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MX5 Owners in here....bring your curling tongs

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Conscript, May 7, 2013.

  1. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,020

    Location: Kent

    So, given the amount of MX5 drivers on these forums, I'm surprised we don't already have one of these threads :p

    I've owned my MX5 NC for just over 2 years now. It's been driven every single day and I love it - it can be a bit of a chore to drive as an everyday car - noisy, a bit cramped and not many creature comforts - but drop the roof and take it for a spin and the smile soon returns to your face :)

    I'm probably looked down upon by NA/NB owners - I think the NC has a reputation for being a bit flabbier and less of a hardcore drivers machine than it's predecessors. Truth be told, if I could afford to run a second car and hadn't been concerned about reliability and practicality, I would love to have owned an NA. But, I wanted something a bit newer that I wouldn't have to invest a lot of time in, so the NC was the perfect choice. It had 68000 miles on it when I bought it in March 2011. It's now done about 106000 and still feels fantastic to drive.

    It's a 2.0l Sport model (6 speed box/LSD). The only mod is a 30mm lowering by WIM on their custom springs which improved the handling immensely. Only other plans for it at the moment are for a wheel refurb (all 4 are looking a bit tatty). I'm tempted by an aftermarket exhaust, but I would prefer a better noise to more noise, so not something I would jump into at the moment.

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    Thoroughly enjoying the ownership so far. It's by no means fast, but it is such good fun. It's not hard to see how the MX5 has become such a popular choice.

    Anyway, I've shown you mine, any other proud owners want to share? :)
     
  2. Muffin`

    Caporegime

    Joined: Apr 21, 2004

    Posts: 33,114

    Location: Bristol

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  3. teenwolf

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 25, 2010

    Posts: 4,007

    Location: poop... letterbox

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  4. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

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    2.0L Sport Tech Coupe coming up to 3 years of age and 35000 miles. Bog standard bar some yellow stuff pads and a geo by Centre Gravity. We have decided to keep it now as put simply we wont get anything much better and more fun for its value to pointless to change it.
     
  5. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,020

    Location: Kent

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  6. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,020

    Location: Kent

    How is the folding hardtop for interior noise? I imagine that it's better than the soft top, but the main noise I get is less form the wind and more from road noise emanating upwards.
     
  7. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

    It is noticeably quieter, first thing we noticed when we took delivery as we drove the soft top and ordered the coupe. Got in an it was quieter which was a nice surprise.
     
  8. -westy-

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 7, 2002

    Posts: 12,214

    Location: UK

    My NA in it's usual grubby form:

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    Bought it in April last year, my second. Hoping to do a couple of trackdays over the summer, pending braking upgrades :)
     
  9. Helios1234

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 9, 2008

    Posts: 6,401

    Location: London/Camberley

    Mine bought last December:

    A 2.0L Sport Tech NC2.

    Incidentally, the last time I washed the car was when I took those pictures back in February...

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  10. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2004

    Posts: 9,020

    Location: Kent

    That colour is gorgeous.
     
  11. Vigoro

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 7, 2008

    Posts: 3,288

    Location: Oxfordshire

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    Mine!

    '97 1.8i MK1 UK Model thingy.

    Had it since November 2010 and it only has a few mods....
     
  12. Helios1234

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 9, 2008

    Posts: 6,401

    Location: London/Camberley

    Thanks :).

    Weirdly enough, when I first saw the ad for the car, it looked a strange shade of green due to the reflection of a hedge on it which I wasn't keen on. Since it was well spec'ed and a very good price, I went to check it out anyway so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it in person.

    As for driving it, I feel the same as you. It can be a bit of a chore driving it everyday especially with the pot-ridden roads down here, but with the roof down on a sunny day, you can't help but smile. :)
     
  13. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

    My other one.

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  14. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,999

    Well, not mine exactly, but my mum's, and I can borrow it almost whenever I want to:

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    It's a 1994 1.8 J-Ltd-2. The yellow/black leather was done before we got it, I've since added some yellow dials.

    I absolutely love it, it's so much fun to drive :)
     
  15. Muffin`

    Caporegime

    Joined: Apr 21, 2004

    Posts: 33,114

    Location: Bristol

    Looks like you drove through a stationary cupboard :eek:

    Are you part of a club inside the Mx5 racing? I remember seeing quite a few with similar sort of colour/paintjobs
     
  16. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

    We put those decals on all team cars, we had a team :)
     
  17. RoyMi6

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 9, 2010

    Posts: 2,602

    Only MK2 owner? Looking to plastidip mine over summer to be yellow with all the chrome black and black stripes :)

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  18. Super-Spy

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 20, 2013

    Posts: 475

    Location: London

    This was my NA. It was a 1.8 R-Limited import from Japan. Owned it for 2 years and sold it for £100 more than I bought it. Really miss it and now contemplating getting another that I can also use for Track Days. Here are a couple of photos...

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  19. lordrobs

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 30, 2003

    Posts: 14,683

    Location: Mulbarton, Norwich

    Here is my one -
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    Sorry for the pap photos, I'll give it a polish and take it somewhere to get some proper photos one day :o

    Only had it a couple of weeks. Bought it with just under 30k on the clock, mechanically superb, structurally superb, bodywork... acceptable but that is a work in progress :p

    Spec wise UK 1.8iS, standard apart from a Stainless exhaust, K&N panel filter and windbreak to stop my wig getting blown off.

    Don't really want to go in to modding it so my limited plans are to have a go at getting the paint up to my standards (never had a non metallic so working on a car without a clear coat is new to me!), fitting front and rear chassis braces to try and lose some of the skuttle shake and maybe fit some low profile lights as they get on my wick a bit at night but that may just be something I get used to.
     
  20. Dup

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 10, 2006

    Posts: 9,847

    Location: East Lancs

    I miss my 5 :(

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    1.8iS Eunos with Rota Zero Plus, Meister-R coilovers, Racing Beat cat back and a bit of body smoothing.

    Looked a wreck after a year though, the paint job was a huge waste of money as it didn't hold out and I just lost all love for the car to be bothered sorting it. Traded it for a MK5 GTi with all the options ticked which I them promptly wrote off less than 2 months later due to having my head up my backside. Now I have no car and no hope of having a nice one for a long time.

    I would have another MK1 MX5 in a heartbeat, but I would deffo go the track route with it. One for the bucket list while I rebuild my life!