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Title: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 08, 2015, 12:59:05 PM
Edit: From 4 years in the future!

Mainly as the thread has an awful lot of chatting crap in it (My fault)

Work needed in 36k miles:
Tyres (Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance), Efficient grips removed after 3 years and 25k (age cracking). Replaced with Goodyear vector 4 seasons Gen 2. Front Discs and Pads, 4 x drop links.
Current mileage 77k

Mods to car:
Pioneer DA230 Android auto head unit.
Phillips Diamond Vision bulbs and Halfords L.E.D  festoon side lights.
Bosch Aerotwins
Rear Parking Sensors.

Still enjoying it..Will probably be my wife's car as of 2020..

You can now read the thread if you want it has a lot of pictures..some stuff about a cruise..a tragic story involving a mk1 rabbit, a wedding, 2 honeymoons ..its got it all, even a baby, occasionally it's about a car.



Well it's been a year so I thought I better get round to an actual thread. Some photos will be familiar!

Here is the car that was the result of hours of research, all of which pointed towards a Honda Civic 1.8 ES. My local Mazda dealer had one, I went to look at it and this was on the same lot.

Anyway, my car a 2011 Mazda 3 1.6 Takuya in the best colour  >:D

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20140828_112146.jpg)

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20140828_112245.jpg)

Interior showing my favourite bit the gearbox that sold the car to me best front drive shift I've driven.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20140828_142454.jpg)

Including this shot just to annoy the other gen 2 owners as apparently no one else can get this display to work.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20140907_151242.jpg)

So a year on I'm still very happy with it, I've done a few small mods which fall under the fiddling category, so LED sides, white head lamp bulbs, a set of Bosch Aero wipers and also rear park assist.

2 months into my ownership it faced a challenge to its dominance, the arrival of a brand new and jdpower award winning Citroen.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/groupshot1.jpg)

However no contest, I could fill an entire thread with things I dislike about that thing but I'll just say it feels entirely disposable and built down to a price.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Jakeyeu on August 08, 2015, 05:46:03 PM
Looking shiny!

I'm still kicking myself at the fact I didn't go with the white. Mainly because black is such a pain to keep clean.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 08, 2015, 06:37:06 PM
I've had white, I've had black; imho black's so much more forgiving (for the short term) so if you just think the grass is greener on the other side... it isn't... it's a shows up every little puddle splash and raindrop dirty white.

Kudos for keeping your so super shiny StevenRB45!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 08, 2015, 07:06:59 PM
I've gotta say black is easier in some respects (tar spots and insect guts don't stand out from 3 counties away) but dark colours show up any dents so much worse than white. Mine has a super market ding on one door and was slightly damaged by monster hail recently and you can't see them unless you're less than a foot away. If it was black it would be immediately obvious. Also swirl marks are much less obvious on white.


However with white winter is a pain this is the result of 4 miles after it was washed.
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20141106_140729.jpg)

Only low maintenance colour I've ever had is Silver.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 08, 2015, 10:29:34 PM
Peeved enough after just 4 miles to take a disgruntled shot, that's what I was talking about. Dings are another thing...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: mogly on August 09, 2015, 08:48:26 AM
Looking good as always StevenRB45 little and subtle mods are Dee Besssst  O0  ;D
As for white it's a killer colour on a car but a swine for the up keep, our mini was pepper White & it lasted all of a day at the most before bugs dust rain puddles tar bird poop attacked it  ;)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 09, 2015, 10:46:12 AM
I seem to remember us having a conversation about the Mini and clay bars, and the general gist was "that way Madness lies..." I strictly wash it once a week now regardless of if it looks manky after 12 hours. When I first got it I washed it whenever it wasn't looking spotless..and therefore was washing it 4 times a week which is just daft.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Jakeyeu on August 09, 2015, 11:43:39 AM
Mines covered in swirl marks. I should probably invest in a machine polisher. I blame the previous owner for taking it through the car wash...  >:(

I've never owned a white car so I have no idea on how often it gets filthy.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: mogly on August 10, 2015, 03:11:55 AM
Oooooh they are filthy  :o  :-* ,,,,,,,, & white cars are too!  ;
I seem to remember us having a conversation about the Mini and clay bars, and the general gist was "that way Madness lies..." I strictly wash it once a week now regardless of if it looks manky after 12 hours. When I first got it I washed it whenever it wasn't looking spotless..and therefore was washing it 4 times a week which is just daft.
Clay bars are now a swear word to me !!!! Evil things to own, taking all your precious time up on a Saturday, I should have enslaved a team of small children to set about the task much easier! In fact. I do recall suggesting it to our 4 kids ,,,,,,,,,,,, vamoosh!!!! Never saw any of them again that weekend! Wifi all to myself  ;D
After your earlier post about your dash displaying Album/Artist/playlist on the red LED display I went out & had a fiddle with mine & if you press the 'Text' button on the stereo it does scroll thru the display option whilst on the cd mode, which. Never realised before so now I to have t displaying the Album info. Cheers for that, I guess reading  instruction could have told me that 2 years ago  :D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 10, 2015, 10:39:11 AM
Not the display on the left the one on the right...posted about it in a stereo related thread which subsequently derailed due to the other participants asking how I managed to unlock the super secret song, artist and album display whilst Bluetooth steaming. Apparently everyone elses cars only showed the words BT Audio.

Simple answer being....it just did it.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on August 10, 2015, 02:40:19 PM
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/derailed_zpsskenxczr.jpg)


 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 10, 2015, 10:01:36 PM
It's my topic I'll derail it if I want to  ;D

Reached a mile stone this very morning....all the 4s baby!
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG02042.jpg)

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 10, 2015, 11:29:56 PM
4 Back 4 on 4 the 4 rails 4 (http://www.carscoops.com/2008/09/mazda-becomes-first-automaker-to-use.html) Will I find all the 3's if I go looking on the site? :)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/SNvVMfwfYGI/AAAAAAAA7Cw/cBKNFjIcJ1U/s400/Mazda-Trans-Siberia-0.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on August 11, 2015, 12:39:43 AM
It's on here somewhere just can't find it at the moment.

You'll have to make do with this set of 3's and 9's     8) 8) 8)


(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/99999_zps2192dc27.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Torred1771 on August 13, 2015, 07:35:12 PM
Not the display on the left the one on the right...posted about it in a stereo related thread which subsequently derailed due to the other participants asking how I managed to unlock the super secret song, artist and album display whilst Bluetooth steaming. Apparently everyone elses cars only showed the words BT Audio.

Simple answer being....it just did it.

I wish mine would "just do it", ive been trying for ages to figure it out!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 13, 2015, 10:38:26 PM
I still think it's related to the device you are streaming from, you using a reasonably recent Android device or something else?
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Torred1771 on August 14, 2015, 06:40:32 PM
I still think it's related to the device you are streaming from, you using a reasonably recent Android device or something else?

Samsung galaxy note 4 and samsung galaxy S6 edge
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 14, 2015, 08:33:10 PM
OK that is odd, it worked with my last phone (Samsung Galaxy  S4) and works with my current phone (HTC on M9). Wonder if you are missing firmware updates (for the car) as device wise we're on the same operating system and have similar capabilities. Perhaps their is a difference between 2009 and 2011 cars and their capabilities but my guess would be a software update.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Torred1771 on August 16, 2015, 08:37:37 AM
OK that is odd, it worked with my last phone (Samsung Galaxy  S4) and works with my current phone (HTC on M9). Wonder if you are missing firmware updates (for the car) as device wise we're on the same operating system and have similar capabilities. Perhaps their is a difference between 2009 and 2011 cars and their capabilities but my guess would be a software update.

Wouldn't know how to go about doing a software update lol.

Maybe it's something bose related?
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on August 16, 2015, 08:58:14 AM

Wouldn't know how to go about doing a software update lol.


You can't do it. It's a dealership job.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 17, 2015, 09:24:50 PM
Gotta say, best time for white is the early evening, especially with my pimp lights  ;D
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/trimmedimage1.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/trimmedimage2.jpg)

Really need to change my number plate lights to led..also still debating if it's worth making an insurance claim for storm damage..as you can see it's not immediately obvious.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 17, 2015, 09:45:22 PM
...also still debating if it's worth making an insurance claim for storm damage...

[Old man grump]In my experience unless you're into multiple thousands of pounds repair is it ever worth claiming on insurance. Even with "protected no claims" they bump up the base insurance and then give you your discount on the bumped price so you end up paying far more than you claimed for next time anyhow unless it's a really big claim. Insurance is the biggest scam on the face of the earth IMHO.[/Old man grump]
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 17, 2015, 10:21:04 PM
I'm work in insurance in my day job so I'm well aware..problem is it may well need a need either a new roof skin or to be sanded back to the metal, filled and painted. Theoretically it could be PDR'd but there are so many that I'd they charged 40 quid a dent you'd be up to 500+ easy.

All for something that is barely visible..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 17, 2015, 11:16:40 PM
I'm work in insurance in my day job

 :o Nvm. I work in Finance, we're not so popular either  :P

 ??? PDR? Aaah - Paintless Dent Repair?

I had a guy quite literally run into the side of my car while I was in a line of nearly stationary nose to tail traffic. I'm serious. F**kwit. No idea what he was on, must have been strong! Left a crotch shaped imprint in my passenger door and broke my wing mirror. I got his details but he refused to take my details and just said sorry. To keep myself right in case it was a no win no fee sort of scam I reported to the police & insurance company. I didn't claim, spent a few hundred to fix it out of my own pocket and never heard from the guy. They still bumped my insurance up by about £2,000 next year, that's 10 times the normal price, ten times what it cost to fix. I argued and got it down to about £400; it's more than 5 years now and never heard a word from the other guy - so essentially it was a £200 phone call. Seriously, for £500 I'd either live with it, if you're happy to, or pay it out of pocket and keep it on the qt. Otherwise they'll just get it back within a year or two with interest.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 17, 2015, 11:22:21 PM
...neglected to say - I can't see it at all in the photos on this thread... but seem to recall you had another thread with a clearer photo when I first started following a month or two ago. Could see it then, bit of a golf ball effect on the roof?
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 17, 2015, 11:46:53 PM
Yeah there's one on the bonnet several on the roof, only visible from less than a foot away in most circumstances.

