Hello. I just picked up my "new to me" '02 SSEi. 150k km and fairly clean for the age.
There are a few things I need to do.
1) It needs a buff and detail BADLY. The paint is good, overall and I think will really come to life with a buff & polish.
* * * the next 2 things I need your guys' help with * * *
2) The snap in strips at each window on the outside are badly worn - they are no longer gloss black. I saw a few links to fixes (painting vs. not painting) but I get a redirect error - are those threads not available?
3) If I really get on it, I get a smoking oil smell from the very front of the engine - right at the manifold. I'm thinking that I may need to do a valve cover gasket replacement because it appears to be high on the motor and then burning off when it drips at the manifold. The exhaust is clean.
If you guys have any ideas to help with my 2 issues that would be great.
In the meantime, here'* a really crappy picture I took when I first got home.
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