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Martin

THIS is an MX5. Honest

It belongs to my neighbours son and replaces a C2, which was equally 'improved'...  The wheels were on the C2 and the MX5 has less bolts, I don't know whether that's safe or not, but it's difficult to look past the exhaust, pop riveted spoiler, ride height, windscreen mostly covered in stickers and rubber front splitter that catches the road.



Then there's the glitter backed bucket seats and super long throw 'Adult toy' gearchange....

Blarno

Drifthelmet.

Stretched tyres on obligatory Stance rims. Probably got a welded diff as well.

I'm willing to bet that he drives it like a total throbber.
Andy C

Lindsay's boxster replacement ?
Martin



It's bad enough that it's parked outside the house!
Martin

Chris will like the KA, as it has the reg K44 KAA.  If you look closely, you'll see she's scraped the side down a wall, it's good entertainment watching her try to park.

I don't think the roof goes down on the MX5, but it leaks like crazy, you can see the gap between it and the window.  It takes him several minutes each morning drying the inside out with a towel.  Clearly that's less important than sticking stuff on it and ruining the way it drives
Stuntman

Urgh.
Bob Sacamano

Bless him.
Big Blue

I bet when he goes out in it on a Friday he is the bollix.
Grampa

Loving that exhaust!

Can you imagine the look on the MOT tester's face when something like this rolls in? - or does 'Gavin' (I assume he's called that) ignore such niceties?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

KAA KAA, I like it !!! Not sure about the dodgy wheels it's on though.....
DetmoldDick

The rear wheel looks very far forward in the arch, or is that normal?
Grampa

Looks quite far forward on a standard car
http://www.mx5motors.com/images/mx5%20history/1861624.jpg
DetmoldDick

Probably exaggerated by the wheel/tyre choice.
DetmoldDick

Talking of which, they look like slicks on the rear.
BeN

WTF
TreVoR

A nice little car ruined.

http://speedsociety.com/s-civic-owners-say/?souce=gmg

Martin

It looked like a reasonably straight and tidy car when he bought it.
Roadsterstu

Blarno wrote:
Drifthelmet.

Stretched tyres on obligatory Stance rims. Probably got a welded diff as well.

I'm willing to bet that he drives it like a total throbber.


This. Will be getting it seized by the police in no time for drifting it round Tesco car park. Sooner the better. Presume he has to park as near to the junction as he can as well, which at risk of sounding "old" seems to be a bit of a thing at the moment.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Judging by the rear plate holder/shape, it's an import anyway
Martin

It's moved and left a couple of fairly large puddles of oil on the road, looks like it's leaking front and rear.  Thankfully he doesn't park there very often.
Grampa

Martin wrote:
It looked like a reasonably straight and tidy car when he bought it.


That was one of my thoughts too - I can't see the number plate, but it must be at least 18 years old - hopefully it won't end its life in this state.
Blarno

That's on an H plate.
gonnabuildabuggy

There are lots of tastefully modded MX5's, but that's not one of them.

MOT fail on lots of items, but I suspect items removed for the test.

I hate the multi-centred wheels, the Alpina Replicas my E30 came with had them and I'd never consider driving with them (I put the original BBS's on and sold the reps).

You should have bought in MK  
Martin

Bought a house in MK?  Really?  I bet you wouldn't!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Martin wrote:
Chris will like the KA, as it has the reg K44 KAA.

Vehicle not found on the DVLA system.....
Martin

Sorry, mind playing tricks, I notice this morning that it's actually K44 AKK
Chris M Wanted a V-10

K44 KAA is showing as insured on the MID database though.....
K44 AKK also not showing on DVLA.....
Martin

How about K44 AAK?   I clearly don't know what it is!
Martin

It's K44 YKK....  
Giant

You all sound so old! Give the lad a break. He's bought himself a straight and tidy MX5. He could've bought a Corsa or Ibiza but instead bought a great handling rear drive car.
Granted his taste is questionable and we don't know how he drives it, but he's a 'yoof' that's clearly into cars, which we surely all can relate to. In twenty years he'll be on a car forum defending the colour combination of his Porsche or 'man maths'ing his way into an XFR.  
PR

Giant wrote:
He's bought himself a straight and tidy MX5. He could've bought a Corsa or Ibiza but instead bought a great handling rear drive car.


