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Post by Luke0611 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:53 pm

After months of research I now own my first dream car (the other is an RX-7) and couldn't be happier.
Unfortunately, being 19, I have no choice but to go for black box insurance. It'll force me to behave I suppose [-X :lol:

Hope to see you lot out there,

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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Rotary Potato » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:12 pm

Hi & welcome.

Shame about the black box. 99% of the reason for owning an RX8 (to my eyes) occurs at points that'd get you a slap on the wrist from the black box.

You're midlands based, would be good to see you at one of our midlands meets ... viewtopic.php?f=99&t=75517

Hopefully see you there and enjoy the car. :)

P.S. we love pics ... be a sweetie and pop some up. :lol:
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:19 pm

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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Luke0611 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:26 pm

Rotary Potato wrote:Hi & welcome.

Shame about the black box. 99% of the reason for owning an RX8 (to my eyes) occurs at points that'd get you a slap on the wrist from the black box.

You're midlands based, would be good to see you at one of our midlands meets ... viewtopic.php?f=99&t=75517

Hopefully see you there and enjoy the car. :)

P.S. we love pics ... be a sweetie and pop some up. Image
The box gets fitted next week, so I'm making the most of it while I can!
You can be sure I'll be about at meets though, and I'll get pics up when I can

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Post by ChrisHolmes » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:31 pm

Look forward to meeting you at the Cotswold meet on Thursday Luke.
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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Shagrington » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:50 pm

Hi and :welcome: Luke0611 . :D Shame about the black box, I'm glad they weren't invented when I started driving. :angel:

Have a good read through whatever in the FAQ section you didn't already read :study: and then (and just ignore me if you know all this already) here are my best tips for keeping it all running sweetly:

1. To start up turn the key to position 2, wait for most of the lights on the dash to go out (I watch the airbag light by the glove box), press the clutch to the floor (optional, but reduces drag), turn the key to start and do not touch the throttle until it has started. You can drive off straight away, just keep the revs down for a bit (see #4 below).

2. Never [-X turn off the engine before it has reached at least somewhere towards normal operating temperature (should only take a minute or two, but best to go for a short drive if just swapping cars round on the drive etc). Switching off cold risks flooding, which is a real :censored: with a rotary engine. Mazda recommend rev to 4k and hold it for 8-10 seconds switching off while still revving if you have no option but to switch off cold (it is not necessary to do this in any other circumstance).

3. Check the oil level regularly (use the dipstick - the oil gauge tells you nothing other than that you have or don't have pressure) and top up if necessary with semi synthetic 5w30 (more people are advising to use 10w40 now though) ... small amounts at a time, no more than ½ a litre then check the level again before adding more as you don't want to overfill it.

4. Use all the revs once the engine is nice and warm (keep it below about 4k until the needle on the water temperature gauge is pointing straight up, then give it another 10 minutes for the oil to warm up too before really thrashing it :twisted: ) and hit the beep often. Best acceleration is from 4k revs up - to pull away you really need to rev to 2k - you can let the revs drop after lifting the clutch if you are in traffic, cruising steadily at 3½k revs and changing down to go up hills or accelerate gets you the best mpg ... which still won't be great. ;)

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Post by GreySilver Beast » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:06 pm

It's going to be interesting driving with a Black Box on an RX-8 as you will be breaking the Speed Limit all the time and sending the wrong signals to the Insurance Company :(
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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Luke0611 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:05 am

GreySilver Beast wrote:It's going to be interesting driving with a Black Box on an RX-8 as you will be breaking the Speed Limit all the time and sending the wrong signals to the Insurance Company :(
Just going to have to do my best, not too concerned about keeping a good score on it, as long as they don't cancel on me.
It doesn't get fitted until next week so I'm making the most of it now!

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Post by ChrisHolmes » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:00 pm

Luke0611 wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:53 pm
After months of research I now own my first dream car (the other is an RX-7) and couldn't be happier.
Unfortunately, being 19, I have no choice but to go for black box insurance. It'll force me to behave I suppose [-X :lol:

Hope to see you lot out there,

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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Kaks07 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:27 pm

Hello and Welcome Luke.

Hope to see you at the Meets and your shiny 40th :twisted:

Play it safe and have fun :lol:

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Post by Ainmhidh » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:18 pm

Welcome, and remember that it'll beep just fine in 1st and 2nd, and presumably the box doesn't know which gear you are in, just how fast you are going and how fast you got there?
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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Yie » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:28 pm

Ainmhidh wrote:
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Welcome, and remember that it'll beep just fine in 1st and 2nd, and presumably the box doesn't know which gear you are in, just how fast you are going and how fast you got there?
Pretty sure beeping in second is breaking the speed limit pretty much anywhere outside of a motorway though :lol: not that i'd know :oops:
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:52 pm

2nd Gear is 80mph with both power outputs :twisted:
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Post by wiggles » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:14 pm

I thought it was more like 68?
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:16 pm

Come to think about it you could be right #-o
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Post by wiggles » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:23 pm

So you can safely floor it in 2nd without breaking the speed limit on a dual carriageway or motorway 😂
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:25 pm

So glad Black Boxes didn't exist back in 1984 :lol: :twisted:
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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by Goobie » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:57 pm

My little brother had one a few years ago, it has a G meter built in and measures,- braking force, corning, etc etc as well as what times of the day you drive.

He could log in to a chart to see how his driving was and it had a scoring system.

He found that it mark down low scores every time he drove at night or early morning, aka peak traffic times or unsociable hours.

After one year the company wouldn’t renew his policy even though he now had one year NCD due to the score system.

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Post by impressiveg » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:08 pm

Welcome aboard to brapp ownership

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Post by A-Plan Insurance » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:34 pm

Welcome to the club :D next year when you've got a years experience under your belt we can try and take a look at the insurance for you :)
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Post by Luke0611 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:42 pm

A-Plan Insurance wrote:Welcome to the club :D next year when you've got a years experience under your belt we can try and take a look at the insurance for you :)
Got quoted upwards of 7 grand from you guys! Maybe in 5 years Image

Lucky for me the black box doesn't seem to care how quickly I accelerate or brake, only my speed

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Post by Shagrington » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:47 pm

Luke0611 wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:42 pm
A-Plan Insurance wrote:Welcome to the club :D next year when you've got a years experience under your belt we can try and take a look at the insurance for you :)
Got quoted upwards of 7 grand from you guys! Maybe in 5 years Image
Join the club and go direct to Carlie and the Bletchingley branch for your quote next year.
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Post by ChrisHolmes » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:45 pm

Luke0611 wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:42 pm
A-Plan Insurance wrote:Welcome to the club :D next year when you've got a years experience under your belt we can try and take a look at the insurance for you :)
Got quoted upwards of 7 grand from you guys! Maybe in 5 years Image

Lucky for me the black box doesn't seem to care how quickly I accelerate or brake, only my speed

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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by boosted » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:24 pm

Sign up to 1 of Nigel's car limits days will let you drive your car as intended and you'll learn a hell of a lot about car control....
There must be away of switching the black box off...nice little rocker switch on the ign feed to it...stealth hoon mode...

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Re: New 40th anniversary owner (West Midlands)

Post by wiggles » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:34 pm

You can get jammers that block the signal... But obviously using it is fraud and I guess they would realise if something happened and your mileage was way more than the black box recorded
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