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Galsia

2,007 posts

150 months

Tuesday 4th June 2019
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I picked this up for £1500 last week and I'm having so much fun with it. Its miles better than the Lotus M100 that I used to own.



It has 120km on the clock and I've done plenty more in the week that I have owned it. What was supposed to be a quick run on Saturday turned into a 120 mile trip across the Peak District.

I took it across the Snake Pass.



Pictured here at the Snake Pass pub.






The interior is much nicer than I remember when I viewed it. The carpet is coming a bit loose near the sills but everything looks brand new.





Also, bonus NC next to mine at the petrol station.




The only really problem with it is that the windows do not work. I took the door panels off and the runners look really dry. Hopefully lubricating the runners with some Shin Etsu grease will sort them out.

Edited by Galsia on Tuesday 4th June 12:58


Edited by Galsia on Tuesday 4th June 12:59

tybo

2,284 posts

177 months

Wednesday 19th June 2019
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Couple with my new wheels.



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snotrag

12,251 posts

171 months

Friday 21st June 2019
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That looks superb Tybo - how does it compare in driving feel to your old supercharged and turbo cars?

Is it still standard power?

tybo

2,284 posts

177 months

Friday 21st June 2019
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snotrag said:
That looks superb Tybo - how does it compare in driving feel to your old supercharged and turbo cars?

Is it still standard power?
Thanks Snotrag.

It’s very similar, but more planted and stable. I’m still unsure if that makes it better or worse, though.

It has the BBR super175 package, so is 180 BHP. And to honest, I’m never left craving any more. For me, being N/A really suits the MX5. My turbo Mk1, although hugely entertaining at times, was, I feel, too much, and spoiled the character of the car in some ways.

The old supercharged Mk2, though. That was spot-on. One I wish I’d never sold.

robcollingridge

480 posts

243 months

Tuesday 25th June 2019
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My son's 1990 Eunos Roaster. We bought it for £1100 three years ago and have been restoring it since. Recently took it down to Le Mans for the 24 hour race.





She's now done 132,000 miles but doesn;t use any oil and pulls really well.

NickC4555

6 posts

20 months

Monday 22nd July 2019
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My second MX-5, a Kuro I've had since last year. 2.5L with forged components, turbo, rising rate fuel system, dual friction clutch, custom EcuTek ECU/map, BBR manifold/exhaust, intercooler, Bosch injectors, V-MAXX/EBC brakes, custom anti roll bar, Koni shocks/custom springsOZ Formula HLT wheels, 225 45 R17 Pilot 4s, upgraded plugs/filters. Pioneer wireless CarPlay multimedia.










VladD

7,327 posts

225 months

Tuesday 23rd July 2019
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NickC4555 said:
My second MX-5, a Kuro I've had since last year. 2.5L with forged components, turbo, rising rate fuel system, dual friction clutch, custom EcuTek ECU/map, BBR manifold/exhaust, intercooler, Bosch injectors, V-MAXX/EBC brakes, custom anti roll bar, Koni shocks/custom springsOZ Formula HLT wheels, 225 45 R17 Pilot 4s, upgraded plugs/filters. Pioneer wireless CarPlay multimedia.









Fabulous.

watchnut

806 posts

89 months

Wednesday 24th July 2019
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I like that last one, and the white mk1's great buys !

snotrag

12,251 posts

171 months

Monday 5th August 2019
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About 12 years since buying my first one, and 4 years since I last owned one, meet MX-5 number 4 for me. Boxster is up for sale, just could not keep away.

_20190803_234836 by simonholehan, on Flickr

Not even picked it up yet, but was dirt cheap, solid, and comes with Meister R, sticky tyres and a rorty exhaust. Cannot wait to fling this round Blyton park!

stickleback123

7,023 posts

149 months

Friday 9th August 2019
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I started looking for a clean NA a couple of months ago, and ended up doing some man maths and ordering a new ND2 which I'll be picking up in early September, but this thread has reminded me just how "right" a clean and sorted NA looks. It does seem that asking price is no indicator of quaity and there is a lot of dross for sale out there tarted up to look shiny.

Maybe I should have just bought ten of those instead so at least one would always have a valid MOT while the others were being welded back together hehe

My last MX5:



Sold for scrap when it needed welding, a clutch, a master cylinder, an exhaust, all four discs/pads, and with ratty paint. Chap in Penarth repaired it and sold it, so I'd love to find the current owner!

Edited by stickleback123 on Friday 9th August 22:11

Mac.

1,403 posts

189 months

Friday 13th September 2019
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Emmons said:
My little beast putting the worlds finest to shame!! biggrin (then hiding under a tree in shame with the other cheap stuff)
https://imgur.com/3dZ9VdO









That's ace thumbup

Nuisance

3,650 posts

135 months

Friday 20th September 2019
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Happy to be back in an MX5 again after 8 months or so in an M2 LCI.