Handling he's most likely ruined with his 'improvements'! It's a weird one - you wouldn't do that to the car if you really cared about the driving experience, but if you don't care about that it seems like a strange choice for a yoof - cue hairdresser jokes from mates, etc.
Stuntman

Well if Giant is right, I hope the lad's taste matures!
TreVoR

I was desparate to put a set of TSW Venoms on my Corsa when I was younger.  They were expensive and would have required having the arches rolled to fit.

I am not sure if I have matured.  I may have regressed based on current purchases.  
Stuntman

The main thing is you're having an adventure.  As is this lad, even if many of us wouldn't want to have a similar adventure!  
cbeaks1

If your exhaust tip's adventure is in a different postcode to the rest of the car you do have a small problem.
Roadsterstu

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Judging by the rear plate holder/shape, it's an import anyway


Well they are all imports really but the point you make is?
Big Blue

Square plate indicates non UK official import.
Blarno

cbeaks1 wrote:
If your exhaust tip's adventure is in a different postcode to the rest of the car you do have a small problem.


Roadsterstu

Big Blue wrote:
Square plate indicates non UK official import.


I know that.  I just wondered if there was a reason why it was mentioned as being "an import anyway".
Martin

PR wrote:
Giant wrote:
He's bought himself a straight and tidy MX5. He could've bought a Corsa or Ibiza but instead bought a great handling rear drive car.


Handling he's most likely ruined with his 'improvements'! It's a weird one - you wouldn't do that to the car if you really cared about the driving experience, but if you don't care about that it seems like a strange choice for a yoof - cue hairdresser jokes from mates, etc.


Exactly.
Blarno

MX5s like this are everywhere near me, it's a scene thing. His next mod will be to paint it in matte grey or blue and have his headlights permanently up or in the 'lazy eye' position.

They're very popular with dickheads with no sense of imagination that want to fit in with the crowd. People who know buy them for the chassis. Nobbers like this buy them because their mate Gav has one that's slammed on coilovers and is 'well wikkid m8'
PG

Giant wrote:
You all sound so old! Give the lad a break. He's bought himself a straight and tidy MX5. He could've bought a Corsa or Ibiza but instead bought a great handling rear drive car.
Granted his taste is questionable and we don't know how he drives it, but he's a 'yoof' that's clearly into cars, which we surely all can relate to. In twenty years he'll be on a car forum defending the colour combination of his Porsche or 'man maths'ing his way into an XFR.  


We were all young once, I can excuse that. In the 1970's I had yellow stripes painted down the side of my Mk 2 Cortina and some exceptionally dubious wheel trims  (because I couldn't afford a Mustang or a Camaro). And now look at me. Man maths'ing my way into an XFR.  

But the whole max power thing just passed me by and still does. It just seems to be an exercise in ruining any half decent car.
JohnC

PG wrote:
Giant wrote:
You all sound so old! Give the lad a break. He's bought himself a straight and tidy MX5. He could've bought a Corsa or Ibiza but instead bought a great handling rear drive car.
Granted his taste is questionable and we don't know how he drives it, but he's a 'yoof' that's clearly into cars, which we surely all can relate to. In twenty years he'll be on a car forum defending the colour combination of his Porsche or 'man maths'ing his way into an XFR.  


We were all young once, I can excuse that. In the 1970's I had yellow stripes painted down the side of my Mk 2 Cortina and some exceptionally dubious wheel trims  (because I couldn't afford a Mustang or a Camaro). And now look at me. Man maths'ing my way into an XFR.  

But the whole max power thing just passed me by and still does. It just seems to be an exercise in ruining any half decent car.


I don't get the big exhaust or destruction of suspension either. All the cars I modified (and there were quite a few) were changed to make them meaningfully quicker and better handling. In most cases there was no external clue to the extra performance lurking. I loved my 1500cc Beetle which mustered a massive 80/85hp after upping the compression ratio, fitting a different cam, porting the heads, using a different exhaust and a minnow fish carb (winter needed a 1600cc Solex carb because the Minnow used to ice up). The guy who did the Minnow Fish Carbs was based in Lochgilphead and I used to go up there regularly to get the carb tuned on some of the best roads in the country, when there was little traffic around. I put front discs on that Beetle after I had returned from one particularly quick run home and smoke was coming off both front drums. Oh to be a youth again but back when we could misbehave without getting in to trouble!
Roadsterstu

Maybe his young tinkerings will develop into a love for proper decent cars. Hopefully!
Bob Sacamano

Roadsterstu wrote:
Maybe his young tinkerings will develop into a love for proper decent cars. Hopefully!


