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19 hours ago, gadgetgricey said:

That looks lovely.....

Heated seats for the win..

What's up with the roof\boot seal. Easy fix or just park it uphill?

With the roof untensioned I pushed it back and with the root tensioned it puts pressure on it to hold it in place- not sure why it had worked it’s way out

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Dailying the clk cabrio has reminded me what a great autumn/ winter car they are. Counter intuitive I know. A compact cabin, efficient warm up ( thankyou 3.2 v6) and heated seats see to that. 

The autobox (Mb 722.6) has been having a few “ moments”. When cold it can occasionally occasionally hold onto gears and not shift up at all. Manual selection sometimes seems to help but not always. Other times it’s perfect. I’m hoping that a “megaflush” and transmission service with oft used local specialist Cornwall and Devon transmissions will help. It’s something that is usually overlooked. Previous research when I last had a clk a208 showed that they are not affected by the valeo radiator problem of the time where the rad helpfully* allows atf and coolant to mix. I’m hoping that this 98% fluid change will help. I’ll keep you posted. I know it seems a bit frivolous but by virtue of design it will never need a cambelt or clutch/dmf and is due for a bit of TLC.

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Took the CLK to a transmission place where a flush, fluid and filter change has made the gearchanges smoother and sorted out the odd behaviour of the gearbox (not kicking down sometimes, but also not changing up sometimes) 

The waiting area hadn’t been recently updated and hence was worth of a few pics...

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16 hours ago, HMC said:

I’m not fussy, as long as it gets me home, I’m your man. Save me from a Kia shuma locally that has had Alfa Romeo front seats fitted hamfistedly (why?)

2002 Micra 1.0 CVT? In Yeovil, Somerset. £800 smackers for a shiter if you're interested (it's not the one pictured in the link btw!). Photos at the bottom of the 1st page.

 

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There's a *nice Pug 205 CJ (1.6i cabriolet) which goes but has a loud big bore exhaust and no tow bar  so may have to depart due to no tow bar. If interested I can go find tomorrow and get some pics and make up some details?

 

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8 hours ago, Tomtation said:

2002 Micra 1.0 CVT? In Yeovil, Somerset. £800 smackers for a shiter if you're interested (it's not the one pictured in the link btw!). Photos at the bottom of the 1st page.

 

Thanks but as much as I’m a fan of these not for me at the money Thanks.

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Took the clk up to The NEC show with the gearbox still misbehaving. No shifting up when cold; unless you manually went through the box. Random starting in what felt like third with no kickdown. Not always going into 5th. Starting to sound expensive!

I Had already changed a seal on the box that had allowed ATF to leak through the wiring loom. A new seal and lots of electrical contact cleaner later and it was still looking expensive.

A fluid and filter change also was hopefully done but still it continued.

I stripped down the selector and it was very worn between D and 4 where you go to then manually shift the gears. Pressure on the shift handle would make the illuminated light behind the gear display flicker and go out. Cause or effect? (Was the selector knackered from the need to shift manually across the gait every cold start I thought; or was this the cause of it all) More being out of ideas than inspiration I got a second hand selector off e bay for £30. Handily it was near where I’m staying so I collected it and changed it in the car park. So far it’s driving perfectly so I’m hopeful that I can call that a fix. Will keep you posted on my extended test drive back home!

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Was great to meet hairnet and 6cyl, and later on eavb today. Waved goodbye to the CLK Cabrio and hence have the sprinter  minibus as my sole transport. 

Some readjustment was needed ( 218bhp/78bhp with more weight and massively increased frontal area) and I think I’m there. A strange zen like calm falls on me behind the wheel. There are no opportunities to overtake. Be at one with the modest (I.e. inadequate) power and torque. This mobile road block is ironically a “sprinter” 

I do like it. Current plans are to run some bg244 through the tank and delete the a/c remnants. It was factory supplied with it but chunks of it are MIA and in the interests of BHP conservation I’m aiming to delete the redundant compressor and fit a shorter aux belt. Onwards and (slowly) upwards

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2 hours ago, HMC said:

A strange zen like calm falls on me behind the wheel. There are no opportunities to overtake. Be at one with the modest (I.e. inadequate) power and torque. This mobile road block is ironically a “sprinter” 

I do like it.

Agree with the above. I miss driving it already.

Although, if you do manage to get it up to 70mph or thereabouts, it is sort of surprisingly fast. Or at least it doesn’t complain at all, and it feels very sure footed. It seems to hold that speed better than 60 - there’s a bit more power when the engine’s revving at a higher speed. I found it generally responded well to being revved harder than feels natural. You have to resist the urge to shift up.

All good fun, innit? Some people spend a fortune on an involving driving experience... this is uniquely calming and involving. Comfy seats too...

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There's something quite relaxing about driving a big slow van, assuming you don't have a deadline that is. Even if you do get behind someone, most of the time you wouldn't be going that much faster, so the urge to overtake just isn't there.

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19 hours ago, marm said:

Agree with the above. I miss driving it already.

Although, if you do manage to get it up to 70mph or thereabouts, it is sort of surprisingly fast. Or at least it doesn’t complain at all, and it feels very sure footed. It seems to hold that speed better than 60 - there’s a bit more power when the engine’s revving at a higher speed. I found it generally responded well to being revved harder than feels natural. You have to resist the urge to shift up.

All good fun, innit? Some people spend a fortune on an involving driving experience... this is uniquely calming and involving. Comfy seats too...

Seconded... discovered a couple of weeks back that mine will thunder along much more enthusiastically at an indicated 75mph with far less regard for inclines than it will at 60, which naturally feels more appropriate just down to how much less noise is involved.  70-75 just seems to be right in a sweet spot for power/torque from the engine.

People don't seem to know quite what to make of a 30 year old coachbuilt camper going howling past them in the outside lane of the motorway.

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