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  • Osvaldo Suarez 4:03pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink |
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    2016 MX5 Club For Sale 

    Hi to all, and I hope I’m doing this correctly. I’ve been on a few meets with the club for the last year or so, and I just registered. I have something to offer to the members here.

    I’m selling my 2016 MX5 Black On Black Club edition with manual transmission.

    The car is very clean with only 5560 miles. I bought it brand new at Greico Mazda in May 2017. It now rides on 949 Racing 6UL wheels wrapped by Yokohama S drive 235 tires. It’s got a Willwood big brakes kit, and rides on a fully adjustable set of JRZ two coilovers with Karcepts sway bars. Plus a stainless muffler from road sport that I bought from another member here.

    I have all the original parts which go with the car as well. This car is still under the 36 month bumper to bumper warranty for one more year. This car rides like a proper sports car which has been garage kept and babied.

    I don’t know how to post pictures, but I can text or email anyone interested any pictures they want.

    I’m asking $23K and can be reached at 305-898-0163

     
    • DJ 5:26pm on Monday, March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a REALLY clean car. It is basically brand new with so few miles. I have driven this car, wish I was in the market for a ND.

      Good luck with the sale, you porcupine!

  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink |
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    Congrats to Bruce Winter – 30th Anniversary MX-5 

    South Florida Miata Club member Bruce Winter was able to secure one of only 500 of the 30th Anniversary Edition cars. Can’t wait to see it.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 6:35am on Saturday, February 9, 2019 Permalink |
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      New Colors Coming On Future NDs 

      You’re too late to get a 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata, unless you were one of the 500 Miata fans who raced to Mazda’s special website to order one of the 500 special Racing Orange convertibles or RF coupes being made available to Americans. Still, after studying the car and conducting interviews with Mazda North America operations president Masahiro Moro and MX-5 chief designer Masashi Nakayama, we uncovered some tasty tidbits about the Miata and the company’s mainstream SUVs and sedans that make it possible. Here’s what we learned.

      Keep your eye on the special wheels.
      The Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels save mass on the famously Colin Chapman-esque lightweight sports car, though Nakayama, who spoke Japanese through an interpreter, would not say how much weight. It makes sense that this new wheel will find its way onto the more track-focused Miata Club models, at least as an accessory option, by the 2020 model year or later. They won’t have the cool “30th Anniversary” etching on the rim, of course.

      Don’t expect yearly special editions.
      Through the NA, NB, and NC generations of the Miata, Mazda regularly introduced special-edition models at the Chicago Auto Show, the event where car was first unveiled in February 1989. But Nakayama and Moro would not commit to future special editions like those old models, which often had special wheels, Momo steering wheels and shift knobs, and the like. Do expect new and special paint colors, and continuous engineering improvement as was done for 2019, since the MX-5, like all sports cars, must have a long lifecycle.

      Do expect more new paint colors.
      Racing Orange was one of three special colors proposed for the 30th Anniversary Miata after Nakayama’s team began working on the special edition about two years ago. (And here it seems like we were just celebrating the car’s 25th anniversary.) The other two colors will likely show up in future model years, he hinted.

      https://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-30th-anniversary-suvs-diesel/

       
      • Mark Gilbert 8:41pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink |
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        30th Anniversary Unveiling Tomorrow 

        Log on to Mazda USA website tomorrow at 12:30pm to see the official unveiling of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5.

        It will be offered in the new Racing Orange color, in both soft top and RF models but only 500 will be available for sale in the U.S., so have your credit cards ready.

        30th Anniversary MX-5 Miata

         
      • Robert Burr 9:49am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink |
        Tags: automatic transmission, , recall   

        Mazda MX-5 Miata Automatic Transmission Recall 

        Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions because an electrical problem could cause the cars to suddenly lose power and potentially result in a crash.

        More than 14,000 cars are affected. Mazda says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

        Vehicles recalled: Approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions.

        The problem: A software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly.

        The fix: Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners, a Mazda spokesperson told CR.

        How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. A Mazda spokesperson told CR that the automaker would notify owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019.

        NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

        https://www.mazdarecallinfo.com/

         
      • Mark Gilbert 8:04am on Sunday, December 9, 2018 Permalink |
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        Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Model Coming 

        30th Anniversary Edition ND for the United States

        Status: Confirmed
        Release: Most likely Spring of 2019
        Model year: Unknown at this time (might be 2020, or, might not)
        Limited Edition: Only 3,000 worldwide, only 500 in the USA
        New or different features: Unknown at this time
        Color: Orange

         

        2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary will be available for pre-order with a starting MSRP[1]of $34,995

        This special edition MX-5 Miata is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine rated to deliver 181 horsepower

        Exclusive features include Racing Orange exterior paint and interior accents, special serial number badging, RAYS 17-inch forged alloy wheels and RECARO sports seats with Alcantara seating surface

        CHICAGO (February 7, 2019) – In 1989 the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to share another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.

