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taqueso
Mar 8, 2004









Fun Shoe

https://rapidcity.craigslist.org/ct...7130350195.html

quote:

94 miata 5speed 4cyl. 85000 mi. new convertible top. hard top. new timing belt. tires. redone. seats. new radiator. all fluids changed. very nice un modified car. was going to ask 5000 but got hailed first part of may. asking 3500.





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FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


I'd show up at his door with cash. That's a good deal.

taqueso
Mar 8, 2004









Fun Shoe

Someone must have, post was deleted when I was going back for the phone number

Wibla
Feb 16, 2011


Good deals disappear really quickly, gotta be on the ball.

Russian Bear
Dec 26, 2007



My local mazda dealer doesn't have any new miatas on stock. Weird.

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


Russian Bear posted:

My local mazda dealer doesn't have any new miatas on stock. Weird.

Mine currently has one 2020 GT RF, one Sport, and one Club. That's it. When I bought my '08 from them a few years ago there were probably two dozen on the lot from various years. I think US sales of the Miata are a little rocky at the moment and dealerships have not ordered new stock due to COVID.

ShaneB
Oct 21, 2002




Short story:
91 I bought from my brother last year. I believe it has a new alternator.
Battery toast after winter storage because I didn't put on a trickle.
Jump it, drive it around, revs dipping when I put turn signal on, radio dying, etc. Dies on me close to home and I take the battery to Advance where the thing was from just a year ago or so, apparently. (Dated 3/19). They throw it on the slow charger for a few days and I come back and it still tests "replace," so I get a new one under warranty.

I put the new battery in, car starts great, drives great. I take it for a long Memorial Day ride (60 miles), stop a few times, it starts great, that kinda stuff. I then park it a half mile from home for a quick booze stock up and it doesn't start. Click click click click click over and over. Walk home, my wife and I jump it with our other car, and get it home.

What the heck? Where do I go from here?

Deteriorata
Feb 6, 2005

The general increasing love of athletics is benefiting our young men, and making their lives better and more worth the living.

ShaneB posted:

Short story:
91 I bought from my brother last year. I believe it has a new alternator.
Battery toast after winter storage because I didn't put on a trickle.
Jump it, drive it around, revs dipping when I put turn signal on, radio dying, etc. Dies on me close to home and I take the battery to Advance where the thing was from just a year ago or so, apparently. (Dated 3/19). They throw it on the slow charger for a few days and I come back and it still tests "replace," so I get a new one under warranty.

I put the new battery in, car starts great, drives great. I take it for a long Memorial Day ride (60 miles), stop a few times, it starts great, that kinda stuff. I then park it a half mile from home for a quick booze stock up and it doesn't start. Click click click click click over and over. Walk home, my wife and I jump it with our other car, and get it home.

What the heck? Where do I go from here?

That sounds suspiciously like a bad alternator. Or at least a non-functional charging system (could be a bad wire/connection somewhere).

ShaneB
Oct 21, 2002




Deteriorata posted:

That sounds suspiciously like a bad alternator. Or at least a non-functional charging system (could be a bad wire/connection somewhere).

How can I diagnose a bad wire, this sounds like a pooper of a thing to chase down

Deteriorata
Feb 6, 2005

The general increasing love of athletics is benefiting our young men, and making their lives better and more worth the living.

ShaneB posted:

How can I diagnose a bad wire, this sounds like a pooper of a thing to chase down

Continuity tester or VOM. Find two points that are supposed to be connected and see what the resistance is between them.

Phone
Jul 30, 2005

ああ!彼からのメールだ!

College Slice

FreelanceSocialist posted:

Damage doesn't look too bad. I bet you could pop most of those out. I fixed most of the hail damage on my old Jeep Cherokee over the course of a few podcasts and a six pack.

But don't tell the seller that. Cheap Miatas are the best Miatas.

the hood is aluminum, you can't just "pop them out"


yeah that was a good deal and was in good condition

Phone
Jul 30, 2005

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College Slice

ShaneB posted:

How can I diagnose a bad wire, this sounds like a pooper of a thing to chase down

put a multimeter on the hot side of the alternator when the car is running, if it isn't spitting out 14.4V, it's not a bad place to start

BloodBag
Sep 20, 2008

WITNESS ME!






drat, that's a robbins glass window canvas top. I have one on mine and while it was a huge bitch to get it on the frame, they look so good. Sad side is that they make the frame of the top sit up juuuust high enough that a hardtop won't clear it without basically sitting on the frame a little and squeaking away.

e: fuuuuuuck it even has the IL motorsports upgraded center console. That and the top alone are $1000 together

BloodBag fucked around with this message at 13:07 on May 27, 2020

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Yeah that was a great deal, especially with a hard top. Probably wouldn't have been all that hard to find a good hood for it either.

