PH FLEET UPDATE: MAZDA EUNOS ROADSTER
Dan Trent's impulse purchase 'bargain' is sucking up an awful lot of money, but he still seems happy...
first report on the cheapo Eunos was, with hindsight, a little over-ecstatic. So, after the first few weeks of ownership, am I still quite so over the moon?
Well, I've spent pretty much its purchase price over again on various bits and bobs. And not just the succession of stick-on numberplates I keep having to buy, after the various wonky/air-bubbled/peeling attempts I've tried thus far. Suffice to say I'm glad they do a discount on repeat orders for just such eventualities.
So what's been costing the money? Well, there was that first £350 service, including the rather expensive fitment of braided brake lines and subsequent pairing of that work with self-fitted new discs and pads. On the recommendation of an MX-5-owning colleague, I went OE with the latter but we'll see how we go with that.
Then there's the cambelt kit. With the offer of help from fellow motoring scribe John Simister, himself a former MX-5 owner, I decided to take the plunge and change this myself, the kit comprising belts for cams, alternator/water pump and power steering pump/air-con compressor, plus all the necessary tensioners and gaskets. Not bad for £70, but I was more than a bit nervous about tackling a proper, hands-on bit of spannering like this myself.
It's certainly empowering, doing a job like this yourself and, with the rest of the fluids fresh and the brakes all new, I'm pretty happy the Eunos is mechanically fit. The clutch hasn't got a whole lot of life left in it, but other than that I'm happy to have atoned for the total lack of service history when I bought it.
Aforementioned chat with Bilstein is approaching fruition, subject to confirmation that my shrugged "well it should fit" optimism means I can, with a change of top-mounts, go for the full monty B16 kit for the Mk2 with all the height-adjustable, tweakable damping goodness that entails.
The rain did at least mean some skidtastic fun, the Toyos on my newly fitted OZ Ultraleggeras - from my Clio 172 Cup but, happily, correctly sized - not quite as progressively slidey as the Tigars on the original 14s, but the conditions more than slippery enough to reveal I am not quite the drift god I fancied myself to be. And the less said about that the better.