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    I am sure he can you a peach-colo(u)red Vitz HB...
    Whoomah!

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    I've been looking out for a Mirage DOHC Mivec for you. But they seem to be a bit unicorn these days.

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    Like Button.

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    Raced the GR for the first time this weekend, on both grass and tarmac. Stuuuuuupidly capable car, plenty of go, amazing stop. You can play with the diff to balance front & rear drive %.

    Way quicker around the racetrack than any of my previous efforts.

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    Nice.

    So when is it making the trip to Dunedin? If you book a trip on the Interislander tonight, you might get across by April 2027.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkylineObsession View Post
    Nice.

    So when is it making the trip to Dunedin? If you book a trip on the Interislander tonight, you might get across by April 2027.
    Probably no time soon ... weirdly, I've been to Dunedin twice in the last month. Rally Otago, and then an old rally roads tour. One in a rental car, one in the Kia SUV thing.

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    Fair enough, it's a long enough trip getting up to Chch let alone the top of the south.

    We considered taking bubs to see his first motorsport event at Rally Otago, but thought about it too late and didn't get time to buy ear protection. Oh well, next year.

    We drove the Kuri Bush stage a couple months back, but whatever was on that road (dirt/clay/superglue) i seriously struggled to get the mud off the truck afterwards, sometimes scrubbing the same spot for a couple mins to no avail. Even the guy who did the ceramic coating on the truck couldn't get all the mud/clay off.
    We've done a lot of gravel bashing over the years on all sorts of roads, and never had any issue getting mud etc off the old van or the Vitz. Maybe that's why Hayden goes so bloody fast through there, to try avoid getting mud stuck to the car.

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    I've apparently not updated here lately.

    But I purchased a Kia Picanto at the start of December, and sold it at the end of May. Was just a bit too horrid a driving experience as far as slow, and zero suspension damping went. But it gave me a cheap to run commuter car for a few thousand km and a few months.

    On to the next.

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    Now I have two Yaris, Yarises, Yariiii?

    This one's a hybrid though, and is a big gamble. It has the NZ equivalent of a salvage title on it, as it has had a smack in the bum and a repair. So it was NZ$20k not NZ$30k. Has traveled a mere 13,000km though.

    First stage of grooming underway, as it is a bloody disgraceful state. How a yard would sell a car that filthy I will never know, but I guess it worked out for me, cos I gouged them down in price.

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    Contemplating next moves.

    The Toyota Rav4 hybrids from 2019-2020 have depreciated down to circa NZ$30k.

    Which means potentially it's in my price bracket, to sell the blue hybrid Yaris pictured above, and also my Kia Sorento 2009 diesel. Then combine the funds to get most of a Rav4. Cos a Rav can commute pretty cheaply, and also occasionally tow things and lug large items around.

    When I first purchased the Sorento, diesel was about $1.20/litre, but now it is sitting $2/litre. So it has gone from pretty cheap to run, to not so cheap to run.
    The Yaris hybrid is insane cheap to run, at 3.6l/100km. While the Rav will be more like 6l/100km.

    But having one less car to register and insure, not to mention try to park in my driveway would be nice. Also the Rav will have nice stuff like cruise control, which the Sorento doesn't, for long trips.

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