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Posted on February 5, 2006 at 17:04:14

1988 Bmw 735i 122K

 

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Pretty low mileage . . . you shouldn't have a problem turning it over. *, posted on April 8, 2006 at 06:51:09
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Ex nihilo, nihil fit . . .

 

88' Mazda 626 turbo with four wheel steering, posted on May 7, 2006 at 16:51:45
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I was a Mazda technician at Almaden Mazda in 1988 when these came out.

If you wanted a 626 with four wheel steering it had to be white, it had to be an automatic, it had to be a turbo, and it couldn't have a sunroof, if other words they were all identical.

There's just five degrees of steering at the rear, the front and rear wheels steer opposite directions below 22 mph for 'forklift' like parking, and above 22 mph the front and rear wheels steer in the same direction for enhanced handling at speed.

Four wheel steering is a useful option on a front wheel drive car because with CV joints at the front, available steering angle is compromised, limited by the CV joints.

The funny thing is they couldn't give these cars away! People would say things like "I'd be afraid it'd screw up and get me killed" etc.

Honda and Mitsubishi also tried it at the time.

It's been a great car, has 180k miles and I intend to keep it going as long as possible.

 

Re: 88' Mazda 626 turbo with four wheel steering, posted on May 8, 2006 at 11:12:38
And being a tech you'll probably make it up to 300K. The only thing is possible transmission trouble, like with my car. If it was stick, I wouldn't worry about it. Good Luck!

 

Thanks.., posted on May 8, 2006 at 19:03:05
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and yes, a trans failure would very likely be the end of my Mazda, easily costing more than the car is worth.

I've been changing the trans fluid, just what will drain out, with every oil change (Mobil 1) every 10k miles, and keeping my fingers crossed.

I'm also concerned with eventual exhaust valve erosion causing a minor misfire at idle, just enough to fail a CA smog check. This is taking many old cars off the road.

But until then I'm getting to work on the cheep.

 

Wifey's car, posted on May 12, 2006 at 10:16:59
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This is a cool car because it cost somebody $49k new in 99' and we just bought it for $16k with 77k miles on it.

I've been wanting one of these for my wife ever since I happened upon a traffic accident involving one of these and a Toyota similar to our Mazda.

Somebody ran a red light and the Benz hit the Toyota broadside. The Toyota was destroyed, its right side pushed in about two feet, it's roof buckled and sticking up about a foot higher than normal.

The Benz had a smashed front licence plate, but its headlights were not broken!

The unfortunate driver of the Toyota was still in the car, the Benz driver standing outside on his phone.

The Benz has six air bags, gets 25mpg and can be driven 500 miles without any pain.

 

Re: Wifey's car, posted on May 13, 2006 at 06:32:51
That's why I won't 'downsize'. When everybody else stops driving SUV's and giant gas guzzlers I will too buy myself smaller car. In mean time i feel much more secure in my 'beast.' In the case of accident I want to have a chance.
She has to use premium, right?

 

Re: Wifey's car, posted on May 13, 2006 at 09:53:42
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Oh yea!

 

A buddy's car, posted on May 16, 2006 at 15:26:05
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He bought replica frame rails and all the related parts and welded them together, then a fiberglass body, nine inch rear-end, small block Chevy, a few more related items, did some shenanigans with registration and poof, a new toy.

It is fun to run around in, but crash safety is zero.

 

Re: A buddy's car, posted on May 16, 2006 at 17:41:44
Nice! Is it fast?

 

Re: A buddy's car, posted on May 16, 2006 at 18:38:59
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Yea, it could really use some headrests, it's got a "long-rod" 383ci over-cammed for auditory effect and a TH 400 automatic (I know) and a 411 rear gear, so 0-100 doesn't take long, but going 100 seems less than wise with its shortish wheelbase and available traction.

I've never liked the term "turns heads" but it turns heads, then they point.

The VW belongs to a friend that bought it new in 72' it's at my house for a rebuilt engine and trans, that despite my best efforts ended up costing exactly twice what he paid for the Bus new.

I sent the trans out and went through the engine myself, taking it from 1.7L to 2.0L with hydraulic lifters, breaker-less ignition, rev limiter, platinum plugs and a cylinder-head temp gauge, it should outlast him, he's getting up there, I think his son will be driving it someday.

 

Re: A buddy's car, posted on May 17, 2006 at 14:41:42
Besides audio, you got a 'car mechanic' hobby too ;>)

You are in LA, right? How long do you commute? I do about 80mile trip daily, but I live in the country so roads are mostly Hyw's, and not much traffic. I can really enjoy driving in 'sports mode'. When i lived in a city, I wasn't able to appreciate my car. I could have careless what I drove.

 

Re: A buddy's car, posted on May 17, 2006 at 19:03:22
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I was a auto mechanic here in San Jose for 19 years before getting into semiconductor manufacturing equipment maintenance, and may be wrenching again someday as every down-turn takes some silicon out of Silicon Vally.

My commute is only 16 miles, I'm very fortunate, my boss and many others are driving 90 miles each way with lots of traffic.