I've reported it to insurance but they are waiting on me to pull the trigger or not. Either way my insurance will go up next year unfortunately as even for information only carries a loading.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 17, 2015, 11:59:49 PM
I've reported it to insurance... [hence] ...my insurance will go up next year...

I think you've answered your own question then, you're screwed already - might as well get something out of it.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 18, 2015, 12:07:05 AM
There are different levels of screwed unfortunately...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 18, 2015, 12:51:18 AM
(http://www.icanhasinternets.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/zQz9y.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 29, 2015, 07:07:08 PM
Ever get the feeling you're imagining things?
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG02451.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG0244.jpg)(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG0243.jpg)(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG02422.jpg)

I swear the roof has dents in it...

Anyway the usual gratuitous shine shot..

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG02461.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 29, 2015, 11:05:45 PM
Ever get the feeling you're imagining things?

That's without a call to the body shop? Maybe heating in the sun and cooling overnight they've popped out? All in that knee-jerk call to the insurance is still going to have cost you  >:( but at least you're happier with the latest gratuitous shine shot again :)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 29, 2015, 11:26:37 PM
Still present and correct unfortunately...it's all in the angle. 98% sure I'm not claiming on insurance, until I catch a look at it from the wrong angle and see 8 at once and wobble back the other way again. TBH worried they'll balls the job up and it'll end up looking worse.

Wish I was like my Mrs...I.e. blind to anything other than large things hanging off.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 30, 2015, 01:10:02 AM
lol. No double entendres in there at all. ;D

I think if you saw all the deep dings in the car i'm trading in for the new 3 you'd have a kitten. Noticed the other week the newest shiniest car in the residents parking - a less than 1 year old Suzuki Swift Sport has about 6 concentric circles keyed deep into the drivers door. It's a not insignificant part of the reason why I've held back longer than I otherwise would have done and I know it'll not be long till I get a big ignorant ding, scratch or keying. Sad, but there's no point trying to stop the tide when we share the world car parks with low life disrespectful scum that have no respect for other's hard earned pleasures. Force majeure aside, kudos for maintaining as well as you do :)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 30, 2015, 12:39:21 PM
I don't have kids or a dog at this point...so I can find an hour a weekend easy enough. I hate seeing a nice car looking battered/untidy. I might take it a little far given I was giving a colleague a lift home from work, we were walking through the car park chatting he sat in the car, stopped talking had a look round then when he did speak it was to ask "is this a new car?"

But tbf makes it easier to sell at the other end, this was my swift after 6.5 years and 75k miles a month before I traded it in (it was an 06 plate forgive the hilarious editing I'm on my phone).(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/2014-07-11_15_32_03_1.jpg)

As far as I'm aware it was written off by the new owner shortly after taking delivery which was a shame TBH given it had a service history 3 inches thick. Also it had a grands worth of i.c.e. as well as I left it in situ so I wasn't tempted to put it in the 3.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on August 30, 2015, 12:45:16 PM
There's so many things I could do with that picture.  But I'll resist...resis..resi.....
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 30, 2015, 12:52:36 PM
There's so many things I could do with that picture.  But I'll resist...resis..resi.....

I'm curious...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 06, 2015, 09:23:14 PM
Still running round dented, must call insurance and tell them I'm not claiming.

Anywho gotta say for a standard headunit the 3 is pretty awesome. My last car had 1500 quid of I.C.E. in it comprising sub, amp, upgraded components, head unit, rewire and sound proofing. I haven't listened to much EDM/Dubstep since I got it but was in the mood tonight and gotta say for a standard set up it drops! Only a little harsh sounding at high volumes and occasionally it can't manage the bass. Unlike every stock stereo I've ever tried though it doesn't rattle all the doors, and isn't weaker than listening to a phone in a bus station.

Apologies to everyone incase 3 values go down next month due to "now being seen driven by proper radgies". Sure I'll be back on radio 4 by next week.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on October 06, 2015, 10:21:25 PM
The Bose in my new 3 is outstanding too; though a drunk wife and two of her giggling friends on the back seat shortly after 2am on a Thursday night/Friday morning having missed the last tube then having called me to come pick them up playing Whitney Houston "I have nothing" at absolute full volume as I drove up the Fish Hill approach to London Bridge past a packed bus stop (yes, the speakers handled it with no rattling but definite bulging of the doors) while they sing along might have enough [negative] effect on 3 values and the general health of my eardrums to leave me not bothered with a additional effect of a few "proper radgies". Knock yourself out and enjoy  O0
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on October 06, 2015, 10:56:08 PM
Knock yourself out and enjoy  O0

But lets do it in the Entertainment forum   (http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac53/maddie5898/really.gif)          (http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/headbang.gif)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on October 06, 2015, 11:15:10 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/SNvVMfwfYGI/AAAAAAAA7Cw/cBKNFjIcJ1U/s400/Mazda-Trans-Siberia-0.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 06, 2015, 11:25:32 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/SNvVMfwfYGI/AAAAAAAA7Cw/cBKNFjIcJ1U/s400/Mazda-Trans-Siberia-0.jpg)

Off topic! Not my car!

Also hatch backs are better...

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/2015-02-04_16_23_35-1.jpg)

I'll see you all after my ban..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on October 07, 2015, 02:14:10 PM
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/WOWHACKSBANHAMMER-1.jpg)   Always close at hand   ;) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 08, 2015, 04:57:33 PM
Well claim is closed, I figure the only time it would affect the car is at resale, I have no intention of selling before it's 8 years old or so or catastrophically broken at either of those points some small dings in the roof are going to be unimportant.

That and I've been walking past an approved body shop every day near work and they seem to fix them by taking all the windows and roof trim out sanding back and filling. Don't imagine it would ever fit together the same again (especially window seals) and don't really want a roof full of bodge either.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on October 08, 2015, 05:19:48 PM
In all honesty, I don't blame you, going the insurance route always has it's downside.   Have you spoken with these franchises that specialize in small dents?  Sometimes a bit of localised heating and some suction works wonders.
 
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 08, 2015, 06:31:18 PM
I has a word with Hodgson's at the service, their tame PDR guy charges £40 a dent so 400 quid or less would get it to you'd never know kinda status as you could get rid of the eye catching ones.

To be honest I made my peace with it, one of those things, I had to report to insurance given I work in car insurance getting caught withholding information wouldn't be good for me. Otherwise I might sort it if I'm flush at some point.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 09, 2016, 05:42:21 PM
I hate winter....
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG00747.jpg)

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG00757.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on January 15, 2016, 02:39:35 AM
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG00747.jpg)

I bet that was someone who knows how OCD you are with the cleaning >:D Pretty good handwriting for a slight FWIW.

(http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Cartoon-Character-Mutley-Laughing.gif)

To be fair my black's not looking too cheery atm either...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 16, 2016, 02:44:03 PM
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG00747.jpg)

I bet that was someone who knows how OCD you are with the cleaning >:D Pretty good handwriting for a slight FWIW.

(http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Cartoon-Character-Mutley-Laughing.gif)

To be fair my black's not looking too cheery atm either...

No OCD...it's a fitness regime I tells ya, an hour washing the car burns 250-350 calories.  ;)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 17, 2016, 08:48:16 PM
Well...insurance has arrived and it's only doubled from last year, not that they informed me yet they just dumped the docs into an online account. However got a quote elsewhere for about 90 quid more than last year which isn't too bad given both basic rates and IPT have gone up.

Edit: Quick phone call this morning to half the price so that's another year with admiral, with additional mileage on its going to be 30 quid more.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 03, 2016, 09:16:23 PM
The Citroen is away being French..so I've had to lend it to my better half..

Felt like I'd lost a leg as she drove off in it, though never heard the tail pipe noise before and it's surprisingly loud.

It came back unharmed and apparently she likes it because it's big and comfortable, and asked to borrow it tomorrow..think I preferred it when she didn't want to drive it...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on February 03, 2016, 09:50:28 PM
(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/leopardfrog8907/Gaia/Store/Examples/Paths/SlipperySlope.gif)     >:D >:D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: carl.allen96 on February 04, 2016, 02:58:12 PM
though never heard the tail pipe noise before and it's surprisingly loud.

That was one of my first thoughts when I heard my car from the outside for the first time, I wondered at first whether mine had a aftermarket exhaust on it or something! They certainly sound good for a stock system!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 11, 2016, 09:28:05 PM
It's looking a lot more spring like....

So obviously it's time to break out the SRP..you'd think given the amount of salt on the road it wouldn't last long but it's just beading and running off even after a week, just needs the rear and wheels doing again.(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG01241.jpg)

Come through the winter mainly mark free, I need to wax and seal it again and it'll be good for a few months. Also you can tell the temps have gone up last tank was over 40mpg. That and the temps are up to the level the toyos actually work so enjoying actually being able to lean on it in the corners.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 12, 2016, 02:20:25 PM
All finished now, washed this morning then dried it, then began a task which would be a million times easier on a black car applying sealant. It goes on clear and dries to a white haze...so yeah a white haze on a white car also you have to leave it an hour so you can't just do one panel at a time either.  Been round it 8 times at least from every angle and I'm still sure I'll be spotting bits I've not buffed for weeks. However she's looking very nice and also rain-xed the windows lights and plates so hopefully if rain falls anywhere on it it'll just bead and run off!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on March 12, 2016, 04:10:41 PM
Good Job  (http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/goodjob.gif)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on March 14, 2016, 09:54:45 PM
Yeah, yeah, ok, ok. Great job StevenRB45... and way to make me feel bad for not cutting the grass last weekend never mind wash & wax the car. :-[ :o :P
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 15, 2016, 05:26:21 PM
Yeah, yeah, ok, ok. Great job StevenRB45... and way to make me feel bad for not cutting the grass last weekend never mind wash & wax the car. :-[ :o :P

No need to feel bad...I just have one of those labour saving automated mowers, it was super cheap (£10) from pets at home oddly enough. Not only does it keep my grass trimmed but it's also super absorbent when I need to dry the Mazda!
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/500/medium/IMAG0031_BURST003.jpg)

When deployed inside it will also dust your floors although a programming glitch does mean it occasionally attempts to mow the skirting boards..

