View Full Version : Pics of a car that's done over 962,000KM

01-31-2002, 11:14 AM
Just a few pics of our car, so that you can see what I'm talking about when I mention it ;)

First up a shot of the engine bay:

01-31-2002, 11:17 AM
And one of the car itself..... please note it's malachite in colour, not blue ;)

01-31-2002, 11:19 AM
A pic of the odometer..... because it only goes up to 100,000KM you'll have to take my word it's gone around the clock 9 times ;)

01-31-2002, 11:25 AM
Looks by the cancer that it should be time 4 a replacement. ;)
:beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer:

01-31-2002, 11:26 AM
Can't afford another car :cry: :cry: :cry:

Especially when the government is screwing me around at the moment :hmph:

01-31-2002, 12:24 PM
wow i bet you got your money out of that.604,375 miles . and look at the name stamped on the engine i hope wizard sees this.

01-31-2002, 02:54 PM
well albinus thats a nice BLUE car

02-02-2002, 01:40 PM
wow i bet you got your money out of that.604,375 miles . and look at the name stamped on the engine i hope wizard sees this.

Yeah, it's a '79 model Civic, Mum bought it in 1983 when it had done 300,000KM - the former owner was a travelling salesman who drove between Sydney and Brisbane all the time. So since then we've put on the remainder. :)

And the car is malachite (the digital camera is crap), and when we had the colour made up in 1992 everyone went "WOW!!!" and sparked a malachite craze, everyone in Wynnum was painting their Corollas and Civics malachite :sun:

Yes Wiz, that is a H-O-N-D-A stamped on the engine cover :D

02-03-2002, 01:18 PM

wiz is gonna hate this!!!!!!

02-03-2002, 02:42 PM
The only cars I know that consistently last this long are Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas. And the best part it the engine has only been reconditioned once, at about 400,000KM. I have been working on the engine for about the past month, and Mum says "it's purring like a kitten". So it's amazing what a few days of labour can do to an old car :)

We fixed the compression problem that caused it to splutter when first started, and the fuel economy has gone out of sight. We're actually burning up more fuel since leaded was replaced with LRP, but that's probably because of the higher octane rating (more power = leadfoot Albinus) :D

Yes the body is a POS - but ever since we bought the car we haven't had a garage - just sits out in the open all day every day, so the rust really isn't that bad considering the level of abuse the body has been through ;)

The Wizard
02-04-2002, 02:31 AM

wiz is gonna hate this!!!!!!

nah, im all about cars that last a long time, im not saying they dont, im just saying we as Americans should support our own country. :)

02-04-2002, 11:00 AM
We don't have much of a choice here in Oz - the two main vendors, Holden (GM) and Ford are American owned. Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Mazda etc are Japanese owned. Hyundai and Kia are Korean owned. So we don't have a choice of an Aussie owned car maker :cry:

Bahamut Zer0
02-06-2002, 11:56 AM
Yeah its hard to buy 'Australian made' in Australia.

My mate just sold his Silvia for 17k. Brought the shell ages ago, modded and fully worked it. Cost him 9k total to get it on the road (excl rego etc). *******.
That puts him well into uni...

atm im driving a mitsubishi colt (until i move out/start tafe) then ill be driving a pushbike/scabbing lifts in me mates mazda 626

The Wizard
02-06-2002, 12:53 PM
didnt know you guys didnt have aus made cars. if you did tho, wouldnt you want to buy them over a foreign car? hell, i would buy an australian car if they sold em here, as aus has never done anything to us and we are allies :cheers: same thing with german cars, i love em, germany loves us. if you are from the us and go to germany, they take care of you, cuz of all the money we dumped into their economy after the war. oh well, the saga continues....:shoot3:

02-07-2002, 06:14 AM
Yeah Wiz we do have some such as the Ford Falcon/Futura/Fairmont/Fairlane series and Holden (GMH) Commodore/Statesman series but all are large cars which don't suit everyone (myself I prefer the Ford line). :smokin:

02-07-2002, 02:46 PM
I was referring to Australian owned, not Australian made. Even though the jobs are in Australia, the profit goes O/S with foreign companies. :(

02-10-2002, 01:40 AM
It is still a nice lokking blue car!

