[MR2] MR2 news from Top Gear
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jan 24 23:15:24 EST 2010
Joel - I am somewhat of a Luddite with car technology too. Am proud to say both my old cars - both 86 - don't even have a diagnostic plug.
I do have a cold start problem with the MB and the Bosch CIS injection system. Runs fine when warmed up but I don't think the cold start injector is working. And I don't even know if the most modern car with the OBD diagnostic system would help anyway - could be anything from the fuel pump relay to the cold start injector to a little thing on the back of the fuel distributor that varies the pressure.
With my current finances a shop would be out of the question but to tell you the truth even they will sometimes throw parts at the problem (after some intelligent guessing).
Technology being what it is even my father's 2000 is old tech now.
The mr2 is really pretty simple. Never had any problem with the injection system - well, perhaps one when a piston burned up - and I suspect from a semi clogged injector - but that is really the only major mechanical problem. Other than the 1st 4A-GE destroying itself from too much carbon. BTW read that Lotus may have had a hand in designing that engine.
I heard that the injection system was a Nippondenso copy of a Bosch (who pioneered it) system.
Bosch developed it for the aircraft engines (developed for the DB603 engine which powered the Me109) - well, I am now rambling but suffice it to say on the whole I think all the added technology bodes ill for car longetivity. Just too much to go wrong and as the years pass fewer and fewer people know how to work on the "old technology". Not ALL of the technology is bad - my Bosch ABS pump is 24 years old and I think one of the reasons I have had no trouble with it (knock on wood) is that I have flushed the brake fluid every 2 years. Keeps the pump innards clean.
BTW anyone know what is behind the stuck accelerator problem with Toyota?
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The more technology that I see being integrated into vehicles, the more
and more I resolve to never get rid of my 1986 Mr2.
No power steering, no ABS, no airbags, no electric throttle, no active
yaw control, no electronic differentials, no OBDII, no stability or
traction control. In other words: Perfect!
And if my Mr2 were to be destroyed in an accident, I would just get
another and enjoy being a luddite.
- Joel -
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