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by barrylevine
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Private For Sale, Want To Buy
Topic: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity
Replies: 9
Views: 5870

Re: i-MiEV Salvage Opportunity

... even though it won't go to READY (airbag deploy will prevent start)... Darn, I missed the bidding! :evil: My buddy drove this car for quite a few days AFTER the accident. No airbag and the seat belt wouldn't work; other than that it drove nicely (and straight). I think somebody got a good deal ...
by barrylevine
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

Are they really Phillips head, or (more likely) tamper proof Torx screws?? The make 'tamper proof' Torx screws which have a little pin in the center, so a standard Torx bit won't fit. The special tamper proof Torx bits have a hole drilled in the center to accommodate that little pin. You can buy a ...
by barrylevine
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

Replacing the steering wheel airbag looks rather simple, if it's at all like the Mitsubishi Galant - just 2 torx screws:


It is the same. At first I couldn't find the L. side torx at first because the steering has to be straightened out for both screws to be visible. Duhh!
by barrylevine
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

Just an update: Not so easy as in the video to remove the IMIEV's airbag. At least on my 2016 model, I find that the airbag assembly appears to be retained by 2 phillips tamper-resistant screws (they have a center pin, and require a special bit.) I don't know if this is typical of recent Mitsubishi ...
by barrylevine
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

I have a question re the windshield washer reservoir (mine apparently got cracked in the accident, as it has a fast leak now). There was no separate listing for it at the PartSouq website (what a great resource), and it appears to actually be part of the cooling fan shroud in that illustration. Nor ...
by barrylevine
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

I *think* the 2012 iMiEV airbag recall (and possibly the 2014 too) was just for the passenger side and not the drivers airbag


I just looked at my receipt from this, and you are correct - ONLY the passenger side airbag was switched for a new one.
by barrylevine
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

I would do an airbag search to see which Mitsu cars had Takata recalls and then maybe source a used one not on that list online That is a great suggestion. I bolded "not" for clarity. I found the list, which I'll append in case other members need to find a replacement airbag. Source: http...
by barrylevine
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

Thanks for the info.
It looks like a new airbag can cost another thousand, if new.
Folks are selling used, but I'll bet many are withdrawn Takata rejects.
I wonder where your guy found an inner steel bumper. Off a wreck? From Japan?
by barrylevine
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

Thanks JoeS It sounds like my i-miev would get totaled based on your anecdote. That there were so few sold in the U.S. doesn't help as far as junkyard parts. I don't understand that bit about replacing the entire dash if the airbag has deployed, it has an odor of scam, but isn't the whole system one...
by barrylevine
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?
Replies: 34
Views: 11985

Re: Appraisal/Body Work Recommendations?

I rear-ended someone yesterday; I was in a line-up at a light, then we were moving, but the guy in front stopped suddenly, and I didn't catch the change fast enough. It seemed I whacked him pretty hard, and my airbag went off. When we got out and inspected, the other car didn't seem to have any dama...

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