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Hi Nutz members, (I only have an Automatic licence)

I have started a new thread (after MX5 City thread & Air conditioning thread)thanks to your help I avoided splashing the cash at premium MX5 specialist dealerships (the amount of WTH regarding price of adverts I posted made me laugh). I have taken quite a bit of time to research this car (Mk 1) now and with each day I am becoming more confident.

What I need any help really appreciated:

  • Automatic only MX5 1 (not sure about Mk2 did test drive one the other day and felt very heavy). Plus I have a great insurance quote for Mk1 250 inc as a member of MX5 Owners Club it jumbs to 500+ with Mk2??
  • Budget upto 3.5k at the most.
  • This will be my main car for me and my 3 yr old (won't take any risks may input proper roll bar if need be not cosmetic) we will be in it everyday so I need mint condition and will pay for it if need be.
  • Need A/C in working order
  • Mint condition, reasonable mileage/good S/h and the rest just somebody who has cared for the car like I will do.
  • Black my favourite (I have a new Mazda 3 automatic at the moment in black which I love), Red possibly silver really not sure about BRG doesn't set my heart alight being a girl i'm afraid.
Condition I want as mint as possible especially exterior don't mind changing hoods or updating interior (Jack Smith Trimmers of Swansea quotes fanatastic prices and would use him)

What I currently can find:


lastly but not been able to contact owner feels a bit fishy!!! http://www.gumtree.com/london/68/56755068.html

Thanks for any help as always
 

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why an auto ?
I've got a pretty neat mk1 thats manual in silver which i may be tempted to let go for the right price.
Or a red one but thats low and has firm suspension.. so not ideal i'd have thought.
 

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Hi,

You would think but mint condition cars just go quickly I have missed out already this week on 2 beautiful automatics adverstised and sold within the day sigh.
 

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1994 Automatic Mk1 1840cc owner here.
Try for a 1993 onwards 1840cc version. First of the bigger engined cars, bigger brakes, chassis braces for better stiffness, side impact bars + numerous other detail improvements. Not hugely quicker..I'd say "perkier" and the Automatic box is an improvement too...more options. No matter what doubters say, I can assure you if taken by the scuff, they are about the same as manuals cross country if locked in S position + HOLD engaged...been on a few Club runs and raised a few eyebrows.
They also cruise at a relaxed 3,100 rpm /70mph on motorways
so are terrific mile eaters for their type. AC? Few issues I'm aware of other than perhaps having to get it recharged, but as said you won't really need it though it's very good for demisting.They are very greedy though. No 5 is great but we don't care!Prepare for 24/25mpg and no better than 32 mpg light cruising.Using AC will see that drop around 10% further.You will get around 270/300 miles to the (small) tank.
You should not have to pay anywhere near £3,500 for a really good one...that's "show condition" money now. Eunos Roadster imports have a better reputation for rust though. Mine is 17 and solid.
 

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1994 Mk1 1840cc owner here.
Try for a 1993 onwards 1840cc version. First of the bigger engined cars, bigger brakes, chassis braces for better stiffness, side impact bars + numerous other detail improvements. Not hugely quicker..I'd say "perkier" and the Automatic box is an improvement too...more options. No matter what doubters say, I can assure you if taken by the scuff, they are about the same as manuals cross country if locked in S position + HOLD engaged...been on a few Club runs and raised a few eyebrows.
They also cruise at a relaxed 3,100 rpm /70mph on motorways
so are terrific mile eaters for their type. AC? Few issues I'm aware of other than perhaps having to get it recharged, but as said you won't really need it though it's very good for demisting.They are very greedy though. No 5 is great but we don't care!Prepare for 24/25mpg and no better than 32 mpg light cruising.You will get around 270/300 miles to the (small) tank.
You should not have to pay anywhere near ?3,500 for a really good one...that's "show condition" money now. Eunos Roadster imports have a better reputation for rust though. Mine is 17 and solid.
or a 1.6 which has a nicer revvier engine.. less weight due to less bracing so less fuel usage.. though not so rigid when pushing it to the limits (which with an auto i doubt is going to be the case)

both engined cars have their merits.. what makes all the difference is the rear diff and gear ratios.
 

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thats pricey for a 91 auto even if it is clean...

michael
 

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Hi,

How much would it cost to do a full respray on an MX5? Could you change the colour completely?
full respray including changing colour will be around ?1200, but that wont include the engine bay or boot. if you want the bay doing they would have to take the engine out! so would be more like ?2000 for a proper colour change one.

