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  1. The mixed reviews you've read are likely due to the fact that a lot of cheap strut braces are no more than decorative trinkets and offer nowhere near enough rigidity to provide any significant benefit. Of course, a properly performing strut brace will add rigidity to assist in maintaining optimal camber angle and suspension geometry. Unfortunately, for me at least, there was no magical night and day difference with/without. On an older car that's seen some miles, adding some rigidity is never a bad thing. However, any benefits you'd likely gain will almost certainly be negated by the next weakest link in the chain eg: worn suspension bushings, worn shocks, inadequate anti-roll bars, worn/misaligned tires/suspension etc. I would make sure everything else is in good shape before spending any money on strut braces.
  2. Another test for the MAF is to unplug the connector to the MAF, it will idle rough but see if it's up on power when driving with the MAF unplugged. Another way to reset your ECU without messing around with the battery is to just remove and reinsert the ECU fuse. Based on the codes you got, I'd suspect fuel pump or the fuel pressure sensor based on what you've already tested.
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    Bumper Repairs

    As long as you key it up with 1200 / 2000 grit, you can add more clear coat. Just be sure to coat the entire bumper or there will be a difference in colour. Rattle cans always seem to have a dull finish, machine polish for best results to get that glossy shine.
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    Celica GT wanted

    Not sure if you'll be back to check on this post as it's been a while. Most important for the Celica is evidence of regular oil changes, ideally every 5k. If there is missing service history and the mileage on the MOT history indicates it's been doing 10k plus a year, I'd likely walk away as I'd not trust that many folks service their car more than once a year. The risk here is that without regular oil changes it could have become an oil eater, although this was largely resolved in 03 models onwards, they are merely less prone to this problem and not immune. Regular oil changes are critical for the Celica. For a GT or VVTL-i, test the lift kicks in at 6200rpm, it's common for the lift bolts to fail preventing the lift from kicking in. It's not costly to repair and could make for a good negotiating point if the current owner isn't very savvy The radiators are prone to leaking typically at the bottom corners, they often start out as very slow leaks that can take weeks to spot. All the plastic engine under trays make it very difficult to inspect properly when viewing a car. Keep an eye on your coolant like a hawk for the first couple of months if you pick one up and the radiator hasn't evidently been replaced. I've had two Celicas now and I've had to replace the radiators on both of mine. The rear boot struts are prone to failure, especially with the giant rear wing of the GT. Cheap fix though Not too common but the rear springs have been known to collapse/snap, the springs are cheap enough to replace but access to them isn't much fun. The rear brake disk calipers are prone to corrosion/seizing, be wary of anyone who says the brakes need doing as you could get stung having to replace or refurbish calipers. For VVTL-i / GT models, just be aware that some parts are becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of compared to the 140 model. The only difference between the VVTL-i and a GT is that the GT sits 30mm lower from the factory and has the giant rear wing and side skirts. Everything else is the same.
  5. I forgot to add, Depending on your insurance or breakdown cover. Lost keys may be covered. Insurance, if covered, could overcome the cost of replacing the keys at the expense of your excess. Certain breakdown companies treat lost keys as a breakdown and will recover the vehicle.
  6. Sorry to hear about your predicament. What an absolute nightmare. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to overcome an immobilizer. Without a key fob which has a paired transponder chip inside that is read when your key is close to the ignition barrel, you're in a really bad situation. Do you have spare keys back at home? If so, that is going to be your best bet. That or getting it towed back home. Alternatively, if you have no other set of keys with a transponder, the options are a bit grim: You will need to order a new RFID key (ensuring it has a blank transponder) as many keys are sold without the transponder as they expect you to swap your existing one into it. When it arrives, you'll need to perform the process of pairing a new key. Although, If you don't have any existing keys with a transponder to do the pairing procedure, you'll have problems as your circumstances are just like that of a stolen car. What's to stop someone from managing to open a door and then request a new key. Toyota will likely not help with this at all without proof of ownership and will often require the car physically for security in order to pair a new key without any existing keys. (it wont be cheap either) likely around £300 to £500. Alternatively, if you have no other spare keys with a transponder for your car, the other option is going to be to get a replacement ECU including replacement door locks and keys and swap the whole lot over. Sorry that it's not better news. 😕
  7. If there is a leak it must be an incredibly tiny one if over the course of 1200 miles you lost such a marginal amount of coolant. As the pink crust is dried out, I'd perhaps remove that crusty stuff and see if it reforms. Or maybe just slap a chunk of cardboard under the car and see if any drops turn up. Although looking at how tiny that leak is I doubt you'll get anything. Personally, I wouldn't be bothered.
  8. Hi and welcome! Cars looking good 😎
  9. nah, that's the SCV (Which you said you've replaced already) The fuel pressure regulator looks like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRAND-NEW-FUEL-PRESSURE-SENSOR-FOR-TOYOTA-YARIS-VERSO-1-4-D-4D-/131863634164
  10. hmm, You've already tried a lot of things! What about the fuel pressure regulator?
  11. JayG

    Clocking up the miles

    If only you had taken the photo at exactly 5:00:00 AM 😄
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    Club fan art

    Had a little mess about on the computer with some pics of my Celica