Julian Edgar... There has been some discussion recently as a result of your review
on the Peugeot 206GTi 180 (Peugeot 206 GTi 180 Road Test
on the Aussiefrogs forum. I was wondering if you were interested in answering
some of the concerns and points raised by some of the 180 owners on the forum. I
can understand if you don't want to get involved in petty arguments with
one-eyed owners though...
Below are some links where the subject of your review has come up.
Keep up the good work.
We get that with every negative
review we ever do of a car. Obviously, those that bought the car or are
enthusiasts of the marque are going to feel differently to a completely
independent reviewer to whom it doesn't matter if the car is good, bad or
indifferent. Marque-specific discussion groups
always say positive reviews are good and negative reviews are bad. Having since driven the Suzuki Ignis
Sport, we'd rather have one of those for fun drives than the vastly more expensive
Pug 180 GTi. (But of course if we were going to crash, we'd much rather be in the
Charade Heart Transplant
I have a 1987 Daihatsu Charade turbo with a CB60-G11 engine. Can I replace it
with the CB80-G100 turbo engine that was released in the 1988 model? If I can do
it, which parts do I have to replace? Can you give me some links about this
Yes, this conversion can be done. You
can use the existing 5 speed gearbox but you’ll need a new upper engine mount
(to accommodate the DOHC head), an EFI type fuel system and a management system.
Check out www.daihard.com
I can't believe it - I saw you guys at the end of my street taking photos for
the Alfa 164 test (Affordable Prestige)!!!
If I had known that you were around I would have loved to have a chat and you
could see the mods that I have done with your guidance on my Ford TX5 (‘Tickled
TX5’ email). Okay, enough acting like a school girl at a rock concert... I would
like your opinion on whether I should go for a ST185 Toyota Celica GT4 (only
AUD$5,500) or a Mitsubishi VR4 Galant (AUD$6,500). Both are uncomplied through
Yahoo Motorsport. I know that you guys love the VR4 - do you think the GT4 is in
the same league and has the same modification potential? Any help would be
Small world isn’t it?! We’d go for the
VR4 – the mod potential is huge if you’re prepared to spend some money. Check
out www.clubvr4.org. Evo manifolds and turbos bolt
on and the engines are very strong. Plug-in ECUs are also available. There’s
also a lot of info on 4G63 tuning on American sites (the 4G63 is fitted the US-spec VR4, Talon and Eclipse.) The Galant
also seem a bit more reliable than the GT4 and, of course, they’re more
Thanks for the great info at Autospeed.com. I especially enjoyed the
"Eliminating Negative Boost" series. In Part 3 (Eliminating Negative Boost - Part 3) Mr. Edgar lists data on a
Subaru Liberty RS before mods. I would greatly appreciate any data AFTER the
listed mods and would like to know if any further mods were tried. I would also
appreciate any details on the "new intake duct" to the airbox.
We have revised the air intake of a
’94 WRX in a previous article – Rex Sucks. This model WRX uses the same
intake layout as the RS Turbo. The standard pre-airbox intake pipe is the
killer. With the modified airbox and replacement AFM-to-turbo plenum we achieved
a 59 percent reduction of intake restriction (while retaining the factory filter
and airflow meter).
I was just reading an article published 11/09/01 by "Michael Knowling" (Michael's Speed Zone)
about engine conversions and was wondering if you guys have a technical support
team or just someone in your staff that can help people like me who have
questions to ask about relevant topics.
We don’t have a technical support
team, but you can run a question past us. Note, however, we aren’t here to
answer everyone’s technical questions so try to keep it fairly broad. We’ll help
as much as we can!
Falcon BA XT road test
– 24th July, 2004. In this test, what was the acceleration time recorded for
0-100 km/h? Thanks.
We did not perform a 0 – 100 test on
that particular car.
Gidday - just wondering if you have ever done an article on aftermarket
cruise control modules? I’m looking at installing one myself in my trusty old NA
manual VL for when I do a trip from
Perth to Melb and up to Bris. I think
it would be very handy and would have to be worth its weight in gold on a trip
We haven’t done a story on fitting
cruise control but it’s a great suggestion – we’ll put it on our ‘to do’
I am writing to you in relation to Julian’s column focussing on Toyotas - Driving Emotion. He mentions that the only
two manufacturers of twin turbo in-line sixes in the late Eighties he could
recall were made by Toyota and
Nissan. I remember hearing that Vauxhall in collaboration with Lotus also
released a twin turbo in-line six that really peed of a few of
Europe’s manufacturers of the time as its performance was
supposedly awesome. In fact, it was quicker than the Ferraris that were built in
the same era. I don’t recall the model it was based on but I would assume that
only a few were ever built (at least the twin turbo variety) - otherwise I’m
sure their existence would have become common knowledge.
Yes, you’re right – it is the 1991
Vauxhall Lotus Carlton twin-turbo. Its 3.6 litre 24-valve TT engine
cranks out almost 280 horses! Only a few hundred were built.