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#11221

Posted 3 weeks ago

There's been a fair bit of rumour-mongering in Australia over the past year or so that the Stinger will replace the Falcon/Commodore as first-choice for police cruisers for the various forces around the country; I'm not sure where that's progressed recently (there were also suggestions that 5 series BMWs might become first choice as well), but everything I've seen about the Stinger so far (including the pics above) are pretty impressive.

 

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General question for you guys. As some of you may remember (I posted a few pics a while back in the Car Photos thread), I own a hunk of junk 2012 Peugeot 208 that has quite literally become a meme of a vehicle, and has served as non-stop cannon fodder for all my car guy friends who give me sh*t, and absolutely no sympathy whatsoever, for the problems I've been suffering. In the past 6 months alone, this is a list of things that have gone haywire and have required replacement/generic issues:

  • Front brakes (not too disastrous)
  • Random cylinder misfiring at the most inopportune times (such as peak-hour traffic, or whilst turning onto a freeway on-ramp)... Also went away mysteriously two months after it began
  • Spark plugs and coil pack completely carking themselves 6 months after being replaced at a scheduled service
  • Clogged up air filter
  • Crankshaft and camshaft sensors (thank God my bloody timing chain didn't need replacement...)
  • Thermostat housing block

My latest issue is that coolant seems to be completely draining itself from somewhere in the engine. And when I mean draining, I don't mean a slight trickle; I'm talking Niagara Falls after a hurricane. I got the car up onto a jack last week and we tried to see where exactly the leak was coming from, and it seems to be draining straight from the water pump. We put some of that anti-coolant leak sludge through the radiator intake to see if it would work; it stopped the leaking whilst the car was off, and after driving up and down the street for 3 or so minutes, it seemed to be working, but after we parked the car again, the leak started to cascade... Until we turned the engine off, when the leak stopped again.

 

The question I have is, given the symptoms, is it most likely definitely going to be a bust-up with the water pump? Could it be an issue with a hose? Another part of the radiator/cooling system? I'm on the verge of selling the car, but I refuse to sell the car for scrap parts, because I know that, if driveable, the car could command $7 or $8k (a dealer offered me $1.5k with the current water pump issue, told him to eat a lemon), and replacing the water pump itself is not too much of a hassle (luckily it's easy to access). I just don't want to waste the time, effort and cash on replacing it, only to completely misdiagnose the issue altogether. I've searched a bit around Google, but there don't seem to be specific examples of 208s which have broken water pumps online from what I've found. And the symptoms I know of a broken water pump can also apply to some other things going wrong too (stuffed head gaskets maybe?)

 

My problems have frustrated me to the point where I almost wish someone would crash the thing in the middle of the night so I can get an insurance payout, I do not want it any more. But obviously I want to get it into the most driveable condition possible for a trade-in, and given the amount of money I've already forked out to mechanics over the past 6 months, my level of trust in their diagnosis has started to wear pretty thin lol. Any advice/guidance appreciated!


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#11222

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hello, i hope i'm not OT. my question is mainly for LA citizens. is the Maybach a car you can see sometimes in LA rich neighborhoods. i can't find a good Rolls or Bentley for super diamond replacement. so i think of using a Maybach


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#11223

Posted 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the offer man, I really appreciate it. If you don't mind my asking, whereabouts in Texas are you located? My wife is from the Houston area, about 15 mins drive from the Johnson Space Centre. We'll actually be going back to Texas for her friend's wedding in July, but that will be in either Austin or San Antonio.
 
Also, nice C63! What sort of MPG are you getting on it? No doubt you will soon be well acquainted with your local gas stations XD. I average about 11mpg in my G500 and I can't imagine your C63 with a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 will do much better lol, especially not if you have a lead foot like me!


Hey man!

I live in San Antonio, but I'm taking some time off from work for the next few months, so I'm free to go wherever in Tx to inspect a car for you. If something pops up it's probably best to email me and let me know. I had to use a secondary email when I signed up here, as gtaf wouldn't let me register with my original email I used back in '03. That, fyi is catch phat bastard at hotmail, no spaces, obviously. ;)

If you're in town and want to grab a beer, lemme know!

Hahahaha, the car's fast and fun and about the only thing it can't outrun is a gas pump! I'd suspect it's somewhere around what you're getting, but I'm afraid to look. :D I appreciate the kind words, too. Thanks bro! Got the trans service, oil changed, brake fluid changed, new coolant hoses, and battery done at the dealer. (I hate all things fluids.) Collecting quite a few parts to put on in the upcoming weeks, most for longevity and service. Couldn't be happier, though. It seems solid.

