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Hi guys,
Just looking for a bit of input, I'm trying to sell/swap my Yaris for an mx5. I got an email from someone advertising a 1.6 monza edition 5 on ebay. My car is a 2001 with 87k and full service history, theirs is 1997 with 49k and full service history. Something tells me that them asking me a swap for my 1.3 is too good to be true and things usually are for me. Just looking for some input I guess!
 

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Folk on here may have an idea of what the MX5 is worth, but save them the hassle of finding out what yours is worth, post that up, and someone will probably tell you whether you're getting a good deal/getting ripped off etc.
 

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it's because it's only got 90 horse power.. (which granted is a step up from a yaris...but unfortunately theres no way to get the power back up to the 115-120 odd it's supposed to have without serious modification) on the plus side, the 90 horsepower engine, even though is down on power to start with, does make a good FI engine, if you want to turbo it...due to it's slightly different compression ratio (so i'm led to believe)
 

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The reason I'm after a UK spec is I'm 21 so the imports a hella expensive for me to insure, even the 1.8 is an extra £400! Mechanics isn't so much of a problem, I've rebuilt a 110 defender engine and done an engine swap on a megane before
and my Yaris is 86 bhp so only four less from a 1.3! Fi is the option of choice for me anyway no doubt about that, its just the price of pistons/rods. Unless the 5 can be ran at low boost on standard internals for a little while?
 

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it can be run on high boost all day long, the internals don't start shitting out till your the wrong side of 230 bhp. The whole engine was deisgned for FI from the outset as it's the same block in the 323 turbo. Hence the non interference low compression design.

I'd look for an earlier uk spec...if your intending to turbo it, one thats already been done is probably a good shot <cough>

I can't remember, did the 90hp spec engine have oil squirters on the underside of the piston?
 

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That's a great piece of info thanks a lot for that!
I don't want too much power just yet anyway, I'm after a 5 more for the experience of owning a rwd convertible that looks amazeballs and is a good car to learn some sideways antics. I guess that raises the issue of whether the car comes with LSD, as I know the UK spec didn't unless they were special edition if I'm correct? I also understand a torsen LSD is a better option so will be on the lookout for that if it doesn't come with it from factory
ahh cheers con5, will have a mooch around then!
 

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you don't really need one until you start drifting...there's enough control for it...

95% of all early 5's came with a viscous LSD, but the viscous bit has long since died on all of them, so they just revert to an open diff, you can still get it sideways with a decent dollop of throttle tho.
 

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Where abouts are you shopping for insurance mate?
I had the same issue, think I bought mine (Eunos) when I was 20 and there was next to no difference insuring the import versus the UK car.. but only when using "specialist" insurers.. so Adrian Flux, A Plan and Sky Insurance being probably the best 3.

If you've tried them already then i'm depressed that insurance prices are getting worse by the day.. If not it's definitely worth a try it might save you a massive amount. I think they beat my quote from other more run of the mill companies by about £800


If that works out, buying an import could throw your options open and give you a lot wider choice of car
 

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I've not tried Adrian flux or any specialist insurers, I tried them with my saxo and they wanted an extra 3,000 for declaring coilovers and an exhaust system. So I got into the habit of using a comparison site, then ringing the cheapest (usually insurance is cheaper over the phone I've found.) So I got quoted £770 fully comp on a UK 1.6 and 1140 on a 1.8. Imports were pushing 2000! The cheapest is admiral so far at 770. Tbh if I'm going turbo does getting a UK 1.6 really make that much of a difference as I only want it sitting at a pretty 200 odd bhp?
 

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You won't get any main insurer covering you for that at a decent price, if your over 25 go and talk to SKY insurance on here, failing that adrian flux or ummoh god the guys in nottingham that do track day as well...forgotten their name.
 

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Op you need to get on the phone to Adrian Flux & get a Quote for a Modded Import, Sounds stupid I know but if I was to ring Flux up & ask for a quote on a standard motor they'd quote me over 400 quid, On a Classic Import with mods my insurance is just over 200 quid. I am old so you won't get that low but Flux specialise in modded/Imports/Classics so ring them & get a quote & make sure you tell them it's a classic import with mods.

Example.

I rang Flux for cover on my heavily modded SJ to get me home after purchase, Quote was 259 quid, When I got home & found all the mods
Then got a quote they insured me for 119 quid.

Quotes I got for myself on the 5 on comparison sites were up around the 400 quid mark & as I said earlier I am insured via Flux for 212 quid.


My 5 is an Imported Classic with Mods.
 

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Definitely sounds like nearly all of you have had luck with Adrian flux! As I said will try these again this weekend. As for my other question can anyone shed some light on this? Again does it matter if its a UK 1.6 with 90bhp as I'll be boosting it anyway?
 
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