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    Hi all, well as some of you may have gathered, I've been on the hunt for a good R25 to add to my collection, for some time. After a little begging I finally convinced Mark on the Gold Coast that I wouldn't hitch back and burn down his house if the car broke on the way home. So he sold it to me , sight unseen.
    Next step was to get across Australia, thank goodness for frequent flyers, I don't fly much but have a very active visa card thru the business, so was able to fly to Coolangatta, (via Cairns) for nix. So far so good, Awsome flight, only 1/3 full so slept all the way from Perth-Cairns, then got a RH window seat Cairns -Coolangatta, Left Perth 22.30 last Wed Night Arrived GC 0800 Thurs. Met up with Mark, chucked my stuff in the back and headed off, about midday Thurs.
    Now folks, this is a 4500 km trip in a 20 year old car that I have never clapped eyes on before. Worried? Nah its a Ren mate it'll be OK.
    This is just how I felt until Casino NSW Where we suddenly, in the middle of the main street, have no gears. Oh shit.
    This turns out to be a mere linkage problem that is fixed in the KFC car park in 15 mins with the help of my trusty stash of No 12 fencing wire (never go anywhere without it)
    So on to Armidale where I spend the night
    Next morning I head out a little late, on account of the excellent WA wine they serve at the tavern, to Tamworth for a Brekky that can't be beat, then the slog begins.
    Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Warren, Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia, Broken Hill. Dinner at the Barrier Social Democratic Club ( I recommend the fillet steak {all 1.5 kilos of it!) another bottle of WA white (don't they make wine anywhere else in Australia?) and it's collapso.
    Up at 5, a big day ahead of me, thru Mid North SA to Port Augusta. Into the local Auto Pro
    Me "want a Fan belt for a Renault 25"
    Sniggers all round
    Me " It's just a belt"
    Them "sure"
    Them (after looking in Gates book) "Oh it's an A......"
    Me "See that wasn't so hard was it?"
    Them (disapointed?) "$7.95 mate"
    And so ever onward
    PA- Ceduna is marginal wheat country with the chance of meeting a cop who plays by the rules, this time, my first in 17 trips, I met him. In the middle of nowhere, on a long straight road , I was treated a little as I imagine an axe murderer would be treated. 123km/h in 110 zone $173, AND a lecture. So we arrive in Ceduna.
    I've driven the Eyre highway 10 times and ridden motorbikes across it 7 times so it's no big deal, but I still get a buzz out of it, it's one of the great road trips.
    the Nullarbour, from the Latin
    Null= No
    Arbour= Trees
    only encompasses about 100km of it, but the stretch from Ceduna in SA
    to Norsman in WA is about 1200km with not bloody much in between. A roadhouse, some good, some bad, some bloody awfull, every couple of 100 k's and thats about it. I love it!
    I explained to someone on this trip that I would make a good long distance truck driver, I just love sitting there for 15 hours at a stretch, only stopping for fuel every 600k's or so. "Crazy Barstard" He said, and I guess that sums it up.
    There is not so much of a social scene these days on this road, fuel's too expensive, and we don't have the wandering Hippies that once made this a real social outing, it's mostly grey nomads, going home for Chistmas, and trucks, lots of them. Neither of these groups have much in common with a madman in a Renault.
    I wonder about the economics of shifting freight across Australia by truck, in fact on a trip like this you get to wonder about a lot of things. Sex, for instance takes on a new magnitude, and the wife wonders what's hit her when you get home. You've just had a lot of time to think in the last 3 days and a certain preportion of this time has been thinking about..........
    Spent the night in Madura, whitch was chosen because thats where I ended up when the sun went down. You don't drive at night on this road unless you're 20ft above it with a bloody great bullbar and a 525hp Cat between you and the roo.
    Thats another thing I thought about, Roos must be very stupid animals, you'd think mummy and daddt roo would say to baby roo "look, you've got 1000sq km of back yard out there, don't play on the road" but no baby roo , and his parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles all want to cross the road, in front of a bloody great road train. The eagles and crows live in a symbioptic relationship with trucks.
    From Norsman you can go via Coolgardie and the police ridden Great Eastern Highway, or, you can take the scenic route, via Hyden. Only 1 catch. It's 300 km of, in parts, pretty average gravel. Then Ren takes it in his stride (I've always thought of my Renaults as males, some cars are females, some are males, make of that what you will, Renaults are males)
    Across the great West Australian Wheat Belt we go in a rush. I have to say, as someone who know a little bit about a lot of things, that across Australia I didn't see a really dud crop, some were only average, but there were some really good ones, I suppose the prices will be duff in that case.
    So we arrive home, in the hills suburbs of Perth, 2.30 Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, some 4500km from Marks place in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Not a drop of oil, coolant or anything else, apart from 370 litres of premium unleaded. (top price 169cpl, at Eucla) I went to bed early last night and went to work for 12 hours today, I don't ache or anything, don't you love those Renault seats? I hope you enjoyed this story a fraction as much as I enjoyed doing it, now if anyone has a good 25 manual that I could use for parts.......have FF will travel.
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    Your trip sounds awesome... I love to go on loooonng drives but have never driven that far. Good on ya mate.

