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Old 07-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Buying a $2K Miata

Hey guys, I'm Sal and am in the market for a NA miata or E30 BMW. I have test driven my friend's NA and I loved it, so have been on the search recently.

I have been reading many of the stickies on here, and they have been very useful. I found this specific one to be very helpful:

https://www.miataturbo.net/useful-sa...ig-post-10821/

In addition, I have come across this turbo miata and would appreciate opinions on the deal. I have been reading that 5psi is a safe boost amount to run without IC, and it looks okay but it's priced much lower than the turbo miatas I have seen for sale.

1991 Mazda Miata

Thoughts? I am going to see it tomorrow and am going to take a buddy with me however I don't know the miata from top to bottom. I have read a lot in the past and now, and am definitely a mechanically inclined person but would really appreciate some guidance.
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I'd say it's a decent deal...buy it, then buy an intercooler, injectors, and a megasquirt. Also scrap the style bar and put a real roll bar in it.
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Thanks. Yeah, #1 item I would get after purchase is roll bar. The other items would gradually come if it's mechanically sound. If not, then yes
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Looks like someone many years and several owners ago loved that car. I think it's on borrowed time from just hearing about the issues it has and haven't been fixed.
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I thought this thread was going to be about buying a S2000.
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I thought this thread was going to be about buying a S2000.
I did too at first. I was like, an S2k Miata?? First thought was f20c converted Miata.
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Posting was deleted: so tell us, are we one member stronger?
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My bad should have created a better title. It was a turbo miata going for $1900. It was sold yesterday and I was confirmed to see it today -__-

ha yeah, I'm still on the hunt for a miata. Actually I'm choosing between an E30 325i and a NA gen miata to start as a build for a track car. I'm shooting for $2000 for a solid car and am pretty confident I can at least find a decent miata. A decent 325i is hard to come across. Drove both and liked them, just comes down to the best deal I find

This is what I am looking at right now...either this E30:

1987 BMW 325is pearl 5spd

Or this Miata:

1992 Mazda Miata

I bet I can negotiate the E30 owner down a tad bit to what I want, miata seems clean, but will only find out when I see it in person
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In my experience, buying a completely rust free car is worth spending a extra couple hundred dollars.

Also, in my experience, spending a few hundred extra to get a bit nicer car is also well worth it.

Finding a decent miata in Ohio for $2000 is extremely difficult. I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods. I paid less than $3000 for a 120k mile rust free '96, but it needed/needs some work and I kind of wish I would have spent another $800 to ge the absolute nicest car I could...

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My first thought:

"Look at Mr. Moneybags here, flaunting his wealth and paying $2,000 for a Miata."

Then I remembered that some places have weather, and that for some reason, the worse the weather, the more convertibles cost.

(Which seems really weird to me.)
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In my experience, buying a completely rust free car is worth spending a extra couple hundred dollars.

Also, in my experience, spending a few hundred extra to get a bit nicer car is also well worth it.

Finding a decent miata in Ohio for $2000 is extremely difficult. I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods. I paid less than $3000 for a 120k mile rust free '96, but it needed/needs some work and I kind of wish I would have spent another $800 to ge the absolute nicest car I could...
It's hard to find a rust-free miata over here (DC) as well. Most of which you have to pay a premium for - which I don't have the funds for lol. But, will manage something hopefully
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My first thought:

"Look at Mr. Moneybags here, flaunting his wealth and paying $2,000 for a Miata."

Then I remembered that some places have weather, and that for some reason, the worse the weather, the more convertibles cost.

(Which seems really weird to me.)
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I thought it was weird that so many non CA folks fly over here and drive our miata's back home until I looked at the terrible crap buckets they sell in the rust-ridden states and what they ask for them.
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It's hard to find a rust-free miata over here (DC) as well. Most of which you have to pay a premium for - which I don't have the funds for lol. But, will manage something hopefully
If you can't afford a "premium" stock Miata, how do you plan to fund a track car? Hot hating just wondering...
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Did you get that 1992 Miata? Or is it still for sale?
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