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Old 01-04-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata - $7500 FIRM

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I have a 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale, in USA - Michigan.

Mileage: 76000 miles


$7500 firm price, willing to consider trades for more practical vehicles, must be sortof interesting in some way. But worst I can say is no.



Alright guys, putting this car up to see if I get any bites.

Just bought it.

*****Edit: No more baby, sadly. Even so, we are moving back to Utah before summertime and it would be easier to move without the Miata. That being said, if it's not sold by mid-March I'm gonna register it and keep it.*****

Found out my wife is pregnant 2 weeks after buying it.

Probably best for me to let it go until I have a real career to get a fun car again. Breaks my heart because this car is an absolute blast to drive. After driving it home from Pittsburgh I was a little down on it (I was being a sissy, used to driving cushy cars), but after driving it around (been parked the last few weeks since the snow came) I realized that it's really a good blend for an everyday car. It runs great off boost, and it goes like crazy under boost. The tune isn't great, but it's totally drivable. Needs more tuning of idle when it's cold but once warm everything feels fine. I haven't tested it with the A/C running, though I have been told the A/C works (been too cold the whole time I've had the car to test it).

I've put about 1k miles on it including the drive over from PA. The car currently has around 76k miles on it, and the motor has around 16k on it according to the PO. The turbo has less than that, although I’m not sure of the exact mileage on the turbo.

The rest of this post is mostly copy/pasted from the FS thread kiladonut posted just a month and a half ago, with a few bits more information.

UNDERHOOD:
honed block
9.1:1 pistons
m-tuned rods
chrom-moly rings
new headgasket
all new seals/gaskets/etc
new water pump/timing belt
new serpentine belts
Custom coolant re-route
new radiator
BEGi log manifold
Godspeed 3076 .86 a/r 4" inlet turbo internal wastegate (full boost by 4500 ish rpm)
stainless turbo feed line
custom welded oil return into oilpan
custom 3" downpipe
custom heat shield
off brand strut tower bar
custom 3" mandrel exhaust with 6x18 cannister and 2 big resonators
custom 2.5" aluminum front mount intercooler kit
GM ait sensor
forge blow off valve
nxs manual boost controller
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
Walbro 255LPH fuel pump
FM Level 2 clutch

ROLLERS:
Raceland Coilovers
TRMotorsport 15x9 +36 wheels
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Porterfield RS3 front brake pads

INSIDE:
megasquirt DIYPNP with ms2-extra firmware
internal MAp sensor
hardwired tuning cable (removable)
Autometer boost gauge
AEM uego wideband o2 kit (hardwired into MS)
MOMO JDM rx7 fd3s steering wheel
Pioneer head unit (lights up same color as speedometer)
NB2 center console

OUTSIDE:
Kee soft top with glass window (less than 3 years old now. has 2 small tears under the bottom right corner of the rear window. One has been sealed, one has not. Leaks a wee bit. Rest of top is in great shape.)
blacked out 03 Miata projector headlights (I've learned that the hi-beams don't work)
Xentec HID kit 6000k
Red out tail lights
03 Miata front bumper
Optional equipment Front lip
Optional side skirts
OEM rear mud flaps
smoked emblems
OEM 01+ Mazda Miata "crisp white" paint job

The bad:
Paint isn't perfect, there is some chipping at the top of the drivers door. I believe it was due to poor prep from whoever painted it. It is not noticeable unless pointed out but should be looked into. There is also a bit of spidering stuff going on with the hood. You can't see it without looking 2 inches away during the daytime, but at night when parked under a street light you can see it. Car looks awesome from even 5 feet away, but on closer inspection you can see quite a few flaws from a less than stellar paint job.

You have to convert it back to na for emissions inspection, as MegaSquirt doesn’t provide a connection signal via the OBDII port like the OEM ECU does. All the parts needed to do this will be included. It's a hacked-together spare exhaust and all other stuff but it works.
The car was originally tuned to be run with e85.

Here's kiladonut's story about the tune: "The PO had given me a tune for 93 the he used for storing the car in the winter and driving it from Cali to NY but it wasn’t very good. I flashed the firmware on the megasquirt from 3.0.3u to the current 3.2.1 and after accidentally frying the coil pack had it back up and running with the base tune from DIY. The car made ~300hp at 18 pounds on e85 but I currently have base tune timing map loaded and use with 93. Honestly the car needs to get some dyno time because it has a lot of potential and is super conservative. I think I have the e85 tunes I just never bothered to put them on (only one gas station near me even has e85). The tune that is currently on the car is okay but could use some smoothing out. Like I said, I did go to an autocross with this tune and the car drove great."

