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About MrCat

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    Perth - WA
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    Cars, Cars, and more Cars.....

My Vehicle Details

  • Vehicle Make
    BMW
  • Vehicle Model
    E30
  • Engine Type
    1.8 litre, DOHC
  • Mechanical Mods
    Z3 steering rack, Z3 short shifter, Lightweight flywheel and bigger clutch, Braided brake lines
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  1. What a sweet find!! Especially a coil sprung 2nd Gen! Always had a sweet spot for these, 1600 Gti engine conversion could be so much fun off-the-road! Owned a 3rd gen Jimny years ago, had awesome fun in gravel/sandy tracks.!
  2. 😵..!! Are you serious about that conversion? IF you are, may the good car lords have mercy on you ! Give you strength! Give you excellent online search skills! Give you great contacts for parts! Give you access to technicians who`d know that Quattro is not some funky new genre of music! 😃 It`s strange that this generation S4`s are 15-20k GBP in the UK! Aren`t there any rust buckets with good running gear/interior? Seems to be around 10k-12k AUD here in Australia, about half the UK price.! Usually it`s the other way around for M cars etc... And rust is generally never a problem in a 20 year old Aussy car.
  3. Woah..!! Look at that Audi trademark longitudinally mounted engine.!! You know why? Because Quattro.! Even the FWD`s are designed the same to provision for Quattro. Even today, there`s very few FWD cars with a similar design.
  4. Hey, that makes perfect sense. If you can`t find one in good condition, might as well stay away. These are extremely simple cars mechanically, but certain trim pieces/parts are quite rare and expensive even in the international market (e.g. trim panel under the steering). It`ll be a never ending battle to restore a hacked car, might as well buy something else in good shape and enjoy! What i`ve learnt over the years (when it comes to older cars) is to buy the best car you can in the first place, even if it comes at a premium price. Much less drama and headache over the long run, regardless of the model.
  5. Yay.!! Someone who`d like a Yeeee30.!! Firstly, what sort of usage are you expecting from this car? Daily? weekender? project? only car? second or third car? etc...? Secondly, are you familiar with cars of this vintage? Are you willing to spend time/effort on maintaining a car or mostly looking to get in and drive? I cant help you with finding a car since i am not in SL, but one thing is for sure, try to find THE best car in terms of interior and exterior condition. Mechanical issues are so much easier to work on and fix with these cars, interior and exterior can be a royal pain in the ares to get right as with most 30 year old cars. Something with engine/transmission issues might actually be a better purchase if the body/interior is in good shape as you might be able to negotiate on price. Don`t go for a land yacht (i.e. Y31), Drive an E30 on a nice winding road and expect a silly grin in ya face every.single.time..!
  6. That`s a nice job.!! I hate parking cars under the elements, but sometimes you just cant help it... Just curious, what the hourly rate for a job like that over there? say in USD?
  7. For 600k, a Datsun 1600 / Nissan Bluebird is techniaclly 'the' best.! But, for that budget it`ll have rust and wont be perfect. I am not aware of anything else (potentially available in SL) which is RWD with indipendent rear suspension, for this budget (Peugeot 504 maybe, but that`s in a different class). The Datto has got a big international following compared to similar spec`d Mitsu`s and Toyota`s from the same era! Even if you put some effort later on to restore, this particular model has got the potential to be a well sought after jap classic (already is in most parts of the world). I`d avoid any FWD econobox for 600k, unless your idea of 'driving fun' is just rowing through the gears in a manual transmission car. The mini could be a good choice, but there`s so many around with cut-and-bud jobs etc and is getting a bit, ubiquitous... I`d rather find a Morris 1100 or something for some old-school British FWD goodness. VW bettle, again, 600k could possibly get you a 1200 or a 1300, extremely underpowered for what they are. Difficult to get those air-cooled units to respond under load, unless they are worked on with better cooling, fuelling, lighter internals, etc...
  8. I have a 2013 CRV 2.4 litre AWD. I also have a 2018 Legacy AWD which is just phenomenal in the wet. This is without X-Mode though, which is only available in the Forester and XV. No wheel spin, no traction control kicking in unnecessarily, no drive-line whine or slack, just works beautifully all day. Isn't the CRV`s AWD system one of the crappiest in the business? I haven't had a chance to push it yet, but there`s not even a 4WD 'lock" mode to lock torque distribution, which is available in the similar spec`d Rav4. Do you have any experience with driving the CRV on sand/mud etc..? is it just that bad (compared to similar systems) or does it work ok? Apparently the CRV`s rear diff is so weak that Honda accepted that it cant take even 50% of engine torque by design? it`s OK on tarmac though, doesn't spin/slip the front wheels like a normal (relatively) high torque FWD car.
  9. Probably because they`ve aquired a whole heap of retarded brands with no real purpose. Being special and engineering excellence doesn't sell cars these days (i.e. SAAB). User friendly design, tech/connectivity, safety, reliability and value for money does. In other words, everybody wants the most awesome appliance on wheels.
  10. Producing cars in Australia these days (small local market, extremely high overheads, well established Asian plants producing at an efficient rate, etc...) is a joke really. Australia could do well with high end manufacturing of certain components I suppose, but not whole cars. Ford is doing well with the Ranger, i think they are within the top 5 manufacturers in terms of total car volume. Since small/medium SUV`s are selling in bunches these days, not having a well performing SUV is a disadvantage though. The little Ecosport thing is hideous, dont see may Escape`s around (next size up) and the bigger Everest is more expensive than the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Montero Sport (similar specs). All in all, dont think they`ll pull out though, they`ve got commercial vehicles going well. Yeah, few Chinese brands are trying to break in to the UTE market, but the Koreans currently dont` play. But apparently both are planning to introduce a UTE within a few years. Considering how well Kia is performing and how awesome their model/spec positioning is, it`ll surely give the Hilux and Ranger a run for its money.
  11. Great warranties, reasonable build quality and aggressive pricing of the two Korean Brands really helped in wiping out Holden, I think... Apart from the Pony cars and some SUV`s, this market has no real appeal for American brands any longer.... Plus, it`s such a tiny market for GM in the larger scale of things.
  12. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Just a quick weekend job to try and get a bit of extra work years from my battery. Installed a battery kill switch. Its quite easy to install in this case since the battery is in the boot. Decided to put between the negative terminal and ground since that was the easiest. Kill switch and new terminals. Home-made bracket: Installed and all working fine :
  13. I`d say TD42 all the way. These can be turbocharged if required yea? Apparently can even be done with the factory fuel pump. I haven't driven a TD42 in person, but I do know that old school small displacement turbo diesels are a royal pain in the arse under off-road conditions (in heavy 4WD`s like the Patrol). Especially when a whole lot of toque is not available until the turbo is spooled up. Higher displacement non turbo`s generally have good low down torque and tend to be extremely long lived engines due to the under-stressed nature. The TD42 is a legendary engine and any Patrol with a TD42 still demands a premium over any lower capacity Diesel where I live (Australia)...
  14. MrCat

    BMW E30 enthusiasts?

    Yeah true This car is a 318is. The 'is' was made between 1990 and 1991, towards the end of the E30 series. BMW mainly wanted to position this against the popular VW Golf Gti back then.
  15. That`s friggin awesome.! Anyone seen any proper modified (i.e. engine swapped) Morris Minor`s in SL? Always thought the simple RWD platform, relatively cheap price and common availability would make it a good platform for a project. I`d even think that with more power, it`ll be better balanced compared to a rear engined` beetle for example. I`d take a rear driven platform for a project any day as opposed to something like a Mini (FWD)...
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