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  • Mark Gilbert 7:18am on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Participation,   

    Monthly Meetings/Road Trips 

    We encourage all club members and friends to participate in our monthly meetings and road trips. We work hard on choosing venues of interest to everyone and appreciate members input on locations of future trips. We have a specific tab on our web site where members can upload their ideas for future trips. All remaining road trips and meetings for the year are listed under the events tab for easy access. We hope to see everyone join in and participate.

  • Mark Gilbert 12:22pm on Monday, July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Facebook, Information,   

    Club’s Facebook Page 

    For those of you who are not aware, our club has a Facebook page in addition to our web page. The same posts, events, pictures etc. found on our web page can be found on our Facebook page also. You can also sign up for events there too. Many of you frequent Facebook daily anyway and this is another avenue for you to keep up with information concerning our club daily.

    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southfloridamiatas/

  • Mark Gilbert 5:28am on Sunday, July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Congrats To Gary 

    Congratulations go out to Gary Koester on the purchase of his new Mustang. His Miata now has a playmate in the stable. Good luck with her. She’s a beauty!

    • Anonymous 9:35am on Sunday, July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Gary Good luck with your beautiful Mustang. May you have a ton of fun driving your new pony.

    • Anonymous Two 6:23pm on Thursday, August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Same here Gary and may you have 3,532 lbs of fun as well …!!

    • Anonymous Too 6:39pm on Thursday, August 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I third that, Gary, and remember … there’s always an upside to down-shifting! By the way, you might want to get a shirt (to – two – too) match!! They’ll be Blue with envy!!!

  • Mark Gilbert 6:58pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Florida Miata Clubs Cruise In At Summer Crush Winery 

    We are working on putting together a road trip to the Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce in early November.

    We are inviting the Space Coast and Treasure Coast Miata Clubs of Florida to join us for a cruise in and special day at the winery.

    Further details will be forthcoming once finalized but it should be great fun getting the three Miata Clubs together for the event celebrating our roadsters at the winery.

    • marcy 2:31pm on Thursday, July 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      sounds good

  • Mark Gilbert 10:05am on Sunday, July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jungle Cruise, , Special Event   

    Jungle Queen Cruise Road Trip 

    Although the weather was a little stifling at times, our road trip to the Jungle Queen was a fun time. Besides the tour of the Intracoastal Waterways, we were served an all-you-can-eat dinner of barbecued ribs, chicken and shrimp. After dinner we were entertained by some very funny comedians that had us all laughing. A fun time was had by all.

    Attached is a video courtesy of Jeff Cooper of our trip.

  • Mark Gilbert 3:26pm on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019 MX-5 model,   

    Initial Review Of The 2019 Models 

    \Mazda Canada celebrated their 50th anniversary yesterday allowing the first journalists and enthusiasts to drive the new 2019 models with increased horsepower. Here are the first written and video reviews:


  • Mark Gilbert 11:16am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Zoomin' The Mountains   

    Zoomin The Mountains Of East Tennessee 

    Another event that comes along later in the year is the Zoomin The Mountains Of East Tennessee rally.

    Zoomin’ The Mountains
    2018 Fall Miata Monster Bash
    October 25-28

    Details can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/ztmoet

    Zoomin’ The Mountains of East Tennessee (ZMOET) is a group of enthusiastic Miata owners in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee-Virginia, along with supporters from surrounding states. Our Miata Enthusiast come from areas all over the east coast and beyond.

    Anyone with a Miata is welcome to join us at any of our drives, meetings, or other events.


  • Robert Burr 11:00am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dealerships, ,   

    Where did you buy your MX-5? 

    I purchased my last (of four) MX-5 Miatas at Ocean Mazda in Doral. Before that I had purchased or leased Mazda cars at Potemkin (deceased), then Grieco, then North Miami and Gunther.

    Over the past 13 years, I have been servicing my Mazdas at Potemkin (deceased), Mazda South (deceased), Ocean and Gunther. Each has done a good job with service.

