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    Default Recommend me a 'cool' temporary car

    Due to the floods here in Brisbane, my 205 GTi rebuild will likely take longer to get on the road than I expected.

    As a result I need a temporary drive to get me to and from work each day, so I don't have to drive my wife's Mirage (or 'Man-rage' as one of my work colleagues keeps referring to it as...)

    So, given the taste and sophistication of the average AF member when it comes to all things automotive, your recommendations would be appreciated.

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    My criteria:

    1. Less than $5,000
    2. Must be 'cool'. What does that mean? Well, an EA Falcon is not cool, nor is anything made by Hyundai; any Peugeot GTi is cool.
    3. Have four wheels.
    4. Provide me with trouble-free and low-cost motoring for 3-4 months.
    5. Be relatively easy to sell (eg, not be anything made in Britain after 1945).

    Not necessarily French.

    My thoughts:

    - BMW 3-Series, late 80s early 90s (E30?).
    - An Alfa.
    - Early 306 S16 / GTi-6 / Rallye.
    - A Volvo with a turbo on it (c'mon, that IS cool!).
    - Peugeot 406 with comedy exhaust (see Ebay).

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    choice 1 - 205 Si

    choice 2 - 306 S16

    choice 3 - AE82 Twin Cam Corolla (4AGE)



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    Mid 90's Suzuki Swift GTi

    Fast, Cheap and Reliable - choose any 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTC View Post
    Mid 90's Suzuki Swift GTi

    Fast, Cheap and Reliable - choose any 2.

    ...but not cool.



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    ohhh forgot... I d go peugeot 404... otherwise it would have to be a 604 but it requires a man that needs to shave twice a day though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dino View Post
    ...but not cool.



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    ohhh forgot... I d go peugeot 404... otherwise it would have to be a 604 but it requires a man that needs to shave twice a day though...
    haha what are you saying about 205 drivers ?!?!? Peugeot 404 on Carsales for $3k - if it came in black, yes! Currently 605 SV from dealer for $4,999 (ooh, just under) .. that would be easy to sell in six months, non?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjB8V View Post
    choice 1 - 205 Si
    Not many of these in QLD, but two on the forum. Still well within budget even with $750 vehicle transport cost, and money left over for a loud exhaust .

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    choice 2 - 306 S16
    Still a few around ... hmmm

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    Don't get much cooler than this:

    Renault 12 for sale

    Cheap, reliable and ... well, cheap and reliable.

    Fancy a drive to Melbourne?

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    Pure gangsta! My grandparents had the wagon, in yellow.

    What needed for roadworthy (would have to transfer rego up here)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Don't get much cooler than this:

    Renault 12 for sale

    Cheap, reliable and ... well, cheap and reliable.

    Fancy a drive to Melbourne?

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    5 grand would get you a wicked VL Commodore!
    Cheap, reliable, fun and easy to sell onto a bogan that has just got off his "L"s.
    Cheers Renomad

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjB8V View Post
    choice 1 - 205 Si

    choice 2 - 306 S16

    choice 3 - AE82 Twin Cam Corolla (4AGE)



    Chris

    Chris, you are wise beyond your years. Any of these three would be great for a 3-4 months period. I would almost move the toyota to spot 1, just for the cheap and easy to obtain parts if something does go wrong.

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    Go the 12. Second coolest Renault ever, after the 16. Great 70s colour. And you get a bonus road trip to pick it up. The only catch is after 3 months you won't want to sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by four_plus_two View Post
    Due to the floods here in Brisbane, my 205 GTi rebuild will likely take longer to get on the road than I expected.

    As a result I need a temporary drive to get me to and from work each day, so I don't have to drive my wife's Mirage (or 'Man-rage' as one of my work colleagues keeps referring to it as...)

    So, given the taste and sophistication of the average AF member when it comes to all things automotive, your recommendations would be appreciated.

    My criteria:

    1. Less than $5,000
    2. Must be 'cool'. What does that mean? Well, an EA Falcon is not cool, nor is anything made by Hyundai; any Peugeot GTi is cool.
    3. Have four wheels.
    4. Provide me with trouble-free and low-cost motoring for 3-4 months.
    5. Be relatively easy to sell (eg, not be anything made in Britain after 1945).

    Not necessarily French.

    My thoughts:

    - BMW 3-Series, late 80s early 90s (E30?).
    - An Alfa.
    - Early 306 S16 / GTi-6 / Rallye.
    - A Volvo with a turbo on it (c'mon, that IS cool!).
    - Peugeot 406 with comedy exhaust (see Ebay).
    I was in this exact situation when i sold you the 405 and decided to pull 205 apart for the new engine. I got a 505 for $600 and it was awesome - nothing broke, it went sideways when the road was wet and had the most pimping tweed seats ever.

    Selling it was very sad... which is why i bought another fairly soon after. They are comically cheap for something that is very good at being a car.

    If you want to borrow mine for a while you are welcome to it. It is a little surplus to requirements with the 205, 405 and golf fighting over one parking spot. The location thing is an issue though. Others might think calling it cool is a stretch too, but i like it...

    I don't think it is necessary to spend proper money and distract you from the 205. What about an si? They are worth nothing and cracking cars. There is too much to go wrong with a sub $5000 gti6 etc so keep it simple. The last thing you want is to be patching up your interim runaround
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    If you can find a good Fuego .................. They can be some fun.

