MJB, the total for reairs was a shade over NT$4000, including new plugs and an oil change. That was 3 months ago and I haven’t had any problems since.
With insurance and transfer fees (negligible) this car has cost me about NT$35000. A large proportion of that money is taxes and, to be honest, I can’t really justify spending it. I drive the car maybe once a week and if you add parking costs to the equation it would probably be cheaper to take a taxi.
So I’m thinking of selling it. I don’t NEED the money, and there are no compelling reasons to sell it, so I’m not in a hurry. I’m asking NT$30,000 and will probably get beaten down to maybe NT$25000. Take the taxes into consideration and the actual cost of running the car (the nuts, bolts, and rust) is pretty low. Owning an old rustbucket makes far more sense than buying a new car and watching it depreciate in value.
I’m at Lotus Hill, XiZhi.
It’s a manual, good stereo (tape), ac is not bad, a bit ratty and rusty, but it runs fine. There’s a short, or faulty relay, in the indicators on one side so the light flashes too quickly, and the fuel guage is buggered, but otherwise everything works. It passed the emissions test first time when I bought it but the seller told me she often needed two or three attempts. (Westerner, she owned the car for a few years.)
Taxes paid until March, I think. Insurance 'til August. NT$650 buys enough petrol to get me over 300km of city driving.
One more thing, 'cos I’m an honest sort of a guy:
It’ll start without any problem, but when cold it has to idle for 30-60 seconds before you can take it anywhere. Try to rev the engine before then and it cuts out. Wait a minute before going anywhere and the problem goes away. I’ve had this with old cars in the past and it’s no big deal to fix. I just don’t use the car enough to bother dealing with it. I would need to either:
- take it into the shop, which means having a warm engine, and explain (with minimal chinese) a problem that only happens when it’s cold, or
- buy tools, a manual, and possibly parts.
I think it’s an ignition problem, maybe just the timing? Any ideas anyone? I guess I’ll take it in and get it fixed with the new owner as part of the deal.