Unfortunately I'm no good at "if nothing needs doing, do nothing" so having such an amazing modern labour saving implement in my life means I have more time for washing and polishing..

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on March 15, 2016, 11:24:51 PM
Interesting...

(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0665/0361/products/736211479969.MAIN.jpg?v=1442381635)

You say it takes care of the lawn too?  O0
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 16, 2016, 08:57:39 AM
It does, it can also shred confidential documents. The only issue is with it being the MK1 version it probably needs a firm ware update as occasionally it gets stuck on the "planting" function and digs holes for which I have no plants also for some reason it prioritises strawberries not lawns...and as its got older the battery life has decreased so it's more regularly found asleep in front of the fire.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on March 16, 2016, 02:48:38 PM
Ah it is widely recognised that the OEM battery has a limited life span, well documented in various FURums.  I EAR that it is possible to buy a satisfactory replacement EAR    https://www.duracell.co.uk/en-gb/category/duracell-rechargeable. 
Why don't you HOP over  there,  see if you can replace it and see what it enTAILs   Please have a look and LETTUCE know how you get on

Do you think I should I move these postings to Vehicle electrics,  or consumer reviews ? ?    (http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/dunno.gif)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p68/alongway99/Easter%20Animations/Bunny%20Animations/BunnyHopsFastPinkFeet.gif) 

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: carl.allen96 on March 16, 2016, 03:49:47 PM
I don't know what this post just turned into, but I like it!  ;D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 16, 2016, 04:57:01 PM
Ah it is widely recognised that the OEM battery has a limited life span, well documented in various FURums.  I EAR that it is possible to buy a satisfactory replacement EAR    https://www.duracell.co.uk/en-gb/category/duracell-rechargeable. 
Why don't you HOP over  there,  see if you can replace it and see what it enTAILs   Please have a look and LETTUCE know how you get on

Do you think I should I move these postings to Vehicle electrics,  or consumer reviews ? ?    (http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/dunno.gif)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p68/alongway99/Easter%20Animations/Bunny%20Animations/BunnyHopsFastPinkFeet.gif) 

Cheers for your help willpower...

I've got the batteries you suggested but I'm having real difficulty with the installation...
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG01321.jpg)

I shall persevere as it is amazingly useful when up and running 100% it's the perfect tool for a 3 owner on the go
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on March 16, 2016, 05:57:12 PM
Glad to be of help. 

I'm not sure if it's of any help as sHUTCH. But I believe if you dangle a CARROT in front of said equipment they become very compliant and installation will become easier.

(http://i510.photobucket.com/albums/s345/SPARKE33/Comedy.gif) Best of luck  8)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on March 16, 2016, 10:27:47 PM
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG01321.jpg)

LMAO ;D

Also you can tell the temps have gone up last tank was over 40mpg.

Yeah, I've seen the uptick too. Still way behind you but I'm getting more and more convinced that dropping into M6 instead of leaving it on automatic on motorways is helping; and the rising temps can only be helping too with less work for the aircon to do.

PS. Well done Willpower, I expect that was hard to resist ;)  >:D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 17, 2016, 04:54:18 PM
Also you can tell the temps have gone up last tank was over 40mpg.

Yeah, I've seen the uptick too. Still way behind you but I'm getting more and more convinced that dropping into M6 instead of leaving it on automatic on motorways is helping; and the rising temps can only be helping too with less work for the aircon to do.

PS. Well done Willpower, I expect that was hard to resist ;)  >:D

Tbf it's 50% dumb luck anyway, despite what perhaps you may think I don't hypermile everywhere to get the figures I do. But this weekend I took my father out for a run up the coast. When I do this I tend to drop into hypermile mode as if you're doing it right it's very smooth for the passengers other than occasionally carrying more speed round corners than a pensioner is comfortable with. As a result of that I actually started Monday having done 140 miles on the current tank with an average of 46.8mpg. Now it's Thursday afternoon, I've commuted 4 times at a total of about 50 miles and I'm now on 39.7, traffic will be part of it, but I do also like to boot it on the way to and from work

That and alot of the things I do you can't do with an auto, for example I can't imagine it'll let you run 25-30mph in top pulling sub 1000 rpm. One of the advantages of good fuel I find is it runs clean at rpm where supermarket fuel would be kangarooing down the road. Perfect for slow moving traffic streams which I see a lot of..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 20, 2016, 04:45:06 PM
Glad to be of help. 

I'm not sure if it's of any help as sHUTCH. But I believe if you dangle a CARROT in front of said equipment they become very compliant and installation will become easier.

(http://i510.photobucket.com/albums/s345/SPARKE33/Comedy.gif) Best of luck  8)

After 3 days I still haven't managed to find the battery door...carrots didn't achieve the required result. However I have solved my problem!
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG01406.jpg)

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on March 20, 2016, 07:24:03 PM

Ah yes, I've seen these. Good fun  ;D  ;D ;D   I guess it's true what they say about Red Bull
 

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/IMAG01406_zpsvyllvxe5.jpg)


And yes I know I've got too much time on my hands  ::) :P
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 20, 2016, 07:51:47 PM
 :o :o :o ;D

Loving the Mazda badges way to keep things on topic!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on April 02, 2016, 05:03:59 PM
Well this nearly developed a fatal attraction to a lamp post this morning.

I've never been a fan of the Toyos in the wet..and this morning I was a bit tired and possibly carried maybe 2-3 mph more than I would in rain into a corner that's on my commute. It decided it would prefer to go straight initially then once the front turned in the back went. Eyes were initially glued to the lamppost, then the DSC warning light (as I thought come on then now's the time if ever!) but no it didn't get involved in the understeer at all is it wasn't power understeer though it did nip a rear brake as the rear gripped again possibly attempting to stop the weight transfer going the other way..might have been useful if the speed had been over 30ish

Obviously checked the tyres...still 4mm in all the grooves at the front though the inner edges are more like 2.5 but suspect  they started shallower given the rest of the tyre appears to be wearing level and both fronts are the same.

Was going to keep the tyres over summer but now debating binning all 4 for good year efficient grips earlier than planned as it would appear I have very little safety margin/margin for error in the wet and it's starting to tramline pretty bad.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on May 09, 2016, 09:48:36 PM
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/500/medium/IMAG0226_1.jpg)

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on June 25, 2016, 10:53:25 AM
Just got this back with 4 new (Goodyear EfficientGrip performance) tyres and new discs and pads. May seem like a daft thing to say...but I've never actually driven it with good tyres and brakes. It's a different car, for a start the steering is no longer hyperactive, just communicative also brake pedal travel has halved.

My essential parts spending has increased from 86p to 520 quid but it's a very definite improvement.

Hopefully the minor service and mot in August will be a formality *fingers crossed*.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on June 25, 2016, 12:06:55 PM
New shoes & Booties.    :)    Always works wonders
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on June 30, 2016, 04:57:49 PM
Well it's going to be both my wedding and honeymoon transport so it's had a bit of a tidy...it may get some ribbons it may not.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/car322.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/car233.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/car127.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on June 30, 2016, 08:21:54 PM
Well it's going to be both my wedding and honeymoon transport................

Really ??    In that case congrats :)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Nick on June 30, 2016, 09:00:40 PM
Notice any improvement in cabin noise with the new tyres? Just about to order four new ones for mine and trying to find the quietest I can.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on June 30, 2016, 09:26:12 PM
Well it's going to be both my wedding and honeymoon transport................

Really ??    In that case congrats :)

Thanks very much, I got the thin end of the wedge like...she gets a pair of vintage cars, I get to drive my own! Tbf best man has offered to drive it for the day...just what I need for my stress levels!

Notice any improvement in cabin noise with the new tyres? Just about to order four new ones for mine and trying to find the quietest I can.

They are better for cabin noise at 68db on the Euro labels it's one of the quietest tyres you can buy.  It's an incremental improvement not night and day, you can still hear when you're on a crap surface but on smooth ones it's pretty damn quiet. I'm more impressed with the improvement in wet weather handling and cornering/braking feel as that's what's most noticeable.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 01, 2016, 09:40:11 AM
Some days only a wagon will do...

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG00435.jpg)

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG00445.jpg)

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on July 04, 2016, 12:57:52 AM
Well it's going to be both my wedding and honeymoon transport so it's had a bit of a tidy...it may get some ribbons it may not.

Congratulations dude. Martha looks good all in white but will be rightfully taking a back seat for the day; hope she's not the bunny boiling jealous type ;)

Some days only a wagon will do...

I came close to a major milestone this weekend just past: full size dishwasher packed in and I was contemplating a run to Curry's. I'm not so good at washing the car; I'm even worse at getting around to the dishes... For no reason the dishwasher started working again on the third attempt so I know it's coming but happy to squeeze the last life out of the old one. In the meantime I know there's good space in the back but has anyone had anything that big in the boot?
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 06, 2016, 09:03:44 PM
Well I'm back, having had a huge amount of fun..both on the day and mini-mooning afterwards and thanks swampy!

1st of all Martha got comprehensively out posed on the day, trust me to get married during a supercar owners club meet.
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG00513.jpg)
Second after 3 days averaging about 3-4 hours a day on the road she has a 5 o'clock shadow
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG02812.jpg)
3rd I have a new favourite car photo! Well the car is kinda in it!
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG00881.jpg)

Done nearly 600 miles in the week, covering all sorts of conditions from boring motorway schlepping to an ill advised blast over the North York Moors in torrential rain (I'd been up 12 hours I it was very much a case of "sod the journey get me to the destination"). Took it all in its stride though as you yet again accelerate back to motorway speed from a standstill after the 8th rounderbout in 4 miles you may start wishing for more power..though despite regular pinning of the throttle and winding it up to speed in 2nd and 3rd my average mpg was 44.5.
I came close to a major milestone this weekend just past: full size dishwasher packed in and I was contemplating a run to Curry's. I'm not so good at washing the car; I'm even worse at getting around to the dishes... For no reason the dishwasher started working again on the third attempt so I know it's coming but happy to squeeze the last life out of the old one. In the meantime I know there's good space in the back but has anyone had anything that big in the boot?

