Nov 11 2013 5:47pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
What I don't understand is why the cabin had a fuel smell in it.
Properly connected fuel tanks should not ventilate into the cabin
no matter how big they are or where they're located.
The EVAP system lines may be gone. When you fill the tank with liquid, you're displacing a large volume of fuel vapors that have to go somewhere. They travel up lines into a charcoal canister and are burned later when a purge solenoid lets them into the intake.
If they've rotted out fuel vapor will come out of everywhere. This happened in my van.
should be a "check engine" on newer vehicles if the EVAP dies
I understand that he added more fuel tanks inside the cabin, but even in that case there should be no fuel smell inside the cabin. It should be filled from the outside and if there is any ventilation, it should ventilate to the outside.
I had a "Check gas cap" warning on my SUV a few weeks ago. My sister's car wouldn't pass inspection without
replacing some fuel filter or fuel device.
I am in my mid-60s. That very solid "kick in the ass" that my MR2 Spyder gives me when I hit that gas pedal is just as important now as in years past.
And... the MR2 gets around 35 mpg average on regular gasoline.
AND it's 'bout as fast as the proverbial raped ape!
Now we just need all the hydrogen stations but we wont get the hydrogen until we get the cars for them and we
wont get the cars for them until we get the stations.
comfortable. It doesn't have a strong pick up, but there are more
It doesn't have to. I swear more Prius owners pass me than I them -- and it's because they drive that thing like they stole it.
I am in my mid-60s. That very solid "kick in the ass" that my MR2
Spyder gives me when I hit that gas pedal is just as important now as
Now there's a car. If I didn't need something larger and more practical, I'd have bought one years ago.
That, or a Z4, or a Miata, or a BRZ...
My red 1988 was a little faster, but more conventionally handling: still very good. It was murdered by a Nissan Titan in a parking lot whose driver didn't know how to use mirrors.
The first generation MR2 was absolutely the finest handling automobile I've ever owned.
My first was a supercharged '88. Fast off the line, but you really paid a price at the gas station.
My next was a naturally aspirated '88, bought as a literal piece of junk (body-wise) and restored over roughly a 3 year period by me. Well, actually by my favorite body shop. A magnificent car. I personally put about 210,000 miles on it between 2005 and 2010 and sold it with 330,000 miles on it for about 4x what it cost me to buy it. Broke even on the restoration - well, almost, but close enough.
My present "toy" is the 2002 MR2 Spyder. Faster than any car I've ever owned (naturally aspirated, though Toyota thoughtfully put mounting points and holes for a turbo if you do an aftermarket job - there was never a turbo option for the Spyder).
However, the Spyder has more than just a slight hint of Porsche 911 hazard built in.
Yes - that infamous "throttle-up over-steer" thing in a corner.
*****If***** you know how to make that work *for* you it is a marvel.
If not, it *****will***** end up killing you by throwing you into a spinout and into a wall or over the edge into a canyon.
A truly wonderful car - particularly considering that it was only MSRP $24,500 when brand new. I bought mine used in 2010 with only 57K on the 'clock.'
I paid $11,500.
I turned down $13,500 about 4 weeks ago.
Have you considered the Datsun 260Z? 1974 to 1979 if memory serves, and it was available in a "2+2" version with a 2-person back seat which folded down to give you a surprisingly large storeage area. No trunk; a hatchback. And.... FAST !! [Note - 'Datsun' is the name they used before switching over to the corporate Nissan brand name here in the US]
hatchback. And.... FAST !! [Note - 'Datsun' is the name they used
before switching over to the corporate Nissan brand name here in the
"Yokomatashimitakabi-san! You must think of a name for our American division by tomorrow!"
"Yes! Very good! We will call it Dat-sun!"
"Yes! Very good! We will call it Dat-sun!"
Nice joke on Dat-sun. One of my best friends that I knew growing up had a 280z. Fun little car. Glad I did not die in it. It was a bit of a hand and glove type car in the fact that you could "feel" what it was going to do in situations. My friend loved to do the parking brake "Rockford Files" flip turn around and go the opposite direction. Glad to have survived his controlled maneuvers as his previous car (an early model Estate Wagon - one that you could fit the 280z in the back of ala Knight Rider on ramps in to the semi), had bad brakes and he regularly depended on snow banks to slow or even stop the car when coming up on intersections or the final destination. It made exiting the car extra fun.