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  1. I've sort of been off the grid for a few weeks because of so many personal matters including moving house and what not. Finally found the time to post this. Meet the newest addition to our family. A 2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 BJ-II J48. Wait what?? Let me break down each part of that... It's a 2003 Mazda 323 (JDM version is known as "Familia"). I guess that's pretty clear. "Astina" is the name used for the hatch. The sedan is called the "Protege" (Remember the Mazdaspeed Protege anyone? 😍) SP20 is the top of the range model with a 2.0L FS engine (131 horses), sports suspension, different body styling, white gauge cluster, automatic AC etc. BJ is the series. BJ-II (BJ2) is the facelift version. J48 is the very last revision of the BJ series. I was on the lookout for a car to be used as a point A to B car and to be driven on a daily basis to the train station etc. I didn't want it to be boring, hence the SP20. I wanted it to be a small hatch so that my wife can easily drive it (she finds the RalliArt a bit too intimidating due to the power). It was between The 323 and Lancer CS VR-X. Gave up on the Lancer after seeing the options on the Mazda and how popular and rare the SP20 is (sounds like blasphemy I know). After about a month of hunting down one, finally found this beautiful example in Titanium Grey, just 139,000km (remember, we are talking about Australia here and that is a really low mileage). The icing on the cake is that I even got it with 1 year dealer warranty (car had been a trade-in). Of course there's signs of age - a few scratches here and there, wheel paint flaking off, front rotors need to be replaced etc. But it certainly is a zippy little car that's fun to drive. Nardi Torino steering! White gauge cluster The different front end with large fog lights. The FS engine. Note the factory fitted strut bar. I've not seen bonnet and headlight protectors in Sri Lanka, but the car has them installed from the dealership. So the headlights are like brand new -no yellowing. A couple of the SP20 stickers are faded. I've ordered a new set already.
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    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    During the first weekend, I had to make sure the timing belt looked okay. The car does have a fairly regular service history, but unlike Sri Lanka, owners don't really handover actual repair invoices to the next one. The only thing that goes with the car is the service booklet that has the mileage and stamp by the dealer/garage that carried out the repair. So if you wanted to find out what they really did, you can call up and ask them. If they have it on record, they'll tell you. For things like the timing belt, they usually paste a sticker on the timing belt cover indicating the date and mileage of replacement. But no sticker found here. Given that 100,000km could have been several years ago, I didn't want to try my luck asking previous dealers, so I took out the valve cover and did a visual inspection myself. Cleaned out the spark plugs, ignition leads and coil packs a bit as they were covered in dust and grime. I was happy to find out that the valve body didn't have any sludge or dark oil residue or anything. It looked pretty clean and the oil was nice and gold. The timing belt looks brown in the photo. Must be due to the over-exposure from the flash or something. It looks black in person. The belt itself looks okay. There's a bit of wear and belt dust on the cam cogs, but no fraying, cracking or anything like that. Should be good for another 50,000 kms. I also got the SP20 stickers. Only one set was for sale on eBay Australia. So snatched it quickly. Will paste them once I have the time for a cut and polish. There are a few things I will attend to during the next couple of weeks. There are a few places that have the paint chipped off (on the bonnet, roof, A pillar). I will get a touch up paint kit and touch them up before doing the cut and polish. Last weekend I also replaced all wiper blades. The drive belts look brand new and it looks like one of them hasn't been tightened properly after installation. The loud drive belt noise comes about a minute after the car is started in cold weather. So I will be tightening that also during the weekend. I also discovered that the driver's side rear view mirror has an aftermarket mirror on it. I saw this during the test drive because that mirror looked like it was less convex than the other one. Objects in the mirror are further than they appear . So I will be replacing the mirror as well. Will probably source one from a salvage yard and transfer the housing from the current one to avoid having to paint. Maybe I'm too used to the RalliArt's whiplash-inducing brakes (they are really strong), I feel like the brakes could do with some TLC. So rotors and pads will go in soon. And finally, I am going to take it to a Mazda dealer to get the transmission oil replaced. There is no record of it being replaced during the past 40,000km and the 4th gear is a bit notchy when cold. Hopefully an oil change (maybe filter as well) will solve it.
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    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Thanks bro. Imagine if I had this in Sri Lanka! Would have been great! Do you still have your one? What made me fall in love with is actually the power of that 2.0L FS engine in such a small car. You get wheel spin on occasion when you take off from a stop if you are not graceful on the throttle. Like I said before, it is fun to drive. It requires 95 octane to run, so I guess the higher compression ratio contributes to it to a point. Thanks! It was honestly a very close battle between a CS Lancer VR-X and the 323. The only reasons the 323 won in this case is because A. Hatchback, and B. Found a good example of a 323 first and C. With one year warranty. There were only two Lancer VR-Xs for sale online in the whole of Victoria. One was a 2002 pre-facelift which looked weary. The second was a 2005 facelift with a bit of a high mileage (220K km) and the interior was totally wrecked. I honestly wanted a different experience from the CS as well, since I've owned one.
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    RPM meter not returning to zero - Allion 240

