New Zealand bros - help me decide on a vehicle - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


Insert BS here A place to discuss anything you want

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-01-2015, 08:31 PM   #1
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Mobius's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 3,176
Total Cats: 261
Default New Zealand bros - help me decide on a vehicle

We are moving to Taupo in July for a year. We will be purchasing a vehicle for use during our stay.

This gives me the opportunity to make our family hauler something fun as well.

What I want:
  • Wagon or wagon-ish storage capacity
  • Trubo!
  • Awd or rwd
  • used, let's say < $10k

Something I can have fun with. "Grasskana" looks like fun.

So what models am I looking for? I'm unfamiliar with what's been offered over the years outside the US. Apparently there are some Mitsubishi wagons that fit the bill, and I assume some Subarus. What else should I be considering? Point me out some examples please.

Thanks!
Mobius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
Supporting Vendor
iTrader: (31)
 
Savington's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Posts: 14,356
Total Cats: 1,322
Default

Galant VR4 Wagon
Savington is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2015, 09:57 PM   #3
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Posts: 2,638
Total Cats: 25
Default

**** that for a joke buy a stagea. It will be almost free, almost free to maintain, RB25DET, AWD, unlimited almost free upgrades everywhere here for them. etc.

Dann
nitrodann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2015, 10:58 PM   #4
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Mobius's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 3,176
Total Cats: 261
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Savington View Post
Galant VR4 Wagon
I have learned this is called a Legnum. Greddygalant has recommended one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by nitrodann View Post
**** that for a joke buy a stagea. It will be almost free, almost free to maintain, RB25DET, AWD, unlimited almost free upgrades everywhere here for them. etc.

Dann
He also recommended a stagea. I will investigate this more. I won't really be able to work on / mod whatever car we get, as I won't have any tools, but this looks promising.

Since greddygalant has basically cornered the US supply of shift forks for his transmission, I'm leaning towards the stagea
Mobius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2015, 11:37 PM   #5
SADFab Destructive Testing Engineer
iTrader: (5)
 
aidandj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Beaverton, USA
Posts: 17,992
Total Cats: 1,457
Default

aidandj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2015, 11:39 PM   #6
SADFab Destructive Testing Engineer
iTrader: (5)
 
aidandj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Beaverton, USA
Posts: 17,992
Total Cats: 1,457
Default

aidandj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2015, 10:40 AM   #7
Elite Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 3,049
Total Cats: 4
Default

Ugh.... If they sold Stageas in the US I would buy one in a heartbeat.
Efini~FC3S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2015, 11:53 AM   #8
SADFab Destructive Testing Engineer
iTrader: (5)
 
aidandj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Beaverton, USA
Posts: 17,992
Total Cats: 1,457
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mobius View Post
Since greddygalant has basically cornered the US supply of shift forks for his transmission, I'm leaning towards the stagea
Does this mean you will be bringing it back to the US?

Also do you/your wife work when your down there or is it a sabbatical sort of thing.
aidandj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2015, 03:51 PM   #9
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Mobius's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 3,176
Total Cats: 261
Default

Ms Mobius will be working in the hospital in Taupo.

Will not be bringing the vehicle back. Plan is to buy a "not-quite-a-beater". I don't need a RHD wagon in the US.

Latest quote on shipping my car is $2600, which is tempting, but I'd have to daily on RS3's or equivalent. I'm better off doing Gentleman Driver days.

Hell for $5200 round trip I can probably buy an mx5 down there as well.
Mobius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2015, 03:53 PM   #10
mkturbo.com
iTrader: (24)
 
shuiend's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Charleston SC
Posts: 13,775
Total Cats: 1,106
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mobius View Post
Ms Mobius will be working in the hospital in Taupo.

Will not be bringing the vehicle back. Plan is to buy a "not-quite-a-beater". I don't need a RHD wagon in the US.

Latest quote on shipping my car is $2600, which is tempting, but I'd have to daily on RS3's or equivalent. I'm better off doing Gentleman Driver days.

Hell for $5200 round trip I can probably buy an mx5 down there as well.
Get a 1.6 and have nitrodann boost it.
shuiend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 04:46 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 1,272
Total Cats: 32
Default

Toyota Caldina might be worth looking at.
timk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 04:51 AM   #12
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Posts: 2,638
Total Cats: 25
Default

Almost no manuals and little aftermarket support.
nitrodann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 05:26 AM   #13
Supporting Vendor
iTrader: (10)
 
Reverant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Athens, Greece
Posts: 5,440
Total Cats: 198
Default

He's staying there for a year, not 5 years.

I would be looking for a car that is plenty availably (so easy to find a good one), reliable with a recent service (not need to change belts and whatnot on a car you'll be dumping in 6-9 months), and easy to sell once you're done.

I would definitely not look for a car to mod if I was only going to be staying there for a year.
Reverant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 06:50 AM   #14
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Posts: 2,638
Total Cats: 25
Default

Like a stagea.

We are comparing a reliable RB powered common car to things liek legnums which are transverse mounted quad cam twin turbos and corollas which there are 15 of in total, all auto, uncommon engine etc etc etc

Skylines are almost as common as taxis over here.
nitrodann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 10:05 AM   #15
Elite Member
iTrader: (21)
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 5,684
Total Cats: 555
Default

For a single year, I'd lease something expensive and beat the hell out of it.
rleete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 02:50 PM   #16
I take big bites
iTrader: (1)
 
turbofan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hurricane, UT
Posts: 6,924
Total Cats: 526
Default

I think you're on the right track with the stagea, just don't get one of those awful 2.5 V6 ones. oi.
turbofan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 02:58 PM   #17
Elite Member
iTrader: (3)
 
concealer404's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 8,460
Total Cats: 782
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nitrodann View Post
Like a stagea.

We are comparing a reliable RB powered common car to things liek legnums which are transverse mounted quad cam twin turbos and corollas which there are 15 of in total, all auto, uncommon engine etc etc etc

Skylines are almost as common as taxis over here.

He said Caldina, not "Corolla."
concealer404 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 02:59 PM   #18
Elite Member
iTrader: (3)
 
concealer404's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 8,460
Total Cats: 782
Default

Also: I thought the answer was RB30 powered Commodore?
concealer404 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 08:47 PM   #19
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Mobius's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 3,176
Total Cats: 261
Default

Did they ever offer a Falcon wagon?

Edit: ah, nvm, what I'm thinking of would be too much of a specialty vehicle to beat on and then unload quickly. I'm liking the stagea. Tips on models to looks for, things to watch out for, etc?
Mobius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 08:52 PM   #20
I take big bites
iTrader: (1)
 
turbofan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hurricane, UT
Posts: 6,924
Total Cats: 526
Default

Yes.

Attached Thumbnails
New Zealand bros - help me decide on a vehicle-ford-falcon-wagon-09.jpg  
turbofan is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Raleigh: Fiberglass headlight scope, 1.6L ECU, AFM, Hardtop latches, more bigmackloud Miata parts for sale/trade 13 09-22-2017 01:34 PM
Fab9Tuning's NC MX-5 Turbo Kit Discussion- EFR/Garrett V-Band FAB Prefabbed Turbo Kits 216 03-22-2017 05:00 PM
Bad head gasket or ? shooterschmidty Engine Performance 8 09-30-2015 11:28 PM
First Miata Rhidell Meet and Greet 1 09-27-2015 10:42 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:09 PM.