Went and saw this 70,000 mile...gem(?) this morning with Mobius.
2004 Mazdaspeed MX5 Miata Excellent condition
Owner was super nice and easy to talk to. Bought it for his wife, but she doesn't like driving stick daily. He said they've put about 500 miles on it. So he's not in love with it, but probably not looking to loose much money off it.
Drives great, just like the other MSMs I've driven. Although the shifter was considerably tighter in this one vs. the 157,000 mile one. But to be honest I couldn't otherwise tell the difference.
Cosmetics were a little pathetic.
Big chip/dent in the hood, apparently right after the PO bought it and was driving it down from Seattle. Head lights also need a polish.
Some spider cracking by the front lip, most likely a repaint. We couldn't find any damage under the hood, I'm fairly certain it was just resprayed to spiff up the paint, not necessarily for damage.
Small tear in the driver's door card. I have some black ones for sale though.
Normal wear and tear on the shitty NB shift *****.
And there's no rust, but a fair bit of corrosion in the engine bay.
Little bit of seepage from old CAS area.
Soft top was recently replaced with a new cloth aftermarket unit. It still had a defroster, but the quality was sub par compared to an OEM unit. Just some fraying on the edges of the headliner really.
Tires were in good shape, all four were Toyo Proxxes 4s with 20,000 miles on them.
Wheels were another story, PO in Seattle, WA was apparently not good at parking safely.
All 4 wheels were fairly well curb rashed.
And last picture I took, a little wear on both inner door handles.
Would I buy it? Yes. It would take extensive detailing to make it acceptable though. Nothing like stains or anything, but a buff, headlight polish, vacuum and detailing of interior, and the biggest job would be all the engine bay work. Just dirty in general.
Nothing screamed "I'm a 70,000 mile jewel!", but I wouldn't say it's lead a hard life, just not a super loved one.
Only mechanical things I'd worry about would be the brakes, tires, timing belt, and clutch. At 70,000 miles the brakes could possibly be original, at 20,000 miles the tires are in great shape, but all four were less than 50%. And again at 70,000 miles, timing belt and clutch are most likely original. Clutch was noticeably heavier than my own NB, Mobius noticed it too, and I think he has an upgraded FM clutch or something similar in his. It engaged fine, but something to consider. I don't think
a heavy clutch is a sign of early clutch failure though.
Would I buy it for $10,500? Hell no. He said he priced it in the middle of what he saw online, which was $9-12k. He said there's some wiggle room in price, but honestly I probably wouldn't pay much over $8k for it. It'd be a "steal" at $7k, still a good deal at $8k.