many have not bothered with the bay
 

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1994 Automatic Mk1 1840cc owner here.
Try for a 1993 onwards 1840cc version. First of the bigger engined cars, bigger brakes, chassis braces for better stiffness, side impact bars + numerous other detail improvements. Not hugely quicker..I'd say "perkier" and the Automatic box is an improvement too...more options. No matter what doubters say, I can assure you if taken by the scuff, they are about the same as manuals cross country if locked in S position + HOLD engaged...been on a few Club runs and raised a few eyebrows.
They also cruise at a relaxed 3,100 rpm /70mph on motorways
so are terrific mile eaters for their type. AC? Few issues I'm aware of other than perhaps having to get it recharged, but as said you won't really need it though it's very good for demisting.They are very greedy though. No 5 is great but we don't care!Prepare for 24/25mpg and no better than 32 mpg light cruising.Using AC will see that drop around 10% further.You will get around 270/300 miles to the (small) tank.
You should not have to pay anywhere near ?3,500 for a really good one...that's "show condition" money now. Eunos Roadster imports have a better reputation for rust though. Mine is 17 and solid.
Ditto to all of the above.
I own a imported 1996 V-spec Mk1 1.8 Auto, would have loved a manual but my wife only has an auto licence and it is a shared car, but you still can have alot of fun with the "Hold" button on the autos, keeping it in gear to the rev limit and downshifting a gear, the other pluses of an auto is that your left leg doesn't get a work out in traffic. The only thing you can't do it pop the clutch and smooth out the tread on the rear tires..
I digress
IMHO go for a post 93 Japanese import 1.8 Vspec in the colour you want
1) Post 93 because of the Air Con R12 gas vs R134a gas potential problems
2) Vspec because of all the goodies you get,Leather Seats, Air Con, Electic Windows, Electic Mirrors, .....
3) 1.8 because bracing, brakes, I know there are heavier but you're not after a track car, I guessing you want a reliable daily car that is a hoot to drive.
4) Wait for the colour you want, don't waste you money on a respray.
5) I personnally would stay away from dealers unless they throw in no questions asked 12 month waranty (flyin pigs spring to mind), there are so many MX5 specialist out there that any problems can be sorted out in hours or a few days.
6) As everyone has said ?2500 will get you a gorgeous MK1 AUTO, just surf daily Autotrader, MX5Nuts, MX5OC, Ebay and pounce on the one that catches your eye quickly, they don't hang about because of their "rarity". A good service history, a fellow NUTZer or RAC/AA to look it over to give you a peace of mind, but hurry up it is the premium price season.

Good luck in your hunt


My buying history was ?1750 of Ebay, no history at all, gave it a fully tune up/cam belt, new rad,fans, two brakes and a few other minor things for ?750, so I ended up spending 2.5K in the height of summer for a rust free 73K miles high spec model.
 

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Two contenders at the moment not much stock available!!

1: http://www.automotex.co.uk/car-8522597 - spoken to the owner he is away working at the moment. The car was bought for his ex-girlfriend (they split so he took it back) but car registered in his name. Car imported 2005, no rust, partial s/h, electric windows work well, good A/C (which I need), excellent mohair roof with plastic not glass, very good bodywork and paint, excellent fabric interior no rips extc. It had a service last August by the previosu owner but he will MOT the car and then pay for a full service (which I would want) if I go for near the asking price. He did say that there is slight colour fading on the bumper but he would have this polished. Obviously would need to view to see the state of the car. The advert says signal red is this a respray colour? On for £2,190.

2: Sam Goodwin - http://www.samgoodwin.com/car12.htm. I don't know anything about this car nor milage not really a fan of silver. On for £2595
 

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As has already been said i would NOT buy a 1.6 auto.
The later NB's had better auto trannies than the earlier pop up headlight models, when i say better i mean a LOT better.

Auto MX5's are about as popular as flights over Iceland, so they tend to go a bit of not a lot cheaper than their manual counterparts.

Have you had a look on Autotrader?
I was tempted by a 2002 Auto a few months ago that was up for ?3000.
Looked immaculate from the pics but didn't bother in the end as i couldn't arsed brining it over here.

So you should be able to buy a 1.8 NA (pop up headlight model) in immaculate condition for ?2500.
?2500+ i wouldn't buy a NA i'd buy a NB simply because the Auto trannies are better.

So my advice is.

1/ Don't bother with a 1.6 they're shite
2/ Buy a 1.8 NA but don't pay more than ?2500 as it's a buyers market now
3/ Best choice would be a NB Auto



Cheers
Mark
 

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Hi,

I beginning to think that I will just have to do a manual test to get the car I want sigh!!!! Really don't want to but maybe the only option.
If you do get a manual instead then the advantages will be:

1/ Better choice of cars (there's many more manuals that Autos)
2/ You'll get a lot better MPG
3/ The car will be faster
4/ You will enjoy driving it more as your more involved with a manual

There are decent Auto MX5's out there though and you really don't need to spend the kinda money from dandy cars sam goodwin etc.

If you bought one of those cars at that price, drove it for 1 day and tried selling it you'd loose at least ?1500.
This car for example
http://www.dandycars.com/Mazda-MX5s/property/In_Stock/h519_JAF.htm

No way that's sell for more than ?2000 anywhere privately, i'd be surprised if it sold for ?1500 to be honest.
Yet they have it advertised for ?3500.

Don't get me wrong Dandy cars offer an exceptional service and they only stock the best cars, BUT still those cars you've listed from the dealers are over double the price you'd pay in a private sale.

Just keep checking on Autotrader Ebay etc


Fill out your location as well, as there might well be some members local to you that i'd go with you to look any prospective cars over.

Cheers
Mark
 

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Two contenders at the moment not much stock available!!

1: http://www.automotex.co.uk/car-8522597 - spoken to the owner he is away working at the moment. The car was bought for his ex-girlfriend (they split so he took it back) but car registered in his name. Car imported 2005, no rust, partial s/h, electric windows work well, good A/C (which I need), excellent mohair roof with plastic not glass, very good bodywork and paint, excellent fabric interior no rips extc. It had a service last August by the previosu owner but he will MOT the car and then pay for a full service (which I would want) if I go for near the asking price. He did say that there is slight colour fading on the bumper but he would have this polished. Obviously would need to view to see the state of the car. The advert says signal red is this a respray colour? On for ?2,190.
Red one looks pretty good from what I can see (silver one, link is dead?). I had a MK1 import years ago and the front bumper looked a slightly different colour, which I think is quite common. When it's properly polished you can hardly notice it though, so nothing to worry about really.

Good luck in your search, and don't give up hope!
 
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