Used Car Surprizes

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 08:41
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Have you ever had a surprize once you have gotten your new used car home , usually its a bad surprise and then you find out that fault is not covered but try this one on for size.

A couple of months ago we aquired an additional 4800 Patrol for the kids.

Its body was a bit knocked around but it came with a whole stack of accessories of the type kids like - huge 315 fatties , extractor exhausts, suspect clutch ,loud radio , big bullbar, 3 inch lift and even a good gas system to make it affordable to run etc etc.

The kids have plans to turbo this things asap.

Ok, so a week after we got it we noticed a dozen hail stone hits in the roof but sort of accepted that as part of the package.

Then a week ago I tried to plug my laptop into the cars OBD diagnostic port and couldn't get any readings.

In addition the front cigarette lighter plugs didn't work.

Finally got round to pulling out the covers under the dash to see what was wrong and as we did down falls a lead with a USB plug on the end.

I think "this car must have an aftermarket audio system" , however apon further investigation we got a real shock when it dawned on us that the main ECU was non-standard.

The car had been fitted with a full replacement Haltech Platinum ECU , and not only that but the top of the range "PRO" model - the cost is around $3500 to do this normally and we had got it without even knowing.

No wonder I couldn't connect a laptop top the car as its OBD port was not connected .

This ECU allows user control and monitoring of everything - we are andalmost in heaven changing the fuel trim AF ratios, fuel use, advance curves it even allows for a turbo to be mapped in.

So it just goes to show that sometimes you do get more than you bargained for.
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Reply By: Members - Bow & Nan - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 09:15

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 09:15
Will the Haltech Platinum ECU help you upgrade it to a Toyota.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 09:22

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 09:22
Ahh, not nice, your naughty you are Bow & Nan. LOL.

Take no notice Robin. LOL

Nice present though aye.

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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:04

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:04
Will it weigh the fuel in the jerry cans?
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:44

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:44
How did you know Bow - incredibly I have since investigated its 5 possible engine maps with Haltech and there is special engine map which limits the revs and drops the performance right down - apparently you select this mode when giving the keys to parking attendants and to Toyota drivers to make them feel more comfortable.
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Reply By: Member - David Will (VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 10:46

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 10:46
Hi Robin,

I purchase a 2nd hand Fairmont Ghia, from Ford dealer years ago, went back to them and asked who detailed the car and wanted to speak to them.
Ended up with used car manager, owner of car yard and people who detailed car, when I poke to the and said that the car was not detailed properly the started to apologise for not doing it the way it should have been done.
In the back pockets behind seats on both sides thinking it was old tissues or something like that, there was a stash of money, it had been there that long that I could not open notes as the plastic was so brittle.

As I was leaving the yard I thanked them for leaving me all the money an I had a nice little win on that one.

I think the detailer would be checking everywhere after that.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:20

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:20
Don't you just love it when you win one over them David
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:05

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:05
Bought my son a 2004 Hilux Robyn which was presented like a dump. McDonalds wrappers, pop corn, burger patties, junk everywhere however mechanically the car was sound and checked prior to purchase. We found $39 worth of coins, a $20 Scratchy, a 16GB Ipod, a $50 Myer gift card under the seats. Just finished cleaning and detailing the car, servicing it properley and it's a gem. Full leather interior etc, no ecu but some goodies never the less.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:33

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:33
Nice little find TerraFirma. Pity about the Myer gift card but! LOL

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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:17

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:17
Fortunately the vehicle has found a new home that understands and will make use of the special find. Could have gone to someone who wouldn't have appreciated it.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:23

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:23
It will be appreciated to Tim - I love to find out who owned it - no help from car yard but it some other junk that came with the car we found its original rego number and dealer name so the search for its story is on !
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:32

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:32
That was a good day then Robin?? Not so lucky with my one and only 2nd car until the 100 series 23 years later.

It was an FB Station wagon so that I could go surfing and lock the board inside.Broke its head gasket a few months later, put in a new gasket and immediately traded it in on a brand new RED HK Kingswood in 1986. (Note the colour; RED) Never bought a second hand car until the 100 series from a good source.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:28

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:28
Hi Phil

You bring back memories of my HK - it wasn't as fast as yours because mine was white - but you know I was doing some sums the other day and every one of several cars I have had since has got worse fuel economy - maybe we should get HKs again.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 11:33

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 11:33
Not such a bad idea. At least it was a lot easier to work on.

