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My mom finally decided to get rid of her little red Miata so she gave it to me. Some points of interest: it has Konig wheels, a pretty well used interior, a replaced but now mostly ripped out rear window, nicks, dings and scratches expected on a 15 yro car, about 125k miles, rust in front of the rear wheels, and was kept in a garage without maintenance for a year... Seems to run pretty good still. I changed the oil (but not the filter since I already had the oil drained when I found out the filter is pretty much not user replaceable) I had no way to drain the gas tank like I really wanted, so I added some sea foam to it, and ran it to about 1/4 before filling it up with premium and some gas conditioner. The engine runs a bit smoother now, but since I have no real point of reference, I'll assume the amount of noise and vibration that reaches me in the cabin is typical. (the gear shift vibrates a lot but I think it's normal) I hope to fix/paint/modify it in the future, but in the mean time I'm more concerned with preventative maintenance and probably fixing the back window (somehow). My wife loves the car and has already named her Mia. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you guys have, thanx!
 

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Welcome and good luck, wish I had gotten a miata as my first car.

Looks like youll be needing a set of coils in the near future; Have fun!
 

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On a 1997 the filter is extremely easy to get to. Just shimmy your arm down in there and twist. Unless the person who changed it last over torqued it, its a very simple process. Also, if you really need to get at it you can remove the front right tire and reach in through the wheel well.

Also, if Timing belt/waterpump etc hasn't been done I would get on that! As well as changing the other fluids such as differential and transmission.
 

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Thanx!

Welcome and good luck, wish I had gotten a miata as my first car.

Looks like youll be needing a set of coils in the near future; Have fun!
Coils? like suspension springs? Or... something else?

Welcome!

The filter is user replaceable although it's not in the easiest location.
I found it, I'll have to see about changing it when I get a chance...

On a 1997 the filter is extremely easy to get to. Just shimmy your arm down in there and twist. Unless the person who changed it last over torqued it, its a very simple process. Also, if you really need to get at it you can remove the front right tire and reach in through the wheel well.

Also, if Timing belt/waterpump etc hasn't been done I would get on that! As well as changing the other fluids such as differential and transmission.
Yea, I have a whole host of things I want to do to it. The timing belt/gaskets/whatever-I-can-do-during-a-timing-belt-change will be my first major work on it. I also have a short (ha!) list of fluids and filters to change... Going to be a while before its in decent shape imho
 
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