Just picked up my new 30AE this week and I'm over the moon with it.




thornettj

124 posts

181 months

Saturday 21st September 2019
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Just bought this for 1500. Fairly ropey body but mechanically strong and I love it!

rigsey

103 posts

234 months

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
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NB changed to ND.

do-I-look-like-I-carry-a-pencil

190 posts

23 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
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Spotted in Oz, oh dear...

stickleback123

7,023 posts

149 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
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ND picked up on the 1st September


jamieduff1981

7,192 posts

100 months

Thursday 5th December 2019
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I picked up a fairly cheap Mk2.5 at the weekend to use as my daily driver for a while. It's a Euphonic so it already has the necessary LSD. I hate open differentials so not being rotten and having the LSD were pretty much the only criteria I considered. I drive over 60 miles per day on B-roads or smaller mostly with a bit of city driving so I wanted something lighter and less detached from reality to do it in. I had been through a fleet of 6 cars at one point including a TVR Cerbera 4.5 and Jag XFR-S, but a change in income required a reprioritisation of spending so the expensive cars went and I realised I was more into not spending much on cars. I'd love to have the Cerbera back but I wouldn't be so keen on having its annual servicing costs - I recall spending £1000 on a set of brake discs and pads just for the parts - and that's just one example. I had receipts for nearly £14,000 over 3.5 years of ownership and no, nothing blew up - there was no engine rebuild or anything in there - one just doesn't realise how much money such cars can consume.

I have lately been commuting in a 14 year old, 125,000 mile Jag 3.0 V6 which I bought 9 years ago as a temporary car and kinda just never got rid of. The MX-5 gives me options again so should one need time off the road for unplanned maintenance it's not a killer. There are no public transport options where I live ( 4+ miles from nearest village, on top of a hill, with no neighbours) so a private car is an absolute necessity!

This is actually my second Mk2.5 MX-5, having previously owned a 1.8i Sport around 11 years ago. Meanwhile my father's had 2 Mk1 1.8s, the second of which I did a tonne of welding on which is something I'm not too anxious to do again soon!



It came with some of the worst tyres I've ever driven on, and they were mismatched front and back. The car felt imbalanced and showed a tendency to break away suddenly but this is common on st tyres so I took a leap of faith that the geometry and bushes were ok. I did around 450 miles on these since the weekend and last night had some fun in a quiet area polishing some more tread off them. Today these tyres were disposed of and it has a new set of winter tyres fitted (I live in northern Aberdeenshire and IMHO anyone on summer tyres should just stay at home in wintery weather). There was no locking wheelnut key and the other 12 nuts were daft shallow things. Also the spigot rings for the aftermarket OZ wheels were missing and 2 of the centre caps were glued on with silicone. Barring the centre caps which will need replacements ordered, the rest is now rectified. The car is driving much better tonight on matching tyres (and not to mention rubber compounds better suited to cold, damp roads coated in salt).



The car had some home-made bracket on the front tie-down eye. I am told this is how ricers like to mount number plates. It matters little now - I cut it away and binned it.



It also had a fake roll-over bar. This is a) dangerous because there's no structural attachment - it's just something to fold over onto me should I ever have a wheels-up-landing in it, b) annoying as it stopped me reaching the roof from the driver's seat to close it and c) adds useless ballast to an already under-powered car. It's now removed. I did cut the brackets off just so I could re-fasten the upper seat belt anchor bolts down in lieu of the OE spacers, which I shall source later and reinstate. The rest of the chromey junk was tossed into a pile that will be skipped in a month or two.

Overall I'm fairly happy with it though. The paint isn't very good, but it seems to have already had new sills. My magnet stuck to all the places I wanted it to when checking the car over including under the floor ahead of the rear wheels, round the lower seat belt anchor points and in behind the front wheel arches etc.







I happen to have in my rather large garage a spare 42,000 mile 3.0 Jaguar V6, so should I eventually replace the X-Type sometime later next year, I may buy the Rocketeer kit for this and treat it to new paint. I have to admit, if I had a time machine I'd do a Terminator and go back in time to kill the person who invented the inline 4 - I hate them. Engines should have 6 cylinders or more, and an MX-5 with a naturally aspirated over-square aluminium V6 sounds really rather splendid. I've done something like 200,000 miles behind those V6s and they are lovely, lovely engines unlike the harsh 4-cylinder under the bonnet of the MX-5 which is the only thing that lets the car down really (apart from an enthusiasm for rusting)...

Emmons

9 posts

93 months

Friday 7th February
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Had a wheel refurb, fitted some skirts and stripes. Roll on summer and more chances to use the damn thing smile





Evangelion

5,952 posts

138 months

Saturday 8th February
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Bloody hell that's gorgeous!

Having the greatest wheels in the history of the motor vehicle does it no harm of course.

MightyBadger

345 posts

10 months

Monday 10th February
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Hello