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    After another near perfect trip to Tassie just under our belts, my girlfriend & I have decided we are going to buy a holiday home there when finances allow, maybe 6 mths if I get rid of the Saab! Need somewhere to escape ridiculous WA heat in summer! What I want to know is what clubs exist for froggy owners etc? I have noticed that Peugeot seems to be very popular there & Citroen & Renault seem to be getting a lot more popular. Couldnt get over how many 504's & 505's are still getting around. Saw one house near Bellerive with with about 10 504 & 505's out the front! I love the fact you see a lot less Korean heaps of shit than here in WA also. Didnt see too many old Cits @ all but we were thinking of leaving our 2CV or D over there for when we visit but am not sure if anyone can work on them. Wouldnt mind joining Citroen club there if they have a mag to keep up on events. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

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    Mmmmmmmmm......must be a void in the Froggy world?
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    must be sorry can't help

    I think Tassie has the best roads out of any other state in this country. I really wish NSW roads were like Tassies and having 120km/h speed limits in Tassie is pretty cool


    I love driving around tassie, and now that the the Spirit of Tasmania docks in Sydney twice a week, I think taking my pug down to tassie for a few days will be on the cards very soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by n b j
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    I think Tassie has the best roads out of any other state in this country. I really wish NSW roads were like Tassies and having 120km/h speed limits in Tassie is pretty cool


    I love driving around tassie, and now that the the Spirit of Tasmania docks in Sydney twice a week, I think taking my pug down to tassie for a few days will be on the cards very soon
    I think the Spirit actually goes from Sydney to Devonport 3 times per week. I can thoroughly recommend it. Much easier than the boat from Melbourne. Less k's travelled - more time spent drinking, and the food on the boat is just spectacular. Plus the money saved on accomodation, petrol and food getting to Melbourne makes up for the price of the boat. We went down in March and had a blast. I didn't realise the speed limits were 120?

    We looked at a rental property in a few spots - Hobart looked ok, but over on the east coast near Coles Bay looked great too. Still time to think about it....
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    3 times even better it does a quick turn around too, just a few hours between ariving and setting off again. Devonport is a great town to sail into, did that once for the Targa Tassie, was great

    Yeah on some of the Freeways in Tasmania the speed limits are 120km/h, on the normal country roads though, the speed is 100km/h or 80km/h. Still the roads are just perfect

    Maybe they have changed the speeds, but last time I was there (3 or 4 years ago) the speeds on the freeways was 120
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    Quote Originally Posted by n b j
    3 times even better it does a quick turn around too, just a few hours between ariving and setting off again. Devonport is a great town to sail into, did that once for the Targa Tassie, was great

    Yeah on some of the Freeways in Tasmania the speed limits are 120km/h, on the normal country roads though, the speed is 100km/h or 80km/h. Still the roads are just perfect

    Maybe they have changed the speeds, but last time I was there (3 or 4 years ago) the speeds on the freeways was 120
    Jeez - I must have been asleep (not possible in Tassie!) or blurring the scenery too much (most likely) but I never saw a 120km/h limit on a road. The straighest road I could think of would be the Midland Hwy from Hobart, Campbell Town, Ross, to Launceston and it's signposted at 110 for a small stretch. Can you remember which road was 120? I've been down 4 times now and just luv those roads!
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    Nothing beats Tassie roads thats for sure! Local froggie owners must be a bit shy though I'm thinking! Seemed to be a lot more French cars down there per capita than here in WA though, especially Pugs. Not sure about 120km/h speed limit. I've never seen one, but it would have to be on East coast on way to Launceston surely?
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    Yes it was on a road into Launceston, not sure how far out of Launceston it was, nor do I rember if it was N, S, E or W of Launceston. But it was a 3 lane each way Freeway. It had a strech signposted at 120. This was a few years back , before the compulsory 50km/h residential zones in NSW were in force, so it wouldn't surpise me if that zone is no longer 120. Good while it lasted I guess
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    Hi zykyra,

    After another near perfect trip to Tassie just under our belts....What I want to know is what clubs exist for froggy owners etc?
    I lived in Tassie for a few years and agree with you its a great place for living (and driving Peugeots). There is a Peugeot Car Club there, I'm not sure if they have a website or e-mail address but I found this snail mail address:

    Peugeot Car Club of Tasmania
    P.O. Box 406
    ROSNY PARK TAS 7018
    AUSTRALIA

    I remember there was also a Renault club, but not sure about Citroen or any contact details, sorry. All sorts of French cars used to come out from the hills for a lovely display in Hobart around Bastille Day in July so perhaps thats an excuse for another trip?

