Those who know me know that I get my thrills from two-wheeled transport rather than four-wheeled. Four-wheels is for practical, two-wheels is for fun.
So when my old Diahatsu Pyzar (1996, with 285,000km on the clock) finally gave up the ghost last week, I was a bit stuck for what to replace it with (and how, the Schutz reserves not being terribly flush).
This is what a Pyzar looks like:
That isn’t mine, by the way – mine looked a lot more battle weary than that. (In fact, I sold it for scrap in the end: I had taken it up to our friendly neighbourhood servo for a service and he took one look at it, sewed it up and told me to take it home so it could die in peace). It looks like a 4×4, but don’t be fooled, it’s a little front wheel drive 1.6ltr. But it had the excellent virtue of being able to fit just about anything into the back. I bought a bookshelf in Prahan a few months back and brought it home in the back. Nothing anyone makes today looks even a bit like it. All the small cars have little tiny back hatches that you could barely fit a suitcase in, let alone a bookcase. There were about 10 used Pyzars for sale in the whole country, and most of them with high mileage, so that wasn’t a realistic option.
Our neighbour had a little Mazda 121 Metro, and, while smaller than the Pyzars and of about the same vintage, it fit the bill – big back hatch with lay down back seats to give plenty of transport room. I found one on the iPhone Drive app for sale in Werribee (pretty much the other end of the earth from where I live) but the price was right – under $4,000 – and it was five years younger than my Pyzar with 111,000km on the clock. So I packed my thermos and sandwiches and headed on over to the West, and drove home with my new car:
As you can see, same basic idea, just a 1.3ltr engine instead of the 1.6 and a slightly shorter wheelbase. I’ve just had it up with my own servo getting a checkover, and he says it’s as right as rain. So I’m very happy. I don’t like change much, and with this “new” car, I don’t have much change to get used to – except a clutch that works and an engine that doesn’t use as much oil as petrol!