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  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 2:06pm on Sunday, August 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hotel, Naples,   

    Westin Naples Inn and Suites – near Revs Institute 

    We saw a nice hotel less than 2 miles to the Revs Institute – Westin Naples Inn and Suites.

    Roz

     
  • Mark Gilbert 12:29pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2029, ,   

    Great Reviews By Cars.com & Jalopnick 

    Here is the new review by Cars.com of the 2019 MX-5 with the added horsepower and other enhancements. You can tell the guy is definitely in love with the car. Aren’t we all!!
    Also a new Mazda commercial coming soon.
    https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-mazda-miata-s-extra-power-and-improved-cuphold-1828264024?utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

    https://www.cars.com/articles/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-increases-in-price-power-1420700934154/

     

     
    • John Morris 2:16pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome

  • 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.

  • 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?

    Thanks

     

     
    • 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?
        Thanks

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

      https://www.obd-codes.com/p0304

      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?

  • Robert Burr 8:40pm on Monday, July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: membership   

    Active Members on the Email List 

    We currently have 173 registered members on our web site, of which about 80 regularly open and read the email messages several times per month. From time to time, we eliminate users who have moved on or no longer wish to remain active members.

    If, for any reason at all, you wish to be removed from the membership roles, please let us know so we can stop sending messages your way.

    On the other hand, if you wish to remain an active member of the South Florida Miata Club, please make the effort to open the newsletter email, click on a link, visit the web site from time to time, interact with your fellow members, suggest a road trip or otherwise let us know that you remain interested.

    I think we can surmise that anyone who has not opened or read a message, clicked on a link or attended a meeting for the past six months, is no longer interested in being an active member. And, it’s easy for anyone to re-register and re-activate their membership if they change their mind.

    So, this is just a reminder to stay active, read the newsletter, click on a link, come to meetings, let us know you care — or not. Thank you.

    Robert Burr
    webmaster
    rob@quantumleap.net

     

     
  • Andrew 3:55pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: error, failure, , Screen   

    Alert – Infotainment Center Issue 

    Heads up for anyone with a ND:

    On Monday, I noticed that the LCD screen on my 2016 GT was displaying 4-7 white thin horizontal lines (see attached photo). It is most prominent on startup and fades a bit with use of the applications. I noticed when I was using the Nav and saw that parts of the map was broken up by the lines.

    I usually set the display to off unless I am using the Navigation system or listening to music. So perhaps it might have started earlier. The car is garage kept and although I was driving it for about an 1hr in the sun, the display was not too hot to the touch.

    Off to the dealer I went, knowing that most likely the display will need to be replaced (not in stock) under warranty. On a computer system its either the video card or the monitor. Plus the dash will need to be taken apart to replace the unit (it would be nice if I could get them to pre-wire the display for a backup camera – wishful thinking).

    Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on the outcome. There is some chatter in the MX-5 Miata forum discussing the screen going completely blank. This has not happened to me, but for anyone with a hack, I would start to consider on a way to remove it should the need arise to have the display replaced. Not sure if they would argue that the issue is due to a hack and voids the warranty. I have not hacked my system, its what some were saying on the forum.

    The entertainment center still functions it’s just the lines are annoying and indicative of pending failure.

     
    • Robert Burr 4:12pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, will keep an eye out for such issues.

    • Andrew 10:02am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      July 10 Update: All fixed; zoom zoom again. Gunther replaced the display unit (list for approx $1100 plus labor) under warranty and they did it an hour. Yesterday I received a call from Teri (service rep) advising they received the part. Set appt for 8:30 today, arrived early and it was done; no hassle or issue.

    • Mark Gilbert 6:25pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you got it fixed without any issues. Guess Cathy made it there without a problem.

  • Mark Gilbert 8:00am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: PPF, Repaint, Rock Chips   

    Got My Car Back 

    Thankfully after 3 long weeks, I got my car back yesterday after having the entire front end repainted because of numerous rock chips. Now the car has to sit for another 2 weeks while the paint dries completely so the PPF can be put on. Getting the entire hood, bumper and partial fenders done. Don’t want to see any more rock chips in the future! It’s expensive but well worth the money. Anyone buying a new Miata should have it done

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  • Mark Gilbert 6:54am on Friday, June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , MX5   

    First 2019 Miatas Arrive In U.S. 

    The first boat with 2019 models with the increased horsepower arrived in Tacoma yesterday. One of the Miata.net members went down to the port and took some pictures. Unfortunately, the rear view cameras mounted in the middle of the bumper is not a good look!

    Backup camera on 2019 MX5

     
    • Robert Burr 8:26am on Friday, June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting placement. Maybe near the tag area is too low to be effective.

    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 12:05pm on Friday, June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like the stubby antenna and the shark fin are gone now (maybe dealer installed?). For the camera, I’m sure there will be stickers and 3d printed artwork to hide the camera available right away.

  • Mark Gilbert 2:59pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dent Repairs,   

    Dent Warrior – PDR Company 

    Today at breakfast John invited Greg, the owner of Dent Warrior to give us a demonstration of the PDR technique, paint-less dent repair. He worked on John’s and Jim’s cars removing dents from their Miatas.

    His phone number is 561-279-4652.

    Attached is the link to photos from his work today: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B14Ge5dJlGY5i5K

    Website: https://www.dentwarrior.com/

     

     
  • Robert Maurer 7:23pm on Friday, June 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Camera, ND Backup camera   

    Backup camera for ND 

    For anyone wanting a backup camera in a ND. The OEM part is a Sony camera available from Rev 9 Autosport. The camera is $570.00 including shipping from Tokyo and comes with a Mazda MX5 ND part number. If you plan to install by yourself, the instructions are in Japanese only.

    There is a less expensive camera available, but Dan will not install it as he says it’s not worth the potential problems.

    I am satisfied with the Sony camera, however, the visuals are not as good as the cameras installed in US made cars.

     

     
    • Robert Maurer 3:59pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mistake in above post. The camera was $370.00 including shipping and I paid $200.00 to have it installed. (Senior error)

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