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post #23431 of 26274
Oh yeah, know that one all too well.



You don't want to be doing this. Or paying someone else to. For the cost of a quarter panel done right? You could do an extensive service/maintenance spree on a car.

It would cost as much as - timing belt, plugs, fuel pump, clutch, brake overhaul, all fluids changed, a/c serviced, and a good detail. In something like the Z car.
Edited by Thrift Vader - 7/16/16 at 1:46am
post #23432 of 26274
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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

Oh yeah, know that one all too well.



You don't want to be doing this. Or paying someone else to. For the cost of a quarter panel done right? You could do an extensive service/maintenance spree on a car.

It would cost as much as - timing belt, plugs, fuel pump, clutch, brake overhaul, all fluids changed, a/c serviced, and a good detail. In something like the Z car.

 

As Thrift Vader says, doing it right will be $$$, esp if it involves messing with the door jamb. Rust on the trailing half of the rear quarter (between the tire and rear bumper), is far less work.

 

Doing it cheap? If you bother? Sand off the ugly stuff, slap on some POR15, fill and paint. :cheers:

Beware though, that a crappy looking repair will cast doubt on everything else done on the car. Often it can be best to leave it as-is. 

post #23433 of 26274
I looked up a few things, that miata didn't stack up.

The guy with the RX8 might want to trade.

Is 167k miles a deal breaker?
Edited by ridethecliche - 7/16/16 at 10:03pm
post #23434 of 26274
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I looked up a few things, that miata didn't stack up.

The guy with the RX8 might want to trade.

Is 167k miles a deal breaker?

Besides the body panel rust stuff, what was wrong with the Miata (dunno if you could've negotiated some cash back as well)?

I don't know if I'd go with a rotary. Miles are not bad, but fixing a rotary might be.
post #23435 of 26274
Not a deal breaker if it's healthy, exhaust is normal.
Rotaries are like any other engine.

Might be high miles, but if it is a good foundation?
Worth driving now, upgrading it by dumping some cash into it later. When the time comes.as with all cars, supreme performance requires supreme maintenance.

Plenty of myths about all Mazda's. But when it does eventually need a rebuild, (like any engine) i can organize parts. satisfied.gif

Super simple engines. Spooky for the pushrod crowd, pay no attention to rumors, treat a rotary as a rotary. And you will enjoy it. Plenty of guys here do.

Check the car properly . Could be a good deal.
Edited by Thrift Vader - 7/17/16 at 5:52am
post #23436 of 26274
post #23437 of 26274
Right?

But i have seen some CRAY RX8's here. and man, they still got the flavor. If not even more aggressive looking. Really a great car on it's own merits.
But. .
I'll see your RX7 pic, and will raise with an RX8 pic.

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post #23438 of 26274

Here's the RX8 for reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post


Besides the body panel rust stuff, what was wrong with the Miata (dunno if you could've negotiated some cash back as well)?

I don't know if I'd go with a rotary. Miles are not bad, but fixing a rotary might be.

 

Re: Miata.


They offered 500 bucks, but they have the car listed for 2900. I could probably find a seller for my bike for 4k and take off a few parts and sell those on ebay and make my money back eventually. This is not counting the stock suspension and wheels that I could probably find a solid buyer for 500 all said and done. All this stuff done, I'd probably close to break even on the bike.

 

For 4k you can get a miata in awesome condition, often with a hardtop as well.

 

So basically, the car is pretty good, but I could do far better if I sold the bike and bought a car. Especially if I listed my bike for 4k instead of 5k and waited a month or so to buy the car when prices fall. I'll likely drop the price in another week or so. 

post #23439 of 26274
From those pics?
What i see is someones daily driver, rarely driven in anger. And freshly detailed.
Perhaps it needed a detail? Because daily's can get grimey. Good news is, if it has a service history, and in general good condition? A solid car, a good base to start your enthusiast career. And a whole lot more car for your money than a Miata in the same price range. Manual, awesome color combo. And performance lurking beneath the skin.

Kop. All day.

Then, those wheels need to go. SSR Type C's, or Gramlights in gray or black will get it looking right. fing02[1].gif
post #23440 of 26274

Haha, those pics of the interior are at a carwash vacuum! (see pic 4)

post #23441 of 26274
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Yeah, you can tell the owner detailed it too. Could be presented a LOT better. @jcman, you gotta agree, it looks like an honest car.
With a few bumps and scratches.But a buff and clay bar would bring back the sparkle.

RTC could be proud of that one.
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Haha, those pics of the interior are at a carwash vacuum! (see pic 4)
post #23442 of 26274

I think it does look good.  I was actually gonna edit my comment to say as much.  What year was it, like an 05 or 06?  Thats not bad for a 10 yo car.

 

Much better than the miata.

 

But I'd take the miata and slam a blown LS engine in it.  :nodding: (along with a new rear end and some other components)

 

edit:  i see its an 07 with 160k.  Not knowing how long rotaries last I'd still say you are good.  (for at least another 40-50k) Guy put a lot of miles on it in those 9-10 years so hopefully he kept up maintenance.  Also that bike is killer.  No way I'd trade a miata for that and $500

post #23443 of 26274
ITR with dat JDM front end tho.......
post #23444 of 26274
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ITR with dat JDM front end tho.......

I think that is the Mazdaspeed front. Could you imagine the metallic blue, same front and rims, with subtle use of carbon (canards,lip,wing), dropped an inch, with decent parts choices and Aluminum/carbon interior pieces?
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Edited by Thrift Vader - 7/18/16 at 6:58am
post #23445 of 26274
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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

I think that is the Mazdaspeed front. Could you imagine the metallic blue, same front and rims, with subtle use of carbon (canards,lip,wing), dropped an inch, with decent parts choices and Aluminum/carbon interior pieces?
drool.gif

It's actually an OEM Honda front end with HID lights.

My boy used to have a white one lowered on Mugen MF10 in bronze...........so sick!
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