Eunos's found in England. Need advice

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Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby greenhornet » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:08 am

Hello all,

I've found a couple of eunos. Like to get people's feedback to the info I'll give.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271801201135? ... EBIDX%3AIT

Rust door cards where the silver Roadster metal plate is:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171560593060? ... EBIDX%3AIT
£450.00. Not sure if MOT is needed, work wise. Seeing it Monday.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191535612084? ... EBIDX%3AIT
Overheating issues:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321695684449? ... EBIDX%3AIT
s-limited.
some rust on the sills but unsure how bad. Surface rust or deep.

How do I attach pictures to this forum? There's a few pictures I need to place.

Feedback is helpful. Lookign at s-limited and £450.00.
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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby gm » Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:33 am

you should keep looking, I think :)
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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby bmv6197 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:58 am

I'd have to agree, all of these look pretty tired so I think I would keep looking if I were you. All of them have obvious issues, all of which probably have very costly consequences. There are certainly better cars out there, and the recent stories on this forum should have underlined how important it is to get a car with as little rust as possible.

It is also worth noting there really is no such thing as "surface rust" on the sills of an Mx5 - unless it really had just had a slight scuff or scratch there. If you can see anything that looks like rust on the sills, especially bubbles, it has come from the inside, and means that they are rusted right through. It doesn't mean they cannot be repaired, depending on the extent once you start cutting away, but it does mean that all this will need to be cut out and new metal will need to be welded in and painted, rustproofed, etc. So if you see a car advertised where they tell you there is rust in the sills or arches but not to worry because it's just a spot of surface rust that needs "rubbing back", they are either naive or deliberately trying to mislead you. It will need £200-400 per side (depending on extent of damage and quality of job) to sort it.

As you will have seen from recommendations on here, going to a trusted specialist like Goodwood Sportscars will cost a little more but offers a lot of advantages over eBay roulette!

Good luck with your search!

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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby drumtochty » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:06 am

The guy selling the S Limited which is the last one on the poster's listing is being very cheeky.

Plenty rust on there.

I think the poster is not looking to spend the money that Goodwood charge for a minter.

To the poster, setup a photobucket account which is free.

Upload your pictures to there.

Then for each picture and one at a time ,on photobucket at the right hand side of the page that contains that single picture, click to the left of the bottom box where it says IMG, this will make it say copied in the box to the right.

At that point with the mx5scotland edit page open paste that link onto your message.

I would not do more than 5 in a message as it gets a bit hard to read the message.

That lets the photos be seen on the forum without you taking up space on the mx5scotland site.

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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby OldSpice » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:52 am

You could perhaps consider this one.
At least it's being honest, and is being sold by an OC member.
viewtopic.php?t=13854

As the old cliche goes more often these days...cubic capacity and miles are less relevant than overall condition.
This one is barely run in... in 5 engine terms.
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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby greenhornet » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:11 pm

Thanks to all for your honest replies. I had a look at the £450.00 eunos. damp day. Jump start. 1st time start. Thought looking inside was "track car" or long term project. Tracking whilst driving was ok. Suspension ok.

Found a 1.6 Mk1 which has 145K miles and imported in 2003. So has a catalyst required for MOT. How much difference does a cat affect a 1.6 performance? Would anyone replace the cat for a straight through pipe? at E1500.00 it's well priced. Having a look this weekend.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151614517511? ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby OldSpice » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:12 am

At£1,500 it needs to be very good indeed..pretty much 100% clean and ready to go with no future rot issues.
There's a particular month in 1994..I think..that precludes the need for a CAT at all. My L plate Mk1 has sailed through 8 MOTs with me with what is called the CAT Bypass pipe..basically a stainless steel tube inserted in place of the CAT. They come in two distinct lengths so it will need checked. These cars are gas tested with different, more "lenient" criteria. Not having a CAT seems to make them more crisp, and a bit rortier but beware which rear box you put on as at around 65/75mph they hit the engine's natural resonance "boom" period and it can be very wearing on motorways. My set up using the Bypass with a standard exhaust gives a nice "ripping cloth" note. The Mx5Parts SS rear box..well..even they say it could be too noisy. Mine was so I flogged it and reverted back to the standard silencer. You could not hold a normal conversation with it on the motorway.
Hopefully Eddie will be along to clarify my dates.

Edit: Found this elsewhere on this site by RichardN..who "knows"

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3767

UK ( Mx5)
J reg no CAT
K-reg needs CAT

Import ( Roadster)
95 & previous no CAT
96 on needs CAT
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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby bmv6197 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:08 am

That one certainly looks a whole lot better than the previous ones! Nice understated mods (except the bonnet vents!)

The sill extensions that it has look like the genuine Eunos options that quite a few imports have, and while I'm not usually a fan of plastic add-ons, I think these ones look good. One thing to watch for is that they hide the key area that you need to examine for rust on a Mk1 (I have them on my Eunos VR so had the same problem), but if you get your hand up underneath and almost inside the plastic sill cover, you can at least feel for any suspicious rust bubbles or previous dodgy repairs. From the pictures it seems the left hand front wing is a slightly different shade of silver than the door so that might give a clue to areas that may have had work done.

Good luck,

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Re: Eunos's found in England. Need advice

Postby Richardn » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:21 pm

First one looks like it may be worth a look

2nd one looks neglected
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