02-18-2002, 03:54 PM
Does it go over 60km/s? :D

02-18-2002, 04:26 PM
Does it go over 60km/s? :D

Well 60KM/second is a bit much..... :rolleyes:

60KM/h I hear you say? :D

Well it likes going over 60KM/h....... especially in 60KM/h zones :hmph:

Hondas luuuuuuuurve high revs, we don't have a tacho in it but on the highway at 100KM/h I guess it is doing at least 5200RPM :cool:

02-28-2002, 06:54 PM
Well it finally died.....

I wasn't around, but Mum was stranded at the side of the road, blew a head gasket. Water in the oil and vice versa. Not pretty. Cylinders are f*%ked. New car time.

Trying to get "friends" to help me, but no f*%king luck. Moose has been great (cheers, mate!) with ideas but he's a bit far away to physically look at a car with me...

So I'm stuck without a car - which means 3 days a week I'm on public transport at the very least one hour, usually 2, sometimes 3 :angryfire

So I'm f*%king PISSED OFF about the whole thing as you could imagine.

02-28-2002, 07:09 PM
if you give me a price range and about where you live i'll see what i can dig up

i'm a classifieds guru :yawn:

03-01-2002, 12:05 PM
OK - here goes:

Maximum price is about A$3,500. Must have an RWC, and be easily accessible (I don't have ANY transport currently) :(

Looking for a hatchback or wagon, preferably a hatch. The Civic could hold 2 adult bikes in the back - with plenty more room for camping stuff. Also must be 4 cylinder - can't afford the rego and fuel that a 6 needs. Body must be VGC and engine likewise.

Looking at a Toyota Corolla or something similar - preferably JAPANESE (ie Honda, Mazda etc).

03-02-2002, 07:32 AM
Does it seem that this thread was a jinks on it now? :?:

03-02-2002, 10:11 AM
Seems that way Wiggo... :(

And another condition - it must be manual, autos chew up too much fuel.

03-11-2002, 02:11 AM
As much as i would hate to drive that car, Albinus (my old dorm hall leader-guy had one he called "papa") I respect that you could get sooooooooooooooooo many miles out of it, and that its a stick. Men drive sticks, even if the engine its attached to only makes 70Hp.
My first car was an 85' Toyota Cressida, and it lasted.
But anywho good luck finding a coche.

03-11-2002, 02:42 PM
Well hopefully I can find a car soon... travelling across town for college is very tiring on public transport :sleepy:

03-15-2002, 12:39 AM
Thats the worst looking car ive ever seen :o

12-08-2002, 12:49 PM
We don't have much of a choice here in Oz - the two main vendors, Holden (GM) and Ford are American owned. Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Mazda etc are Japanese owned. Hyundai and Kia are Korean owned. So we don't have a choice of an Aussie owned car maker :cry:
Mazda is owned by Ford.

12-08-2002, 02:47 PM
5200 RPM at 100km/h :?:

Are you driving in second gear or something. My car redlines at 5800RPM and cruises at 100km/h at 2500RPM.

12-08-2002, 05:00 PM
Civics only have a 4sp box and high ratios....so they really spin over quickly when going at speed. But 100 in a civic should be around 4200 not 5200 :)

But they seem to love spinning at such high speeds, they are happy to spin all day at high RPM :)

02-28-2003, 01:39 AM
You should be glad it's out of misery Albinus, before the
starter had chance to go out......as it takes either 2 ppl/
extremely long arms/three foot breaker bar to r&r the
starter motor in a civic......and have you considered a
Toyota Celica '80 to '82 models last forever if well maintained.
Old Volvo's from early to mid '70's also last like energizer bunny,
plus when they die u at least have some kick ^ss cycle carbs:laugh: good luck and happy auto hunting:thumb:

03-12-2003, 07:40 PM
I'm not sure if I posted some pics here, but I ended up getting a 1988 Hyundai Excel X1 model

*waits for laughing to subside* :tears:

The low purchase price negated the amount of repairs done, but it finally seems to have become a reliable piece of machinery. One problem is the high compression ratio of the engine, and instead of taking the distributor back a few degrees (and lose power), I just use PULP instead of ULP. And namely BP Ultimate - that stuff rocks :thumb:

Body is in VGC, engine resleeved and only done 174,000KM which is quite low for a 1988 model. Drinks 7.8L/100KM on city cycle and 6.25L/100KM highway cycle, which is pretty bloody good for a carburettered engine :)

And parts are a LOT easier to get than for the Honda - although admittedly I need more of them :laugh: