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  • Mark Gilbert 11:02am on Monday, April 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2019, MX-5   

    Road & Track Article On 2019 Miata Changes 

    Thanks to a friendly Mazda dealer in Canada and some of the insiders at Miata.net, we now know quite a bit more about how the new 2019 Miata will make its power, as well as a few other pieces of information that will make some buyers hold onto their money and send others rushing to the dealership for a 2018 model.


    Let’s start with the engine. The power figures are impressive–181hp at an as-yet-unspecified engine speed and 151 lb-feet of torque. These are improvements of 26 hp and 3 lb-feet respectively. The only way to increase horsepower that much without increasing torque? You have to spin the engine harder. The current car has come in for some criticism because its 6800-rpm hard redline was 400rpm below the redline of the previous-generation NC Miata. Sure enough, the documentation provided to dealers refers to the “increased rev capacity” of the revised engine.

    “Ultra-light” pistons, lighter connecting rods, and a new crankshaft are just part of it. The 2019 engine will have larger intake and exhaust ports and a high-lift camshaft. Both intake and exhaust systems will have higher flow and there is a new throttle body. These are the kind of changes that racers have been making on Miatas for twenty-plus years now, but the new ND2 Miata will have them from the factory.

  • Doug Quara 9:10am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 100k, , MX-5   


    Nelli turned over 100,000 miles last night! If I recall correctly, Nelli turned each 10k milestone (10, 20, 30 . . . 90) either going to an autocross or track day or Miata-club event, including last night.

    Nelli is my beloved 1994 Mazda Miata which I purchased new. Ordered April 12, born May 23, and delivered July 13.

    Nelli is mostly all original: original paint, interior, seat covers, top, and yes, even back window which is still clear after all these years. There have been some performance and appearance upgrades including Koni Yellow, Racing Beat front swaybar, Racing Beat cat-back exhaust (replacing a Leistritz which had rusted), VooDoo shift knob, and most recently, Pioneer head unit replacing the dead-and-no-longer-fixable MSSS.

    This has been one of the best, most fun car I have ever owned. It’s been quite reliable. In those 100,000 miles, besides consumables such as brakes and maintenance items such as timing belts and spark plug wires, failures have been limited to: slave cylinder (2), antenna mast, front hubs (many, many laps at Sebring are brutal!), rear diff / axle seal, battery (3) (each of the Mazda gel batteries lasted over 7 years each! Not bad!), headlight sealed beam, a couple of marking bulbs, airbag module, radiator (preemptively swapped out to avoid the aging cracking these suffer from when the tank’s black plastic turns green), crank angle sensor, front engine mount, and shifter bushings.

    There were the occasional bruises fixed by a number of paintless dent repairs. Ironically, most of these were incurred while tucked away in the garage.

    Oh, there was the replacement of the steering rack after sliding sideways into a curb, but we can’t count that against the car unless it’s to blame the car for being so much fun at autocross and time trials where this was inflicted on it.

    This car has not been abused but it has been driven hard. It has dozens of autocross events and dozens of track days under its belt. It has been enjoyed, top down, on countless beautiful South Florida days. It’s almost a part of the family.

    I so enjoy this car! It is one of the best examples ever of an automobile being true to its design criteria. The answer is always: Miata!

    • Mark Gilbert 10:27am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Doug! It is a well kept beauty for sure. Looks showroom new thanks to a very caring owner. Keep on enjoying her for many more fun miles. Zoom-Zoom!

    • Robert Burr 11:37am on Sunday, March 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on the milestone. I remember Roy Rogers had a ’46 Willys Jeep driven by sidekick Pat Brady named Nellybelle.

    • Doug Quara 12:59pm on Friday, March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The name “nell” is a bit of a stretch, I will admit. I forget who said it, it might have been my wife Tammy, but on first sight commented “It’s looks like a white bean!” White bean? Cannellini? “nelli” for short? (OK, I told you it was a stretch.)

  • Roger Koll 7:43pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , MX-5,   

    My 2017 RF 

    I bought my ‘17 Miata RF with 7500 miles on it. I noticed that the towing hook was missing and the jack and lug wrench were too. I went to the Mazda dealership here in Stuart to order a replacement to make it ‘correct’ and then peeked inside the trunk of a new ‘18 Miata on the showroom floor. The salesman said the MX-5s are being shipped without the jacks. The parts dude said if a spare tire is not included then a jack is not necessary although my ‘17 VIN number indicated that it’s standard equipment.

    I should have a towing hook in case I would need to pull the car up on a tow trailer rather than pulling it up by suspension. Do I really need a jack? Where is a good mechanic shop to have work done on it?

    Where did Karl have his supercharger work done? That is so cool. One day maybe.

    I live in Martin County but I grew up in Broward County in the ‘60s driving an MG-B and a TR-3 and then a BMW 1600 and a 2002.

    I’m looking forward to participating in events but I’ve been out of town recently and missed several meet-ups.

    Thanks, Roger

    • Robert Burr 10:33am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to seeing you at a meeting or special event soon, Roger.

