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    Default need advice on car purchase

    looking at an 85 MR2 just to get me around for now

    at the moment the e-brake cable is out of the car, previous owner says it seized or locked up??? should i be worried about anything other than just replacing the cable if something like that happened? also how easy is it to put in the cable myself? i have usually worked on old bmw's and have no idea what to expect when i get under this car.
    also the car is running on synthetic oil... would i be correct to take this as a good sign that the old engine can run it without causing problems or leaking oil more heavily?

    im assuming this forum would be a great place to be looking for used parts and info

    any other links you guys can give me for parts or do it yourself instructions? is there a certain repair manual i should grab over another?
    edit: nm found the sticky

    thanks in advance

    -mr2 noob
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    Hey Soren,
    The ebrake cable is pretty easy to replace however make sure none of the calipers are seized. That tends to happen on the older mr2s. Its a good sign the engine is on synthetic, that means someone actually cares for the engine. Make sure the oil pressure is at normal levels while the car is running. Other than that there arent many things to worry about other than rust. Good luck
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    Redlyne_mr2 is right on the money.

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    did a bunch of research on mr2oc forums... found some great stuff there so im not to worried about that anymore


    ya this engine seems like it was taken care of quite well, a few receipts with the car showing some internal work and cleaning along with all the basics to keep her running

    now that i have the car im noticing how bad the exterior is heh... but as long as the car keeps running i dont really care that much

    u guys auto-x much?

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    So you ended up purchasing the car? If so Congrats.

    As for autox, i havent tried, i have been drag racing, but this year i plan on trying some auto x.

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    u guys auto-x much?
    I do. A properly setup MKI with a good driver can be a formadable solo car. As can all the MR2s.

    If any one is interetsted in autox (solo2) you can get more info at the Calgary Sports Car Club site and the Calgary Sports Car Club Forum. . You need to login before you will see the solo 2 forum.

    The CSCC has added an SM2 class this year to accomidate cars that would have otherwise been forced into the mod class. This means that all the rice rockets that had no good class to run in before now do have some where to run.

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    Originally posted by stealth
    So you ended up purchasing the car? If so Congrats.
    ya i did
    thx

    Originally posted by jvillain


    I do. A properly setup MKI with a good driver can be a formadable solo car. As can all the MR2s.

    If any one is interetsted in autox (solo2) you can get more info at the Calgary Sports Car Club site and the Calgary Sports Car Club Forum. . You need to login before you will see the solo 2 forum.

    The CSCC has added an SM2 class this year to accomidate cars that would have otherwise been forced into the mod class. This means that all the rice rockets that had no good class to run in before now do have some where to run.
    i went out to a few some time ago when i had the old bmw, what a blast!
    curious to see how the little mk1 stacks up
    so far im very surprised how peppy 110 hp (or whatever the hp is)can be lol

    i will probably try the next parking lot winter auto-x in late feb

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    The beaty of the MK1 is how light of a car it is. Have fun.

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    I love the mk1 for autox its a far better car than the overhyped ae86.
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