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#4324 of 4364 ateixeira, re: slow squeaky pwr window
Mar 10, 2009 (10:08 pm)
Thanks for the info. I'll try the ShinEtsu grease after cleaning the window rail.
#4325 of 4364 Considering a used Miata
Mar 11, 2009 (5:28 am)
I'm considering buying a used Miata, most likely '99 or earlier. I'll be going through the posts here, but I wanted to poll this board to see if there are any major issues to be aware of: year models to avoid, mechanical issues to have checked, etc.
This is the first non-Honda/Toyota I will have bought in nearly 30 years. (Yes, it will be a mid-life crisis car).
Thanks in advance for your help.
#4326 of 4364 Considering a used Miata by branch15_5
Mar 11, 2009 (9:35 pm)
Like you I have owned mostly Toyota/Honda products but recently purchased a used '04 Miata as a fun good weather car. I have been very happy with it; although, there are some maintenance requirements that differ from Toyota/Honda that you should know about. For example, the Mazda timing belt is due to be replaced at 60K mi (unlike Toy/Hon at 90-100K), along with spark plugs, etc. at every 30K mi. This added to my expense as I didn't check the timing belt issue prior to purchasing. My mistake.
Re: WHICH Miata. A friend who had previously owned 2 Miatas recommended the second generation Miata ('99-'05) over the first gen. ('91-'98). Bigger, more power, retains the light weight, 50/50 wt. balance of the first gen but "better", imo.
I have a personal rule never to purchase the first model yr after a major re-do, ('91, '99, '06); but that is just my preference. I'm not aware if there have been more mechanical problems with the '99 models than with, say, the '00 models.
There are many specimen out there to choose from. Some second gen. models with higher mileage can be priced similar to first gen. models.
Since you are so accustomed to the Toyota/Honda products, you should review the Mazda service recommendations to make sure you know what you will be getting into, imo.
Good luck with your car hunting. Great little cars!
#4327 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [toydriver]
Mar 12, 2009 (5:45 am)
Thanks for the very thorough response. The shorter maintenance intervals don't bother me so much; I won't be putting a lot of miles on the car. In addition, breakage concerns me a lot more than maintenance.
And I'm with you on the first year of a redesign. I'll probably try to look for a 2000.
#4328 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [toydriver]
Mar 12, 2009 (7:18 am)
I'm about to sell my 1993, and looking at a new PRHT 2008.
To be honest I'm having a real hard time letting go. They are great cars. I have this gut feeling that I'm making a mistake parting with my 93 too soon.
Join the club, you won't regret it. You may regret the day you sell it, however.
#4329 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [branch15_5]
Mar 15, 2009 (7:21 pm)
Check out miata.net for more Miata information. 99-00 are good choices. Regular vs premium on the 01+ models and about the same HP. A few 99 and 00 models had thrust bearing issues. Some 01 models had chattering clutch issues. 90-97 models are harder to find and in more demand. Miata engines are non-interference, so if you don't change the timing belt you'll be fine. If you have any doubts, check out Consumer Reports for best value in sports cars.
#4330 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [ateixeira]
Mar 16, 2009 (11:38 am)
Sold my '93. Had a good buyer and didn't want to pass up the offer.
Got a 2008 PRHT Touring on Friday night. Suspension package, 6 speed manual, basically the sportiest Miata you can get.
It's a lot quicker, handling with the summer tires and stiff suspension plus the Bilsteins is also better.
Ride quality is stiffer, not as cushy as my 93. The seats are more supportive but not as comfy as the leather on my old one.
Took me just 75 miles to get comfortable in the new one. It still feels very familiar, which is cool.
#4331 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [ateixeira]
Mar 16, 2009 (3:23 pm)
Congrats on the PRHT! There are some great discounts right now. Local dealers are offering $7k off remaining 08's. Mostly PRHT's left. Unfortunately for me, they are mostly automatics and I really don't want to spend that kind of money, even if it is a good deal.
#4332 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [erics6]
Mar 17, 2009 (7:14 am)
Sounds about right.
Mine MSRP'd for $29k and I paid about $22k plus tax and tags.
#4333 of 4364 Im getting a Mazda Miata and Want to KNOW
Mar 23, 2009 (12:51 pm)
Hey Im getting a 1990 Mazda Miata with 170,000 miles on for $2100, and want to know, What are the usely the 1st things to go bad on them, and how long do you think the 1.8 will last with that miny miles on them if the oil was change like it should have been, I kinda wanted to know a lil every bit of every thing from people who HAVE and Had a 1990 to 1997 Miata.