    • Mark Gilbert 10:36am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Buy a tire plug kit for your car. We have an air compressor and in the event of a flat, you can put a temporary plug in the tire till you can have it fixed properly. Also, Mazmart sells jacks and tow hooks if you want to purchase one.


    • Karl Johnson 11:21am on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I did the same thing with mine, where’s my jack!? Can of Fix-a-Flat is all you get, plus the pump. TR/3 Performance did the Supercharger install and new clutch. As far as mechanics go, good question. Warranty so far.

    • Mark Gilbert 3:38pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wheels Across The Pond event is next Saturday up in your neck of the woods. Some members will be heading up for that. It’s a great car show at Carlin Park in Jupiter.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:56am on Friday, March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: MX-5, ,   

    Sebring Pace Car… Zoom Zoom 

    Look what led the pace lap today at the 12 Hours of Sebring ……. MX-5 RF of course.

  • Mark Gilbert 11:17am on Thursday, March 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , MX-5,   

    Possible Horsepower Increase For 2019 Models 

    An article in Road & Track offers some clues as to possible 17% increase in horsepower for upcoming MX-5 ND models.


    The Mazda MX-5 has been widely hailed as a return to the original formula: a great-handling, lightweight car. It’s also been criticized by some for only having 155 horsepower. Mazda has repeatedly stated that it will focus on making the car faster by cutting more weight, but a new VIN filing shows that the MX-5 might also get a significant horsepower bump for the 2019 model year.

    A document filed with NHTSA on February 27th shows that the MX-5 will continue to offer the trim levels we’re familiar with and a 2.0-liter engine, but the power rating has changed from 155 horsepower to 181. This would constitute a power increase of 17 percent—the biggest jump for any version of the naturally-aspirated SkyActiv-G motor.

  • Robert 11:12am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2000, , , LS, , , , MX-5,   

    2000 Mazda MX 5 Miata LS For Sale… 

    2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS For Sale $3950 OBO in Miami Beach

    I hate to sell this awesome Miata but I need to buy a daily-driver for a new job which requires long commutes. It has 90,000 miles. Engine is strong as an ox and revs smooth. A blast to drive. Hate to see it go. I am only the second owner—the previous and original owner was a mature Boca Raton lady who owned it until 2015. Factory Bose Sound System. Oil changed every 4000 miles. New top with defroster/glass installed 1/15/17. Left and right new genuine OEM full headlamp Assemblies replaced in 2016. Everything in working order except power antenna which snapped off in the auto car wash. It has a new water pump replaced in 1/15/18. All new belts, new radiator, new clutch master cylinder with all components replaced a couple of years ago as well. It has some scrapes along the corner fenders from parking it on Miami Beach streets and a rear collision a bodyshop confirmed is cosmetic and nothing mechanical. Leather seats are original and cracking but the dash is in great shape. This car deserves to be owned by someone who is looking for a great deal on a very strong low-mileage Miata with no rust. It’s a perfect sports car to knock around on the beach and weekend.

    Call Robert at 917-306-3971 or email me at elliottgdesign@gmail.com

    Link to my ebay listing:

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    • Anthony Hughes 10:23am on Sunday, January 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      it looks great i own 2006 miata

      • Robert 11:26am on Sunday, January 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Anthony Hughes. It’s not in perfect cosmetically but it drives fantastic. Looking for a fair offer.

      • Robert 11:30am on Sunday, January 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Anthony Hughes. It’s not in perfect cosmetically but it drives fantastic. Looking for a fair offer.

  • Mark Gilbert 1:45pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , MX-5,   

    2018 NDs Arriving 

    The 2018 MX-5 Miatas are arriving on dealers lots now with the new burgundy soft tops. Definitely glad I have my RF!

    • Blas Rolando 6:03am on Friday, January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That camera of yours take even better pictures, Mark!

    • Mark Gilbert 1:15pm on Friday, January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Not magical like yours though that turns an NB into an RF………………..haha.

  • Robert Burr 3:28pm on Friday, December 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: custom luggage, MX-5,   

    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.

  • Mike 10:45am on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , MX-5,   

    Certified Pre-Owned 2015 Mazda MX-5 2dr Hard Top Manual Club 

    Mazda Certfied, CARFAX 1-Owner, ONLY 14,832 Miles! FUEL EFFICIENT 28 MPG Hwy/21 MPG City. MX-5 Miata Club trim, TRUE RED exterior and BLACK with RED STITCH interior. CD Player, Convertible Hardtop, Aluminum Wheels, iPod/MP3 Input.

    Come check it out at Royal Palm Mazda.

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  • Mike 10:39am on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , club, , MX-5, , used car   

    Certified Pre-Owned 2017 MX-5 RF Club Manual for Sale 

    Mazda Certified, CARFAX 1-Owner, ONLY 3,903 Miles! MX-5 Miata RF Club trim, Machine Gray exterior and Black with Red Stitching interior. Nav System, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, BREMBO/BBS PACKAGE, Aluminum Wheels AND MORE!

    Come check it out at Royal Palm Mazda!


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