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    Also confirmed here

    Both the local Mitsubishi dealer and "The Boxstop" (local supposed auto guru's, don't ask me I was just told they were the people locally) confirmed that the last TL's and TW's have a different wave spring roughly twice as resilient as the earlier ones.

    It was a major factor in me deciding to spend $6000 on my TW with plans on driving it another 10 years over selling and buying another car. Now all things being equal I only have the heater core to worry about as far as well known issues .... "so far so good said the man jumper as he passed the 42nd floor"

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    thanks, as a TW owner I'm v happy to hear that. it's done 176k km and is still going strong, never gives any trouble. I've had it 11 years and hope to get another 11 out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooperplace View Post
    thanks, as a TW owner I'm v happy to hear that. it's done 176k km and is still going strong, never gives any trouble. I've had it 11 years and hope to get another 11 out of it.
    I hear you cooperplace. Dad bought this one new off the showroom floor and passed it to me when they stripped him of his licence. With 106k Km I'd like to think that she's got another 13 years left although at times I wonder if the parts may be an issue. Came back to the car not an hour ago to find the rear drivers side window smashed ..... now I have to find out where to get one, how to match the dealer tinting of the other windows and not least how to actually go about replacing it ... as an automotive specialist I am a damned good Musician

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    In an earlier thread, someone else(I can't remember exactly who) had a similar thing happen, and was asking about the best way to fit a replacement rear quarter window.

    I would suggest that it is easier/cheaper/quicker to find a very good condition second hand door of the same colour and have a friend help you swap it over.

    Such a process is not especially difficult, provided you have someone else to help you, and you have a reasonable understanding of the process of aligning door hinges.

    Someone reversed into me in my then recently refurbished(not restored) 1990 model Nissan R31 Skyline, severely damaging the rear passenger door.

    The largest of 3 insurance estimates was $1,100, using a second hand panel as a basis for respray/repair.

    I demanded "cash settlement", which I had every right to do - even though the other driver's insurance company was reluctant to pay up, as they voiced their "concern" that I was not going to have the repair carried out to a then 21 year old car.

    The door surrounds were not damaged in any way, and I was able to quickly find a colour matching door at the local self help wreckers for $70.

    With my brothers help to swap it over, I pocketed $1,030 clear profit for not much work, the hardest part being sure that the door was opening and closing properly.

    It was not overly difficult to achieve this by carefully marking the original door hinge mounting locations by scribing with a sharp, soft lead pencil to act as a guide, and using a trolley jack to support the replacement door whilst the hinges are aligned accurately.

    The job is easier than it sounds, and probably easier than finding glass, removing the door trim, aligning it in the frame(the hardest bit I believe), and reattaching the door trim.

    Or, do the leg work and find a second hand matching door and pay the local mechanic to swap it over.
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    Here is a rear door glass.....brand new.....much cheaper than I expected.....ex Brisbane.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MITSUBIS...AAAOSwIhFa5Ckj

    Also:

    We Also Offer Installation Service Of All Glass @ Our NEW Coopers Plains Warehouse!!! (4 Fitting Bays)

    No Appointment Necessary.

    We can usually install straight away.(5 Installers)
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    Thank you very much for that leadfoot6! That's a good deal for me and I'll certainly get onto them in the morning. I'm just South of Brisbane, about 20 min drive from that location so that works out well.

    I had also thought of another door, The car is Kashmir which was about the most popular colour I see running around but of course there's always a fly in the ointment. When Dad ordered the car from the dealer he specified a few options and waited a couple of weeks for the car to come in. Among the options was "Darkest Legal tint" (whether that is the same shade that is legal now 13 years later is another question) and of course don't you know it ..... it's the high quality spray on treatment that's done before the glass is fitted to the car and covers the entire glass including the couple of inches of glass that is always below the rubbers.... sOOoooOO..

    I rang a few glass and tint mobs and all bar one where only prepared to do film tinting and no one would guarantee to match the other windows, most of them wanted me to do all four doors and film them all to match ( as if ). One at Underwood however is prepared to spray treat a window for $200 and match the tint to the other windows so I'll grab one from Coopers plains, take it over to Underwood and get it treated and then back to Coopers Plains to have it fitted. I'm a bit old, tall and even perhaps fragile for that lark myself.

    I've invested enough in the car now that I'm pretty committed to keeping her but the parts issue has me a little worried. When Mitsubishi did the 105K service , timing belt, Water pump, tensioners and Cam seals etc (and some other sundries) last month out of the total $2200 spent on the car with them the only genuine Mitsubishi part used was a solitary fuel filter ... and that was the last one in stock. They bought everything else aftermarket. o.0

    Then last week the main electric window switch unit and regulator died and when I asked the dealer "a grunt was all reply he got" as Mr Patterson put it. Not available for over 5 years. Panic stations ensued until I looked at ebay. 3 days later new one fitted.

    I think I'm going to buy an entire donor car, there's a 2003 TJ locally with only 160k on it that has had a branch fall on it and dent the turret and smash the rear window. Not the right colour but it's got a service history and runs well. They're asking for $1k or offer so I might just go and make them an offer. I know some of the trim is different but 98% of the parts are inter changeable and a low K engine and gearbox and CV's in case of an unthinkable failure with mine is worth that alone not including panels bumpers etc or at least that's how I see it.

    Anyway, getting a bit off topic. Apologies all and thanks again leadfoot6

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    It seems like your problem is under control.

    Let us all know how it works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadfoot6 View Post
    It seems like your problem is under control.

    Let us all know how it works out.
    Sorted thanks leadfoot6

    The company you pointed me at are doing the glass for me at a little under the listed price and they have a "tame" in house tinting firm around the corner who will match and the fitting cost is $80. So all up around $300 - $350 drive in drive away. I'm booking it for later in the week. It could have been much more painful all things considered.

    Once again thanks for the assistance.

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    I'm more than happy to help.

    Thank you for the updates.

    They are always useful.
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