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#1 Lenny

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 04:25 PM

Hi all,
Well back in 2010 I was caught in a divide between purchasing a ford focus or a Toyota Corolla Levin BZR,
I joined foc and AE111 forum,
As you can see I bought the focus,

I now have space in the drive way for another car,
My focus is in the final stages of completion and my hands are becoming idle,
I still love the Toyota Levin,
And its quite an unusual setup inside which makes it fun to work on,
They finished making them in 2000 so I'd be purchasing from 1997-2000
They are a Japanese import never actually sold in Europe from dealers
The engine is a 20 valve twin can 1.6 petrol with velocity stacks as standard.
There are two models of engine BZG and BZR both engines are 1.6N/A petrol
The BZR is a 6 speed fwd with 187bhp as standard.
Their are two models Trueno and Levin
Both are identical except for the front bumper and both released at the same time, in Japanese Trueno means thunder and Levin means lightening

They were released in 5 colours
Electric blue
Charcoal grey
White
Black
Dark green,

Both models are 2 door coupé but due to their full name "Toyota corolla Levin" some insurance company's view it as a corolla which leaves the insurance cheap.

I've not saved the money up yet,
But id like a blue one I've saw this one
http://cars.donedeal...a-levin/5589541

The focus would then be driven daily by Vicki and the Levin would be my car for work,

But what do you guys reckon,
Should I purchase a Levin
Or
Should I get serious and purchase something more erm domestically pleasant.

If I purchased the blue Levin I'd lower it and fit a set of white 17" volk rays TE37's aswell as a 3" cat back exhaust.
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But what do you guys think?

I'm 28
Father of two
Should I purchase something more common and subtle?
Am I too old?

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#2 jeebowhite

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 04:31 PM

I think you need to be asking Vicki not us, dont want to get in trouble for offering you the wrong advice ;)

 

I think as long as you dont turn your back on the Focus, why shouldnt you have a toy! you may be a father of two, but if you have the money to do it, and Vicki supports you, then why not have a project car? and when it gets worth a few bob, if you ever needed a few quid, you have a pot sat on the driveway by selling one thing or the other!

 

It sounds like a good car mate, and it sounds like you would enjoy it!

 

I just look at the mileage though, and think you could be buying into a rather expensive problem, its not overly old, but its not a spring chicken either, so you would have to consider, what if the engine goes bang, are there enough parts that you could replace it?

 

Edit: what would you consider outside of this car though? if you were to get something more appropriate for the family as a second motor?



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 04:41 PM

I think you need to be asking Vicki not us, dont want to get in trouble for offering you the wrong advice ;)
 
I just look at the mileage though, and think you could be buying into a rather expensive problem, its not overly old, but its not a spring chicken either, so you would have to consider, what if the engine goes bang, are there enough parts that you could replace it?
 
Edit: what would you consider outside of this car though? if you were to get something more appropriate for the family as a second motor?

I have a mate that would do the timing belt and water pump for under 500 euro
So the only thing would be the gear box and clutch,

Parts would be from japan only mate,
Unless the European corolla shares the same part,

And what other car ?

Well something old school easy to work with and perhaps tune.
I'd consider a 4 door Volkswagen bora 1991 turbo diesel
Slam it on coilovers with some deep dish alloys :)
Sand down the bonnet and pour some beer on it to get a rusty rat look

But if I was to get serious,
Then it would be a 2000 vw polo or Citroen C2

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 04:45 PM

FFS 28 and too old, Lenny if you have a itch you have to scratch it, otherwise it will be they forever and believe me eventually you will give in and scratch that itch, personally i find it Fug Ugly but its not mine and with a few mods should look sweet. :P

 

This was my itch last year 1.4 8v polo 6n2 and damaged, ended up the only 6 speed lupo Gti powered 6n2 we could find home or abroad, only sold it as the tuning options were limited when I wanted to either turbo it or super charge it.

 

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So my advice is DO IT



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:03 PM

FFS 28 and too old, Lenny if you have a scratch you have to itch it, otherwise it will be they forever and believe me eventually you will give in and scratch that itch, personally i find it Fug Ugly but its not mine and with a few mods should look sweet. :P 
 
This was my itch last year 1.4 8v polo 6n2 and damaged, ended up the only 6 speed lupo Gti powered 6n2 we could find home or abroad, only sold it as the tuning options were limited when I wanted to either turbo it or super charge it.
So my advice is DO IT

That's one sweet polo mate,
I like how you facelift it and looks proper sleeper, best of kit on the inside of it
Regarding the levin it does sit quite high but bomex make a body kit for it with flared skirts and lips to make it look like a drift car,
But for the cost o wouldn't import the kit,
I'd sooner buy one with it fitted,
My budget would be 2-3000 euro then park in in the drive way until I get tax insurance etc.
Lowering, exhaust and alloys is all I'd really do to it on appearance.

