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Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





So I'm looking into getting a miata. I've been looking at craigslist for a few days and this popped up.

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/5027279669.html

Thoughts? I have no idea what a good price on a miata is. The car will be my new daily driver.

Also, do all NB's have LSD?

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 19:47 on May 17, 2015

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Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Also found this: http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/d...view/?aff=oodle

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Thanks for the advice. After reading the first reply I offered the guy with the 20k miata 8 grand and he said that he already rejected an offer of 10k. I guess I can check Philly and Ohio. I have little experience shopping for used cars so all of this is pretty intimidating at first.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Rhyno posted:

They've always rejected an offer higher than you.

Check Florida.

Yeah that figures. Is it really worth looking somewhere so far away? How would I even manage to check the car out without flying down there?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Thanks again for the advice. Also would you guys recommend staying away from non-private sellers like carmax?

edit: I think I just answered my own question. Their prices are absurd. 15k for a 100k mile 2007 seems pretty outrageous.

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 02:12 on May 18, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I've been mostly trying to avoid the NCs. I'm really not into the styling at all. And is 10k for a 20k mile NB really that overpriced? It doesn't seem much above KBB value. Should I even be considering KBB value or is that just for suckers?

Also where do you guys recommend looking besides craigslist?

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 12:59 on May 18, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Unfortunately the reason I'm looking for a miata is because I totaled my mazda 3 yesterday. So I need to get a new car relatively soon. I figure my insure will give me a rental for a month or so.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Phone posted:

They won't.

How much experience do you have mechanically? Budget?

Very little. Budget is around 12k give or take.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I'll stat looking into the toronto area as well. http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/5021996856.html I found this listing today. The fact that it's not stock and he is the third owner kind of worries me, but it looks to be in good condition.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I sent him an offer for 4.8k But I doubt he will accept. I also found this. Looks to be pretty clean from the pictures http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/d...98407/overview/

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Phone posted:

That NB1 seems like a good deal. I'd want to look under it, though.

It's also in MI. They don't require yearly inspections there. Should that be of concern? And should I just be looking for rust and things?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Thanks again for the advice.

I was driving down a road near my house and some one darted out from a side street behind an illegally parked truck and I t-boned them.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





http://altoona.craigslist.org/cto/5006601039.html Is this worth making an offer on? 6k miles on a 2002. Looks nice but the asking price is pretty high.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





SperginMcBadposter posted:

Is your area obsessed with low mileage or something? 6000 miles in 13 years is a whole lot of sitting and not being driven. Depending on how often they drove it the drives might even be too short to even warm up the engine.

Seems like thats all I'm getting. Either no miles for a ton of money or like some 200k mile rusted pos.

I'm probably going to just get an NC instead at this point.

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 16:34 on May 19, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Larrymer posted:

I'd stop looking for low mile Miatas (seems you've linked a few). If one comes up that's cheap, sure go for it. Generally they don't need a ton of work even with high miles. Owners always want a billion dollars for low mile cars because they think it makes it a collector's item or something.

Buy a 5k Miata with a hard top and spend the rest on whatever you want. If you can't find one in your area then look south and make a trip. The only real deal breaker on Miatas is rocker rust, IMO (assuming it runs, shifts, etc) which you won't find in the south usually. Engines are ~$500-1000, transmissions anywhere from $100-500 for a 5 speed, so nothing is that expensive parts wise and not that difficult to do yourself if you're so inclined.

So don't even worry about high milage? Just focus on body condition and rust?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I saw the second one you posted but I thought it looked beat as hell. Somehow the other two werent showing up when i searched mx5 or miata. The silver one looks great.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





The silver miata is a Miata LS. Does that just mean it has LSD?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Taco Box posted:

I've been trying to refrain from posting, but I'd be willing to part with my NC for ~$11K with a brand new black canvas robbins top. 2008 NC grand touring, 64,500 miles black on black with black and tan interior.

It's a texas car so...rust? dafuq is that?

I'd probably take you up on that if you didn't live 1500 miles away.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006






That is very nice. I'll PM you about it tomorrow. Maybe we can work something out.

Also, what on earth were towing with a Miata?


Browsing CL today I stumbled upon this: https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/5030200917.html

A Miata with Harely Davidson mud flaps and an HD vanity front plate.

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 01:12 on May 20, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I just noticed that you don't have PMs. Do you have an e-mail or steam account or someway I can msg you?

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 01:43 on May 20, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/5031830604.html Yes or no? I'd like to talk him down on the hard top. Aside from some small peeling and a beat up seat it looks pretty nice.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Larrymer posted:

If you're ok with the color...

