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Hey everyone!
I'm 16 years old and I'm looking to start a project...
I've got everything sorted out including prices and parts, I might need some help a little ways down the road.

Anyways, I need some honest opinions on my list of things to do. I'll paste my list belowww!

1. 1991 BRG Mazda Mx-5 miata
2. SSR MKI wheels
3. Tires
4. Performance chip(+5-7mpg +60HP)
5. Eibach Wheel spacers
6. Mx5 carbon fiber ver 2 replacement trunk
7. VIS Carbon Fiber hardtop
8. JDM hardtop roof visor
9. Tow hook


ALREADY HAS:

Engine Modifications:
K&N Air filter
Magnaflow muffler
Windshield washer fluid reservoir delete
I. L. Motorsports motor mounts
1/4" Custom steel skid plate

Suspension:
Rokkor Coilovers
Fresh tires with no camber wear

Exterior:
"Shaved" 3rd brake light and side markers
Fresh paint on rear bumper and finish panel

Interior:
Hard Dog M2 Sport roll bar painted BRG
Boss hub
OMP replica steering wheel
Clear bubble knob

BADS
Salvaged title
Soft top is on its last leg.
Small dent in lower passenger door

Sooooo leave me some tips and what not below, anything will help! Thanks :D
 

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pics or it didn't happen... :)

chip = 0 hp gain... Find out if yours is the long nose or short nose crankshaft so you can decide whether to save for a motor swap or not. :phillyb:

Daily? replace that roof.
 

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Haha I saw that one on Craigslist, looks pretty clean.

Def. Replace the soft top if you're dailying that thing.

it's also funny how you pretty much copied the craigslist ad lol :D
Where in WA are you located?
 

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Also seen the CL ad. Saw this car in person last summer at Stancewars. Drove in behind him. It's a nice car. Oh and welcome to CR, don't ask a question that's been answered a million times and you'll do fine here.
 

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Welcome to CR you have a long list there :) good luck and and ask away these guys are good when it comes to helping
 

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I haven't made the purchase yet, I'm not sure if it would be worth it because it has a salvaged title.. The guy doesn't know much about what happened I guess. If i don't get this exact one I'll still be returning with another one soon!
 

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Take your time with your purchase. Because it is a salvaged title, Id say screw that, and not even waste your time. Ill take a bone stock clear blue title miata over a salvaged and tastefully modded miata any day of the week. But thats just me...Patience is key. I bought my first miata on impulse, and regretted it soon after.
 

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Welcome to CR you have a long list there :) good luck and and ask away these guys are good when it comes to helping
Lol. A bot that lies.

The end is near.
 

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Saw this car on craigslist. Run fast. Buy stock. Read. Save. Think. You're 16 years old not everything is as it seems.
 

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Since you haven't made a purchase yet, skip this one. Like the other members have already said, wait for the right one to pop up. You'll be much happier with your car.
 

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:cry2: :lol:
Lolz!

I'm gonna stick to the trend and tell you to 100% not buy that car. There are so many miatas out there. It's only a matter of time before you find a gem. Don't make a decision you'll regret.
As everyone else is saying, dont do it. Keep searching craigslist, there will be one that will stand out (read: runs great, drives great, clean). I looked on craigslist, theres one in portland "stanced", but I have a feeling it wont be in a reasonable price range.



Good luck, cant wait to see what you find.
 

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I agree, if you can avoid it, stay away from salvage titles. The car will most likely have issues and be harder to sell. Also, many insurance companies won't insure cars with salvage titles.
 

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Beast thing to do too is decide right from the get go what the hell you're gonna do with the car! I don't know how many friends people around town crap like that wanna do a bunch of stuff to the car but not really have a purpose. You want it to just look good? You want it slammed? Gonna get into racing? What kind of racing? Figure out the car's purpose, do lots of research, then make you're list. This will help you determine a good Miata to start with. As mentioned no chip will give u 60 hp. So if you want power plan differently. You need forced induction which for these cars is at least $2000 to start. You're young. Just be patient and you'll end up with the bad ass roadster you really want.
 

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Salvage title = DON'T DO IT!

1. 1991 BRG Mazda Mx-5 miata
2. SSR MKI wheels
3. Tires
4. Performance chip(+5-7mpg +60HP)
5. Eibach Wheel spacers
6. Mx5 carbon fiber ver 2 replacement trunk
7. VIS Carbon Fiber hardtop
8. JDM hardtop roof visor
9. Tow hook
1. Nice. If it's the short nose engine, however, it could be prone to a broken crankshaft. You're better off looking for a '92-'93 long-nose 1.6L car (some '91s as well, call Mazda to check the VIN) or, even better, a '94-'95 1.8L. More power.
2. Nice!
3. Good
4. No such thing for the Miata. Research it. There's no gobs of hidden power in the motor. Slap on exhaust and intake and call it a day. If you want power, be prepared to spend thousands on a turbo or supercharger kit and supporting mods.
5. If you buy the right wheels, you don't need spacers. ;)
6. Cool
7. Fitment and quality will probably be... not good. You're better off buying an OEM hardtop.
8. By JDM, do you mean Jetstream? :lol: You can find them here, they're US aftermarket parts. Check out Project G.
9. Cool.
 

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Salvage title = DON'T DO IT!
Disagree. Know why it has a salvage title. Insurance companies will total a car for stupid crap. Been in the car business and I've seen clear titled cars that have had major work and look like **** and I've seen salvage cars that much wasn't wrong or they've been put back together right. In general salvage u may wanna stay away but no matter what car look it over good. Car fax and all that wont tell u everything. You'll never find on a car fax service report that my '99 has had a motor done. Just like u may never see that someone has put whole new front or something on a car from a wreck.
 

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I know, and I completely agree.

The question is this: does a 16 year old with minimal hands-on experience have the knowledge to properly identify problems in a salvage title car? Probably not, and definitely not as well as someone who has had experience in such things (such as yourself). You can't always trust what the seller tells you; around here, many ads blatantly lie and claim "theft recovery" in the hopes that an uneducated buyer will come along and believe it. I'm just saying that, for him, he'd be better off sticking to clean title cars because he is much less likely to have problems later on down the road. When in doubt (or lacking in experience), buying clean and stock is usually the best option.
 

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Alright, so I decided not to get the car which is probably the best choice. I don't plan on slamming the car, due to where I live, i'd like it lowered of course but not completely dumped. I found a nice bone stock silver '92 with an OEM hardtop which is set at a pretty good price and only has 64,XXX miles on it.

This will be my last post in the thread until i get a miata which may me a few weeks or a few months.. but don't worry, I'm saving up and looking around :)
 
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