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    Ren25 nominated as this months froggie hero! Vote 1

    Onya mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgedweller
    Ren25 nominated as this months froggie hero! Vote 1

    Onya mate.

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    Wow what an effort, we did 1300miles in the USA over I think about 7 days, longest stretch 6 hours and we thought that was g ood effort.
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    wow! I thought I travelled long distances for parts.I'm just a light weight by the sound of this trip. I think this type of thing ignites the pioneering spirit latent in most of us.Its a bit like blue water sailing or trecking,and i admire anyone who attempts this sort of thing and even more cudos if they actually get home again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HONG KONG PUGGY
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    AYE!

    makes me want to do it again! (the renault makes it practically easy!)

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    Great drive-does it always seem the longest part is when you get "home" -at the border"- Did you come across through Hyden? A friend came back that way recently and said road had $600,000 spent on it and was quite good.Although he was driving a Subaru Forester-saves 145k according to him.
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    I had a good chuckle reading your exploits. Ren25 you're a legend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren25
    Hi all, well as some of you may have gathered, I've been on the hunt for a good R25 to add to my collection, for some time. After a little begging I finally convinced Mark on the Gold Coast that I wouldn't hitch back and burn down his house if the car broke on the way home. So he sold it to me , sight unseen.
    Mike
    Hi Mike,
    Good drive. Also a tribute to Mark's meticulous maintenance of the car, both mechanical & electrical. Very much doubt if you'd get a better R25 in Oz. Great car the manual.
    Renpete

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    I still say your nuts! I would have gone the coast route. You replaced a belt? Bugger me I just put a full set of new BOSCH belts on the old girl. Had full confidance in her mechanically but I guess I am just a bit paranoid about getting stuck in the middle of Wolf Creek with a ecu problem. ( Not that I have ever done a Ecu on a R25 their pretty good). Great to see you made it and the copies of Dialogsy should be done this week. Thanks Renpete for the nice comment. WA is richer for having another 25 in it.

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    Yeah but Mark, I wouldn't have been able to do it in 3 days, it's a lot further, and outback NSW is not as isolated from help as the Eyre highway is anyway. Had to bite the bullet sometime. Might as well be sooner as later
    The belt was a precaution. I wouldn't want to break on out there if you know what I mean.
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    Ren25 good job, the thought cruise control does come to mind though .
    And your constraint at getting done at 123kph only is a credit to you and the 8.2l/100km is not too shabby either, how do find the premium fuel compared to the standard , dont seem to make much difference in mine.
    The advent of the budget airline and lower rate car hire may have impacted on the number of people driving across the nullabor, having done it have to say once was enough for me at ground level, mind you doing it in mid summer (one day 52c ) may explain my reaction.
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    you know despite my little collection of cits, the R25 manual is a great drivers car. I have a registered one and unreg one- just have not been willing to sell them. I have driven cross country from Syd to Vic many times without a hitch - never has a belt broken. The main prob I had with my first R25 was that tdc sensor.

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    Great pictures of the cars there. Love the scenic wheels also. Nice touch.

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    Ah yes, the great trans-continental R25 road trip. I remember it well

    Although I was very laden down in an automatic R25, so speeding wasnt really a problem... In hindsight, I would have prefered to have taken my time, but as it turned out I did Melb - Port Augusta, to Eucla the next day, and made Perth the next night (that last stretch was loooong - 1750 km non stop). Got some funny looks at road houses out in the middle of nowhere - what the hell is that thing braving the crossing!

    Glad your trip was uneventful - it would suck breaking down out there!! But its a Renault, so it was always going to be easy
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