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TRA

Member since Jun 2009 • Last active Sep 2020

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    I was brought home from the hospital in a poo brown marina. In a basket and no seatbelt no less.... Ah the 70's

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    @Dammit have you looked into the current gen ford transit? There seems to be a tuning aftermarket for those and surely they'd fit the bill for reliable, not terrible intercontinental MTB transportation?

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    That's really not that bad. Wonder how it'll drive after all that work? Surely a fair bit "tighter"

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    I'd avoid cheap coilovers, that's for sure. Also be aware that uprating your suspension counts for less on track than a good set of tyres... BUT... based purely on internet knowledge, not first hand experience, I think you'd get a good setup with coilovers. Anything higher end that uses helper springs and has poly/rubber bushings in the mounting points will make the daily driver experience much better - think KW makes good things. If you're chasing power, how about aan uprated LSD diff?

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    Did the E46 airbag recall happen over there? Here in Aus many many perfect E46 were killed by the Takata airbag recall. Dealers either had to buy back examples to be scrapped or offer a replacement vehicle. Owners had to cease driving them until fixed. Not sure what the outcome has been but it basically wiped out that series.

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    The customer experience matters a lot too. Again, using my parents. They loved Ford, and they're fiesta even though it had constant issues and recalls. But their local Ford dealer handled it quickly, did things like ad a bonus year of warranty etc. So they were happy and no negative feelings. Same again for Toyota, my folks are happy because Toyota handle it well. I suspect Tesla is the same coupled with very enthusiastic customer type means their sales won't be impacted by recalls.... Until regular car manufacturers catch up and offer better build, better reliability etc.

    Should say too, I think it's amazing how Tesla have gone from zero to making proper cars in such a short time. It's impressive and a few stumbles are only normal.

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    Re: Toyota, search for Toyota recall

    They definitely do "free customer service and vehicle checks" my mum and dad bought a 2019 corolla and it's been back to the dealer 3 times for "not a recall" one was a potentially loose subframe bolt, one was a brake line issue and the other was a fuel pump issue. All voluntary by Toyota and not counted as officially a recall.

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    Ah. awesome - yeah was looking at the wheel corrections and just assumed it was the back end shifting. Looks like a load of fun. I'm thinking of using my 306 XSi as base for a very basic hillclimb/club track day car. Nothing crazy at all, just to learn and have fun. I have a set of light weight Citroen wheels to chuck on and I'll get some braided brake lines and good fluid and give it a go soon. Really wish I'd kept my old GTi6, or at least kept the engine, gearbox and Quaife diff. My engine won't rev out that nicely though.

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    Finally watched the hillclimb vid. That's great - the little ignis engine sounds absolutely unburstable. Does the back end skip about a little bit? Felt like there was a little bump steer going on. Really makes me want to get involved. Will have to wait a few years until the kids get old enough to help me as pit crew.

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    Alternatively, just drop a 240 estate body shell off and get them to do a little swaparoo.

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