I Want a Miata... I Think

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  1. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

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    Can't afford a vintage Triumph or an MG.

    I'm shopping used and the auto trainies seem a lot more common than the stick.

    Can't imagine that automatic transmission scratching the old TR6 itch, but maybe I'm missing something?

    Any suggestions /recommendations on stuff to watch out for?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I grew up driving an Austin Healey and a Fiat 124 so I understand your thinking here. The Miata is a good alternative, but like you, I would not want an automatic. My Brother-in-law had one and it was a lot of fun to drive...even the early ones without much power. If you go to a site called "carsurvery.org" will answer all of your questions.
     
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    Pay more for a good example. You'll pay the "drift tax" to avoid beat up and poorly modified examples. Really need to keep an eye on the bushings and ball joints at this age for most of them. And personally I'd avoid the automatic, simply because it's a miata and supposed to be driven.
     
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    I'm in the same boat but we are also looking at various convertible sports cars.
     
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    Had one, great with a stick.

    99% of the fun of an old MG or Triumph, but it will always start.
     
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    You could always do a Monster Miata...

     
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    I've wanted a sporty 2 seater forever but doubt it'll ever happen. The only one I'd consider with an automatic is the older Mercedes SLK series because they're a more plush ride anyway, not overly sporty.

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    Needing another hip (the left one this time) the stick is out of the question for me. Besides at 64 all I really want is to drive Route 1A at a leisurely pace around the cliffs of North Hampton and Rye and take in the smells.:D
     
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    I worked at a garage that dealt in imports almost exclusively. I can say that going from pulling a triumph or fiat into the garage vs pulling a miata in, there's no comparison for comfort. I can sit in a miata and not have to pretzel myself or hunch to fit inside.

    If you want a more classic vibe, consider trying to find one of the Datsun 2000 roadsters. Basically an MIJ MGB, there are even some parts that are cross compatible.

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    One of the best trips I've done was a week in the west of Scotland with my son in his 1990 Mk1 MX5. It was his retirement treat to me. He's had it around 7 years now and cost around £2000 then. He's spent about the same on some sorting and improvements to brakes and suspension, but the basic structure is very solid, it's been totally reliable and it's passed its annual roadworthiness test every year.

    Nothing better in its class.

    PS. Do your research before buying a Mk 2 1998 - 2005. Big problems with rust - in the engine bearers I think. It can be fixed, but not cheap.
     
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  12. Mike Eskimo

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    My bandmate James's dad was an MG/Triumph/Lotus/Leyland mechanic for nearly 45 years.

    When he retired ?

    He bought a Miata ! :lol::lol::lol::lol:


    It still remains one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Other guys in the band didn't get what was so funny as James and I were crying with laughter and I'm going "You know - cuz when he goes out to start it every morning - it starts ? And when he goes anywhere - he can just drive back - in the Miata ?"

    Good luck - those are fun.
     
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    Pontiac/Saturn made a two seater as well, might be worth looking into; they hide a high performance version as an option.
     
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    I had an MGB in the eighties. I think I spent nearly as much time pushing it as driving it.

    I want a Miata bad! The same vibe, but with the assurance you'll very likely make it home without being towed.
     
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    All my life I wanted a two seater English sports....finally in '76 or '77 I got a '72 MG Midget. Incredible fun, at first....first year or so, I had the top down nearly ALL the time, regardless of weather. Next two years, top was down only when weather was nice. Last year, top was almost NEVER down. It was new enough, I was very lucky and didn't have many mechanical issues, at least not like I've heard other folks have. Did have to become something of a contortionist to get in and out, and I was a scrawny guy back then. But I'm glad I can say, "been there/done that".....AND I've still got the T-shirt...literally.
     
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    I had a 68 SRL-311(Datsun 2000).
    Pretty darn fast for the time.
    Also had a 63 Sprite. The MX-5 dwarfs a Sprite.
    The last thing I'd own is a used German sports car.
    A MX-5 is cheap to maintain compared to one of the German cars.
     
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    Mazda hit a home run with the Miata. They filled a niche that sorely needed filling with a reliable product. Thank God for Mazda!

    Fun and dependable is a great match!
     
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    Back in 67 my then bassplayers' (though neither of us owned a guitar until the early 70's) dad won a kit version of the Lotus Elan in The Grocer magazine. Before becoming a mobile greengrocer (remember them?) he had been a mechanical engineer at Vickers. Every year in September he stripped the Elan down and re-assembled it before putting it to bed for the winter in his barn. Each March he would service it again and put it back on the road. When he died in the late 80's it had done less than 50k dry miles, was still running beautifully and had never let him down. How many of us would be prepared to put the effort (or money in). Classic british sportscars are wonderful, but they are demanding.

    Several of my friends have had MX-5s and Honda S2000s. lots of fun with very little in the way of maintenance, and generally trouble free, and the Mazda is inexpensive to buy a good example.
     
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    I loved my Miata. It was my wife's but I ended up with it int the divorce because I drove it more. Great car, super reliable, great handling, even good gas mileage. I wish I never got rid of it it. My 320sl was stolen and now I'm thinking of getting another Miata. Just a fun great car for driving around town.
     
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    My late parents lived near Norwich and one of their neighbours worked at the Lotus HQ in Wymondham. Staff were able to buy Elises and the like at good discounts, but not many took up the option. However, the number of MX5’s in the car park there was quite surprising...
     
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