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Old 03-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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Hey everyone
I found a 1998 miata with 64,000 miles and hardtop for sale locally. When the guy said it was a 98 I looked at him funny, because I didn't think they actually existed. I looked at the VIN sticker and sure enough, built in 1/98.

Just wondering if because it's a 98 if it's really worth anymore.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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I believe it is still considered a 97 model even though it was made in 98.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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Here is a pic of the body. Clearly not a 97 body style. VIN code states NB
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:27 AM   #4
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Then it is probably actually labeled as a 99. I would call up Mazda and give them your vin number and ask them what exact model year and options you have to know for sure. If you someone how a "98" model and Mazda confirms it I bet m.net would love you and people on there would offers millions of dollars for it.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:28 AM   #5
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I believe they started the '99s early that year because there was no '98. It's a '99 miata if it's a US spec car.

Also, hello from Maine.
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Nice to see another "Mainah" on the site. Do you know of any meetings or events locally.
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There are quite a lot of 98 models here in Europe. My Nb is made 03/1998.
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I called the dealer.... It's a "99" There goes my retirement plan.......
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My car is a '99, but I think my door tags says 7/98.
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you know you can drink milk past the date on the carton? it's a sell by date, not an expiration date.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:59 AM   #11
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Nice to see another "Mainah" on the site. Do you know of any meetings or events locally.
I don't know of any miata things, but I don't fit in with a lot of the regular miata crowd. I do hang out with the local autocross club, cumberland motor club, and there are quite a few miatas there that I fit in with a bit better.
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Yeah, my 99 is either 3/98 or 4/98 production.
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Buy it cheap, then sell to some clubroadster retard as the "RARE UNICORN '98 MAD TYTE JDM EDITION" for 3x the price.

Profit.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:37 PM   #14
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Too funny..... Wish i could. My luck i'd be stuck with it. The guy who owns it wants an automatic Miata. Told me that If i can find him an auto with about the same mileage he'd trade me. If I got it, I'd take the hardtop and sell the car...
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #15
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Mine was produced 2/98, the 7477th one off the line. The last 5 digits of the vin will tell you order made. Yours for sure is one of the 5's that may exhibit crank walk issues, be careful to check it.
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Yeah, there's not necessarily a correlation between year produced and model year. You know how near the end of the year you'll see people driving around in cars sold as next-year cars (like at the end of 2011, some had 2012 cars)? Those cars weren't built in the future...
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Does it have 1998 rotary pistons?
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my 1990 was produced in April of 1989
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