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Mazda MX-5 Miata (2005 and earlier)

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd have the HVAC system checked if it's down in the foot well.
  • Getting more leg room in your Mazda mx-5 (91-97)can this be done? i got a 91 for my lil girl 1st car . Now she got a family and out grew it . Dad bought it back to fix/beef it up but i need a wee bit more leg room . Please help me and I think a ton of others that love this lil' car . I am making it into a monster miata . Thats the beefing up part lol
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    What a great idea! I don't know how your going to accomplish more leg room, but still a great idea.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Try simply removing the dead pedal. That takes care of the left leg. I modified mine (2008 model) to move it about 3/8" back.

    For the right leg, some people cut the pedals and add spacers to move them back, and away, but I never tried it.
  • Hello,
    I've just purchased an used 2002 Miata LS with about 70,000 miles and the car came with a well worn set of Dunlop Direzza DZ101 tires, and I'm looking to replace them with all-season tires. I've visited Tirerack.com, and there are only two all-season tires came up in the size 205/45/16: Continental Extreme Contact DWS and General G-Max. I'm an avid Michelin tires fan, as I have them on my other three cars, but Michelin do not make this size tires.

    Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
    Hi, navyguy1990,

    You might also want to ask the folks in the Tires, tires, tires discussion.

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  • ClaireS,
    Thank you. . . Will try the Tires discussion board. Based on lack of maintenance related discussions on this board, I guess I've made the correct choice in buying a Miata over any other convertible.

    Thanks again.

    Sincerely,
    Navyguy
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 974
    This is the main forum for the MX-5, but you can find the maintenance-related discussions here:
    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.eec8f6e/

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  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    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?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    edited October 2013
    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.
    http://www.camsmx5.com/Resources/techshift/techshift.html
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    Excellent info - thanks. These boots along with original fluid may very well fix everything.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited October 2013
    Just use regular gear oil, 75w90 IIRC.

    It's usually liquid smooth because...well, because it's literally bathed in oil.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    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.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    edited October 2013
    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
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Long throws give you leverage so less force is required.

    But then you have to move your elbow. :D
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    Juice - still have your Miata or did you sell it?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Still have the 2008 PRHT.

    I miss my '93 some times...it was much simpler, lighter, more open.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    edited October 2013
    Wound up getting the '95 montego blue NA.

    What a blast.
  • I just bought a 97 Miata M from my 6'1 husband. He had one when he was a bit younger and adored it, but now he has leg and back problems. He did not fit in the new modal - 97 was the last of old modal. I am 5'3 and it is just perfect with the seat pulled up all the way forward.

  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426

    You had to buy it from him? Couldn't he just let you drive it? ;)

    Or did you buy it for him?

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