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    Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    I'm deciding on selling/keeping the Midget,or possibly
    replacing it with an older Miata,while they're still cheap.If I
    got one,it would be a daily driver,as I commute about an hour
    each day to/from work.Plus the Midget is getting harder to get
    in/out of.
    I went & looked at the one below.The owner told me that
    he bought it for $4000,& put a fair amount of work into it.It has
    a new top & tires,& includes a new set of vented rotors,& brake
    pads.
    The downside is that it was repainted ( a decent 10 ft job),
    & the muffler is a little on the loud side.He said the he'd take $3000
    for it.
    Your thoughts?

    http://lynchburg.craigslist.org/cto/...958779426.html

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Doug - why is he selling it after only one year of ownership?

    *Might* be worth $3000 if he fixes all the things he's disconnected and shows you they all work.

    Check the car's history - ownership, maintenance, accident records, etc.

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Doug, we should never ever confuse a hobby with transportation. If you need a daily, get a corolla/ Kia/ Hyundai - it will start everyday - you will be able to drive family and you won't need to climb down into it.

    Yes the Miata is miles more reliable than anything British - but, it's still a hobby car. Stick with the fun of the Midget for cheap.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Doug, go for it. I've thought about picking up a Miata for a daily driver myself, of course I used my 79 Spit as a daily driver for nearly five years.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Doug - why is he selling it after only one year of ownership?

    *Might* be worth $3000 if he fixes all the things he's disconnected and shows you they all work.

    Check the car's history - ownership, maintenance, accident records, etc.

    Tom M.
    He was building it as a track day project,but he has too kids,and
    no time to enjoy it.I might buy it,if he fixes things.The stereo,& A/C stuff is
    behind the console,but are all there (except for the A/C part listed).

    JP,

    I'd only consider another convertible as a replacement,unless I found
    something interesting,like an early GTI for the same price,& that's unlikely
    to happen.

    I did drive it,& was impressed with how well it drove.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Sounds like that Miata was run hard and put away wet. I used mine as a daily driver to go 40 miles for work every day for 6 years and NEVER had anything go wrong. They are really reliable, get good mileage and most of all-fun to drive. Find a one or two owner car with records and low mileage and you will do just fine.....

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    My Rover has been more reliable than my brother-in-laws Miata.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Looks like he sold it (not to me),or decided to keep it.
    If anyone knows of a nice one for sale,for a good price,please
    let me know.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    My son (in Maryland) has four of them and autocrosses the daylights out of them, three drivers 3 or 4 events a month . they are virtually indestructible. I have a '92, bought new, and is still going strong, NEVER been in a shop for repairs although I have had to do some fixes. great car for fun or for transportation. You should be able to source a good older 100000 mile car for $2500-$3500. Bob C
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Thinking about looking at this one.A little more money
    than I'd like to spend,but might be worth it.

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    From the pictures, that looks pretty good. Falls in the middle of NADA low-to-average price guide: https://www.nadaguides.com/Cars/1997...ertible/Values
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Check on the timing belt service date. Pretty expensive maintenance item, $400-$600 ave. Otherwise looks OK. You could do better price wise and miles wise if you backed down a couple, three years.
    Thank goodness the MG is finally gone, replaced by another Corvette

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Looks like these are starting to go up in value,so I don't
    think that's too bad of a price.It's in much nicer shape
    than the Black one I was looking at.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    That original car you looked at was a "base" model. Had crank windows and probably no power mirrors (like mine). On the early cars there were three models with varying levels of trim. One important difference, some had a limited slip diff others didn't. Don't pay for a loaded car and get a stripper
    Thank goodness the MG is finally gone, replaced by another Corvette

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Looks like I've made a deal on the one near Greensboro (the red one).
    I got for a great price.
    It's had the timing belt done recently,the A/C compressor's been replaced,
    and the tires only have about 7000 miles on them.

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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Congratulations. I can't see the attachments though.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Looks good.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Looks like a very nice car. I toyed with the idea of doing a V8 Miata to go with my V8 Healey, but I decided against it. This has to be the ultimate Miata, and the price shows it: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/20...mx-5-miata-10/ Good luck with your new ride.
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    Re: Thoughts/advice on Miatas?

    Very happy for you, Doug - have fun with it!
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