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AnsweredHot!Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics)

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/03/21 10:02:01 (permalink)
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How do you find the seats?

I drove a 2010 a lot when my partner had one and the lack of adjustments made for a very sharp ride feel.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/03/21 22:16:30 (permalink)
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The seats are pleasantly snug with the side bolstering but I do find them on the firmer side. The seat adjustment seems pretty good. I haven't done any long continuous driving over a number of hours yet for long term comfort.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/04/10 23:21:10 (permalink)
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I have been slowly cleaning the car and finished up the exterior detail with two coats of wax today. Interior tidy up next. It hasn't seen much use since getting the VW daily driver last month. 
 

 

 
The VW got it's first modification. I updated the VW headunit for a touch screen with bluetooth and android auto / carplay unit. I Love it. It was the one thing it was missing and it's improved the car 10 fold. I always desired android auto for the SW20 but couldn't bring myself to remove the original unit. I still have a few things to touch up on the VW, next on the list is give it a full detail and attempt ceramic coating for the first time.
 


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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/04/12 01:13:52 (permalink)
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I wasn't going to replace the original headunit in mine, but unfortunately (thankfully?) it died in transit.

I did spend about an hour testing it with a multimeter while it was half disassembled before I asked myself what I was really doing it for and promptly ordered a much more featured replacement for it.

The detail pops, I think yours is certainly one of the cleanest looking w20s around here.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/04/25 15:20:07 (permalink)
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I wasn't going to replace the original headunit in mine, but unfortunately (thankfully?) it died in transit.

I did spend about an hour testing it with a multimeter while it was half disassembled before I asked myself what I was really doing it for and promptly ordered a much more featured replacement for it.

 
Exactly, if my original died I would be buying a modern headunit with out question. Something similar to the Sony AX100 would be perfect.
 
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The detail pops, I think yours is certainly one of the cleanest looking w20s around here.



Thanks mate! There are lots of clean MR2s hiding out there. Keeping on top of super red paint and not letting it deteriorate is so important. It will be easier now with the car not being exposed to the elements throughout the work day.
 
On that note, I wanted to drive the MR2 to work on Friday with the targas off, pack my work gear in... turn the key. Dead. Zero. Nothing. Haha. Pay back for not enjoying it. Checked my logs and battery was replaced 5 years ago, I will drop in a new battery next week and perhaps pick up a maintenance charger.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/04/25 17:09:16 (permalink)
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Looks shmick, good result.
 
I feel the pain of looking after a red car, mine is more in the "has deteriorated" category.
 
New battery always has that nice result of cranking strong, almost feels like a mod when I fit one.
 
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/04/25 17:16:45 (permalink)
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Flat battery?
Maybe consider one of the Ctek smart chargers. 
For convenience I have one permanently mounted and connected in the frunk, an MXS 3.8
The routine is:
Arrive home, pop the frunk, plug in the power lead, and leave it.
Battery is always fully charged, even if you leave the car weeks without use.
 
Of course you don't have to mount the unit permanently in the car, because these units have a quick connect plug that connects to the battery without having to move the spare.
 
 

 
 
post edited by Reddtarga - 2020/04/25 17:20:36

1990 ADM NA
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/04/25 17:45:01 (permalink)
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Looks shmick, good result.
 
I feel the pain of looking after a red car, mine is more in the "has deteriorated" category.
 
New battery always has that nice result of cranking strong, almost feels like a mod when I fit one.
 
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Thanks Adam. The best thing about detailing red paint is that you can see the results of all your hard work. It's very rewarding at the end of it. You will probably be surprised with the result you can achieve with the red, even if it's on the faded side it can still shine up. Rain cover on the engine lid is a good example on page 17. Definately got to be careful with how much paint is left and not be overally aggressive. I'm looking forward to the strong crank again.
 
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Flat battery?
Maybe consider one of the Ctek smart chargers. 
For convenience I have one permanently mounted and connected in the frunk, an MXS 3.8
The routine is:
Arrive home, pop the frunk, plug in the power lead, and leave it.
Battery is always fully charged, even if you leave the car weeks without use.
 
Of course you don't have to mount the unit permanently in the car, because these units have a quick connect plug that connects to the battery without having to move the spare.



