Ownership Verified: Everyday Is Like Sunday Cup: My 1998 Mazda Demio

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The summer tires that came on the second set of steelies with the Volvo were from 2003. Ripe for junking.
 

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Yeah the winters I got with this were just terrible, even older than the 2012 Viking summers.
 

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The winter alloys I got with the Miele are wearing tires as old as the car but look like they've never been driven on. I had the same thing happen with the previous car. Mysteries of life.
 

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The fogs are on!

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The fogs are off.

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Turns out the aftermarket switch for whatever the fog it originally had was a bit melty inside, so the guy who usually does tire fitting and oil changes for my shitboxes fitted and re-wired the lamps for me with a new switch. Make no mistake, the main purpose of these is to fill the bumper holes with something cooler than just plastic blanking plates, but damn if they don't look good.
 

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I'm a bit over the normal monthly 2000km accumulation with the Ioniq and I have some more extra driving to do, so I figured I'd park it for the weekend and drive the Demio to shops in the next town. Turns out this is pretty good as a winter car. It heats up well, it rides surprisingly well for a shopping cart and generally feels really straightforward and honest out on the road. Visibility is great and it feels like a 5-door Panda that isn't freezing. I kind of hated driving it in the summer because of the road noise, but either the Ioniq has conditioned my ears for this or the new, semi-recently made winter tires really make a difference, together with the rear axle mounts I had replaced in the summer. The driver seat height adjustment also enables a really decent driving position even if the steering wheel has been decided to put "in the right place at the factory", aka is unadjustable. However, the stereo is too damn low and needs a reach - the original position for it is high up in the dash, but European cars just have a set of switches together with the digital clock in the original 1DIN slot as shown in the brochure.

Current odo reading is at 218k, and I'll probably have an oil change done at 220k. I did consider selling this thing with a fresh MOT, but I feel like I like driving it too much. If I get the Volvo sold, this is really decent as a backup runabout.
 

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I really like the description of a 5-door modern Panda, especially in this colour.

Is there maybe a generic kit for that stereo to add some kind of remote volume buttons? Since you have a couple of holes in the dash already they could be re-used without drilling any more.
 

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I think it's a JVC so I could look into wheel-mounted remotes. I think some of them had the option unless I'm confusing the manufacturers.
 
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