Viperix
Apr 21, 2006


Well, just picked this up Monday:



First Miata, first sports car, first manual, so here goes nothing.

ethanol
Jul 13, 2007


Epic Box Guy



that looks amazing, might be my favorite color on it now

Hikaki
Oct 11, 2005
Motherfucking Fujitsu Heavy Industries

The red interior really sells it. Great color combo.

Thom ZombieForm
Oct 29, 2010

I will eat you alive
I will eat you alive
I will eat you alive


Viperix posted:

Well, just picked this up Monday:



First Miata, first sports car, first manual, so here goes nothing.

Hey polymetal bretheren.You are pretty bold learning manual in a new mx5, but youíll have it down in no time. My unsolicited tip for learning manual is (after you get a feel for where the clutch engages) try to be mindful about not having the clutch engaged for too long when shifting

Also coming straight to the mx5 is awesome, it has this feature where it doesnít roll backwards on a hill for a few seconds so you donít need to learn the ebrake trick

Eyud
Aug 5, 2006



Viperix posted:

Well, just picked this up Monday:



First Miata, first sports car, first manual, so here goes nothing.

Hell yeah, congrats

The ND is such a fantastic car, you're gonna love it.

Hikaki
Oct 11, 2005
Motherfucking Fujitsu Heavy Industries

Thom ZombieForm posted:

You are pretty bold learning manual in a new mx5, but youíll have it down in no time.

I would argue that this is the best car to learn manual in. The clutch is light and manageable, and there's enough low-end torque to easily get started but not enough to toast the clutch. A brand new clutch is also easier to learn on than a worn one. I learned on an old NA and since I had no point of reference, I only found out it had a worn clutch because one of the bearings started making noise. Once I replaced it, I was surprised to find that the engagement point was not actually supposed to be 2/3 from the bottom.

Thom ZombieForm
Oct 29, 2010

I will eat you alive
I will eat you alive
I will eat you alive


Hikaki posted:

I would argue that this is the best car to learn manual in.

Yeah you are probably right actually. Itís a really good platform to learn in, I would just be super paranoid/full of cringe (ďwhat did I do to my New carrr gently caressĒ) during the occasional stall even though itís not actually a big deal.

GOD IS BED
Jun 17, 2010


Having a fun time on the internet




College Slice

Yeah, don't sweat learning manual in a new Miata. I had driven a manual before, but not owned one before my NC, and I was worried about messing up the clutch, but even doing a few stupid things, it's held up fine for over 80k miles so far. Just take your foot off the pedal when not shifting, and try to keep your shifts quick so you aren't slipping the clutch too much.

Virgil Vox
Dec 8, 2009



Thom ZombieForm posted:

it has this feature where it doesnít roll backwards on a hill for a few seconds so you donít need to learn the ebrake trick

I didn't know about this on my test drive and almost thought something was wrong. Wish I could defeat it, felt really unnatural to me and activates on the slightest of inclines.

Viperix
Apr 21, 2006


I spent a few hours learning the basics in my brothers 19 Impreza, but that's certainly not enough time to learn much. Comparing the two, at least by feel, I have a lot easier time in the Miata above first gear. I think the faster shift timing is more compatible and forgiving of my natural instincts. Getting into 1st on the other hand... I'm sorry to what felt like half my town this afternoon. If you assumed it was some idiot who bought a sports car he didn't know how to drive, that's uh, about it actually.

I'm going to take tomorrow afternoon off and spend some time in the nearby high school parking lot. Probably should find somewhere to practice hill-starts though, it feels like the Miata's Hill Assist... doesn't assist really, at least at lower grades. Or maybe it's just because I panicked and didn't let it engage, but that doesn't sound like me at all. No, it is the car who is wrong.

Phone
Jul 30, 2005

ああ!彼からのメールだ!

College Slice

Virgil Vox posted:

I didn't know about this on my test drive and almost thought something was wrong. Wish I could defeat it, felt really unnatural to me and activates on the slightest of inclines.

Get off the brake before pushing the clutch in. Thereís a rhythm to it, but itís also easy to get used to the hill hold.

Itís only really obnoxious if you have like an uneven autocross start, but itís definitely grown on me.

Virgil Vox
Dec 8, 2009



For me a difficult thing with manuals is starting from a red light and the vehicle in front of you doesn't accelerate as fast as you thought it would so you have to clutch in again and then re-engage still in 1st. If you can do that smoothly you'll be well on your way.

mobby_6kl
Aug 9, 2009

"You are the best poster... do not let anyone say otherwise."