Unless the opening is different on the mk3 you may have a job while the volume is decent the shape of the opening may not take a large square peg.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on July 12, 2016, 09:52:40 PM
Second after 3 days averaging about 3-4 hours a day on the road she has a 5 o'clock shadow
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG02812.jpg)
Makes a nice change from the usual car porn: dirty car porn.

3rd I have a new favourite car photo! Well the car is kinda in it!
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG00881.jpg)
Martha's the one on the right, right?  :) :-*
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 28, 2016, 04:18:57 PM
Well she's fully ticketed up until 23/8/2017, gearbox is a little different with new oil, handbrake has obviously been adjusted otherwise is as it was this morning.

The dream of an advisory free mot did not come to pass...apparently having an engine undertray warrants an advisory.. ::)

But happy given when I asked if there was anything that might need attention soon I was told "it's pretty much mint".

That lasted until I asked what the year 6 service costs...408 quid as it includes spark plugs + the usual major service stuff though as my immediate reaction was "******ing hell I'll start saving now" they actually noted my file to say they'll do it for 350 when the time comes. Which was nice..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 05, 2016, 11:33:52 AM
Handily between the service, new brakes and new tyres this has lost all of the "character" (I.e. bits that are moderately annoying but not actually bad enough to sort).

The front wheels were very slightly out of balance but normally less than 10% of my time is motorway and it was OK at 70 so it never got done. Obviously that's now gone so I can travel at many leptons without any vibrations through the column.

Second there was an odd intermittent high frequency vibration you could feel through the floor this was still happening after the new tyres. But after the service this has now stopped...I can only assume my undertray was a little loose and has been removed and refitted, I don't think gearbox oil change would have done that.

Anyway very happy with it ATM and fuel economy has increased a little as well. Also despite exploring the capabilities of the new tyres not seen a dsc light since they were fitted..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on August 11, 2016, 10:26:19 PM
Nice. That extra fuel economy will help you save for the 6 year service too. Bonus  8)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 12, 2016, 10:10:05 AM
I can imagine there will be people who think spending 350 on main dealer servicing a car that's well out of warranty is daft..

But as it generally costs nothing in unscheduled work I don't begrudge spending money to keep it good and at less than a pound a day it's not exactly breaking the bank and it'll be worth a little more with a full main agent history.

Also the fact it doesn't feel or look it's age helps when justifying money. My father (who has spent a fair bit of time travelling in it) was very surprised when I mentioned it was going in for an mot, he said "didn't realise it had reached that age"...this year was it's 3rd mot test. The fact it's generally immaculate (and the relative rarity meaning people don't know what it is) does seem to fool a few people into thinking its newer than it is, will always remember giving a guy a lift home in my then 4 year old car "is this a new car?"

Probably just as well the car is cheap to run given the lagomorphic lawn care solution (some might say mk1 rabbit) has cost over a grand in the last 2 months..perhaps it would have been cheaper to hire a gardener, although where I'd find one with the same mixture of cantankerous disobedience and absorbency I don't know.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 04, 2016, 09:41:06 AM
Most of the way to Southampton now amazed at how few 3s are down south was following one for a bit but a closer look revealed an SH plate (Scottish registered so even further out of his way than me) and sticker saying it was from border cars...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on September 04, 2016, 03:46:51 PM
...amazed at how few 3s are down south...

You'll probably recall I went for months after placing my order before seeing my first Gen 3 hatch. I see them fairly often now though; good reason too  O0 loving mine.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 04, 2016, 05:17:21 PM
Saw a grand total of 3 of all generations from Newcastle to Southampton...I normally see that many on my 8 mile commute. However time for drinks and hoping the battery survives 14 days in a car park..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on September 04, 2016, 08:18:22 PM
Have a good trip (honeymoon ?? ) , smug in the knowledge that you have a fairly uncommon car. Oh and have the AA's number at hand when you get home.   Have a great time  :)
 
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 06, 2016, 03:55:32 PM
Indeed it is no driving for a fortnight...however got a nice 340 trip in a day waiting for me when I get back. Got my AA card...but given I work for them do rather hope they'll not take too long!

Current means of transportation:

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/2026/medium/IMAG0396.jpg)

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 18, 2016, 05:04:57 PM
I'm back!

It started 1st time which I was glad of and once I'd refilled the tank schlepped it's way north for 5.5 hours without incident. Did 43 mpg on the motorway which ain't bad at all given I wasn't drafting lorries.

It's currently filthy having been parked on a dock for a fortnight but otherwise fine...unlike the lemon which in its two week lay up has got itself asr failure..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on September 18, 2016, 05:27:34 PM
Glad you're safely back. Hope you had a great time. :)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on September 19, 2016, 11:34:36 PM
It's currently filthy having been parked on a dock for a fortnight but otherwise fine...unlike the lemon which in its two week lay up has got itself asr failure..

If I were you I'd check the gas strut connectors; being out in all that sea air for the fortnight you never know what corrosion could have occurred  >:D

Welcome back. Hope you had a great time. How were the evening shows & performances?  O0
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 21, 2016, 01:38:39 PM
It's currently filthy having been parked on a dock for a fortnight but otherwise fine...unlike the lemon which in its two week lay up has got itself asr failure..

If I were you I'd check the gas strut connectors; being out in all that sea air for the fortnight you never know what corrosion could have occurred  >:D

Welcome back. Hope you had a great time. How were the evening shows & performances?  O0

I had internet when I was ashore so I did see the thread on the recall so it was the 1st thing I loaded the cases up they aren't too bad, they aren't good but they aren't orange either.

Shows were pure cheese...at least the ones I saw so spent more time watching films on the outdoor movie screen.

This for example is the day the circus came to town.
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG1161.jpg)

I also have a video of my first ever attempt at boogie boarding but that's off topic so shall never appear in this thread..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on September 21, 2016, 09:34:02 PM
Shows were pure cheese...at least the ones I saw so spent more time watching films on the outdoor movie screen.

This for example is the day the circus came to town.
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG1161.jpg)

I also have a video of my first ever attempt at boogie boarding but that's off topic so shall never appear in this thread..

Shame but I know they can be a bit hit and miss. We've had good, we've had lame. Not to worry so long as you enjoyed the whole package. Boogie boarding... had to Google it... a bit like this...  8)

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/blue.gif)---------------------------(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Decorated%20images/PassingPortTerneuze%203_zpsspikodfl.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 21, 2016, 10:20:28 PM
It was good fun in general though we tended to just avoid the shows as they were very x factor (Including former contestants!) and are now extremely good at air hockey, guitar hero, and many others (they had a full arcade on board) also mini golf and table tennis...we also went ashore at every port so didn't have that much time to kill.

Only found the gym in the second week...the ice rink on the other hand we found on the roughest day and didn't go back having taken 20 mins to stagger round one lap as the ship pitched round the Atlantic!

Good crack, though was very pleased to see the angel of the north on Sunday.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on September 21, 2016, 10:36:38 PM
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Mazda/2753ec4e-ee79-443b-a035-6a9e68c3c1fc_zpskb87kkjw.jpg)

Martha got jealous   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 02, 2016, 05:01:12 PM
Photoshop PAH!

With the wonders of modern technology we have virtual stunt Martha.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/Screenshot-Original-101.png)

Stunt Martha is significantly faster than the real thing...
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/Screenshot-Original-91.png)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on November 05, 2016, 08:57:46 PM
Ah it is widely recognised that the OEM battery has a limited life span, well documented in various FURums.  I EAR that it is possible to buy a satisfactory replacement EAR    https://www.duracell.co.uk/en-gb/category/duracell-rechargeable. 
Why don't you HOP over  there,  see if you can replace it and see what it enTAILs   Please have a look and LETTUCE know how you get on

Do you think I should I move these postings to Vehicle electrics,  or consumer reviews ? ?    (http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j124/willpower128/Emos/dunno.gif)
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p68/alongway99/Easter%20Animations/Bunny%20Animations/BunnyHopsFastPinkFeet.gif) 

Cheers for your help willpower...

I've got the batteries you suggested but I'm having real difficulty with the installation...
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/IMAG01321.jpg)

I shall persevere as it is amazingly useful when up and running 100% it's the perfect tool for a 3 owner on the go

Unfortunately despite the new batteries and the red bull (and also an insane amount of veterinary care) after 7 and a half years this little fella took his last ride in Martha on Thursday night and was put to sleep today.

Gutted is not the word...he was a crap lawn mower and wash cloth but oddly enough that wasn't the point.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on November 05, 2016, 09:25:41 PM
Aww Sorry to hear this.  Perhaps he could start a Mazda forum over the rainbow bridge.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on November 19, 2016, 02:58:03 PM
It's my topic I'll derail it if I want to  ;D

Reached a mile stone this very morning....all the 4s baby!
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG02042.jpg)

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG1213.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: 9swampy on November 29, 2016, 11:56:31 PM
It's my topic I'll derail it if I want to  ;D

Hehe. Still here... shame about the little fella.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on November 30, 2016, 04:33:38 PM
He's rather sorely missed unfortunately..

As a result we went to see a man about a dog, decided against it but not before I'd had to drive along a waterlogged farm track..this was spotless 3 days ago! Sides look like I've taken up rally cross..ah well at least it didn't get stuck.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG12231.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 24, 2017, 04:40:13 PM
Well it had to happen eventually...think it may actually be a little broken.

Sounds like I have a wheelbearing starting to make itself heard possibly front left at a guess. Rotational speed sensitive noise on very smooth surfaces between 40-60 that isn't rpm or gearbox related and a weird chirp if you go to full lock when the car is cold (sounds like someone blowing on a bottle!).

At this point I'm not overly concerned it's not particularly loud and there's no wobble on the steering at any speed probably give it a few months to develop then take it to the menders.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on January 24, 2017, 05:00:12 PM
6 years is not long for a wheel bearing. My first one went at about 11.   Keep an eye on it. 
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 24, 2017, 05:32:30 PM
I may have killed 2 by 7 years on my Suzuki and another 2 went on the micra so unfortunately I have some experience with them. My car is also around the same age my dads focus 2 lost a rear bearing.

