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Unread 03-11-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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2000 mazda miata
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$5,950
Mileage 125,716
Body Style Convertible
Exterior Color Dark Blue
Interior Color Gray
Engine 4 Cylinder
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Drive Type 2 wheel drive - rear
Fuel Type Gasoline
Doors Two Door


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This is a true 2-seater convertible. The Mazda Miata is the most popular convertible in the US. And we found a nice one! This Miata has a 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission and is rated for 25 MPG around town and 29 MPG on the road. The top on this one is in excellent shape and it also has foglights, nice-looking alloy wheels, power windows, power mirrors, A/C and an AM/FM radio with a CD player. A previous owner has put a Satellite radio in and wired it to the radio. You turn on the Satellite radio and then tune the radio to 87.9 and the Satellite radio plays through the audio system. This car is in great shape inside and out!

all of that was copied from the ad for the car word for word. from the posted pictures on the ad there is no damage, rust, or general decay of the car present

another car i have found is

I'm selling my 2003 Mazda Miata Special Edition. It features a rare Strato Blue Mica paintjob, grey leather interior, fog lights, 6 speed manual transmission with LSD, 16" wheels, Bose speaker system, and keyless entry.

I've owned it a little over a year and have put about 30k miles it. The car currently has about 135k miles on it. My previous job required me to do a lot of driving so I often put a couple hundred miles a day on it...mostly highway miles.

The previous owner had a timing belt job, replaced the brake pads, replaced the original grey fabric top with a black vinyl one, and changed the battery in 2010. The top has a glass rear window.

I've replaced the spark plugs and wires, accessory belts, clutch, clutch master and slave cylinders, rear O2 sensor, both convertible top latches, one of the window seals, the inner rubber shifter boot and shifter bushings, both interior door handles (the silver ones broke), and CD player . I also installed Mazda OEM headlight and tail light trim pieces along with rear mudflaps. The windows are tinted at 20%. I changed the valve cover gasket and transmission fluid (drain and refill with Ford Motorcraft) at about 110k miles. It has received oil changes every 5k miles with Castrol GTX synthetic blend. I just changed the oil today and installed a new air filter. I have receipts for most of the aforementioned parts and service.

To my knowledge, none of the suspension components have been changed. However, it does handle wonderfully, tracks straight, and rides relatively smooth so I don't believe any suspension parts will need replacing anytime soon. The tires are just about at the wear bars so they will need to be changed in the near future. It brakes extremely well but the rotors are probably getting down towards the end of their life. One of the rear right brake pads will also sometimes lightly drag on the rotor.

The interior is very clean but the driver's seat is cracking and showing signs of age. Sometimes the A/C control and odometer illumination will flicker in and out. The A/C works perfectly and has never needed to be recharged.

Unfortunately, the previous owner didn't take very good care of the body. It has some dings in the passenger side and light scratches on both doors and rear bumper. The trunk lid is very oxidized and needs to be repainted. At one point I was able to polish it back to life but it has since faded. It also has nicks in the paint from me using a trunk mounted bike rack to carry my mountain bikes. The nose of the car also has a lot of rock chips and some of the clear coat is peeling on the lower lip. There is also some lighter oxidation along the top of the beltline on the passenger door and front fender. The car has been recently waxed and despite its imperfections, the blue paint sparkles nicely in the sun.

The headlights were extremely oxidized when I purchased the car. I polished them back to a crystal clear finish (see my post history) but they still fade a little every few months. A light hand polishing with Meguir's Plastix brings them back to life. I also like to apply a UV coat to them every few car washes.

It doesn't smoke, use any fluids, or have any leaks. It's been dead reliable and has never given me any issues aside from when I was having problems with the clutch system but that's all been sorted out.


the price on this one is 6,800 obo. there does seem to be a little oxidation of the paint on this one but nothing that cant be sorted out and other than that it looks good. let me know what you think

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sorry for the huge post, i tried to keep it down to as small as i could

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Leave it. Price is too high for the amount of miles.
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If these were local here to where I'm at, both cars would have sold already. Maybe you could take a look at the 2000 Miata in person to judge for yourself the condition of the vehicle.

The most important things to be aware of are aftermarket modifications and service history - Aside from that, the cars are typically well sorted and reliable.
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Go take it for a test drive. If you like it and feel it's worth 5 grand, buy it. If not, look elsewhere.
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Leave it. Price is too high for the amount of miles.
Miles don't matter. My F150 runs orders of magnitude better than the Chrysler minivan in the driveway nearby despite having twice as many miles on it.


What matters is a combination of service history, duty history(IE what it did for a living), and how well built it was from the factory. Mileage is an entirely arbitrary number that isn't exactly accurate in determining the health of a car.
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Go take it for a test drive. If you like it and feel it's worth 5 grand, buy it. If not, look elsewhere.
Miles don't matter. My F150 runs orders of magnitude better than the Chrysler minivan in the driveway nearby despite having twice as many miles on it.


What matters is a combination of service history, duty history(IE what it did for a living), and how well built it was from the factory. Mileage is an entirely arbitrary number that isn't exactly accurate in determining the health of a car.
Miles still matter, because for that price, you can still find a clean well maintained Miata that wasn't beat on with half that many miles. I was in the market for a Miata when I was buying my first car and I saw a bunch of them that were immaculate for around $5,000. With two identical cars with an identical life, don't tell me you wouldn't go for the one with half as many miles.
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of the three cars in my family all of them are over 100,000 miles and one is 148 away from 200,000 and non of them are running badly the only bad thing with any of them is the driver side window in one of the cars doesnt work, so really i dont personally have a thing where it has to have low miles or i wont buy it. honestly high miles could be a good thing if the car was well kept and maintained it could run just as well as a car with much less miles but cost a third of the price.

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Miles still matter, because for that price, you can still find a clean well maintained Miata that wasn't beat on with half that many miles. I was in the market for a Miata when I was buying my first car and I saw a bunch of them that were immaculate for around $5,000. With two identical cars with an identical life, don't tell me you wouldn't go for the one with half as many miles.
I would go for the one that looked nicer in that situation. I don't really care about miles, I care about how healthy it is, and if the two cars are identically healthy then I'm not going to worry about a few extra miles on one. We both know MX-5s are very well built cars, so if there's nothing wrong with it and it hasn't been beat on there's no reason to shun one with 150K on the clock. Still in the prime of its life and will be for many years to come.
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I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a high mileage car. I'm just saying that if it were me, I'd start with low mileage ones, and if none of those look good, gradually work my way up to the higher mileage ones.
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