So... what car do you guys drive when not flying?

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Picked up a new Stinger GT last week after waiting 9 months from order. Absolutely love it, except the minor difficulty of entering and exiting a low slung sports car. The Dealer reckons I could sell it right now for $15K above what I paid for it due to current supply and demand.
 

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Picked up a new Stinger GT last week after waiting 9 months from order. Absolutely love it, except the minor difficulty of entering and exiting a low slung sports car. The Dealer reckons I could sell it right now for $15K above what I paid for it due to current supply and demand.
Pity we don't get the AWD version.
 
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Ludicrous, no way will they get that, no it’s not one of mine. :)

I would rather get one of these, for half the price.
 
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Saturday I drove to Wagga in the Landcruiser200 towing the angled horse float to help daughter mover out of Wagga at the end of the final exams

Arrived in Wagga with avg fuel consumption 22.5L/100km (diesel).
The vehicle felt sluggish and numerous times the engine revs went to 3000
Plus a strange whistling sound from engine bay

Checked the engine bay, nothing to find. but the air filter box had bits of white wooly material. The air filter stopped it.
I removed the entire air filter box and discovered a rat had made itself a nest in the part of the air intake inside the drivers side fender before the air filter box.
So the engine was basically trying to suck in air through a straw. Though that should not account for 22.5L/100km. The mass airflow sensor would usually restrict fuel supply if airflow is low resulting in reduced engine power.

Then I checked the tyre pressures and LOL someone had pumped the tyres to 28psi. :confused:
Pumped it back to 38PSI

Trip back to Sydney with furniture in the angled horse float - fuel consumption 17L/100km and less engine rev to 3000 rpm.
 
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IONIQ5

Got am email from Hyundai that said I'm "at the top of the list to hear about the next exclusive online release of the upgraded 2022 Ioniq 5"
I suspect the email says that to everyone who registered interest some time ago.

Basically when the weblink drops, pay deposit to secure the vehicle - first come first serve.

Should I ??

Also the colours are:
Atlas White
Galactic grey (metallic)
Lucid Blue (pearl)
Digital Teal-green (pearl)
Gravity Gold (matte) -

Is there special maintenance with a matte finish
 
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IONIQ5

Got am email from Hyundai that said I'm "at the top of the list to hear about the next exclusive online release of the upgraded 2022 Ioniq 5"
I suspect the email says that to everyone who registered interest some time ago.

Basically when the weblink drops, pay deposit to secure the vehicle - first come first serve.

Should I ??

Also the colours are:
Atlas White
Galactic grey (metallic)
Lucid Blue (pearl)
Digital Teal-green (pearl)
Gravity Gold (matte) -

Is there special maintenance with a matte finish
Be a thrill seeker, and get something that isn’t on the German rainbow. And yes, you have to work really hard to get a decent shine on the matte finish.
 

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I make a point of telling anywhere that services my cars to keep the tyres at 40psi.

Is that what is recommended for a Defender, or do you have other reasons to go what seems rather high? I notice @jb747 agrees so I'm interested in why. The recommended pressure for my Everest are 35psi, moderate laden.

When I blew a tyre to smithereens between Gascoyne Junction and Mt Augustus a couple of years ago (post #52 here: A circuit around the WA mid-west) I kicked myself for not dropping even about 10% off the recommended pressure. It's moot whether it would have made a difference as the tyre appeared to have been speared by a sharp piece of shale which that road is notorious for, but it may have helped avoid it.

I also imagine that you spend a fair bit of time with your tyres deflated on soft/rough ground? Remember the 20psi mandate out to Steep Point? ;) (BTW, I have just booked to go out to Dirk Hartog Island for 5 nights about this time next year. :cool::))

BTW#2, I was up in the Kimberley last week and got chatting to a bloke who had just come off the Gibb River Road. He said he saw a Defender in a bad way with its rear axle somehow disconnected from the body. Basically stuffed, I gather. Not what I expected to hear.
 

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We met many divers who had driven the Gibb River road. A number travelled the road at Highway tyre pressure and Highway speed. The result was basically their car and trailer were wrecked. They blamed the road. Others “aired down” ie lowered the tyre pressure, slowed to a significantly slower speed and hey presto, no tyre or vehicle damage. One caravanner towed his house on wheels and had no punctures. The lowering of the pressure allows the tyre to flex around sharp rocks whereas higher pressuresprovide a rigid point load prone to damage. We aired down on the rocks To around 25psi and then back on the Highway 45psi. Psi psi for both van and 4X. 12000k,s and no punctures.
A rule of thumb is that when the tyre has been running for a period it should be warm to touch indicating correct sidewall flex. If it hit the pressure is too low, while if it is really hot the tyre is under inflated. Only check tyre pressure when the tyre is cool, at the start of the day.
Tyres are commonly inflated 4/5 psi above manufacturers recommended pressure.
 
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