I'm still not entirely convinced it's broken its only a certain type of road surface at specific speeds other than the random squeak so I'm seeing if it does go to "classic" wheel bearing noise before messing about. At the minute the only way to hear it is travel on a freshly laid road at 40-60mph with everything off on other roads you can't hear it at all.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 06, 2017, 07:42:32 PM
Ah fudge...

One wing respray coming up...192 quid all due to a bloke in a van coming the other way flicking a rock.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG13071.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on March 06, 2017, 08:41:04 PM
Groan,  it happens to us all at some time. I've lost a windscreen in exactly the same manner. No chance of catching the culprit and he probably didn't even know it had happened. 
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 06, 2017, 09:41:39 PM
Not worth the agro sure at some point I'll have done something similar to someone else. Joys of living in the sticks, was crossing a band of gravel caused by flooding and he just didn't slow down.

I would have patched it but the crack in paint means rather than the usual bullet hole to patch I'd be scraping out an inch or so of paint which goes over on to the side of the car so it would need to be a rattle can, can't see white pearl from a rattle can doing the car justice. That and where it is would be an absolute rust trap if done wrong and they aren't known for A1 rust proofing.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 13, 2017, 04:38:37 PM
Well this certainly was well travelled last year..(gotta love FB check ins)

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/Screenshot_20161209-094404_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on March 29, 2017, 05:47:01 PM
It's back

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG13271.jpg)

Will say to my eye it isn't 100% perfect you can see where it's been sanded back to the metal (the crack went all the way to the sheet metal) and repainted. If you follow the shadow line around the crease in the arch you can see a wobble. However at this point suspect I could be being oversensitive.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG13281.jpg)

Give it a week to settle and see how she looks...can't wash it for a week either which is annoying as the bonnet was obviously half masked and half unmasked so it could do with a scrub on the passenger side as its currently matte.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on April 02, 2017, 12:14:06 AM
May have taken it back on Friday...

Not actually due to the slightly imperfect finish but because there was a boat load of clear coat overspray on the bonnet and windscreen.

I was nice about it given this colour is an absolute c**t for hiding things (polishing this car takes hours and you'll always miss a bit) and the bonnet and glass have now been machine polished and the repair refinished.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on May 19, 2017, 11:08:12 PM
Still ticking...had a busy few days. 1st of all did my 1st run of hartside pass in many years (last time I ran it I had a Suzuki).
(https://www.visitcumbria.com/wp-content/gallery/hartside-pass/2-hartsid4.jpg)

Then having got a telling off for getting a bit too into that on the way out did a 4 hour motorway iron man session on the way back.

The tank was full and the trip was zeroed yesterday.
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/IMAG01065.jpg)

Oh well the trip says I've got 35 miles left, yes I really wasn't stopping before I got to my sofa.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on June 24, 2017, 02:12:51 AM
Did a second hartside pass run last week

In a Corsa SRI...for work you understand. I had an absolute ball, not because it was any good, it had no steering feel, the gearbox was awful, the brakes had no bite at all, even compared to this car no power. But what is truly needed to enjoy a road like hartside is a car you can give back afterwards and never see again and someone else paying for fuel.

As much I love this car..smashing the bejesus out of someone elses car is always fun.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 28, 2017, 05:08:08 PM
Think I win the mot test emissions competition..

Apparently it was tested engine off..other than it has a lambda reading.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170728_160857.jpg)

First ever broken bit, I lost a front droplink so total bill for the day with a year 6 service and mot was 475 quid.

Second year in a row tech hands it back and says it's a nice car that..its mint underneath.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 29, 2017, 06:00:12 PM
Took this for a proper spin today..

While I wouldn't call it a night and day difference, fresh spark plugs, oil and air filter have made a decent difference seems to spin more easily and pull a little better. Also having a functional front roll bar has made a difference to body control in the bends.


Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: speedy mazda on July 29, 2017, 06:18:54 PM
hi steven so you had the spark plugs changed early ?as the originals have a life of 75000 miles.I was  advised to wait until the car had done nearer 75000 rather than on the 6th service. did you have more long life plugs put in ?.My car has soon done 70000 miles soon ,so I will get them changed next service.What was the condition of the old plugs they pulled out?.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 29, 2017, 07:08:06 PM
It had the full year 6, with oem parts (hence the bill!) so another set of iridiums in and next set due at 12 years old. I've just been following service schedule although my car has only covered 60500 so I could have probably waited another 2 years or so.

In all honesty no idea what condition the plugs were when they were removed, it had no running issues as such. Will say the it's never scored 0s on the emissions test (last year was 3ppm and year before was 2ppm for hydro carbons) so it would appear they had detoriated a little over time.

My last Suzuki had it's original iridium plugs at 78k and 8 years and all that was said was the gap was a little large as the electrodes had oxidized over time/use. But they just used to tidy them up and refit.

Iridiums can last a very very long time (know of a toyota on 180k on the originals!) I could have not got them done but had the money and the year 6 was due anyway. I fully expect most of the running improvements are down to the fresh air filter.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: moozmooz on July 30, 2017, 01:50:06 AM
I wouldn't put all that much faith in the absolute accuracy of the emission testing figures. Statutory calibration checks vary from 3 to 12 months depending on the equipment so if your at the end of the cycle, there could be a sizeable error, on top of the fairly generous calibration tolerance.
What's always struck me as odd is that the test is carried out not at a specified engine temperature but at, or after, the point when the engine fan cuts in, triggered by a temperature switch whose calibration hasn't been checked since it was manufactured.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 28, 2017, 09:24:42 AM
Officially 3 years since I picked this up....

Will be celebrating by hitting the A1 for another road trip. For a car that does 8k miles a year it's been a lot of places..mainly because my commuting miles are only 4k miles a year so there's an awful lot of road tripping going on to get to 8k. Strange to think it's 6 years old next month, still think of it as a new car.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on September 22, 2017, 07:15:07 PM
Did the end of summer tidy/damage check. It's picked up a parking crease on the left rear arch..but no paint damage so I'm not concerned. Otherwise she's going well and looking good.

(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170922_171759.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170922_110932.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170922_104248.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170922_172243.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170922_172135.jpg)
(http://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20170922_171936.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on April 28, 2018, 09:51:41 PM
So we now have one of these...
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/20180428_181955.jpg)

I wasn't seduced by the singing baby...even though the ad uses a gen 2.

However means I now have this on my phone..
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1717/medium/20180428_215556.jpg)
Find my car should come in handy if it gets nicked as should the battery monitor. Hopefully I'll continue having no faults to be diagnosed.



Will say I'm not paying any money for this...it's free from work.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on May 22, 2018, 05:52:17 PM
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20180522_114941.jpg)

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 30, 2018, 10:53:37 PM
Another year...another mot.

Passed with an advisory for worn rear droplinks which I knew about due to a click on mounting kerbs or travelling on uneven surfaces. Quoted 100 quid a corner to sort, job for another day.

But fighting for another year.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 01, 2018, 12:12:34 PM
Both droplinks replaced at local garage rather than Hodgsons.

72 quid for the pair, as ever you never realise how broken something was until you fix it. Suspension noise seems to have halved.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: red_imps_2003 on August 02, 2018, 11:32:09 AM
You don't mind spending a few quid on your car when it makes an appreciable difference to the driving experience like that.

Mine's in for a service then MOT on Monday. Our trusted local mechanic performs the service and checks it over before taking it around the corner to the local testing centre. There are two or three noises concerning me of late; hope they either aren't too significant from a safety perspective or are not too expensive to rectify...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 02, 2018, 03:33:52 PM
I'm now up to 3 out of 4 drop links replaced just the front drivers side one is hanging on.

They produce a variety of interesting noises when they fail. The front one separated entirely which occasionally clunked loud as it swung in the breeze, but mainly made the handling very interesting! Rear ones produced small audible clicks but on rough roads it seemed to cause vibration as now they are changed it feels like it just rides rippled surfaces rather than rattling over them.

Hard to describe to be honest, it feels like the car is one solid piece rather than hitting a bump and then feeling it vibrate through the underside.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: hussar25 on August 28, 2018, 08:53:54 AM
nice car mate. I always enjoy reading the build up threads
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on November 11, 2018, 07:50:04 PM
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20181111_155003.jpg)

My Chaffeur is fecking useless..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on December 07, 2018, 07:22:12 PM
Well it had to happen eventually...think it may actually be a little broken.

Sounds like I have a wheelbearing starting to make itself heard possibly front left at a guess. Rotational speed sensitive noise on very smooth surfaces between 40-60 that isn't rpm or gearbox related and a weird chirp if you go to full lock when the car is cold (sounds like someone blowing on a bottle!).

At this point I'm not overly concerned it's not particularly loud and there's no wobble on the steering at any speed probably give it a few months to develop then take it to the menders.

To quote myself..Front right wheel bearing has decided to go full screech. Was silent when I pulled into work, literally so bad people turn to look as I go past now.

FFS..had drop links in summer, the puncture last week and now this nothing horrendous..I just don't have the time to deal with it atm.

Hopefully can get it in the garage tomorrow, otherwise I'm drving a Citroen next week as it sounds so bad I want it checked before it moves any distance.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on December 08, 2018, 11:56:40 AM
Woo not a wheel bearing..

A stone so wedged the brakes needed to be stripped off to get it out.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on December 08, 2018, 12:00:47 PM
Is your disc OK  Or did the stone do any scouring ?
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on December 08, 2018, 12:07:14 PM
It's still at the local Indy Garage at the moment but I did ask and they said it hadn't done any damage. Apparently it was right down the back and they ended up taking most of the corner to pieces before they found it.

It only did about 6 slow miles with it like that as the noise was so bad I didn't want to drive it.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on December 25, 2018, 08:15:05 PM
Battery is possibly on its last legs now, holds charge ok but in cold weather after 2 days car genie is pinging low voltage warnings at my phone.

