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Old 10-28-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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I have a 1994 Mazda Miata for sale, in USA - North Carolina.

Mileage: 185000 miles


Asking price is $7000 OBO (originally 8000, I am slowly coming back to reality)



So just like many other people on this forum, I think I enjoy building the car more than actually driving it ha.

Some pics can be found in my buildthread, if you want more pics contact me
https://www.miataturbo.net/build-thr...r-build-74766/

'94 1.8 with about 185k
Absurdflow/ARTech low mount Vband everything with Tial wastegate and turbine housings, 3" exhaust
GT2871 with new CHRA used for a few hundred miles tops, only been to one auto-x with it and just spirited street driving/commute to work a few times.
Brain built MS2 with professional dyno tune at 259whp/237wtq (I have the dyno plot hanging on my fridge, the only one posted in my thread was 255/232)
Five-o 550 injectors
MTX-L WBO2
Innovate boost guage
Silver 15x9 6UL with 225/45/RS3s
2013 Sparco Sprint V FIA approved
Ebay IC and Piping
ACT organic street disc with HD pressure plate
Ebay Aluminum rad
Deep dish suede steering wheel
gutted and painted interior
GV replica lip
Windows still slide up and seal with the roof weather stripping just fine for outdoor storage

Paint has a few scratches in it, but nothing terrible
seats in great condition, obviously the rest of the interior is just paint.
extra set of stock wheels and pretty fresh tires would come with it also

EDIT: Realized I actually had failed to mention a couple issues with the car. I stopped paying attention to them so they honestly slipped my mind:
Tach acts silly under hard acceleration. I checked my grounds they all seem fine, so I dont know if it is the gauge cluster itself maybe?
IACV makes a funny honking noise almost like the air passing through the valve is resonating a piece inside it. Honestly not sure if that means it is going bad or it is just from it being open to atmosphere rather than plumbed into the charge piping.
Accessory belt squeals a little bit from when I swapped my radiators and spilled some fluid on the belts. It is only really during startups so I havent been annoyed enough to actually replace the belt yet.

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Do people feel this is appropriately priced? I am open to critique.
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I think you could drum up more interest by actually posting current pictures in this thread. I and many others are lazy bastards.
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Thanks, added a few pic links for super lazy browsing (can't embed right now, pic sites are blocked at work :/ )

Pricing is somewhat negotiable. I could potentially be persuaded into accepting some sort of trade for a dirtbike/gokart/something to go fast on and act stupid with plus cash.
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Do people feel this is appropriately priced? I am open to critique.
Hell, I'll bite but just because I spend so much time looking at Miatas to buy.

I do think it's a little high, but not too much. There's no doubt that the mods are excellent and look well done, but here's the rub.

It's a 19 year old car with 185K hard miles on it. The pictures show evidence of either oil leaks or just hasn't been cleaned in years, plus the paint issues.

There seem to be two camps of people who will pay a high price for an NA. Those looking for a pristine, low mileage weekend queen, and those looking for a serious, well built track car. I see your car in the latter category, but unfortunately I have almost never seen an NA from either camp sell for more than $6,500. It does happen from time to time, but it may take a while for the right buyer to find it at your price. If you're patient, I'm sure it will sell at 8K. If you're looking to sell it soon, 6.5K seems reasonable.
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Thanks for the insight. I agree I haven't seen many miatas sell for over $6500 but I also haven't noticed how new/used the components on other miatas were at time of sale. The CHRA was brand new when I installed it, seats are brand new so FIA is still good for a while, clutch is basically new, tires are lightly used (only a few trips to work and home, and one Auto-x event) so I guess I was just being optimistic haha.

I could probably make $6500 just parting it out alone but it would make me sadface to do that. I rather know someone else will enjoy driving it after all the time I spent working on it. But I also realize this is kind of a seasonal purchase (especially since it is gutted with no heat) so desire is low in the winter months.

I appreciate the comments though.
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What sort of suspension do you have on it?

