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Old 04-14-2020, 06:03 PM
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Ok thanks. After researching it is comprehensive and includes the same VANOS rebuild seals that Beisan sells. So this kit and a timing chain replacement kit plus timing tool should do the job.

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thanks for the link! pricy but complete set! very good instructions too. Wonder if anything like that can be sourced in europe too, because import and special tool rent will be expensive!
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The plain and simple reason I sold it is that it was so unreliable that I was afraid to drive it. It's not an exaggeration to say that if I went somewhere in it and made it home without some sort of failure, I would be surprised.

So I was faced with a choice: Keep it and keep putting money into it so I can occasionally take it out for a nervous drive, or cut my losses. In the end I decided that the best way to get out of a hole is to stop digging.

I can deal with just about any mechanical problem, but it was also plagued with electronic gremlins that are damn near impossible to track down. The most troubling was that the instrument cluster would occasionally go berserk. And when it happened, it was also shut off the A/C. I live in south GA. One could easily spend a small fortune trying to isolate that problem with no guarantee of success. It would also sometimes drain the battery when parked for only a few hours, so I had to carry a jump box with me all the time. There were random warnings on the MID ranging from air suspension faults to low oil pressure. No way to know if they were phantom warnings, or not.

Anyway, the list goes on and on.

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The plain and simple reason I sold it is that it was so unreliable that I was afraid to drive it. It's not an exaggeration to say that if I went somewhere in it and made it home without some sort of failure, I would be surprised.

So I was faced with a choice: Keep it and keep putting money into it so I can occasionally take it out for a nervous drive, or cut my losses. In the end I decided that the best way to get out of a hole is to stop digging.

I can deal with just about any mechanical problem, but it was also plagued with electronic gremlins that are damn near impossible to track down. The most troubling was that the instrument cluster would occasionally go berserk. And when it happened, it was also shut off the A/C. I live in south GA. One could easily spend a small fortune trying to isolate that problem with no guarantee of success. It would also sometimes drain the battery when parked for only a few hours, so I had to carry a jump box with me all the time. There were random warnings on the MID ranging from air suspension faults to low oil pressure. No way to know if they were phantom warnings, or not.

Anyway, the list goes on and on.

Man, you sure thatís the car you sold to me?
My ownership was pretty much the opposite, but the is has never been my daily.
And for a full disclosure, the only major trip I made with it was when I got it from you and drove it back to Michigan. Ever since, I only drove it around the block on weekends as my son is crazy about the is.
As for the electrical gremlins, I believe the cluster is the culprit despite being serviced in the past. During my ownership it went crazy less then handful of times and almost exclusively if it sat for a week or two without being hooked up to a trickle charger.
Mechanically, it remained superior thanks to the work youíve performed. I changed the oil twice, put the new tires, swapped the steering wheel for like new condition one, made a dedicated 100w solar charger and enjoyed the looks, the sound and every other uniqueness of the car.
However, Iíve just listed it for sale locally as Iíll be moving to another state this summer and will likely be loosing garage privilege for a while. If, for any reason, sale doesnít happen before then, Iíll be moving it with me and probably keeping until I get obsessed with some other unicorn
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