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  1. If its a Mk2 MR2 then a baby seat fits just fine. The general rule i believe is that if a car has a passenger side airbag then its illegal to have a baby seat in there. I used to have one in the MR2 all the time when taking my little one about. :) Ive attached a pic accordingly... ohh... the Celica has loads of space so easy to fit one in there as well.
  2. One of my least favourite parts of the car cleaning process is washing! yep, that's right, I hate it, loathe it with a passion bordering on the psychotic. Why I hear you ask? OK, the wash process is when you risk causing most damage to any paint finish as there is constant friction between the washing tool and paint and any dirt on the surface can act as a scourer, leaving more damage, more swirls and more work ultimately. With this in mind, I figured that other people might be having the same issues so I've compiled a 'how to' guide. This is by no means a definitive (you can only wash your car this way) gospel, rather, it's a bunch of hints, tips and 'do's and 'don'ts' which may be helpful. Sun or Shade? Traditionally, washing your car in bright, hot sunshine (which we of course experience a lot of here in the UK…) was always a no-no and whilst there are some shampoos which can and do work reasonably well in sunny conditions, I always try to avoid this as water spots very quickly on paint and glass, shampoo dries streaky before you can rinse away, drying towels drag on water spots, causing scratching – plus the folically challenged always end up with a sunburnt head! Which shampoo? There are a lot of shampoos available both off the shelf, via the Internet or from specialist companies who supply the trade. I usually steer clear of "wash & wax" type products, as they rarely use a particularly good quality wax and I want pure cleaning power from my shampoo (now, THAT sounds like an advert for washing powder!) Expensive shampoo is something I usually avoid, not because I'm tight, but because they rarely out-perform lower priced products. I always look for shampoo that doesn't strip any wax from the car and ideally one which sheets water off the surface (more on this later) Sonax Extra Gloss and Mothers California Gold are particular favourites for this reason. Process I always evaluate any car I work on before doing anything to it. Look for any damage, corrosion, bird mess etching or other fallout and decide on the best route to removal. I then rinse the car with plain tap water from the hose. Spend a good few minutes doing this, as pre-rinsing will help remove any dust, loose dirt or mud from the car, reducing the risk of this causing damage to your paintwork. Mix your shampoo as directed – you can use either cold or lukewarm water, not hot as it can either strip wax or reduce its ability to protect, plus it'll burn your hands….. Get a second bucket and fill with cold water. Chuck out that sponge!!!!!!! Yellow sponges are, in my humble opinion, the single biggest cause of wash damage. They trap dirt on a flat surface and simply move it around the paint, making the dirt particles like a scouring pad on your pristine paintwork. Even regular rinsing can't overcome this problem, so what can you do? Easy, invest in a lambswool washmitt. Does exactly what it says on the tin, in that most have a synthetic mitt that you fit your hand into covered with a thick layer of genuine lambswool. Why stick your hand up half a dead sheep? Why not I say – whatever floats your boat…… Seriously, lambswool is softer than a synthetic sponge and draws dirt deep into the wool, and away from your paint. It also rinses cleaner and dirt is not trapped as easily, thus reducing the risk of damage. You can clean them in a mild liquid detergent and I have mitts, which are close to 2 years old and still work well. Chenille and microfibre mitts are also available, but in my experience lambswool performs considerably better. Back to the process….. Don't be a scrooge! You should now have the following tools. 1. Bucket filled with shampoo mixture 2. Bucket filled with cold water 3. Washmitt 4. Hosepipe This is the order in which I wash my Astra hatch. 1. Roof 2. Side windows 3. Bonnet 4. Sides to rubbing strip approx 1/3 from sill height 5. Rear window/boot 6. Front end 7. Windscreen I try to follow the logic that, under normal use, area 1 stays cleanest and area 7 collects the most dirt, bugs and so on. Put mitt in bucket, onto panel and soap thoroughly and here's where you don't need to be (and mustn't be) stingy with your shampoo mixture! use plenty as the soap is both cleaning and providing lubrication (no sniggering at the back please) between your mitt and the paintwork. You can always make up more if you run out! Try to work in straight lines to minimise swirling. I generally use the following rule; Horizontal panels (roof, bonnet, boot) – front-to-back-motions Vertical panels (doors, wings, front & rear) – top-to-bottom motions After each panel, dip the mitt in the clean water bucket, rinse and continue. I generally change the water every 3rd panel or more frequently if the car is very dirty. I tend to do the roof and side glass, then rinse, bonnet, rinse, side 1, rinse, side 2 rinse, tailgate, rinse, grill, rinse, windscreen, rinse. I then switch to another bucket, make up more soap solution and clean the sill panels, front and rear bumpers and rinse. You can use 2 or even 3 clean water buckets (I do this on my black 205), Grit Guards on your rinse bucket, different mitts for different areas – your choice really. Get your end off Finally, remove all couplings from the end of your hose then use the stream of water to get as much water from the car as possible – the less water left, the less drying needed. Drying Get a good microfibre waffle weave drying towel. These are heavier microfibre towels, with pockets that soak up water very quickly 'some won't' even wring out after drying 2 or more cars! I tend to use several towels on a rotation basis when I dry cars and blot water spots. I also use a lightweight waffle weave which absorbs less water but is lighter than most drying towels. Meguiars Water Magnet is the best drying towel I have used so far – absorbs a lot of water without becoming heavy. Always dry in straight lines – I dry front to back on all horizontal panels and top to bottom on all vertical panels. Don't forget doorshuts, petrol filler and boot/bonnet shuts (I have several older towels for these areas) You can also use some QD spray whilst drying – just make sure it's compatible with any wax on the car to avoid streaking. Conclusion This guide should help you to maintain the perfect finish and reduce paintwork damage during washing. You can add a lot of tools, products and other techniques into the wash process but I have tried to stick to the basics rather than confuse everyone. http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=...how+to+wash+car
  3. So these LLR tyres are a must on these cars then? The car my bro has just picked up has a budget tyre on the rear drivers side but the rest are bridgestone jobbies. Would having just 1 rear non branded tyre affect the mpg much? Also what psi do you guys get the best mpg return on? Thanks in advance. :)
  4. Just found out on another forum from a chap who owns a taxi rank that they have 10 in their fleet and some have reached 250k before the batteries have totally died. :) Said in reality they are as economical as a decent TDi but they are great on wear and tear and road tax and utter rliability. :)
  5. Cheers for the reply. :) nahh got it from a private seller. first 2 stamps are from Toyota and the last one is from a specialist. Will be sure to make my brother take it to Toyota. With these cars that have done 240k+, did they have their batteries replaced?