It's priced high for the miles but I think 01-02 are the best years looks and engine wise. If he included the hard top for that price, then maybe.

Check miata.net to see if it has an LSD. Usually leather means LSD (never trust PO) but there are other cases as well and I'm not well enough versed in NBs.

I kind of actually like the color.

I'm meeting up to see the silver 2002 ls that was posted a bit ago. http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/5020251623.html Only thing that worries me is that the ad says it's been stored and rarely driven. Is there anything in particular I should look out for? Also what's a good starting price that I should ask for?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





So I just took the silver NB out for a spin. The interior was immaculate and the exterior looked great too. Engine looked clean. His cooling liquid was almost completely empty. There was a bit at the bottom. Should I be worried about this? I brought it up to him and he was unaware of this but insisted that there wasn't a leak. Also it was much to sunny out to really get a good look at the undercarriage. From what I saw it looked slightly dirty but I couldn't tell if it was dirt or possibly some light rust. I think I'll ask him to take a photo of it with the flash on. Aside from that everything seemed great. It has brand new tires too. I also go the carfax report from him.

Should I ask him to bring it to a mechanic for me or is that asking too much for this cheap of a car?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Got the photos that I asked for. Looks clean with some very minor surface rust in some spots. He also filled up the coolant and said he'd keep an eye on it for leaks. So if it's all good tomorrow I'll probably make the purchase.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Here are the undercarriage pics.

http://imgur.com/Pyt77Vj
http://imgur.com/Y7waHKJ
http://imgur.com/LEnixCm
http://imgur.com/w58NS0L
http://imgur.com/7cMzah6

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





He just got back to me and let me know that there are no coolant leaks. I imagine something like you described must have been the reason why it was low. I also noticed that the car has had 5 different owners. The car seems fine but I've always been warned that multiple owners is a bad thing. Maybe it's just common with sports cars.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Managed to talk to the guy down to 6200 on that silver miata. Making the transaction Saturday

Thanks again to everyone in the thread for helping me out.

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 15:50 on May 21, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Whats the best way to go about getting a hard top? I searched ebay and found nothing. Do third party tops exist?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Are there any specific rollbars for NB's that you guys recommend?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Keeping the stock seat right now. I plan on wearing a helmet. Getting the roll bar for autocross.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Phone posted:

You plan on wearing a helmet for your daily commute?

You don't need a roll bar for autocross.

Oh. Well nevermind then.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





So I was driving my new nb for most of the day. After driving for a few hours I notice that the shifter and my right leg and feet started getting very hot. I looked under the hood and the coolant tank is empty. There is no leak that I've noticed (no coolant on the ground) so what could the problem be? The temp gauge didn't even go above the mid point. I'm hoping this is a cheap fix or else I got pretty hosed by the seller.

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 01:23 on May 26, 2015

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Engine is mostly cool. Nothing in the overflow tank.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





It's not just hot air blowing. The shifter as well as the side of the center console we're getting extremely hot. Even the radio was starting to get warm.

The engine is completely cool and I see no coolant in the overflow tank. I figure I can just keep filling up the radiator until I can get an appointment with a mechanic.

Which type of coolant should I use? I have no idea what the previous owner has been using.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Well my car isn't on fire. I looked in the radiator and it was filled. The overflow tank still went from half full to empty in about 3 days of moderate driving though. I filled it back up and I'll keep an eye on it.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I hit a rock or something and it bounced up underneath the car and made a big PING noise. Now the car is making a very subtle high pitched noise when I rev it. Is this something I should get checked out? The car has also seemed to develop some kind of rattle or buzz in either the glove box area or the passenger side door. I only hear it at arounds 2.5k - 3k. Is this something a mechanic or autobody shop could fix or will they just look at me like I'm crazy? I know it's a 13 year old car and poo poo like this is probably unavoidable but it's loving annoying.

But aside from those minor things I've been loving this car. I'm really surprised with how great of a daily driver it is.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Is it difficult to upgrade the suspension yourself if you have no experience with that sort of thing?

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





I just want to upgrade to something a little more race oriented for autocross but still be able to use it as my daily driver. Also not trying to spend like 2 grand on something like what leica just posted.

Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





My girlfriend told me that the middle 2 air vents and the 4 way button make a clown face and now I can't unsee it

Partial Octopus fucked around with this message at 21:20 on Jun 12, 2015

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Partial Octopus
Feb 4, 2006





Does anyone have any experience/opinions on HSD coilovers? Looking into these. I want something with adjustable height and these are around my price range.
http://www.hsdcoilovers.com/hsd-coi...-fc3s-fd3s.html

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