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pandora
7th April 2016, 09:25 PM
Can't recall mentioning in forum that three weeks back while heading for Adelaide, almost 500mi from Wang, my little Nissan 'blew up'.
I won't elaborate, suffice to say that I spent the next two weeks looking for new wheels and found it in a pre-loved Mazda6.
It will be 'home away from home' come June when I'll head north again to the wide blue skies and red earth of the Outback.
With the rear seats flattened there's ample room for a sleeping bag into the spacious boot ... Tally Ho! *chr

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Mazda6.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88989)
With 227,000kms (141,000mi) on the clock the vehicle is in superb condition
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Mazda7.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/88989)

Wee man
7th April 2016, 09:55 PM
Looks good, you got good value out of your last one health to enjoy this new mini home on wheels.

Jim Ford
7th April 2016, 10:35 PM
The seat warmers will come in handy when it's 40 C in the shade!

;^)

Jim

Ricoh
7th April 2016, 10:41 PM
Six-track, a steering wheel where God intended, and it's a 47 reg., great!

Naughty Nigel
8th April 2016, 08:46 AM
I do like the red glowing display. And as Jim says, the seat warmers will come in handy, although I daresay it can get cold at times in the outback.

Enjoy. :)

Harold Gough
8th April 2016, 03:21 PM
I do like the red glowing display.


Check that you can see it through polarized sunglasses.

Harold

pandora
8th April 2016, 07:48 PM
Ed, I envy the so called "grey nomads" of this world, retirees who live on the road in RVs and follow the sun fun. ;)

Jim, I cant recall a time in my 60 odd years of driving when I needed a seat warmer, although I've often been in the "hot seat" :D

Steve, The only feature I hate is central locking - will I ever remember to close the windows before turning off the ignition ... grrr! :mad: Electric windows are deadly dangerous, should be banned, some woman recently trapped in her car with the front end hanging over a cliff. Rescue had to break a window to get her out. Yeah, and you're right about the steering wheel!

Harold, good point, I will. *yes

Nigel, I'm iffy about the red lit instrument display, I think I would have preferred green but I'm sure I'll get used to it. *shrug

Beagletorque
9th April 2016, 07:05 AM
If it's manual not auto, don't forget to change gear or it will explode like the Nissan! 😀

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pandora
9th April 2016, 08:48 AM
It's a manual, I shall try ... :)

Ralph Harwood
9th April 2016, 10:18 AM
Hi there Mark!

Looks like a nice car, and good to see that you got a low mileage one (well compared to my current chariot, which is showing 210,000 miles and shows no signs of slowing down!)

Having had both auto and manual I still prefer a manual gearbox, partly for the economy savings and partly because I have had more manuals than autos. Time to get out and enjoy the open roads!

Cheers,

Ralph.

pandora
9th April 2016, 03:47 PM
G'day Ralph, what's your "chariot", and what year, did you buy new or used, ... photo?
You live in an interesting location on a peninsula near Liverpool. Google tells me that it is famous for it's Scouting activities, did you attend the Gang Show? Must be a wonderful event.

As for the new 'chariot of fire', it would seem that I have been incredibly lucky, it drives like a dream. Two nits, electric windows mentioned above, and low wheel base that will stop me in my tracks from driving on many bush roads where my beloved little Nissan boldly went where none had gone before! My kids keep warning me not to try it on with the Mazda - they know what I'm like, but they're right. Having driven mostly manuals I'm still a bit lumpy with my changes but can still "double-de-clutch' as I once did long ago in my Nissan Patrol.

Shot "in passing" through the windscreen of the 1.8 little Nissan on a 5,000mi Oz tour, 2014 with the XZ-2.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P8080120.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89014)
Just check out those bone rattling, suspension busting corrugations!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P8080119.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89013)

OM USer
11th April 2016, 08:58 PM
Nice comfortable set of wheels for the job. Mine always seem to blow up just before 250K miles.

Mrs T
12th April 2016, 06:00 AM
Have fun on your travels. It looks ready for the task ahead.

Jim Ford
12th April 2016, 08:57 AM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P8080120.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89014)
Just check out those bone rattling, suspension busting corrugations!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P8080119.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/89013)

Would they be images of Wangaratta Hight Street in the rush hour?

;^)

Jim

pandora
14th April 2016, 11:50 AM
Would they be images of Wangaratta Hight Street in the rush hour? ;^) Jim

Something like that, Jim ! *yes

Nice comfortable set of wheels for the job. Mine always seem to blow up just before 250K miles.
Hopefully that won't happen to me, OM!

Have fun on your travels. It looks ready for the task ahead.
Yes Amanda but I can't see me getting away for an extended trip (2 weeks or so) much before June.