Hey fellow Miata maniacs, I need some advice. This might be tl;dr, so skip if you don't want to read the entire story.
I recently got my tax refund, which was fairly substantial, and my 1990 Miata (I love her, her name is Betsy) is having some cardiovascular problems. She'll start every so often, and other times I have to pop start her. I figure the battery is going bad, or it could be the ignition switch or starter... the Haynes manual gives several diagnostics to look at, but I really can't perform some of them. I do, however, have a reliable shop to take her to.
The other problem is that when she's cold, she will not get into gear. Four years ago I had her master and slave clutch cylinders replaced, and the hubby is thinking that maybe it's the fly wheels themselves that need to be replaced. My substantial tax refund is starting to look kind of small at this point.
I am her second owner. She has 210k miles on her, and I bought her five years ago when she had 189K. So I've gotten used to all her tiny whistles and knocks. In pricing parts and labor, without actually looking at her, the shop is quoting me around $1500 for parts and labor. My parents chimed in at this point and are telling me to sell Betsy for $1750 obo and then add in the $1500 I was going to spend on fixing her, just to dump it into another Miata.
Buying new at this point is out of the question, as I am still in nursing school and with all my student expenses and only working a part time job, I can barely afford anything past the mechanical repairs, and a new top for my girl. The top is optional at this point of course, since I do drive her topless quite often.
What would you guys do? Fix, or get her to where she can start on her own, offload, and try to get a different Miata?
Thanks guys :)
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I've had a coolant leak problem with my '90 Miata ever since I bought it. First it was something with the heater core, and it stopped leaking for a while after a hose was replaced. Then, it was the upper radiator hose. Next, it was the radiator. After I got the radiator replaced, I was tired of fixing the coolant system and I've been adding coolant whenever the reservoir got low. I kind of forgot about it for a month (since school started) and I had to add about a gallon of coolant the other day. Well, it was about half a gallon of water and half a gallon of (50/50 premix)coolant.
A few days later, the charge idiot light came on one day after I started my car. I drove it for about a block and it went off. I looked in the manual and it said that the charge light would come on if there's something wrong with the alternator, battery, or the belt that runs the alternator and the water pump. My car's been making belt noises for a while now, too. Pretty much every time I start my car, the charge light comes on for about a block or two before going off.
How serious is this? I drove about 1000 miles in the last six months and might drive another 2000 miles in next eight months, before I buy a new car. I don't want to spend any more money than I need to on this car.
One of my headlights on my '90 Miata is stuck in the up position. Toggling the button in the console does nothing, but I can manually lower them through the knob in the engine compartment. After I lower them, it'll come up if I turn the headlights on. Google
says it might be a relay. Any thoughts on this before I buy a relay off of ebay?
no one has posted here in quite some time!
i wondered if i could get some help finding a roll bar. i kind of assumed all roll bars would have the same effectiveness in the event of a crash, so i was just looking for the cheapest. i found http://www.gomiata.com/noname4.html
, a hard dog hard bar, and i was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions. i just want a standard black one.
i also wanted to replace my speakers because i listen to my music REALLY loud and i kind of blew them out, and i wondered if anyone had any other suggestions besides http://www.gomiata.com/cldosp.html
once again, i'm pretty much looking for the cheaper options, but obviously something that can withstand extremely loud music.
i have a 90, btw. thanks!
Hey gang... I want to see everyone's miatas. Post pics in the comments, please. :)
I'm looking for a 1990 or 1991 hard top without a defroster, and I only want to spend around $500. Any ideas as to where I could search for one? Websites, etc.? Thanks.
So, I'm a huge fan of the Falken Azenis (pre-Grassroots ranking, even.) I somehow managed to bald my last set during an AX with enough rain to have standing water on course. (??) Anyway, Vulcan managed to have the best price again but were backordered on the 14" tires I need for my Miata. I ordered them anyway, since I couldn't find anyone else who actually had them in stock.
I ordered them about a week ago, and they say it could be at least two more weeks before I see my new set.
There goes a good chunk of my Northeast Ohio race season. :(
Anyone have any luck finding tires mid-season?