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Miatas.

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    Re: Miatas.


    Quote Originally Posted by SRTie4k View Post
    but I can see the fun in it as both a project and for at least a couple weeks driving it.
    Best last couple weeks of life ever!

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    Re: Miatas.

    Yeah, I just don't get it. Seems like there are 500 other options out there for cheap 'hoon machine' platforms, probably for less. It's been done, you aren't unique, you've just ruined another Miata.

    Anyway, you know what opinions are like..

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    Re: Miatas.

    ive had a few... awsome cars... my one turbo made 250 to the wheels... what a rocket... my other one made 180 with a cheap greddy turbo kit... worked just fine.... like $900 stock...they are boring...

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    Re: Miatas.

    I think with a car that size, 200-250hp is an ideal trade off of power but still lighthearted fun. I've driven a stock NB, it was fun, but I could only imagine how much MORE fun a lightly turbo'd one would be. Remember, this will be a toy only, I have my truck for boring driving.

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    Re: Miatas.

    SRTie4k, you are right, VVT removed for the Mazdaspeeds....strange. More reliable I imagine under boost?

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    Re: Miatas.

    VVT removed because they used the early NB BP-4W engine that didn't have it.

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    the miata engine is bullet proof... i beat mine hard for 2 years... 250hp and just changed the oil... the 180Hp one had 180K miles and ran like a champ... for many years.... do the turbo....

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    Re: Miatas.

    It's not a miata but I just picked up an 01 toyota mr2 spyder. I now understand how much fun one of these little cars can be.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Quote Originally Posted by bstnsboy View Post
    It's not a miata but I just picked up an 01 toyota mr2 spyder. I now understand how much fun one of these little cars can be.
    The MR2 was such an awesome car, I like the early 90s turbos a ton and have been lusting for one for a while, but they are wayy pricier than I'd like to spend on a toy

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    The MR-2 is neat. And it is without a doubt the kind of car I wish Toyota still made these days... although the FRS/BRZ/whatever is a really good consolation prize.

    Although I hear the MR-2 is a BITCH to work on. I imagine that is pretty true of most mid-engine cars. Especially the small ones.

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    Re: Miatas.

    I've only had this a short time but from what I've read on spyderchat anything with the motor can be a long process. So far it has been a blast. Just ordered all new strut's,mount's and brakes all around but that's all she needed. 35 mpg you cant beat that either!

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    Re: Miatas.

    35?! What year/engine? I saw a 29-30 MPG average out of my '99 1.8L.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    35?! What year/engine? I saw a 29-30 MPG average out of my '99 1.8L.
    He means an MR2.

    Btw, the MSM is a quick little car. Just drove one.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Just saw this on cl about 20 min from me. http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/cto/3895643065.html

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    Re: Miatas.

    Quite a nice example, although pretty expensive for an 8 year old car. It's $1000 over retail according to NADA.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Tell you whut, these MSM coil overs and sway bars are quite a bit stiffer than the stock NB's. harsher than the SE I drove, but not terrible.

    Now to find a hard top for the winter......

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    Re: Miatas.

    Congrats, sounds like you're already enjoying it.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Very nice. ... Now, let me drive it!

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    Nice. You definitely won't regret it (probably).

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    Re: Miatas.

    As it sits right now, I have a few issues to work out.

    There is a slow leak in one tire, but they are all nearly brand new.

    Is due for a timing belt.

    Clutch needs to be flushed.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Now for the real question:

    BEGI Stage 2 kit or FM Little Enchilada?

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    GT3076R. Do it.

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    Re: Miatas.

    Nah, nah. I'm shooting for 200-250hp tops.

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