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Musician. Likes all cars. Geting better at handbrake turns.
3rd April 2015
In my dream I took off and the car felt very slow and weird, then I realized I started it in third gear. Then I found first and it was fantastic. Also the break pedal was very high up and uncomfortable.
People seem to care a lot about tradition and car linaje, but the japanese don’t give an F about that. The supra came as an spinoff Celica, and then they made it a standalone because it worked. It had an very boxy body, so later, they made it with round lines on the MK4 because thats where the market went. Now the MK5 went down in market segment because that’s what you do, supercars today are so expensive and stupid fast that theyre not big money to a firm like Toyota. In short, they allways took decitions adapting to times and market forces, Supra was never a car that valued tradition. Cheers!
Things I’ve learned on my first months of car ownership
1 - Mixing fuels is tricky:
The car I got runs on gasoline and compressed gas (GNC) and this got me into some troubles the first weeks. It was winter and the engine didn’t have a termostate so it was running very cold. I made a short trip on the higway (60 miles) and at random times the car would suddenly stop running. Then it would take a while to start again. Later I learn from my dad that the GNC on such cold temperatures was freezing the carburator and blocking it. The best way to get throug those situations is to go back and forward between gasoline (to warm the carburator up) and GNC (cause it’s cheaper).
2 - Becarefull with mechanics:
So one of the first things was to take the car to a mechanic to put a termostate and change the oil and filters. The guy seemed to do everithing, the car was getting to temperature much faster. But then I got curious and checked the air filter (oil bath) and realized the guy hadn’t touched it. The oil was really thick and dirty. So that, check the mechanics work.
3 - Fixin things myself:
Since I couldn’t trust the mehanic I took the air filter apart and cleaned it myself. I went for a drive and the engine felt much better, it used to be very lazy at low rpms but now there’s loads of torque! yeah! It felt so good mostly because I did it myself. I would spend the next weeks fixing lots of other little stuff, it felt good.
4 - Tire pressure makes a huge difference:
After checking the owners manual I started experimenting with tire pressure and was amazed at the huge difference it made on ride comfort and handling. I used to dream about racing car suspensions and huge rims and low profile tires, but after feeling the hard ride of 32psi tires I think I’ll stay with stock setup.
5 - Car problems can be very stressfull
My first big problem with the car came with a big pothole I hited. My exhaust broke in half so I spent 3 days driving with a straight pipe. It was SUPER FUN!! for the first 15 minutes. I took it to a mechanic and he fix it really bad, it broke again. So I went to the second exhaust guy and he fixed well. Thankfully the fix was very cheap and now it’s silent and smooth again.
The second big problem I got began as a weird squeek coming from the front left wheel. My dad told me he would look at it on the weeken, but the car didn’t got to the weekend. I was driving at 50mph and suddenly something broke and the steering started pulling left, it scared me a LOT. I took the car to a mechanic and he showed me the wheel was incredibly floppy and loose, I was lucky to be alive. But there was one surprise more coming, the bill, it was really painfull, I don’t have a lot of money.
So that’s it for now, I hope you like my stories, tell me what have you learned with your first car.
And sorry if my english is weird, it’s my second lenguage.
Hi! I’m very happy to get back to the comunity because recently I bought my first car. I’ll be uploading pictures soon and teling you about how I got it and things I’m doing to it :D