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  • Mark Gilbert 2:31pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Advise, paint chips   

    Paint Chips 

    For those of you who have recently purchased a new MX-5 or are considering one in the near future, please be aware that the paint being used by Mazda and most car companies today is water based meaning it chips very easily.

    In order to preserve the look and paint of your new car, you should definitely consider putting PPF, paint protection clear film to keep the paint from chipping. I wish I had. Now the front of my car looks like it was shot with buckshot and will have to be repainted. The cost of the film will be well worth it for you down the road.


  • Mark Gilbert 8:55am on Thursday, May 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019 ND,   

    2019 ND Owners Manual 

    For those interested, here is the link to review the 2019 ND Owners Manual. There will be quite a few changes least of all the increased horsepower and back up camera. One disappointing fact is there will not be any body refresh for this model year and probably no bright colors added to the palette. Also, with the laws requiring back up cameras in all new vehicles, Mazda stuck the camera on the new ND in the middle of the bumper, not where the license plate area is to somewhat hide it. Not a very flattering look.
    One other note, Mazda will be releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition later in the model year and rumor has it that it will be a brand new color. Hopefully a vibrant one!

    ⚠ warning – clicking on this link will download a 544 page PDF file

    2019 Owners Manual – https://s3.amazonaws.com/tsd.mazdausa.com/Mazda_Owners_Manuals/2019/2019_MX5_OM.pdf


  • Robert Burr 10:53pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Suggestions   

    Road Trip Suggestions – let’s hear them 

    South Florida Miata Club - Road ripOur club is all about Road Trips – cruising round, meeting up with friends, enjoying the best of South Florida with the top down.

    Now we have a dedicated page for sharing your suggestions for future road trips.

    Check it out: Road Trips

    Peruse the many fine suggestions and share your comments. Use the form to submit your own ideas for future road trips.


  • Roger Koll 7:43pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    My 2017 RF 

    I bought my ‘17 Miata RF with 7500 miles on it. I noticed that the towing hook was missing and the jack and lug wrench were too. I went to the Mazda dealership here in Stuart to order a replacement to make it ‘correct’ and then peeked inside the trunk of a new ‘18 Miata on the showroom floor. The salesman said the MX-5s are being shipped without the jacks. The parts dude said if a spare tire is not included then a jack is not necessary although my ‘17 VIN number indicated that it’s standard equipment.

    I should have a towing hook in case I would need to pull the car up on a tow trailer rather than pulling it up by suspension. Do I really need a jack? Where is a good mechanic shop to have work done on it?

    Where did Karl have his supercharger work done? That is so cool. One day maybe.

    I live in Martin County but I grew up in Broward County in the ‘60s driving an MG-B and a TR-3 and then a BMW 1600 and a 2002.

    I’m looking forward to participating in events but I’ve been out of town recently and missed several meet-ups.

    Thanks, Roger

    • Robert Burr 10:33am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to seeing you at a meeting or special event soon, Roger.

    • Mark Gilbert 10:36am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Buy a tire plug kit for your car. We have an air compressor and in the event of a flat, you can put a temporary plug in the tire till you can have it fixed properly. Also, Mazmart sells jacks and tow hooks if you want to purchase one.


    • Karl Johnson 11:21am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I did the same thing with mine, where’s my jack!? Can of Fix-a-Flat is all you get, plus the pump. TR/3 Performance did the Supercharger install and new clutch. As far as mechanics go, good question. Warranty so far.

    • Mark Gilbert 3:38pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wheels Across The Pond event is next Saturday up in your neck of the woods. Some members will be heading up for that. It’s a great car show at Carlin Park in Jupiter.

  • Mark Gilbert 4:01pm on Friday, March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: color, ,   

    Mazda Color Palette 

    Wonder why Mazda refuses to add bright sports car colors for the MX-5 palette? In the early days of the Miata, there were many nice color offerings. Only alternative nowadays is to have your car wrapped like this guy did. This blue is absolutely beautiful.

  • Robert Burr 5:13pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bayside, happy hour, Key Largo, Snook's, sunset   

    Snook’s Bayside for Happy Hour in Key Largo 

    Here’s an idea for a little road trip to a cool little place on the water in Key Largo.

    good drinks and good seafood

    Snook’s Bayside Restaurant and Tiki Bar is a great little place I know in Key Largo that’s hidden in plain sight. Located on the water, it’s the perfect place for a tiki drink and some seafood bites as the sun goes down.

    Snook’s offers unique waterfront ledge seating facing the water, perfect for an unobstructed view of the sunset.

    The Happy Hour menu, from 4 to 6pm, is a great deal, with domestic beers for $2.75, with well drinks and house wine for $4.50.

