Jump to content
dollywobbler

Dollywobbler's Dodgy Mazda 323F PAS Woes - £provisionally sold

Recommended Posts

Top work. I take it you got home M58 / M6? If you had used the Rainford by pass you would still be in Billinge due to the monumentally shit diversion in place.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking forward to MOT news!

 

I note that one of these was featured in Practical Classics back in August last year. James Walshe bought a 1997 example with the V6 engine, wonder if he still has it.

 

Danny Hopkins bought a mk1 Focus at the same time for a Bangernomics article.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ooo... a Mazda 323F. Such an interesting mental leap from the Skoda. From "boxy with bags of statement" to "swooping curves and I just want to get there".

 

That era of Mazdas were very well made. There are many on sale here around here still, and lots of older ones, too. From an era when Mazdas didn't turn to rust in a couple of years. The FIL actually has an old Mazda E2200 pickup from 1985 or thereabouts for use around the farm, and it refuses to die. I had to do the brake lines and clutch lines a few months ago, though (that clutch cylinder was a pig to bleed!).

 

During the end of the 80's, which was a beautiful era in many ways, the Finnish importer of Mazdas had this mascot figure -- a cartoon figure of a stereotypical Japanese bloke, who would appear in small window decals and other promotional products saying "Masta" (like most Finns would pronounce the name of the brand).

 

After a bit of googling I found an old keyring for sale with the figure (and shall shamelessly borrow the picture for this post). They should really bring him back to help promote sales:

post-26677-0-24201100-1551368356_thumb.jpg

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Though I suggested getting some scrapper doors for the passenger side (in different colours obviously) on the Tube, I think it would be far more entertaining to see you give a masterclass in the use of body filler, and rattle can.

Surly need more that a bit of pog? There is a gash similar to that in the titanic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Indeed, could be worse. Here's an analogue look.

D0gVL2aXQAI3Ild.jpg

 

I've left it with them. I'm not pissing about with coil springs, and they might as well do the minor stuff while they're at it. Headlamp bulb already replaced - I didn't even do a simple bulb check, though I thought the lamps were alright driving home the other night...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This really is the perfect daily beater. The day after your reveal I saw a 323F with the gullwings Mazda logo on it. Same colour, just in a lot better cosmetic condition!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mazda's design house in the early 90's must have been smoking some weird shit.

 

Compared to the competition these are a bit off the wall and all the better for it.

 

Actually compared to the previous boxy 323 incarnation it must have been a risk for them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not bad fails. The LH rear shock was leaking on mine, so a complete s/h rear strut was purchased and fitted. Garage charged 2hours to change it. Much cheaper than replacing any parts !

 

EDIT… Found a photo

 

post-2915-0-16537000-1551383053_thumb.jpg

 

I assume yours is the same ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmm...you replaced a pretty decent and sorted Favorit with THAT!! I'll give you top marks for unpredictability though. I'm struggling to find the love at the moment, but then I'm totally biased. I shall of course stay tuned to be convinced otherwise, and wish you all the best with it nevertheless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember when i was at school in the late 90's, there things seemed to be everywhere, haven't seen one in the metal for at least 5 years. They don't do it for me at all, but i can respect the fact they at least try to do things a bit differently to the norm.

 

Not bad fails. The LH rear shock was leaking on mine, so a complete s/h rear strut was purchased and fitted. Garage charged 2hours to change it. Much cheaper than replacing any parts !

 

EDIT… Found a photo

 

attachicon.gifmmmm.jpg

 

I assume yours is the same ?

 

2hrs to change an old strut for a new fully assembled strut?

 

Wonder how many cups of tea they had in between taking off the old one and fitting the new one to pad that out.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

£286 later, it's back.

D0-TrjxWwAAo5I6.jpg

 

That would still make it a £500 if I hadn't scooped up some parts from a friendly Autoshiter yesterday. Gosh, it feels nice to drive after a big trip in the Matiz! Sunroof is leaking very well though...

 

I'm glad I farmed the jobs out. It was a sod to work on, accounting for much knuckle skin and bending a four-foot breaker bar attempting to free off a hub nut (fitting). Tracking has been done, so it now handles even more sweetly. I look forward to putting more miles on it. And taping the sunroof up if it can stop raining for a few sodding minutes...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not bad fails. The LH rear shock was leaking on mine, so a complete s/h rear strut was purchased and fitted. Garage charged 2hours to change it. Much cheaper than replacing any parts !

