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Mazda MX-5 Miata (2006 and Newer)



  • Let me see now, it sounds like the added cost of premium fuel is taking away from your enjoyment of this fine car. let's put it in perspective. On average (city and highway)I would guess you are getting 25 mpg (maybe more, maybe less). At a 20 cent upgrade to the cost for premium gas, that amounts to a 0.8 cents per mile additional cost over regular fuel. In MHO the enjoyment of driving the MX-5 far outweights the additional cost. I am in my 70's and my GrandTouring Miata gives me more pleasure than riding my touring motorcycle.
  • rerednawrerednaw Posts: 16
    edited August 2010
    I have a 2006 MX-5 and just got a dohickey from the auto insurance company. It's supposed to plug into the OBD (on board diagnostic) port.

    I read the owner's manual and I couldn't find it in there.

    Any help appreciated! I'm sure it is in an obvious place.

    Extra helpful if you have a linky to a pic somewhere. :p

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's usually above the driver's foot well, behind the steering wheel. It's usually out of sight so you may have to duck down to see it.

    To be honest I have not located the one on my Miata, but I own an ODBII scanner and have helped many friends, and every time it's in the same place.
  • Thanks, but I am not trying to install a sub. I need to figure out how to replace the two speakers behind the driver's head. I do not see a wayto get to them. Please let me know if anyone has done this. I may check with the dealer on my next service visit.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was answering rerednaw's question...
  • Hi,

    I have a 2007 Touring with 27200 miles on. It looks like my tires need to be replaced already. I am just wondering if other Miata owners have the same experience. I thought tires last longer. But then I also heard that Michellin tires wear out faster.


  • tgeentgeen Posts: 20
    You might be driving your Miata the way it was intended, for maximum enjoyment. If so, I salute you.

    If you have the run flat tires, I would advise replacing them with ordinary summer performance tires, assuming you don't drive much in the snow. The RFTs are very expensive and you *will* get just as many nails and screws in the treads as with any other tire--the main drawback being, it seems no tire shop will agree to patch them. Avoid!

    You don't want to put cheap, hard economy tires on this car. It will never be as economical as a Corolla, but it will always be infinitely more fun to drive. If you need new tires every two years, you are doing okay.
  • I have 24,400 miles on my 2007 touring and the tires are still in very good condition, but I rotate them about every 6,000 miles. They are Falken with a Z speed rating and were judged Very Good by Consumer Reports several years ago. I wind my little baby out and get great traction on dry pavement. But I have to be careful when the road is wet or I'll fish-tail all over the road.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's a lot for a performance car, actually. I very seriously doubt I'll get even close to that many miles out of mine (I have summers).

    I'm hoping for 20k.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Got the blues, anyone else feel it's too hot for top-down driving?

    Feels like 114 degrees here in DC in some places, when you factor in the humidity!
  • destrydestry Posts: 58
    I have the new Mazda MX-5 convertible and live in Charlotte, NC and it's been way to hot and humid to drop the top. High's in the mid 90's with a heat index of over 105. It's even to muggy at night to drop the top. I am looking forward to the fall.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Me too! A lot of people don't get it, but mild temps are best for a drop-top, not this sort of heat!
  • BirminghamBirmingham Posts: 12
    Just wanted to let everyone know I replaced the original OEM sound system in my '07 Touring with a new one. I am very happy with it; it sounds great even with the top down!

    I installed the Kenwood KDC-BT645U CD Receiver. It has connections for my iPhone/iPod which I store in the glove box along with BlueTooth support for hands-free talking. I also added two Boston Acoustics S85 6"x8" 2-way Speakers in the doors. Then I added a Sound Ordnance B-8PT Flat subwoofer under/behind the passenger seat to give it a little OOMPH, which really makes a difference when the top is down.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool, congrats. Did you hire an installer?
  • hieushahieusha Posts: 2
    I am in the market for a late model Miata with PRHT and manual transmission. I ran into a 2009 soft-top model with less than 10K miles and 6-sp AT. The asking price is $18,999. Seems like the guy would go lower. I love driving with the manual, having owned 2 Miatas. How's the 6-sp AT? Thanks for any advice that you might have. -Hieu
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Sounds like a keeper of a car. Can't answer as to the six speed tranny vs. the five, as mine is only a five speed. I would wonder mostly as to why the guy wants to dump it already.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That auto is so much better than the one that preceeded it. Plus the gearing is arguably better - taller 6th allows for quieter cruising than either manual.

    There are 2 schools of thought:

    1. Ain't no shame in it, now that the trans is actually good and has paddle shifters for the 6 ratios.

    2. A Miata without a manual is sacreligious.

    I'd avoid it only if you belong to the 2nd camp.
  • I have driven both AT and 6 speed manual and if you go with AT you will be giving up a lot of the driving experience the Miata was designed for. Consumer Reports said the Miata handles and drives like a Porche; and they were not testing the AT, :-)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I agree, but....

    Legroom is limited. With the auto you could remove the left leg rest (dead pedal) and if you're taller, you'd be more comfortable.

    That's not what the Miata was meant for, if you want comfort buy a Buick, but still, it does broaden the appeal for those who want a roadster.
  • Hi my driver's side headlight (low-beam) just went out. I ordered a new pair (may as well replace both sides) and was trying to find a diagram of the assembly but my search-fu is weak.

    Does anyone have a diagram of how to take one apart? I've replaced bulbs before (mazda pickup, daewoo lanos, etc...) but the 2006 Miata definitely has a tighter fit and a lot more parts to go through.

    Or if you could recommend a book I could pick up from the library or even the local shop it would be great.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Even the garage has nothing on that. Hmm.
  • mstaevskimstaevski Posts: 4
    Here is what I got from ebay for my NC. It fits well and you don't have to dismount prior to covering the car. _Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item27d2e462e5&vxp=mtr
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