Still fascinated by engines, this is the Paul Pfaff modified 502ci Mercruiser in my son-in law's boat, what's noteworthy to me is that it makes 600hp on 87 octane gas, although I think it's unfair that marine engines don't require much in the way of emissions controls.

 

'94 Cadillac E.T.C., posted on May 17, 2006 at 19:03:52
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1994 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe, dark cherry, 300 HP Northstar V8. Just turned over 100,000 miles. This is my daily driver. Good 'ol American power and style.

 

Re: What are you driving? TVR 280i..., posted on May 19, 2006 at 10:14:24
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After the very sad loss of my beloved '96 Dodge Neon ACR - one of the most enjoyable cars I've ever owned. Inexpensive, fun, fast, reliable, easy and cheap to service on the rare occasion I had to do any service. A hyperactive ninja on the road and the track.

Feeling dispirited with the choices for replacement for the Neon, I've pressed one of my toy cars into daily service. My '85 TVR 280i roadster. It's really too far over-the-top to be suitable daily driver, it's a better track toy, but it'll be fun for a while. It has very low original miles, 16K, but it still needs a lot of details attended to. Having the car close and mobile is giving me the opportunity to sort through things carefully and well.

It's an interesting, or perhaps better said, curious and unusual car compared with what's typically on US roads today. It really could use and entirely different drivetrain. For such a large motor, both in terms of weight and displacement, the German-made Ford 2.8i V6 doesn't make much hp or torque, and unfortunately this motor doesn't have a tuning path, or parts, to get more hp or torque. The gearbox is a wide ratio four speed, and the final drive ratio is lazy.

The other issues I've got is the lack of chassis adjustability. If you want the largest tire contact patch on the road, you've just got to have camber adjustment. Gotta. Otherwise, the chassis is essentially identical to an early Lotus Esprit. I could modify the suspension for adjustment, but I don't know that I'm up to putting that effort in this car right now.

Still, the chassis performance is very good. In SCCA Solo, which is so much a chassis performance test, the 280i is classed into ASP and AP, along with various Ferraris, third-gen RX-7s, the fastest Porsches, and the classic Lotuses - the Seven, Elan, and Europa - which tend to dominate these classes. The TVRs are hardly the pick of the class, but they still get ranked head of things like late-model 'Vettes and BMW M3s. So the chassis performance is good, and it's fun to be in a good RWD car again.

It's very much a kit car, like race cars essentially are. This kit'y quality is either a frustration or a blessing. For me it's a bit of both. It nets out to a character I find attractive. TVR's added valued is the rare level of chassis performance, the kind that only a few road-cars can equal and that you can't just make happen on-demand, and the styling. They built the body and most of the chassis. But the car is clearly a cottage industry product. Lots of VERY simple, crude fabrications, and of course, parts borrowed from a variety of different manufacturers bins. The crude fabrications I actually like very much. It means that when I need a part I don't have to chase down something essentially unobtainable and expensive - I can build it! And it's even easy to built a lot of things much better than TVR did. I love it. I go to race parts suppliers, race parts fabricators or machinists/toolmakers (my brother being a toolmaker), or Home Depot for parts!

It's a car that attracts a lot of attention. That's part of the fun for me. With only about 800 280i roadsters ever built, and I'm sure far fewer are on the road today, it's a car that isn't oft seen.

- SJ

 

Re: What are you driving?, posted on June 23, 2006 at 17:37:27
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2006 Mazda 3s 5 speed hatchback - not as fast as my Nissan Maxima was but it corners like a dream

 

Similar to mine..., posted on August 10, 2006 at 01:30:46
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...an '88 Alpina B11 3.5 5sp :D

Used to have an '89 E34 M5, miss it dearly... will have anohter, hopefully a later Touring next time around.

 

Re: Wifey's car, posted on August 10, 2006 at 13:05:33
rpcoins


 
That is why I drive a Mercedes ML320 SUV. Combines the best of both worlds. Rock solid, dependable and safe when unfortunate occurances befall you.

 

the Dog's car, posted on October 28, 2006 at 19:47:25
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My dog's car. She own's the back seat! Acts like a damn pagent queen when she's riding back there.

 

Re: What are you driving? TVR 280i..., posted on July 26, 2008 at 05:51:56
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I agree,
I myself own two 280i series 1 1/2. They are very much like kit cars. Both are, so far, 100% stock and one of them, 33000 mls, is used as daily driver. It is a lot of fun to drive, but the lack of performance and the horrible 4 speed make me want to swap the drive train against something more powerful without loosing gas milage.
My second car has only 6500 mls on it and is currently disabled due to a bad water pump and a deteriorated intake rubber hose.
I enjoy that in 3 years of ownership, I only once met another TVR on the road. A 1987 280i. The cars being nice conversation starters, the other driver and me became friends and still maintain contact.

 

Beautiful E32! I've got an '88 Alpina B11 3.5... N/T., posted on March 28, 2009 at 20:42:55
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Middie, posted on June 21, 2012 at 11:11:43
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The main thing is to keep the power on when cornering any mid-engine car.
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Hide it ~ nothing looks better..

 

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