        Continuing to embrace the philosophy of the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, this special edition represents three decades of history. A history that has been filled with so many people, from the passionate Mazda engineers who created the first-generation MX-5 as a homage to early lightweight European sportscars, to the succeeding development engineers who took up the challenge to build on the high ambitions of their predecessors. Collectively, they all helped the MX-5 reach amazing heights, from being the first car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year in the same year with the current generation MX-5 Miata in 2016, to achieving production of one millionth units in April 2016. In total, the MX-5 has won over 280 awards, as of January 2019, with many of those accolades thanks to the unshakable support of Mazda owners and fans all over the world. This special edition is meant to commemorate all these milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.

        The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which added many new features including a newly refined powertrain rated to deliver 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17 percent increase over the previous model year. The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.

        To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.

        Standard in all 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary models are Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM infotainment technologies. Also standard is SiriusXM with three-month subscription and new SiriusXM three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link® subscription.

        No special edition would be complete without the appropriate badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be affixed with a special “30th Anniversary” serialized badging on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.

        Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at http://www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. Owners can order their 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission. Orders can be placed starting on 2/7 at 12 p.m. CST.

         
        • Doug Quara 11:39am on Monday, August 13, 2018 Permalink |
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          More good reviews of 2019 MX-5 

          https://autoweek.com/article/car-reviews/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-first-drive-goldilocks-choice


          https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-review/

          https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/first-drives/a22713193/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-first-drive/

          https://www.motortrend.com/cars/mazda/miata/2019/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-first-test-review/

          https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-review-first-drive/

          https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-pricing-msrp/

          https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/news/full-review-and-driving-impressions-2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-nd2/

           
          • Mark Gilbert 12:29pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 Permalink |
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            Great Reviews By Cars.com & Jalopnick 

            Here is the new review by Cars.com of the 2019 MX-5 with the added horsepower and other enhancements. You can tell the guy is definitely in love with the car. Aren’t we all!!
            Also a new Mazda commercial coming soon.
            https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-mazda-miata-s-extra-power-and-improved-cuphold-1828264024?utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

            https://www.cars.com/articles/2019-mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-increases-in-price-power-1420700934154/

             

             
          • Andrew 3:55pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink |
            Tags: error, failure, , Screen   

            Alert – Infotainment Center Issue 

            Heads up for anyone with a ND:

            On Monday, I noticed that the LCD screen on my 2016 GT was displaying 4-7 white thin horizontal lines (see attached photo). It is most prominent on startup and fades a bit with use of the applications. I noticed when I was using the Nav and saw that parts of the map was broken up by the lines.

            I usually set the display to off unless I am using the Navigation system or listening to music. So perhaps it might have started earlier. The car is garage kept and although I was driving it for about an 1hr in the sun, the display was not too hot to the touch.

            Off to the dealer I went, knowing that most likely the display will need to be replaced (not in stock) under warranty. On a computer system its either the video card or the monitor. Plus the dash will need to be taken apart to replace the unit (it would be nice if I could get them to pre-wire the display for a backup camera – wishful thinking).

            Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on the outcome. There is some chatter in the MX-5 Miata forum discussing the screen going completely blank. This has not happened to me, but for anyone with a hack, I would start to consider on a way to remove it should the need arise to have the display replaced. Not sure if they would argue that the issue is due to a hack and voids the warranty. I have not hacked my system, its what some were saying on the forum.

            The entertainment center still functions it’s just the lines are annoying and indicative of pending failure.

             
            • Robert Burr 4:12pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              Thanks, will keep an eye out for such issues.

            • Andrew 10:02am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              July 10 Update: All fixed; zoom zoom again. Gunther replaced the display unit (list for approx $1100 plus labor) under warranty and they did it an hour. Yesterday I received a call from Teri (service rep) advising they received the part. Set appt for 8:30 today, arrived early and it was done; no hassle or issue.

            • Mark Gilbert 6:25pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              Glad you got it fixed without any issues. Guess Cathy made it there without a problem.

          • Mark Gilbert 8:00am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink |
            Tags: PPF, Repaint, Rock Chips   

            Got My Car Back 

            Thankfully after 3 long weeks, I got my car back yesterday after having the entire front end repainted because of numerous rock chips. Now the car has to sit for another 2 weeks while the paint dries completely so the PPF can be put on. Getting the entire hood, bumper and partial fenders done. Don’t want to see any more rock chips in the future! It’s expensive but well worth the money. Anyone buying a new Miata should have it done

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