 

EDIT… Found a photo

 

attachicon.gifmmmm.jpg

 

I assume yours is the same ?

LOLHEAP

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By bangernomics
      Roffle is go.  
      1 for £16 or 2 for £30.
      1
      2
      3
      4 SamR380
      5
      6
      7 Jollyfkr2
      8
      9
      10
      11
      12 AstonMartin
      13
      14
      15 Primeradoner
      16
      17
      18 Doug
      19
      20
      21
      22 Loserone
      23
      24
      25 Mitsisigma01
      26 BlackBoilerSuit
      27
      28 Barefoot
      29
      30 DozeyDustman
      31
      32
      33 Doug (Aston Martin)
      34
      35
      36
      37 DaveQ
      38 Norbert
      39
      40
      41
      42 Doug (AstonMartin)
      43 Jollyfkr2
      44
      45
      46 Aston Martin
      47 Loserone
      48 Primeradoner
      49
      50
      51 BlackBoilerSuit
      52
      53
      54
      55 StrangeAngel
      56
      57
      58
      59
       

       

       

       

       
      Choice of top boxes either the white old one or the massive modern one for Uber eats work.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By Fabergé Greggs
      I have a Vespa PX. I love it. I commute daily on it.



      I don't have a bike license so I'm riding around on L plates which I'm finding frustrating given that I appear to better understand the rules of the road than 99% of other drivers. Or at least I know how to break them politely. Also I'd like to take a passenger from time to time.

      I'd like to take my bike test, direct access ideally, and I fully understand it's safety training as well, but £700? Ain't gonna happen. I'd like to do it myself on my Vespa, and given that it's a 125 and manual I could do restricted licence test on it couldn't I? NO! I hear you say! Why not? Because bureaucracy. How dare they take away my rights? You could probably fund the NHS with the money that they'd save by not ruining my life etc..

      So enter the LML.. A copy of the Vespa Made under license in India. It's identical in all but name and some suspect quality electrics. WCPGW? Because of modern regs, they've got a cat and hence a bit slower in standard form than the PX that they're based on, until you unleash an extra 10th of a horse by drilling a heart shape in the air filter. True story.



      So anyway, given that they're identical only slower, you couldn't possibly take your bike test on one could you? WRONG AGAIN! YOU CAN!! Apparently it's hard to hit the 31mph required for the MOD 1 test, but I think the naysayers aren't trying hard enough. WCPGW?

      ​So enter an ad on an owners forum. LML, 2 stroke (essential), 2000km, 2 years old, "broken right indicator". £MEGA BARG. I bought it about 2 months ago. Unseen obvs. The only problem is that it's 120 miles away. Several idiots on shiply claimed that they could collect it for reasonable money before changing their minds on time/date/ location. The vendor is a gent, a minister no less, and has been incredibly patient. However as God's birthday is approaching he was becoming less flexible making it harder to co-ordinate with a courier. Van hire seemed expensive and something about him told me that his arms to would be too weak to help me lift it in to a van.

      FUCK IT! Train booked. I"M GONNA RIDE IT HOME. IN DECEMBER. Forecast says rain all day tomorrow. WCPGW??


    • By egg
      From a recent haul. This first lot 50p each + postage. More to come.













    • By dozeydustman
      Just about an hour ago I went to start my car up, had Mrs Dustman with me, to go and pick Miss Dustman up from work. Turned over fine but took a while to fire up.
       
      Steering felt heavy. Thought maybe as it's currently -5 + wind chill it's just cold & the fluid is thick.
       
      Started reversing out my bay then I was greeted with:
      "DING DONG" - ABS fault.
      "DING DONG" - ESP fault
      "DING DONG" - headlamp auto levelling not working, contact service.
       
      I shut the car down straight away and we went in Mrs D's Corolla.
       
      Alternator is less than 2 months old, it's a recon unit from Alternator Man in Portsmouth. Hoping the cold isn't killing the battery and it's taking the 'nator out with it (battery passed the drop test last time the no-charge warning came up). Looks like a session with the multimeter after work tomorrow.....
       
      MEH.
    • By Junkman
      The GGG is Booked on an Aeroplane Flight - This Can Only Mean One Thing...
       
      Hint: It's a non return flight.
×
×
  • Create New...