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Should be going to view this in the week, may even put a deposit down before viewing it. I've done most of the reading on what to look out for. The seller seems ok and the car is apparently as good as it sounds in the advert too, which is encouraging given it has no rust and the leather is good.

But what are the expert's advice on this one? Its at the top of my 2k budget but I think its still a fair-ish price? Although I would like to get a bit off as it has no tax. Perhaps someone knows the car? And are there any other things I should look out for?

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has it got any service history? "full V5 logbook" doesn't really cut the mustard. I want to see service history! Superficially it looks nice but pictures and sellers lie!
 

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Well thats quite a rare model, though I think they made more than 150 though not much more. Only produced in 1992 and should also have an electric ariel among other things. Very rare for a car of that age to have ABS too. It should also have an analogue clock and I'm certain those wheels aren't the originals - they should be 10 spoke 15" alloys. If its genuinely in nice condition, then its a good buy even at £2000. The big issue is going to be corrosion. Not only do you need to check the rear arches, sills, floors and windscreen pillars but check things like the lower rear wishbones (especially the vertical inner parts) for rust. For a UK car to be corrosion free would almost be a miracle so check carefully. Lovely spec and colour combination though. The future value of that car is going to be down to its rarity and will also depend on all the original equipment being there.
Let us know how you get on.
 
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Looks a tidy example although being sold by a dealer so will have the usual mark up.

There was an SE for sale on here in BRG, which maybe worth checking if its still for sale.

Personally I would be very surprised if this car being a UK car and that age has no rust so check for any repaired sills, either done properly or badly.

The questions I have for you are:

1. Is it this specific limited edition you want or are you looking for a mx5 in general.
2. Does it have to be a UK car due to your age, etc?

Ive had well over 35 mx5s over the last 10 years and the one thing I have learnt is that a recently imported roadster will 99.9% of the time be in better shape bodywise. For around 2k you have a good budget to play with so plenty of nice cars available unless you specifically want a SE.
 

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Looks a tidy example although being sold by a dealer so will have the usual mark up.

There was an SE for sale on here in BRG, which maybe worth checking if its still for sale.

Personally I would be very surprised if this car being a UK car and that age has no rust so check for any repaired sills, either done properly or badly.

The questions I have for you are:

1. Is it this specific limited edition you want or are you looking for a mx5 in general.
2. Does it have to be a UK car due to your age, etc?

Ive had well over 35 mx5s over the last 10 years and the one thing I have learnt is that a recently imported roadster will 99.9% of the time be in better shape bodywise. For around 2k you have a good budget to play with so plenty of nice cars available unless you specifically want a SE.
I am wanting one with the tan leather and wood etc and would prefer black, but green is good too. So that rules out most 5s except the v-spec and SE i think?

Trouble with the imports is that they are twice the insurance which means that to stay within my expected budget for the summer the most i'd want to pay for a eunos v spec would be 1700 max. At this price of the 3 or 4 i've rung about they have had hoods that would need replacing and/or the leather badly worn or ripped. So this is why I'm thinking that this SE, which apparently is good in those two areas, is the best buy.

I am a little weary of the 'no rust' too as I'm sure it will have some, or perhaps it has been repaired. As long as its a good repair and paint job then a repair isn't a bad thing is it? And is it a magnet that I would use to check the sills for repair? Also I have seen a lot of adverts saying that that the brake lines and clutch have been changed recently, are they common weak areas that an MOT should highlight?
 

