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  • jputputjputput Posts: 2
    Thanks ! I did try a 'junk yard' in Piedmont, Ala. (Fagan's) Had it painted and installed by a friend that has a body shop. Great job !! (mirror 40.00- install 20.00)= $60.00 :) Putput
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    For 3 snows a year, you may even get by with all-seasons.

    I would not run winter tires year-round, you give up a lot of traction in the dry and even in the rain.

    Try Falken Ziex 512s, I have those and they're a great all around tire for not much money. CR listed them as a Best Buy.

  • pipefitterpipefitter Posts: 27
    Tonight I took delivery :) of my new 2006 MX-5. It's a Copper Red GT with auto trans, Prem package 2, front/rear splash guards and wheel locks. MSRP for $27,934.00 and discounted to $26,056.95. Time for Zoom-Zoom :shades:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats, stick around and let us know how you like it. Mine's a '93, still running like a top.

  • craig24craig24 Posts: 3
    Hi peeps

    I might be looking for a car soon. I want something enjoyable to drive, always been a fan of light, simple sports cars. My dad built a Lotus 7 kit car quite a while ago and learnt the thrill and benefits of a lightweight car.

    MX-5's are like a modern day example of a seven possibly more like an Elan but more reliable, practical and affordable. That is why I like them but I dont know if it would be practical for me. I am 24 years old, single but I live in ...Cleveland. I dont know if a MX-5 could handle the snow. I have driven in snow quite a bit in Columbus and here with front wheel drive vehicles mainly and once with a rear wheel drive pick up in some heavy snow, it seems it is all about technique and finesse.

    I would probably have to get a hardtop for the winter, do they have defrosters, cause that would be essential.

    Also, luggage/space capacity. I don't often take a lot of things with me. Can you get by as a single person with the hauling capacity it has?

    I guess I just want to know if anyone here has an MX-5 as their only vehicle and if they do, can they survive in a cold place with the car?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You'll hear from both camps, but I'm firmly in the "NO, don't do it" camp.

    Sure, you can put snow tires and get a model with a rear limited-slip diff, but you're still a sitting duck for gigantic SUVs with overconfident drivers behind the wheel to crush when they (often) misjudge safe travel speeds.

    No way, no how. When there is even a dusting of snow, my Miata stays parked.

    Why else? Lack of comfort, it's tight in there. It get very tiring on long distances.

    Noise, too, and the 90-93 hard top is actually no more quiet than a soft top because it's not lined, so don't count on that to help, either.

    I guess you could rent a car or truck if you needed more, but I'd only do that if I were in a region that rarely if ever got any snow at all.

    Best of luck. Consider getting a beater Subaru, they complement each other *perfectly*, thriving in the exact opposite conditions.

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  • mazdaman3mazdaman3 Posts: 12
    Hey everybody. I just bought a '99 Miata yesterday :D ! It's in almost perfect condition, the tan leather on the drivers seat is a little worn though. It's not bad now, but I want to keep it that way. There's a couple cracks in it, fairly minor, about an inch or two long, and a worn spot on the left side bolster. The passenger seat is just about as good as the day it came out of the factory. Any suggestions or tips? The top is also in good shape, but i'd like to keep it that way too, anything you guys suggest to keep it from getting aged and brittle? Thanks for your help.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    First off, welcome.

    Wash the top regularly with a soft wash mitt and mild detergents. Try to keep it clean, regularly.

    I bought mine used, and it was "stained" with dirt, even a tooth brush and spray detailer could not get it clean. I eventually replaced the whole top.

    When it snows, use a brush to get the snow off your top. Never, ever, use a scraper, it'll go right through! :surprise:

    The top gets brittle, so don't even hit the window or try to shake off any ice.

    For the leather, mine has a few wrinkles (it's a '93) but it's in good enough shape that I have not had to get the specialized cleaners/conditioners. Maybe try one of those.