    Couldnt get over how many 504's & 505's are still getting around. Saw one house near Bellerive with with about 10 504 & 505's out the front!
    I suspect I know that enthusiast - if its the person I'm thinking of he's an ex-President to the Tas Pug Club so you should have called in on your way past - he would likely have been under one of them if he wasnt out driving one of his others!

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    I'd give Glen Shaw an email...he has a 56 2CV and a light 15 (11bl?)
    and is located near Launceston (my fave nth town)
    There is two Cit groups that I know of....but I'm sure Glen can fill you in better than [email protected]
    As for property....I went to Tassie almost 4 years ago and was a hairs width from buying a three level ex pub with tower!!!!!!!
    it had a fully kitted out commercial kitchen and fire services etc (was run as old mens hostel..
    wait for it......central Launceston...near the old railyards/footy dome and was sold for $140,000 worth about $500,000 now!!!!!
    most houses around Launie were $40-60k now about $160-180k
    and so many Georgian places for next to nix...nearly all off the sale books now....still not too late to snare a bargain but the best days are gone..and then there is the job market!!! or lack of it.....for the cashed up long term investor....go for it
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    Hi,

    Yep i'm from Tassie and im the president of the French Car Club *formerly the Peugeot Car Club*

    If you want to talk to me PM me ! I am happy for you to talk any time !


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    hi there,

    yes there is a citroen car club here, they do hold an event once a month and produce a magazine. unfortunately, i'm no longer a club member so don't know the in's ans out's these days but could find out for you if you want me to follow it up for you. had heard there was a french car club in the making but was'nt too sure how far it had progressed- maybe combined clubs are the way to go in respect to surviving really as smaller 1 make clubs financially are always going to be struggling.

    as dogboy says, i'm about 20 minutes from launceston in westbury- a small rural town with a lot of history and a fair bit of old england about it. nice place to live and we are certainly getting a big influx of mainlanders into the town.

    i've got the slough 2cv and a 1948 light 15 under restoration and about 520 citroen models on display at home. once the light 15 is finished (?) i'll probably be looking at the french car club myself so it can cruise in similar company. mind you i use the word cruise lightly- the open speed limit here is 110km/h and the fuzz love using those unmarked camera vans so any of our froggy friends coming on tour here (call in and see us at the vintage tractor museum at 5 veterans row westbury 03 63 931167) be careful of slipping over the limit to 120km/h or the van or unmarked car will have you. mind you, only the midland highway/bass highway up the centre of the state is 110km/h, any other road is 100 and it's very easy to slip over if you are not careful.

    pride autos in launceston have a good reputation working on european vehicles. i do a lot of business with them through work and if it's peugeot you drive, we have that agency in the company i work for as well that can service it for you.

    hope some of that helps your enquiries.
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    You could join the Citreon Car Club.....or you could get invloved with the French Car Club, we are a much more active bunch then them, dinners, drinks, quiz nights, meetings a monthly magazine, regular meetings....plus we are a mighty friendly bunch!

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    Hi Ben, Is that the French Car Club of Tasmania (INC)? If so, I will surely apply to become a member as I have been in contact with Noel & downloaded an application form. I assume it is same club. Be great to keep up with whats going on in Tassie. We hired a Peugeot 307 last time but next time we will visit with friends of ours & bring the 2CV & our Xsara replacement (whatever that ends up being....C2?). Look forward to catching up for sure. Mmmmm....love that Tassie beer!
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    Yep thats us!

    Noel is our membership person, Were you the person who sent us the email ? I saw that as well and put it through to Noel!

    Yep love that Tassie beer

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    Yep, that was me, wasnt sure whether I had right email, cant remember where I got it now! Cant wait to get mag to catch up with news & maybe hook up with some members when I go back next time. I am a definite Tassie convert!
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    Best Tassie beer is Boags, beats Cascade hands down! Nothing else in Australia will touch it.

    There is a french car specialist near HObart called French Car Care who are very popular. Nobody in their right mind gets their Pugs fixed at the local dealer as they haven't got a clue unless it is a Ford which they also sell. I know someone who had to get $2000 worth of remedial work done to his 605 after they stuffed it.

