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  1. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    Very interesting http://youtu.be/rexKqvgPVuA
  2. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    hahaha that was brilliant. If you can stand watching the whole thing this is one of the funniest theistic videos ever. This guy actually believes people in Biblical times lived to 900 years old hahaaha http://youtu.be/3juOrOpqtpQ
  3. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    http://youtu.be/0JT5r16nDvw
  4. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    http://youtu.be/lVuq8Zmr7r4
  5. Very interesting article, so I guess it isn't all the governments fault it is equally price gouging from manufacturers and our own stupidity for paying so much for news cars. - Supply and Demand I guess. http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and-reviews/car-news/why_do_we_pay_more_for_cars?from=ms Australian buyers pay more for cars than those in the US. New-car prices are at record lows and driving a sales boom, but a survey by News Limited has found Australians still pay more than buyers in the USA. In some cases the prices are more than double. The Nissan Pulsar and Toyota Corolla have both limboed to $19,990 locally in the past six months -- the same price they were 10 years ago. But the same models in North America start at between $16,140 and $17,850 respectively. The Australian dollar has had parity with the US dollar for two years. Australia’s top-selling car, the Mazda3, has a recommended retail price of $20,330 locally (before on-road costs are added) but the same car starts at $18,370 in North America. The gap widens as prices rise. A Toyota Camry starts from $30,490 locally but the same model is $24,460 in the USA. Mazda’s mid-size sedan, the Mazda6, has an even greater price disparity -- more than $10,000. It’s cheaper than the Camry in the US but dearer than it in Australia ($33,460 versus $22,968). Mazda Australia spokesman Steve Maciver said standard equipment varies from country to country: "We look at how we compare to our rivals and we are happy with our prices. We believe we offer good value for money." More glaring examples begin in the $50,000 price bracket. A BMW 320i sedan in Australia costs $58,600 (just below the Luxury Car Tax threshold) but in the USA can be had for the same money as a Holden Commodore: $35,805. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has a greater disparity: $67,900 here versus $35,350 there. The car industry argues new-car prices are higher in Australia because it costs more to recoup the development costs of right-hand-drive cars given that the markets are smaller. “Volume is king and more cars are sold in left-hand-drive countries than in right-hand-drive countries, so the customer has to pay,” said Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesman David McCarthy. “We have worked hard to make our cars as affordable as possible, and put more equipment in them, and still make a profit.” McCarthy said shipping costs are also higher because the distance is greater and the car carriers mostly leave Australia empty: “it’s a one-way trip”. The cost of financing vehicle orders also ties up more money because of the longer delivery time from Europe. “We as a wholesaler pay for each car as it leaves the factory gate, then it’s in transit for up to three months before the customer pays for it.” German sportscar maker Porsche last week slashed prices across its range – by as much as $36,000 in some cases. But Australians still pay more than double than those in the USA for one of its speed machines. A Porsche Carrera 911 was $229,400 in Australia before the price cut, but will drop to $206,500 from June 1. That might be cause for celebration for some, but the champagne loses its fizz when you discover the same car starts at $92,730 in the USA. Australia’s Luxury Car Tax accounts for an extra 33 per cent of the Porsche’s price above $59,133 (the threshold set by the Federal Government). But that still doesn’t explain why the Australian price is more than double what it is in North America. When asked why there was still such a large price anomaly, Porsche Australia spokesman Paul Ellis said: “You don’t price your car against what it costs in other countries, you price it against its local competitors. It’s market positioning.” Prestige brands have strongly opposed Luxury car Tax since its inception in 2000, even though Toyota now pays more LCT than any other brand due to the large number of SUVs it sells over the threshold. Porsche says the LCT is a “discriminatory tax”. “There isn’t a tax on other luxury goods. Cars are seen as a soft target,” said Ellis. Car / Australia / USA Nissan Pulsar $19,990 / $16,100 Toyota Corolla $19,990 / $17,850 Mazda3 $20,330 / $18,370 Toyota Camry $30,490 / $24,460 Mazda 6 $33,460 / $22,968 Mazda CX5 $27,880 / $23,315 Mazda MX-5 $47,280 / $26,092 Toyota Prius $33,990 / $26,620 Mercedes C250 $67,900 / $35,350 BMW 320i $58,600 / $35,805 BMW 335i convertible $112,900 / $59,180 Range Rover HSE S/C $224,400 / $91,900 Porsche Carrera 911 $206,500 / $92,730 Source: Car manufacturer websites. All prices are in Australian dollars and do not include special offers or on-road costs. A 10 per cent sales tax has been added to all US prices (to match Australia’s GST, which is included in RRPs) even though the US national sales tax average is 7.5 per cent (from 3 per cent in Montana to 11.725 per cent in Arizona).
  6. Why Do We Pay More For Cars?

