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  1. equiraptor

    No 56k: 2006 MX-5: Track rat, autocross car, daily driver

    I like the boring black & white one! That's what's on the car now. I might still have the old plates somewhere, tucked in a corner of the garage... No definitive reason. The motor that threw the rod is the second one in the car. It's been through multiple autocrosses, including Nationals, as...
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    No 56k: 2006 MX-5: Track rat, autocross car, daily driver

    It's been a while since I've been on FinalGear and it's been a while since I posted about the MX-5. It went back to being my daily driver around the start of 2017. It's an older car now, and though it's low miles, it's seen a lot of very intense miles (track time, autocross, etc.). The paint...
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    MX5/Miata Thread

    Engine failures happened with the earliest built dates and with the '07 models, but both reasons should have been fixed by '08. It still doesn't have the forced internals of the NC2, but I wouldn't expect that to be an issue unless the car was driven *extremely* hard. However, an oil loss...
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    MX5/Miata Thread

    Fun is very personal, but I absolutely cannot agree that an MX-5 without an LSD is dangerous. The car is not significantly more difficult to control without an LSD. This is based on having driven the same car, in the same condition and configuration, with an open diff and with LSD. The car...
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    MX5/Miata Thread

    I'm not sure about the xenon lights, but the LSD is not a major concern (IMO). The car is basically fine without it - it'll oversteer more when on power, but not in any sort of difficult-to-manage way. Should it be wanted, the LSD can be added aftermarket reasonably. Buying one can be annoyingly...
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    MX5/Miata Thread

    Aye. Generally, "hardtop" refers to the removable hardtop (there was one for the NC, as well, though it's rare), while PRHT referred to the power retracting hard top. Not everyone follows that, but many/most do.
  7. equiraptor

    MX5/Miata Thread

    Note that some with a hardtop choose to take off the soft top. "Normal" is to have a soft top underneath, but it's something to double-check before buying.
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    Idiots + cars = LOL

    Yesss! Perfect. well, the smiley having two rubber tracks isn't perfect... but it'll do. :burnrubber:
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    Idiots + cars = LOL

    For some reason I read "handshake" turn at first. What would a handshake turn be?
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    MX5/Miata Thread

    Yeah, that price range will be old and/or crap. A while ago a friend would looking and could find NC1s (so 2006-2008) in the 80k mile range for around $8,000, but that's in Texas markets. Most of the cars were in pretty bad shape. One was moderately modified, but actually in decent shape, and...
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    MX5/Miata Thread

    This is not true for all NCs in all situations. My NC has had the battery out and/or disconnected multiple times and has had no issues with idling. I know the ECU reset as I had to reinitialize the DSC (which is easy to do from inside the car), but the car idled fine. I've heard others mention...
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    Idiots + cars = LOL

    The 11foot8 bridge has a little brother, this one 10'6". Lots of box trucks, but a few more interesting incidents, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3-UugI0JoA
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    Idiots + cars = LOL

    Yeah, if we were starting from scratch with options of "on" and "off", a push button would be more intuitive. But we're not starting from scratch, and there's not just on and off. Given that the "twist for position" is so well known and handles multiple potential settings in a clear fashion, IMO...
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    Idiots + cars = LOL

    I assumed you meant a start button on the dash. I don't like them. I'd rather have the familiar "turn a thing" interface, since it's what's been around for a while and works fine. I haven't found a benefit to start buttons that makes them worthwhile, yet. Ah, both my "advanced" fobs have a way...
  15. equiraptor

    Idiots + cars = LOL

    I love my keyless fobs. I like the shape of the Mazda key better, but prefer the functionality of the Porsche one. Neither of these, though, have a start button. Both cars still use what looks & feels like the normal key in tumbler interface, just using a plastic stand-in instead of an actual...
  16. equiraptor

    Ownership Verified: The "RS" stands for "Really Slow"

    That suggests we're reading the part number correctly - the one you linked is the same part. The part in this post also shows the same part number. Unfortunately, there still aren't any new parts available with that number, so it's still not clear if that part number has been superseded or if...
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    Ownership Verified: The "RS" stands for "Really Slow"

    Some time ago, actually before the oil change, the car had started to make an odd noise when warm. One person said it sounded like an exhaust leak, but that didn't seem to be it. The pattern would have made it from a single cylinder rather than from further down the exhaust, and all of those...
  18. equiraptor

    No 56k: Parked like an idiot

    Here, a solid white line is a suggestion to not cross, but not a requirement. In other words, you are allowed to cross a solid white line. You are not allowed to cross a double solid line, with double white lines separating traffic going the same direction and double yellow lines separating...
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    Ownership Verified: The "RS" stands for "Really Slow"

    Our first oil change since the rebuild. Sharkwerks changed the oil after their break-in driving. The methodic instructions say to drain from one plug for 20 minutes, re-insert plug, and then drain from a different plug for 20 minutes. I'm not sure it's necessary to do this separately, but our...
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    Ownership Verified: The "RS" stands for "Really Slow"

    Is it Saturday yet?
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