    Tasmania is simply the best part of Australia ( don't hit me if you are not from Tassie and think different, even if you are wrong ) and house prices, even though they have risen a lot in recent years is still much lower than the major Mainland capitals. Prices in the country are a lot cheaper than in Hobart too. I am about an hour out of HObart and there was a 150 acre place not long ago for sale at around $100,000.

    The Huon valley is near HObart and very pretty, but the Coal River valley in the Southern Midlands is warmer in winter even if it is a lot drier. The East Coast is warm and fairly dry with good roads and the West Coast is the wettest part of Tassie. The Derwent valley just out of HObart is very pretty also, and it gets cheaper the further past New Norfolk you get.
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    Hey Pugnut403, I wouldnt say its the best part of Australia, I think that will have to be a tie with WA (but hey....I could be a bit biassed!) I certainly look forward to getting a property there ASAP. People here think I am mad because of the weather but I bloody love it.....beats a stinking hot 40degree day in WA any day! I have a tendency to gravitate towards the West Coast when I go but also love the Huon Valley also! Who knows, the whole damn place is beautiful....Anyway enough of my rantings....perhaps we will catch up in Tassie in the future. Are you a member of any clubs? BTW....had to ask....whats with "HO"bart? Cheers
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    No, I am not in any clubs at the moment, but I am thinking of joining Ben's club. I will have to get him to send me an application form.

    I have lived in the far north-east, the Huon, the East Coast, the Southern Midlands and my favourite is still the Huon. I lived right on the water a bit south of Cygnet, and it was incredible.
    I have also lived in the subtropics and in far western NSW and I much prefer the cooler weather. You can always put on a jacket, but you can't take off your clothes and still walk down the street ( especially not in Tassie in winter ).

    As for me typing HObart, it is because I type fairly fast, but I am not perfect. I type the H and O with the same hand while I hold shift with the other and sometimes I have hit the o before I have let go of shift.
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    i'm guessing the dealer that stuffed the pug up is in the south of the state seeing as our dealership here does'nt sell fords?

    that being the case, understandable as we have had a few problems sorting their cars out here occasionally as well.

    cheers
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    Pugnut,

    I would be careful about telling that 605 story....the story you state is not exactly fact. I agree that the dealer is not all that bright either but beware of what you say.

    Craig Salmon of French Car Care in Kingston is a really good french car mechanic, he looks after my 405 very well and also some of the more major things on the wagon and other stuff....always ready for a chat !

    So far as beer. Cascade Premium *YUM* nothing like kicking back in the Customs House on Friday night with a few Premiums off the tap!

    It's a good place Tassie, I like it, Zykra, next time your over please give me a calla and we can have a beer and talk French Cars

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    Pfft. Cascade....

    I'll have Boag's draught thanks - in a can. Best damn beer in the world.

    If I hadn't already driven most of them, and had lived on teh mainland all my life, I'd comfortably be able to take the 205 down and spend one week just driving the roads. Everytime I'm home, I go for a sideling blast.

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    hi,
    well, i know not about what specific models dealers are supposed to have stuffed up in the course of servicing as i'm mainly parts in another franchise of our northern dealership but obviously get to hand my share of bits over the workshop counter so i hear a bit of workshop talk.

    obviously, not all dealers are the same in their levels of service given, no names mentioned on my behalf but if anyone mentions ford/pug at the one place it sort of narrows the field down does'nt it?

    cheers
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    I heard the 605 story from the owner of the car, who is a good friend of mine. He doesn't own it any more though.
    I have also had other dealings with a certain unnamed new car dealer from a Froggy point of view and from the point of view of a certain other non froggy brand of car, and I have not been impressed any time I have dealt with them. No names, but anyone is welcome to draw their own conclusions.
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    howdy tasweigans!

    While theres a thread about tassie, i thought i better jump onboard!

    My girlfriend and i are actually looking to move down there shortly. For all the reasons previously mentioned (the roads, the prices, the weather etc.), but it is starting to look like a really scary proposition. the move alone is gonna cost us around 6k!

    Did any of you guys move down there from the mainland, or are you all natives?? Im just interested in finding out the logistics of such a move.

    The cheapest option weve found so far is to hire a truck and take it down on the ferry...
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