Thinking about buying a Miata

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    Seriously thinking about it. Looking at a pair of 2003 Miatas. Ironically both need 100k mile timing belt service and new tops. Any other Miata-specific issues that I should be aware of? Looking only at cars with an AT. Thanks
     
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    You need to buy a skirt. Depending on your legs, maybe a mini skirt.
     
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    Depends on the generation, I've only looked into the NAs (first gen) which is what I bought last year. NBs (2nd gen i.e. your 03MY) share a lot with NAs platform-wise.

    For NBs check for rocket rust caused by clogged drain lines. I've heard that's more prevalent on those for whatever reason.

    Otherwise just the standard stuff that comes with a 20+ year old vehicle. Replacing old rubber components (tires, belts, hoses) and neglected fluids is par for the course in my experience.

    An absolute blast to drive and pleasant to work on imo tho. Holler if you pull the trigger and we can go cruise or something.
     

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    Gotta be easier to do plugs than on a Subaru.
     
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    I'd rather do plugs in a Subaru than be seen in a Miata... Haha.
     
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    Could you even fit in a Miata? Rick, have you sat in one?
     
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    I'm going to try to fit into one on Monday. Also looking at several Mitsu Eclipse convertibles.
     
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    Don’t you already have a two door convertible? lol
     
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    No convertible in our garage for the past two years...kinda sad. Hoping to change that :)
     
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    Funny enough I was eyeing up NA/NB Miata after riding in one at Final Bout 6. I was told that NB had the more desirable engines but more or less have a lot of the same parts as an early miata.
     
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    Get an AP1 S2000 ;)
     
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    I've owned two Miatas and can heartily recommend them. They are extremely reliable, easy to work on, and are very grin-inducing.

    I had a 1994 M-Edition and a 2004 Mazdaspeed. Every spring I regret selling the Mazdaspeed. Stock MSM is quicker 0-60 than an AP1 S2K, BTW.

    As stated, rust can be an issue on NA and NB if the rocker drains were not cleaned. NA and NB engines are non-interference, so drive until the timing belt snaps. The belt is right up front and very easy to change, I gather. I never had the opportunity.

    Plastic end tanks on the OEM radiators are known to blow. Look for the color change to know when the plastic is brittle. The drainage for the top can clog if leaves and gunk get in there.

    There's really not a lot to watch out for. The hard part these days is finding one that hasn't been douched-out. If you can find a clean one, they are appreciating in value.
     
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    A lifted one would be super fun yet terrifying around corners.
     
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    I've always loved 2nd gen eclipse
     
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    I can't wait to go for a ride with the top down and both of our heads above the windshield. Haha.
     
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    Oh, that's definitely going to happen my lanky brother!
     
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    Same! I want to see that too!
     
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    I dislike Miatas with a passion (not just because I don't fit) but have this weird "fantasy" of owning one and driving it year round with the top down/off while wearing the proper gear for the weather at the time. Most likely a full face helmet during winter and rain.
     
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    That would be fantastic to witness. Call me when you get your Miata! Or if you ever want these plastic oem mud flaps that I have been holding for you.:)
     
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    Started with 3rd gen. Gen 1/2 are cool, gen 3, not so much imo.
     
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    When it went FWD only.

    My brother had a Talon TSi back in the day. That was a fun car.
     
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    The ND is also cool again because the styling doesn't make it look like its got a goofy drunk grin on its face and its even lighter than the NC and even NB's as well as being a much better chassis and the engine is great.

    The only problem with the ND is the early manual transmission was lightened maybe too much and is not very strong but I think they have fixed that since.

    The only little convertible that could get me from my S2k is an ND2 Miata. Plus that red paint look sooo good in person.
     
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    I rented a modified ND via Turo for a week in San Francisco this summer and had an absolute frickin blast.
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    Crystal Soul Red is a stunning color
     
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    I was able to rent it for $75 a day and the car had modified suspension and a brembo BBK.
    Dang good deal IMO
     
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    I did a twin turbo mustang off of Turo from San Francisco to Coos Bay, Oregon in 2019. $75/day also! Turo is a great place to check out other vehicles.
     
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    I could never rent my personal car to a stranger. $h!t, my current car is 5.5 years old and my wife hasn't even driven it yet.
     
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    If that is the same red they put on their little SUV and CUVs (I rarely see a Miata), it is indeed a stunning red. And photos do not do it justice.
     
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    That's because women just shouldn't drive... haha.
     
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    I lol’d. That’s why you should “save the manuals”.
     
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    Both of my wives could drive manuals.
     
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    My wife prefers a manual. It's actually pretty nice.

    After our first date, circa '07 sometime, she started her 5 spd F-150 with a screwdriver on the solenoid. I knew the hook was set at that point.
     
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    Yeah, well that was a different “generation of woman”. They don’t make them like that anymore(or as often at least).

    Cody, you should do stand up!:bounce:
     
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    I have some pretty serious anxiety around speaking in public, so probably wouldn't be too successful unfortunately.
     
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    You could write material then.
     
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    You missed your chance, the writers settled their strike in Hollywood.
     
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