08-18-2009, 09:31 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Oakton, VA
Total Cats: 0
Greetings from a really frustrated Miata owner
Hi. My name is Travis. The Miata is my 11 or 12th (give or take) car. I've owned it since November 2008, and have driven it less than 2k miles.
Its a bone stock 2003 with now ~316xx miles on it. Within a month of purchasing it, the rear diff died (clunk-clunk-clunk). Unfortunately shortly after that the company I worked for went out of business, I had to move, etc. and didn't really get a chance to work on it. Shortly afterward I switched jobs and moved again. Recently I got down to business and replaced the diff (4.3 open) with a 3.9 Torsen. I did manage to drive it almost 200 miles before new problems appeared though.
List of current problems.
Diff makes a whining noise accelerating from a stop.
When sitting in traffic, the engine will idle higher and higher the warmer it gets (although coolant temp is not changing).
ZOMG WORST CLUTCH CHATTER EVER
Transmission does not shift smooth at all - i.e. notch 1-2 (this is probably an easy fix, but an annoyance regardless).
Anyway, I'm here because the answers to my issues over on Miata.net have been far from technical, and not all that helpful thus far. A friend told me that this forum would have more gurus capable of answering my questions.
Hope to be picking your brains soon.