Your experience with Airtrek...

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Not many Airtrekers come here anymore. I thought I should start a thread about writing how you feel about your Airtrek or ex-Airtrek (if you have sold yours)... do share your experience and ownership.
 

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I'll start off. I bought my Airtrek in 2009, used. The car was bone stock made in 2003. Not a single modification. From audio to engine to drive terrain. Car dealer claimed that the car was still using the original paint, but I do notice that some parts of the front and rear bumper + rear hatch were repainted. Maybe skin-deep accidents.

After 2 weeks owning it, I sent for timing belt replacement + installing a MBC (manual boost controller). There's when I increased the boost from stock 0.6 bar to 0.9 bar. I was a happy boy back then. Mods started coming in. Intercooler piping, original HKS BOV, exhaust tip, rims, front bumper lip (custom made), lowering Eibach coils, 4 pots Sumitomo front brakes from Toyota Soarer and basic mods. That was so called Stage 1. I was happy and using it for quite a long time. About 1.5-2 years.

Then Stage 2 begun over a span of 3rd to 5th year. I opted to get FMIC, TD05 from Evo 7, Evo 6 cams, Evo 9 injectors, Evo 5 head with port polished (after timing belt snapped and replaced the entire head), HKS down pipe, N1 straight pipe muffler, Walbro fuel pump, Works Engineering fuel regulator and many more which I can't even recall. Then I did a dyno tune which up from 170+ whp (boost adjusted back to 0.6 bar for base dyno) to 260whp + 350Nm wtq with 1.5 bar of boost. I was again a happy boy. 0-100 was 5.9 secs on D (check youtube video keyword stutzedward airtrek).

The car was great. Lotsa space, powerful and it's like a wagon. Loved it very much. Well, what makes me gave up this beauty was because of aging problems. Each week, a new problems came up, one after another. After I fix one, something new popped up. I am old and could no longer bear with spending time at the mechanic and worse, it became unreliable.

I have missed it dearly though... I can write a lot more but that's all for today. :)

 

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Hahaha... yes, I miss my Airtrek. This car seems to have a soul... newer cars these days with so many automated feature seems so lifeless. About the consideration of buying another 4G63T to play, highly unlikely. I really want to feel the newer generation of performance ride like A45 or Golf GTi. However... with other priorities in life (both kids going to university next year), it is not wise to add more commitment to life just because of something 'nice to have'...
 

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I guess so... when there's no more interesting topic to talk about, couple that they don't own the car anymore, people just don't come here anymore. I guess the 'forum' style discussion is no longer the trend. People like to talk in social media instead.

I'm still using the boring but efficient HRV and of course, I still have the RX8. I spent RM16K last year to repair and tune it, I'll keep it for another 3-5 years. At least when I crave for need for speed, I still have something to quench my thirst.

So bro, what is your current ride?
 

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Still with my VR2....lol
Wife having a Subaru Forester which doubles as the family car.
 

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I guess so... when there's no more interesting topic to talk about, couple that they don't own the car anymore, people just don't come here anymore. I guess the 'forum' style discussion is no longer the trend. People like to talk in social media instead.

I'm still using the boring but efficient HRV and of course, I still have the RX8. I spent RM16K last year to repair and tune it, I'll keep it for another 3-5 years. At least when I crave for need for speed, I still have something to quench my thirst.

So bro, what is your current ride?

rx8... do bridge port on it... that thing screams on higher rev range....

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I guess so... when there's no more interesting topic to talk about, couple that they don't own the car anymore, people just don't come here anymore. I guess the 'forum' style discussion is no longer the trend. People like to talk in social media instead.
Not much interesting topic came up here lately. Din't have much things to talk about unlike few years ago.

BTW, the TT group that you created is still very active every day. :biggrin:
 

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rx8... do bridge port on it... that thing screams on higher rev range....

