or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto › Cars We Drive!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cars We Drive! - Page 1591

post #23851 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

. . . . . . . .


lol8[1].gif



Black interior is easy to work with. Easy to co-ordinate seats and stuff, which down the line will be important.

Don't early 1st gens not have the pillow wheel?

Haha I know, I know. I thought they were well out of my price range till my housemate asked if I'd looked. Guys asking 4500.

The NA came with bags in the US. Now inspection requires that they be looked at. That was the issue with the one I saw yesterday. I don't know how I'd delete the light without putting in 700 bucks for the part and tearing open the dash.

I talked to this guy Monday and half forgot about it. This thing looks solid as well. The 94s have the bigger engine but are still obd1. I hope the buyer bails this evening. Price seems good as well lol.

https://providence.craigslist.org/cto/5664604468.html
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcman311 View Post

All those pics and none of the engine bay? puzzled.gif

I'll ask.
post #23852 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

Who wants to hold the betting money?nest.gif

Hey now. I actually have money now

Honestly, I want to move on something this week. I just called the guy in RI with the red 94. He has two guys looking at it tonight, but he's going to call me if they fall through. I offered him 3k if things check out and he said he'd deliver the car here, but he wants cash (no bank checks either) so that would fix my issue with carrying that much cash.
post #23853 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

I wonder if I'll get my car before rtc does tongue.gif

Good morning.

For @ridethecliche the red Miata seems interesting - assuming the ppi checks out. Also, don't fret about shipping if needed. I had 2 cars shipped clear across the country with protective film and all for a bit over 2k.

For @GreenFrog, I bet my next car beats yours. Unlike your complicated repair, all they had to do was build it from scratch.

Jalopnik sends their best wishes out for you:

post #23854 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

Good morning.

For @ridethecliche the red Miata seems interesting - assuming the ppi checks out. Also, don't fret about shipping if needed. I had 2 cars shipped clear across the country with protective film and all for a bit over 2k.

For @GreenFrog, I bet my next car beats yours. Unlike your complicated repair, all they had to do was build it from scratch.

Jalopnik sends their best wishes out for you:


Getting a one-off commissioned from CvK? I woulda picked Horacio but whatever floats your boat.
post #23855 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Getting a one-off commissioned from CvK? I woulda picked Horacio but whatever floats your boat.

Nah, I'm a big timer now. Christian is a good guy, but didn't want to work with me to build it on said boat - well it's more of a Feadship yacht. I had Marcello Gandini step in. Despite his old age, I think the dude did a good job.
post #23856 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by bawlin View Post

How annoying would a 997.2 GT3 be to daily vs. how pedestrian would a 997.2 S be? What's the "sweet spot" when it comes to these cars? GTS?


Speaking as a hardcore track guy with a 996 GT3, don't buy a GT3 for the street. The poor thing will be sad, wasting away on the street, when it can thrive on the track. Try the previously mentioned GT4.

 

You can go to the PCA Whistler weekend, end of Aug. Every new model of Porsche will be there and you can talk to the owners. Maybe some will give you the keys....

post #23857 of 26291

So I get super busy for a week, catch up on 156 new posts, and GF is still waiting, (but getting wheels fixed in the next few months), and rtc is still trying to choose out a car.... :)  fyi, rtc, a neighbour's kid wanted to learn a manual trans for work and he bought a late 2000's Mazda 3. He learned how to drive it in 3 days, about an hour each day. Basic skills, not anything great. Not sure how well he is on hills, or when people snuggle up to his rear bumper at a red light and the nerves kick in. :) 

 

NA Mazda rotary are great, turbo rotary run at an engine temp roughly equal to the sun. Change apex seals with the oil. lol!

post #23858 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by Al9146 View Post

So I get super busy for a week, catch up on 156 new posts, and GF is still waiting, (but getting wheels fixed in the next few months), and rtc is still trying to choose out a car.... smile.gif  fyi, rtc, a neighbour's kid wanted to learn a manual trans for work and he bought a late 2000's Mazda 3. He learned how to drive it in 3 days, about an hour each day. Basic skills, not anything great. Not sure how well he is on hills, or when people snuggle up to his rear bumper at a red light and the nerves kick in. smile.gif 

NA Mazda rotary are great, turbo rotary run at an engine temp roughly equal to the sun. Change apex seals with the oil. lol!

Well it's either this thread or Hillary and Trump saying the same moronic things. #months_of_boredom

Can't wait for the NFL and NHL seasons to start.
post #23859 of 26291

I'm going to go look at the silver 90 miata that's been sitting for a bit. (https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/cto/5680951693.html)

Then going to look at the mustang I posted yesterday. If the government is looking at my cross shopping list, they probably think I'm a bot of some sort with a stupid programmer for a brain. 

 

The guy with the miata from RI is going to text me later today to let me know if it doesn't sell and I might pop over there to see how it is. I sold the bike for 4200, plus I have some parts I need to get rid of. That still gives me about 1k for repairs if needed.


