black hilux. More of a case thinking that it was a vehicle ahead. A bit of a wake up call to actually see what is rather than what you are expecting to see. Lead foot is ruining fuel economy figures but enjoying being on the road again. Checked the oil and it is still nice and clean. Return trip is in the next few days so planning upon trying to be good and get some decent fuel economy figures.
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  45. Hey Ash, I was wondering where you got to mate. Haven't heard from you in a few days. It's nice to have the road all to yourself. Makes you feel like your the only one on the planet lol.. Until the Semi's arrive and the rest of the Yahoos. Looks like those never ending roadworks are still never ending eh ? I'm really over roadworks. I wonder if in my lifetime will I ever see any of these actually finish. Anyway, have a safe trip Ash. Enjoy your Aurion on the open road. Cheers mate
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  46. Shifter cables are now out, the two screws for the cover on the tunnel are a right pain as they are buried underneath the ECU (which I was taking out anyway) and the heater core (which I definitely wasn't removing), managed to get there in the end but it really isn't a job for those with large hands (nowhere near as bad as on the Celica though). Swapped the MWR short shifter and SpeedSource solid bushes back over to the 6-speed shifter housing and then chucked it back in just to double-check the washer stacks (so it doesn't bottom out on the tunnel), will need to trim the battery tray before
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  47. I'm pretty sure the 40 series Aurion has the seat airbags. There should be a tag sewn into the piping on the outer part of the upright section. Here's a snippet from the Official Toyota Press Release: Aurion's front seats employ Toyota's WIL (whiplash-injury lessening) design to reduce the chance of neck injury in a rear-end collision. Aurion has a dual stage front SRS airbag system, which measures the intensity of the collision and deploys the airbags accordingly. Front-seat side airbags and side curtain-shield airbags are also standard equipment. Here's the full Release
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  48. I couldn't help myself.. I bought two more Nulon 6lt oil. Was $73.49, now $36.69. Why not eh ? Also got me some Penrite fuel stabiliser for several jerry cans of fuel I keep and the old motorcycles. Handy stuff to have to keep your fuel as fresh as possible. Also got me some handy 45lt storage bins they had on sale. 2 for $15.98. How can you argue with value like that. I got 6 for now and am planning to get some more as I am quite happy with the quality. Sturdy enough with lockable lid handles and they are quite square so you can utilise the space better. Certainly not of the calibr
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  49. Hi Jeremy, you shouldn't have a problem with compatibility as the two are from the same generation. The 2013 tray is the same for both models you describe. The only changes were tail light cosmetics and after 2005 they only changed from the smooth top edges to the counter sunk hooks for the tonneau cover. There is no way Toyota would re tool and change the design for the same Gen car. Hope that helps.
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  50. This weekend and next week aren't looking too nice either but hopefully it hits parts of the state that need it most. Thanks a lot Tony! Yeah I really do love the Bowden's products, and the fact I'm support an Aussie company is even better. Since I'm quite the noob with car detailing at this stage, Bowden's is quite an easy and supportive option as all their products are super easy to apply, they plenty of support and tutorials as well. I think some time in the future I'll likely delve deep into other brands and see what works best for me seeing as I unfortunately don't have the ability t
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