Now here is a job that everyone loves to do. Upper Engine Cleaning, AKA, the Smoke Screen.
So I got bored with the Prelude and stupidly swapped it for this thing.
It would’ve been a good car, if it didn’t smoke like a freight train. It sounded good, it drove good, it looked good but it just smoked a lot on deceleration.
I didn’t notice this on the test drive, as it wasn’t until I was driving home from the swapping of cars that I was engine braking for an intersection and noticed I was overtaken by a large cloud of oily blue smoke. It didn’t smoke at any other time though, only deceleration/engine braking. Needless to say I was a tad pissed off.
The strange part is that it didn’t consume a drop of oil from the dipstick in the time I had it, so I still wonder to this day if the intercooler had oil pooling in it and it was sucking that through. I did change both turbos to no avail, and what a crap of a job that is (especially the rear turbo which is between the engine and firewall with limited room).
This was the best of the best spec model, in Trigger Mauve (purple). It was a Type V which meant sadly no guard flares but instead it got goodies like an standard open rear diff instead of AYC (less troublesome), a full Recaro interior, faux carbon fibre interior trim and some other little bits and pieces like the red trimmed leather Momo steering wheel.
It had some minor mods like aftermarket wheels, pod filter and a larger exhaust.
This is a car I would like to own again as the spec was just that rare, and it was in good condition other than the smoking. I’m sure with what I know now I could correctly diagnose and fix the smoking.
In the end i sold the car to some guy that said he would buy it sight unseen, despite me being clear on its flaws. When he met me to pick the car up he didn’t even want to test drive it despite my firm insistence. After a quick lap of the car park he took the car.
Update 8/3/20 – Unfortunately it appears this car met its end due to an expired registration, which lapsed 6 years ago.
So after the Altezza i thought this would be a great replacement. Sure, on paper it looked great, on the test drive it drove OK but really I just wanted rid of the tezza, so we struck a deal.
Speaking of test drive, I’m amazed the seller still went through with it, after having to push start the Altezza when the battery packed a sad when we were test driving the VR4. Embarrassing!
When I got the car it was fairly untidy, but had a butt load of receipts for various work including lots of engine work (forged pistons, rods, gaskets etc). It tidied up really really well, the paint was in great condition with lots of gloss.
Sadly despite how clean it was, it drove like a sack of rubbish. Unresponsive, laggy, loud and just really unrefined and fairly slow.
Apparently this was the Super VR4 Monte Carlo edition, which is one of them Evo 0 things everyone loves. In later times I have since discovered that it may not have been a Monte Carlo edition, but a normal Super VR4 (still an Evo 0, just not as flash), as according to sources the Monte Carlo edition all had a sunroof. Mine didn’t have one.
The interior was all stock, and it was ugly. Terrible seats, and in my case the seats didn’t really seem to have any padding left in them, they were terrible to sit on. All the interior plastics were hard and brittle, with various bits breaking or broken.
It did have lots of really good bits in it, and from what I have seen the latest owner has been enjoying it and using it to its potential, but I hated this car.
Update 8/3/20 – Currently on the road with Reg/WOF.
My very first car, an old manual Mirage with the Super Shift manual transmission. Didnt know how to drive a car back then, so never used it and it ended up being sold.