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About possumboy

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  • Birthday 01/06/1972

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    ZZE122R 2002

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  1. I am still under warranty. As long as the mechanic follows the service book and uses genuine parts you are cool. I recommend Mark's Motors in Clifton Street Prahran if you are in that area of Melb.
  2. Mark's Motors in Clifton Street, Prahran. Small shop run by a guy who is an ex-Toyota mechanic. One other mechanic and his dad work there. They have done most of the family cars for almost 20 years now. Cheap, reliable, no-BS, good reports and very observant for faults and future problems.
  3. Yeah, this sucks. But justice sometimes catches up. A mate of mine owns a shop in a busy shopping street and some guy does a bit of touch parking when reversing into a spot out the front. Leaves a big dent with his towbar in this car. Lots of people see it. They guy gets out, writes a note to leave on the car, and then leaves to 'find a bigger spot'. Everyone seems cool because this guy left his details. A little while later, the girl who owned the dented car comes back, reads the note, looks at the damage and is really upset. Turns out the note says something like "i'm only writing this note
  4. Where to start... Studied architecture at uni. Was a garbage man in Subiaco while I was a travelin' man. Graphic artist and designer for 8 years (hey, Mercury, any Mac 'warez' disks about? ) Now I am a highschool art, woodwork, silversmithing (metalwork) and history teacher. I just love to torture them kiddies! Oh, and Sport1vo - they guys were right - you are a grouch! ;) I wouldn't go searching for everything before I posted, maybe some tech stuff, but not everything. Lighten up :P
  5. Question had to be asked...what did this guy do to loose his licence for 4.5 years? I presume that is what he meant.
  6. Looks like I missed out! Damn that having to work! Did you use my directions or did you make it up as you went?
  7. Guys, call me about 80% certain that I can make the meet, but 0% for the long drive. Got some work I gotta do! Would you guys be interested in me photocopying the Melways and marking those roads I suggested?
  8. I might come along if I am free, but even if I can't I can still offer some advice on the roads down there as I used to live in Geelong and was in Apollo Bay recently. If you want to do the Great Ocean Road, don't do it all. The bit from Lorne down to Apollo Bay is nice and you can get a couple of great bits of forest/mountain driving in aswell. Look at map 527 in the back of the melways. There is a great loop of road you can do. Go from Geelong out towards Colac on the Princes Hwy. Lots of options here through towns like Moriac and Modewarre, but lets stay on the main road until Winchelsea. C
  9. The best bit about hassling them politely, but repeatedly, is that you are not breaking any laws yourself. Murphy's Law states that you will get caught red-handed the second you do something to get them back. When they get sick of you, just say that all they have to do is do the right thing (it's not like they don't know why you are there!) and pay up. Then you will go away. Patience, young GrassHopper! (hey, get their phone number and I'll make quasi-legal phone calls to them to up the pressure!)
  10. OK, had this happen to me. 1. Don't make up a witness or do anything illegal. 2. Give the details to your insurance company, but don't bother to claim. 3. As suggested above, appeal to the nicer side of these people. Always be polite (suggest that they may have been "mistaken" rather than call them liars). Give them a genuine quote. 4. Knock on their door and say Hi every time you go to your mates house. They will soon be sick of you. Might weaken their resolve if they get the feeling that they will never get rid of you. Remembering, of course, that if you are always polite and never break th
  11. My rolla had a crash where it was driven (by my beautiful and lovely girlfriend) into the back of a car with a mutha-effing huge tow bar. Bumper was stuffed (as was number plate) but the quarter panels and bonnet were untouched, but now a little moved. Interior was a bit like your pic - that central frame with the horn was dead in line with the towbar and had been shoved back into the radiator, bending it like a banana. Luckily no leaks and the car drove fine for the few days it took to sort the insurance. AAMI took the car and came back two weeks later like new. Only criticism is that the pa
  12. They have got to be off a boat - big bugger marine diesels
  13. It is certainly an ok drive. There was nothing bad about it.
  14. Mum is already happy about the petrol prices. She has had it over two weeks now and done about 600km and has not needed to fill it - still has a third of a tank.
  15. I have now taken the Prius for about a half hour spin with my Mum as co-pilot and as 'instruction manual'. Drives like an automatic Corolla really. Pulls very smoothly from start and if you are accelerating a bit the engine will kick in before you get to 10kmh. Sound proofing is pretty good so it is not much to notice the engine - a good soundtrack would hide it :) . I drove it from the parents house down some 50km back streets and then onto the Nepean Hwy which is an 80 zone. It kept up with traffic fine and pulled ok from the lights to keep up. I floored it a couple of times and the little 1

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