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Mazda MX-5 Miata (2005 and earlier)



  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    eddie - have you been to It seems to me you could get a whole new top for less than $500. I think you can also get a rear glass window for the older Miatas. I don't remember whether that was a whole new top or something you could instal in an old top.
  • eddiesvr4eddiesvr4 Posts: 41
    I'm a dummy. I was just too lazy to unzip the rear window when opening the top, and the window didn't bend properly ... crack. There it went.

    The price of $480 to replace the window was quoted to me by an auto upholerster. He said it included the plastic window ($150), zipper and rain rail ($???), and 4-5 hours labor. This is nuts.

    He said that if I wanted a glass window, the entire top would need to be changed. Is this true???

    I'm afraid to take it to a Mazda dealer. I can just imagine how much they're gonna charge me.

    Are there any do-it-yourselfers out there that have any ideas?


  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    eddie - check out this site:

    Seems like they have all the options. Of course those prices do not include installation. I have no idea how hard it is to install a new top.
  • ace10ace10 Posts: 137
    and check out the marketplace section. there are at least three manufacturers, sold through countless vendors who make replacement rear windows, both plastic and glass. the upholster is probably going to reimvent the wheel in your case, by fashioning one from scratch. that just isn't necessary.

  • kernickkernick Posts: 4,072
    Exactly right. Mazda itself is making a "big deal" out of their embarassing quoted hp. aren't they offering $500 off, or free maintenace during the warranty? As mentioned Ford had this problem with their '99 Mustang Cobras. Because they were short 15 hp it became a big enough issue to pull the car from the market. No 2000 Cobra. Now I don't think it really is that serious to do that, especially for Mazda.
    I think many people do like more power, and may have held off on an '00 model to get an '01, because of that.
    I also think that you're not going to ruin a Miata by adding some additional power. Although I've never driven one, I'd think the AC Cobra 429, was a bit too much power for a little sports car - but Triumphs have had 6 and even 8 cylinder power. I say Mazda should let the market decide.
  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    Many of us would rather see the hp - and the price of the car stay where it is. If the miata could compete with an S2000, it would also cost as much. Sacrifices in this price range need to be made.

    All though an optional turbo for those who want to spend the extra cash on hp may not be a bad idea...
  • Yowza, 2 months of research, 3 weeks of calling private owners and (yuck) dealers and approximately 20 test drives, found our car...didn't want to take credit until it checked out and we got it home.

    1992, Limited Edition, black, tan leather, power everything, ABS, BBS wheels, new Dunlops, all records, and babied, people often claim their car is in outstanding condition, this one truly is, absolutely flawless in and out. 44k miles, $8000. Sad thing is, it is my wifes car...thanks everybody for the info wouldn't have been possible without help from Edmunds townhall.


  • scott155scott155 Posts: 10
    I am the owner of a 2001 Miata LS and I just got my letter in the mail from Mazda about their "mistake" on the horsepower and their two remedies:
    I can let them buy the car back or
    they will give me free scheduled maintenance for 3 years and $500.

    My problem is that I think this whole issue will cause a drop in the resale value of the 2001 Miata cars and that the maintenance and $500 is not nearly enough to compensate for that.

    I feel that after they sort this out in about 6 weeks, they will either offer rebates or finance incentives to attract buyers and/or in 2002 will redesign the engine so that it makes the 155hp promised or possibly more. Either way I think the resale value is going to suffer and their offer is not enough to compensate for that.

    If there are 2001 owners out there, let me know what you think. If we all E-mail or write Mazda with our concerns they might rethink the terms. I think they are about $1,000 short of proper compensation.
  • WarpDriveWarpDrive Posts: 506
    ...I'd take the repurchase option. It is there exactly for the reason you stated: if you are unhappy that you are stuck with a 142HP version. Poor resale value is a perfectly valid reason. I would return it, wait out the incentives or until next year to see if they can recover the missing power. So far I think what Mazda is offering is fair.
  • eddiesvr4eddiesvr4 Posts: 41
    Wow ... the car's HOT!!! How did you insert the photo into the post? I'm not HTML literate. I'd love to see other Miata owners post their cars too.

    44K for a 92 Limited Edition is outstanding. Hold it, you mentioned it's your wife's car ... that means it's an automatic transmission.

    I definitely agree, this forum board is perhaps the most informative source of info I've ever come across (outside of the Dallas Cowboys forum where they post ever single scrub the team is looking into... ha, ha).

    Thanx all for the Rear Window replacement info. It's gotta get done, but there's no rush. Hell, I may see what some rubber glue and stitches can do ... ha, ha.

