Originally Posted by AbeFM
Jimminy, you took my car, washed it and put on side marker lights. It's uncanny.
Also, we didn't get a "98". Did you have 3 years of non-VVT NB in europe?
Damn, I though the wash job would disguise the car.. You are not getting it back, man.
Seriously, post a pic of your car.
As for the "98" thing, I guess Mazda decided to skip that year model in the US only. Mine is almost identical to the US '99, but was released in late 1998.
I say almost identical because:
This one was way faster than my silver '99 I used to own in the US. The engine has a much better intake cam, the exhaust is not at all as restrictive, and (even thouf it is not the sports package) has a much better suspension.
Hardtop comes standard, along with a nifty header setup, ABS, driver adjustable headlights and power windows.
The stock engine, wlth stock everthing yielded 121.8 WHp on a baseline dyno run before I started my modifications. Comparable stock US cars see between 105 to 110. And, that run was with old oil, dirty filters, worn plugs and wires..
It also has a 4.1 rear end as opposed to the 4.3 on your side of the water.
A guy from Finland said the 10AE came with 3.63 even.
Also, people are shocked to hear how much I paid for the car. They say I practically stole it.
I paid $20.000 for it in december 2005. A new 2005 at the time was $55K.