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Mazda MX-5 Miata (2005 and earlier)



  • Thanks for the very thorough response. The shorter maintenance intervals don't bother me so much; I won't be putting a lot of miles on the car. In addition, breakage concerns me a lot more than maintenance.

    And I'm with you on the first year of a redesign. I'll probably try to look for a 2000.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm about to sell my 1993, and looking at a new PRHT 2008.

    To be honest I'm having a real hard time letting go. They are great cars. I have this gut feeling that I'm making a mistake parting with my 93 too soon.

    Join the club, you won't regret it. You may regret the day you sell it, however. :sick:
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Check out for more Miata information. 99-00 are good choices. Regular vs premium on the 01+ models and about the same HP. A few 99 and 00 models had thrust bearing issues. Some 01 models had chattering clutch issues. 90-97 models are harder to find and in more demand. Miata engines are non-interference, so if you don't change the timing belt you'll be fine. If you have any doubts, check out Consumer Reports for best value in sports cars.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sold my '93. Had a good buyer and didn't want to pass up the offer.

    Got a 2008 PRHT Touring on Friday night. Suspension package, 6 speed manual, basically the sportiest Miata you can get.

    It's a lot quicker, handling with the summer tires and stiff suspension plus the Bilsteins is also better.

    Ride quality is stiffer, not as cushy as my 93. The seats are more supportive but not as comfy as the leather on my old one.

    Took me just 75 miles to get comfortable in the new one. It still feels very familiar, which is cool.
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    Congrats on the PRHT! There are some great discounts right now. Local dealers are offering $7k off remaining 08's. Mostly PRHT's left. Unfortunately for me, they are mostly automatics and I really don't want to spend that kind of money, even if it is a good deal.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds about right.

    Mine MSRP'd for $29k and I paid about $22k plus tax and tags.
  • Hey Im getting a 1990 Mazda Miata with 170,000 miles on for $2100, and want to know, What are the usely the 1st things to go bad on them, and how long do you think the 1.8 will last with that miny miles on them if the oil was change like it should have been, I kinda wanted to know a lil every bit of every thing from people who HAVE and Had a 1990 to 1997 Miata.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's a lot of miles, how it was cared for it what matters most. To be honest any more life out of it is gravy at this point, it doesn't owe anything.

    90 Miatas had some very early crank issues but without a doubt that would have been resolved by now, especially with those miles.

    Crystal White paint on the early ones will peel, though you didn't mention color.

    Clutch slave cylinder will eventually fail but you can get a rebuild kit cheap. If the clutch pedal sinks you do not necessarily need a new cluth (my cost: $10.74).

    It will eat spark plug wires every 30k miles. Like clockwork. I bet you it's on the 6th set of wires by now.

    That's about it. They last forever. I sold mine far before its expiration date.

    Good luck.
  • branch15_5branch15_5 Posts: 44
    I test drove an 05 Miata at Carmax today. The test drive lasted no more than 10 minutes. Shortly after the drive, I developed moderate lower back pain (definitely not a chronic situation with me).

    Has anyone else experienced this when switching to a Miata? If so, did the pain subside once you got used to the car?

    I'm really hoping this is a temporary thing, because I really loved the car.
  • jeff84redjeff84red Posts: 3
    I had a 1990 Miata and had no issues with back problems. The only thing I can think of is when youclimbed in. If the hard top orsoft top was up you may have stretched a few muscles getting in as they are tight!

    Enjoy the car if you get it! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 2005 is an NB model, so that's the 1.8l.

    The 2006+ models are the NCs, and those have a lot of extra legroom, plus a more powerful 2.0l engine.

    That makes the 2006 and later models roomier, especially in terms of leg room, though people still complain about the seats. Mazda put in new seats for 2009.

    Prices have dropped because Mazda has a $5000 incentive on 2008 models, since the late-arrival 2009s are finally here. I recommend shopping for a new 2008 left over, if you can still find them they are a screaming bargain right now, with some people getting brand new ones for $15.9k.

    Probably cheaper than a Cube would be, lucien. ;)
  • toydrivertoydriver Posts: 227
    I have owned my 2004 MazdaSpeed Miata for 1 1/2 yrs. It took me some time (prob. 2 months) to get the seat adjusted to prevent my back from hurting after more than a few minutes of driving it. I am 6' and 200 lbs, so it is a bit tight for me. It doesn't ride like a Lexus; but it is a hoot to drive !
    I found by moving the seat about 2in. closer to the wheel and then tilting back the seatback, it prevents my back ache. This arrangement is completely differenent than how I adjust the seat in my sedan. However, I'm sure everyone has to find the correct seat position for him/her.
    I have driven the car on 100 + mile trips, without stopping, and while I'm driving I forget about my back. Honestly, I can be a little stiff afterward; but not bad.
    The wind in the hair, and pure driving pleasure is something I'm not willing to part with.
    Haven't driven the 2006 and newer models, so I can't speak to their relative seat comfort.
  • done37done37 Posts: 64
    Been busy and just read your post on your new purchase Juice. Excellent!! Once a Miata owner, always a Miata owner.

    Wise and awesome purchase on the PRHT. Two thumbs up!

  • I had the same problem with my1993 model. Finally figured out it happened every time I drove my second car (the Mazda). I folded over a pillow to put in the back of the seat so the angle is not so deep. Presto, no more back pain. Try it.
  • I just bought a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata with 54,000 on it. As I'm contemplating a vacation trip of at least 5000 miles, I think I ought to have the 60,000 service done before I leave town.

    I hope somebody knows an Austin area shop with experience with the Mazdaspeed.
  • The alternator belt on my 97 is squeeking. It is only 2 weeks old. The one I replaced was almost new too. Any suggestions?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Is the tension correct? Not too loose or tight? Any wear on the side of the old belt that may indicate a misalignment or interference?
  • I have a 2002 Mazda Miata. First time I 've had a leak. It is my passenger side, small leak, but now the foot board is getting soaked, any advise?
  • If the leak is above the windshield on the passanger side, buy some 1/2" closed cell foam rod, sold at WalMart as window insulation, and with the top down, squeeze it down between the two rubber gaskets that should bear against the top material when the top is raised. If the leak is at the top of the passanger window, insert a rod of the same closed-cell foam in the round rubber gasket that the raised passanger window-glass pushes against to seal the top/window junction. You may have to cut a little slit in the round rubber gasket to slip the rod into.

    I've had to do both repairs on my 2004, and the sealing effect has also decreased wind noise by sealing the top properly.
  • 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: 1,022
    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, 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: 1,222
    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.

  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    This is the main forum for the MX-5, but you can find the maintenance-related discussions here:

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  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    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: 1,022
    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.
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