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Old 01-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Well as some may know from my other, really depressing thread about my fiance of 7 years wanting to separate, I am moving out and taking all my **** with me. I found a nice little duplex that HAS a garage, no more apartment parking lots! Anyways, obviously I will be taking the Miata back that she is driving. It's an 01 auto with about 80k. I bought it for 6500 about 7 or so months ago. Since then it's been in a small accident involving a rear bumper replacement. Originally, I was thinking about selling it and taking my loses...but now I'm really considering otherwise.
What about using it as my daily driver. I do about 80 miles or so a day with my commute and now that I'm working on my turbo project for my 97 I really didn't want to stack those miles on it. Rollbars, solid motor mounts, 6 puck clutches, and etc. make daily driving a little less comfortable than I would like.
Since turning 21 and starting the university(no more community college bitches!!!), my full coverage went down to about $115 a month. If I was to full coverage cover the 01, it would be around $135...and basic weekend insurance for the 97 would be about $40. Obviously both would be even cheaper if I paid in advance.

It's just an idea. I put 6500 in this car and I'm willing to bet it I would lose a couple thousand if I sold it.
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I daily a "gold-digger-filter" 1994 and it doesn't bother me. Besides, driving a naturally aspirated miata will keep me from going to jail.
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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wait. what was the question?

my answer is to turbo the **** out of the 01 and drive it daily.
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Put a turbo on the daily too. Auto FTW.
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I thought I could daily drive my miata with a greddy kit and some stiff suspension, I ended up buy an '08 lancer cause it was just a little bit too much for my 50 mile commute
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Sounds like a valid idea.

I daily drove various miatas for almost a decade. It can be done. Just find a new GF with an F-150 or subaru outback to haul big **** around in and you're set.
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Can't answer your DD question, but I'm trying to figure out how you had a fiance for 7 years if you are 21.

Actually, I DD my 99 for trips to see customers, oftentimes 500 miles a day, so it will do the job.
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Sounds like a valid idea.

I daily drove various miatas for almost a decade. It can be done. Just find a new GF with an F-150 or subaru outback to haul big **** around in and you're set.
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yes, everyone needs a GF with a truck.
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yes, everyone needs a GF with a truck.
When I met my wife, she had a truck, a Jeep and a Suzuki Intruder 800. All bought new. Ans she owned her own house. At least I knew she was self sufficient. I can't stand women that can't take care of things themselves.
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I'd absolutely keep it. miata is a great daily driver, just as long as you're not a big *** guy that cant fit...
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I daily mine.

MMR motor mounts, ground control, race seats, loud exhaust, and lack of trust in reliability. I'm getting a dual sport motorcycle.
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I daily drive what you see in my sig in Westchester, soon to be NYC, rain snow or shine.
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Keep it and run it. I'm gonna cut the Saturn for a Miata in the summer. Gotta get a convertible!!!
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The Miata has been my DD for nearly five years now. Presently, it's my only vehicle, though for a large portion of that time I also had a motorcycle, for those days when it was just too pleasant outside to be cooped up behind a bunch of glass and sheet metal.

I see no issues whatsoever with keeping both Miatae and using the auto NB as the DD.
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keep the NB, make it look good. then make the NA fast.
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I daily my NB for the time being. It seems my '90 has become a project car...much to the dismay of my bank account.

The NB cars make great DD for the same reasons that so many non-enthusiasts tend to like 'em more than NAs: more composed, more quiet, blah blah blah.

Could you find something a bit more suitable for daily use (like with a trunk, perhaps)? Sure, easily...and just using the $$ from selling the auto car, even if you do take a hit on the selling price. I'd stick with the NB because it's more fun than, say, an Olds Cutlass or whatever is on craigslist this week.
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Can't answer your DD question, but I'm trying to figure out how you had a fiance for 7 years if you are 21.

Actually, I DD my 99 for trips to see customers, oftentimes 500 miles a day, so it will do the job.
We met it 9th grade when we were 14. I moved away for college, she later followed me...then after a year of living together decides she wants to try something else.
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We met it 9th grade when we were 14. I moved away for college, she later followed me...then after a year of living together decides she wants to try something else.
Sounds like she ready to **** it up at da club. I'm sorry, I don't know her or the situation. I do know that being the NB is an automatic, it would work great for a daily driver and the NA would work good as a project car. My 2 cents.

My miata is my project car, but also gets to be the daily for winter time. Then the Mazdaspeed 3 gets to be the daily durning the summer because the A/C is the poop. I really just trade back and forth so I don't get bored with either of them..
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Daily it! I've been DD my miata for three years, rain or shine. It was -16F outside all day today and it still ran great (courtesy of a cardboard + duct tape cover over the mouth). My only complaint is that it's too noisy on the highway to talk on a cell phone, but other than that, I love driving it year round. Used to drive 80mi a day.
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