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Old 02-24-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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there is a 96 automatic miata with 49k. the car is titled and registered in texas as a salvage title car. i double checked with the florida dmv and they said there wouldnt be a problem switching the title, it would jsut be a salvage florida title . car looks really good and no frame damage. comes with softop that has ripped window and a matching red hardtop. 3500 from 3800, just looking for some input on the price and the fact that its salvaged. since its already inspected and titled will it hold value for resale?

the car was in a front right accident, looks like the miata just went under the car, messed up the bumper, fender and hood along with the headlight but didnt crush the frame. It was painted and matches really good, they did a good job it seems.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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If you plan on having a fun car, get a manual...

If you can't learn to drive a manual, go watch a youtube video and then buy a manual. No one ever taught me, I just got in and drove home after watching one video. It's not difficult, and if it's difficult for you, don't drive.
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WAY too expensive. You can get a decent clean title car for that price
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WAY too expensive. You can get a decent clean title car for that price
Without a salvaged title being key. A few years back I bought a 95 M edition for $2500. She had her dings, dents, and paint defects, but it was a solid car with the factory torsen rear end. When I sold it, it went for $3500ish
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there is a 96 automatic
Have you driven it yet? Seriously i drove an automatic 99 miata and holy crap that thing was sooo slow compared to a manual.
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sounds over priced even with the hardtop. Offer them $1500 CASH keep the hard top and sell the car
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Old 02-25-2010, 12:37 AM   #7
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yea i drove it, car rides fine and drives straight. it is slow but i dond mind it. even tho the car is already inspected and titled you guys think that is too high? i think its good just cuz its titled already, car is in really good shape.
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yea i drove it, car rides fine and drives straight. it is slow but i dond mind it. even tho the car is already inspected and titled you guys think that is too high? i think its good just cuz its titled already, car is in really good shape.
Sounds like you've already made up your mind. Enjoy your overpriced slow car.
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Sounds like you've already made up your mind. Enjoy your overpriced slow car.
POW!Never buy an automatic Miata.And It was in an accident?WTF?
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Do some of you not know the difference between a gentle ribbing and being an all out *****? If this site was a true competition site, much like Competitiondiesel with peoples livelyhoods at stake, I could understand the negativity among new comers.... But face it, minus a few select sponsors/admins/mods, no one here is any higher on the food chain then anyone else.

As evident from your driver side frame rail, we've all been newbs at some point. This is not a gang, and if newcomers were supposed to succumb to a hazing, the admins would have already stepped up to the plate.

To the OP, please do yourself a favor and pass on the car, especially if you are worried about resale.
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Do some of you not know the difference between a gentle ribbing and being an all out *****? If this site was a true competition site, much like Competitiondiesel with peoples livelyhoods at stake, I could understand the negativity among new comers.... But face it, minus a few select sponsors/admins/mods, no one here is any higher on the food chain then anyone else.

As evident from your driver side frame rail, we've all been newbs at some point. This is not a gang, and if newcomers were supposed to succumb to a hazing, the admins would have already stepped up to the plate.

To the OP, please do yourself a favor and pass on the car, especially if you are worried about resale.
You've been here long enough to know this is not going to end well for you...right?
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:53 AM   #12
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That's a fair price for a manual if the car is clean with the hard top. The auto is a head-ache.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:40 AM   #13
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im not a troll, thanks for the warm welcome tho . Auto doesnt bother me, my plans are to put a ls1 in the car. ive bascially made my decision but wanted some input on the situation. tyson87 from this forum came with me to look at the car and the car is perfect except the "salvage" title. i plan on getting suspension and rims, then start looking for a motor and tranny.
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Buy it and send me the throttle body. Wait, are the 1.8 throttle bodies different from the 1.6? Dammit.

What kind of rimz are you getting?
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the car is red so i was thinking either black which i feel is played out on alot of cars, gold with chrome lip or bronze. roll bar is priority on my list tho. I was also considering just spray painting the stockers and getting some used coilovers or something so the car doesnt look so stock.
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Is there any reason why you are buying the automatic?

I'll bet you could find something for a better price, with a clean title, and a 5-speed.

Even if you don't care about the motor or the tranny and just want the shell for a LS1 swap, you can find one cheaper.
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Another thing to think about- If the metals been twisted, it has been fatigued. The ls1 makes 3-4 times more power then the stock engine. Do you really want to use a fatigued chassis? You are also talking about one of the cheaper purchases your going to make when doing an LS1 swap. Most of us are well over 10-15k, and some of us have peaked 20-30k on our builds.
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im not a troll, thanks for the warm welcome tho . Auto doesnt bother me, my plans are to put a ls1 in the car. ive bascially made my decision but wanted some input on the situation. tyson87 from this forum came with me to look at the car and the car is perfect except the "salvage" title. i plan on getting suspension and rims, then start looking for a motor and tranny.
I'm guessing you live in Fl. Here's a much better option: https://www.miataturbo.net/forum/t43926/

Since you're thinking about going the LS1 route. Buy Tony's car and part it out. You'll get a lot of your money back. The engine is in really good shape. I'll be down to buying some of the parts myself!

And we also know Tony. Great mechanical skills and honest dude. What more do you want?

Just my 2 cents.
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I'm guessing you live in Fl. Here's a much better option: https://www.miataturbo.net/forum/t43926/

I showed him that car with the first post he made inquiring advice. Personally I would buy it
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im gona daily the car untill i have all the parts needed to do the swap.
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