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

  • Robert Burr 7:40pm on Friday, June 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advice, ,   

    Can you leave a comment? 

    Our web site has a lot of nice features, but once in a while we find some problems and need help trying to figure out what’s going wrong. Recently, some members had trouble replying with comments. To test for problems, please try to leave a reply to this post. If you are unsuccessful, please send an email to the web site administrator: rob at quantumleap dot net.

    We are testing a simple version of our design theme to see if this makes a difference.

     
    • Robert Burr 7:45pm on Friday, June 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is a test comment.

    • Robert Burr 12:39am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Another test comment

    • Mark Gilbert 6:56am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You finally fixed it!

    • Robert Burr 7:50am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Keep testing, not sure it’s really working right. I’ve experience some comments in the wrong places.

      • DJ 8:26am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Test post.

        • DJ 8:27am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          I replied to your reply and then replied to my reply of your reply. Does that make it two-ply?

          Looks to be working for me.

          • Robert Burr 8:50am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Let’s hope we get past this rough patch and it all keeps working. It’s really complicated, but I think the firewall is aggressively trying to “save us” from perceived threats. It rejects thousands of spam and malicious hits every month that we never see. Theses are false positives that fall through the cracks.

      • Mark Gilbert 8:28am on Monday, June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        There is still a problem. I answered your question about the badges below, it showed accepting and posting my comment , but it doesn’t show up after logging out. I tried twice.

  • Jen 4:36pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advice   

    Help a noob with wheels and tires 

    Hi all!

    I was hoping you all would help out a Miata newbie. I am buying a beautiful 2008 Grand Touring hard top model. The problem is that she has 19″ staggered wheels with racing tires. They are gorgeous! But, I can’t keep them in the climate I am going to eventually bring my new girl to (Upper Midwest). Luckily, I have inherited some nice wheels from my brother. They are 17×7.5 with OEM bolt pattern. They have a 45 offset. So I have two questions… (1) will these tires look ok with the offset being 10 more than the OEM (55)? (2) what are the best size tires with this configuration?

    Based on my climate, and previewing other forums, I have already settled on some Continental Extreme Contact DWS for all season (well, 3 season) tires. So, size is more of the concern than type.

    I have read forums about offsets and tires and all, and I have to tell you that I am just overwhelmed with it all. You time and advice would be super appreciated for a confused newbie. Oh and if you are interested in the wheels and racing tires, let me know.

    Thanks!
    Jen

     
    • Mark Gilbert 5:01pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Contact Rudy at Tire Rack and he can give you good advise as to the tires and size you should purchase. Also, if you have further questions as to the offset and set up of your car, there is a great web site with many knowledgeable Miata folks that can help you. Here is the web site:
      http://forum.miata.net/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=115

    • Doug Quara 9:14am on Thursday, December 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I was going to mine a great resource, Miata.net forums, but I see you’ve already posted there and have received some good responses.

      Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with NC Miatas. That said, a concern I would have with the 17″ wheels is whether they will clear the brakes. If indeed the OEM offset is 55, I think 45 should be OK. Do test fit them before investing in tires for those wheels.

      Then the concern would be whether tires will run on the fenders. This would depend on what width tires you purchase but from what I read in the responses there, you should be OK with 205 or 215. But I am not sufficiently knowledgeable to state this with confidence.

      One other thing you should look at with the wheels you got from your brother is hub bore. If the wheel bore is smaller, they can’t be mounted on the car. If it’s larger, do invest in hub-centric rings; they’re inexpensive. If they’re the correct bore size, you’re golden.

      Oh, and one last thing, ensure you have lugs that have the right taper. Lug seats on wheels come in different shapes (straight angled taper, cone-shaped, rounded, etc.) and using the wrong lug may result in lugs loosening and wheel leaving the car, even if torqued correctly.

      Best of luck with the 2008!

    • Doug Quara 9:18am on Thursday, December 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “Then the concern would be whether tires will run on the fenders” -> I meant to say “will RUB on the fenders”.

  • Robert Burr 12:48pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 95 Miata, advice   

    Bart Needs Advice on a good mechanic 

    Name: Bart Corredera
    Email: bcorredera@mindspring.com
    phone: 305-891-6692
    My Car (year and model): 95 miata base

    Comment: I recently acquired a 95 Miata base and I am looking for a recommended mechanic in South Florida to install a Fast Forward supercharger and was hoping you could recommend someone. I would be open to a club member that has done this kind of work.

    Bart

     
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