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  1. This might help some of you guys. Sorry to bring this thread up again. But I thought it would be good to clarify some things as I've got a few insights from recent experience and opinions. My Legacy 2005 has a 'fish-bowl' factory tinted glass all around with 70% VLT (measured using the VLT device both at VTNZ and The Tinting Guys). I was about to get it tinted with 35% VLT film. I had a hunch that it might be illegal and got The Tinting Guys AND VTNZ to measure the VLT. It turned out to be an overall value of 26% VLT (close enough with the proven calculation using 0.7(existing)*0.35(additional film) = 24.5%. This is considered ILLEGAL and WILL NOT PASS WOF. Luckily, the tint guys also supplied 45% VLT and 50% VLT films. The 45% VLT were still too dark, approx overall 31% VLT (measured and calculated). Based on calculations, the perfect tints on top of the existing 70% VLT glass is the 50% VLT tint (0.7*0.5=35%). I have yet to have these installed. Be aware that films don't get made to the exact VLT value that it's said to have. This was the case when I went to the tinting place. The 45% VLT tint film was measured as roughly 43% VLT. So keep that in mind and get them to double check the VLT of that specific batch of film they will install on your windows. I was told by the tinting guys that VTNZ are stricter since last year (2017) when it comes to the VLT. They want it to be at least 35% VLT and nothing less (consumer cars of course. Goods vans etc can go as dark as they want). Even 34%, you might fail the WOF. JDM Cars with factory tinted glass (the dark ones on the rear windows) are perfectly LEGAL as they are factory windows (said by the guy from VTNZ directly). Hope that helps
  2. Hey guys! I'm thinking of doing a full respray for my GC8. It has the usual pin dents from 20 years of use. No major dents or damages. Any recommended painters out there? Looking for good quality ones. Could be a shop or an experienced individual. Would be good to know a rough price as well. I'm located in North Shore, Auckland. But might be interested in places outside of the shore. Please let me know. Cheers!
  3. Would it still be 14.5 lbs for a GC8? I read the same thing on most models as well.
  4. I referred to this thread first: http://www.clubsub.org.nz/forum/index.php/topic,24132.msg336280.html#msg336280 I am not sure if this band expander has he similar female end on my McIntosh system: http://www.sella.co.nz/motoring/car-stereos/wiring-kits/d3tkrp/ The male end looks the same but the female end is pictured at an angle so I can't confirm if it's rectangular or not. It says there, "2005 on," but the plugs look very similar. Do you guys think it will fit?
  5. Which band expander have you placed on yours? I find that the Nissan 2007+ band expander looks so much like the male-female connectors described above. What do you guys think?
  6. Do you have a suggested place on where I can send it to be fixed?
  7. Has anyone got a fix for this yet?
  8. The maintenance history/notes of these Japanese imports must also be checked and researched. They may look mint from the outside but in some cases, a lot are hidden. We study and research the history of the cars that we import from Japan. It's a must do on any second hand car. Sad to say brother, the Subaru that you have bought might have had 90,000 "racing" kms. When you got it, it might have been a ticking timebomb already. We really shouldn't comment on the reliability of cars if we bought them second hand.
  9. Thread revival... I think I would also go the datadot route. The police said it was really reliable for looking at a stolen car. The system works well even with older Subarus.
  10. That is true. Any car would need a specific maintenance schedule that should be followed. It applies even with the recent cars made by the "Big T." Many people buy cars without even thinking about fuel consumption and/or maintenance the do a lot of whining about how those cars are made. In my opinion, maintenance is the key to the survival of ANY car. Cars nowadays have more parts, so they are more complicated and by principle, need much stricter maintenance schedules. Potential buyers should consider the cost of adhering to these schedules before buying cars.
  11. That's a nice find! I might have to do some research on this and install it myself.
  12. Once the "E" light is lit ON constantly, the reserve has to have 10 liters of petrol still. I think it is a regulation for manufacturers in the region to leave such an allowance. So the remaining kms depend on your car's fuel consumption. Keep in mind that the fuel pump has to pump harder near empty and the fuel consumption should go up.
  13. 2000 to 2002.
  14. By the way both are going to be automatic/tiptronic. My mom has been tired driving a manual BG5.
  15. We are currently looking at 2 different Legacy B4s one is EJ20T and the other is an EJ25. In terms of reliability and maintenance, and based on your experiences, which do you guys prefer?