What put me thinking was
It will cost me 2500 to bring the focus to stage 2
Turbo, intercooler upgrade and remap to get it around 140 bhp and perhaps unreliable

As it is now its reliable
And we need a reliable car in the family,

So I then thought of buying a project with that money instead,
Give Vicki the focus and mess around with a low cost car, if it packs up
Call Vicki to collect me
No biggie

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:49 PM

That's one sweet polo mate,
I like how you facelift it and looks proper sleeper, best of kit on the inside of it
Regarding the levin it does sit quite high but bomex make a body kit for it with flared skirts and lips to make it look like a drift car,
But for the cost o wouldn't import the kit,
I'd sooner buy one with it fitted,
My budget would be 2-3000 euro then park in in the drive way until I get tax insurance etc.
Lowering, exhaust and alloys is all I'd really do to it on appearance.

What put me thinking was
It will cost me 2500 to bring the focus to stage 2
Turbo, intercooler upgrade and remap to get it around 140 bhp and perhaps unreliable

As it is now its reliable
And we need a reliable car in the family,

So I then thought of buying a project with that money instead,
Give Vicki the focus and mess around with a low cost car, if it packs up
Call Vicki to collect me
No biggie

Sounds like a plan to me  ;)

and on the plus side Vicki would be cursing you and sticking the V's up whilst tearing off down the road away from you so bonus  :P

 

The polo is a 6n2 so its the right front in but with GTi grills, the interior is out of a 6n polo with the rear seats stripped and rebuilt onto the 6n2 backs, that thing suprised a lot of cars including my mates Golf R32 and another mates Bmw 330D Lol, it was a little fly buzzing around you and you couldn't get away.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:17 PM

Eh yeah lenny go do it but levin is uglier than your sister ....my dream wud be old golf 1990..square box one dunno proper name.. nearly vintage insurance too...but honey I also have a itch a really big one ......I want a son...so while you go research ur bit I'll be out doing my own into men that can produce boy sperm and I tink mine mite be tad more fun babes ppmsl

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:31 PM

Eh yeah lenny go do it but levin is uglier than your sister ....my dream wud be old golf 1990..square box one dunno proper name.. nearly vintage insurance too...but honey I also have a itch a really big one ......I want a son...so while you go research ur bit I'll be out doing my own into men that can produce boy sperm and I tink mine mite be tad more fun babes ppmsl

I did look at mk1 golf gti but there fetching 8000 euro princess,y
I'm surprised you agree with my decision on another motor, but I won't be consenting to scratching your itch lol
I've given you two pretty girls and the house is now full,
So ensure you find a fella with a spare bedroom for the love child ;)

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:37 PM

Eh yeah lenny go do it but levin is uglier than your sister ....my dream wud be old golf 1990..square box one dunno proper name.. nearly vintage insurance too...but honey I also have a itch a really big one ......I want a son...so while you go research ur bit I'll be out doing my own into men that can produce boy sperm and I tink mine mite be tad more fun babes ppmsl

Like this Vicki, sold it a few month back



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

Like this Vicki, sold it a few month back

Thank you george ....il name my son after ye lol yep that's the one ...mint car

See leo see....

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:08 PM

Its called a Mk1 golf Vicki, so now you know what it is go and find one  :)



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:54 PM


Its called a Mk1 golf Vicki, so now you know what it is go and find one  :)


+1 Vicki go forth and multiply

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 09:27 PM

Hi all,
Well back in 2010 I was caught in a divide between purchasing a ford focus or a Toyota Corolla Levin BZR,
I joined foc and AE111 forum,
As you can see I bought the focus,
I now have space in the drive way for another car,
My focus is in the final stages of completion and my hands are becoming idle,
I still love the Toyota Levin,
And its quite an unusual setup inside which makes it fun to work on,
They finished making them in 2000 so I'd be purchasing from 1997-2000
They are a Japanese import never actually sold in Europe from dealers
The engine is a 20 valve twin can 1.6 petrol with velocity stacks as standard.
There are two models of engine BZG and BZR both engines are 1.6N/A petrol
The BZR is a 6 speed fwd with 187bhp as standard.
Their are two models Trueno and Levin
Both are identical except for the front bumper and both released at the same time, in Japanese Trueno means thunder and Levin means lightening
They were released in 5 colours
Electric blue
Charcoal grey
White
Black
Dark green,
Both models are 2 door coupé but due to their full name "Toyota corolla Levin" some insurance company's view it as a corolla which leaves the insurance cheap.
I've not saved the money up yet,
But id like a blue one I've saw this one http://cars.donedeal...a-levin/5589541
The focus would then be driven daily by Vicki and the Levin would be my car for work,
But what do you guys reckon,
Should I purchase a Levin
Or
Should I get serious and purchase something more erm domestically pleasant.
If I purchased the blue Levin I'd lower it and fit a set of white 17" volk rays TE37's aswell as a 3" cat back exhaust.
But what do you guys think?
I'm 28
Father of two
Should I purchase something more common and subtle?
Am I too old?

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 09:40 PM

Lenny

 

Once had an old MGBGT as a weekend/hobby car and loved it, but be prepared for them being a money pit although as yours is Japanese it might be a bit more reliable than an old British car. You're never too old by the way and a man needs an interest doesn't he?



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 05:44 AM

Yep - never too old -

 

Whatever car you buy will cost you money to buy, maintain and run (even a Micra or Co**a) - better to get the car you really want - its worth spending momey on that - you only live once

 

And when (oops i mean if) it breaks down you can always borrow the Focus back :lol:   



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