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  • Robert Burr 9:49am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: automatic transmission, , recall   

    Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic Transmission Recall 

    Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions because an electrical problem could cause the cars to suddenly lose power and potentially result in a crash.

    More than 14,000 cars are affected. Mazda says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

    Vehicles recalled: Approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions.

    The problem: A software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly.

    The fix: Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners, a Mazda spokesperson told CR.

    How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. A Mazda spokesperson told CR that the automaker would notify owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019.

    NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

    https://www.mazdarecallinfo.com/

     
    • Anonymous 6:27am on Thursday, February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mazda’s way of telling you this car is meant to be driven with a manual transmission.

    • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Thursday, February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ha!

  • Mark Gilbert 7:23am on Sunday, January 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Vista Print Semi-Annual Sale 

    VistaprintVista Print is running their 50% off sale for anyone interested in designing their own t-shirts for club activities.

    Use promo code: exclusive

    Tees start at $4.99.

    https://www.vistaprint.com/

     
  • Andrew 3:07pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , repair   

    Dr. ColorChip Review 

    With all the fun we had driving the Tail of the Dragon, my car came home almost without any insult from the road. The PPF did its magic, but since there is no film on the doors, I did sustain three very small scratches; I heard the rock hit (graze was more like it) while on the highway).

    Anyway, the point of this post is to demonstrate the value of Dr. ColorChip. From what I have read and viewed on YouTube, its only designed to color in the chip/scratch and not give you a blemish free repair. For that you will need to sand/fill and spray paint the area.

    The primer coat of the Soul Red paint is white as you can see in the photo. I did 3 applications of the paint in an attempt to fill in the scratches. its goes on very easily and a bit scary when you first put in on as you essentially smear small dots of paint around and over the damage area. You end up over painting quite a bit. That is how it is applied, without any precision and minimum skill. Then after a 2-5 minutes to dry, you wipe over the area with the sealant to remove all the access paint using the enclosed lint free towel and using a flat light wiping action. You wipe with light pressure to remove the extra paint while not pulling the paint from the scratches.

    The process worked as instructed and took the access paint off while leaving the damaged area painted. Afterward letting it dry some more I applied my detailing spray to remove any remaining sealant and leave a high gloss.

    I had a hard time finding the scratches afterwards to take a picture. Although the shot is a closeup where you can still see the edges of the scratch, once you step back a foot or more, you can’t see it. The high gloss on the door creates enough reflections that makes the scratches invisible; it filled in the white primer paint.

    I plan on doing another 2-3 applications in a month or so and see if I can do a better job. Overall, I am very pleased with the product. I bought the basic kit and added the small squeegee, approximate $49 with shipping/sales tax. There was a 15% holiday discount that helped.

     
    • Anonymous 3:18pm on Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I also used Dr. Colorchip on my RF. It works great. Like Andrew said, it doesn’t fill the chip completely but covers it so the chip is almost unrecognizable. Great product!

    • Robert M 7:37am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Where do you buy it. I have chips on my reflex blue, only black shows thru on the rear bumper

      • Anonymous 11:56am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Online via their website. Google them. You will need the color code found on the label located on the driver’s side door frame.

  • 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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  • Robert Burr 7:47am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Other car   

    What Is Your Other Car? 

    MX5 sports car enthusiasts share the love of our sports cars, we enjoy road trips and gatherings, talking about our cars and gaining greater appreciation and knowledge of the subject.

    But, many of us also have another car or two in the family. A two seater convertible is a great ride, but it’s not practical for every purpose under the sun.

    So, what is your other car?

    In our case, we need a car than can carry more luggage, scuba gear, Home Depot supplies, a few extra passengers, etc. I just turned in our second Mazda CX-5 for a new Kia Niro hybrid that gets more than 50 miles to the gallon, with a good aerodynamic design, good cargo space, lots of techie features and — again, about 600 miles on a small tank full of gas. When you start it up, there’s no noise. It rolls down the road very efficiently, it has very large batteries and an electric motor that delivers 29hp in addition to the efficient 1.6 liter 110 hp gas engine (total 195 ft lb torque) that comes on when you need power, or to recharge the battery bank. Once the car is rolling, it takes very little power to maintain speed. And, there is no drive shaft. Looking forward to taking it on a road trip up to Weeki Wachee to see the mermaids for a gathering of friends in a few weeks time to really test the roadworthiness.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/kia/niro

     
    • Mark Gilbert 10:03am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We have a Toyota Rav4 SUV. For a couple of years, 2010 -11, Toyota offered the Rav4 with 3 row seating on a limited basis and I was lucky enough to order one so we have seating for 7 in a small SUV. Works out great when the family is in town.

    • Blas Rolando 12:25pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      As seen on TV!
      My other car is a 1995 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer.

    • Doug Quara 6:57pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      1991 Acura NSX
      2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum
      2014 Acura RLX

      Love ‘em all.

    • Andrew 10:55pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Last November we we leased (for the first time), a 2018 CX-5. We had a Subaru Forester for 7 years prior to that. When the lease is up, who knows what will be the next car, but most likely another SUV.

    • John Morris 4:33am on Sunday, July 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Rob & Robin, Good luck with your New Do Everything Car. Wishing you many Happy Healthy & Fun miles.

    • Keith & Mary Parker 7:21pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The 2001 Miata is one of nine vehicles we have, and only two of them are projects! My everyday driver, other than the Miata, is a 2005 Subaru Baja pickup. Mary’s everyday driver is a 2012 Honda Odyssey. So we have the Japanese market covered. The others are a mix of vintage British, German and American classics.
      A word of caaution: one of my fellow driving instructors, who is also an EMT, cautioned me that in his line of work KIA stands for Killed In Automobile….

    • Robert Burr 9:15pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve heard the KIA abbreviation. To be fair, the model we’re driving scored the highest in its class in the latest crash tests.

    • Russell Kimkaran 7:40am on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      My other car is a BMW X3. Need it when family come from the island of Trinidad to visit and shop.

  • 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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