It's ok as long as it doesn't have a lay up, couple of days without moving and the voltage drops off. It's the OEM battery and over 7 years old so not massively unexpected.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on December 28, 2018, 02:19:45 PM
Battery is possibly on its last legs now, holds charge ok but in cold weather after 2 days car genie is pinging low voltage warnings at my phone.

It's ok as long as it doesn't have a lay up, couple of days without moving and the voltage drops off. It's the OEM battery and over 7 years old so not massively unexpected.

That's good going for an OEM battery - mine have mostly lasted between 3 and 5 years, heavily dependent upon how I've used the car.  To keep mine going longer than before (my current one is around 5yo), when I'm either unemployed or commuting by train I find I have to drive it once every 2-3 weeks in summer, roughly every 2 weeks in spring and autumn and early winter, and once a week in winter and/or when the outside temperature drops below about 7degC consitently during the day and below 2-4degC overnight.  Each journey (to another town to do my weekly food shop) is about 12 miles each way, mostly at motorway speeds, nice to charge the battery up and in daylight.  When I left mine for longer periods (even during one year of that period), it just wouldn't last more than 4 years, often having issues keeping a charge after only 3 years.

I probably spend more on the extra fuel than I would do on batteries (despite them now costing around £150 each, fitted), but it's the inconvenience when one does finally go when I need to use the car that I'd rather do without, although using it as described above does also keep the brakes from sticking (and failing early, e.g. warped discs) as much.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on December 28, 2018, 06:21:36 PM
If I didn't have the Car Genie I probably wouldn't have noticed, at least until one day it got too far down and stranded me anyway. It's still starting ok at the moment though if we have a really cold night that might be it. Once I'm back to work it'll be used 5 days out of 7 again so unlikely to die on its backside.

Given the age I should probably get a new one and I usually would but as I'm looking at new cars within the year seems a bit of a waste especially when the wife's on maternity so the Citroen is spare 7 days a week if it decides to not start.

Still thinking about it's replacement or whether to just stick with it at this point. At 72k miles drivers seat bolster has a killer crease and the foam is starting to come out of the bottom as dust, there's a few dings been collected along the way but overall it's still the car I picked up 4 and a bit years ago pic from the end of summer.
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20180714_173508.jpg)

All the brakes have loads of life left, worst tyre is over 5mm but just fitted a brand new matching one after my puncture dramas. I could probably chuck about 175 quid at it for a new battery and a 4 wheel balance (got a very slight imbalance at 70 which given the pot holes is good going) and it's mechanically 100% perfect. Heated seats and climate pack still work flawlessly as well.

Main issues at the minute are interior space and the 1.6 is a bit overwhelmed with 4 on board and a boot full of baby gear. It will accelerate but it usually requires a FIRE EVERYTHING! approach to uphill motorway slip roads that raises a passenger eyebrow or two to get up to 70 in a reasonable time.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on December 29, 2018, 09:12:30 AM
I'm holding onto my gen-1 (just passed its 11th MOT in a row - yea!) until my career change is done and hopefully by then the gen-4 (apparently due in the Spring in the UK) will have been out long enough for any issues to be sorted (if required) and has the right combos of engines, trim and gearbox that I couldn't get in the gen-3 (especially as I preferred the fastback).

PS.  I'm wondering if the disintegrating seat foam is due to the heated seats feature, as foam doesn't like getting hot as well as significant use.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on December 29, 2018, 09:33:27 AM
Wouldn't have thought so, the bit that's going isn't heated.
It's just a combination of the windscreen angle, seat height and the semi bucket design of the sports seats. Fairly common in this spec if you look on auto trader most seem to have a bit a of shabby drivers side back bolster.

If you are parked in a tight bay you always end up sliding over the bolster and after 7 years it's not happy with that situation.

Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on December 29, 2018, 04:47:23 PM
I see.  Mine (mostly the back seats, ironically, that have hardly been used [99.9% of the time its only me in the car]) have faded as its parked in the sun, the black cloth seats fading to a charcoal grey colour.  On mine, I've got decide whether I should replace the front springs and dampers as they are (according to the MOT, though weirdly, not the service inspection) beginning to corrode (advisory).  That could set me back quite a bit, and if I recall, I won't be able to use Mazda OEM parts as they don't make or stock them for the gen-1 car any more.

I'd need to make sure they are Japanese-made (or to Mazda's specs) as apparently European-made springs have been known to prematurely fail as the ends aren't properly smoothed off, and some have had structural defects because they were moved out of the foundry into very cold air (Sweden) too soon after being cast/shaped.  Hopefully I won't need to make that decision for a year or two, and I would hope by then my career situation is sorted and I can either afford to do this or buy another car.  I never like leaving wearing parts on the car for too long if I can help it.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 20, 2019, 01:12:17 PM
Well I got bored of receiving texts from the car..
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/Screenshot_20190120-105327_Messages.jpg)

Discovered that it did indeed have the factory battery which is 008 size. No-where local had one in stock..and there's a cold snap forecast for next week so hmm.

However due to it not being a stop start car and lacking the more modern battery conditioning systems you can fit effectively the wrong battery. Obviously it's still 12 volts, but a 030 size fits inside the battery box and brings significant boosts in capacity and cold cranking amps...so we have one of those now.

edit: So it was minus 3 this morning, I had been in the habit of making sure everything was off before cranking as I was very aware the battery was on it's last legs. It would turn over 3 or 4 times slowly and fire.

This morning I just went for the start, had fired within half a turn of the starter, also steering feels lighter at low speed and lights don't really dim anymore when the electric pump is running. So other than my wallet being 100 quid lighter (the bigger battery is cheaper than the stock size) it's all good.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on January 31, 2019, 07:38:30 PM
So...this car is Probably staying for a few years at least. Nothing has changed in my circumstances..I just figured there's nothing currently available in budget I want to commit to.

To keep me from getting itchy feet.. I may have paid a visit to the chaps who built my I.C.E. install in my Suzuki today..and it may be booked in with them on Tuesday.

So an actual update is coming...rather than a repair. Will say it doesn't involve a boot full of sub and amp though just a bit of modernising.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: red_imps_2003 on February 01, 2019, 12:30:26 PM
That's good news; it's nice to have a regular forum contributor staying. I think one of your main concerns was with the space available for accommodating little ones, if I remember? I had a broadly similar issue with my Focus when we became new parents. I specifically switched to it from a Fabia because I knew we would need space and for the first year or so I still wished at times that I had gone with something bigger. Once we could stop taking the huge plastic bath and invested in a more lightweight stroller the space thing became less of an issue. Have had the 3 for just over two years now with two lads under ten and space hasn't been a problem, even on family holidays.

Incidentally, I saw my old Focus yesterday. In the same village where I live, likely taking a child to the school my boys attend! Small world. I sold it to We Buy Any Car on the Team Valley (for a truly pathetic sum) and it has obviously stayed local. Its been re-sprayed a different colour and the steel wheels have been replaced with alloys. It's only recognisable by the number plate. I didn't like to look inside to see whether there was still a large mayonnaise stain on the driver's seat!!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 05, 2019, 06:53:45 PM
I'm at the point now I can pack a pram and changing bag and leave enough space for a weekly shop without it spilling into the cabin and only got 6 months left to run with a rear facing seat.

Anyway..update time like actual update!!! So I have mentioned at various times my previous car had a pretty serious stereo in it, now my situation doesn't lend itself to a boot full of sub and amp but off I went to autosounds who built it anyway.

(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20190205_085120.jpg)

We now have Spec parity with a gen 3, 7 inch touchscreen, Dab and am/fm Android Auto and Car play. Got a quick charge connection in the central armrest.

Pioneer DA230:

(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20190205_164009.jpg)

Dab aerial:

(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20190205_170017.jpg)

Works great  ;D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Decker on February 06, 2019, 07:27:46 PM
That looks a fantastic set up Steven, wouldn't mind something like that in mine   8)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 06, 2019, 08:48:17 PM
That looks a fantastic set up Steven, wouldn't mind something like that in mine   8)

Thanks, at the minute I'm having to make a conscious effort not to play with it constantly. Once the novelty has worn off I'll have a nice sounding head unit with a responsive high definition touch screen and top quality phone integration, so what I wanted from a new car. Also would accept a reversing cam if I want to get the full modern car experience!

Had nothing against the standard one but it's just a lot more up to date, and looks similar to what was fitted in the late model venture edition cars but the screen is 1.2 inches bigger. If anything given mines also had parking sensors fitted as well it's now as much of a Venture edition as it is a Takuya..
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: red_imps_2003 on February 07, 2019, 12:10:39 PM
Looks sweet. Like you say; gives the 'new car' feel without the massive outlay!!
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on February 07, 2019, 06:55:42 PM
That looks a fantastic set up Steven, wouldn't mind something like that in mine   8)

Thanks, at the minute I'm having to make a conscious effort not to play with it constantly. Once the novelty has worn off I'll have a nice sounding head unit with a responsive high definition touch screen and top quality phone integration, so what I wanted from a new car. Also would accept a reversing cam if I want to get the full modern car experience!

Had nothing against the standard one but it's just a lot more up to date, and looks similar to what was fitted in the late model venture edition cars but the screen is 1.2 inches bigger. If anything given mines also had parking sensors fitted as well it's now as much of a Venture edition as it is a Takuya..

I've seen similar kits for the gen-1 cars like mine - they are available via US Ebay sites.  They look great.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 07, 2019, 07:22:04 PM
I think the big one for gen 1s in the US seems to be the Eonon 7 inch set up. It's available over here: https://www.eonon.co.uk/mobile/Mazda-3-2004-2009-Android-8-1-2G-RAM-Quad-Core-32G-ROM-Split-Screen-Compatible-With-Bose-System-7-Inch-Touchscreen-Car-DVD-CD-Receiver.html&Catype=1 But you can get a double din adaptor and fit anything, I'm just a fan of Pioneer. I think you lose the trip mode button on early gen 1s.