    Does it have to be temporary, if you have the space to store it why don't you find something really interesting and put it on club registration once the little 205 is back on the road.

    Eg: A renault 8 or renault 10. Rear engined fun... there's a really tidy looking step roof R10 for sale here.

    I'd suggest and old ID19/GS/CX ... but it's to hard to find a reasonable one these days. Besides, once your driving a GS1220 around, you'll never want to drive a 205 again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wilkinson View Post
    Go the 12. Second coolest Renault ever, after the 16. Great 70s colour. And you get a bonus road trip to pick it up. The only catch is after 3 months you won't want to sell it.

    Roger
    Never truer words were spoken....

    Lovely to drive
    Economical
    Won't frighten anyone - mechanic or grandmother (though this could be a negative)
    Amazing amount of room - HUGE boot

    Though Shane DID mention a GS.....and I have one I've got to sell to make room for a DS (I'm on a promise ). For those that saw it, it was the blue one in Launceston last year....1299cc 5spd, widened rear arches, 195x15,sunroof, new clutch and battery...etc...

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    Default Ah, so many choices...

    And why are there no decent cars in Queensland ... ?

    I am kind of leaning towards the 205 Si, I have half the parts out of the GTi 8v sittiing in the garage to keep it going .. all I need is a graphite grey one and it's a matching set!

    Reno's seem a bit thin on the ground at the moment .. but onwards to Carsales.com.au ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wilkinson View Post
    Go the 12. Second coolest Renault ever, after the 16. Great 70s colour. And you get a bonus road trip to pick it up. The only catch is after 3 months you won't want to sell it.

    Roger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wilkinson View Post
    Go the 12. Second coolest Renault ever, after the 16. Great 70s colour. And you get a bonus road trip to pick it up. The only catch is after 3 months you won't want to sell it.

    Roger
    Tell me more about the 12. There's another white one for sale three suburbs away from me for $2,500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_plus_two View Post
    Tell me more about the 12. There's another white one for sale three suburbs away from me for $2,500.
    What would you like to know? I wouldn't call myself an expert, and I haven't driven one for at least 10 years, but here's a start:

    70s.
    Looks compact but surprisingly roomy. 4 doors, bigger than a 205.
    1300cc 4cylinder engine, 4 speed gearbox.
    Front wheel drive, engine longitudinal ahead of wheels.
    Rack and pinion steering.
    Front disc brakes.
    Somewhat angular shape that still looks good today.
    Came in a range of loud 70s colours; white being one of the less loud colours.
    Mechanically simple.
    Drives nicely, good enough performance.

    Roger

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    I had an R12 Estate in Avocado. I wish I had kept it now. Amazing space and carry capacity inside when the seats are folded. Never had an issue with it except for fumes coming into the cabin and quite brittle switches that crumbled in my fingers. I love them though and want another one.

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    I'll add to that...

    -1970 Wheels Car of the Year...
    -Locally made/assembled
    -Almost bullet proof...which is partly why they're still around
    -Hardy interior trim
    -Can run on standard ULP without issue (not sure about E10)
    -The one for sale on here looks to be either a 1974 or 1975 'TL' - no taco/different wheel trims....wipers on the left column stalk were introduced in '74 or '75 (can't remember exactly)
    -If 1974 - 1251cc.
    -If 1975 - 1289cc.
    -will cruise all day at 110klm (about 4200rpm) without complaint

    Personally, I reckon they are FAB....mind, it doesn't hurt that I've owned 3 and learnt to drive in one....

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    "Cult car"?!

    I'll have to go and have a look at this one. It's a 1975 model. Looks to be in spectacularly good condition, with original owner's manual.

    Just one problem - where would I put the twin 12-inch subwoofer enclosure and LEDs?

    .. joking ..

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    That appears to be in ok condition right down to the original radio - AM is your new friend - and worth every penny....

    Shame there is a 'shopping centre' scrape down the right hand rear door....but that is minor and doesn't look like it has damaged the paint at all....

    ...and it could do with a good 'cut and polish'...

    Go see and then offer him $1750 if you think it's worth it....but 35yr old 'light' cars in that condition (interior) are not common especially with the dash top unaffected...

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    have you got a good water tight lock up garage ??

    Look what my father was showing me yesterday. What an amazing old car !!!

    http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C200856/

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    I've been in touch with four_plus_two and he's not interested in the Melbourne car. Some of you may remember I started a thread pre-crash that was pretty similar, so I thought I might go have a look at this R12. Can anyone give me tips on what to look for, what to keep an eye out for, etc, etc? Any help would be most appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronhic View Post
    That appears to be in ok condition right down to the original radio - AM is your new friend - and worth every penny....

    Shame there is a 'shopping centre' scrape down the right hand rear door....but that is minor and doesn't look like it has damaged the paint at all....

    ...and it could do with a good 'cut and polish'...

    Go see and then offer him $1750 if you think it's worth it....but 35yr old 'light' cars in that condition (interior) are not common especially with the dash top unaffected...
    LOL, Radio National for me! I'm going to look at it tomorrow. I'm interested to see how well it runs (if it starts?) and what the driveshafts and suspension are like. I was surprised to see in the photos how well preserved the interior is.

    There is actually a lock-up garage for rent three blocks away from me (our parking is undercover, but I'll have to park the 205 somewhere as well.

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