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k what are the dumbest things you ever did to an MR2. It could be a mod you hate, a repair method that is so shaded tree that it might as well been in a forest. Or something a previous owner did that was so bad and stupid you end up shaking your head.
For me, I have to say the dumbest thing I've seen was my folk art level turbo kit on my 95na. It was just full of bad ideas.....
For dumbest repair..... Putting an engine on its side to stick on the transmission. After trying to get it on for hours and it not working you just get so mad and come up with stupid. The good thing well it worked and not advised!!!
 

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Going balls to the walls through a tight S curve, oil starvation due to unbaffled oil pan and threw a rod bearing
 

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Took off the passenger front wheel the other week. A bungee cord was hanging from both ends in the springs. From when I changed pads/rotors....five months ago.
 

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Thinking, after two decades of doing all my own labor, that it was time to relax and let other people change the oil and do all the other little jobs to keep her going. One stripped oil pan drain bung later and I'm back to the exact same thinking I had when I was 18yo; I'll just do them myself from now on.
 

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Thinking that this time it would be different. This would be an easy flip for me and I could just make a bit of money and not care about the car.

oops.
 

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... One stripped oil pan drain bung later and I'm back to the exact same thinking I had when I was 18yo; I'll just do them myself from now on.
That's unfortunate. Your odds are usually better if you stick w/ the commercial grade places like Mr. Lube, Castrol Express, etc.. They're much more expensive (usually double or even triple your local garage price), but that's all they do. I've never had an issue for decades going to either of them.

The dumbest thing I did in the last while is I passed on a relatively pristine '91 automatic N/A w/ sunroof - I think it was about 3 years ago and it was super clean. I didn't want it because it was black and I wasn't sure I wanted 2 quarter century old cars to coddle. But I think about it from time to time and now think that was a mistake - principally because I know I'll never buy another one whenever my current deuce packs it in. After owning 6 in total, I know this is my last MR2.
 

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passed up on a pristine set of the PERFECT sw20 spec 3 Piece SSR Koenig wheels for only $800... Mind you, these are my dream wheels for this car but for some reason I just never pulled the trigger and it haunts me to this day that I'll probably never find another set like that again
 

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No matter how much I've preached to others about the importance of good tyres I ran my rears down so much trying to get the last few miles out of and then spun out on a round-about with my daughter on board. Flew over a curb backwards and nearly missed a high voltage transformer. Only damage was my pride but was a stupid lesson to learn.

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When I replaced my standard shifter with a short shifter, I didn't use loctite on the bolts that hold the shifter plate down. So they eventually worked their way loose. This made it so I couldn't get the car in gear. Took the car to a transmission shop and they replaced the clutch. A couple of weeks later it was doing the same thing. That's when they discovered the loose bolts.

So that one little oversight cost me $$$.

The only good thing is, I had the shop go ahead and put in a Fidanza flywheel while they were in there, so I did get an upgrade for my money. But the car only had 90K miles on it. The clutch probably had plenty of life still left on it.
 

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When I replaced my standard shifter with a short shifter, I didn't use loctite on the bolts that hold the shifter plate down. So they eventually worked their way loose. This made it so I couldn't get the car in gear. Took the car to a transmission shop and they replaced the clutch. A couple of weeks later it was doing the same thing. That's when they discovered the loose bolts.

So that one little oversight cost me $$$.

The only good thing is, I had the shop go ahead and put in a Fidanza flywheel while they were in there, so I did get an upgrade for my money. But the car only had 90K miles on it. The clutch probably had plenty of life still left on it.
Ouch. But that reminds me of a similar dumb thing on my MR2, also at 90K miles. Kept hearing what sounded like a bad wheel bearing from the rear and took it to the local MR2 specialist, who agreed, but didn't exactly confirm 100%. Had him replace both wheel bearings. Kinda seemed like it helped, but kinda still was hearing it. A month or two later I swapped out the wheels and tires for my 17" set and guess what... Yeah, I think the 200 TW tires had developed a flat spot... Pricey mistake, but some preventative maintenance I guess?
 

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Wasn't my MR2, but if you want to hear a story of a dumb oversight costing time and money - I dropped the entire subframe and gas tank of my '02 Accord because it spilled fuel on a fillup and I figured it had a leaky pipe or hole on the top of the tank. Got the whole thing apart and realized that when I replaced the fuel pump, the gasket stuck to the old one and I put the new one in without a gasket. 😱
 

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for a very short periof of time in high school (where all bad decisions are made) I had the great idea to run green headlights because I thought they looked cool. that only lasted a few months then I went back to the regular bulbs
 

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The first time I did a timing belt I took my time and had the car apart for a week or two.

During that time I was also selling a bunch of random parts from other Toyota projects and I accidentally sold the dipstick from my MR2 thinking it went to something else.

Pretty sure I bought a replacement from someone on this site.

That's what I get for being so disorganized.
 

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After owning 6 in total, I know this is my last MR2.
Haaa ha ha! That's what I said. Selling the "perfect for me" black '93T and knowing that because I sold it I was done with MR2s. That was 10 years ago and I just bought a '94. Oh well.
 

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Hmm, this thread is about the dumbest things we've ever done to our MR2s. Well, I drilled through the gas tank one day while I had the car up on my lift. I was reattaching the belly panels and had to drill a new hole because one of the screws had broken off (no surprise there!). As the drill went through the edge of the unibody where I was drilling the small hole I noticed the drill bit was wet. Then there was a drip. Then another, and another! I put a pan under the car and drove to the auto parts store and got some fuel tank repair putty, which worked like a charm. About 10 years later and despite the fuel tank having been removed a couple of times for an engine swap, and a new (from Japan!) transmission, the seal has held up well.
But God was that dumb.
 

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First experience and first mistake with an MR2 was the same instance. Knew I wanted one and looked at a REALLY nice 88 SC in red that had been modded with Ferrari parts. I mean the entire interior was done with the seats, wheel sill. all horsied up and beautiful. He was asking 6800 at the time and I totally lowballed him at 2000. was super young and hoped he'd come back and we'd settle somewhere but that was the end of that. Still think about that car every time I get in my AW.
Last dumb thing I did was when I swapped the engines from my last SW and current SW. I pressure washed it when it was out and while I did wrap the flywheel and clutch in plastic, it still managed to get dampish. fast forward to having the car together and not being able to engage in gear. go back tearing out transmission thinking I either messed the TOB or forgot to put it in.. seems fine. replaced anyways. checked fork and all seems to work good. back together. still cannot get to engage. turns out the moisture seized the flywheel and clutch. just had to start it in 5th pop the clutch and hope for the best. which worked fine. did double the work for nothing. Worst part is that I did the exact same thing with my supra 5 years ago and totally forgot.
Good news is I can almost do a transmission drop blindfolded now. Worst part of workin on these is bleeding and fillin fluids. I don't mind the rest. Very much a man in dandism. =D
 
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