Still playing..done my best to match the Oem colour scheme, maybe a bit less saturation and single colour background to match the centre screen but happy with the button colour.
(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20190207_174919.jpg)

Fairly sure I could load a Mazda boot screen rather than Pioneer for the Full OEM look..but fun for another day.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Willpower on February 07, 2019, 07:33:50 PM
Looks good  :)       (https://image.ibb.co/nk9xVQ/headbang.gif)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 08, 2019, 10:40:26 PM
Back to fixing stuff..top of the rear door is currently apart as I only have 2 of 3 brake lights. Thankfully the L.E.D.s are both fine shall post a photo how to guide if I get the chance to snap a couple of pictures while it's apart as how it comes apart isn't covered in much detail in the hand book, had no spare that would fit >:(
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 13, 2019, 08:33:06 PM
Got to say...after a week this stereo is awesome.

The screen is better than the oem one in the Citroen in both quality and responsiveness. The sound quality even on standard speakers is excellent..though I'd now love an upgrade..as I've got a feeling I might end up popping the stock ones. Been going through old music and enjoying it afresh on my commute.

I was already a fan of Android Auto but using it every day In a slicker installation is pretty much a thing of wonder. Literally just tell it what you want to do and it does it. Be it navigation, sending a message, playing a song or album or artist (pretty much any song as it's linked to Spotify, Google music...and iPlayer in my case) can all be done by pressing a single button then speaking to it.

DAB aerial may have been a waste of money given I've only not been streaming off my phone for about 2 minutes but sure I'll use it at some point.

But in general very chuffed, made my currently horrific commute (19 mph average speed over 280 miles cannot wait for Blaydon rounderbout to be done) a lot more bearable. Also means no faffing with phone cradles and the like when we go on weekend trips.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on February 16, 2019, 10:22:21 PM
The Citroen is away being French..so I've had to lend it to my better half..

Felt like I'd lost a leg as she drove off in it, though never heard the tail pipe noise before and it's surprisingly loud.

It came back unharmed and apparently she likes it because it's big and comfortable, and asked to borrow it tomorrow..think I preferred it when she didn't want to drive it...

(http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/leopardfrog8907/Gaia/Store/Examples/Paths/SlipperySlope.gif)     >:D >:D

Now to quote myself and Mr. Power from 3 years ago (Christ time flies when you're having fun).

So reinsured my wife on this after 3 years..she drove it once. Then announced her plan for replacing the Citroen C3 today, with a Mazda 3..to be precise this Mazda 3. The C3 goes back in 18 months..so apparently I need to pick a new car by then..and find the money trading this in would have brought but take one for the team e.t.c.

In some ways I'm quite glad, cos I'd miss this car..it has a lot of history with us now, and I like having it around. But I get to pick a new toy as well!

Of course it was doing it's thing today..so here it is at Cragside in Northumberland.

(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20190216_215814.jpg)
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on February 19, 2019, 05:05:59 PM
Looks like your car may need to see a dentist, pronto - that smile on its face looks decidedly dodgy!

 ;D
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: red_imps_2003 on February 20, 2019, 11:43:36 AM
It's nice that it is staying in the family...
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on May 14, 2019, 11:46:37 PM
So at this point...having spent 3 hours in this yesterday to and from fountains abbey. Tend to think on motorway schleps, in this case about the car as I drove it.

I'm no closer to picking a replacement, if I got a new car it would be quieter at the cruise and possibly more comfortable. But it's not bad..and it feels very much like replacing faithful family dog, yes it has some minor faults..which as it gets older will likely get more numerous but it doesn't feel like an old car. Also it has a lot of good memories in it, a ridiculous amount tbf, have any car long enough I guess.

Another point would be to get something with the same spec in the same size..I'm spending a lot. Dual Zone climate (which at nearly 8 years old is still perfect), heated seats, cruise, Android auto and Dab? There's pretty much nothing below 10k other than an Astra to match the spec.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: red_imps_2003 on May 17, 2019, 01:37:15 PM
I know what you mean about VfM. I have been thinking about a Skoda Superb for my next car (still a good couple of years away yet, I think) for that bit of extra space as my kinds get bigger (and bigger, and bigger!!) but to get one of a similar age, spec and mileage to my 3 when I bought it would cost well over twice the amount!! OK so the Superb would have a few mod cons built in that the 3 lacks but getting on for 2.5x the price for larger cabin/boot space and a few more toys!

The price comes down a bit if I were to go with a lower spec but that would lose the heated windscreen, which I absolutely love and is hard to come by outside Ford vehicles these days. Even an Octavia of a similar spec would be a painful step up in cost.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on May 17, 2019, 02:39:47 PM
Unfortunately I'm stuck with similar physical dimensions while something bigger would fit in the street with me having to do a 90 degree reverse turn in a road that's as wide as the 3 is long then reverse parallel park with about an inch spare something bigger isn't on the cards. Otherwise I'd be looking at Mazda 6s.

Looked at both the Octavia and new Scala both can meet the interior space and spec requirements but need options adding that end up with the price getting a bit ridiculous. Even have to pay for rear centre armrest in them, then the windscreen..then climate control/have to buy a high spec one + paying for a spare e.t.c. it adds up pretty quick especially if you don't want a 1.0 petrol.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on May 17, 2019, 08:54:59 PM
So at this point...having spent 3 hours in this yesterday to and from fountains abbey. Tend to think on motorway schleps, in this case about the car as I drove it.

I'm no closer to picking a replacement, if I got a new car it would be quieter at the cruise and possibly more comfortable. But it's not bad..and it feels very much like replacing faithful family dog, yes it has some minor faults..which as it gets older will likely get more numerous but it doesn't feel like an old car. Also it has a lot of good memories in it, a ridiculous amount tbf, have any car long enough I guess.

Another point would be to get something with the same spec in the same size..I'm spending a lot. Dual Zone climate (which at nearly 8 years old is still perfect), heated seats, cruise, Android auto and Dab? There's pretty much nothing below 10k other than an Astra to match the spec.

What about a Seat Leon 1.4TSi?  The higher spec 150PS FR will have more kit (definitely will have the climate control [you don't really need dual zone - only one zone on the inside of a car!], not sure about Android auto though, maybe the 'Technology' version), though the still decent 125PS SE is very decent (I test drove a Scirocco with that engine variant and it was better than the Mazda 2.0 SA-G) and is shod on more comfortable (and cheaper to replace) 16in tyres, whereas the FR is shod on 17in or 18in tyres, depending on the age of the car.  The 140PS engine variant in cars around the 2013/14 mark is still good and can be found in both the SE and FR trim variants.  You only get manual A/C in the SE as standard though.  You'll get better mpg than with a Mazda with equivalent performance - probably averaging 45-50mpg for real world driving.  Not sure if it has heated seats though.

All these engine variants need to be the belt driven one, not the less reliable chain-driven one, and certainly not the twin charger engine from a few years before.  Like with Mazda, the dealer network is rather patchy in terms of post-sales quality, I am told.  Check out the full specs and review over on Honest John's website (and you can look up some new or used ones).  I only disregarded it when looking for a new car 2 years ago because I wanted an auto this time round and I don't like the relaibility of the VAG 'DSG' box, especially the variant mated to the 1.4TSi.

Worth a look, given you looked at its sister car, the Octavia.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on May 17, 2019, 11:14:52 PM
Part of my issue with moving to Seat is the only local Seat dealer is Arnold Clark who are terrible. Whereas my local Mazda dealer is Hodgson's who have won Mazda UKs dealer of the year at least twice and have always been brilliant.

Dual zone climate is actually a thing, yes if you put a temperature sensor on the back seat in the centre it'll be halfway between the 2 but sitting up front it means me and my wife can sit in the car and not argue about the temp. She has her Citroen set to 23 currently, the Mazda is at 19, dual zone means I can have my vents blowing refrigerated air, while she can have hers blowing warm. Yes overall temp is halfway between the 2 but the air blowing onto you face and hands/feet gives the impression of heat or cold..same with the heated seats I use them 4 times a year, my wife uses them year round.

I like the Leon Estate, but doesn't do a huge amount for me as a hatch, if I was getting a hatch I'd get another 3 as theres not enough advantage to the Seat. Seat wheel and tyre sizes are more sensible but I don't have to use Arnold Clark and I'd trust the Mazda to run longer. Android auto was only added to most cars post 2016 if at all, but having had it I think it's worth paying for.

I think the reason I'm having so much back and forth with this is that I really like the car, part of the reason I agreed my wife could have it is while I'd like an upgrade, I'm not ready to see the back of it yet. Of course I then made that more difficult by up speccing it..because why not spend unnecessary money on a car you're thinking of binning off?

Ah well time left to sort something, it's hard to think of something else when due to my a week off and my teething son booting off whenever we're in the house we've been pretty much living out of it trying to distract both him (from his teeth) and us (from no sleep). 455 miles in 7 days or to put it another way 23660 miles a year if you did it every week and it's smashed it.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on May 18, 2019, 01:39:13 PM
Part of my issue with moving to Seat is the only local Seat dealer is Arnold Clark who are terrible. Whereas my local Mazda dealer is Hodgson's who have won Mazda UKs dealer of the year at least twice and have always been brilliant.

Dual zone climate is actually a thing, yes if you put a temperature sensor on the back seat in the centre it'll be halfway between the 2 but sitting up front it means me and my wife can sit in the car and not argue about the temp. She has her Citroen set to 23 currently, the Mazda is at 19, dual zone means I can have my vents blowing refrigerated air, while she can have hers blowing warm. Yes overall temp is halfway between the 2 but the air blowing onto you face and hands/feet gives the impression of heat or cold..same with the heated seats I use them 4 times a year, my wife uses them year round.

I like the Leon Estate, but doesn't do a huge amount for me as a hatch, if I was getting a hatch I'd get another 3 as theres not enough advantage to the Seat. Seat wheel and tyre sizes are more sensible but I don't have to use Arnold Clark and I'd trust the Mazda to run longer. Android auto was only added to most cars post 2016 if at all, but having had it I think it's worth paying for.

I think the reason I'm having so much back and forth with this is that I really like the car, part of the reason I agreed my wife could have it is while I'd like an upgrade, I'm not ready to see the back of it yet. Of course I then made that more difficult by up speccing it..because why not spend unnecessary money on a car you're thinking of binning off?