    For $6 you get specialty drinks like the Snooks Sunset, Margarita, Huckleberry and Moscow Mule. Also only $6 during happy hour: a range of appetizers from pork dumplings and conch fritters to buffalo cauliflower, jalapeño bombers and fresh fish dip.

    it’s all about the sunsets

    unobstructed views of the sun going down

    Other cool stuff in the neighborhood:

    I never miss an opportunity to visit Key Largo and Islamorada. There’s so many cool things to do and places to go, like the Florida Keys Brewing Company on Morada Way. I like Outdoor World, the Islamorada Fish House and Morada Bay Beach Restaurant on the bay. The historic Green Turtle Inn or Chef Michael’s for the hogfish. The famous Marker 88 Restaurant. A cool pint at the Islamorada Beer Company. A visit to the History of Diving Museum, Theater Of The Sea, Islamorada Founder’s Park, Old Settler’s Park in Tavernier, Harry Harris Beach Park, Pennecamp Marine Park. The Caribbean Club, Gilbert’s Resort, Jules Undersea Lodge, shopping for gifts at The Shell Man… just to name a few.

    Whenever you’re ready for a pleasant drive to the keys, say the word and I’m in.

    • Mark Gilbert 5:20pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great minds think alike Rob. I contacted Rio at the Florida Keys Brewery today to discuss a road trip for the club. They will offer us a tour of the brewery for $15 per person which includes 5 four ounce flights of different beers to try along the way. Live music on Sunday afternoons too.

    • Robert Burr 5:24pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The brewery tour is a good idea, combined with a meal and a sunset.

  • Mark Gilbert 5:12pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    Dead Battery on RF – TSB Ref. No. R087/17 

    It appears Mazda has now come up with the software fix for the dead battery issues on the RF models caused by the cruise control not being turned off. Anyone with an RF should reference the above Technical Service Bulletin (TSB R087/17) when taking your car in for service next time to get the reprogram fix.

    • Martie Basso 8:21am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good to know Mark! Thanks for the notice! My first service is coming up on February 27th.

    • Mark Gilbert 8:29am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Martie, There is also a TSB out for excessive wind noise from the top. Some people have complained about that which in my case don’t find objectionable, but Mazda is putting more insulation in the top to quiet it somewhat if you are one of those that think the wind noise is too loud. Check with your dealer.

    • Martie Basso 10:21am on Monday, February 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Got it! Thanks again!

  • Robert Burr 10:57am on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Everglades City, , seafood festival   

    Easy Route to Rod and Gun Club 

    For those attending the annual Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City Saturday morning, we’re going to attempt to park together in front of — or near — the Everglades Rod and Gun Club property.

    When you reach Everglades City, take a right on Begonia Street to avoid the traffic congestion on Collier Avenue. This will take you to the west side of the town, then south to the Rod and Gun Club. The map shows the best route.

    The diagonal Begonia Street becomes Copeland Avenue. You’ll find Storter Avenue just west of Copeland Avenue. Take it south to the Rod and Gun Club, which will be on your right.

    Don’t park inside the Rod and Gun Club parking lot, but rather just outside the property on the side of the street.

    Everglades City route map to Rod and Gun Club


    • John Morris 11:11am on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Rob

  • Robert Burr 11:05am on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boot Bag, luggage rack   

    Boot-Bag Vacation Mazda MX5 luggage rack 

    Antony Dixon, Managing Director of The Boot-bag Group in the UK has informed us that his company will be visiting Ft. Lauderdale from March 27 to April 4th to test a new product made for Mazda MX-5 ND and RF cars.

    The Boot Bag is an add-on accessory for strapping a durable luggage rack accessory on the trunk of the car.

    BootBag Luggage Rack

    Anthony needs to place the rack on an American model ND and a RF to check it fits without interfering with the Sirius satellite antennae, and take some photos, etc for his website. If any of our members would be willing to help, please let us know. They are happy to give the rack to the club in appreciation of the help (retail value $299) so we can auction it for charity or give it away as a raffle prize.


    • Mark Gilbert 5:24pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You can see right off it’ll be an issue for U.S. cars as the Sirius radio antenna sits at the back of the trunk where the bag is sitting. U.K. cars do not have the Sirius antenna.

    • Robert Burr 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, the satellite antennae is an issue. They’ve developed a special version for the USA that takes that into account and they want to test it with our help.

  • Zachary Curran 6:01pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Oil leak   

    In need of mechanic to help diagnose? 

    I have a 93 Miata, and my oil poured out very quickly (I had a leak that I had been keeping up with regularly). A lot of it poured out unexpectedly while I was out one night; I believe I bent a rod. Any help with finding someone to help me diagnose the issue?

    Thanks – Zack

    • Robert Burr 6:44pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We usually have some sophisticated experts at the monthly meetings.

    • DJ 6:52am on Thursday, January 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I might be able to take a look.

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