  • No auto!!

    place <> in place of () in the following command

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  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    Mark - excellent. Man, two months sounds short. I spent 6 months looking and never found what I considered a decent one. When I found an absolutely perfect MR2 Turbo, I jumped ship. Somedays, I regret not being more patient (though stomping on the gas pedal relieves the pain somewhat).
    scott155 - I'm not sure your concern about resale value is valid. I don't believe the 2001 models were selling at a significant premium over what 2000 models sold for at the same point in the models year, so I see no reason that they would not hold their value as well as earlier models.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 56,730
    Yes, I know something about resale values, and I would agree with dgraves on this one...I don't see any problem with must remember that the Miata is very popular and that there are lots of them on the road.....this whole HP thing will go right in one Big American Ear and out the other in about 15 minutes.

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  • magik_imagik_i Posts: 4
    Well, after several weeks of test driving the 2000s my dealer called me 'cause they had some 2001s in (what I had been waiting for.) The dealer let me and a friend take out two cars (a 2000 and a 2001) and let me tell ya, the 2000 tore the 2001 apart. I ended up buying a White 2000 base model (with the front air dam and side sills) for $18,500 @0.0% for 48months (not too shabby of a deal.) I already bought some 16" Konig and 40 series tires (installed Thursday!!! CAn't wait!!!) and am thinking about putting a Jackson Racing cold air intake and custom exhaust (should add 25 - 30hp). Has anyone installed those mods? Is it worth it? The shop I'm going through said that they would sponser my car if I did those upgrades and also the Jackson Racing supercharger (they claimed it would jack the car up to 250+ hp!!!!) I would probably need a stage III clutch after a few months of driving, but I would give my friend's S4 a run for it's money. In any case, I was just seeing what kind of mods people have done and liked. Let me know. Thanks.
  • eddiesvr4eddiesvr4 Posts: 41
    Congrats on the car! That's fantastic. But let me implore you .... don't do the mods!!

    There's something beautiful and honest about the virgin Miatas. Leave it as is. It's a pure and simple car ... meant for the pleasure of driving.

    Those mods not only make it ugly, but sorta wanna-be-ish (IMHO). It's like taking a pretty girl and throwing a ton of make-up on her ... looks almost whorish.

    Sorry, this is just my opinion. Feel free to ignore it. I'm a dufus anyway ... no insult intended to your thoughts of modification.

    But a virgin Miata is so beautiful. No need to change a thing...

  • freddy_kfreddy_k Posts: 376
    I feel kind of sorry for anyone who feels the need to purchase something like this, and find it a bit hard to believe that this kit actually sells

  • Tom, I checked into the incentive/rebate question myself. Mazda apparently changes its incentives and rebates monthly, and doesn't tell anyone what's coming up next month, naturally. For this month, March, the deal is: (i) reduced interest on financing, e.g. 0.0% for 24 months, or 2.9% for 36 monthts, etc., plus $500, OR (ii) a $1,000 incentive directly to the dealer. Presumedly, the dealer will give you a better deal if you pay cash.

    I was told by a dealer that the two incentives above were mutually exclusive. It didn't appear so on the Edmunds site, so, I called Mazda of North America and someone there agreed that they were NOT mutually exclusive. I then called the buying service I was using and they called Mazda of North America and were told by someone higher up in authority that the two incentives WERE mutually exclusive. I believe they are. I wonder whether I should buy the car this weekend and take the first incentive or take a chance that Mazda will offer a better incentive for April? I'll probably take the bird in hand.

    Finally, how could one talk a dealer into selling for the TMV price, which is BELOW invoice by more than the 2% kickback that the dealer gets from Mazda? Edmunds says that "The's TMV base vehicle price does not take into account the following items:

    Any Manufacturer-to-Consumer Incentives or Rebates - these are different from manufacturer-to-dealer incentives and don't impact the actual transaction price; the consumer generally has the choice to apply these funds against the sales price as a down payment, or to accept a check for the amount of the rebate or incentive." So, is the reduced financing and $500 taken into account or not?
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    freddy - that link doesn't work for me. Is it by any chance a Z3 kit?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 56,730
    You need to cut and paste it into the location bar on your browser in order for it to work. looks EXACTLY like a Miata with some fake Z3 parts glued on it! I had to actually move within 1/4 of a mile of the car to realize it was a fake!

    MODS---I don't see the point beyond tire, wheel brake and suspension spend all this money on an SC, a big sucker intake and some fancy pipes, and you end up with a faster, noisier, higher maintenance, less reliable car with no resale value. I'd think this over if I were you. And I think 30HP is very optimistic for the mods you mentioned, but show us the dyno slips and we are believers!

