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Postby ton246 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:30 am

Hi everyone, I've been looking to buy a 2 seater soft top for a while, and have narrowed the choice to 2, an mx5 or the face lifted mr2 mk3 roadster. Both offer what I'm looking for, open top motoring, reasonable economy, reliability. Where the mr2 scores above the mx5 is on corrosion issues, although the mr2 is susceptible to rear cross member corrosion, certainly body wise it is much more resistant. Although the mx5 as a much more desirability factor over its counterpart, as I'm not a female hairdresser, I might not fit the stereotypical photo fit of a mr2 roadster driver, no offence meant ! I have been told the mk1 mx5 is the one to go for, for a better driving Experience, but I do like the lines of the mk2 face lifted model, hence my visit to view one today, and it just so happens that there is a mr2 in the same area as well, decisions, decisions.......... :? :?
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Re: Possible new member

Postby Si » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:24 am

Have you managed to have a drive of both? If so, which did you prefer?
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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:23 am

Si wrote:Have you managed to have a drive of both? If so, which did you prefer?


I have driven both, but the mx5 was a mk1 with no power steering, which was fine at speed, but very heavy at parking speed. The mr2 was very poised on the road and handled very well, it was quite quick up to about 4k revs then sort of petered out after that. I'm hoping to look at a face lifted mk2 1.8 Sport LSD 6spd, later today, so will see how that drives, but the corrosion issue to the front chassis legs is a worry, it's a 2001my with 65k, weekend toy lady owner. Will report later.
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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:15 pm

Well, decision as been made and I am the proud owner of a ........................................mx5, yeah :D :D .
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Re: Possible new member

Postby tjay » Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:17 pm

Hi Ton and welcome to the forum and Mx5 ownership, enjoy !! :D
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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:30 pm

tjay wrote:Hi Ton and welcome to the forum and Mx5 ownership, enjoy !! :D


Thanks Tom, told you I might still get an mx5 :lol:
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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:54 pm

The drive back home with the mx5 was pretty uneventful, except for the near side front brake binding, possibly due to lack of use, but will have to strip down to investigate. As always photos always flatter and mine was no exception, but only to a minor degree, overall it's in good condition, a couple of dings here and there, as it said in the advert, the rear arches have been worked on before, not very well &will probably need replaced in about 12 months time. Regarding the front chassis legs are concerned as far as could see it looked alright, but will need to get it up in the air to have a proper investigation. Other wise it's a cracking little car, no need to bore you all with the spec of this model, but being the sports edition it does have a few more desirable options as standard. So , just need to enjoy it for now and improve things if and when they need doing..............yeah, right, already looking through the for sale ads & eBay for goodies :lol: :lol:
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Re: Possible new member

Postby drumtochty » Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:43 pm

A front caliper repair kit and inspection of the front chassis rails before any bling or go faster stuff!

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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:17 am

drumtochty wrote:A front caliper repair kit and inspection of the front chassis rails before any bling or go faster stuff!

eddie


Yep I agree.
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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:30 pm

Finally managed some pics......

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Requires a complete front brake overhaul, discs, pads & calipers, how this passed its mot less than 3 weeks ago, i'll never know :? :?
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Re: Possible new member

Postby cptspaulding » Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:48 pm

ton246 wrote: The mr2 was very poised on the road and handled very well, it was quite quick up to about 4k revs then sort of petered out after that.


The summary of your research was about the same as mine although I swung the other way (so to speak :P ) & got the MR2. Think you were driving a duffer of a MR2. They should really start to pick up at 4K through to 7k red line. That's where they perform best.

Not going to try to make any arguments for one or t'other; I reckon they're both great fun affordable DHC's. Have fun :)
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Re: Possible new member

Postby ton246 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:29 pm

cptspaulding wrote:
ton246 wrote: The mr2 was very poised on the road and handled very well, it was quite quick up to about 4k revs then sort of petered out after that.


The summary of your research was about the same as mine although I swung the other way (so to speak :P ) & got the MR2. Think you were driving a duffer of a MR2. They should really start to pick up at 4K through to 7k red line. That's where they perform best.

Not going to try to make any arguments for one or t'other; I reckon they're both great fun affordable DHC's. Have fun :)


Your right, they are both fine DHC's, and there's not much between them, performance wise. I preferred the mx5 purely on looks, as I like the low slung 2 seater sports car feel, which I think the mr2 doesn't pull off as well. Plus coming across a sport edition with low miles and a full service history at a very reasonable price swung it in the end, but I like them both.
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