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Offline Drewcole81

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The £500 car project!
« on: April 18, 2017, 08:59:41 AM »
Hello all, it's been a while since I have owned a Mazda, having owned several MX5's in various states of tuning and modifications... After needing a change of car from the MX5, due to need rear seats for a small human, I opted for a change in brand.

I'm not really a fan of new cars, I prefer something of age that can be tinkered with, but can still be relied upon.. to a degree.. So I picked up a 2003 Seat Leon Cupra, a year or so ago which has been my daily driver. Last month it started to eat it's own Turbo, and is now off the road whilst I pull the engine and rebuild into something more interesting.

So... last week, I found myself in need of a run around, I set myself a challenge to buy something for no more than £500... first of all, it was going to be a throw away car and I wanted to keep money for the Cupra.

After thinking about many large Volvo's, Audi's, Alfa's and other exotic beasts... I came across a 2004 Mazda 3 Sport 2 miles down the road, so thought it would be rude not to go and look.

I did just that, and bought it.. without really even looking at it!

Well, I did drive it and pushed some buttons etc.. all seemed fine, the seller was nice, it had a years MOT, new brakes, new rear shocks and a good Main dealer service history up to 120k. Now on 135k it has been serviced at a local garage since.

It's not clean, it needs new front arches and some tidying on the sills... but everything works, it drives well.... and has now become a permanent member of our household as the family car, so the Cupra can be my toy which I can make into a more track focused car.

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« Last Edit: April 18, 2017, 09:02:42 AM by Drewcole81 »
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Offline Willpower

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Re: The £500 car project!
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 09:07:31 AM »
Welcome to the forum. A little bit of tidying up and she'll look fine :)
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Offline Drewcole81

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Re: The £500 car project!
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 09:25:45 AM »
Thanks, it has a few issues which I've been trying to search the answers for, but nothing too drastic, just annoying mainly!

The one that has me stumped at the moment, is I have to leave the fog light bevel on otherwise it sounds an alarm and leaves the 'Lights On' indicator on the dash illuminated even with the keys out.
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Re: The £500 car project!
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 09:25:45 AM »