Just as Tim (kiladonut) was, I'd be asking $8k for the car. I will include a small Acer netbook with carrying case and charger. It's actually a really decent little netbook: dual-core Atom processor, 320 GB hard drive, etc. It's basically this one here except with a bright blue top: Acer Aspire One 10.1 In Netbook - Atom Dual-Core, 1GB RAM, 320GB at HSN.com at HSN.com

Again, this car really is a hoot to drive. It needs nothing to be a great, fast DD with occasional autocross use. I currently don't have money/a place to do the work to install track bits on this car, so I'm going to just have to revisit the turbo Miata dream at a later date. Just as Tim said: With a little time and patience this car can be a pristine example of a turbo Miata, and should be an awesome street/track/DD-capable setup.

I am asking $8k for the car, which I feel is a fair price for a car this well sorted. I’m not really in a rush to sell, I own the car outright, so I have the title in hand.

I check the thread regularly as well as my PM's. If you want to talk on the phone or text message, PM me and I'll send you my number.

I will take better pictures and upload them within the next two days. These pictures were taken by the previous owner in mid-november.

New pics and video, taken 2/9/13:

I got it up on a lift and took some pics and a couple vids. For some reason, Youtube videos are double posting when embedding... weird. Deal.

Pics from Photobucket: trturbofan's Library | Photobucket

Video walkaround of the undercarriage:

Video walkaround of the outside:

Feel free to laugh when I'm being a dork. Pretty sure you all know what a tire is but thought I'd point it out anyway.
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Dang man... Happy for the baby, sad for the sale.
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Thanks. We will see if I move it. If I don't then I'll just sell it maybe mid-summer after I've enjoyed it a bit. Kinda hoping it doesn't sell and ill have an excuse to keep playing!
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And so my 1st **** changes hands yet again lol
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Vlad...how many times is this now? 3?
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Yup. Bryan, Tim, now Ed.

Whoever buys it should drive it back cross-country to CA and have me tune it again back to its glory days
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Yup. Bryan, Tim, now Ed.

Whoever buys it should drive it back cross-country to CA and have me tune it again back to its glory days
Needs an LS3.
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Haha as strong as these things are with 260-ish whp i can't imagine what it would be like with the HP and torque curves from an LS3. What a little monster it would be.
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Just saw this on FB. GLWS and the family Ed.
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Willing to ship? What is the closest port you wanna drive to?

Saw this machine many times up for sale, now its my turn to show some interest hehe.

Thanks,
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I ended up working Saturday so I didn't have time to take pictures and the weather was sucky yesterday. Sunny today but working all stinkin' day.

Will get more pics up soon, including pics of any issues on the car.

Would consider trades for more track-oriented cars (willing to consider older cars as well).

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Willing to ship? What is the closest port you wanna drive to?

Saw this machine many times up for sale, now its my turn to show some interest hehe.

Thanks,
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It's a solid 9-10hr drive to what I believe to be the nearest port, so I would have to drive out and fly back -- pretty tough to put that one together, sorry sir. At this point I'd really prefer to sell local.
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I found some old build info for this car. Here's the build thread for this turbo setup:
https://www.miataturbo.net/build-thr...p-49710/page4/

And here is his photoshoots thread. But currently all the pics are broken.
https://www.miataturbo.net/media-53/...A-50838/page2/

Vlad, any chance you have any of these photos still laying around?

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Just saw this on FB. GLWS and the family Ed.
Thank you sir. I'm not leaving the Miata family permanently -- just gotta get some stuff sorted out and I'll be back in a turbo Miata of some sort, probably an older NA track rat-ish car that's worth less than 5k, haha!
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I can Imagine that Ed, thanks for your time.
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I uploaded a bunch of pics on Facebook. I think you should all be able to see them. If not, then I'll just, uh, upload them here when I get back to work. Tim took these, but still demonstrate the current condition of the car. Car pics | Facebook
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No more baby, sadly. But we are still going to move back out to Utah and it would be an easier move without the Miata. This car is still available until March, at which point I will go ahead and register it and keep it.
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PMd you about a possible trade.
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PMd you about a possible trade.
PM replied. I am definitely interested in trades for fun cars that have more than 2 seats.
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Also sent you a pm.
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PM Replied. Uploaded some pics from the PO taken in November. I will take more detailed pics when I can get it in the shop on a lift.
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