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Discussion in 'General' started by P plater, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. P plater

    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    A little update I have just looked at a laser GL the only issue is that that it won't start but then if left alone for a while it will start it runs perfectly fine it has the 1.6 carby fed motor on petrol/gas auto transmission a/c and has done 176,000 kays
     
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    The VY/VZ wagon , better still get an Adventra , you can even have a V8 on P's, well in N.S.W.

    It will get you out of that boggy festival car park ;)
     
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    Hangman Aspiring Sociopath

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    Why do you keep looking at cars with something wrong with them?

    Here's a good first car: One that doesn't have many/any issues so you can drive it instead of fixing it. As much as I have an interest in working on cars, driving them is generally more fun than fixing them.
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    I'm bored and want some thing to work on while my care team argue about things I don't yet understand hopefully it answers the question about why I am looking at cars with problems :beer chug:
     
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    I'll give you some info on that laser. Was basically the same as a mazda 323 in the 80s.
    Had a 323 with that engine, needed heaps of maintenance to keep running, but in saying that it wouldn't die.
    It was also the most gutless car I've ever driven, barely makes it to 110km, and the fuel economy was crap! over 10L per 100kms, probably closer to 13.

    Now if it was the turbo version, now that is a much better car, but it will have been flogged.

    Honestly, pick something that drives fine, and has no major issues, will be cheap and easy to repair when things go wrong (and easy to find second hand parts), and try to get something newer then 15 years old just coz cars will basically be worn out over that age. I did get a crap car as my first car and had endless issues with it which is why I recommend something at least half decent.

    *the crap car was a camira, don't tell anyone
     
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    Get a car that goes !
    There's heaps of bits on a stock Commo that you can spend your time and money upgrading.
     
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    I agree, when it comes to a daily driver/family car. I enjoy working on classic cars, but when it comes to a daily driver, you want something you can just turn the key on and not be forever under the bonnet fixing it.
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    It does run but does require some fiddling around to get it to start
     
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    What Hangman said, weve given you car enthusiast advice, dont buy a lemon, otherwise catch public transport and work on a freakn lawnmower.

    Im sorry man but it seems you are aiming at pies in the sky. Look at whats around you and what you can do with it.
     
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    Efi shits all over carbys. Easier starting, better driveability, more powerful, smoother and more fuel efficient.

    Carby cars should be left back in the 70's mate (weekenders obviously an exception), find something that doesn't have any real problems. The difference between a good or a bad commodore wagon can only be $500. If you buy the cheaper, shittier one, then you'll end up spending much more than $500 to get it to the same condition as one that's in better condition for,just a little bit more cash.
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    Thank you guys for your opinions but the main idea to getting this car is while my care team argue about my living arrangements and when I get a car I thought I would get some thing to tie up my time and help me deal with recent events, like my mentor leaving me and my care team have it in their heads that I will "destroy" my good car.
     
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    fair call , having something to occupy your mind is a good thing , and having a car might be good thing too , having a bit of freedom , but just be sensible with it .
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    Alright guys after thinking and asking around about the laser, from what I have gathered it sounds like the starter motor and related wiring :beer chug: :rant:
     
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    Posts multiple threads on what car to buy... Ignores all advice, now drives a '95 Suzuki Alto..
     
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    Well at least it's economical
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    Another update I am not bothering about that laser any more because I have a different laser which is newer, is the Ghia spec and has no mechanical or electrical issues it only needs petrol in the tank and rego and it will drive! :blah blah:
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    And has that issue with red paint where it goes pink
     
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    P plater the immortal misguided one

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    In a moment of enlightenment I have decided that I am not going to bother with small cheap crummy car I'm putting the money away for a berlina wagon
     
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    Can't say I have ever heard of someone looking to buy a daily car with problems. Buy a decent berlina and be done with it. Congratulations on reaching enlightenment! :clap:
     

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