    Lastly - put the top up at night. Even if you have a garage, you want to keep the vinyl stretched out to prevent wrinkles, creases, and eventually cracks.

    Zoom Zoom.

  • wfredhartwfredhart Posts: 1

    Bought a 2006 MX5 3rd Edition LE(#469) in January and have about 900 miles on it now 6 months later! Only waxed it 3 times so far! Love the Velocity Mica Red paint job. Only drive it on warm sunny days, but that´s going to change. Love the car, but in spite of driving stick for about 45 years, the shifting doesn´t feel quite right. I´m going to check on that with the dealer to see it that´s normal.

    Soon, we will use the MX5 to tour the USA. Maybe Europe too, if anyone knows about such a thing and could advise me. Anyway, my main questions are: I need to be able to take more luggage with us than will fit in the trunk. I see a trunk mount rack for the 2006 in the Moss catalog. Does anyone know if it is any good, and will it damage the paint? Secondly, I was thinking of using a bra to protect the paint while on trips - but taking it off when not traveling. Is it easy to get these on and off frequently. Any reason why not to do it?

    Any guidance would be appreciated.


  • sturobertsturobert Posts: 3
    Count me in! I just bought a base model 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5, Classic Red. Finally, the mid-life crisis has met it's match! I've wanted one for years and even though it's in the garage, I still can't believe it's mine. A couple of issues: 1)The weather stripping on the driver's window (not the windshield)at the top is loose. Is this something that can be easily repaired? 2) The power window switches are a little faded from the sun. Any remedy? 3)The cloth seats also need a little rejuvenating, what works best; and at the left side of the driver's seat, the vinyl that rubs up against the plastic support is worn. Best way to fix that? 4) Lastly, there are some spots on the inside of the plastic panel of the radio readout and the instrument panel that are not accessible. Is there any way to get to them? These are relatively minor issues but I want the car to be as perfect as it can be. Thanks in advance!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Some ideas...

    For the hard to reach spots, try a detail brush, they get in to those areas.

    Cloth seats can be re-dyed. Do a Google search for this guy that nicknamed his Miata "Hakuna", he detailed the process on-line. Search for the words "Miata Hakuna seats" maybe.

  • Excited and proud new owner of the 2007 PRHT in copper red, 6 speed manual, Grand touring with premium and suspension packages. Brought it home today!


    Wife having some trouble getting used to the manual tranny after years of driving an auto, but its well worth it.

  • jo27jo27 Posts: 7
    with any car bra, ONLY keep it on in dry weather. rocks will get under it and could scratch the paint. they're pretty easy to take on and off and a good idea to have if you'll be doing LOTS of cross country driving. Have fun on your trip! no suggestions on the roof rack but check out for good deals on miata accessories!
  • jo27jo27 Posts: 7
    Hi Folks, just an FYI if any of you have ever questioned how safe is a miata. I can say, VERY SAFE, especially for side impact. This spring after just putting my 2005 miata back on the road after winter storage (with only 7600 miles), I got pinned between an 18 wheeler and a concrete jersey barrier. I walked away but my miata ended up being totaled. The side impact beams did what they should have. I did purchase a 2006 and took most of the summer getting used to it. Although the new features are a definate plus, I really loved the old style but am now just as happy with my 2006! It too will be going away soon so it's safe for the winter! A definate fun driving vechicle! I hope to have this one for a very long time!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Scary crash, glad you made it out OK. :surprise:

  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Hi, pszafranski,

    I noticed that you're responding to a post that was made quite awhile ago, so I've moved your post to our Miata MX-5: 2005 and Earlier discussion, where you might get a response more quickly.


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  • Rahim, you certainly purchased your 07 MX-5 early - Good for you.

