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My new Miata

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    As some of you know, I owned a Mazda Miata for 12 years (and as most of you know, I am not a chick...!).  It was my first sports car, and Marcia and I had a ton of fun with it -- it was great to drive, easy to work on, and easy to maintain. 

 

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Unfortunately, I decided to sell it a year ago in order to help pay for some college expenses for our two daughters.  It was a sad time for all of us.  Now, both girls are graduating from college and I find myself with a little cash left over.  Instead of doing the responsible thing and paying down some of the college loans, and with my wife's blessing, I recently began the search for a "new Miata".  Last summer I made the acquaintance of a guy who knows these cars really well, and he has served as an invaluable resource.  He is brokering the sale of the car below -- I have spent some time with it, driven it, and I think that it could be the new fun car that I am looking for.  I have a pre-purchase inspection scheduled for later in the week -- if it passes muster, then its new home will be in my garage!

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Looks like someone's having fun!!

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Originally Posted by bbinder View Post

 

    As some of you know, I owned a Mazda Miata for 12 years (and as most of you know, I am not a chick...!).  It was my first sports car, and Marcia and I had a ton of fun with it -- it was great to drive, easy to work on, and easy to maintain. 

 

Miata 5-2011 026.jpg

 

Unfortunately, I decided to sell it a year ago in order to help pay for some college expenses for our two daughters.  It was a sad time for all of us.  Now, both girls are graduating from college and I find myself with a little cash left over.  Instead of doing the responsible thing and paying down some of the college loans, and with my wife's blessing, I recently began the search for a "new Miata".  Last summer I made the acquaintance of a guy who knows these cars really well, and he has served as an invaluable resource.  He is brokering the sale of the car below -- I have spent some time with it, driven it, and I think that it could be the new fun car that I am looking for.  I have a pre-purchase inspection scheduled for later in the week -- if it passes muster, then its new home will be in my garage!

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You went from a girl who has a playful curiosity about sex to a full bore dominatrix. Be careful, this one has no sense of humor. 

 

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You went from a girl who has a playful curiosity about sex to a full bore dominatrix. Be careful, this one has no sense of humor. 

 


 

Yep. Make sure you don't lift going through a corner. Love those rims.

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Passed the PPI with flying colors. My check cleared and I will be getting the plates and picking up the car this week. I am a little nervous about buying a 25 year old car, but everything I hear about these cars suggests that they are bullet-proof... Believe me, I am aware of the potential of this car to bite me in the butt. I will be using all the skills I learned at Skip Barber (oh so long ago...) if I ever get the courage to probe the car's limits... The guy who helped me buy the car runs a shop that buys and sells used Porsche 911 cars -- the name of his shop is Lift Throttle Automotive, and, yes, he recognizes the irony of the name.

So the car already has a $2000 stereo. I plan on putting in aluminum pedals because they look cool. I will have fun thinking about what else to add on to the car!
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Beautiful car.  Glad to hear it made it through the pre-purchase inspection.  For some reason, the 911 is the first car that jumps into my mind when anyone says sports car.  

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 I am a little nervous about buying a 25 year old car, but everything I hear about these cars suggests that they are bullet-proof...


They are pretty tough.

 

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Bob - we haven't seen you new Miata since you brought it home. Need pictures!

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Bob - we haven't seen you new Miata since you brought it home. Need pictures!

Eric,
Playing with the car and driving it too much to take pictures! Even at 25 years old, it is the most solid, precise car that I have ever driven -- I am very gradually pushing it harder to explore the handling. I installed aluminum pedals, new car mats, and a new radio/cd player. Eventually, I will have to do something about the cloudy headlight lenses and the non-functional a/c. In July, Marcia and I will be taking it on a long weekend trip to Montreal, and am looking forward to the drive!
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