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can someone please fill me in on what differnt models in the series 1 4x4 wagons were brought to oz. im thinking of buying anothe 1 but its compleatly different to the one i have now. was air con factory op.or not. e. sunroof? love to know more.
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Hi Timmy,

There were only two models of 33 wagon in Australia. All are Series one, there was no "factory" airconditioning ever offerred pre 1990 (series 3) but there were several differnt types of aircon fitted to the 33.

Th "factory" airconditioning was dealer fitted in Australia, it can be identified by two extra triangular grilles beside the foglight covers and two separate condensors behind the front bumper. This doesn't work very efficiently but doesn't do any harm either.

There were several types of aftermarket aircon which can be identified by the condensor mounted in front of the radiator. Autoclima was a fairly common brand, they often use an aluminium fan instead of the Alternator pulley which wear out really quickly and the blades can break and fly off through the bonnet.

These are more efficient when they work but do block airflow through the radiator and combined with the extra heat they pump into the (small) radiator can cause overheating and possible head gasket problems in really hot weather (when you really want to use the aircon...right?)

Electric sunroof wasn't an option although there were factory glass tilt only ones imported (which often cause rust in the roof)

The only variation other than FWD vs 4WD was the Monte Carlo wagon which was a locally produced limited edition. All were silver and had the 33 1.5 TI trim (fishnet headrest seats) grille and Telephone dial alloy wheels. Mechanically they were unchanged.

Hope this helps.

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there has to be more!
this is a silver 86 33 has the standard wagon wheels (not for long they will become 14" dial type) sunroof is solid not glass and it goes back into the body and also tilts up, its electric too. unsure if its not been done recently as the roof lining is velour?????? and there is no rust.
the air con runs off the alt. but i found it drained alot of power when test driving.
origannaly came from vic last year. the only rust in the whole car is in the rear at the spare tyre, suprise suprise. for some reason the front and rear bumper looks like its made from recycled plastic(has the lighter swirl) will swop them over quick smart. wagons are the best in 33 as far as im concerned........

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