    Let’s share info on the popular dealerships and service centers among our members. Please reply with a comment to share from which dealer you purchased you car and where you most often go for service. Or, if you bought from a non-dealer or prefer service at a favorite shop, or do it yourself.


    • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2008 & 2010 PRHT – Gunther Mazda
      2017 RF – Grieco Mazda
      All service done with Gunther Mazda

    • Karl Johnson 12:21pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2016 Club, Lou Bachrodt, Coconut Creek, Gary is my service manager and Mark is the only one that works on it.

    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 1:52pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2015 Mazda 3s GT – Greico of Delray, didn’t have a great experience

      2016 Club – Royal Palm Mazda (defunct), much better that Greico, but pretty far away

      Service: Palm Beach Mazda in North Palm Beach, cause it’s close to work. Honestly mostly only use them for warranty work. Usually don’t use a dealer for non-warranty work.

      I do most of routine service myself either because I want better quality parts (Track level brake pads, AmsOil, Mobil 1), or I just find it quicker to do an Oil Change and Filter myself instead of the whole drop off at dealer routine.

      Up until Frank retired a few years ago, all of my non-warranty work went to Goodman Auto in Delray, or German Car Depot (Audi) in Hollywood. Have had ok luck with Japanese Auto Care in Boca Raton, limited experience there.

    • Andrew 9:24pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Brought it at Gunther Mazda. I have brought two cars and leased one from them. I usually do my own maintenance servicing while tires are generally ordered from Tire Rack and sent to a local tire shop for install. Warranty work, at the dealer and specialized modification like BBK and, pro spec alignment and front sways-bars at Mazda Pros in Hollywood.

    • Don Merchberger 9:11am on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I purchased a brand new 1993 Mazda Miata from Eddie Accardi in Pompano Beach back in 1993. One hundred fifty thousand miles later and the car is still going strong. No matter what I do, it just won’t wear out! At this rate, I’ll never get to buy another new car! Shoulda bought a Yugo!

    • Robert Burr 9:14am on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love these comments. Lots of range here. Good advice and interesting perspectives. Keep them coming.

    • Russell Dennert 2:45pm on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I purchased my RF online “pre-launch” and chose the nearest dealership to me to pick it up. In this case it was Ocean Mazda. I just showed up to buy the car, no negotiations. I am not satisfied with Ocean Mazda, I will not be returning there.

  • Robert Burr 10:35am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fontana Village Resort, gathering, , ,   

    Miatas At The Gap – Aug 2-5 

    Miatas At The Gap 2018The annual gathering of hundreds of Miata enthusiasts at Fontana Village Resort, celebrating the Tail of The Dragon, takes place August 2 to 5 this summer.

    I attended the event during a week-long mountain road cruising adventure and was truly amazed at the experience.



  • Tony Ochagavia 4:58pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: P0304 code   

    P0304 code 

    New to the club, I was getting a P0304 code only during certain first starts of the day…car has been running fine..Installed new plugs, coils and wires and still having the same issues…any recommendations or a Miata guru will be appreciated…

    BTW…anyone going to Miatas at the Gap?



    • Robert Burr 4:59pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      some folks are going to the tail of the dragon in October, not sure who might be going in August.

      • Anonymous 6:21pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Any idea what dates?

    • Mark Gilbert 5:50pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply


      Doug and his son DJ are the clubs car gurus. I’m sure one will answer your question soon.

    • DJ 5:56pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Need to know the year of the car.

      • Anonymous 6:23pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        2001 NB 200,000 miles original owner

    • Tony Ochagavia 11:17am on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      2001 NB, Ive changed the coils, the wires, the plugs, new cat , resonator and muffler, Sat I’ll install the new O2 sensor…my mechanic said compression was good but didnt give me any numbers…

      • DJ 2:25pm on Friday, July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I would try swapping the fuel injectors between cylinder 3 and 4 and see if the code follows the sensor. An injector problem can also lead to misfires. With 200,000 miles, you may want to consider 4 new injectors.

    • Tony Ochagavia 9:32am on Saturday, July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks DJ, I was starting to think I might have to go that route..do you take customers or you work on them as a hobby?

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