    Their has been some discussion on the MX-5 PHRT board about the comfort level of leather seats. Since you have the grand touring package, you should have leather seats. Any feedback on the comfort level of seats for short and long term drives? During a MX-5 test drive I felt as if the contour sides of the seats were a little tight, almost as if Mazda were designing the seat cushion for a smaller driver versus medium/larger size adults. Maybe over time leather seats break in, but from what I've experienced the fit and comfort comes down to the design of the seat versus the material. Have you taken any long trip (over 200 miles) and noticed seating discomfort?
  • manybmwsmanybmws Posts: 347
    Get the 3M clear bra. Not cheap but well worth it.
  • crna2becrna2be Posts: 3
    Hey there!

    I am the proud owner of a 91 B-package in classic red that lost its hardtop before it found its way to my garage.

    The few upgrades include: Robbins Sunfast top with glass window, ASA 16x7.5 5-spoke chrome wheels with Kumho Ecsta Supras(205/45/16), a "test" pipe, Sony Xplod head unit and door speakers, Pioneer headrest speakers, and a trunk full of JL Audio and RF Punch amps.

    As for me, MWM 39 Anesthesia Nurse in North Texas.
  • My Girl Mia'
    Hey Felow Miaters,

    About 2 months ago I was looking for a daily driver because I race my SVT Contour every weekend. I almost bought a 98 Escort ZX2 for $3k. Then I did a search for my dream car and found Mia', my silver '91 for for $2800! she's high in mile (157k) but since I race, I have become a Mazda sponsored driver so if needed, I can get a new 1.6 for $1300! Not that I'll need it any time soon. She runs like a champ. I lost the motor in the Contour (pretty sure it was because a certain national chain forgot to put the oil in) so she is my only car now. Touch, because I am a musician and she is not known for her cargo capacity. My favorite thing to drive ever though! I have a Jackson Racing cat back exhaust, a drop in K&N filter, and a Racing Beat tubular front sway bar that I am removing today and reinstalling the stock as it PLOWS LIKE CRAZY!!! Why I thought I knew more than the engineers who designed this darn near perfect car, I'll never know! Basically, I looked up what was legal for E Stock in the SCCA rules and bought it without thinking what it really did. Oh, and BTW. Don't try to do fish tales in the rain! Wow she went around fast! Great to be here! If in CT and wanting to race (against the clock, one at a time in an open parking lot around cones LEGALLY) check out and Join us. It's amazing!
  • I drive a lot of miles taking my 6 year old daughter back and forth to school. I really want a fun little car to enjoy the miles (I drive about 60 miles daily, mostly country roads). According to GA law, she can now ride in the front seat (with airbag turned off). when a back seat is not available. Any advice/recommendations? Are the roll bars a must? I do have another car for family trips, so this would be a second car, mostly for me!
  • I have experience with:
    5-Big & Small Mercedes

    Don't let kids under 16 ride in Miata's.
    It's a 4 tire Motorcycle and in a major crash, you will not be happy with the results...
    Great Car for Gas, Freedom, Spinning and burning rubber, racing, etc. but not 4 kids!
  • Oh bummer! I have to wait another 10 years to get a Miata?! The only other convertibles that would seem to be safer are the Saab or Volvo. Any thoughts on those? Thanks for your advice.
  • xjayxxjayx Posts: 1
    I have info on a very clean almost new 08 mx5 with less than a thousand miles on it. It the sport touring with the hard top.
    I know there are many enthusiasts that would love to have some info on where they could purchase this vehicle but I dont know where to post it.
    Can you help me out? :)
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Hi, xjayx,

    Selling isn't allowed in our Forums, but you can list it on AutoTrader by going to the "Used Cars" section at


    Need help getting around? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • Just joined - don't even have the car in our possession. A Toyota Dealer here was selling a 2003 LS with 23,000 miles on it for 10,999 - couldn't pass it up for my wife. Her Birthday is Thursday. She won't know about it until I give her the Keys.

    Drives like a dream - first Convertable I have owned but then again, I guess she owns it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool gift. Hope she loves it! :shades:
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