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  Reply # 1217369 19-Jan-2015 10:26
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joker97: To change a bulb in a 2004 Honda jazz the bumper needs to come out. I dare not think what my late model Subaru is like


To change the clutch slave cylinder in my lotus replica I need to remove parts of the chassis, remove the engine, crack the engine and gearbox apart, and replace the gearbox oil when I reassamble (due to the angles involved in removing the engine/gearbox. It's not possible to drop out the damn gearbox because of a welded chassis member.

I envy those working on a car designed for the mass market :-)

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  Reply # 1217388 19-Jan-2015 10:38
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I envy those working on a car designed for the mass market :-)


The old man is a light truck mechanic, seems to think more and more the things are being built so they are easy to assemble but with little thought to maintenance later on. Some new Merc vans, you need to take gearbox off the engine just to drop the sump.

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  Reply # 1217475 19-Jan-2015 11:30
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paulmilbank:
DravidDavid: If you want something with balls that puts you in the back of your seat, then a gen3 red top MR2 fits really well.  I did see your first comment regarding it being hard to fix, but not sure in what way.  I've never had to repair one.  I have driven the gen1 non turbo and the gen3 turbo though.  They are like night and day!  The gen1 non-turbo is quick'ish, but I look back at the experience in a dull light having driven the gen3 turbo.

There have been a few tidy gen3 MR2 hard tops on TradeMe in the last few months.  Keep an eye out I guess.  I am looking for a fixer-upper myself.  There are a few floating around, but really want a T-top, so I'm going to see if I can wait until winter, LOL.


Mostly in the way that you would expect from a mid mounted engine with a front mounted radiator. If you need to do anything more than changing spark plugs, oil and air filter it becomes a drop the engine out exercise which means $$$ for mechanics fees. It is not bad and I found it easier to work on than some other cars which are conventionally set up, but it just makes everything that little bit more complex. E.G. changing cam belt $300-400 in a regular car, $1500 in an MR2. Also harder to bleed cooling system etc. Just my experience. They are good cars and I love them dearly, just compared to something simple like am MX5 they are hard to work on. 


Over 10 year period I pretty much replaced \ upgraded every single component on my Gen 1 SW20 turbo. The only time the engine ever needed to come out was for an engine rebuild.

 

- Clutch job was $650 labour + $300 to get the factory clutch uprated at Autoclutch


- Cambelt all up was around $800 (inc belt idlers and tensioners) Even a Subaru legacy which is notorious for Cambelt job is only about $1000 at the dealership.


Some of the worst things you'll have to do on an older MR2 (200,000kms+)

- powersteering rack overhaul $1200
- fuel pump replacement (tank out job)
- Convert aircon to newer gas, rebuild pump and replace the valve behind dashboard $1300
- fund a turbo rebuild \ replacement $600-$800
- Tophats $600 to source and fit
- Worn struts $1000+
- Replace all the old worn bushings $600+









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  Reply # 1217487 19-Jan-2015 11:47
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In that case I'd budget 10k for your 6k car

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  Reply # 1217513 19-Jan-2015 12:24
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