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    Proof Photo Posted Meet Luigi DeVito! That's right, another MX-5! Sorry.

    • It has had a really rather good paint job done on it, it was a silver car but now it is red.
    • I haven't seen a single bit of rust anywhere... I need to get underneath properly to confirm it, but in terms of body
    • The roof is new, like, really new - I am super happy about that as it was something I had figured I would need to buy on any second hand one MX-5 I bought.
    • Torsen locking diff
    • Air conditioning



    The bad:
    • The airbag wheel is horrible and needs to go, somehow... Although what will likely happen is putting an airbag wheel from an NB in there.
    • Airbag light blinks but will be fixed when doing the wheel above.
    • The engine drops some cylinders on initial gas pedal press at low RPM, it's fine at high RPM though and if you keep revving at low RPM it it is fine also.
    • The interior needs a lot of tidying up, trim bits are missing and not fastened properly and there is no cigarette lighter to charge my phone! I will probably leave the red in there as my girlfriend likes it, and it is actually quite well done and nowhere near as vulgar as I thought it would be.



    So, now some pics and video!

    Just after picking it up:




    Look at that roof!




    Stupid cute face






    What are these mazda original radios worth these days, nothing?




    Tehehehe




    Made it home:




    Aaaaaaaand proof pic:




    Popup headlights



    And if anyone has any ideas, this is what the engine issue is like, it doesn't seem to matter if hot or cold.



    Here is a link to the working document on what needs to be done, I won't update this post again: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing
    Last edited by loose_unit; April 10th, 2015, 7:30 AM.

    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

    #2
    Clean car.

    That's what you call an engine problem? Check the battery, check the spark plugs, check the spark leads, check the distributor (and rotator if these things have it). Also might wanna check that it's actually getting fuel at lower revs.
    Last edited by frankiess; April 9th, 2015, 8:02 PM.
    Originally posted by IceBone
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      #3
      Nice one. You need to make a drive here and let me sit in it. For breaking wind purposes, you know.
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        #4
        Congrats, finally!

        Also check TPS, they wear out at idle position first, so could be related.

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          #5
          Welcome to the club!
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          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!

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            #6
            I didn't get to fart in the old one, so this one better not escape me!

            Looks nice and clean, although I somehow doubt you actually fit in the car. The pictures say something, but I need to see this with my own eyes.


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              #7
              Why would someone import a USDM Miata to Germany when there are European ones everywhere?

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                #8
                God damn it, everyone is buying these now. Get more creative with your purchases!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by frankiess View Post
                  Clean car.

                  That's what you call an engine problem? Check the battery, check the spark plugs, check the spark leads, check the distributor (and rotator if these things have it). Also might wanna check that it's actually getting fuel at lower revs.
                  Originally posted by Adunaphel View Post
                  Nice one. You need to make a drive here and let me sit in it. For breaking wind purposes, you know.
                  Originally posted by MXM View Post
                  Congrats, finally!

                  Also check TPS, they wear out at idle position first, so could be related.
                  Will check that, thanks


                  Originally posted by MWF View Post
                  Welcome to the club!
                  Thanks!


                  Originally posted by IceBone View Post
                  I didn't get to fart in the old one, so this one better not escape me!

                  Looks nice and clean, although I somehow doubt you actually fit in the car. The pictures say something, but I need to see this with my own eyes.
                  I am not that tall It's actually perfectly fine for me size wise!


                  Originally posted by CrzRsn View Post
                  Why would someone import a USDM Miata to Germany when there are European ones everywhere?
                  No idea, but it is far more common than you might think.


                  Originally posted by Posmo View Post
                  God damn it, everyone is buying these now. Get more creative with your purchases!
                  This satisfies both mine and my girlfriends requirements for now, next car will be mine and I want something special and old!
                  Last edited by loose_unit; April 10th, 2015, 7:24 AM.

                  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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                    #10
                    http://zoom4fun.servehttp.com/sunris...609d74c48d91a7

                    From IRC:
                    21:36 < thomas> They exported them to europe before they started selling it here, and when they sold it, they were sold out right away

                    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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                      #11
                      Originally posted by loose_unit View Post

                      This satisfies both mine and my girlfriends requirements for now, next car will be mine and I want something special and old!
                      You'll never get round to it

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Posmo View Post
                        You'll never get round to it
                        I will, we already have half a plan and half a solution to one of the problems

                        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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                          #13
                          Congrats!

                          So it's 1.6? At least then the TPS is on/off only, so basically an idle switch. So if it's acting strangely near zero throttle, it could be one culprit. MX-5 doesn't have mechanical ignition, so only ignition related issues could be coil pack, plug leads or plugs. Plug leads are common issue and they could be changed before problems occur, but usually they cause hesitation and misfire somewhere around 2500rpm. A

                          The idea of those red parts in the interior sounded weird to me, but I actually like it on the pictures. Btw, if it has a torsen diff, it must have been changed from later 1.8 cars, so in case you need to replace drive shafts be aware that original 1.6 items won't fit anymore.

                          And have fun!
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                            #14
                            Congrats! The colour might be an RX-8 shade? Also, the "Cup" style wheels look good.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by CrzRsn View Post
                              Why would someone import a USDM Miata to Germany when there are European ones everywhere?
                              Mazda completely underestimated the impact the car had on the market over here and therefor didn't have nearly as many of them on stock as people requested, so a lot got imported over from Canada. Probably every second NA I see is a North American model.

                              I dig the paint btw. It looks fantastic.


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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Lastsoul View Post
                                Congrats!

                                So it's 1.6? At least then the TPS is on/off only, so basically an idle switch. So if it's acting strangely near zero throttle, it could be one culprit. MX-5 doesn't have mechanical ignition, so only ignition related issues could be coil pack, plug leads or plugs. Plug leads are common issue and they could be changed before problems occur, but usually they cause hesitation and misfire somewhere around 2500rpm. A

                                The idea of those red parts in the interior sounded weird to me, but I actually like it on the pictures. Btw, if it has a torsen diff, it must have been changed from later 1.8 cars, so in case you need to replace drive shafts be aware that original 1.6 items won't fit anymore.

                                And have fun!
                                TPS sounds like a culprit, I will investigate further!

                                I believe it's a factory fitted LSD for the 1.6.

                                The first Miata's options list was a short one and included a limited-slip differential and air conditioning.
                                I have AC, and I am 90% sure I have the LSD also.


                                Originally posted by public View Post
                                Congrats! The colour might be an RX-8 shade? Also, the "Cup" style wheels look good.
                                Not sure, it's metalic red with some orange(ish) ness too it, I will try and get a good photo when I get my DSLR out next
                                Last edited by loose_unit; April 10th, 2015, 7:22 AM.

                                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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                                  #17
                                  I presume you plan to bring it to the Mini Roadtrip/Ringmeet?
                                  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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                                    #18
                                    Clearly, I've brought back the wrong car. How is the rust situation?
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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by MWF View Post
                                      I presume you plan to bring it to the Mini Roadtrip/Ringmeet?
                                      At this point, yep!


                                      Originally posted by Fairlady View Post
                                      Clearly, I've brought back the wrong car. How is the rust situation?
                                      Absolutely rust free from what I can see, I need to dig a bit deeper and get a better look underneath, but so far absolutely none.

                                      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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                                        #20
                                        Good thing you tinkered with the silver car, so working on this should feel natural

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