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  2. Ok I’m curious - can I see an apolitical source for this? Well I linked to reasons why costs have risen. The gold plating of the network being the main factor. I appreciate that you’re disputing this, but there’s a few dodgy Labor politicians who are in jail right now who were in the thick of it (on different charges mind you) so I don’t think that pinning the blame on one or other political party is getting to the point here. Costs haven’t risen to where they are now because of renewables. If we’re arguing that they’re going to continue to rise as a result of renewables, I’m not seeing figures to support that. As to SA, well it seems like mistakes have been made. But they don’t seem related to the effectiveness of the power source. Mismanagement is mismanagement - fossil or renewable, if the company or govt fucks it up, they should pay. When the lights went out it was because the transmission lines were blown over. Again, renewables are getting cheaper and more efficient as it scales up, so expect the situation in SA and elsewhere to improve. This is where the market will take over, RET or not. For their entire useful life? Can I see your source on this?
  3. If anyone's interested, just sold a manual 98 996 Cab with 165ks (full service history up to date) for 32k.
  4. OEM rear wing from a 993 Turbo. includes rubber stoppers, grill and factory turbo badge. part numbers: 993.512.511.00FG2X (wing) 993.512/333/03G2X (Grill) In pristine condition, taken off a black Schwartz (non metaliic) 993TT. replacement cost is well over $16k, asking $7k pickup from Castle Hill NSW or can ship at your expense PM me for inquiries
  5. Really enjoyed this interview, and got a better understanding of the Ruf philosophy.
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m6YuUhdGXY
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  8. I wrote a post related to this only recently. I bought my S2 in Dec 2016 & you couldn't get one for Love nor Money. I must've been snaked on at least 4 cars over the time I was looking. They literally wouldn't last 5 hours on carsales before they were sold & all were in the late 30's early 40's. Now of course much, much cheaper (of course now that I'm thinking of moving mine on the market would flood). I wonder if is just a coincidence or is it just people needing cash & moving toys on (as stated). I love to live by the old adage - "Buy at the top of the market & sell when it's low - no-one like too much cash".
  9. A political report by mates for mates which has been well debunked. We will have to disagree on a lot of your last post comments. In most companies well at least the ones I have been involved in results are measured and people held accountable. If wind sola is so good even with battery backup included in its cost then why have prices risen in any country that has a high wind/sola penetration? The exact opposite of what we are told. This cheaper is all just talk and conjecture with no basis in real world situations. So where did SA go so wrong?. Heads need to roll. Batteries cost about $1200 a year per household just to own. This is also the case for a new battery backed solar farm in VIC. You pay a 25 to 30% penalty in loss of energy for everything that passes through a battery. So you need 30% more solar panels. Now batteries and sola cells loose capacity as they age so add some more cost to ensure you have the needed capacity. Like I said if wind/sola are so cheap then you would be ahead by going off grid especially given no wire/poles cost or middle men taking a cut. Do you really think that this would be the case?
  10. I've got the white 3.2 on sale from the Healey Factory now out for a PPI, will report back on how that goes!
  11. I thought I bought mine at the top of the curve early 2017, but without knowing what the current crop of cars on carsales are selling for rather than listed price it is hard to say. Having said that mine is currently now insured for $20K more than what I bought it for and when I picked it up yesterday from Stuart at Nine Auto after its yearly service he suggested I would get minimum another $5K over that considering its condition and mileage which is now ~185400 km. And it is definitely not for sale! BTW, enjoyed the thread bump reading my excited post purchase posts!
  12. The RET has performed its function better than expected, so agree there’s a good case for it to be wound up earlier than 2030. But seeing as it contributes less than 5% to our power bills I don’t really see it being a focal point. LCOE is a flawed comparison tool as currently used, as is mentioned in the CSIRO report above. Even so renewables are dropping in price far quicker than tradition fossil fuel generators. Yes there is a cost to making them dispatchible, as too there would be for a new coal fired plant. But the report I linked found renewable with battery or pumped hydro still outperform fossil fuels. It’s all there in the report. Poles and wires were the biggest contributor to our power prices doubling over the last decade. The ‘gold plating’ of the networks had nothing to do with renewables, and everything to do with corrupt politics. There’s plenty of great articles to read on that subject so I won’t go into it here. The cost of making renewables dispatchible is well worthwhile given the projected savings linked above. Indeed. But we’re looking at what, 2040 here? This is why politicians would do well to stop bickering about the details and start making a plan. ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Enquiry
