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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:58 am

hello everyone,

i just bought a red mk1 1.6 unseen off of ebay for the girlfriend ( dodgy i know, but i like a gamble :D ).

ive not yet given it a thorough looking over but it seems like a reasonable car for the money i got it for.

drove it up from doncaster yesterday and a few things stood out.

1) it seems to have an impossibly short steering rack compared to anything else ive driven making it very twitchy until i got used to it....is this normal for mk1's?

2) there is a patch of rust on the offside sill at the back...looks nasty :( ......is it an expensive repair?

3) theres a scuffing/squeaking noise from the front somewhere....doesnt seem to be related to engine speed or brakes so i assume its a wheel bearing.....are these difficult to change on an mx-5? they are a killer on my e30.

im off to give it a scrub right now so lets hope i dont find 2 cars for the price of one :shock: :wink:

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Re: newbie in aberdeen

Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:34 pm

nickso wrote:hello everyone,

i just bought a red mk1 1.6 unseen off of ebay for the girlfriend ( dodgy i know, but i like a gamble :D ).

Great -welcome aboard, nice colour :D

ive not yet given it a thorough looking over but it seems like a reasonable car for the money i got it for.

drove it up from doncaster yesterday and a few things stood out.

1) it seems to have an impossibly short steering rack compared to anything else ive driven making it very twitchy until i got used to it....is this normal for mk1's?

Yep

2) there is a patch of rust on the offside sill at the back...looks nasty :( ......is it an expensive repair?

Depends

3) theres a scuffing/squeaking noise from the front somewhere....doesnt seem to be related to engine speed or brakes so i assume its a wheel bearing.....are these difficult to change on an mx-5? they are a killer on my e30.

Nope

im off to give it a scrub right now so lets hope i dont find 2 cars for the price of one :shock: :wink:

Stop looking

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Postby The Pram » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:36 pm

Hi Nick,

welcome aboard. Sorry I am no help in the technical side of things but there will be a few of us heading to Alford for a BBQ on the 17th September so why not come along with your girlfriend. There will be plenty of advise at hand and its often much easier when someone sees the car in the flesh :)

I am one of the 3 coordinators for North Scotland so feel free to get in touch with either myself, Colin or Bill (details on site)

Hope you get your problems sorted out soon though and that they are not too big.

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Postby findlay » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:39 pm

lol @ Andy. I'd agree, stop looking and you'll stop finding 'issues' ;)

Welcome Nick anyway. You've just missed a couple of events. I'm a relative newbie too but everyone has been very friendly and welcoming! :) Enjoy the MX5 - just remember and put the roof up if you've parked and there's a chance of rain :oops: :lol:
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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:54 pm

ok so shoot me im a perfectionist :lol:

been for a quote for the rust....guy doesnt think its too bad :D

will ignore steering issue :D

will wait until wheel stops turning or falls off before investigating noise :D

seriously though i had a good look over it just now and besides being filthy im well chuffed with it 8)
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:56 pm

Pictures,pictures,pictures :D
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Postby The Pram » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:59 pm

as above and come to Alford so we can all "oooh and aaah" :wink:
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:04 pm

"oooh and aaah"


What on earth,s gonna happen :?:
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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:09 pm

ill get some pics up once ive given her a clean tonight...nowt special mind....she is completely standard but ive gotten major brownie points from buying her :lol:
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:13 pm

but ive gotten major brownie points from buying her

Kewl- gotta get your priorities right- no probs modding her in the future.........even put some extras on the 5 if you want :shock:
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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:06 pm

righto took a couple of quick pics after a clean

thats my e30 next to it as well :twisted:

oh and i broke the wing mirror off cos it was seized in the wrong position and i tried to free it :lol:

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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:09 pm

Looks a nice clean UK spec 5- minus door mirror :oops: (and nosecone badge)
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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:16 pm

rockdoc wrote:Looks a nice clean UK spec 5- minus door mirror :oops: (and nosecone badge)



yeh im a bit annoyed about the mirror :oops: ....i assume the local mazda stealership is the same as any other....overpriced, lethargic and generally uninterested?

didnt realise they had a badge on the front
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:17 pm

There is a repair you can do- no needs to buy one new-a common -ish problem
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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:21 pm

can i get all the bits inside the mirror?....wont be buying a new one at 80 quid :o
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:24 pm

Is it just the retaining bolt youve snapped?
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:30 pm

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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:30 pm

its the bit that lets the mirror move around that has snapped off.
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Postby nickso » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:34 pm



result thats exactly what im looking for

cheers :D
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Postby PaulDS » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:53 pm

Did that to mine, :oops:
Spent 20p on a suitable bolt stiped the mirror down and it's worked fine for 4 years now :D
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