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Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by Battle Pope, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

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    I remember someone around here had one... MaaseyRacer maybe? I don't remember. Anyway, what's the general consensus on them? I might be falling into a good deal on a '90 with 130k miles... stock, except lowered with Koni Yellows.
     
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    stereo type for them is horrible

    no idea re: reliablitity or performance...

    but they make a turbo kit :)
     
  3. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    I love driving them- they just need more power. I can't fit in them too easily though, and I'm not exactly huge... 5'9" and 165 pounds.
     
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    A guy I work with owns the one I'm looking at - he's about the same weight as me, but he's around 6'4" and he fits okay, amazingly. It's funny to watch him get in and out of it. :lol:

    Anyway, he said he hasn't had any major issues with it, and it's a blast to drive.
     
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    NissanNiNjA2nd Senior Member

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    I know I dont fit in them... 6 even and about 160 ish... but a few guys at the local auto-x run the hell out of them and usually do pretty well... the funny part here. they are all at least 250+ lbs and starting at my height and just get taller... so I guess they can be modified to fit people.... but all around if they had A LOT more power they would be a lot better... but as of right now they are just to under powered for me to go get one.... just and opinion...
     
  6. MaaseyRacer

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    I had one, loved it some people around here bitch about the size, but then again that is how a true roaster is. If you cannot fit in a miata, you will not fit in a Elise or Super 7. However I am 6' tall my roommate is 6'4", and my dad is 6'5". We all own (or in my case owned) miatas. We all fit once we spent 30mins modifying the front seat. The out handles most cars on the road, and on courses like laguan seca spec miatas keep up with world challenge GT cars in terms of average lap times. There are many options like the hondas to get the horse power up on a miata such as blowing or turboing. I recommend blowing them as the bottom end is built super well as that motor was turbo'd in the 323GTX. Flyinmiata.com just came out with a new super charger kit that will shortly be out for the 1.6l miata, that makes the miata an all out power car. It uses an Eaton M62 blower that is capable of spinning at 21,000rpm, and some one already has one up to close to 400hp!
    For what the miata is nothing can really out handle it. If it has Koni Yellows already you are set, you just need some sways and maybe some eibach spings. With 130k on it, it is like any honda or nissan practacly brand new.
    The 90 and 91 had some bottom end issues so just make sure you take it to a knowledgeable shop when getting bottom end work.
    Best of luck, and consider getting the car if it is a good deal.
     
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    The guy that has it is gonna bring it down to corporate and let me test-sit it to see if I fit. But yeah, if I did buy one, upgrade #1 would be a turbo, of course.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    Just wondering how much your gonna pay for it.

    I drove a miata for a little while, I borrowed it from a friend. It was fun to drive and had excellent handling, I just don't like that it is a convertable and I really don't like the styling much. It's defenitly underpowered.

    The only car I've driven that handles better and is slightly faster was a 944. With a little more power it would be a good competition against the 944.
     
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    Bwhahahahahahaha, a 944 handleing better than a miata. Yeah my buddy tyson has a 944 and can out drive almost everyone I know. We were coming down a fairly windy road out here by Laguna Seca, and his car was all over the road trying to keep up with my roomates blown miata with two of us in it.
    Oh and a hardtop and a roll bar is a must for anyone who buys a miata. I have one my roommate has one, my pops has one.
     
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    I owned one a while back. I enjoyed the car very much even though I got a somewhat negative vibe back from rednecks "hey faggot"....lol

    Well, the car handled great, lots of fun, the bottomend can handle a good amount of boost in stock form.

    The only thing I hated was the lack of leg and head room. I am 6'2" so go figure.

    by the way I saw some guy selling a nice 95 miata with an SR20DEt in it,,,now that I would love to sport :)
     
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    Eh that would probably throw off the weight distrobution, it is 50/50 with half a tank of gas. Also I am not a big fan of cross breed engine swaps.

    Also I think a lot of people on this board are missing the point of the miata. It is not meant to be a power house car. Anything over ~220-250hp to the wheels is too much in that car, you will not be able to use it properly, except at a drag strip. This is why the supercharger is a great option for that car. However back to my point; the miata is meant for racing, spec miata racing is some of the best, most competative racing out there. Yeah so what if the miata only has ~100-110hp. They out handle almost anything on the road, excluding exotics. They were never meant to have gobs of power.
     
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    I don't know how much he wants for it... I need to sell my civic first. Anyone know anyone who wants a "riced out" civic??? :lol:

    :werd: to that Maasey. I'd be perfectly happy turboed at 5 psi.
     
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    I agree with massey, spec miata is like the nascar of scca......very competitive.....lots of fun, but I was just throughing out some ideas to a 130k motor., since its a 90 there is always the 1.8 option.

    and as far as weight is concerned I doubt majority of peopel woudl tell between the added weight of say an Sr motor over the oem miata motor.
     
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    My next car will probally be a miata. They are so fun to drive, and the one 98ish one that I drove handled better then my car, or at least seamed that way and it was stock. It felt so ballanced. As massey said, there not made to go straight. Thats like asking how much a ferrari can tow. Miatas are amazing cars, and cheap as hell.
     
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    That's because it is the same motor, minus the turbo... :ph34r:

    90-93 Miata had a B6-ZE in it.
    88-89 323 GTX had the B6-ZET in it.

    B=name of motor
    6= 1.6L
    Z= high performance motor which means higher compression, aggressive camshafts, and often larger valves and/or intake & exhaust ports.
    E= EFI
    T= turbo

    The 94-97 Miata had the 1.8L BP-ZE in it. (same as the 91-96 escort GT.) As far as I know all the B series motors have always had forged internals and a balanced bottom end which means it's perfect for turbocharging.
     
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    Check out flyin' miata, they have 1.8 conversion kits, turbo and supercharger kits, and just about everything else to make the miata a bitchin' ride:
    http://flyinmiata.com/index.php

    Oh and BTW my bone stock '94 Miata out handled my civic any day, and my civics suspension is now far from stock.
     
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    I too love my miata. Thought its a stock 90, it is great to whip around. Next mods are a roll bar and a greddy turbo kit. The best part is the carb legal turbo kit can be had for as little as 1050.
    Im not quite sure what the cars usually go for, but I got mine for 2600, but thats with no rust and only 55k original miles. The only thing is that the paint is peeling from the trunk, but we were planning on painting it anyways.
     
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    I thought the "B series" Mazdas had Iron blocks?
     
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    They do.

    Here's the BP-ZE 1.8 I bought March of 03. Came from an Escort GT. All iron... heavy as shit... gotta be about 150-180 lbs with just the block and the crankshaft.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Ok, then how will an all aluminum SR20 throw off the weight balance? :p
     
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