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if you want tan interior then I guess Vspec or SE are the only easy find that you will see for MK1

for insurance, how old are you?
many young drivers here and get pretty decent quote on imports, you may try to call specialist insurance like Adrian Flux or sky for a quote

sills are weak point on mx5, they rust away rather easily. But I think a good repair should be fine
never heard brake lines are weak on MX5, clutch on MX5 isnt weak neither. even if so both wont be expensive fix

ripped seats are very common on mx5, you can always get a replacement seat later or even buy a seat cover. however this may add up your money but I wouldn't give up a good condition car because of a ripped seat. ripped seat wont kill and produce big bills
hood is quite expensive though

one more thing... UK cars are usually rustier than japanese import. if you can find decent price on insurance I would say go for an import. they are exactly the same car but less time on gritted road
 

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if you want tan interior then I guess Vspec or SE are the only easy find that you will see for MK1

for insurance, how old are you?
many young drivers here and get pretty decent quote on imports, you may try to call specialist insurance like Adrian Flux or sky for a quote

sills are weak point on mx5, they rust away rather easily. But I think a good repair should be fine
never heard brake lines are weak on MX5, clutch on MX5 isnt weak neither. even if so both wont be expensive fix

ripped seats are very common on mx5, you can always get a replacement seat later or even buy a seat cover. however this may add up your money but I wouldn't give up a good condition car because of a ripped seat. ripped seat wont kill and produce big bills
hood is quite expensive though

one more thing... UK cars are usually rustier than japanese import. if you can find decent price on insurance I would say go for an import. they are exactly the same car but less time on gritted road
I'm 24 but because I want this as a cheap-ish summer car my dad will be insuring it and me as a named driver. I know its cheeky but I only have 1 years NCB and my 106 costs enough! Flux won't insure me as I'm under 25. To insure an import over a uk car for 6 months will cost an extra ?250. I could offset this by buying a cheaper import but like I say the ones I have enquired about had ripped hoods and screens or had tatty bodywork.
 

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Looks stunning, hope all goes well when you go to view it. Plenty about at that price range so take your time and get a good 'un.. I've always had JDM cars and so far no rot on any of them.
 

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No matter how much you think its the right car i wouldn't put a deposit down before viewing any car no matter how good it looks. Doubly so when its a dealer. Take someone else who's mechanically minded with you when you go to view it too as likelyhood is you'll miss things because you want it to be the right car.
 

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Great advice there thanks guys. Well I rung again this morning and the guy seems v genuine (as much as a trade seller can be!)

We went over a few things again. He said it was solid underneath and that body was great with no accidents or sign of repair. So any repairs must be good! The hood is also new and has a heated glass window which is a bonus! Tyres all matching and good too. So I will be going to view it on wednesday after its put through a service and MOT today or tomorrow.
 

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If that's a UK car why has it got a bolted on rear foglight and a Eunos badge on the bonnet?

Not mentioning a service history in the ad is interesting too, as being a trader he'd be shouting and singing about it because FSH is huge selling point. It's worth remembering that many imports come with a missing or unknown service history...and if it IS a UK car with holes in its service history you need to wonder why.

It's also REALLY easy to make an old nail look stunning in photographs, so don't be taken in by shiny bits and sunny pics.

Frankly I'm suspicious of it and wouldn't part with a penny for a deposit until going over it with a fine toothed comb in person. I think you should get an insurance quote on the registration number, as that's one way of finding out whether it's registered as a UK car or import (or at least finding out what the insurance company consider it to be and what they'll charge you for it!)
 

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Good point Ben

It comes up as a UK car on the insurance and I havn't put any deposit down. I ran a check on it and it seems to have only done 10k over the last 7 years, with the last recorded mileage in 2006 which I guess is when it last changed hands. We'll see though, I'm not going to buy it for the sake of it, if it doesn't feel right then I will walk away
 

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It's not got a bolted on rear fog, it's got a UK one.

The front badge looks aftermarket or rare, not Eunos.

It's also got MX-5 kick plates rather than Roadster kick plates.

I think the SE was a rare UK one as I remember that popping up when searching for car insurance.

Seller doesn't mention air con either.
 

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I'm with him^^
the orange reflectors, UK numberplate panel (with UK badges), and mazda sticker on the front bumper all point to a UK car

that nose badge isn't a eunos one either

its quite nice apart from the tan interior
 

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Unfortunatly its not Adam, its just the other side of Birmingham so a fair trek! Thats why I want to be pretty clear on what its like before I go to view it! Thanks though
 
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