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TreVoR
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My Car: Probably Broken

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:44 pm    Post subject: The MX-5  Reply with quote

Took the Mazda for its MOT this morning. Small, country garage that only does MOTs, so no axe to grind or work to find.

Passed with no advisories.

We have had the car for seven years and it hasn't really given us any bother in that time.  I've put two sets of tyres on it - halfway through the second set st the moment, serviced it and it has had a new spring, a couple of brake calipers and a clutch master cylinder. Can't complain.

The bodywork is getting a bit tatty if you look closely - the perils of driving narrow country roads with thick hedges, and the wheels are desperately in need of a refurb as they are slowly leaking air.  Someone has nudged the rear bumper in a car park and the headlights are yellowing - none of which is the end of the world.

The interior is in great condition and everything works.

No plans for it to go. It has only done 2000 miles between MOTs, but Lindsey likes it and it is her car at the end of the day. Insurance is less than £200 per year so it really does cost peanuts to keep and run.
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Roadsterstu
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My Car: threelitreturbosixallwheeldrive

Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Posts: 12728


Location: Over there.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get the wheels refurbed as cheaply as possible, treat it to a decent paintwork polish and it will look even better. Sound little cars. Here's to a few more years  
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scamper
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My Car: The Unit. Qashqai dCi. Mark 1 MX5 1.8iS. Dubber.

Joined: 08 Jan 2007
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Location: Surrey

PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine is 20 years old tomorrow.  Done 71k.  Looking a bit sorry for itself, having not moved much recently  
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TreVoR
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My Car: Probably Broken

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ours is 10. It has only done 20k miles since we bought it so average of just under 3k per annum.

I'm probably being picky with the bodywork to be fair.
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PhilD
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My Car: Fiat Grande Punto Sporting

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scamper wrote:
Mine is 20 years old tomorrow.  Done 71k.  Looking a bit sorry for itself, having not moved much recently  


Strip out, racing seats, roll cage, go hill climbing... you know you want to!
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Bob Sacamano
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My Car: BMW 320d M Sport Auto

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We "sold" (it was more like free to a good home with some alcoholic consideration) the family Eunos Roadster to a good friend who now drives it regularly and puts photos up on facebook. It's 26 years old now and wears its miles well. Probably could do with a couple of front wings but other than that it's an amazing little machine - still cruises through MOTs no problem.
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Dr. Hfuhruhurr
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My Car: Mini Countryman Cooper S All4

Joined: 22 Dec 2006
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Location: Europa

PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to say I would have been staggered if a seven year old Japanese car hadn't passed its MOT. Glad you're both still enjoying it anyway.
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TreVoR
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My Car: Probably Broken

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
Have to say I would have been staggered if a seven year old Japanese car hadn't passed its MOT. Glad you're both still enjoying it anyway.


So would I. This one is 10.  
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Resident Spanner
Turbocharged

My Car: Peugeot 306

Joined: 26 Jan 2007
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Location: Rotherham

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Eunos here is just coming up to 20 years old - and it just failed it's MOT for the first time - it snapped a rear spring literally as the MOT guy jacked it up on the ramp.

I'd already got a shiny box of Meister CRD's waiting for it though so I wasn't too bothered, I don't think 20 years, regularly parked near the sea  and getting stuck in a flood is bad for the stock ones...
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Roadsterstu
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My Car: threelitreturbosixallwheeldrive

Joined: 11 Jan 2007
Posts: 12728


Location: Over there.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhilD wrote:
scamper wrote:
Mine is 20 years old tomorrow.  Done 71k.  Looking a bit sorry for itself, having not moved much recently  


Strip out, racing seats, roll cage, go hill climbing... you know you want to!


+1

My dad's is 26 years old this year. He's on about selling it but if I can't persuade him to keep it I might have it. And then gradually tinker...


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