Aye, we've all done stupid things with our cars when young. There's some right Victor Meldrews on this forum!  
Roadsterstu

I could just be less polite and say that I hope he snaps out of that shit!
Andy C

He's clearly a twat

Even if he's 17, it's no excuse really . You know at that age quite clearly what you're in to and what you're not in to
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Maybe his young tinkerings will develop into a love for proper decent cars. Hopefully!


Aye, we've all done stupid things with our cars when young. There's some right Victor Meldrews on this forum!  


+ 1


though that exhaust is hilarious  
Big Blue

Errrrr

I wore red jeans, a frilly shirt, make-up and had blonde highlights at 17 so maybe that exhaust is excusable.
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
Errrrr

I wore red jeans, a frilly shirt, make-up and had blonde highlights at 17 so maybe that exhaust is excusable.


also hilarious  
Resident Spanner

I did nothing silly with cars when I was young. Bar buying a Metro.
gonnabuildabuggy

Big Blue wrote:
Errrrr

I wore red jeans, a frilly shirt, make-up and had blonde highlights at 17 so maybe that exhaust is excusable.


Well said.

Unfortunately the days of modifying cars to go faster have been long since killed for youngsters by insurance companies.

Maybe my MX5 is also deemed bad taste for sprouting twin exhausts and a roll bar, it's also had buckets in it at one point (too impractical) and currently has slightly stretched tyres (came with the rims and will be replaced with normal ones once they've worn a bit). Have I devaluated it? Definitely but I wanted something I could modify/race with worrying about the cost and the MX5 fills that need nicely.

My first car had it all, Mountney Sports steering wheel, sun visor strip, black stripes at the bottom (done in underseal to cover the large amounts of filling we'd done), I even had furry dice but stopped short of actually putting them on.

To a certain extent all cars are about showing your personality and wanting to look different/make a statement.

I suspect in future years the MX5 will be traded for a fast Focus, then a BMW 5 series as income increases.
Bob Sacamano

My Ford Escort 1.3L had Halfords wheel trims, front driving lights, front fog lights, rear fog lights, anti-stats off the rear bumper, extended aerial, Formula Shell windscreen tint, etc etc.

That is until I parked it in a side street one Saturday night and came back the next morning to find most of these Performance additions had been pinched - and it actually looked better for it.
Big Blue

Bob Sacamano wrote:
My Ford Escort 1.3L had Halfords wheel trims, front driving lights, front fog lights, rear fog lights, anti-stats off the rear bumper, extended aerial, Formula Shell windscreen tint, etc etc.

That is until I parked it in a side street one Saturday night and came back the next morning to find most of these Performance additions had been pinched - and it actually looked better for it.


Assaulted by the taste police, perhaps?
gonnabuildabuggy

Bob Sacamano wrote:
My Ford Escort 1.3L had Halfords wheel trims, front driving lights, front fog lights, rear fog lights, anti-stats off the rear bumper, extended aerial, Formula Shell windscreen tint, etc etc.

That is until I parked it in a side street one Saturday night and came back the next morning to find most of these Performance additions had been pinched - and it actually looked better for it.


As the most mechanically minded amongst my mates I was often required to help with accessory fitting and remember wiring up driving lights on my mates Escort 1.1 Pop Plus, rather than bother with a relay we just wired them directly into the accessories circuit.

Good taste (and the fact it cost a lot more and had a decent engine) meant i didn't modify my Escort 1.6 at all.
Martin

I've just got home and it's parked outside his house which is good, but the latest weekend modification is a California rear number plate.  Which is white, with a blue font and California in big letters across the top.  At least it's fitted to the car, the front one lives on the dashboard.

In his defence, he drives a lot more slowly up the road than the mummies do in their pretend mini SUVs.  It could be because he doesn't want to scrape the front, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt!

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