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Picked up my daughters new, to her, 2012 .85 Twinair Sportiva from Maidenhead and drove it to Manchester (186 miles).. What a fun car !! Next will be detailing and sorting a few niggles -

Electric window switches surround in drivers door is sticky.. need a new one.
Detailing time - just had new tyres and needs a right good valet

Pics to follow in daylight !!
 
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Been reversed into by a Volvo XC90...... :mad:

Parked, engine off and waiting.. car in front reversed into the nose and the bumper has torn at the level of the third bar down in the Scudetto on both sides...

Sigh...
 

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Sods law - sorry to hear that. If you need a new bumper and grille, could be an opportunity to change to the facelifted versions if you fancied it.
Hmm... good idea.. Car is going to the insurers preferred repairers but I might have a word ... good call.... :)
 

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Got it back with a new bumper and grille. Job was done well (y) Can now crack on with some odds and ends it needs.
 

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Listened to my daughters 0.9 twinair make disturbing clattering noises on start up and low revs during rev build up.. turned it off and left it at home... will need to work that out next week.. opened the bonnet and decided it is not a heat shield.. comes from either top centre or top centre left side near pulleys... .Timing Chain ? Twinair thing.. 62 plate 0.9 Sportiva, 28k miles.. FSH.. bummer...
 

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Check the turbo wastegate actuator linkage. Mine rattles at low rpm. Was really hard to locate.
Thanks Jpe61.. a good place to start .. will take a look. is it obvious that it is the culprit and how did you check ?
 

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Been down to MVC in Sale, Manchester and paid up for the Mito's new DMF,DMF Bolt kit, 3 piece clutch, thrust bearing, Full service with plugs etc and a clean MOT with no advisories. No errors found in daigs so hopefully.. fingers crossed.. all now good. looking forward to getting it back later when my wife can drop me off to collect . (y)
 
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So got the Mito back from a new clutch, DMF etc. about a week ago and noticed some notchiness getting it in 5th, rang MVC and they said bring it in and we will check.. sorted, little adjustment needed now it is a silky gearchange.
 
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Went to take it out for a trip, got to the bottom of a hill and the brakes failed - ish
The banjo connector on a brake hose had rusted/corroded through, the rubber hose came off the connection and the fluid left the vehicle. Turned out to not be too major, fixed now, but hey the vehicle is 2009 with 180,000 on the clock so not bad. Which makes me smile when you say you get "itchy" after two years ;) I would say stick with it. Battery issue is probably due to the Alarm being on 24x7 for 3 weeks without getting started up. Mine would probably do the same even with my new-ish battery.

Looking for a replacement, consider the new Tonale Hybrid ... if you are one of the super rich ;) I looked at a replacement car last year and decided I loved the Mito so much, I would stick with it. Even though as a field engineer I need it for work doing 1,200 miles per month :)
Good mileage, and good result on only failed - ish !
 
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Wow.. R88FRG - That looks seriously tidy.. love that exhaust setup and 250 in a mito must be a wild ride !!
 

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Weather too poor today to polish the hedgerow scratches form my daughters Mito so instead I removed the completely blocked scuttle drain tubes and re-fitted ensuring they avoid the alternator.

Managed to ruin the passenger side wiper by snapping the clip.. so replaced that with a nice new Bosch one.

Also took a look at the noise coming from the driver side front wheel my daughter reported last night. Now diagnosed as a shock top mount bearing as I can hear spring noise on turns and can see the spring is not snapped.. so another job for later this week along with a new pollen filter and Twinair oil strainer that I am changing as a matter of course.

Looking at the ridex part so might as well do both . Car is a late 2012 Mito Twinair Sportiva and these appear to fit the bill - RIDEX 1180S0880 Repair Kit, suspension strut Front Axle, with ball bearing ❱❱❱ price and experience (buycarparts.co.uk) but open to suggestions if anyone has a better solution.

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Also, the allen hole in the top of the strut didn't round but actually split open when I tried to undo the top nut, resulting in alot of hacking and swearing. I had to get a pair of new struts too.
Thanks for the warning WantAGTA and Yikes..
I was looking at getting some spring compressors and a top mount socket / allen key tool.. might as well have the bits for future use ! By the time i factor the tools to the parts i could probably have paid to have it done, that said, I quite enjoy the faff !
 
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Booked for a pair of new front Dunlops for my daughters.. She had new rears, of the same type, fitted by the seller when we bought it but the fronts are now at that point. I think the price for home fitting from Etyres is pretty good and is £20 less than nearest competition. I have used the same mobile fitters before and was pleased with them..

Below is the order cost etc

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Booked for a pair of new front Dunlops for my daughters.. She had new rears, of the same type, fitted by the seller when we bought it but the fronts are now at that point. I think the price for home fitting from Etyres is pretty good and is £20 less than nearest competition. I have used the same mobile fitters before and was pleased with them..

Below is the order cost etc

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So the new tyres were fitted, and the fitter said "The p1's I pulled off the front were runflats, no idea why they were on that car or how the last fitter managed to get them on those rims." When I bought it the seller fitted a pair of new rear Dunlops as part of the sale, the same exact as now on front Curiosity had me putting the reg number in a couple of other tyre places and they both offered P1 runflats against tat reg, car description was rigt Twinair Sportiva etc...... hmmm.

Also had the top suspension strut bearing replaced as I ran out of both available time and correct tools, so put it in to my trusted specialist.. Car now drives like night and day, those runflats on the front made it crashy and drifty but now, keeps a straight line and rides very well.

Think I might valet it this weekend in celebration.. amazing what a new clutch, flywheel, release bearing, tyres,a suspension strut bearing, and a service will do for a car !!!

Happy days !
 
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