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Old 11-08-2019, 01:52 AM   #921
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Its $600 to ship a car to North Carolina from FL. I'm guessing it would be in excess of $1000 to ship cross country.
Besides, it is way more fun to drive it back!
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:19 AM   #922
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Steve, buying as a toad or just because? What gen?
Both

I want one and am justifying buying one because we are eventually need a toad.

I am still learning. I am not sure of the generation particulars.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:23 AM   #923
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Its $600 to ship a car to North Carolina from FL. I'm guessing it would be in excess of $1000 to ship cross country.
I have not looked at having one shipped. I assumed that it would be too expensive to be justified on a $3k-$6k car.

I'll check it out.

I would love to fly out and drive back home. Just not this time of year.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:25 AM   #924
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I want one and am justifying buying one because we are eventually need a toad.

I am still learning. I am not sure of the generation particulars.
https://garagedreams.net/buyers-guid...ery-generation

I'm partial to the 99-00 referred to as the "NB1". 01-05 are the NB2. The first generation cars from 89-97 are NA.
89-05 are the best. Those are the enthusiast cars.
THe 6 speed isn't a real deal breaker. They have a slightly less crisp shift but they do have a higher final drive and lower rpm's on the interstate. We ended up with a 5 speed but I'd have take either. Drive a couple and see what you like.
99-00 are the only years that are designed for 87 octane. All other years prefer 89.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:31 AM   #925
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Found the damned culprit! It wasn't the thermostat or rad hose. A tiny hole the size of a needle in the overflow tube.
FINALLY got it all sorted out. Jeez.

And our beloved Celtic won! On to the cup final!
Aaaaannnd- I checked my work on that thermostat and lo and behold it had a tiny little weep on the bottom of the housing. That's probably due to my not using any gasket dope on it and just putting it on dry.
New gasket with the tiniest dab of rtv and an hour and a half later its dry with no signs of leaks.
Third time's a charm?

Hopefully this is the last of the BS and we can now simply enjoy this wonderful little car.

Reminds me a bit of a Karmann Ghia when looking through the windshield across the little hood.

Hoping to do a NB2 header swap and maybe a performance midpipe. Will retain the stock muffler as it sounds really nice and mellow as is. The NB2 header is supposedly a fantastic cheap upgrade and as a bonus it retains the factory heat shield and egr although the egr adapter is female vs male its supposedly an easy fix. Supposed to be good for like 5hp and nice torque boost across the rpm range. Plus the NB2 header is lighter by like 8-10 lbs.

I guess its time I join a Miata forum too.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:42 AM   #926
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Third time's a charm?
Usually is.

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When did you get a Miata?

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Reminds me a bit of a Karmann Ghia when looking through the windshield across the little hood.
Never owned one. Not sure I've ever even sat in one but I like them too. MGB would be cool. I've had a few 1st gen RX-7s.

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The after market on these!! Holy hell. Probably as strong if not stronger than Rustangs.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:46 AM   #927
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Usually is.

When did you get a Miata?

Never owned one. Not sure I've ever even sat in one but I like them too. MGB would be cool. I've had a few 1st gen RX-7s.

The after market on these!! Holy hell. Probably as strong if not stronger than Rustangs.
We finally decided it was time to dump the SUE-baru a few months ago. Got more than we hoped for selling it to webuyanycar.com.
Got a clean garage kept 99 miata 5 speed for Roxy. We fell in love with the car. Totally head over heels. Most fun vehicle I've ever had and yeah the aftermaket support is astounding. Reminds me of the vw restoration parts market in the mid-90's.
It helps that they're the most popular convertible in history and everyone's weekend racecar. I'd recommend one to anyone capable of fitting into it.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:03 AM   #928
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We finally decided it was time to dump the SUE-baru a few months ago.
That part I knew about.



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Got a clean garage kept 99 miata 5 speed for Roxy. We fell in love with the car. Totally head over heels. Most fun vehicle I've ever had
Glad you like it.



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I'd recommend one to anyone capable of fitting into it.
Therein lies the problem. NB is ok if you take the door handle/arm rest off. NC isn't terrible. None of them are comfortable across country. Now if you're short, they are great cars.


I like Minis too but those suckers cost WAY too much.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:11 AM   #929
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That part I knew about.



Glad you like it.



Therein lies the problem. NB is ok if you take the door handle/arm rest off. NC isn't terrible. None of them are comfortable across country. Now if you're short, they are great cars.


I like Minis too but those suckers cost WAY too much.
NC is the roomiest but is also the least "miatalike".
For a new car the current miata is pretty rad. Weighs the same as my nb.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:14 AM   #930
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NC is the roomiest but is also the least "miatalike".
For a new car the current miata is pretty rad. Weighs the same as my nb.
Have a buddy with an NB and another with an NC. Haven't seen the newest one yet other than on the road.
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So far so good. The thermostat housing is nice and dry. I checked all the hoses and tightened the clamp on the lower rad hose a few day ago.
I've been to the other side or Orlando at 80+ mph a couple times now and all is well.

Never had so many snags on such a simple job before. The car is pretty darn easy to work on, thankfully. In all fairness to the car it was mostly my fault. Murphys law was very evident with this repair. Now I can relax and enjoy it knowing when summer returns its got a beefed up cooling system in perfect operating condition.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:55 AM   #932
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Never had so many snags on such a simple job before.
I'm fairly certain, Murphy and the car gods hang out together on the weekends, poker night, golf, etc.
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