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Having read Dragonfly’s detailed description of the MMR short shifter and seen the pictures he posted I checked out the MMR website. The unit seemed expensive but after speaking direct with Magna at MMR in the UK decided to locate a European agent and have it sent to my house on Crete.

it would have been cheaper to buy in the UK but post Brexit you get hit twice for VAT ie first in the UK and then in Greece (and VAT is 24% here in Greece) and also get milked for import charges. Buying from Holland and shipping DHL to Crete brought the price in at €405. Luckily I bought it before Sterling fell through the floor but the price was still around £350.

As Dragonfly said the unit is well machined but it should be for the price.

I have zero mechanical skills so asked my local body shop owner - the Magician - to fit the unit.

Strangely, and once fitted, the MMR unit hit a plastic brace when put into reverse gear and the brace had to be trimmed so there was no rubbing / problem when putting the car into reverse.

Antonis took a video clip of the unit hitting the plastic brace and then moving freely once he cut the plastic. If I can I’ll load both up with this post.

(I'm not sure why this should be a problem on my car because Dragonfly didn’t appear to have any difficulties when he fitted his unit.)

Having been sent the video I was a little nervous when I went back to pick up the car. I’d spent a chunk of change on the unit and it had to make a difference. The MMR Shifter looks great and in particular when in its lowest position but it also has to also do the business.

(In the mid seventies I was lucky enough to drive a brand new RS2000 Escort and wanted my JCW’s gear change to be as direct, smooth and short as that car‘s manual gear change was.)

I wasn’t disappointed. The new shifter works perfectly and is oh so much better than the standard JCW gear shift which I found vague and a bit woolly and once in a while too easy to miss a gear change in traffic when not concentrating.

The MMR unit is exactly how I hoped it would be and although certainly not cheap has greatly improved the driving experience and that, after all, is what the JCW is all about.

(Sorry but I can’t find a way to add the two short videos.)

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MMR like many UK companies are not implementing the Brexit rules properly.

UK VAT should not be charged on UK made goods exported to the EU.
There are also no customs duties to pay on UK origin goods - however MMR continue to mark their goods incorrectly , resulting in import charges needlessly being charged to their customers.

Details here:


The invoice needs to include a Statement on Origin as follows:

The exporter of the products covered by this document (GB EORI.*) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of UK preferential origin.
(Place and date**):
(Name of the exporter):


If the goods are below €6,000 (GBP amount) the supplier is not required to include the GB EORI number in the statement however if the goods are above €6,000 the supplier needs to include their GB EORI number within the statement.

If the statement on origin is not included on the invoice, then where applicable, import duty will be due on movement of goods between GB-EU
 

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It’s not only the UK companies not complying / subtracting UK VAT for overseas shipments but more worryingly the major courier companies are applying spurious custom duties, as indeed do the Greek Postal Service. It’s a total cluster f**k at present.
 
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