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#1 Nelpo

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 10:42 PM

Hi everyone,

 

I've recently bought a black VX220 NA 2003. I drove it back to Norwich from just South of Newcastle yesterday! Unfortunately I only have this rubbish picture for now, she's covered in 250 miles of grime:

 

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I've come from MR2 ownership, and the VX220 is certainly a step up in performance and step down in practicality.... Engine has a lot more torque so you don't need to rev the tits off of it all the time. 

 

She has been well looked after, and doesn't show her 71k miles at all. Car has a full history and has been regularly serviced. Timing chains were replaced at 61K. Engine pulls very well and goes up and down through the gears nicely. However, she has a few problems!

 

1) No heating whatsoever! I was pretty frozen yesterday after a five hour drive through the rain. Both heater controls are stuck. If the weather isn't too bad at the weekend I'll get the dash out and try to get the heater out in one piece as well and seal everything up. If this isn't adequate I'll cough up for the T7 heater.

 

2) She came with both a hard and a soft top. Not sure about the soft top but the hard top leaks pretty bad. Going to put new upper seals on the hard top as they aren't stuck on too well. Hoping I can source something through work for this. 

 

3) Is on original toe links. I have ordered the Elise Parts kit which I will fit ASAP. 

 

4) Dash has weird leather covering on. Going to strip this and paint body colour when weather improves.

 

5) Light control buttons don't illuminate

 

 

Interestingly, I found this post from 2010 from a previous owner:

 

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I'm starting to get the hang of getting in and out of the thing. If I could get it watertight and get a little heat in there I'll be very happy.

 

Plan is to drive it until Winter and the swap back to the MR2. I'm going to book myself onto the first track evening at my local track Snetterton which I believe is in May. 

 

 

 



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:49 AM

Welcome to the funny farm. Car looks great.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:50 AM

Welcome to the farm! :happy:



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 08:57 AM

Any advice you need do shout up, its all been done before !!



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:16 AM

Whatever you do, just say NO to a pax ride in a SC stage 2 or a turbo 

 

Welcome!  :grouphug:



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:20 AM

Whatever you do, just say NO to a pax ride in a SC stage 2 or a turbo 

 

Welcome!  :grouphug:

 

And resist the sh*t and glitter upgrades !



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:03 AM

Thanks everyone.

 

Don't worry, it's gonna stay standard!



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:16 PM

Thanks everyone.

 

Don't worry, it's gonna stay standard!

 

We ALL say that........then you go to a VX Meet or National Meet event (Happening June the 8th Bedford)

 

Mine is 99% Standard 



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:58 PM

According to the old forum post above it has a Milltek exhaust and 'carbon induction kit' fitted.

 

So, that was a decade ago and the guy I bought it off said it was totally standard. What's the easiest way to tell the Milltek from the standard exhaust? (so that I can confirm if it's been removed or not). 



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:45 PM

Millteks usually have the brand name written on them? Have you looked at the exhaust lips to see if there is anything written on it?



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:04 PM

Post a pic up I can tell from that.


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:17 PM

Millteks usually have the brand name written on them? Have you looked at the exhaust lips to see if there is anything written on it?

 

It does polish off after a while.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:56 PM

Std has a welded tag plate between the exit pipes 

 

Its a good upgrade



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:57 PM

Plus its got europa alloys fitted



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 03:28 PM

For what its worth when I had my NA back in 2014 my heater knobs were also stuck, if you look in the front and follow the cables along you will find the box where it physically connects - a quick clean up and grease and they start moving again. Apologies for the non-technical description but thats the only way I remember doing that job! 



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 04:37 PM

For what its worth when I had my NA back in 2014 my heater knobs were also stuck, if you look in the front and follow the cables along you will find the box where it physically connects - a quick clean up and grease and they start moving again. Apologies for the non-technical description but thats the only way I remember doing that job! 

 

Are you saying a quick tug with some lube 

 

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 05:05 PM

 

For what its worth when I had my NA back in 2014 my heater knobs were also stuck, if you look in the front and follow the cables along you will find the box where it physically connects - a quick clean up and grease and they start moving again. Apologies for the non-technical description but thats the only way I remember doing that job! 

 

Are you saying a quick tug with some lube 

 

:ninja:

 

 

Works for me everytime  :happy:



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:10 AM

OK, thanks for the advice guys. I'll grease up the box and hopefully my knobs won't be so stiff anymore. 

 

I don't hold out too much hope that it'll fix the issue though as the dial is at about half one o'clock but the heater is dead cold. 



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:13 AM

The heater is poor in any case, you can try replace the silver hose (if its still in place) with something better sealed like a plastic hose as the silver parts can literally fall away. But generally yes the heaters are terrible!



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:18 PM

Welcome to the org...

 






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