Last post on Oct 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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Mazda, Toyota MR2 Spyder, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Convertible
Oct 10, 2013 (10:47 am)
Test drove a NA (first generation miata (95) and it was a little balky going into 2nd gear. Is this normal or could it be a problem. I don't think the transmission fluid has ever been changed - would that make a huge difference even if the car has relatively low miles?
Oct 10, 2013 (11:36 am)
You might want to try to replace the inner and outer gear shift boots first. When doing this they tell you to top off the transmission with fluid. These inner shift boots are notorious for breaking apart and making shifting a little more difficult. I picked up a NA (1991) a couple of years ago and replacing these boots was the first thing I did to the car; what a difference it made in the ease of shifting. The inner boot is available from any Miata dealer for around $15.00 $20.00. It's very easy to do from inside the car. Here are detailed instructions.
Oct 10, 2013 (12:18 pm)
Excellent info - thanks. These boots along with original fluid may very well fix everything.
Oct 11, 2013 (6:52 am)
Just use regular gear oil, 75w90 IIRC.
It's usually liquid smooth because...well, because it's literally bathed in oil.
Oct 11, 2013 (8:10 am)
That is what I was expecting. It gets better when warmed up. Must be low on oil or wrong viscosity or gummed up or something.
My '13 Accord has never felt so smooth and silent and gigantic as it does after driving a Miata for a few days. The Miata sure is a lot of fun though - basically a time machine.
Oct 11, 2013 (1:45 pm)
As luck would have it a friend who drives a '93 miata 5 speed stopped by the office and I took a test drive. His transmission felt the same. I am probably just too used to the Accord which is almost effortless and has a longer throw. It practically takes the shift lever from you and sucks it in as you are placing it into gear.
Either that or both Mazdas need new oil and/or boots. May be the case as they are both fairly old and probably both have never had the transmission fluid changed. My main concern was that it might be the synchronizers going (my '90 Integra with 235k miles is starting to suffer from this), but that is probably not the case given the mileage. Both are under 50k miles
Oct 17, 2013 (7:42 am)
Long throws give you leverage so less force is required.
But then you have to move your elbow.
Oct 17, 2013 (11:01 am)
Juice - still have your Miata or did you sell it?
Oct 17, 2013 (11:02 am)
Still have the 2008 PRHT.
I miss my '93 some times...it was much simpler, lighter, more open.
Oct 30, 2013 (1:37 pm)
Wound up getting the '95 montego blue NA.
What a blast.