Mazda MX-5

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - MUR­RAY SCUL­LION NEWS ED­I­TOR

Good news! The MX-5’s in­te­rior is sorted. The mould has def­i­nitely gone and shows no signs of re­turn­ing. I’d best get started with the out­side, then.

Re­cently on Face­book, ad­ver­tis­ing ‘es­pe­cially suited to me’ (in other words, Face­book track­ing what I’m do­ing) kept rec­om­mend­ing var­i­ous car clean­ing prod­ucts. And one of th­ese clean­ing kits re­ally piqued my in­ter­est – a snow foam sys­tem from CarPlan called De­mon Foam.

Plug it in to your gar­den hose, turn a lit­tle key, and out comes the foam. Get the car nice and soapy, clean it off with a sponge, then rinse it with wa­ter. And you know what? It’s not half bad! Bet­ter yet, it re­ally was quick. If you re­sent pay­ing some­one to wash your car, but can’t be both­ered to spend hours clean­ing it your­self, then this is a pretty good halfway house.

I also tested out a re­ally clever lit­tle prod­uct called Engie. It con­nects to your car via your on-board di­ag­nos­tic port and shows you mal­func­tions in any en­gine parts that are con­nected to the car’s brain, as well as show­ing you your bat­tery charge. It also en­ables clever things like fuel track­ing. Some of the soft­ware seems slightly like overkill, but if your dash­board dis­plays a warn­ing light and you want to fig­ure out what’s wrong with­out tak­ing it to a me­chanic, it’s a worth­while lit­tle tool. Next up on the agenda for the MX-5 in­volves me lend­ing it to my girl­friend. She needs a car for a week and I’ve kindly said she can bor­row the Mazda. I’m not wor­ried as I’m not par­tic­u­larly pre­cious about cars, but I am ex­tremely cu­ri­ous to see what she makes of it, as she’s never driven any­thing rear-wheel drive be­fore. Will she be­come a drift­ing war­rior, or just drift off?

Mur­ray lays on the suds in a bid to re­store the Mazda’s lost shine. De­mon Foam just plugs into your hosepipe.

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