  13. So I guess its fair to say no one on PFA is ordering a Macan in EV?
  14. The problem is, options are totally personal, for me, I could buy the Macan Turbo and be happy with the standard equipment & $10k~ in options... to get a Macan S how I wanted, it was adding $25-30k in options (GTS was not an option back when I ordered the turbo) I think the GTS is the nice middle ground, that is what my dad ordered and was happy to keep options low too because the standard equipment was to his desires. If the Cayenne GTS is a CPO car, highly optioned, and priced well.. go for it if you like it, I really feel strongly against over capitalising on options when buying new! Let someone else take a bath on it I say!! Those newer Cayenne GTS share the 3.6 TT motor with the Macan (and Panamera I believe) it's (to my understanding) the flagship bent 8 with 2 cylinders lobbed off it, I also understand its the same architecture as the V4 found in the LMP1 919 ...it may be an empty thought, but I wanted the motor with the most R&D in it, so far so good...and it pulls like a school boy with a dirty magazine. Be warned its thirsty, and will be more so in a bigger Cayenne! Good luck
  15. "wholesale cost only makes up 22% of your power bill" Not sure where this comes from but it is incorrect for my bill. My peak rate is 16.5cents/KWh and controlled load 9.5cents plus GST. Spot prices today have been averaging around $100MWh which is 10cents/KWh. I seems wholesale prices are much than 22% and more like 50% even after connection charges and GST. That is just me everyone else is probably different. Graph update
  16. Good vid Steve, seen it before but good to watch again. Its not only about how fast you get there but how the car makes you feel while getting there and this is one of the few cars that nails it (along with the GT4 of course 🤣).
  17. I'm not sure how cheapest new build power translates into anything other than big profits for the wind operators. Given that if it is true then it is time for the RET to end. From all reports I have seen the LCOE for unreliable sources does not take into account making them dispatchable. To do this requires adding in the cost of their backup batteries, pumped hydro or open circuit gas. Once these are added in the picture for renewables does not look so good and well above coal. You are quite right about the generation only being part of the cost problem and the network being another. Wind and large scale sola are generally remote and require substantial new or upgraded poles and wires to get the power to where it is used. A wind/sola farm has a nameplate capacity which is what it can produce in perfect conditions. Problem is that for wind the actual energy produced is only around 30% of that nameplate and sola is worse at 25%. The cost is that the transmission infrastructure, wires, transformers etc need to handle the full 100% nameplate capacity making them more than 3 time bigger than would be required if the remote generator was a base load coal or gas unit to deliver the same amount of energy. That is a very poor return on investment and a lot of expense for an under-utilised asset. Wind and sola also cause the cost of ancillary services to increase search as inertia, load following and frequency stability. These cost were lower when spinning generators inherently provided it for free. See SA for a good example of AEMO interventions and ancillary costing. Then you have some operators gaming the system such as AGL but that is probably another story. We pay a lot extra to cover issues caused by remote unreliables. And if you think network costs are high now just wait until we need to more than triple the capacity to residential estates to charge cars and that would be more than 2 cars / house. I would also have a couple extra cars as well just in case I needed to go out again and for when the power system fails as it is going to do. Along with a decent generator >30KVA. A trailer with a very large battery and a diesel generator would also be a good investment for longer trips😀
  18. Due to track work no doubt.. has aftermarket LSD also
  19. Can anyone tell me the maximum number of phonebook entries allowable in the PCM 2.1 module? Cheers Chris
  20. IF you wanted a tip cab first gen it doesn’t get much cheaper for a low km example Check out this 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 996 Auto. https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/details/1998-Porsche-911-Carrera-Cabriolet-996-Auto/SSE-AD-6159631
  21. What is everyone's view on the current 3.2 market? I had a read of this old thread and prices seem to be pretty in line with 2017, so not much movement at all! Great Aust del examples are ~$160k, higher mileage aust del examples ~$100k.
  22. Some fair points there, although I can’t analyse that graph you’ve provided as the resolution is too low. Narrowing the focus exclusively to wholesale costs is misleading though, as the wholesale cost only makes up 22% of your power bill. The primary driver in cost increases has been network-related. See here for more detail about data that supports my position: https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2018/Annual-update-finds-renewables-are-cheapest-new-build-power
  23. Every single country that has gone for renewables has ended up with much higher power prices, it's not a coincidence. Because renewables are intermittent, you need just as many 'normal' power stations as without renewables, to cover the gaps. You can't turn a power station on and off at the drop of a hat, so you end up shedding the extra power when renewables do happen to be generating. It's easy to see why renewables make power prices go up. Battery tech has already been a failure in SA, in that it's made no difference to SA energy problems, and is totally incapable of providing base load power. it was more of marketing ploy for Tesla than anything else. If EVs do become popular at the same time as the grid is being compromised, then we'll really be in trouble. I'm hoping that before too long, our politicians will come clean and admit renewables can't work. You never know.
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