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 Post subject: What's your Daily Driver?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:50 am 
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I know most of you probably don't drive your nostalgic car every day (especially you northerners!). And if you do, then more power to you! But I'm curious what you drive to work, down to the supermarket, on road trips, or even for fun.

Personally, I'm looking to get an used Integra or a Scion xB as a daily driver. Gas is just too expensive! Not to mention that old cars have none of the safety features of modern vehicles. The other car in our stable is the Cressida wagon, which is great for hauling stuff when we go on photo shoots.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:11 pm 
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A few days ago I bought a '84 Silvia S12 with the FJ20E motor. It has 250k kilometres (155k miles) on the clock, but who cares? The car will come with a crapload of spare parts (including a 50k km/31k mile FJ20, which I will eventually swap into my 240Z). It should arrive in a few days, I'll post up some pictures shortly. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:55 pm 
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Location: UK
Currently this 1982 Colt Galant 1600 GL:
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80s Japanese cars make excellent daily drivers! This one strikes an ideal balance for me, it is comfortable, drives well and its total blandness and rarity in the UK actually makes it considerably more interesting to me than most new car choices. Cost me £350, I imagine some people pay more for the deposit on a new car!

I'll be doing about 10-15K miles a year in it, I'm confident that it will be mechanically good enough to withstand it, but if say the engine blew up I'd just use it as an excuse to put something cooler in it. And being an older car, it is very easy to service and look after. Fuel consumption seems pretty good, but I don't really pay much attention to that. And finally, since it isn't in perfect condition, I can do some bodywork on it. Then I feel like I am constantly improving the condition of the car, but I'm not too paranoid about scraping it, whilst gaining some skills/experience in the process!

Then there's those dishy wheels in the corner of the room, Japanese-market bits to investigate, period Mitsubishi bits to snap up, etc. It's not as unusual or treasured as my Charmant, but certainly a lot more fun than owning something "ordinary".

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ae101 1991 toyota levin 1.6 20v. black, 15'' works

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I daily drive my 2007 Honda Fit/Jazz sport with a five speed manual tranny. It reminds me a lot of the 88-91 Civics that I loved so much-especially my Wagovan. It's great on gas, is certified as low emissions vehicle and is still reasonably fun to drive.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:13 pm 
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'92 SC 300 5-spd. It drinks premium like it's free, but I keep telling myself that some day when I put a 1JZ in there it'll make up for all the car's shortcomings.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:33 pm 

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Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand
I drive this:

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1997 DC2 Integra Type R, Jap spec model. It doubles as my track hack as well! Now has 16" Slipstreams (Spoon SW388 replicas) and rides on Koni yellows with Neuspeed springs, adjustable camber, urethane bushes, usual I/H/E mods blah blah blah. Next port of call is adj. camgears and an AFC so I can tune the flatspot out of it, for what I hope will result in a far stronger midrange :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:56 pm 
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Most of the year I drive my Subaru 360 daily. I really never go far so it works out well.

For the past week or so it's been bad here in PA, icy and TONS of salt on the road so I've been driving my 91 suburban. I don't really like to drive it too much at 10 mpg around town. It's the trailer hauler/stuff mover/ sacrificial winter ride. It's got 225,000 miles and rust holes big enough to stick your whole arm through.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:30 pm 
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My daily driver is my beater '71 510...

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07 Corolla S with the jdm tail lights and shark fin added

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Daily Driver?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:23 pm 
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95 Civic DX, d16z6 swap, Koni/Ground controls, decent assortment of other goodies. Fun little beater that can get close to 40mog on the highway.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:53 pm 

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Location: Norfolk, UK
Hirst wrote:
Currently this 1982 Colt Galant 1600 GL:
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Unfortunately positioned fence makes it look you've added a rear wing!

I used the '85 Accord yesterday, but it seems milder today so I'm hopefully going to take the Laurel hardtop. I use the Camry wagon when I'm on children-ferrying duties or the weather's really foul.

Datsunfreak, the 510 'beater' looks great fun!

Much respect to you Tom for using the 360. Might be amusing on the country lanes round here.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:05 am 
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Location: Sydney, Australia
ae112r corolla

and my workvan - kr42r townace.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:56 am 
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Location: Vienna in Austria/Europe
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Daihatsu YRV Turbo (in Austria and Germany they call it "YRV GTti").

129BHP (95kw), Automatic Transmission, 1298ccm³, 4 Cylinder, Turbo

0-100 km/h in 8,4 sec. :twisted:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:35 am 
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My daily driver:
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Location: Tasmania, Australia
My HR31...Which really is not a good thing as its getting increasingly difficult to match wear with repair when its my only transport. I really should buy another car for daily use, then I can replace my diff centre, fix the heater core etc; all the big time consuming jobs which I can't do while its daily transportation.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:43 pm 
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I currently drive the RT112 Coupe daily, because my father-in-law borrowed my RT132 liftback daily for a few months:

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That beige Galant from the UK is THE ONE Practical Classis Magazine (UK) took to the Nurburg!

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We have a famous car in our midst! Matt Jones, is that you? :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:26 pm 

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well this is my daily driver, toyota carina TA40, exchange it with my previous 280z, the reason was i crushed my 280z, my friend give me this car in return to get my 280z engine and gear box

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I drive this beast.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:43 am 
This is my daily driven now....

One of Malaysian national cars....

Its comes with a 660cc Single Cam 6 Valve 3 Cylinders Carburator engine where I bought it in 2003.

Introducing, PERODUA KANCIL:

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Now, it is equipped with a 660cc Twin Cam 16 Valve 4 Cylinders Fuel Injection Turbo engine. Taken from Daihatsu Mira L512s.

Aaaah!!! What a relief!!

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-Fairuz-


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