    Here you go; The new HSV GTS built here in Australia will cost you around 100k on road. They are now shipping it to the UK it will be on sale for 55 000 pounds or $86,500 AUD. Go f**k yourself Holden and GM. http://www.news.com.au/national-news/hsv-holden-to-heat-up-the-uk/story-fncynjr2-1226653359570
  7. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    My friend Chris had too much to drink so I inquired as to his well being. http://youtu.be/wwYVKNEMtgc
  8. Sorry to high jack but what new laws? the new anti hooning laws?
  9. Why Do We Pay More For Cars?

    This was posted in teh Youtube thread. It makes me think it aint so bad for us. f**k living in Singapore. $136 000 USD for a Subaru BRZ. http://youtu.be/lf7A5j2QO5E
  10. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    this is why i'm broke .com said it is 25k Id rather this than my S15 haha
  11. sheds/man caves

    I dont get it, if you just bought a house why not turn your house into a man cave?
  12. Dont GKTech or Just Jap sell knock off C's shifters? perhaps you can use their part. Or worst case man go to a fabricator they will make something up real cheap. As someone who has as C's shifter they are worth every penny.
  13. Can You Work This Riddle Out

    Very clever if you can work it out.
  14. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    Move over SR20 and B16A looks like we have a new king of 4 cyl. 450hp with full boost by 3500rpm :hypo:
  15. I've heard only good things about Cameron. However when I go wide body on my S15 I will mostly likely be going with ICandy Customs on the Gold Coast. Some of the work I've seen come out of there is just jaw dropping. https://www.facebook.com/pages/ICANDY-CUSTOM-RESPRAYS/324860231897
  16. So I get into this discussion from time to time with fellow petrol heads and the general public alike. Is Holden and Ford Australian? Well if watch V8 super cars or any form of Advertising from the manufacturers they would have you believe that they are as Australian as didgeridoos and Koalas. But the fact remain nothing could be further from the truth in my opinion. You see both US brands spend millions each year trying to convince people that buying a Ford or Holden is buying Australian. Well not really. A part from both manufacturers being started by American companies (General Motors and Ford US) almost their entire range of cars is Foreign made for example - Cruze (with the exception of the hatchback), Barina, Colorado, Focus, Mondeo. And before people bring up the Utes, Territory or the old Monaro they are all just modified Commodores and Falcons. Ok I might give exception to the Territory. Now yes before I get flamed I know Holden existed before GM bought them back in the early 1900s. This is probably why we have Holden and not Chev or Pontiac. But the fact remains the company only made lawn mowers and farming equipment before GM bought them. It was GM that turned it into a car manufacturer. Ok so both were founded by US companies, both companies remain US owned so profits head back the US and the Vast amount of the Ford and Holden range are made overseas. In fact the only cars that Holden or Ford make that are Australian are the Commodore and Falcon. Well kind of, We all know that apart from the V6 Ecotech all the commodore engines are in fact American including HSV motors, not to mention their gear box and diff are American. At least the Fords are Australian made well most of the Falcon anyway. Now there is one other car manufacturer that has a really similar story. Owned by a foreign company but has a Australian division, makes cars in Australia but only one and the rest of their range is made overseas, and that is Toyota. They make the Aurion here and like Holden and Ford assemble a couple of other foreign made cars in their Australian plants. So do you consider Toyota Australian? True blue Aussie? Unlikely. But if are still all caught up in the fancy Holden and Ford Marketing and still believe they are Australian then you really have to consider than Toyota is Australian because they share pretty much the exact same story as Holden and Ford. So in conclusion can Holden and Ford be considered Australian if - - They were founded by foreign companies - They are owned by foreign companies - Profits therefore go overseas to their owners - The vast amount of their range is made overseas - Even the cars made in Australia use a lot overseas made parts - Toyota shares the same story and you probably don't consider them Australian. So what are your feelings? Am I dead wrong? Are Holden and Ford in fact true blue Aussie? Do you agree and am I missing something?
  17. power fc

    As Scott said if you already have a PowerFC lying around then by all means use it. If you don't then either save your money and get a NISTUNE (which has all the same features for half the money) or get a modern ECU for similar money and twice the features. In 2013 the PFC is an overpriced average ecu. It isn't bad by anymeans, It is kind of like listen to a CD walkman. It isn't bad you can listen to up to 20-21 tracks at a time it might be a bit big and it will skip from time to time. Then comparing it a 32gb Ipod touch. Anyway as others have said the gains from installing it and getting it tuned will be minimal and for the price of getting it installed and tuned probably not worth it without an exhaust, boost controller and 14psi. The factory BOV should be able to hold 14psi no problems if yours is worn out then get an aftermarket plumback BOV - Make sure it is a Plumback if you are going with the PowerFC and you want to keep things legal.
  18. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    HOLY SHIT!!!! ^^^^
  19. Custom pod filter box/enclosure for s15

    yeah but a pod filter give a great induction sound and makes the stock (or aftermarket) plumback sound louder and actually makes a great sound. I've never had a air box on my S15 but I think the sound alone from my pod is worth it even if the Dyno charts make no difference.
  20. The YouTube Thread Vol:Tres

    http://youtu.be/-sSczgYbFX4
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