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Old 11-15-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hey all. New to miatas but not new to the car scene...

Just a brief history about myself.. been a Lexus guy all of my driving years and i love them to death. I enjoy the Lux life but then again do not enjoy the gas prices... Owned a SC400, Supercharged GS400, and a second Supercharged GS400. lol...

anyways so im looking for a miata, more specifically Mazdaspeed Miata MX5...

and i found one local but i need some guidance.

Specs on the car..
Bone Stock 2004 MSM with 91k miles on it.
Exterior is rated at a 6.5 outta 10
Interior is rated at 7.5 outta 10
Engine is unknown since i did not test for compression n what not but it feels ok. not as fast as my previous cars but ehh.

Issues:
-Car has 91k miles and owner purchased from Auction (most likely to flip)
-Maintenance logged up until 50k but beyond that is unknown
-most likely will need ALL major maintenance done
-All fluids needs to be replaced
-Possibly clutch will need to be replaced in the near future
-door lock does not work? (actuator maybe)
-minor paint scruff front bumper
-speaker on driver door doesnt work (from what i hear)


The car drives fine from what i felt.. Drives its age. Have to drive it again to see since i only took it for a small spin...

What do you guys think is a good asking price?


oh n heres my past car.


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Old 11-15-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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Please don't slam your miata and retard it out like that lexus.

That poor poor lexus.

It's probably wondering what it did wrong to deserve to be slammed like a 2 dollar d0r1f0 ***** and trashed.




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Old 11-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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Please don't slam your miata and retard it out like that lexus.

That poor poor lexus.

It's probably wondering what it did wrong to deserve to be slammed like a 2 dollar d0r1f0 ***** and trashed.




oh and welcome

umm... im on Air suspension n i dont drive that low

and i dont plan on slamming a miata. #hellaflush
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umm... im on Air suspension n i dont drive that low

and i dont plan on slamming a miata. #hellaflush
That's great. Thank you.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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My opinion is to steer clear of that MSM. If you are in no rush, you will easily find a better non-MSM turbo Miata for the same price or cheaper with better hardware.
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depends on the price. I'd rock an MSM in a heartbeat, but only for the right price. if its tired and salvaged, the price better be killer...
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The asking price was 8.5k. Figure giving him a reasonable offer to offset the cost of maintenance n repairs would be fair.

Reason why im looking for a miata is because my GS recently got T-boned at the intersection. Figure its time to try a new brand out... also kinda got tired of 19 mpg highway.
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msm isn't much better on fuel mileage actually. their ecu sucks.

and unless he lets it go for under 7 I'd pass
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I am with 18psi. $7,000 would be my top dollar. Look on here at the classifieds and you will see what you can get in your price range. You should add your location too, I forget where it was (found it on CL), but I remember seeing a MSM for sale with the FM upgrade kit for around $11,000.
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Welcome, vwynn. Check out the Miata Gallery and post up some pics!
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Ill shoot for 6 and let it work its way up but agree.. no more than 7k due to the major headaches it can cause.

Is there anything specific i should check again on the car? like major MSM flaws (engine/suspension/interior) stuff.
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Do some high RPM shifts and make sure all the synchros are ok.
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ill see if i have time to check it out again.

heres the picture of the engine of said car.

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looks pretty unmolested for the most part... like no one has gone down there in a LONG time...
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Confirms my original suggestion.
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