- Jul 4, 2005
- Germany, 44.7km from The Ring
- Model Y, VW Bora Wagon, NA MX-5, Zastava
Still clearing up the service history thing, but now that I've got an offer for the "proper" service that would get the car back on track, I don't like the numbers at all. Even if I can get the seller dealership to pay up for a part of it (which is questionable, but the effort is ongoing), it got me thinking. All the car really needs done as of now are spark plugs and oil changes (engine, gearbox, possibly diff)... I googled a bit, and those seem rather easy to do on the NC. Spark plugs I could do anytime in my garage, oil changes will need access to a minimally equipped shop (need something to raise the car far enough off the ground, a drain bucket, filter wrench, etc.), but that I can probably organize with some asking around.
Since the car already has a very patchy service history, is it worth the money paid to a shop to get it "back on track"? I doubt it'll change much for future resale value, as long as I document what's been done and keep the parts receipts. And being able to work on the car myself was kind of part of the reason I went for an MX-5 in the first place So yeah, thinking about taking at least the basic maintenance into my own hands. Haven't done this before ever, but how hard can it be.
Firstly, don't bother doing the oil change yourself, just go here: http://www.mac-oil.de/standorte/frankfurt - They will do it for not much more than the price you will pay for the oil.
The gearbox oil change is a bit of a pain on my NA, I have not done a diff oil change (I know, I know...) - But both of these should be doable with just jack + jack stands rather than using a lift.
Of course it's entirely up to you if you want to tackle these jobs yourself!
As far as getting the stamps is concerned, Mac Oil will give you a stamp with their logo for an oil/filter change which should be enough to show that the car is being maintained again, at this point you probably won't get much benefit having the Mazda stamps in the book, but getting the belts done with them might keep the value up