Ah well time left to sort something, it's hard to think of something else when due to my a week off and my teething son booting off whenever we're in the house we've been pretty much living out of it trying to distract both him (from his teeth) and us (from no sleep). 455 miles in 7 days or to put it another way 23660 miles a year if you did it every week and it's smashed it.

I fully understand about the non-technical reasons for liking the dual zone CC, it was just as an engineer who designs A/C systems for buildings, in practice such a system would never be specified.  The placebo effect has worked before, e.g. using temperature dials not connected to anything so some 'people' can get the impression they are controlling the temperature locally.

The same goes for the dealership experience, hence why my suggestion was predicated with the 'assuming the local dealer was good'.  I know of a fellow member of the Honest John site who is always praising VAG cars and especially their previous car, a Leon 5dr 1.4TSi 140, but hated the local dealership and used one further away - not something everyone can easily do.  The SEAT's sensible wheel and tyre sizes are the same as those on the gen-1 and 2 Mazda3s, i.e. the most popular 205/55 R16 and equivalent 17 and 18in tyres to match, quite a bit cheaper than the less used 205/60 R16s and 18in equivalent on the Gen-3 and 4 Mazda3s, although some other car makes are starting to adopt the same size combos, probably for the same reason Mazda did - to reduce the number of model variant requiring to be tested under the new WLTP regime.

I actually prefer the Leon in the 3dr SC format - it looks like a better-looking version of the early 2000s Civic Type R, but is slightly smaller than the 5dr version (less room in the back, same boot size though).  The estate is a nice looking car though, the 5dr hatch ok, though better for the FR version and in black or red.

What I find a shame, though it won't help you at present if you're looking for a second-hand car, is that Mazda will likely not introduce an estate version of the new 3 or even may not pair the new SCCI engine with the fastback (with its bigger boot, bigger than the gen-3 car's), and that the similar saloon for the latest Toyota Corolla only comes paired with the slow 1.8 hybrid, and not the new, much better 2.0 version.  You can get it with the hatch (average size boot like the Mazda3 hatch) and the estate (big boot) though, but a cost - like the Mazda SCCI engine, the Toyota 2.0 hybrid will set you back £27k+ (list price), and the other engines are a bit naff performance wise.  Handling is far better, as is the styling, but still not up to Mazda standards.  With those higher prices, that's dangerously near to BMW 2 series coupe territory, though expensive to run, is good looking on the outside at least, drive very well and has a really decent TC auto box.

The lack of suitable (and affordable) replacements for my gen-1 car (I wasn't enamored with the performance of the gen-3 car), especially that had a decent (reliable) auto box, was one of main reasons I didn't change mine two years ago.  I must admit that with Mazdas, you get a lot a car for your money.  If only they could up their game on the engines and especially on the dealers.  My local is OK (not as good as it was when I first bought my car 13 years ago), but by all accounts, none of the others within a reasonable distance of me are any good.

As I'm not working at present, that really made my decision not to get a replacement (I was working at the time) two years ago far easier when I jacked my career in - I'm now committed, until I can find a worthwhile new career, to keeping my aging car going, so I amy as well get the most out of it while I do.

What about the other Skodas - the Fabia and the Rapid: whilst they are rather dull looks wise (especially on the inside), they are good value and in the right form, have decent sized boots.  Just avoid some of the chain driven ones (when they had the issue with their supplier), autos and diesels (dieselgate fix).  Maybe your wife could have that and you stick with the Mazda until you can afford a gen-4 car (if that's what you want).
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on July 29, 2019, 06:39:01 PM
Another year has passed already!

So another Service and another MOT down. 100k mile service carried out (nowhere near on miles but year 8 ).

Few small things both of which are driving style related...tyres are showing signs of age, they are 3 years old and have done 25k but still have plenty of tread. If I drove like a plank they'd be done by now.

Same story with the discs, some signs of corrosion on the faces because I don't take big chunks out of the them on a regular basis but loads of thickness left.

Otherwise no issues so I got the slightly weak/smelly AC serviced.

Main issue was sitting in a gen 4 and it making the gen 2 feel about 20 years old. Interior felt a bit dark with small windows but overall quality even compared to a gen 3 is miles further on. Also somewhat surprised with the space..its about the same size as the gen 2 interior, possibly a little less rear head room.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on August 06, 2019, 06:35:49 PM
Another year has passed already!

So another Service and another MOT down. 100k mile service carried out (nowhere near on miles but year 8 ).

Few small things both of which are driving style related...tyres are showing signs of age, they are 3 years old and have done 25k but still have plenty of tread. If I drove like a plank they'd be done by now.

Same story with the discs, some signs of corrosion on the faces because I don't take big chunks out of the them on a regular basis but loads of thickness left.

Otherwise no issues so I got the slightly weak/smelly AC serviced.

Main issue was sitting in a gen 4 and it making the gen 2 feel about 20 years old. Interior felt a bit dark with small windows but overall quality even compared to a gen 3 is miles further on. Also somewhat surprised with the space..its about the same size as the gen 2 interior, possibly a little less rear head room.

With you A/C, did you have the refrigerant topped up or even replaced?  If so, what with?  Newer generation cars now come with the not-so-good (despite manufacturer's claims to the contrary, it's supposedly leaks more, especially when replacing the older ones) refrigerant R1234a rather than the R134a or R410a (I can't remember which) the gen1 and 2 cars have, but I do recall reading somewhere that top-ups are getting expensive because of the changeover (apparently, essentially only one firm manufactures R1234a in the EU - Honeywell, I believe, and charges a fortune because of their monopolistic position) and there's less of the older ones around as it's being phsed out.  Just wondering, in case mine needs a top-up in the future.

Interesting about your experience sitting in the gen4 car - I had a similar experience when trying out (I also test drove it) the gen3 car in early 2017, comparing it to my gen-1 car.  The seating position was quite a bit lower, and the smaller windows (especially to the rear) meant the car did feel quite small inside.  Very comfortable seat and a great driving position though - everything within easy reach.  I'll be interested to see how the 4dr fastback in gen-4 form compares to mine, as at least the rear window will be bigger than the hatch.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 06, 2019, 08:54:57 PM
It had this done: https://www.hodgsons-mazda.co.uk/aftersales-offers/air-conditioning-inspection/

It does list refrigerant replacement but tbh no clue what they put in it I'm afraid. Assume it's whatever oem is, came to 50 quid on top of the service MOT but given it doesn't tend to cost much between services I don't begrudge spending a bit of cash all in a major service, mot and the AC was under 300 quid at the main dealer.

Has made a difference to the AC it wasn't terrible before it just took a while to get cold after the engine fired on a warm day (really noticed it when it was 32 degrees) now I get cold air immediately.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on August 07, 2019, 11:13:58 AM
It had this done: https://www.hodgsons-mazda.co.uk/aftersales-offers/air-conditioning-inspection/

It does list refrigerant replacement but tbh no clue what they put in it I'm afraid. Assume it's whatever oem is, came to 50 quid on top of the service MOT but given it doesn't tend to cost much between services I don't begrudge spending a bit of cash all in a major service, mot and the AC was under 300 quid at the main dealer.

Has made a difference to the AC it wasn't terrible before it just took a while to get cold after the engine fired on a warm day (really noticed it when it was 32 degrees) now I get cold air immediately.

I'd keep an eye on the A/C system after the refrigerant was replaced, as it could easily have been replaced with the new one, referigerant R1234a because it is supposed to be a 'drop-in' (no system modifications necessary) replacement for the original R134a, because it is 'greener' but also was originally touted as being less susceptible to leaks.  Whilst the first is true, it appears from accounts from car owners that the second is not in real-life usage, perhaps quite a bit worse.  It apparently is also more flammable than the original refrigerant.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 07, 2019, 01:29:30 PM
It's already been done 3 times according to the service history once every 2-3 years basically so it hasn't got the factory refrigerant in it either way. Also same garage has done all 3 so it will have whatever they use.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: Engineer Andy on August 07, 2019, 02:44:59 PM
It's already been done 3 times according to the service history once every 2-3 years basically so it hasn't got the factory refrigerant in it either way. Also same garage has done all 3 so it will have whatever they use.

It wasn't that your car didn't have the factory refrigerant in its A/C system any more, but the most recent replacement might be with a different type of refrigerant which is more susceptible to leaks, and thus may not last as long as the previous ones.  The changover to R1234a was only available from about a couple of years ago when its use was mandated by the EU, though I wasn't sure if existing stocks of the older refrigerants had to be got rid of, or could be legally used up in non-new cars (and other things requiring refrigerants) first via regassing.  Oddly enough, the EU hasn't changed the rules (yet) as regards the use of these 'older' refrigerants in air conditioning systems in buildings or fridges and freezers - just in road vehicles.

I would say that in your car's case, it's likely that on the previous occasions, any regassing done was using the R134a/410a refrigeant as per the OEM car specs, then the latest one far more likely to have that completely replaced with R1234a (they can't be mixed together).  Best to follow the 'best practice' advice to run the A/C (on cold) at least once a fortnight (even in winter) to allow the lubricating oils to circulate so that the system seals don't dry out and the gas escapes, given (apparently) how much easier it is for the R1234a to escape compared to the other ones.  Quite a few new cars (generally, not Mazdas specifically) have apparently (reported on Honest John's website and elsewhere) experienced many more issues in this regard than was the case with the previous generation refrigerants used.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on August 07, 2019, 02:56:25 PM
A.C. is on 24/7 in my car with the climate control, the eco mode means it doesn't hurt fuel economy much and I found I used to have to run it uncomfortably warm in winter to keep the rear side windows clear without.

We'll see how it goes its certainly going to see enough use to keep the oil circulating.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 26, 2019, 03:50:08 PM
Some say an ARB should be attached at both ends..

Martha disagrees!

(https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/data/1662/medium/20191026_113801.jpg)

Handling is rather interesting currently.
Title: Re: Martha the Takuya
Post by: StevenRB45 on October 28, 2019, 02:22:28 PM
Fixed for 45 quid.