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Old Feb 29, 2008, 05:53 PM
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This is the thread to blabber in #2

Well, we had our other blabber thread closed, so I've opened a new one (since I've not seen/heard of Phil for a couple of days).

... here we go again
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 08:14 PM
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If you purchased a new petrol aussie six in the last three years dont look at this site, clearly a trend away from larger cars.

http://www.redbookasiapacific.com/au/home.php

We purchased a ford and a small mazda just over 3 years ago, the ford was twice the price on purchase, now the ford is just 3k more in trade in value compared to the small car.

The trend is only going to get worse.
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 08:19 PM
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I've got a big-6 (Falcon 4.0, 1996 Olympic special) and honest, it's really starting to annoy me with the consumption. Trouble is being out here, we frequently also have to travel on the highway for a few hours each way and that's where you want the falcon or similar.... the other problem is rego for 6cyl is insane these days

Maybe I'll get a motorbike again :\
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 08:26 PM
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Yeah, cant beat the ride of a long wheelbase in country Aus. Maybe LPG is the answer.
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 08:32 PM
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Geoff,

LPG could be a way to go - I heard they offered a $1500 rebate for it in the past?

It is a tough trade ... crappy ride in a lightweight 4cyl and sane rego (though for how long?) ... vs nice ride in a 6cyl with insane rego.

Getting second car is a bit of a false economy in a lot of ways, more rego/insurance/service bills but lower average fuel consumption (when split between the two cars).

Yeah, maybe a motorbike could be the trick for the round-town runs (ie, often I only have a handful or parcels to deliver for NQRC. Trouble with motorbikes is that people really do like crushing them with their cars (been riding nearly 20 years now, only stopped recently because I thought it as being more responsible as a family man).

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Old Feb 29, 2008, 09:04 PM
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I have a 2002 falcon wagon with factory LPG. $8 per 100km or $7/100 for me because I shop at coles with a source CC. Not many 4cyl get that sort economy.
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 09:12 PM
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I think it's time for me to go and clean out the shed a bit more. Having trouble fitting the whipper-snipper in at the moment (nice Honda 4-stroke one, so I don't want to leave it out and get nicked!).... also having trouble finding a good place for all these 1m long sheets of balsa.... ugh, the limits of a 6x3 shed ... maybe I should take over the other one that's adjacent to it (heh, my inlaws would kill me probably).
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 09:14 PM
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V6? What's a V6? Oh yeah those sloooowww things
What I find funny is that everyone goes on about fuel efficency and yet they all go out and buy autos. I know the new autos are better, but I don't think they match the efficency of a manual.
Wasn't there something about V8 sales being the highest ever in Australia last year?

Now subscribed to the new blabber thread. Lets see how long before we can hit the limit on this one Wonder how many people had a heart attack when they saw the RC groups tech saying he had closed the thread?

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Old Feb 29, 2008, 09:17 PM
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Hi Guys

I thought my SRI barina was doing ok at 6.9litres per 100kms, based on the price of petrol, some days are worse than others. lol
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 09:18 PM
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Troy,

V6? What? Straight 6's in the Falcon's mate. V6 is in my other car (the Mitsubish Magna 3.0 ... now those consume a lot of fuel ). Can't do much about the magna as I've given it to my inlaws to replace their deathtrap of a car (lovely things like brakes failing, gear selector pulling out of the gearbox, doors not working from the inside ... stunning stuff.

We just need to convert over to electric motors - wonder how the conversations will go then "Yeah, I've got a 12 pole, 3 stator motor *vroom vroom*".
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 09:26 PM
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Heh, nice. Hey that "death trap" sounds like a ford from the symptoms you describe I know, I shouldn't.
My ute is doing about 11L/100km atm on PREMIUM @ ~$1.40L make you lot feel better?

Hey Paul, did you see the news story about the new permormance hybrid from Toyota? Does 0-100 in 6 seconds from memory. Didn't look bad either, wasn't too concept looking. still a few years off though.

Troy
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 10:19 PM
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ELX,

*BZZZZT* wrong. It's an old 1982 (I think) Nissan Bluebird.

As for those concept vehicles, they annoy me a LOT because of the fact that they're always 5~10 years away... and in reality they just get canned
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 10:37 PM
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I think you could make an electric car with some CF, Depron, a brushless outrunner driving each wheel and some lipos.

I can see it now, "damn left the lights on and now my battery has puffed up" or "was just in the critical point overtaking a truck and got an LVC"
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 10:39 PM
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ELX,

It's an old 1982 (I think) Nissan Bluebird.

"A four cylinder limousine"
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Old Feb 29, 2008, 10:50 PM
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My old 340K EL falcon gets 12 litres per 100 around town, and 9 on the freeway, good enough for me.
I'll be updating reasonably soon with another petrol 6. I like the looks and the price of an 04-05 XR6-T. Good performance std, esp with the 6 speed auto, and serious YEEHAA with minimal mods.

Fuel costs for me is big, I did 1200 KM this week alone, but I need a big car. I tow a boat, often tow bikes, have 1.5 big kids, need a big boot and I like my cars to accelerate up hills Short of buying a Subaru, the safety of smaller cars leave a LOT to be desired. I say this knowing that big 4*4 are just as ordinary.
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