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Bros (pomen_GTR & 4Gbanger), bridge porting will loose out the low end torque and city drivability. The engine is already lack of torque, if I do it, it will be worse. I still use it daily to work. So at the moment, it's not possible.
 

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The turbo version or NA one? It's a good looking car....
I bought the Super Saloon 2nd hand, then when the GB died, I transplanted the 4G63T in and is manual. This year 18 years ownership dy....

Mana you pigi? The group is happily chat like no tommorow. Hahaha...
Cannot even keep up.....hhahahhahah
 

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Mana you pigi? The group is happily chat like no tommorow. Hahaha...
That's good bro. At least you guys enjoyed it. Me? Well I was traveling a lot for business and work has been challenging. I knew you guys had 2 TT's right? Anymore coming soon?
 

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Mana you pigi? The group is happily chat like no tommorow. Hahaha...
That's good bro. At least you guys enjoyed it. Me? Well I was traveling a lot for business and work has been challenging. I knew you guys had 2 TT's right? Anymore coming soon?
Some even met in Ipoh, best is the one even come back from overseas for TT.....hahaha
 
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That's good bro. At least you guys enjoyed it. Me? Well I was traveling a lot for business and work has been challenging. I knew you guys had 2 TT's right? Anymore coming soon?
Yeah, all of us enjoyed it. It went from a car discussion group into a group discussing all sorts of life topics but still mainly revolves around cars. Still, if anyone had any questions or problem, everyone is very willingly to help and give advice. :biggrin:

For me I had only TT with the group once since I am from Ipoh. For them, they had already TT more than 2 times but not with full attendance from everyone, hahaha.

Some even met in Ipoh, best is the one even come back from overseas for TT.....hahaha
That was just last week when LSM1991 came down, hahaha.
 
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He is afraid more expenses too, then back to square one.........lol
Depending of lifestyle. If one move to KL and expects to live with upgraded lifestyle comparing to previous, then it will be more costs for sure. Other than room/house rental, overall food and daily spending isn't much difference compared to other states in the west coast.
 

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For him Ipoh is home town, stay at home already save on house rent, unless KL job pays more then Ipoh ones
 

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For him Ipoh is home town, stay at home already save on house rent, unless KL job pays more then Ipoh ones
Oh yeah of course. If one is to move to the city to a different location to work, the minimal expectation is to have salary jump of at least 40% more. Else it's not worth the effort. Having that said, KL has more opportunities and career growth prospect.
 

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Tbh I still have that curiosity in owning one I mean... It's an AWD, lifted Lancer (I know, not completely same block) must be very very practical & fun. :biggrin:
 

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Yup... that's the FUN part. On papers, the difference was only 40hp lesser but in reality, it feels a lot more. Hehhee..
 

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Oh yeah of course. If one is to move to the city to a different location to work, the minimal expectation is to have salary jump of at least 40% more. Else it's not worth the effort. Having that said, KL has more opportunities and career growth prospect.
At least 40% more is like too much to ask for for a fresh grad. These days, an average fresh grad with degree in Ipoh can get like 2-2.5k salary. KL from what I heard from many of my similarly aged friends, most also just 3k and 3k is considered as a good deal already. Otherwise, it would be 2.8k like that. Many who went out are living with a shoestring budget especially those who are also paying for car installment. Wasn't really living the life even though already working... But that is just me and my life, not trying to imply that other people are wrong or what.

He's doesn't want to leave the comfort of his 'box'. Live Ipoh, breathe Ipoh, die Ipoh.
Such is the life of a regular normal person living in a smaller city/town.
 

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But boost up already, later sell also......lol
honestly speaking, if my big potato wasn't giving me aging related issues now and then, I would still be using it till today. my hrv is no where compare to it except for FC. nothing wins even with the new features like smart entry and push start
 

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honestly speaking, if my big potato wasn't giving me aging related issues now and then, I would still be using it till today. my hrv is no where compare to it except for FC. nothing wins even with the new features like smart entry and push start
You need like Subaru Forester XT.....lol