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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.


    • 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.

  • 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.

    • Ben Ethridge 10:18am on Friday, October 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Looks like a great place! I’ve been meaning to visit Islamorada. I’ve never been.

    • Robert Burr 11:07am on Friday, October 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Snooks is in the heart of Key Largo, hidden just off the main road on the bay side, down a little alley.

  • Mark Gilbert 10:08am on Thursday, February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

    Miata.net TSB Archive 

    As a point of reference, this link will take you to the Miata.net archives concerning Technical Service Bulletins and recalls on Miatas. It will be now located in the Recommendations Portal.


  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Burr 3:28pm on Friday, December 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: custom luggage, ,   

    Custom Made Luggage for RF 

    Geri’s Bazaar has been making custom luggage that fits perfectly in the trunk of the MX-5 for many years. I purchased a five piece set back in August and found them to be very well made. These bags are water repellent and machine washable.

    5 Piece Travel Bags for 2017 RF

    The set sells for $160. The cost for custom embroidery is $6.

    web page: http://shop.geris-bazaar.com/product.sc?productId=22&categoryId=1

    email: geri@geris-bazaar.com

    phone: (843) 754-8815‬

    Of course, she also makes custom luggage for all models: NA, NB, NC and ND MX-5s.

  • ken deonarine 10:11am on Thursday, December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: replacement top   

    Replacement Top 

    Hi Miata Family

    Here on South Lake, I left the Miata in the driveway….someone slashed the roof and stole what was in the car. Tampered with the Eng Comp now the car from touch the key and go to start but does not run. Have my hands full.

    Any advice on replacement top? Vinyl vs Canvas? Glass vs Panorama plastic zip out? My phone is 954-205-4007.

    I am sorry to have missed many happy venues but I assure you all it was beyond my control. To add to my 2017 Medical woes, on a routine yearly visit to one of my specialists, he “messed up” a simple test causing internal bleeding plus gave me sulphur drugs, did not know I was allergic to this, which ended me in bed for over 4 weeks. From 150lbs I am now 136lbs just started to walk without aids.

    Hopefully will be there next Sunday. Looking forward to a better year 2018.

    Enjoy the new year!

    Ken Deonarine

    • Doug Quara 10:48am on Friday, December 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Very sorry to hear of your trials and tribulations. Are you sure your ECU was compromised? Could it be merely coincidental with another issue?

      Replacement top is a matter of preference. Some of the replacements as you mention come with glass; standard replacement is plastic window. Depends on how original you want to maintain the car. If you’re not concerned with it being OEM, then a glass replacement would be the way to go – vastly more durable. That said, I have a 23-year-old 1994 original Miata, with original top and perfectly clear back window, but it has been garaged and well cared for, with as-needed 3M plastic cleaner and polish to keep it pristine. It’s not a huge amount of work to keep it in good shape.

      I personally don’t like the looks of the tops with the additional side windows, but that would be a matter of your personal preference. (Not sure if that’s what you meant by “panoramic”, or if you were simply referring to the plastic rear window.)

      Considering I’ve never had to replace my top, I could not recommend brands. Of course, OEM is always a good option, except for price.

      I don’t think I’ll be able to make the next meeting, so I may miss you, otherwise it would have been good to see you. Great to hear you’re again “out and about” and best of health to you in the New Year!

    • Jim ODonnell 1:53pm on Monday, January 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about your health issues (been there). I too am about to re-top my ’97. I think I’m going back to plastic window. But I would love to hear what everyone says. Hopefully, everyone will chime in.

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