MX5 Mk 1 - help!

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MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby daft_moggy » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:17 pm

Hi,
I recently bought a 1997 Mk 1. On the first long run the engine overheated due to a burst water hose, and the engine has been damaged (cylinder head). I'm struggling to find anyone locally who is willing to undertake repairs for a reasonable price - I'm in Kirriemuir, Angus. Car can't be driven at present, so would have to be towed to garage or worked on in situ. Can anyone recommend someone local who might be able to help?
I've tried without success to sell it on as it is, and I don't want to have to resort to scrapping it...
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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby OldSpice » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:04 pm

Labour/parts/varied degrees of success = what "we" usually do....replace engine. Cheap as chips for a good runner these days.
Try AK Automotive nr Newcastle..around £200.00 on pallet delivered.
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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby drumtochty » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:33 pm

Yes the garages who have the expertise to do that, can do that on more modern higher cost cars and in your case you are looking to spend an amount that refects the value of a cheapish Mk1.

It just does not work, the garages have customers who are willing to pay more to repair more valuable cars!

The other problems is what else you find wrong on a near twenty year old car once you strip the car down and change out the cam belt and the water pump.

Even you do it yourself and assume the head just needs skimmed, the cost of that and gaskets and bits is getting towards £400.

All of a sudden the £99 a month base hatchback makes a lot more financial sence as a means of transport!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you go the way Robin advises and they have an engine in stock and put on some transport costs we could be nearer £250 plus if you do not have the facilities or knowledge or time to do it yourself, we are talking about another say £400 to get it fitted. Therefore a total cost of say £650 at least.

Unless you have had the car for a while and like it sometimes you just have to move on.

What length of MOT does it have before it expires.
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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby daft_moggy » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:55 pm

It was MOT'd in August, a couple of weeks before I bought it. I accept that it's going to end up costing me a fair bit - either directly or indirectly - whether I keep it or whether I get rid of it. The problem is the lack of a buyer in it's current condition, but the difficulty in getting it repaired (either to keep or to sell on) - so when you say to "move on", do you mean just scrap it?
I already have the base hatchback for practical purposes.... :)
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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby drumtochty » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:18 pm

Your between a rock and a hard place!

If the car is not rusty and you know MX5's and you are sure it is worth doing, fix it, but unless you have the facilities it could easy be £600 or so to get it running.

If you are not sure of MX5's then it is a harder decision.

You will only get tuppence for a non running MX5 in November, think why did you not buy one like that cheap, answer you have a life and do not have a well equiped garage and maybe not the skills to fix it, I do not know the answer to that.

People reckon you can pick up a running MK1 with a years MOT for under £1,000, I have not tried but others are saying that.

What you have to spend is near the cost of replacing it, maybe!

If you like the car, sort it, but as this is now getting into the hatchback or 4WD season, not the sports car season, why not put it in a garage over the winter and do the job in March.

I would be happy to come down and give you an opinion of the condition as I have been under quite a MX5's if you are still undecided.

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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby daft_moggy » Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:35 pm

Thanks for the replies. I don't have a garage and I can't do the work myself, but I'll look into finding someplace to get it off road over the winter.....
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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby joeytalent » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:18 am

I did write a reply for this before, but it seems the internet swallowed it. Like Eddie said, you'll not get much for a non runner this time of year. If you're attached to the car, and it's a solid base, then you could also consider having it trailered to AK Auto and having them also do the engine swap - I believe they also offer warranties on their fitted engines. Just another thing to consider - as they specialise in MX5s, their labour costs would probably be lower than your average garage as they've done it plenty of times before.

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Re: MX5 Mk 1 - help!

Postby sgibson » Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:28 pm

What's stopping you from doing an engine swap?

A replacement engine is very cheap and direct swap is a fairly simple job, but just needs some heavy work with a crane and some help.

What engine is it? 1800?
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