Best of luck on that search!! :)

Hello, i hope i'm not OT. my question is mainly for LA citizens. is the Maybach a car you can see sometimes in LA rich neighborhoods. i can't find a good Rolls or Bentley for super diamond replacement. so i think of using a Maybach


If you're talking about the true Maybachs, and not a rebranded S-class, while the buy in is attractive at their current price point, their replacement parts are a little....expensive. For example do a price check on an alternator. I found that a lot of people are buying two. One for their driver, and another for their parts car. It's cheaper that way.

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#11224

Posted 2 weeks ago

It's the new year, and with 2018 comes a new car for me.
Just booked my first test drive- a 25k mile, 2015 Mercedes A45 AMG in Orient Bronze. No AMG body kit, but 19" wheels (although I'll probably replace with 18" ones).

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Suffice to say, pretty excited.
Also trying an M135i/M140i and a few other things later in the month.
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#11225

Posted 2 weeks ago

No RS3 comparison? 


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#11226

Posted 2 weeks ago

Not really sold on the RS3. They're absolute theft magnets too, much worse than its competitors Golf R excepted. I also want something a bit more discrete if I'm buying a hot hatch, and the AMG without the optional body kit looks nigh on identical to an A180d with the sport kit.
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#11227

Posted A week ago

Anyone at Autosport International in Birmingham? We're here with the AST/Moton team

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#11228

Posted 6 days ago Edited by Adrenalist, 6 days ago.

Some thoughts on the c63 at high speeds:

The rebound is set primarily at lower/mid-speed, and the compression is primarily at higher/mid speed. Imho.

That's just playing with the stock settings at s+/tc off.

When you're hitting the spd limiter, it quickly sinks in that suspension tuning wasn't a parameter at these speeds.

The back end seems bouyent. The front end is responsive, yet at dips floaty, and it's like the aerodynamics are fighting against the two.

Edge of the envelope should never be given to this car. Unless it's tapping your balls against some low end grunt, doing a few impressive traffic laden launches, and a few mid-speed jaunts to entertain a few mechaphiles. It's not a car to explore the outer edges of it's ability. In fact, it seems quite the antithesis. The suspension firstly needs to be dialed in, but, and this is coming from an ignorant mind, I'm not quite sure the chassis can keep up with the pure principle of a focused machine. I think the chassis needs to be dialed in, and that's wherein the bigger problems lie. Not that I wouldn't want to try. It's just that's the greater instability.

Ultimately, on the c63, I think this wick is half the diameter of the wax.

Could be a good thing. Could be a great thing. Could be a poor thing. It's all dependent on the driver's cognizance.

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#11229

Posted 6 days ago

Need to get some ASTs or Motons on your C63 ;)

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#11230

Posted 3 days ago

Had my first snow driving today, have no idea if I'm parked in the right place but I can't see f*ck all.

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#11231

Posted 3 days ago

Snow driving seems quite fun, except for the optional 'understeering into lightpoles' part.

 

It's just a shame everybody in my area forgets how to drive when a single drop of water hits the road.


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#11232

Posted 2 days ago

Toyota Question:

 

Should i buy This Tercel 4WD Wagon as a Project Car?

The current owner is desperate to get it off his front yard to the point that he's giving it away for Free

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It's more of a Project car :p

 

If i do decide to get it, Should i make it Stanced Or Lifted for Off-road?


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#11233

Posted 19 hours ago

Buy it? No. You should ask for some money to take it off his hands. Looking at the rust on that thing, you'll have a hell of a lot of work to get it in decent condition, providing any of it is usable. You'd be better off building your own car from scratch.

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#11234

Posted 14 hours ago

I agree you'd be better off without having to deal with all that rust. 

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#11235

Posted 8 hours ago

Tested a couple of cars today.

A45 AMG (the bronze one I've previously posted). Incredible performance and a lovely place to be (fantastic seats), but frankly it didn't really gel. Ride was pretty crashy. Quite liked the pops and bangs. Dealer seemed more interested in selling me PCP than actually finding out what I wanted. Testing again on Friday but not that impressed overall. They seem desperate to sell the thing. Knocked another £500 off the list price this week.

M235i- I wanted to test an M135i or M140i but they'd sold the last car in stock they had. So tested an M235i instead. Aside from Oyster leather perfect spec. Much less "sporty" inside but still a really nice place to be. Didn't feel that much slower but my word, so much nicer to drive. Better ride, even with runflats. And someone had speccing the limited slip diff! BMW dealer were fantastic.

Testing again next week as there's an M140i coming into stock. As long as the 1 drives like the 2 them pretty set on the BMW.




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