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  • ace10ace10 Posts: 137
    jr intake and an exhaust is good for MAYBE 15hp. maybe?

    what shop is claiming this crap? please name names, because they will be the laughing stock of the miata world!!!!!

    a jackson sc @250hp????? maybe 170, at the rear wheels, with the water injector, maybe!!!

    this is the kind of crap that makes me want to puke, literally!

    if this kind of power were easily available, wouldn't mazda be employing it in order to avoid the emabrassment and cost of the current hp shortfall of the 2000/2001 models.

    please... offer the name of the shop who made these claims, because they are REDICULOUS!!!

    i have never, ever heard of such inflated, no make that criminal, claims of power boosting.

    god, i hate crap like this!!!! enjoy your new miata, but please be wary of ludicrous claims.


  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    Who in the sam hill buys a low-twenties roadster for resale value? isn't this the kind of car you keep long after your third wife has left with your stockbroker?

    I say: do whatever the heck (gee, I haven't used that word since Edmunds forced me to!) you want with it and ENJOY it!!! That's what it's all about. If these resto-freaks want to lay a guilt trip on you, just tell em you'll meet em at the nearest track or mountain road and show em why you did it.

    Nuff said.
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    Dennis - It kind of reminds me of the George Carlin routine where he says that everyone thinks they are the only the only one who know the exact right speed to drive. Anyone driving faster than them is a nut. Anyone driving slower is a moron. It seems like it's that way with mods, too.
    Shifty - I don't think 30 hp from a filter and exhaust is optimistic. It's absurd. I would be amazed if someone could demonstrate 10 hp from those two items on a normally aspirated car.
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    And agreed.

    (Your peception and insight never cease to impress me.) =O)
  • magik_imagik_i Posts: 4
    I understand that 250+ up is way out there ... and I know that this is up at the flywheel and not road up, but I know that the supercharger can get it to just under 200hp and with a cold air intake and exhaust you could easily get 15 - 20hp bringing you in at 210+. That's one dangerously fast Miata. Although, I love the sound that the Miata makes from the stock exhaust and I have been thinking that maybe I want to keep it the same. I will be putting a I&N air filter in (I love the sucking noise it makes when you tap the accelerator), but aside from that I may just keep my Miata how it was built ... it's a beautiful car! You should see it with it's 16" wheels. My friend and I were eating breakfast this morning at Burner King and a chick walked by - running her hand along the car as she went - what a hot sight! In any case, I'm having the pin striping removed next week and then I'll have to take a picture and post it. I'm really proud of how it looks ... BTW, if you are still driving around with 14" or even 15", you should consider 16" and a good 40 series tire. I think for the money it's the best upgrade you can get ... it looks 50% sharper and it handles - believe it or not - 50% better. Love those cars!
  • magik_imagik_i Posts: 4
    Sorry about all the "up"s ... stupid spell checker!
  • ace10ace10 Posts: 137
    the jr cold air intake cannot be used with the jr supercharger. and the exhaust and header combo might, optimistically, get about 12hp at the crank. i don't ever recall seeing any dyno slips, yet, that support jackson's claim of 40% power increase, at least not with the "base" blower package. istill would love to hear about the shop that promised 250hp without using a "real" forced induction system.

    i don't know, i guess i'm just super-sensitive about b.s. claims in the area of aftermarket items. this stuff is pretty easy to prove or disprove. miata magazine has reviewed pretty much all the stuff out there and there are toms of dyno links on check them out and see what the real story is.

  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    "..."real" forced induction system."
    Not sure what you mean by that. Is a turbo the only "real" forced induction system to you?
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    will slow you down, unless they're lighter than stock (usually they aren't). The combination of greater unsprung weight and increased rolling resistance (performance tires are wider and stickier) is the poison pill. Better handling? You bet. But you can accomplish that by simply using a lower-profile performance tire on your stock (or at least stock diameter) wheels -- that way you're actually gearing the car down, which gives you better acceleration, while increasing tire width and decreasing sidewall flex -- giving you much sharper handling.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 56,730
    RE; Mods ----well, I was only trying to let the guy know that if he does all this, not to be shocked when he can't hardly give the car away. If he knows that (and now he does), then you're right, I'm not the Mod Police (Mod Squad?). You wanna take a perfect sports car and turn it into a Camaro--hey---it's your bucks....

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  • Took my first road trip in my new miata ls . Went from Chicago to St.Louis for St Pats party. Drove down in that lousy rain-sleet-snow straight down 55 on friday the 16th. The car handled great, never was concerned about braking and was much more quiet than i had expected. I had done a 45 min. test drive along with some short ones and felt noise would not be a problem but never expected it to be a non issue after 4.5 hrs. in bad weather w/ strong wind gust. The best thing was the return trip were I had the top down from St. Louis to Springfield. I love this car. If anyone is in doubt about this car, just drive it once w/ the top down and you will never have a second thought about getting one.
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