Great charging set up, Ian! I keep you posted on what I decide to do. The car isn't getting much use with all the cancelled events and travel restrictions.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/06/06 20:52:52 (permalink)
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I purchased a new battery and picked up the CTEK MXS 5.0 charger over a month ago for the MR2. It has been happily sitting on charge. For the first time it has started gathering dust from sitting unused...
 

 
During the May long weekend I did a full detail on the VW to restore and protect the red paint. It ended up being a 2+ day effort. Instead of wax, I wanted to try my hand at ceramic coating. This was mainly for the claimed extra durability. It was easy to apply and wipe off however good lighting is essential to 100% make sure it’s completely levelled and wiped off or the paint could be left with minor marks that can't be removed by hand.
 
Stoked with the results. The photo was taken 1 month after the coating was applied.
 

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/06/07 06:52:58 (permalink)
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You sure have the gift with the red paint. Really looks great. Well done.
Do you consider the VW paint to be any different (And therefore needing to use different polishing products) than the Japanese paint on our Toyotas ?
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/06/07 11:55:43 (permalink)
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You sure have the gift with the red paint. Really looks great. Well done.
Do you consider the VW paint to be any different (And therefore needing to use different polishing products) than the Japanese paint on our Toyotas ?



I do. The VW paint seemed a lot harder than the MR2 single stage super red. The VW had heavy defects, scratches and water spots. I found myself using the aggressive cutting compound, cutting foam pads, higher machine speeds, slower arm movements and more passes across the paint. A larger 5" or 6" polisher would have been ideal to cover more surface area and would have saved time. I used a 3" polisher with a 4" pad which I find is perfect for the MR2 curves but not so much for the large VW panel surfaces. The VW paint could have been further improved if I had done a second stage correction with a finishing compound to get to that next level of clarity but weekends are only so long!
 
Due to the MR2 single stage paint, age and thickness the goal is to preserve and maintain rather than polishing for perfection. I would limit myself to 2 passes over the section of paint using a finishing polish and pad combination with slower machine speeds.  
 
Regards to ceramic coating. I don’t feel the coating is suitable for the MR2 super red paint. The only way to remove ceramic coating is to polish it off… and when I’m trying to preserve the paint it just doesn’t seem right to risk it. Wax still provides an incredible finish and should last longer on the MR2 now that it's not being daily driven.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/06/07 12:53:44 (permalink)
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I recently started learning about paint correction & I gotta say I find it really interesting. You can really go down the rabbit hole with all the information there. Unfortunately its all pointless knowledge for me at this point as my car has pretty severe clear coat delamination on a few panels, but interesting all the same. I did get a great result by wet sanding, polishing & waxing all the indicator lenses though, they came up great considering their previous condition.
 
Just wondering what polisher you bought & also if you used the ceramic coating on stuff like headlights, indicators etc on the VW?
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2020/06/07 14:07:17 (permalink)
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The rabbit hole is deep. It’s so easy to get carried away.
 
I bought the Shine Mate 12mm Mini DA polisher. It's great for all the edge work and curves on the MR2. It came with pads and 3 scholl compounds. Extra pads are required as I found the 4" size gets clogged up very quickly, so rotate the pads frequently. Rinsing with water or blowing out with an air compressor works well. 
 
From what I have read Carpro CQuartz 3.0 ceramic coatings can be used on headlights and trims but it may not last as long. I decided not to use it on those surfaces especially the textured black side skirts and bumper... if it streaks on textured plastic how do you remove it? I also bought a second coating that could be used on all the plastics and wheels called Carpro CQuartz Dlux. Perhaps it’s all marketing spin. I have yet to use it. At the moment I’m loving the results of diluted Carpro Perl on the black trims and tyres.
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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2021/01/01 16:16:18 (permalink)
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A photo from the Queensland Chapter end of year xmax gathering and AGM meeting on Sunday 6th December. Snagged a parking spot next to Nikki and Ethan.
 

 
Since buying the daily VW in March 2020 and COVID-19, I have only driven the MR2 607.6km. I updated my insurance policy to extreme limited use. I seriously considered selling; I wrote a for sale ad. I never posted it. Lets see what 2021 brings, hopefully get the car out to a few more events.
 
On Tuesday 29th, I took the car for a quick spin around the local dam and snapped a few photos to cap off my MR2 ownership for 2020.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Lumix's 1997 MR2 Bathurst (New pics) 2021/01/03 10:47:13 (permalink)
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Car look immaculate. Excellent work Lumix.  
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