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#338 of 372 Re: Importing 2006 MX-5 to Canada [bast2000]
Jul 24, 2006 (8:10 pm)
I just bought a 93 Miata from Washington, and it's a real pain to import it to Canada. You have contacted RIV. Then you contact Mazda and you send them the VIN#. within 2 weeks they will tell you what you have to do to meet Canadian safety standards. My 93 had to have daytime running lights and bumper modifications. I changed the wiring so that the lights come on when the ignition is turned on. I have to take it to Mazda for the $500 bumper mod . Kilometer stickers for the speedo. Then to Canadian Tire for the federal inspection. Then a Provincial inspection. Then I can get insurance and plates.
It's a real pain and so stupid, however I bought my 93 for $3500 and the same car sells in Vancouver for $10.000 so the hassle is worth it.
#339 of 372 Re: Slow Acceleration and Uphill Struggle [coastie52]
Jul 25, 2006 (8:19 am)
If the plug wires are original that could be it. I have a '93 and I'm on my 3rd set!
Next I'd look at the fuel pump. You're doing all the right things, IMO.
#340 of 372 Cranking Power question
Jul 30, 2006 (6:36 am)
I just bought a 2002 Miata and noticed that when I turn the key, it cranks a couple of times before starting. I'm used to cars starting almost immediately and I wondered if this is normal for the Miata because the battery is so far away from the starter or is it indicative that I should be replacing the battery soon?
#341 of 372 Re: Cranking Power question [wfb]
Jul 31, 2006 (8:03 am)
I'd look at other things, spark or fuel as they say.
Not that there is a real problem, but I'd go ahead and change the spark plug wires if they're original. I'm already on my 3rd set.
#342 of 372 Re: Bose problems [aquaticexplore]
Jul 31, 2006 (11:45 am)
have oyu ever noticed that the more new fangled features that are in cars, the more headaches there are?
If my radio is too low with the top down I reach over and turn it up.
I often wonder if the new hardtop will also become a bane of existence when it starts having problems.
Give me my old manual drop top any day.
Aug 04, 2006 (10:33 am)
Hi, Miata Friends!
Thanks to all for the repair advice. Although our daughter's Miata is running better, we are still not there yet. As I said in the last message, we had the injectors cleaned and also had chemicals added. It would never have any pick up before, and that is no longer the case. We ran the chemicals all the way to less than a quarter tank. It is very sluggish when first started and remains so for the first mile (sometimes only going a couple of miles per hour), then it kicks in and runs great--like there is not a thing in the world wrong! If run again in a relatively short period of time, it does great; if it sits for a couple of hours or more, it is back to the slow start.
The computer indicates G-signal and the manual says that means the distributor (although, I have been told that the Miata doesn't have one) and the PCM circuitry or components. I have no clue as to what the PCM circuitry or components are.
Has anyone out there had any experience with this?
#344 of 372 Re: Importing 2006 MX-5 to Canada [bast2000]
Aug 07, 2006 (7:57 pm)
I have finally successfully imported a 1993 Miata to canada.
The bumper mod cost $780 cdn at a Mazda dealer. The daytime running lights I did myself with a wiring mod.
I had the federal inspection at Canadian Tire and it passed. Then I had the provincial inspection (British Columbia) last week and it passed. It is finally lisensed and insured. The biggest hastle was dealing with RIV. You have 45 days to successfully import the car to canada, but after 3 weeks, I had not heard from RIV and called them again. They emailed the form to me and I had only 2 weeks to have the mods and inspection done. Between the mods, duty, taxes etc it cost an extra $2000 but it's worth it.
Contact me if you want any help.
#345 of 372 Re: Importing 2006 MX-5 to Canada [bast2000]
Aug 10, 2006 (4:19 pm)
One thing I forgot to mention. RIV requires you to contact Mazda, give them the serial# and they will send you a reply as to what you have to do to comply with Canadian standards also if there are any outstanding recals.
#346 of 372 93 Miata dying while driving
Aug 13, 2006 (8:56 am)
My Miata has 192K miles and has been relatively maintenance free until two days ago. When first starting it died once but when on the road it dies if you put the blinkers on or turn on the head lights. It cannot be re-started until the blinkers are canceled and or the head lights are off. Until I figured out why every time I changed lanes the engine quit it was fairly exciting on the Calif freeways. Needless to say the car is parked and I am trying to figure out if I have a harness, computer, or other problem. The car crank fine so it is not a weak battery. Any thoughts?
#347 of 372 New Miata Owner
Aug 13, 2006 (5:42 pm)
Today I became the proud owner of a 1999 silver and black Miata! 28k miles and in overall excellent shape. Female owner. A california car I believe. The only fly in the ointment is a one inch tear in the top. Can anyone recommend a product to reair it? Thanks!