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    Cars Grrrr

    Just had my old Toyota Camry in to the garage as the engine warning light had come on - the diag showed it was one of the oxygen sensors that had gone - expensive bit of kit on the 3L V6 Camry - and its getting on, but a lovely car to drive and so comfortable, so bit the bullet and coughed up to have it done.

    Next day the warning light is on again - garage says fair enough - bring it back in on Monday - but I've been googling to see if this is a common problem (rather than just shoddy garage work) and *bum* the most common problem that shows up for this is a knackered catalytic converter - which is the sharp end of £1200 - more than the car is worth...gutted...

    Still, hope springs eternal and it might just be a cock up on the sensor front - but not feeling hopeful.

    Could really do without this in my present straightened circumstances...

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    My Mk 1.5 Focus randomly has the engine management light going on and off for no good reason. In the end I coughed up £30 and bought the diagnostic tool. Every error is an N/A - not listed in the thousands of codes. Then paid to have a garage take a look - their diagnosis - a dodgy ECU as it was the first generation Ford fit as standard.

    Now I just put up with it unless it stays on for a day or two, then I connect the machine and delete.

    More concerning the oil light keeps flashing up for a split second. At first I thought I was seeing things as it's so quick, but I had to break hard going down a steep hill last week and actually caught the bugger.

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    You think you guys have problems? My car issues:

    - Head gasket gone
    - Drive Shaft Nackard (Both front sides)
    - Oil leak
    - Window won't close properly now unless I mess around trying to close it.

    Street value: £1200
    Fix Price: £1600+


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    What year is the car? iirc 1992 is the cut off for requiring a cat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradlys View Post
    You think you guys have problems? My car issues:

    - Head gasket gone
    - Drive Shaft Nackard (Both front sides)
    - Oil leak
    - Window won't close properly now unless I mess around trying to close it.

    Street value: £1200
    Fix Price: £1600+

    Wanna buy a Camry going cheap? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    What year is the car? iirc 1992 is the cut off for requiring a cat...
    2001 alas

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Wanna buy a Camry going cheap? ;-)

    Haha! No thanks I just got a lease for a Picanto ;.; (Maybe) I wanted a Nissan Juke Visia but no one got back to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    2001 alas
    I thought you said it was old. 2001 is new... to me. Getting rid of my 1992 MR2 for a "new" 2003 BMW haha

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    If it's dead, sell it to someone with an MR2 - the 1MZ-FE engines are very popular swaps into SW20 MR2s and a complete one with loom is worth far more. They won't care about the cat either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    If it's dead, sell it to someone with an MR2 - the 1MZ-FE engines are very popular swaps into SW20 MR2s and a complete one with loom is worth far more. They won't care about the cat either.
    I'll bear that in mind - thanks - if worst comes to it - where's the best place to advertise for stuff like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    I'll bear that in mind - thanks - if worst comes to it - where's the best place to advertise for stuff like that?
    www.imoc.co.uk :: Index
    Welcome to the MR2 Owners Club

    They're the main 2 mr2 forums

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    I hate my polo at the moment. The tail gate window is coming unstuck cheapest place to rip it out and re bond it back in whats £90. Jumped in it this evening blown headligh and side light (replaced all the bulbs in it about 4 months ago?)

    Drivers and passenger window mechanisms need replacing £90 a door

    And the heat shield on the front of the exhaust where it comes out the block is now staying to come loose where the metal has cracked on the shield around the bolts so will need replacing soon before it drops off

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    I checked my oil dip earlier. Bone dry! Stuck a bottle of Castrol in - still dry.

    Whoops! My car is awesome, it ran without lubrication!

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    Pssh. My Astra keeps giving random "Catalyst below optimum operation" warnings...Android phone, plus Torque Pro app, plus Bluetooth OBD2 dongle = clear the code.

    Google youtube, renovating catalysts.

    Fixing Bad Catalytic Converters With Inefficiency Code P0420 - YouTube

    Good vid. I put some nail polish remover (same stuff) in the tank and took the old girl (X reg, 90k on the dials) for a burn to Wales for a family holiday, in sports mode...light went out, been out for 12 months now..just popped back on the other day. Ah well, wales again in april!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Next day the warning light is on again - garage says fair enough - bring it back in on Monday - but I've been googling to see if this is a common problem (rather than just shoddy garage work) and *bum* the most common problem that shows up for this is a knackered catalytic converter - which is the sharp end of £1200 - more than the car is worth...gutted...
    Double check for me, but at CATS2U a new cat is showing as just £140:

    TOYOTA CAMRY 3.0 Petrol Cat | Catalytic Converter | Diesel Particulate Filter | DPF

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