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  • Mark Gilbert 11:46am on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , touch-up   

    Scuffed Rims 

    For those of you who own NDs in the Club model trim — which has the dark graphite wheels — I found a resource for touch up paint, in case your wheels get scuffed. It is Testors paint #1153. It can be found in any hobby/craft store for $2.00. The match is pretty close to perfect.

     
    • Robert Burr 3:05pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      great recommendation, inexpensive and does the trick.

    • efrida auston 3:20am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing this hepful info.

    • Andrew 8:44am on Thursday, May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You may want to thin down the enamel paint before applying and apply it in several thin layers. Testor also sells a thinner and you normally mix it in a very small tray and not in the same paint bottle. Also you will need very small/tiny brushes, found at hobby/craft stores.

      Additionally and assuming the damage is more of a nick/chip than curb rash, brush painting would work. Curb rash will require filing/sanding down the damage surface and spray paint since you are going to cover a larger area where brush painting will most likely not turn out well.

  • Scott 12:46pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fender roll, recomendation   

    Recommendations for fender roll? 

    Looking for a company or someone that does fender rolling. Preferably in south or central Palm Beach county.

     
  • 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!

  • Robert Blanchard 10:52am on Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hard dog roll bar, mechanic, question, recommendation   

    Two Questions: mechanic and hard dog roll bar 

    Hello guys, thanks for the add! Finally, deposit down on a 2003, paying in full today…

    Two questions

    1. Any reputable mechanics in the South Miami area that one can recommend to work/are familiar with the Miata? No need now but just to have in the books for when I can’t tackle an issue.

    2. Looking to install a hard dog roll bar… eventually I want a hard top but I was wondering if with the hard top hard dog will one still be able to close the soft top? Or is the hard top roll bar strictly for hard top and soft top strictly for soft top?

    Thanks!

    Robert Blanchard

     
    • Anonymous 8:02am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The Hardtop versions are a little lower and just a bit further back. No issues with soft top. Just a little smaller to fit Hardtop.

    • Craig Freger 1:31pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      For a good independent shop, Mazdapros in Hollywood seems to be well-regarded among Mazda owners. A family-owned business. I have not used them for service because I have used dealer service to date, but I have met the family at one of their cruise-in events and they are nice people and Mazda enthusiasts. The patriarch, Edgar Carranza, seems to know his stuff.
      http://www.mazdapros.com

      For good dealer service at fair prices, Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. I hate to recommend Lou Bachrodt because the new sales managers there are terrible to deal with, but that’s sales. On the service side, I have nothing but nice things to say about the manager, Mike Kubic.

    • Craig Freger 1:34pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Forgot the link to Lou Bachrodt.
      https://www.mazdacoconutcreek.com/service/

    • Anonymous 3:22pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks guys for info I called Mazda Pros and taking her there on Monday for a once over and some stainless steel braided lines. Then she is off to her new home in South Miami where I hope to do a couple of track days, some Autocross, a few meets and just enjoy the weather with the top down on the weekends…

    • Osvaldo Suarez 3:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You can close the soft top and then install the hard top. That’s how I had mine until my son needed a soft top. I gave him my soft top, and now my 99 is a dedicated coupe. I don’t know any dedicated Miata mechanics I would personally recommend, but not much goes wrong with Miatas. I do all my own work on my two older models. The 16 is still under warranty and it runs perfectly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Burr 5:13pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bayside, happy hour, , 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
    Tags:   

    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.

    https://www.miata.net/garage/tsb/

     
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