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Old 08-07-2012   #1
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The Dolphin - my Multipla 1.6 ELX

As from yesterday (7 July 2012) I have a 2001 (Y reg) Multipla 1.6 ELX finished in Venetian Grey with red interior.
The grey colour makes it look even more like a bottle-nosed dolphin (as some people say about Multiplas), so we call it The Dolphin.

It's been in the wars a bit, sporting a number of dings and dents, which maybe I'll have a go at beating out if the weather ever improves!

It was pretty grubby inside, like it had hardly ever been cleaned in its 11-year life. And this meant that it didn't exactly smell very pleasant either. I've now cleaned the fabric on the dash and all the doors, and some of the seats and it's looking a lot better and smells a lot fresher.

It's suffering from the dreaded sticky dashboard problem, especially on the gear-shift escutcheon. That is so bad that I'm just going to clean all the goo off it and either leave it as the bare plastic, or spray paint it. The panel behind it, with the switches, is starting to go sticky, but I found that washing it helps.

The off-side mirror is broken and fixed together with gaffer tape, but there's plenty of scrap ones going on ebay. I believe that this broken mirror might be the cause of the "Air cond fault" message that I'm told the mirror has sensors in it. As it happens, the Air Con works perfectly.

Disappointingly, the original CD player has been replaced by a cassette/radio, which will have to go. Finally, there is no rear parcel shelf.

So why did I buy it? We're a family of 4, but we've got two family members coming to visit us from Russia for 3 weeks during the summer. Rental of a bigger car would have cost us about 800 for 3 weeks, so we decided to buy a used Multipla and either sell it at the end of the summer, or sell our existing car, thus recovering some of the money, which wouldn't happen with the rental idea.
After just 2 days of owning the car, I've decided that it's going to be a keeper and the Toyota Corolla (R reg) is going to go.

I'll try to upload some pics when I can, and update this thread as I generally improve its appearance.
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Old 24-07-2012   #2
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Re: The Dolphin - my Multipla 1.6 ELX

I have now fitted a new offside mirror to replace the one that was gaffer-taped up. It doesn't have the temperature sensor in it, so I still get the "Air Cond Fault" message.

It folds away and opens up when told to, but now that is working, it's highlighted an intermittent fault in the power-fold of the nearside mirror. It often doesn't unfold, so I have to do it by hand. Then, on some random future occasion, it operates and folds itself out even further and I have to pull it back into place.

Maybe a future fix. Might just need contacts cleaning etc.

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The radio aerial has sheared off. It looks very corroded inside so I don't know if I'll be able to remove the remains of the threaded section from the base. If not, the base will have to be replaced too, which means removing the courtesy light cluster.

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Have ordered a red parcel shelf off ebay to replace the missing one, but after 11 days, still haven't received it and had no communication from the seller, so ebay have been informed.
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Re: The Dolphin - my Multipla 1.6 ELX

I just examined the remains of the snapped off aerial and tried to remove the remains of the screw with some pliers, but there's not enough space to get a decent grip on it, so no chance of getting mole grips in there.
I don't possess any broken screw removing tools but I think there might be just enough clearance to hacksaw a slot into the screw so that I can use a screwdriver.
Having said that, the plastic on the base is starting to look a bit crumbly around the edges, so maybe I'll just replace the whole lot.
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