I echo the comments of others: $8k does seem high. If it had a built motor you'd be in the ballpark, if it had a hardtop you'd be still high but closer. Some really well-built Miatas go for really low prices with mods so it's tough. Your best bet is to return to stock and sell the parts if you want $$ out of it.
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I did not mention the suspension as I did not consider it a selling point...and I am embarrassed to admit what it is...lets leave it at that haha.

Yeah the return to stock and part out crossed my mind but I figured it would be hard to sell a gutted and otherwise stock miata ha. not a big market for that (I didnt save the interior parts since most of it was not in very good shape anyways)

I will just leave this open to reasonable offers, like I said $8000 is not a firm price
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Since you're asking, the offered price is too high. I realize you're taking offers, so expect a few lower ones.

As indicated the car either needs to be fully sorted as a race car or be in very good condition. You're in between. The car doesn't look very good, the front is faded quite a bit, the engine bay looks dirty and it has high mileage and there is no interior and the suspension isn't done up at all from what you've indicated.

One of the guys on here was selling a fully sorted street strip Miata for $8500 and took less for it. The car was dirty, but everything was ready to run track days, autocross whatever.

You could probably make more just selling parts off it, because it looks like what you've got is a $2000 Miata with maybe $3000 worth of parts.
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^ what he said.

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I did not mention the suspension as I did not consider it a selling point...and I am embarrassed to admit what it is...lets leave it at that haha.

Yeah the return to stock and part out crossed my mind but I figured it would be hard to sell a gutted and otherwise stock miata ha. not a big market for that (I didnt save the interior parts since most of it was not in very good shape anyways)

I will just leave this open to reasonable offers, like I said $8000 is not a firm price
Based on that comment I'd give you $4k. Good luck selling something this old with this many miles and only talking about the good parts. Gotta be straightforward.
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I am starting to agree with people on the part out being more bang for my buck, but I think 3000 would be pretty low for parts value. I guess I may open this up to a part out potentially IF I can get a buyer for the Turbo system and exhaust. Since it is all Vband it would be difficult to part out the individual parts so I don't think it would be worth it to me to part out the system at all.

and since most of the stock stuff was not in very good shape, i dont have most of it. If people are interested in the turbo system and exhaust as a whole I would be open to accepting the stock components and knocking off the price appropriately, same with seats, wheels and tires potentially for sale as I have spares for backups, but I really would be looking to go all (or most) or nothing on the part out. I would be super bummed to sell just the wheels then be stuck with a great miata on shitty wheels/tires. same with selling just the seats. But if I get enough interest in enough high dollar parts, I may consider selling it all off.

If anyone is interested in the mani/turbo/dp/exhaust let me know I may consider it. If I can get enough for those and get some other interest in the wheels/tires/seats I could sell those off and return the car to mostly stock then sell it.
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^ what he said.



Based on that comment I'd give you $4k. Good luck selling something this old with this many miles and only talking about the good parts. Gotta be straightforward.
If you are implying that I am "only talking about the good parts" and being shady by leaving out issues, that is not the case. The only things "wrong" with the car is that the suspension is Rokkor (which is why i did not mention it as it is not an improvement at all. This is the only thing I skimped on as I was nearing the end of my budget and just wanted to drive it some before the weather got too cold)

Not trying to come across as butthurt, just don't want to allow a sense of dishonesty to enter the thread and give anyone a reason to believe I am being shady or trying to hide anything. I apologize if that was the way it was perceived, it was not my intention to be misleading.
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I am starting to agree with people on the part out being more bang for my buck, but I think 3000 would be pretty low for parts value. I guess I may open this up to a part out potentially IF I can get a buyer for the Turbo system and exhaust. Since it is all Vband it would be difficult to part out the individual parts so I don't think it would be worth it to me to part out the system at all.

and since most of the stock stuff was not in very good shape, i dont have most of it. If people are interested in the turbo system and exhaust as a whole I would be open to accepting the stock components and knocking off the price appropriately, same with seats, wheels and tires potentially for sale as I have spares for backups, but I really would be looking to go all (or most) or nothing on the part out. I would be super bummed to sell just the wheels then be stuck with a great miata on shitty wheels/tires. same with selling just the seats. But if I get enough interest in enough high dollar parts, I may consider selling it all off.

