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    Not a Mustang, so it must be a Miata (2017 Mazda MX-5 RF GT)

    I love the RX-8, and its versatility is nearly irreplaceable, but it is not a car I want to deal with maintaining as it ages. It's also a bit harsh in traffic and on bumpy roads. So after a bit of test driving and a lot of searching, I settled on the replacement:






    I drove a few cars before settling on the MX-5. Civic Si: I just couldn't get the hang of the turbo lag, torque steer, and high bite point on the clutch. 370z had a dated interior and the clutch was truly abominable. It had some sort of compensatory spring that kicked in halfway through the throw that did nothing but prevent you from shifting smoothly. Toyota 86 was a lot of fun and easily my second choice, but it felt a bit cheap and was not the most comfortable commuter car.

    As soon as I drove an RF, I knew it was the one. There was almost not adjustment period from driving my RX-8, and yet a lighter clutch and steering made it more relaxing to drive. It's quiter than the RX-8 at speed and more comfortable over bumps without losing any of the playfulness. Oh, and the roof comes off. That's basically cheating.






    So, knowing exactly what I wanted, I spent quite a bit of time scouring the internet. I am not a negotiator, I fall in love and make terrible decisions. So I cast a wide net and looked for the lowest advertised price I could find in the country. Eventually I contacted a dealer in Florida who had a new-in-stock 2017 model for such a steep discount I couldn't refuse (and I even got a bit more below advertised price). It was a long painful purchase and shipping was not cheap, but when I brought my quote to local dealers, we were usually over $6000 apart. It was worth the extra time and effort.




    Time will tell if I can handle daily driving such a small car. Driving itself is not an issue - it is in every way a better commuter than the RX-8. More comfortable, more efficient, more features, and just as fast. But interior storage space is somewhat limited, and rear visibility leaves a lot to be desired. Winter might be a struggle, at least I can't imagine it being worse than the RX-8.




    This is my first car to even have automatic headlights or climate control, so I am pretty overwhelmed by things like lane assist, blind spot monitoring, and real time fuel economy charts. Haven't really formed a final opinion or explored all of the features in the head unit. The system does use a large front-facing camera which was placed in exactly the spot I would have wanted my dashcam, so installation was made a bit harder than anticipated. Luckily, the one and only 12V outlet is located deep under the passenger footwell, making it a nice hidden spot to plug in the dashcam semi-permanently instead of messing around with the fuse box like I had to do in the RX-8.




    And, obligatory:

    #2
    A thousand times YES!!! Very well done. As far as winter driving goes, with good snow tires my NB was unstoppable, as long as the bottom cleared the snow.
    "Men with guts attack those corners!" - Keiichi Tsuchiya
    2006 Acura TL and 1999 Mazda Miata

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      #3
      Nice car! Congratulations on the great purchase!

      Current Car List:
      '04 Citroen Pluriel
      '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
      '16 F20 M140i
      '90 NA MX-5 1.6
      Gone:
      '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
      '99 VFR 800 FI
      '01 Golf IV 1.4
      '88 E34 535

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        #4
        Whoa. I wasn't expecting that.
        Great choice, great color. Have fun and enjoy.
        ?
        "I'm sure Burger King is doing great in Germany, but they're not exactly stopping making schnitzels."

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          #5
          Awesome, great choice! In my mental garage of the 30 vehicles I’d trade the Genesis for, this is one of top ones. Please keep us posted with updates!

          Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
          Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
          Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
          Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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            #6
            I've always been a bit unsure if I like the ND or not, but the coupé styling and the folding metal roof win me over with this one. The fact that with the roof down it reminds me of my Roadster probably has something to do with it too. Looks like a great laugh to drive too, enjoy it.


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              #7
              Finally, another ND on the forums! And being an RF, it complements mine nicely.
              Have fun with it!

              And regarding the lack of space: It also spares you from friendly requests for help from friends who need something transported...

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                #8
                Right car, right spec, right colour. Other than "congrats", 'nuff said.
                WillDAQ: To use the technical terms: "the Mustang is to aerodynamics what horse shit is to fine dining"

                Dr Grip: Brilliant!

                EyeMWing Because what fun is a silicone dick if you don't try putting it in somebody's backside at least once.

                Jay IKEA now ranks up in my awesome list, quite near bacon and blowjobs.

                Cowboy I've never gotten so drunk I wanted to rub one out while shoving a fire extinguisher up my ass.



                Remind me never to have him round to dinner!

                www.mattonmotors.com/ @MattOnMotors

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                  #9
                  Nice to have another Miata around with a hard top that folds up!
                  "Well, that's fine. You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I'm giving it five stars is because I can't give it 14."
                  --Jeremy Clarkson on the NC MX-5

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                    #10
                    Thanks everyone!

                    Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
                    I've always been a bit unsure if I like the ND or not, but the coupé styling and the folding metal roof win me over with this one. The fact that with the roof down it reminds me of my Roadster probably has something to do with it too. Looks like a great laugh to drive too, enjoy it.
                    To me, the buttresses make it look a bit like it is mid-engined, or at least it is reminiscent of mid-engine designs. I definitely see the Roadster resemblance.

                    So far averaging 35-40 (US)mpg which is pretty crazy for me, coming from the very thirsty RX. The biggest disappointment so far is there have been too many days where it looked too much like rain for me to put the top down

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                      #11
                      Nice.
                      Cameron + Karen (Camry LEs)
                      Bethany (SV650S)
                      Giggles (Miata)
                      Blueberry (Mazderp3)
                      Darcy (Ninja 500R)
                      Ekatarina (BRZ)

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                        #12
                        Very nice, welcome to the MX-5 club, enjoy your stay

                        '01 A6 2.4 (2007-2011) | '10 C200K T (2011-2016) | '10 A5 3.0 TDI (2017) | '08 MX5 2.0 (2017-?) | '18? Model 3 (?)

                        Everything is air-droppable at least once.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by leviathan View Post
                          Very nice, welcome to the MX-5 club, enjoy your stay
                          Do we actually have a proper FG club?
                          "Well, that's fine. You waste your money on a Mustang or a Ferrari. The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I'm giving it five stars is because I can't give it 14."
                          --Jeremy Clarkson on the NC MX-5

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