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Mazda MX-5 Miata 2008

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  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    never been a problem (claustrophobia) in mine, but I have owned an '86 MR-2 for years and I have had pickup trucks also..
  • About the claustraphobia....I had never driven a roadster before, and when I drove it the first couple of times, I did feel pretty shut in. That soon went away...because the car is such fun! However, I can also say that after driving it for MONTHS with the top up, I am really wanting to get that feeling of wanting the "air" space. It's like cabin fever in a MIATA!
  • destrydestry Posts: 58
    Mine came with Run Flat Tires and has a kit in the trunk..I hear they are expensive to replace? I'm glad I have a trunk that's usable!
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    Mine came with Run Flat Tires and has a kit in the trunk..I hear they are expensive to replace? I'm glad I have a trunk that's usable!

    Thanks, my 1999 has a spare in the trunk and plenty of trunk space for anything else I needed. RFT's are a nightmare, but sadly the most active forum is the BMW one. Still RFT's are not ready for prime time. On a BMW it's even worse! Plus if you are in the boonies like I am you could very well get stuck with no way to replace the tire! :sick: That's why I haven't bought a BMW and I wanted a 335i and could have squeezed the price, but RFT's killed the deal and probably will squash the MINI except the Clubman S does have room for a Spare tire so maybe....
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    I had heard about the rough-riding and expensive RFT's as well, so we didn't even consider them on our Miata. What we did do is sign up for AAA Auto Club. We always thought that TripleA would be a good idea, but even more so now that we'll be driving w/o a spare tire. Sure, it's not as good as having a spare with you, but at least it's some piece of mind if you get into trouble. I've read other blogs where people have gone to salvage yards and purchased a 'donut' spare that fit the MX-5, so that's another option.
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Yeah, I don't think I'll have the problem either, but not having a back seat might take some getting used to. I'm 5'-10'' and didn't notice anything during the test drive, but I did read that some people felt a little "closed in."
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    Did Mazda give you the 3 year roadside assistance with your new toy? I got it from my dealer and thought that it was a given with these cars, I also have AAA and my insurance co has it in my plan also, but I am going to get a donut spare just for piece of mind...
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    I had heard about the rough-riding and expensive RFT's as well, so we didn't even consider them on our Miata. What we did do is sign up for AAA Auto Club.

    Up here if it's late at night and you don't have a cell you might walk 10+ miles to get to a phone. I don't use cell phones. No need for them. But if I had RFT's I have to add the monthly cost to the car.
    Best off buying a Spare tire but it's a shame the car makers have stopped putting donut spares in so many cars.
    I think I'll give the Mazda dealer a call tomorrow and check it out.
    I know for a fact that the Honda S2000 has a spare tire. I saw it in the trunk when I bought my 2008 Civic Si.
    Shame the S2000 is over $30K!
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    I hadn't heard of the roadside assistance before you mentioned it so I looked in my '08 MX-5 brochure, and sure enough, there it is. It's listed under ''standard features'' as the ''24 Hour Roadside Assistance'' but makes no mention about 3 years. What else can you tell me about it?
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    The utter lack of trunk space is what kept us away from Solstice, and the price of the S2000 was a little high (don't know about it's trunk space). Having a usable trunk, coupled with the PRHT was all I needed to know in going with the MX-5. We plan on taking weekend trips with our convertible, and we really wanted something that was practical, as well as fun. I really can't imagine taking the Solstice on a roadtrip, without any kind of storage. Sure, having a small suitcase or two in the MX-5 negates the option of a spare tire, but I had to ask myself... how many times in my 35 years of driving have I actually had a flat tire, anyway? Knock on wood! :D
    We live in North Dakota, so we're pretty remote at times, too, but most of my roadtripping will be on interstate highways, so I'm banking on AAA to bail me out.
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    how many times in my 35 years of driving have I actually had a flat tire, anyway? Knock on wood!
    We live in North Dakota, so we're pretty remote at times, too, but most of my roadtripping will be on interstate highways, so I'm banking on AAA to bail me out.


    As long as it works out for you. I can't justify the price of a Honda S2000 for $35K MSRP but it has a decent trunk and a spare tire. Very sweet to drive. Like my Civic Si but a lot more power.
    Shame the price is like $15K more! :sick:
    I blew a rim and a tire on my 1999 Miata in the rain. The rain filled a 14 inch deep pothole. Bye bye rim and tire, really bent it! :sick: If hadn't had a spare it would have been a 3 mile walk to a pay phone and no idea how long for a tow truck to show up. I did have AAA, but it was around 9pm and pouring pouring rain!
    I just don't see the original spare taking up all that much room in the car I had. I wonder why they changed it?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You may not even have to pay for a donut spare.

