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Mazda MX-5 Miata (2005 and earlier)



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    First things first, congrats on the re-acquisition of a Miata. :-)

    I tried to clean the old top on my '93, but honestly it had been neglected by the previous owner and stains had baked in permanently. A tooth brush and Simple Green didn't do much at all. But then it started cracking and tearing so I changed it.

    I have a Robbins with a glass window but with the zipper. It is a little heavier than the plastic so I take my time doing it, still it's not too much of a hassle and only takes me 15-20 seconds to get it down.

  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    You sure you don't want my tan no zipper vinyl glass top? It's not Robbins but I found the name of the place through the main Miata website. I'll sell it cheap :)
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    How do you think tan with black interior would look? I kind of like the red and tan top combo, but with a black interior....I don't know. I don't plan on having the top up much at all. And with a black boot, it would still match. I just need a top that I can put up when parked to keep the weather and bird-doo out....

    Email me at and we will discuss! :)
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  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Please email me at I attempted to email you at the above address and my mail was returned as host unknown. I tried to change my profile to make my email address public but for some reason it won't make the change. Thanks.
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    Done, you should have the message now. Let me know, I check my email several times per day.
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    After 5 days, the rain has finally let up a bit so down came the top. Between the lack of power windows and the zippered plastic window, dropping and raising the top is a quite a bit less quick and easy than with my 02. Also, without a wind blocker, there is quite a bit more wind as well.

    So far, I can see why many people have both an NA and an NB in their stable. The NB is far more enjoyable to drive and cruise around in, while the NA is just plain fun as bare bones, go-kart like driving goes.

    I think that the new turbo Mazdaspeed would make a great compliment to the NA, especially if it had cruise control. With the added power and the ease of use the NB's enjoy, you could have all kinds of driving fun in your garage.
  • I just finished the Washington, DC stop of the Mazda Rev-it-up competition. I was in last year's as well but I must say that the Mazda3's used in this years competition are far more fun to drive than the Mazda6's from last year. The 3's are more "miata-like" in the way they drive and it showed in my times. Last year I was 31st in 'club' class - this year I was 5th! All in all it's a whole lotta fun for $40...

    I did get to drive the RX-8 and boy was I disappointed, but that's another story.

    Keith R.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good job, not too shabby. I bet a lot of experienced auto-crossers showed up, too.

    RX8 prolly felt like a bull in a china shop. I doubt the course was big enough for it.

  • cabstewartcabstewart Posts: 3
    kymike and others -thanks for the information on solving the rattle problems... sorry it took me so long to respond. I am in Greensboro, NC - is there a club here?

  • Hehe, I was 60th overall including all the "pro" drivers that do the entire Eastern leg of the tour. I was definitely very pleased with myself, especially since this was the first 'race' I've done since the rollover last year that erased my driving confidence. I've never autocrossed but have done some track events with the Mazda Sportscar Club of Washington (DC) and some karting in my youth. My friends that I've grown up karting with all are SCCA racers but I chose kids instead of race cars! :)

    As for the RX8 it was driven on the 'test' course, which was not at all like the race course. Things that I didn't like were the engine's lack of performance and general handling. It didn't help that the RX8 had to be retired early because of a clutch failure... Until I actually drove the RX8 it was my planned daily driver to replace my Miata. I think I'll stick to the Miata - more "fun" to drive!

    Keith R.
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    Does this mean you're going to check out the G35 aka 350 ZX? ;)
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I think you should give the RX8 another chance. If the clutch was failing, that could have caused reduced engine performance. Every owner and magazine is raving about its handling and performance.
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    kind OT, but there's no way I'd buy an RX-8 right now nor recommend it to a friend/family.

    it doesn't feel like it makes rated power. drive it back-to-back with an S2000 as a comparison...

    the far bigger problem, though, is the fuel economy. no one is getting any better than 17 mpg and 11-13 is quite common.

    ps, would be a good time to have that "hide" feature back. ;)
  • kymikekymike Posts: 115

    Here is a list of clubs in the Carolinas.

    Have you made any changes as far as adding bracing? Did any of the braces help?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    RX8 is neat, but the back seat is tighter than a Mini Cooper S, so all that fuss over doors and it's still basically a 2 seater.

    Mazda can build a new RX7 and make it lighter, addressing the performance and really giving up almost nothing in usefullness.

  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Huh?? I've been following the RX8 forum and people there are saying 16 mpg is the low if you drive all city and/or push the engine a lot. Most people are averaging 19-20 mpg and get 24 on the highway. Not good but comparable to some V6s. I never got better then 28mpg on my 1.6 Miata so there really isn't that much of a difference for the added performance.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    ateixeira - no way is the back seat of the RX8 tighter than a Mini. 4 people of average height (5'9") can easily and comfortably fit in the RX8.

    Ingtonge18 - not sure which RX8 forum, but on some non-edmunds forums, the numbers are a lot worse. (not that I have seen anyone claim 11 mpg)
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    I don't read the RX8 forums here but read some of their dedicated enthusiast sites. The gas mileage problem is widespread!

    Sent you an email to the address listed in your profile with an example thread since 1) we're OT here and 2) edmunds doesn't like participants linking to other car forums.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Dunno, muffin_man, I didn't dare climb into that back seat when I walked up to it at the auto show. I'm not sure I'd be able to get out!

    Maybe the seats are right-sized for 8-12 year olds?

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