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Hello from Taiwan

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by issuefixed, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    I am one of the first Copen owners in Taiwan, receiving the first batch, back in 2006. Daihatsu finally only imported around 40 cars to Taiwan. After 5 years of ownership, I'm still in love with it. Is the roof too noisy? Put it down! Put a big smile on your face because everyone will be watching! It is also extremely satisfying knowing that I'm the owner of a car that is even more rarer than Lamboghinis and Ferarris (and costs less than a bodywork, perhaps) on this island!
     
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  2. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
  3. MultiplexMan

    MultiplexMan Copenworld Regular

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    Hi,

    Welcome to the forum. :)

    Please post a photo of your Copen with a local landmark. We can add it our Copen "post card" collection :)

    Wow, I thought Copens were rare in Australia - but only 40 cars!

    I too enjoy the rarity of the car.

    The Copen gets more looks now since I debadged the car too. :cool:

    Cheers, MM
     
  4. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    Here is my Copen with the Taipei 101 and the MacArthur Bridge in the background, taken in a riverside recreation area during lunch break today.

    I've intended to show how the Yokohama tires look like but the sun was directly overhead and the tires were in the shadow of the car body.
     
  5. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Looks good.
    Welcome.
    Rex.
     
  6. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    I am replacing my other car next week, so I'm planning to move a head's up display to the Copen. Just downloaded the service manuals (although they are for 659): AWESOME! Won't have to poke a lot of wires guessing which is the speed signal!

    Hope I have lost enough weight to crawl under the dash.
     
  7. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    After finally getting to the computer, I've found that the 1.3 computer must be totally different from the 659; the connectors are totally different, and the wires are all very thin and with the hundreds of them in the small space, very difficult to read the color.

    Where can a 1.3 service manual be found? Maybe I'll try the dealer.
     
  8. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    My thread here has your answer...

    Rex
     
  9. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    Thanks a million, Rex!

    Light green with a red stripe (same color code as the 657) on the third connector down; I'll have to look on both the second and the third connectors I guess because we don't know if the computer is upside-down.
     
  10. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    To be sure, you could always trace the cable with a meter to the window control unit in the boot as they are common for 660 and 1300.

    Good luck -
    Rex.
     
  11. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    Yes! Finally found the time to climb around and installed it! The speedo signal is exactly where Rex has indicated. For power, I have lifted the handrest/handbrake cover and shared the power with the power window switch, where I have already used for my Bluetooth handsfree, installed more than five years ago.

    Funny enough, the Copen's windshield is so curved I have to stick the LED module slanted in order to get a relatively horizontal perspective when driving.

    No adjustment to the HUD counter is needed; I guess all Japanese speedo use the same pulse frequency standard. The last car using this HUD was a Mitsubishi Space Gear van.

    Tried it this morning with a beautiful sunshine and top-down, even with my sunglasses on, the reading is still visible!
     
  12. issuefixed

    issuefixed Copenworld Member

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    My perfect Copen had its first scratch today! When I was stopping for a traffic signal, a guy in a scooter (which we have a lot in Taiwan) riding behind me rubbed his front wheel to my right wheel arch, creating a 3cm paint scratch on the fold of the wheel arch.

    Very upset! Nearly six years of perfect paint job, never even waxed it, so it still gleams like just out from the factory.
     
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