    I went to the county recylcing center to drop off some old metal, and saw a large pile of donut spares right there in the open, up for grabs.

    Just make sure you know the size you need, and the bolt pattern. I think it's 4x100mm for mine, but other model years may be different.
  • wilzapwilzap Posts: 107
    With the purchase they gave me the 3 year roadside and my wife just told me that with the extended warranty I purchased it got extended also. Still gonna go out and get a donut for the trunk, I might not carry it all the time but my trips to northern Wisc, Minneapolis and Colorado I will feel much better and I think I should be able to get my fishing poles in the trunk with it :)
  • There is a brochure in the car papers when you buy the car. I remember it being 3 years. Hope I never have to use it.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Yeah, the 2006+ MX-5's don't come with a spare, however, it does come with a tire inflation kit. As long as you do not blow out your side wall, you can re inflate it. If you happen to blow out your side wall, and destroy your tire, call 24/7 roadside assistance that Mazda gives you with your purchase, and you get free towing to the nearest Mazda dealer.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I remember a few of people here have expressed interest in looking for pre owned NC Miatas. I want to let you know that there have been a lot of lease turn ins that Mazda is taking back. Back in 2006, Mazda did an abundance of 24 month leases. Check with your local Mazda dealer, and ask them about any lease turn ins.

    Mazda has an online auction, like eBay, for all it's dealers for lease turn ins. I have noticed an abundance of MX-5's pop up as of late. We just purchased a few ourselves.
  • destrydestry Posts: 58
    That's exactly what came on mine and I have the kit in the trunk. I like them, but hear they are expensive to replace?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Thanks. I am looking, though probably not until July or so.

    I'll do another search.

    I've seen the 06s dip to about $17k. I did find one gem a couple of weeks ago, it was a leather-lined loaded up model with something like 8k miles. I should have jumped on it. I just wasn't planning on buying until later this year.

    I'm keeping my eye out for bargains like that.

    Where is your dealer? You're up in New England, right?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Yeah, I'm in CT, about 40 minutes from NYC.

    Just to give you an idea of where they are price wise, we bought a 2006 MX-5 Touring (cloth interior, power options, 16" wheels) 5-speed tranny with 9,500 miles for. We are asking $17,990 with a Certified Pre-Owned Mazda warranty (8yr-100,000K)

    This should be the price according to Edmunds.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Fair price since it's CPO.

    Not sure when we're heading up to CT to visit the in-laws, but maybe I'll drop by your dealership if it's on my way. We may go this summer.

    They are in Norwalk. My brother-in-law is in Milford. Is either place close?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Milford and Norwalk are about 30 minutes from me. I'm located in Danbury.
  • milkeymilkey Posts: 66
    Thanks for the info on Mazda Roadside...it sounds like a nice plan. Between that, the repair kit and AAA I'll feel okay on those roadtrips. :)
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    No problem.

    Lets be real here, how often do you encounter a blown tire? That's what I thought. That is exactly why Mazda does not include a spare tire. Not to mention the fact that the MX-5 is a seasonal car to begin with, and they are usually driven UNDER 10,000 miles per year. Less weight, and less cost. Really not a bad decision on Mazda's part, if you think about it.
  • irnmdnirnmdn Posts: 245
    Has anyone tired to fit full size 15 or 16 inch rim and tires from Mazda3 in NC MX-5 trunck?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have to agree. Never used my spare.

    In fact one time I checked and my spare was flat. Oops. Wouldn't even had been useful if I did get a flat.

    I've only taken it out of town twice, to the beach, about 150 miles away. I doubt I'll do that again. It's cramped for long trips like that.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Yesterday, our dealership participated in an auction simulcast over the internet. It was held by Mazda for Mazda dealers only. These were Mazda exec. cars. We targeted numerous vehicle, including MX-5's, and they were going to STUPID money. We are talking about $3,000 to $4,000 OVER Glaves value, which is over retail!! Needless to say, we could not buy any.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bummer, so no price drop on used 2006s.

    It's OK, my 93 is still running great. I can wait.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Best bet is still lease turn ins. They are popping up. These Mazda program vehicles, like what we tried to get yesterday, go for too much.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Are those from Manheim? They get the cream of the crop.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Yeah, the auction was held at Manheim for Mazda, out in CA. All were top line merchandise, in basically pristine condition.
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