Cost of registration / insurance of a vehicle in your country and tips on maintaining your ride to promote reliability.

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Hey there guys and gals.
I am in Sydney Australia so having a car here, would cost you around $3K per year for registration, third party insurance, pink slip (vehicle inspection slip carried out by authorized motor repairer) and on top of that, you may want to take out additional insurance which could be comprehensive (full insurance that covers drivers and other vehicle damage) or a third party insurance that covers other vehicle damage. ( not your own ride). In addition to these costings, there are the regular gas, vehicle service costs.

To keep costs down, you can do some minor maintenance in your ride by changing the oil/filter every 10,000km / 6000 miles. Other minor service you may be able to do is change spark plugs, change external air filter, change cabin filter under the passenger front dashboard., monitor your oil, coolant levels, and wiper blade reservoir. Monitor your tyres by filling correct air every month and watch out for tyre wear/tear. If one tyre is always reading low, chances are, it may have a small leak.

With regards to audio, check power, ground wires for secure contact. Also secure subwoofer box so it does not become a projectile during an accident. Secure your rear deck speakers as they can become loose due to vibration and constant movement also contributes to the loosening.

Lastly, don't leave valuables / rubbish in your ride as it may attract hobo's or potential thieves. The current trend is car break-ins as its harder to steal cars due to improvement of technology but having items that may attract prying eyes in a car park. Taking this preventative measures may decrease of the chances of your car being broken in. There are many cars in our area being broken in, most times people got home from work/ party and were too lazy to check their ride.

If you do commute at night, do lock your doors for your own safety. If you do that all the time, it will become second nature to you once you get in a vehicle.

Hope this information is useful to members here.
 

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Wtf is this tweaker rambling about? Jesus f*cking Christ. I swear is there any intelligent life forms left on this f*cking forum? There are days when I'm like cool, it can only go up from here and then it's like, well f*ck me running.
 

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What I find funny is him saying 6,000 miles before an oil change,lol. Try 3,000-3,500 and max 5,000 on Full Synthetic. Nothing but BS on oils going 10,000 or plugs going 100,000. Then again internet nothing shocks me anymore!

Rest of the stuff is common sense. If you don't know that stuff then you shouldn't be behind the wheel of any vehicle!
 
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What I find funny is him saying 6,000 miles before an oil change,lol. Try 3,000-3,500 and max 5,000 on Full Synthetic. Nothing but BS on oils going 10,000 or plugs going 100,00. Then again internet nothing shocks me anymore!
I have used Mobil 1 extended performance oil and filters on all my vehicles and change at 15k miles. OARs show 15k mile changes being perfectly fine.

Have went 100k on spark plugs too. It's what Ford recommends with platinum plugs in my F150.
 
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That 3,000 mile oil change interval is crap. It was for mid 20th century oils, not todays modern oils.
 
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I have used Mobil 1 extended performance oil and filters on all my vehicles and change at 15k miles. OARs show 15k mile changes being perfectly fine.

Have went 100k on spark plugs too. It's what Ford recommends with platinum plugs in my F150.
5.4 Triton?
 

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Dad made Mobil one for close to 30 years from the get go at a Mobil Oil Refinery the last Refinery ever built in the US. Even he will tell you no don't run it that long, considering he made the stuff and knows what goes in it at that factory and the factory that adds the additives, I'll trust him and the actual workers who made it vs the company executives saying go that long without a change on oil or filter. Most of those morons can barely tie their shoes daily let alone be telling people go 15K on a oil change.

Also got news for people oils are not blended i.e additives added at the refinery by Mobil or Pennzoil or Valvoline i.e makers like that. They are sent out to a couple different companies that then add in all the additives. One such place is in Kentucky and Tennessee and iirc another is in Texas. Be surprised what some companies that you might avoid and the maker or the oil that is in them is actually one of those major companies and with the same additives.

And the plugs some get lucky with that but most only get 50-60K out of those so called 100K plugs. Taken out a lot out of several different engines and makers that had those most were completely shot at 60K a couple went 100K. All were Platinum or Double Platinum plugs that were removed, AC Delco, Autolites, Champion even NGK's.
 

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Dad made Mobil one for close to 30 years from the get go at a Mobil Oil Refinery the last Refinery ever built in the US. Even he will tell you no don't run it that long, considering he made the stuff and knows what goes in it at that factory and the factory that adds the additives, I'll trust him and the actual workers who made it vs the company executives saying go that long without a change on oil or filter. Most of those morons can barely tie their shoes daily let alone be telling people go 15K on a oil change.

Also got news for people oils are not blended i.e additives added at the refinery by Mobil or Pennzoil or Valvoline i.e makers like that. They are sent out to a couple different companies that then add in all the additives. One such place is in Kentucky and Tennessee and iirc another is in Texas. Be surprised what some companies that you might avoid and the maker or the oil that is in them is actually one of those major companies and with the same additives.

And the plugs some get lucky with that but most only get 50-60K out of those so called 100K plugs. Taken out a lot out of several different engines and makers that had those most were completely shot at 60K a couple went 100K. All were Platinum or Double Platinum plugs that were removed, AC Delco, Autolites, Champion even NGK's.
I sent my oil in to blackstone after 10k, and they said it was an acceptable interval. 2010 Explorer.
 
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Not saying it doesn't happen or that you might get lucky with it but I sure as hell wouldn't be doing it with an oil or filter for that long. I've run Mobil One in our Family since it came out in Boats and every vehicle, love that stuff probably the best out there but you won't catch anyone who works or worked at a Mobil Oil Refinery running that oil that long because they know what goes in it and how it is made. I've run those Mobil Oil Extended filters as we get discounts on Mobil One products to this day. Cut it apart after 4,000 miles with a run of Full Synthetic from Mobil One and then did a run of 4,000 miles on Full Synthetic Mobil One with a Wix Filter. Wix filter took out a lot more garbage then that Mobil One filter did was kinda shocking tbh. This was on a '99 Grand Cherokee. Since then stuck with Wix Filters and I use either Valvoline now or Mobil One depending on which we get cheaper. Mobil One I can only buy once a year when I am down in Illinois and stop at the old plant he worked at and buy it there so I try to get what I need then for a couple years. Thankfully I only drive now 2,500 miles a year so lucky enough to only have to buy a case for myself and then 3-4 cases for dad. Valvoline I use when I am out of Mobil one as the additives from it are the same as Mobil One done at the same plant by the same company.
 
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5.4 Triton?
Yep. 240k miles and quiet as a mouse queef believe it or not. Spark plugs have been changed twice with no problems. *Knock on wood*
 

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Yep. 240k miles and quiet as a mouse queef believe it or not. Spark plugs have been changed twice with no problems. *Knock on wood*
What year did they fix cam phasers? My 2004 sounded like a diesel at idle, and I paid $500 to have spark plugs changed at 80k. I broke two out of three and decided to take it in. The class action lawsuit payout was insulting.
 

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What year did they fix cam phasers? My 2004 sounded like a diesel at idle, and I paid $500 to have spark plugs changed at 80k. I broke two out of three and decided to take it in. The class action lawsuit payout was insulting.
IIRC all the 5.4 3 valves had the phaser issues. Guess I just got lucky. I took it to the dealer to have the plugs changed both times. I wasn't going to risk it. :poop:
 
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