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

    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.

  • Amy Patterson 10:25am on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , traffic   

    Florida Nav-Map Helping Motorists 

    South Florida residents experience a variety of road conditions as they commute on major roads each day. For those who take great pride in keeping their vehicle in great shape, we strive to avoid  road conditions that might negatively impact the condition of our vehicles.

    From high traffic to busy construction work, we are faced with less than favorable road conditions; however, there is a useful traffic tool specific to Florida residents. This tool is capable of notifying motorists, in real-time, current traffic conditions in order to assist them in rerouting their destination.

    Take advantage of the Florida Nap-Map to stay ahead of the traffic in your local area.

  • Sheldon R. Reich 3:47pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Tow Eye Cap   

    Need assistance with a part repair 

    A couple of days ago I noticed part of my front bumper missing. 🙁 In case you are wondering, it is Tow Eye Cap Part #N243-50-A11-BB. The part costs $.79 but how can I get it painted to match without spending a boatload of bucks.

    Any ideas?

    • Mark Gilbert 3:54pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Call your dealers body shop and tell them your situation. Maybe if they have a repair/paint job in your color coming up they can do you the favor of painting your part too at the same time this way price would be negligible.

      • Sheldon R. Reich 4:04pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I called Greico in Delray first. What they said was they use a mobile paint service and that’s why it would be a fortune. I am looking for a local, reliable body shop (or hobbyist) who could guide me.

    • ebeeusa 3:56pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Steal one from a car of the same color.
      There are several at the Club to choose from. Even better, I would start with a red one, it may even look cool and you’ll start a trend. 😀

    • DJ 4:03pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Check with your local parts department. Those inserts usually have a Part number for pre-painted versions. They may not be available yet, however.

    • Mark Gilbert 4:09pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Call Gunther Mazda in Ft. Lauderdale. They have their own body shop and I’ve had work done there previously. Nice folks.

    • Doug Quara 7:47pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Duplicolor rattle can from an auto parts store. It’s a small part so you won’t have to worry too much about your painting expertise. That said, if you’re careful, and also use a clear coat layer on top of the color coat, you can very, very closely approximate the factory finish. You can do it just like a body shop: put on a color layer, color sand it (all the way to 2000 grit wet sand), clear coat it, then 2000 wet sand the clear coat. Two cans of Duplicolor, one for the color one for the clear, might cost you $15 total. I’ll even donate a few sheets of 800/1500/2000 sanding paper and some polish to get the shine on.

    • Blas Rolando 6:36am on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      …well, it’ll be cheaper than replacing a brand new windshield!
      Or maybe is time to replace the car, I hear the 2018’s are out.
      Me, I’m very happy with may new camera!!!

    • Andrew 6:54pm on Friday, January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sheldon,

      I bought a couple of those parts and have an extra one. They come unpainted. The paint may not be that simple for the gray color because the red color is a 3 part paint. Cost about $50 for the paint: base coat, medium coat and clear coat.

      I was able to come close to matching the red; did it for a tow hook. If you are going to be at tomorrow’s trip, I’ll bring the part. Call me 954-612-3831

    • Sheldon R. Reich 1:13pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Andrew.

  • Mark Gilbert 2:09pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: members, profile,   

    Members Profile Pages 

    Please Update Your Members Profile Pages

    In reviewing our members list, I notice many of you have not uploaded the pictures of yourself or your cars to the web site. I know we are all very proud of our cars and not sure why you wouldn’t want to show it off under your profile page unless you are having difficulty navigating the web site. For that reason, I will give a step by step tutorial to help you add your photos. If you still have problems, Rob can certainly help get them uploaded for you.

    Click on Members to access the sub-menu choices
    To start, once you log in to the web site, you will see at the top of the page under the header a list of tabs. You will move the arrow to the members tab and in the drop-down menu, click on the profile tab.

    Once you are on your profile page, you will see “Change Profile Photo” and “Change Cover Image.” The profile image is a picture of yourself that will be seen on all your posts. This image should be in a square form, at least 300 x 300 pixels.

    The cover image is a picture of your car or anything else if you so choose and should be in a rectangle form of at least 632 x 225 pixels. Once you’ve chosen your pictures and uploaded them to your computer, you are ready to go.

    Click on the change profile tab, then click on “select your file.” Upload your chosen picture, adjust to fill the square box and save. You are done.
    To upload your cover photo, follow the same steps. Hopefully these instructions are clear and we will see many more of your smiling faces and cars on our web site soon.

    Again, if you have any issues, see the web site Help Page.

  • Steven Vazquez 11:53am on Monday, January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bodyshop,   

    Any paint/body shop recommendations? 

    Hey guys! Picked up an 04 Mazdaspeed Miata about a month back that is a bit of a project. Now that the car is running as it should, the next thing I wanted to handle was paint.

    Any paint/body shop recommendations? Located in Boca, but am willing to travel a little for quality work.


    • Mark Gilbert 8:04pm on Monday, January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      One of our members had his car painted by the company listed above and recommends them.

    • Frank Falcone 2:34pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope it wasn’t mine, It was in a pretty bad accident.

    • Steven Vazquez 6:05pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Doubt it. Mine has the vin stickers everywhere and they all match. Just looks like the PO repainted a few parts and they did a crappy job with paint matching 🙁

  • Steven Swartz 2:19pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    installer for soft top on 99 Miata 

    Can anyone recommend an installer for a new soft top on my 1999 Miata.
    I live in Palm Beach Gardens.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:14am on Thursday, January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Dead Battery Issue 

    Looks like Mazda figured out the cause of the batteries going dead on ND models after left sitting for a period of time without being driven.

    • Doug Quara 3:47pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Nice find, Mark! So I wonder if Jeff knows about this yet. Given the explanation, I’d prefer the instrument cluster NOT be changed out (paraphrasing: “if the customer wants an immediate fix, …. change the … cluster) and go with the customer procedural fix until the computer firmware bug fix is available. Then it would be only a flash to the firmware, rather than having to take apart the dash. But that’s just my opinion.

    • Mark Gilbert 5:21pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Jeff knows. Mazda informed him of the issue with not turning off the cruise control was the culprit here. They replaced his entire instrument cluster 2 weeks ago. He’s going out of town in a few weeks so I guess we’ll find out if indeed this fix actually works or not.

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