The guy with the 97 miata from CT just texted to say he'd take 3k for it, but I really don't know if I want to deal with sourcing a sensor for it. I found the part online for 500 and it'll take atleast a day or two for me to fix. If I could find the part cheaper, that car would be a good buy. It's in immaculate condition and only has 100k miles on it. That said, it probably never had the water pump and timing belt done, so that'd have to happen by 120k miles. That would be in a year or two. 

post #23860 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I'm going to go look at the silver 90 miata that's been sitting for a bit. (https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/cto/5680951693.html)
Then going to look at the mustang I posted yesterday. If the government is looking at my cross shopping list, they probably think I'm a bot of some sort with a stupid programmer for a brain. 

The guy with the miata from RI is going to text me later today to let me know if it doesn't sell and I might pop over there to see how it is. I sold the bike for 4200, plus I have some parts I need to get rid of. That still gives me about 1k for repairs if needed.


The guy with the 97 miata from CT just texted to say he'd take 3k for it, but I really don't know if I want to deal with sourcing a sensor for it. I found the part online for 500 and it'll take atleast a day or two for me to fix. If I could find the part cheaper, that car would be a good buy. It's in immaculate condition and only has 100k miles on it. That said, it probably never had the water pump and timing belt done, so that'd have to happen by 120k miles. That would be in a year or two. 

Either one that passes a basic inspection would make sense.

So your budget is essentially $4200 at this point, you have the whole becoming a doctor thing. Take the route of least stress.
post #23861 of 26291

rtc: sometimes electrical repairs are easy (sensor replacement), and other times you're paying a shop $xxx/hr to try this and that and this other idea, while paying for parts and their guessing. Not trying to completely scare you from a potential buy, but this is something to keep in mind when haggling. 

 

Also, since your $ limit seems fairly fixed, I wouldn't buy a car I couldn't properly test drive and/or have a proper inspection done on it. This will always include a road test for a guy in your situation. So if a car seemed like a good deal, but wasn't able to be driven, I wouldn't even look at it.

As for rust, if rusty cars are common in your area, I'd be less concerned about rusty panels since I'd only have the car for a short while. Buy a minor rusty car now for cheap, drive it for 2-3 years, sell a minor rusty car later. Seems normal in many areas of the continent.

post #23862 of 26291
Might go look at an MR2 this evening as well.

It's an 04 that I posted earlier. Link:
http://providence.craigslist.org/cto/5686614457.html

This is probably the only one in my Price range but might be worth looking at.

Does the mid engine make it much harder to work on? I know horndog said there was good upgrade potential with the Celica engine.

On the flip side, a cheaper miata will provide the best buffer, if/when it needs something.
post #23863 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Does the mid engine make it much harder to work on? I know horndog said there was good upgrade potential with the Celica engine.
 


Never worked on an MR2, but I have spent plenty of hours hanging over a 914 engine. Sometimes it was easier to remove the engine cover. It reduced banged elbows and heads. :)

 

[edit to add]

...and at times it was sooooo much easier to drop the engine/trans and work on it that way. I got it down to an art form - engine/trans removal in 90 mins, by myself.

post #23864 of 26291
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Does the mid engine make it much harder to work on? 
 

With mid engine cars it always depends on the car and how accessible certain things are.  I know guys who just as @Al9146 said, always found it easier to drop the engine/trans and work on it out of the car.

 

The guys who work on my car remove the rear deck lid and go in through the top and/or they take off the passenger side rear wheel and fender liner and go in through there to work on tougher to reach areas. 

 

What you can do on your own may also depend on your access to a lift and/or hoist.  


Edited by Dino944 - 8/3/16 at 11:40am
post #23865 of 26291

So I checked out the dark side's favorite miata (@Thrift Vader). It honestly looks good, but you can tell it's been sitting. It definitely drove okay (needed air in the tires) and seemed to shift okay from what I could tell. The guy driving it definitely hasn't driven it in a while. But it looks good. It's got an aftermarket exhaust, racing beat front fender. A little bit of rust on the sides, enough that I could probably sand it down and rustoleum it because it's black paint in those areas. It also had a flashing airbag light... Goddammit. I think those are easier to fix though.

I google searched a mechanic near the sellers place and I lucked out. It was an imported car mechanic and he's owned a ton of miatas and loves them. He'd inspect it for 150 and seemed to knowed about the airbag issues. I can probably split the cost with the seller and let him know that it'll help him sell it if I don't buy it. I offered 2500 and he said he'd take it. Listed for 3k. Seems like a reasonable price especially since it gives me money to work with. I really wanted  a red one, but this looks like it's in good condition. Has a new top with a rear glass window, has good aftermarket rims that look great (but some curb rash). Tires are solid.

 

Here's the catch.... I told the shop owner about the red miata in CT and he said that he knows how to work through the airbag issues and has a source for reconditioned modules if it actually is the AC Module. He said it takes him 1 hr to fix the thing + cost of part. I can ask him for a quote or for that in writing as well. He also said he knows a guy that would pass MA inspection with the light on. I'd rather have the thing fixed, but atleast there's no hold up this way. 

 

What say you CWD posters? 


I'm going to go check the mustang for kicks. Might drive down and look at the MR2 today as well. 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto › Cars We Drive!