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Old 04-03-2015, 09:02 PM   #21
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Caldinas are corollas.

VL Commodores in ok condition have a cult following and are expensive.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:04 PM   #22
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My wife drives a ST246 Caldina. It does look a lot like a corolla but a lot bigger in the back, more like the size of a Subie Impreza wagon.

I wanted a Stagea. She wouldn't even drive a Stagea - too ugly and too big (these things matter to the wife). She also wanted an Auto. ****.

Parts are not that bad if you know where to go. These is a useful forum in Australia for support, and there are a lot more of them in NZ than here. They are basically a GT4 Celica floor pan and chassis with a longer Corolla body. The 3S-GTE is not that uncommon, and has lots of aftermarket support in the MR2 community. They perform well but the 4 speed Auto lets them down, the ratios are too far apart. They are a bitch to work on, no space in the engine bay, but they are mostly bulletproof once the litte issues are sorted so that isn't a big deal either.

I'm not unhappy with it but I would personally prefer a Stagea or a WRX wagon, in manual.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:26 PM   #23
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3sgte engines are common but there are 11 or 12 variations not to mention that outside of the long block the caldina versions are fairly unique.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:19 PM   #24
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I forgot the Stagea existed, get one of those.
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Falcon wagon
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:46 PM   #26
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And finally a local one.



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Bring the **** from the miata and put it on the stagea.
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Wow. I cannot even imagine trying to transport that **** without it being attached to the Miata in a container. The baggage monkeys ... they are both curious and furious.
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