Ordinarily, these trends come and go and correct fairly quickly, but the end of this article points out what I bet a lot of us are seeing: drive by most car lots these days and they look pretty barren—that’s the real marker of reality, not hype. Seems like a lot of car lots are even strategically positioning what they… Read more
High mileage yes, but other than the seats I’d say it actually looks reasonably fresh. The leather in Miata seats was crap quality, and they’re all dried out and cracked now no matter the mileage—reupholstering them is common practice and not that expensive, I’ll probably do mine this year. One thing that suggests to… Read more
In NA Miatas it’s usually the module. They’re all getting old enough that the capacitors are starting to go. There are people who will happily refresh your wonky stereo or ECU by going in and replacing the bad capacitors, but nobody wants to touch airbag modules due to the liability. Read more
Airbag light is likely the clockspring, when I got a quote for this on my ‘93 MX-6 it was just south of a grand and the internet said it was woefully finicky if I tried to do it myself. I know it’s a different Mazda, but I can’t imagine the Miata’s cheaper or easier. Read more
NP for personal reasons. I had a Miata identical to this one in 1997. I LOVED it. It’s probably the car I most regret selling! The only thing that makes me sad here is the aftermarket stereo. The 1993 black and tan Miata was the only one that came with a rare stereo that including shakers in the seats that shook the… Read more
Top of the market is in five figures, these days. This price is mid-grade, especially with a hardtop. I still think it’s a hair high but I would be willing to look at the car and see if I could talk the owner down a bit.
The seller about 50% higher than what someone should pay for this car. It will never be a collectible due to its condition and mileage. Sorry but nobody should pay top of the market price for middle market condition and the highest mileage out there. Guarantee this car needs all new bushings, fluids, and spark plugs… Read more
Hmmm. Radiator’s already been done… new airbag module $300, new seat covers $600, new soft top (it’s gonna need one sooner or later) $500… do your own work and you’ll still have some money for tools and whatever miscellaneous other maintenance the car no doubt needs. Then you’d have a high-mileage but well-sorted NA… Read more
Well, it’s gonna need replacement soon anyway because it’s amazing that that vinyl rear window hasn’t already given up and shredded itself. $500-600 bucks for a quality aftermarket one with a glass window, plus an afternoon of swearing and pinching your fingers if you want to do the replacement yourself.
Having shopped and purchased an NB in the last year, this is a tough one. I paid 5K for a clean 140K 2001 LS and felt I got the right deal not stellar not bad...an RP (right price). This one seems high for the mileage but it’s now what they are going for, with the hardtop. Given how easy these motors are to work on,… Read more