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Reply By: patsproule - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:02

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:02
With the Haltech ECU I'll bet it's already had a turbo on it.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:30

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:30
Could be right - we know its had a complete head rebuild - supposedly to replace burnt valves from the gas system Pat.
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 17:39

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 17:39
lucky (or possibly unlucky i guess..lol) you didn't find what this guy found in his car http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061534/Man-buys-mini-van--finds-500-000-cocaine-door-panels.html
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:01

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:01
The guy who left it there might not be in a good mood espically if he wasn't the actual owner Rumpig.
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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 20:22

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 20:22
My boss once bought a 20 yo old public works dept caravan at an auction for a $1000.
When he towed it back to the yard ,he open up a sealed off section at the back and discovered a near new Yamaha silenced generator.
These things are the rolls royce of gennys in the building game.
To give you some idea of the size,we used to carry it around with a medium sized front end loader
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:05

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:05
Sounds like he could power a whole CV park with that machine Ross.
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 20:35

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 20:35
My sister had one recently - not so nice though...
She bought a 200 series off a family friend, who removed the following items from the car before he delivered it to her (all stated as included in the various for sale ads, and never once stated that they werent included):
8 inch touch screen monitor with on and off road mapping (replaced with standard cd player)
sheep skin seat covers
floor mats
Tow bar tongue
new 18' wheels and tyres (he was getting a new sahara and wanted to keep the 17's as they match up with his Bushtracker - instead, after delivery he decided to keep the 18's and put 4 secondhand 17' Grandtreks that he already had on (and the spare is stuffed too)

It is amazing what greed can to a person.......
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 21:16

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 21:16
Definitely cross him off the Christmas card list, eh!!!!!

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Reply By: Muntoo - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 21:19

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 21:19
I think that would be the one Car i would have steered clear of.

With those mods you can guarantee it has been thrashed and never looked after. But i bet the kids love it.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:17

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:17
Definately a strange set of accessories Muntoo, I bet it was a bit of a street racer , but it feels very good , not even sloppy wheel bearings or engine rattles and has no 4wding type bits like winch/lockers - but then if even has the electronic anti-rust protection system ?

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Reply By: cookie1 - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 23:01

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 23:01
Bought my first four wheel drive (MK Patrol) from a used car dealer many moons ago, wasn't 100% sure so took a mechanic friend who pointed out the A/C wasn't working, told the dealer that and he took $500.00 off the price.

When I got home I found a switch, put in by person unknown as it was a pretty ugly thing, turned it on & off didn't appear to do much until I also turned on the A/C and heard the clutch kick in - you guessed it A/C now working

Happy as a pig in poo, not every day you win

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:20

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:20
We hear enough bad stories Colin so its good to hear of a few wins like yours in this thread
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Reply By: Kimba10 - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 23:40

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 23:40
I had to read it twice Robin, at first I thought you were having us on and it was actually your previous patrol before you got the new one lol.....................
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:18

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:18
Hi Kimba

I wish - but no its the latest purchase and now one of 3 in the driveway.
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:37

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 07:37
The ultimate car surprise.........

Back in the 1970's friends of my parents purchased the property "Sunny Ridge" at Mandurama (near Orange) from the Public Administrator as I recall. Sunny Ridge was owned by Bill and Coralie Fagan. Coralie was a Sydney model and a former Miss Australia if I recall correctly.

Anyway the family was very well off and when they died the son inherited the property but it fell into disrepair and was eventually sold by the Public Administrator.

My parents friends bought it practically sight unseen and when they did get possession (that's a whole story) the house was full of hundreds of ball gowns from the 30's - 60's and in one on the sheds they found three Rolls Royce's in perfect condition plus one that had been converted to carry Sunny Ridge's prize stud rams to shows. Also one of the sheds was full of brand new fencing material stacked to the roof.

They got to keep everything as the property was sold "as is where is"

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 14:02

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 at 14:02
Seriously Lyn, can't beat finding 3 rolls royces , but I did find a 50c coin outside coffee shop this morning so I can't complain
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