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Old 10-15-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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Default turbo miata on craigslist... how much is it worth?

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/ctd/877260781.html

What do you think this car is worth? I will probably go check it out on Thursday if its still there...what sorts of things should I check out?
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:22 AM   #2
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at least 5 bucks....
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:25 AM   #3
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I wouldn't give them a dime over $2500, and I'd be hard pressed to give them that much.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:27 AM   #4
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I noticed that yesterday. It looks pretty well sorted with a quality roll bar and what looks like a FM2 kit.

Look to see if any smoke comes out of the back when you get on it. I don't really know what else you should specifically look for on a turbo miata, but I bet someone else on here can give you more specifics.

Other than that just look for the normal used car things, does it track straight, are all of the panels flush, weired noises, funky idle, check out all of the electronics, basic stuff.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:27 AM   #5
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I wouldn't give them a dime over $2500, and I'd be hard pressed to give them that much.
I figured it wouldn't be worth anywhere near what they are asking.. .$2500 seems awfully low though.
At the very least, I'll just go take a test flight for *****.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:30 AM   #6
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Yeah, that's an old FMII kit. Probably has the Link. I spot the MiataRoadster 3-gauge pillar pod too.
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I don't see that roll cage they claim it has. And the spelling is atrocious. Graphite wheels...as in made of pencil lead or just rattle canned? It's funny how people that don't know **** about cars think they can sell them.
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I don't see that roll cage they claim it has. And the spelling is atrocious.
Anyone that doesn't own a miata refers to a roll bar as a roll CAGE at least that's been my experience. And the "owners" of the dealership are probably from a country that ies on this country's southern border from the looks of the lot, which explains the spelling.

Also, to the OP, when you go up there ask them how much they want for the drivetrain out of the fagbird in the background...I'm thinking I'm going V8.
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:52 AM   #9
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It looks like the same car a guy had posted earlier this year, he was being deployed. I think he was letting it go for less than 3k at the time. Could be a different car, but looks similar, down to the VW "turbo" plaque on the finish panel.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:00 AM   #10
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assume the interior is crap. seat covers = shredded seats.

plus it's shod in azenis. no doubt it's been beat on. which by itself isn't bad, but it needs the maintenance to go with that beating.
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I spy a Koyo radiator. And a CUSTOM CUP HOLDER!!!
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God I hate when dealers rub power steering fluid on everything thats rubber or black to make it look shiny.
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I knew a lady who worked for a pot lot, and they would buy these cars at auctions for 300$-800$ and sell them for between 6,000 and 12,000, she said they never paid over 900 bucks for a car. She said they often made money on the car with just the buyers first down payment. Not that all pot lots are them same, but I cant see any pot lot having more than 3,000$ in that car.
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assume the interior is crap. seat covers = shredded seats.

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Given that the car is in FL and has leather, i'd be willing to bet that the seats are just fine and someone got tired of shitty burning hot leather seats and found a cheap solution.

I think somone should go test drive it and come back bitching that it's NOT a T3 turbo.... it's really a Mitsubishi A-10-13 prototype...and see if they change their listing. Tell them it's made of gold and worth $10k
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If you can get cash for it, be ready to pay up front at the lot that day. You don't have to take the money with you (I would), but make them know you could pay the amount you're offering on the spot. If you can do that, then read below:

After talking for a while and listening to the salesman talk the car up just say, "Dude, that car can't be worth more than $4k." Then say, "Alright, I might pay a little more if I can look it over and test drive it. I got $4,800 cash on me TODAY, but that's it. I need a car by the end of the week and I can't go higher." If they don't bend, the car isn't worth it. They might ask for your number and call you later when the car doesn't sell.

In the famous words of my friend's salesman-father, "I know you got fluff on that thing... Bend..."
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