    You'd have to get your gauge cluster out to see what is wrong with it. There is a very fragile spring behind the needle that forces it to 0. My guess is that the spring has either lost it's tension, or stuck. Did you try giving it some high revs (5000 - 6000)? If the spring is stuck, that might loosen it up.
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    To the experts & enthusiasts..

    Welcome to the forum and thanks for the appreciation. People generally come here to ask a question, get their answer and never to return. But it seems like you have been a reader long enough to realise that the information shared in the forums is invaluable. Every regular and long term member is responsible for keeping it that way, so kudos to all. My advice to you is that you are just 17. You have your entire life head of you. What you make of it is totally up to you. To quote one of my favourite movies...
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    4dr5 sound

    Hi Sed, welcome to the forum. It's difficult to diagnose noises and sounds like this without having heard it in person. Can you maybe share a video clip to help? It could be your exhaust that's rattling. Maybe one of the mufflers have it's internals corroded or come apart, and starts to rattle under extreme pressure.
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    Mazda 323 BJ-II Astina SP20 Hatch

    Thanks! I too steered clear from Euros because it didn't make sense to buy a car that is expensive to run for my purposes. The Audi A3, BMW E46 and VW Golf GTI were on my list, but I drove this and immediately fell in love with it and thought it would be a perfect match for the job. The car is small enough to park in tight places (you know how it is at stations) and my wife is happy that it's so easy to drive. When you need the power, it's there for a bit of spirited driving as well. I joined an Australian Facebook group for Mazda BJ series to get to know more about the car and found out that the 323 SP20 is highly sought after. There are more "wanted" ads out there than actual cars. As for your list of options, how about these: - Honda Accord Euro Luxury (the one with the 2.3L engine and tiptronic tranny). Very comfortable car with plenty of power. A friend has one. - Subaru Impreza WRX Blob-eye or maybe even a G3 hatch - need I say more?
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    Mitsubishi Lancer

    The CS remained in production even after the EX started production. From memory, it went on until 2011 or so. Whatever model it is, the forum already has enough information about either model. Please search the forum @Damithdmahaliyanage.
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    Newest Vehicle Colour change Process at RMV

    Wow, Such a painful process. However, it's good that they do a proper roadworthy. They should make it a requirement for registration transfers as well. This way, buyers have a better chance of getting a mechanically sound vehicle (given that the seller does the roadworthy before transfer forms are obtained).
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    Stucked manual transmission