If anyone is interested in the mani/turbo/dp/exhaust let me know I may consider it. If I can get enough for those and get some other interest in the wheels/tires/seats I could sell those off and return the car to mostly stock then sell it.
People are often open to buying whole turnkey turbo systems, but obviously you will take a hit off the full price. Expect to get about 10-20% less than what it might be worth new.

Parting is never an all or nothing proposition. This is what you get into when you build a car with aftermarket parts. You might sit on certain things for a while waiting for a buyer.

It's either that or discount the car appropriately and sell it all quick. It is really a matter of whether you need to get money out of the thing right away or not. You'll get more if you're patient.
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If you are implying that I am "only talking about the good parts" and being shady by leaving out issues, that is not the case. The only things "wrong" with the car is that the suspension is Rokkor (which is why i did not mention it as it is not an improvement at all. This is the only thing I skimped on as I was nearing the end of my budget and just wanted to drive it some before the weather got too cold)

Not trying to come across as butthurt, just don't want to allow a sense of dishonesty to enter the thread and give anyone a reason to believe I am being shady or trying to hide anything.
Dude, I didn't say you were leaving stuff out, YOU did! "I didn't consider it a selling point and I'm embarrassed about it so let's just leave it at that."

You straight up said that you left it out intentionally because you didn't think it added value to the car.

Not a good plan, man. I like your car (I'm not actually in the market right now, but I am always reading and learning because I WILL be in the market at some point). I'm not trying to instill a sense of dishonesty in your thread, just getting the facts, sir.
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People are often open to buying whole turnkey turbo systems, but obviously you will take a hit off the full price. Expect to get about 10-20% less than what it might be worth new.

Parting is never an all or nothing proposition. This is what you get into when you build a car with aftermarket parts. You might sit on certain things for a while waiting for a buyer.

It's either that or discount the car appropriately and sell it all quick. It is really a matter of whether you need to get money out of the thing right away or not. You'll get more if you're patient.
Yeah I understand I will be losing money regardless. Im not kidding my self thinking I will get full value back or anything. I know parting it out will mean I have random car parts sitting around forever which is fine as long as I can sell the major money makers like I mentioned above. I just don't want to incapacitate the car because someone wants to buy a few inexpensive parts then I am stuck with no money AND a non working car. I am fine with the non working car if it was the result of selling off the expensive pieces I think. Thats mostly what I meant. I didnt want people to start contacting me asking for a fpr, or an oil pan or my injectors and little stuff until I have committed to parting it out by selling turbo, seats, wheels tires, etc. Make sense?
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Yeah I understand I will be losing money regardless. Im not kidding my self thinking I will get full value back or anything. I know parting it out will mean I have random car parts sitting around forever which is fine as long as I can sell the major money makers like I mentioned above. I just don't want to incapacitate the car because someone wants to buy a few inexpensive parts then I am stuck with no money AND a non working car. I am fine with the non working car if it was the result of selling off the expensive pieces I think. Thats mostly what I meant. I didnt want people to start contacting me asking for a fpr, or an oil pan or my injectors and little stuff until I have committed to parting it out by selling turbo, seats, wheels tires, etc. Make sense?
I don't think anyone is going to do that. It's when you make the parts list that people will start doing that, but you should just make your list and specify how you want it to go, then eventually break down and start piecing it out.

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The eventually break down part is the sad part.. cuz I know it's going to happen eventually :(

But thanks for all the comments guys
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If the car still had full climate control with A/C and window regulators fully assembled, I'd make you an offer but I cant convince myself to go without those items. GLWS!!!
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Oh it still has window adjustment. You put a block of wood under them for up, take it out for down, and put it at a 45 degree angle for half down. perfect
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Oh it still has window adjustment. You put a block of wood under them for up, take it out for down, and put it at a 45 degree angle for half down. perfect
Are...are you serious?
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