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Parts in Sydney/ Australia for RWC. Help!

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Jens, Feb 14, 2015.

  1. Jens

    Jens Copenworld Newbie

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    2004 Daihatsu Copen
    Hi Folks,

    I brought my car to the local NRMA shop to get my pink slip – only to be called and told that:

    • The radiator is leaking (news to me...)
    • The seat belt doesn't retract (...)

    :-((

    I've also been told that they can't source the parts. Supposedly they called Daihatsu/ Toyota who told them that they don't have these parts. I don't know how far they went with their efforts...

    I want to make sure that my beloved red Copen stays in rude health. So:

    Could anyone recommend a place in Sydney that:

    a) can either source those parts

    or

    b) fix them?

    I hate to see the little Copen out of order...

    Any help would be really appreciated!!
     
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  2. hiramscodd

    hiramscodd Copenworld Regular

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    The seat belt guides ,under the plastic covers ,behind the seats need sanding down .(there is a step by step guide on here somewhere)

    I did mine and it worked a treat.
     
  3. hiramscodd

    hiramscodd Copenworld Regular

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  4. grunt

    grunt Copenworld Member

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    2003 Copen 659
    well, first stop ought to be just a visit to a local radiator repair shop for their opinion - is the leak visible ? They might be able to repair/recore but given how obscure COPENs are here they might not be interested.

    second try would be some wreckers - these guys in Sydney list COPENs all the time on EBAY - this link for a COPEN door glass ought to get you in touch with them - keep in mind a radiator in a wrecked COPEN might not be much better, and if sitting around emptied for a while can dry out and the crud scales and clogs the vanes, so might need a good flush or two...

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2003-200...=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4619e26ba4

    Finally - Japan from Yahoo Japan or Rakuten - this first link shows a few options - prices aren't too bad for new - but the freight might cost more than the radiator. I pay $50-$100 delivery for most items - but $180 recently for some mufflers which might be a similar weight.

    http://buyee.jp/item/search?query=l880K&category=2084199199

    http://global.rakuten.com/en/search/?p=2&k=L880K&l-id=search_regular
     
  5. Jens

    Jens Copenworld Newbie

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    Thanks folks, that's some great info right there. That guide is going to come in handy!

    I came across New Model Wreckers and was planning on giving them a call on Monday.

    What's your experience with Yahoo Japan? I understand that Buyee does the work for you?
     
  6. grunt

    grunt Copenworld Member

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    There's buyee and a few others that allow non-Japanese customers to purchase off Yahoo Japan.

    Most sellers on Yahoo Japan won't deliver out of the country - and will only accept local Japanese bank transfers - so you need to use one of these services in order to bid/pay and have a local Japanese delivery destination.

    You just bid via Buyee/etc - if you win you end up paying them a % fee, plus the local delivery fee to them - then the fee from Japan to Australia. you can get a decent idea of the overall cost using their calculator if you have a rough idea of the weight of the goods.

    It's not always fast - it often takes a week for the goods to arrive in Buyee's warehouse and there's not much you can do about that. Once Buyee have it they generally repack and/or readdress to you in a couple of days - then EMS post to Australia is about 3-4 days.

    In total it's about 2-2.5 weeks from winning the auction to arriving on your doorstep - so might not suit for really urgent items.
     
  7. Number6

    Number6 Copenworld Veteran

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    I use Yahoo Auctions Japan all the time, with Jesse Streeter (http://jessestreeter.com/) as the "agent".

    If you know exactly what you want, he'll bid for you and ship stuff out. Usually gets to be 3-4 days after he sends the items. You're talking about 2 weeks, if you use YA's version of ebays "Buy it now" (Chrome's translate calls it "Prompt decision price").

    I prefer Jesse over Buyee as he gives a more personal approach. You pay him via paypal or bank transfer if you're based in Oz. Different shipping options are available, but I use EMS as it's the most reasonable in terms of time and price.
     
  8. tictac

    tictac Copenworld Member

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    Jens, there is also Suzi Auto Care and Exclusive Jap in Holden Hill, SA (suburb of Adelaide) who have a few wrecked copens and also advertise on ebay. I've been there and got a few bits. But also who knows if a used radiator will be more trouble than it is worth? I reckon any decent radiator shop should be able to re-core it.
     
  9. baobab68

    baobab68 Copenworld Member

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    My mechanic Nick at Maxi Service Centre seems to be able to source parts ok. He's in Hillsdale, you'll find him on Google.
     
  10. Jens

    Jens Copenworld Newbie

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    Hi folks, just wanted to say thank you once again for all your help. I was able to source a radiator from Sydney based New Model Wreckers and it's getting installed as we speak. The weekend will be spent sanding down seat belt guides :)
     
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