*copied from another miata forum--sorry if you've read it already.
Hello all. My name is Tony and I reside in Tallahassee, FL. I got into cars about 10 years ago when I purchased an 01 Camaro SS. Got into car clubs, Internet forums, started going to car meets and did a lot of street and drag racing. I never was a fan of imports or convertible cars back then when I was younger and way more naive. I started working at a Mazda dealership as a service writer and after extensive dealings with miatas and the owners of miatas, I became a fan of the car based on handling but more impressive was the reliability of these cars. Still I was not a fan of convertibles.
Well about 3yrs ago while browsing Craigslist for a big jacked up truck, I searched for miatas and the only listing in my area was for a red 94 with hardtop, bone stock, with only 111k miles for under $3k. I contacted the owner, looked at it the next day and brought it home the following day. It was a great buy, the owner was a miata enthusiasts that took great care of the car except for the paint which was faded to the point where most of the car looked flat red. Other than maintenence I added, mudflaps, Chaparral S15 wheels, and a drop in K&N and absolutely loved the driving the car--felt way more fun than my high horsepower Camaro. I was hooked on miatas to say the least. Here's a pic before the wreck I was involved in this past January due to an elderly couple pulling out in front of me. There 06 Honda Accord was totaled due to the air bags deploying. My miata had front left side damage but I drove it away from the accident and couldn't tell it was messed upunless I looked at the damage.
So to replace it, I found what I thought was a good deal down in Miami. Some of you may remember this car for sale on here. 90 white turbo car with a Begi S2 turbo system , FM Link ecu, and balanced and blueprinted FM 1.6, semi stance, chrome roll bar for $3400. This was my first time traveling to buy a car (lesson learned and something I'll never do again) so I didn't check it out as well as I should have. Luckily I trailered it back bc no way would I have made it back home 7hrs away. After replacing a corded tire in the rear and changing the oil, I blew it up the 3rd night I had it home. Turbo seal went and compression test denoted 1 cylinder way down (I believe this was pre existing) . Did the oil in low cylinder test and compression went to what the others read. But taking a big step back, I decided this was not what I wanted out of a daily driver, due to manual, steering and windows, no cruise control, and very stiff suspension. So I call it the white abortion.
So it sat for a couple of months. I was looking for a better replacement and I came across a local guy selling a car I was familiar seeing over the years. 91 Mariner blue with a homebrew turbo setup installed back in 07 and only 135k miles. The owner Brian was an active member here so some of you may be familiar with this car. The band aided ecu management kind of worried me but this guy did one helluva job making it ride nice with Tein Basic coilovers and built it with reliability in mind first since this was his only daily driver. I inspected and drove it, then brought him $3k the next day feeling like I stole it from him. It's not crazy fast but that's not what I was looking for since I still have the SS, which just sits there in the driveway. I've been happier than I have been in months after buying this car 4 days ago. It's lasted longer than the white one so I'm off to a good start. Sorry for the book I just wrote for an intro. This miata just has me in a manic state of mind. Plans are to get the ac working (high psi line needs replacing), paint my hardtop black, along with the A pillar, and swap the gold wheels from the white car and pray it doesn't compromise the ride. Oh and I now love riding top down.
Thanks for reading and thank you Miataturbo.net for such a great forum filled with beautiful cars and helpful members.