    It's a car that's almost 50 years old. It could be pretty much anything since you don't know the history of the car. I think the first mistake was driving a car that had only 2 gear left in it. You should have either towed it or put it on a flatbed and taken it to a garage. As Twin Turbo suggested, you should take off the oil drain bolt of the transmission to see if there's oil in it. If not, driving the car without oil in the transmission probably caused it to (fully) seize. You'd have to take the transmission apart and see if it can be rebuilt. If there is oil, and the oil is good, check to verify if the linkages between the shifter and the gearbox aren't stuck. you'd have to get under the car to have a good look. You might also want to check if the clutch cable needs adjustment. A partially disengaging clutch can cause the shifter to get stuck. In your case, this is probably not the issue.
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    Battery Charger

    Aren't you able to just charge each 12V battery individually and put them back in?
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    Looking For N16 Spare Part

    Pretty common issue on this version of the Sunny. A friend of mine ended up purchasing an entire dashboard, just for this part. Try eBay. The Sunny is called "Pulsar" in Australia and you might be able to get one shipped from there. Will be pretty expensive and you might be able to find a complete dashboard locally for that price tbh.
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    Viva Elite Community

    Thanks @kusumsiri. Threads merged. @Devin, there is a known issue in the Viva Elite with the front brake calliper pins. Read through this thread and you will find more info. Like Kusumsiri said, I suggest you get the car checked out immediately. Do not drive with malfunctioning brakes.
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    Project Moggie - Bodywork

    Making good progress @kusumsiri! Keep it up! One thing I can advise you on is to keep the wiring well away from the welding torch. While your tinkerer is cutting out external panels, there might be wires that go through small cavities that'll get torched in the process if not moved away or properly shielded.
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    Project A72V

    Persistence does pay off. Well done @varotone!
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    Steering multifunction suddenly not working

    Check for a blown fuse first. If that's fine, take it to a good electrician. If you are up for it, you can do a continuity check by using a multimeter. This will tell you if the clockspring inside the steering column is faulty. To do this, you will have to remove the steering column trims near the pedals, locate the wire harness coming down from the steering, use the multimeter terminals on the common pin and each remaining pin while pressing each button momentarily on the steering wheel.
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    Prius 3rd gen (30 ) 2012 ABS

    Usually refers to the modulator, but you never know what our local johnnies mean. 😄
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    Prius 3rd gen (30 ) 2012 ABS

    I'd like to know the reason for opting to replace the ABS unit in the first place. What's the issue? Was a scan done and error codes revealed?
  19. In addition to lubricating, you might also want to check if you can adjust the striker on the door jamb and look all round the door for a twisted rubber moulding/weather strip, or a rubber door cushion that's come off partially.
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    Any idea about migration agent charges?

    Sorry for the delay in responding. The past couple of weeks have been a bit hectic. The relevant assessing authority checks your certificates and stuff with the relevant institutions from which you obtained them. As for work experience, you will be required to talk to your employer and get a letter (letter of experience) from them (you'll have to do this for all your previous employers for up to 5 years I think). The assessing authority usually call up HR or the manager who issued the letter. So yes, there are checks being done.
  21. Should have told them that it's the factory position and Googled images of Evo Xs to prove your point. 😋
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    Perodua Axia is it a good car to Buy ?

    Noises are hard to diagnose by description. It needs to be inspected in person to give an accurate answer. However, where does the noise come from? Inside or outside? Engine bay or wheels? Maybe share a video clip?
  23. After a cold start (i.e in the morning), does the engine rev upto about 1500 RPM and slowly settle down to normal as the engine warms up? If the rest of the throttle body is good, and if it is actually the IACV that is faulty, just replace the IACV. There's no benefit in replacing the entire throttle body unless the one on the car has a crack or irreparable damage.
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    Bump of rear wheels

    First check the condition of the tyres. Check for previous puncture repairs that have the repair cord sticking out. Check for pebbles stuck in between treads. Check for bulges in the sidewall. Next, get the rear wheels balanced. Maybe a balancing weight has fallen off causing vibration. If none of them solve the issue, get the rear suspension checked out from a good garage.
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    rpm problem

    Agree. If this started happening immediately after battery replacement, it's probably because the ECU was reset. Driving a few kms in mixed conditions (with AC on) should allow time for the ECU to re learn.