  6. So then... I aint new to the forum but am new to the Prius. Bro was looking for something like a VW passat etc as a taxi but then a fellow cabbie mentioned the Prius and that a few are now being used as taxis due to the local mpg. this was on Fri night. Found one for him within an hour of looking on Sat morning and it turned out it was miles away in Brighton but as we have family there i got a cousin to go and check it out for us. Report back was the car is very nice condition etc and drove perfect so went down yesterday from Bradford taking 4 hours... spent only 1 hour there to do the deal on the car and then drove 4 hours back. Man im shattered this morning! So drove it about a bit yesterday myself and was supprised to find i was very impressed with it. :) Car details: late 2007 model on a 57 plate Silver T3 Auto CVT 40k on the clock with FSH (although is due a service now) 1 previous company car owner 12 months mot Exterior the car is mint bar a couple of minor things that you cant see unless you are close and looking for it. Was up for 7,400 and got him down to 7,100 as it is needing a service and i think thats a very good price going by what i have seen on the market. So a couple of questions. Batteries... i hear they need to be replaced every 100k and the chap i bought the car from said they can be had for 500 pounds. Is this true? Secondly, with regards to the service what exectly is involved? Same as a normal car? Cheers in advanced. Fizz
  7. Just to reiterate what i posted over in ROC. Awesome Venue Awesome Hosts Awesome Organisation Awesome People One of the best weekends ive had in a long while connected to a car club. :) If im still here for the next years one im deffo coming! Les/Anne - As ever a pleasure and we shouldnt leave it so long for the next time we meet. Hou - Cheers for the games... we need to get a wiff waff table! (also for the taxi service) Gaz - Funny times with funny people about us.. lol Mo - Cheers for letting me take your beloved custard MR2 tubby for the weekend Dawsey - *****... still grinning from the drive you let me have! Awesome machinary.. i even told Mo when i jumped back into his car that im probably not going to use boost for the rest of the day as it would be a waste of fuel! hahahaha! Cheers Fizz p.s) Les im guessing its going to take some time for you to load all your pics.. lol
  8. Hou/Gaz, since im t-total im more than happy to drive you 2 to blythe where i will then jump in with Mo... hold on a sec.. ive not even asked Mo yet! haha! Earlier the better for me as id like to make the most of my day off work. :)
  9. Right im all set too. Will be good to catch up with the old toccers and meet the next gen too. :)
  10. If it aint too late please can i put myself down for an item from the Indian menu? Tandoori Mixed Grill with Naan please - £10.25
  11. We aint one for big family holidays so im a bit stuck in choosing one. People going: Me/Wife/Child (3 years old) Criteria.. June 5* All inclusive Family friendly Sandy beach 10 days £550pp Some where like Turkey maybe.. ? Any suggestions for websites or destinations would be greatly appreciated! :)
  12. If you think about it, how many Carina E drivers do you know under the age of 50? Wont be many on here that have launched a Carina E thats for sure. With regards to what revs you need to be just on the inside of the wheel spin mark so its all about trial and error. Then you have to think about feathering the throttle if it does start to slip a bit just to try and gain some momentum and grip before fully letting go of the clutch.
  13. There is a top place in Bradford who do full wraps as well. Always see expensive German motors there and people rate them. It's near Mumtaz resturant on great horton road.
  14. Day booked! Been years since my last Toc meet! Looking forward to it.
  15. Can you please add me to the list.
  16. Cheers for the welcome lads! Whats a Bird? Also whats with the stars etc?
  17. Aint been on here for a while but looks like a lot has changed..
  18. I was nice n warm you wuss... btw.. should i just check the coolant levels in the car for the cold air blowing for a bit issue. send a pm to me on IMOC instead as my TOC one is full so to keep this thread on topic.
  19. If the weather is good then i will be there as i want to get out and enjoy some good driving. Also my heater matrix might have issues as well JJ. Started the car today and the blower remained cold for ages and the temp started increasing really quickly... then all of a sudden the hot air flooded into the car and the needle went down. Will have to check the levels when i get home tonight.
  20. Aye Mo is right... the beams is import only.
  21. Either this Sunday or Next Sunday. We can hook up regardless of anyone else...
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