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    Re: Miatas.


    Quote Originally Posted by curiouser View Post
    I've never met someone who has regretted purchasing a Miata. A friend of mine has one of those blue '99 10th Anniversary models. If you can find one of those, it's one of the nicest of the NBs. It still looks and drives as well as when he picked it up in 2002. Better, in fact, since he threw a turbo on it a couple years ago. Miatas are tons of fun with boost, but loop easily due to the relatively narrow tires and short wheelbase.

    I'd like to pick-up an NC, throw some wide tires under it, and go hoon it at the autocross. However, they are still in ap1 S2000 territory.

    Good luck on your impending purchase.
    From what I've seen, the SE's are just as nice as the 10th Anniversary models. LSD, 6 speed, all the goodies. I'm looking at an SE.

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    Re: Miatas.

    i have to say im more of a fan of the last gen miatas. i like the look and the stance a bit more. im sure its heavier but it does make more power so it may be moot

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    Re: Miatas.

    The NB's with a hard top look like a mini late model RX-7. Delicious.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Quote Originally Posted by SVRACER01 View Post
    i have to say im more of a fan of the last gen miatas. i like the look and the stance a bit more. im sure its heavier but it does make more power so it may be moot
    I've been told that the 3rd gen / NC Miatas tend to dominate the autocrosses over their older peers because their fenders can accommodate wider tires without modification. They're slightly heavier, but the motor is so torquey by comparison.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    The NB's with a hard top look like a mini late model RX-7. Delicious.





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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    From what I've seen, the SE's are just as nice as the 10th Anniversary models. LSD, 6 speed, all the goodies. I'm looking at an SE.
    My father in law had a 6-speed '00 SE for years. My '99 was virtually identical but a regular 5-speed car.

    I know you have a specific, uber clean car in mind, so this does not apply. But IMO the SE is not worth holding out for. The LSD and most of the other goodies are either available on lesser models, or for reasonable money afterwards. The 6-speed is the exception to this, but it is not worth paying extra or passing on a clean non SE for. The 6 speed is just closer ratio, it is not a taller OD. Sure, you theoretically keep the revs in the happy zone more, but spend more time/effort rowing. IIRC the 5-speed is just about as fast. I hear the 6-speed is a stronger transmission, but the 5-speed is supposedly plenty for mild forced induction, etc.

    Meanwhile the 6-speed turns just about the same revs on the highway. If they made 6 a taller OD for slab use, it'd be cooler. But they didn't do it that way.

    Incidentally, the MazdaSpeed Miata (with the factory turbo) used the same base engine as the 99/00 cars. Meanwhile all other '01 and newer NC cars used a different engine (which have variable valve timing). Most claim this indicates Mazda knows the 99/00 cars are perfectly capable of taking some mild boost.

    The LSD in these cars is a Torsen and it is really great. Definitely get that.

    Were I buying, I'd shop for a 99 or 00 with what is called the PEP package:
    Popular Equipment Package: Touring package items plus cruise control, Torsen limited-slip differential, power antenna, windblocker and power door locks.
    I'd then upgrade the 14" wheels, redo the suspension all around, and throw in an aftermarket radio.

    I had a 99 with the leather package and blose radio. The radio is proprietary and a POS. The leather is hot as hell in the summer, even in tan.

    I like the NB body style best. I kind of think it looks like a mini 3rd gen (FD) RX-7.. especially with a hard top on. And the '01+ NB cars "recommend" premium yet yield barely any more power. Although the later NB cars do have a much cleaner front end.

    Oh, and get a Nardi wood shift knob like the SE cars from one of the Mazda parts dealers on the web. They are nifty.

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    Dont forget to buy a rainbow sticker to put on the bumper!

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    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    The NB's with a hard top look like a mini late model RX-7. Delicious.
    Exactly. And that little fender bulge looks dead sexy from the driver's seat..

    The car gets zero respect from 99% of the population out there. But really, who gives a fuck?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Dont forget to buy a rainbow sticker to put on the bumper!
    That's reserved for Outback wagons and Foresters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Dont forget to buy a rainbow sticker to put on the bumper!
    Says the stay at home dad with a fucking Lincoln crossover

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Says the stay at home dad with a fucking Lincoln crossover

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pookie View Post
    My favorite was you going through T2 with your eyes closed.

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    Bahahhahahahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Says the stay at home dad with a fucking Lincoln crossover
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    Don't fuck with Clayton, he doesn't mess around.

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    Buy an S2000, they handle like a proper sports car, rev like a bike and are reliable like a ...... Honda!

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    Yeah, Mazdas break down constantly and Miatas handle like dog shit. Get an overpriced Honda instead, good call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    The car gets zero respect from 99% of the population out there. But really, who gives a fuck?!
    Until they ride/drive them. I got a lot of flak from friends and family when I bought the car, but then they rode in it. Every time I hung out with them afterwards I'd get a "Can we take the Miata??"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expat View Post
    Buy an S2000, they handle like a proper sports car, rev like a bike and are reliable like a ...... Honda!
    Too much money in New England unless its been beat to shit. But that was my other consideration.

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    Re: Miatas.

    If it isn't blatantly obvious, I don't care what people think about the cars and bikes I flog. This may be the cleanest thing I've ever wanted to buy!

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    the Miata is always the first car i buy when i start a new Gran Turismo game
    i still use it to stomp faster cars

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    Re: Miatas.

    As much of a wrist snapping car as the Miata is, it is a load of fun. My sister briefly had an NB with only 10k miles on the clock, and it was a total blast.

    There is a reason why the Miata has its own spec racing class.

    If I didn't just replace my Mazdaspeed 3 with a different convertible, and I owned a house, I'd probably get one (and boost it) for weekend cruises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    I mean it's a great car and id love to have one but comparing to a Porsche is just not ok.
    OK. Porsche 914? Porsche 924? Or the lovely Cayenne?

    The 911 has an awesome heritage, but if the Cayman had been developed first, no one would even be able to spell 9-1-1.

    The Miata is a remarkable car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    OK. Porsche 914? Porsche 924? Or the lovely Cayenne?

    The 911 has an awesome heritage, but if the Cayman had been developed first, no one would even be able to spell 9-1-1.

    The Miata is a remarkable car.
    you need a Panamera

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVRACER01 View Post
    the Miata is always the first car i buy when i start a new Gran Turismo game
    i still use it to stomp faster cars
    Ha, same here

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    If it isn't blatantly obvious, I don't care what people think about the cars and bikes I flog. This may be the cleanest thing I've ever wanted to buy!


    It's the KLR of sportscars. Amirite?!

    The day I traded mine was a dark one for me. I had a really hard time doing so. I kept some of the aftermarket parts for it just in case I ever have the means to own another. Fuggin' loved almost everything about that car. But I needed a better daily and don't have the space/money/time for 2 cars.

    Although I really have no love for convertibles. I always felt exceptionally self conscious in the car. And the noise sucked.. and the cowl shake. Were I to do it over again I'd budget for a hard-top right away.

    I'm pretty pumped about the Scion FRS/Subie BRZ. I think that car has the potential to be the Miata coupe I always wanted.



    Although I suspect the Miata is better drive due to suspension, balance, and lower overall weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by SVRACER01 View Post
    you need a Panamera
    I dunno, what does consumer reports say about it?

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