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I just baught a 93 VR-4 with 75,000 miles on it. mint condition appearance anyway. I just baught it last night, and as I was driving around I noticed somethings that i did not during the test drive. I was just thinking that maybe they are common problems with simple quick fixes. if not that I would just like other opinions to what might be wrong.
1. If I turn the defroster off for more than a minute or so the windows fog up really quickly.
2. the stereo cuts in and out slightly, never completely faded out just slightly.
3. the transmision, when I test drove it i thought that the sinchros, were going in it, i ground the gears in third almost every time. now i ma getting used to the shifting more, and I do not grind the gears much if I take my time, but if I try to shift quickly like, these cars should do, I still grind them once, and a while. Is that me or the car.
4. The temperature gauge does not seem to work, I have only let it set for an hour since I got the car, but I thaught it should cool down some?
5. The guy I baught it from said that the CD cartridge was in it, (i didn't bother to check, my bad) but it is not there. I am going to call to see if he just forgot it or what but if he doesn't have it, does anyone know where you get them. would any best buy carry a replacement one. does any one have a brand and model number?

Just looking for some other opinions, and answers. I really got a good deal so it wouldn't shock me if there are some things wrong.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give.
 

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1. that's normal. you'll just have to deal with it.
2. could be a loose connection on the plug that plugs into the radio.
3. could be a bad 3rd gear syncro
4. your car won't cool down all the way after an hour... your car would still more than likely be hot after an hour.
5. CD cartridges aren't too hard to find if you need one
 

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check the "parts for sale" catagory in the forum, they should have something there. Overall how do you like your vr-4 and how much did you pay for it? Any pictures and what color? :)
 

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thanks guys, I went out this morning and the temp gauge was down, I t just seemed weird for it to stay warm for so long when it was 30 degrees out.
I really like the car, I put 80 miles on it yesterday just driving around. It is a 93 has been stored winters and driven buy and older man. I paid 9300. It is red and no I do not have pictures yet, I will work on it though.
 

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congrats on a great car. Your 3rd gear synchros may be worn. R u just learning how to drive a manual ? U should learn how to double clutch. If u want faster shifts why not just install a short shifter kit ?

1 word of advice, replace the brake rotors ASAP, they r crap on these cars. Get a nice set of porterfields
 

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for the foggy windows,make sure you have the fresh outside air coming in, instead of internal circulation.
 

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rockyrunner99 said:
1. If I turn the defroster off for more than a minute or so the windows fog up really quickly.
2. the stereo cuts in and out slightly, never completely faded out just slightly.
3. the transmision, when I test drove it i thought that the sinchros, were going in it, i ground the gears in third almost every time. now i ma getting used to the shifting more, and I do not grind the gears much if I take my time, but if I try to shift quickly like, these cars should do, I still grind them once, and a while. Is that me or the car.
4. The temperature gauge does not seem to work, I have only let it set for an hour since I got the car, but I thaught it should cool down some?
5. The guy I baught it from said that the CD cartridge was in it, (i didn't bother to check, my bad) but it is not there.
Answers Ala SilverBullet Style. :D

1. Stop for a second, raise your jaw, and don't Pant with your tongue hanging out. Yes, you own an awesome sports car now. Stop drooling. (that's what causes the moisture in the car)

2. Why would you want to use the stock radio anyhow? Get an aftermarket head unit, and crank it. That will free up some DIN space for either a Carbon Fiber plate with holes for Aftermarket gauges (call me in the spring, that's when I'll start making them) or for an pretty Apexi A'VCR to control your boost system.

3. It's you. Shift better. :p Grinding and synchro notchiness are not really the same feeling. Or at least they aren't to me. :)

4. VR4's run hot. REALLY hot. Like, 'start to change the color of oil in 600 miles after an oil change' hot. You can bar-b que off your turbos if you're hungry when you get home.

5. See answer to #3.


hhaha

ok, seriously.
1, it is typically normal. Common sense says always leave the fan running at least on it's lowest setting. This keeps air circulating through the system, which prevents dust from settling, and also wierd molds or mildews from growing in the ducts, because of all that moisture. Be sure to use fresh air instead of recirc, as the moisture you exhale is always added to the humidity inside the cabin.
2. well, I was serious about the headunit. Get rid of that thing, and get something nicer. :)
3. If you're VERY practiced in manual shifting, and it's doing it, then it's possibly a synchro. Work on your technique, and see if it improves. Also, try Redline fluids, as they do a great service to the stock synchros... Either way, start saving up. You'll want to get a Kormex Trans in the future anyhow, because they have better parts.
4. If you come back outside after a 90 minute drive, the turbos will have been circulating oil through themselves while you boosted around (most likely) This superheats the oil. This is why you ABSOLUTELY MUST allow cool down time before you shut the engine off. A wise investment in the life of your turbos (and engine) is a turbo timer. Otherwise, sit there for 1 minute after a drive, or 2-4 minutes after a 'spirited heavy footed' drive.
5. Again, see reason #3.


Good luck. :) Lemme know if I can help. (I won't harass you anymore. I promise. well. I promise I'll try not to. well,. nevermind. I won't make that promise. :p)

Elton
 

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rockyrunner99, congrats on the car. where you from in MI, i'm on the east side near Port Huron. and follow countach's advice and replace the rotors, the stock ones tend to warp rather easily under heavy brakeing.
 

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Congrats on the new car! It'll be a lot of fun! :D

Other people have responded to your problems already, and I agree with thier suggestions, so I am not going to repeat all of that stuff. You found the right place for the car, though! 3si will help you out!
 
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