^^^
Yeah that's annoying but if you're still in first, its usually enough to just let off the gas and it'll slow down enough, can be pretty jerky though.

I essentially learned to drive manual on a Miata too. It wasn't too difficult but at least my NB requires waaay more precision and speed from you than generic VAG econoboxes I've been driving as rentals recently. There you have like a minute to shift, the gates are pretty wide and you don't have to match the revs at all, it all gets smoothed out. Dunno how NDs are though.

mobby_6kl fucked around with this message at 04:13 on May 28, 2020

Thom ZombieForm
Oct 29, 2010

I will eat you alive
I will eat you alive
I will eat you alive


Also as a new owner get used to the thrill of waving back at other Miata owners and or coming back to your car in a parking lot to find another hotty Miata (usually a na/nb) parked next to you, your part of the c r e w now

FreelanceSocialist
Nov 19, 2002


The crew is the only reason I'm not driving a Z4 right now.

pastor of muppets
Aug 21, 2007

No one loves me
and neither do I




Viperix posted:

Well, just picked this up Monday:



First Miata, first sports car, first manual, so here goes nothing.

l o v e i t

I just bought my first Miata too at the end of Feb, and was super tempted to buy a leftover 2019 GT RF exactly like this one. That color looks amazing in the sunlight. I would have had to trade in my still-practically-new 2017 6MT Mazda6 to reasonably justify it though, and since I knew I'd end up regretting losing that, I settled for a CPO 2016 GT in pearl white and kept them both.

Don't sweat learning to drive a manual. I did nearly the exact same thing. When I was 20, I got a five-speed Cobalt having never driven a stick before. My boyfriend drove it home for me, gave me a crash course on driving stick in a parking lot, and planned to let me use his car until I was comfortable with it.

The next morning, I was getting ready to leave for work in his car when I thought, "Well, let me see if I can get the Cobalt around the block...."

"Okay, that went fine, let me see how I do to the end of the street...."

....and then just kept going until I got to work. Other than stalling twice, that was all it took.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I just installed the flyin' miata fox coilovers in my ND2 and hooooly poo poo they are amazing. I can not recommend them enough. All of the body roll is completely eliminated and the car feels so much more composed. They're also still very compliant. Super comfortable on the highway and poor quality roads.

Virgil Vox
Dec 8, 2009



Partial Octopus posted:

I just installed the flyin' miata fox coilovers in my ND2 and hooooly poo poo they are amazing. I can not recommend them enough. All of the body roll is completely eliminated and the car feels so much more composed. They're also still very compliant. Super comfortable on the highway and poor quality roads.

Can you keep close to the original ride height? Did you do sways before too?

I have a club model and the billstiens seem great but wondering what coilovers or the Konis would be like. I canít lose too much ride height though my driveway enters on an incline.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I lowered mine by like an inch but you should be able to keep ride height similar stock. I didn't do sways as the FM sways didn't seem all that much beefier than the stock ones. For what it's worth, I also had the club model and they are a pretty massive upgrade over the Bilsteins.

blk
Dec 19, 2009


FreelanceSocialist posted:

Almost forgot - Clayton make sure to check that the amp in whatever you get is compatible with the Bose speakers. The Bose tweeters (dash, rear center, two per door) are 3.6 ohm. The woofers in the doors are 1.2 ohm. Or just upgrade the speakers when you do the headunit.

And blk - if you want that Bose headunit, you also want the amp that goes with it. It's not integrated. Clayton - it's behind the passenger seat.


Thanks - I actually just want the faceplate (mineís scratched a bit) but a dead unit on eBay is still $100+ after shipping

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I'm moving from Philly to Denver this weekend. I managed to fit all my essential belongings into my Miata.



Who says Miatas aren't practical?

Eyud
Aug 5, 2006



People who say Miatas aren't practical simply aren't creative enough.

Hope to see you on a club drive in the future!

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I would love to go on a club ride. Which organization are you a part of?

Eyud
Aug 5, 2006



The Peak to Peak Miata Club (the mailing list is still more active than the web site which is in the process of being updated)

No membership required to join a drive though, anyone is welcome to just show up.

Kastivich
Mar 26, 2010


Partial Octopus posted:

I'm moving from Philly to Denver this weekend. I managed to fit all my essential belongings into my Miata.

This looks amazing. Perfect ride height.

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Clayton Bigsby
Apr 17, 2005



Partial Octopus posted:

Who says Miatas aren't practical?

Hell, only car in our household that you can use to transport decent size fruit trees in!

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