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Old 08-15-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I have a 92' stock Miata in good repair (85k) that I have to sell but it has the dreaded air bag light blinking. I don't want to spend all lot on repairs just to sell the car. What do you think I should do?

Repair the air bag module.

Install an aftermarket steering wheel with resistor.

Sell as is to Miata enthusiast.

Other ideas?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
Marc

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
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Do nothing. Ask for 5% more than the car is probably really worth. Sell for 3-5% less than it'd be worth with a working airbag.
Profit/laziness.
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Do nothing. Ask for 5% more than the car is probably really worth. Sell for 3-5% less than it'd be worth with a working airbag.
Profit/laziness.
Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Thanks for the idea but is it true that I can't sell the car if the airbag light is blinking?
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Not sure where you are located, so I can't comment on local law, but I think you can sell a car that won't pass inspection if you disclose it up front.
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Most used car purchases have an assumed "as is" on the condition of the car.

If you're really nervous about it you can write up a bill of sale that mentions the airbag light being on, and that purchasing the car means the buyer assumes all responsibility/liability for it, etc.
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Again, thanks for the comments. I have learned a bit. Just to be clear, I don't want to fix the airbag module if someone wants to tear it out or bypass it and install a custom steering wheel, as was my plan. And I don't want to install a custom steering wheel if someone wants to choose their own while tricking out the car. I am happy to discount the selling price in lieu of the airbag light, but don't want to throw away money -- mine or the buyers!
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Remove offending bulb.
Sell car.
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Remove offending bulb.
Sell car.
Too much work cover with tape or put a resistor on the plug.

But on a serious note, is it blinking because it needs to be reset due to a battery pull?
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Tried all the tricks, including reset. No go! It's the blue module under dash and I am just too big {physically) to do the job myself.
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This will fix you right up. Worked like a charm on my car when nothing else did.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:42 PM   #13
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Car got sold, blinking airbag light and all! Thanks for the advice folks. Now I miss my Miata :-(
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