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i-junky.New Ride

By Kevin Styles

i-Junky Has Moved!!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2005
i-Junky Has MOVED!

New location: http://ijunky.blogsome.com Please update your links! And come take a look at the new i-Junky now under the Wordpress system.

Thanks.

Satria it is

Sunday, June 05, 2005
I've given it quite abit of thought lately and some so and so research with my free time on the net these past few weeks, and I've always had a soft spot for small hatches, now this would put one to wonder have small hot hatches made a name for itself to be owned by atleast one Wog out of three owners? No offence... really.

But this time I've fallen in love with the Proton Satria's sexy shape, particularly the style of the GTi the Godfather of the puny XLS 1.5litre and so on.


The GTi stands out amongst the other Satria's with it's grunty DOHC (Double OverHead Cam) 16 valve 1.8 litre Mitsubishi GSR engine which just screams to be driven hard whenever the chance arises sitting at the traffic lights waiting anxiously for them to turn green.

Now don't let the front wheel drive train fool you, it's been said to pack a punch and really launch at those lights and with claiming power at the wheels of 103kw around 6 grand on the revs, it sure has some balls to it and with it being such a small light-weighted hot hatch surely that would just give it more of an advantage and give Civic ricers a run for their money, keeping in mind their Civics aren't turbo charged.

Not only is it proven to be quick in a striaght, it also tackles corner very well thanks to it's Lotus tuned suspension.

Only flaws I have noticed in this hot little hatch, one of which being common in small hatches is over time, the dash will start to squeek just a little as you're driving and cruising in a striaght line but overtime with my Nissan Pulsar N13 I've grown to it and doesn't bother me as much and another which is not so important but worth mentioning is the colour of this hot hatch, I have yet to see any GTi's in any other colour than silver! Now if my previous car was any other colour other than silver then yes I won't mind having a GTi as my next car cause then I will think ahh silver is a nice change, but no - having a GTi wouldn't be much different to my previous car in exterior terms, but under the bonnet - that's another story and at the moment is what's convincing me to get myself one of these hatches.

Sold!

Thursday, June 02, 2005
Car has been sold! And it's still within the http://pulsar.org.au community which is good.

Going once, going twice... umm not just yet

Sunday, May 22, 2005
It seems as though my car is currently being sold, by that I mean the buyer (or should I say buyers) are choosing to pay in parts, I just recieved the deposit today and the rest of the cash will be giving in next couple of days. So we'll see how this goes, if it all goes well, might be getting my next car alot sooner. Wish me luck... haha

Photochopped

Friday, May 13, 2005
I was looking through my old pictures, and I came across two photoshopped picrures of my current ride. Was trying on two types of rims I was interested in at one stage. These next two pictures are showing my N13 potential to be lowered and be hooked up with some nice looking rims.



I'm trying to remember the names of these rims, but I did these pictures so long ago I've forgotten all about them, so don't know what rims are photochopped on there.



I personally like this one, it has a nice flow to it, these rims go nicely with N13's when they are lowered I reckon.

Things aren't going so great... more models

It seems I can't just stick to one model or manufacture. But I've got another few floating around my head;

- Renault Clio Sport
- Mitsubishi Lancer (1.8L or 2L)
- Honda Civic VTi

We'll just see what happens, as at the moment, things aren't look too bright, my Nissan Pulsar is still undrivable at the moment, and is still waiting along side the kerb for a mechanic to have a look at it, becuase I've tried to have a look at it, and I can't see anything that's preventing it from going up through the gears.

Dead to new metal

Monday, May 09, 2005
Well it seems like my Nissan Pulsar GXE could be on it's last straws, or wheels, the gearbox died on me again tonight as I was on my way to my brother in law's house, but luckily I didn't make it too far, because right now as of this moment, my car is now parked along side the kerb in a suburb just not too far from my house. I called NRMA for a tow truck, turns out free towing is not available if your car experiences the same problem within the same month, or some bullshit like that.

The bitch over the phone said it would cost $88 just for towing from one suburb to another, so quite frankly it's left me no choice to leave the car where it is now. And during these next couple of days, getting the car checked out once again and putting in another gearbox.

Looks like my next ride could be coming sooner than I thought, of course I will be borrowing some cash or loaning, whichever way works, because once the new gearbox is fitted, the rest of the car will be checked thoroughly and will be on sale. We'll see how this all goes in the upcomming weeks.

Nissan 180sx, the "sx" stands for sexy?

Saturday, May 07, 2005
Nothing else better to do than staying up late browsing through classifieds of used cars. Another thought, it's possible to even make way for a Nissan 180sx series 1 on my driveway. Have seen some decent vehicles, particuarly on www.tradingpost.com.au a few 180sx's for under the 10,000 mark. Now the specifications seem pretty decent, but the mileage might not be such a highlight. One example is the one below;



MAKE/MODEL: Nissan 180SX
YEAR: 1990
PRICE: $9,880.00
BODY: Coupe
TRANSMISSION: Manual

Nissan 180SX 1990 model turbo coupe black manual, air cond, pwr steer, alloys, $9880.

If you ask me this is one hell of a bargain. But of course I won't be able to get this right now, but worth considering, as 180's have always been the car I wanted.

The choices....

With my current ride in the ditch (figure of speech), until I can manage to get some pictures to show just the damage done to my gearbox on the underbody of the car, there are two main models I have been keeping my eye on lately, I'm going to try and give a quick run down on the two on the stock specifications, however I am not limited to buying a stock car for my next purchase.

Nissan NX/R 1991-93



The one I'm interested in, is the DOHC 2.0, stock SR20 engine.

Year-to-Year Changes

1992 Nissan NX: A new Power Package option for 1992 featured electric windows and door locks, as well as cruise control. The T-bar roof was now optional on both models.

1993 Nissan NX: A T-bar roof became standard on the top-line version of Nissan's sporty front-drive coupe. Otherwise, changes were few in what would be the model's final season on the market.


Mazda MX-5 1990-92



1990-98 Mazda Miata: Highlights

The Miata performed an overnight resurrection in 1990 on what had previously been a virtually dead market--that of the affordable 2-seat roadster. Initial models arrived in one of three colors--red, white, or blue--with a powertrain consisting of a 116-horsepower, dual-cam 1.6-liter 4-cylinder and a 5-speed manual transmission. Late in the 1990 model year, a 4-speed automatic was added, which dropped the horsepower rating from 116 to 105. All models could be ordered with a removable hardtop. Standard first-year features included a driver-side airbag and a manual folding top.

Year-to-Year Changes

1991 Mazda Miata: The most important change for 1991 was the availability of optional antilock brakes. ABS was offered as a stand-alone option and not part of any package.
1992 Mazda Miata: For 1992, mechanical and appearance changes were limited to a few convenience items.

The prices on average on the two cars are not even close, the price for a 1993 model of the Nissan NXR for example could get you a 1990 Mx-5 that is if you're lucky though. Looks like I'll be having some major saving up to do, just wonder how much would an N13 (1987 Nissan Pulsar GXE) would be worth on trade-in? Guess we'll see.