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New MX5. New member.

Postby steveti » Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:28 pm

Got my MX5 1.8 about a month ago and just found this forum, looks like a good healthy active forum.

I have been driving a variety of cars over the years last one being a rover 620 turbo - 200BHP + very fast, fairly refined, very uneconomical, keeping as the 'practical' car for the moment.

Thought it was time to make a change and look for a real sports car, family getting older and more independant so less need to consider practicalities, although I have suffered many 'mid life crisis' jibes -- who cares!

In the few weeks I have had the car I have certainly not been disappointed, great fun, especially with the roof down, fantastic to get behind the wheel of a rear wheel drive car again :twisted: about an 18year gap since the last one, never did get the hang of those front wheel drive jobs.

Just thought I'd pop in and say hello, if a 2004 sunlight silver 5 waves at you, please wave back it might be me.

Bye for now,

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Postby graeme » Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:35 pm

Welcome!
Have you noticed the big smile that comes as standard?
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Postby steveti » Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:39 am

Yup,

Big smile came after about 3 days when I first got the chance to get the roof down on some of the local B roads, been pretty much a standard feature every time I get in to it now.
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Re: New MX5. New member.

Postby Si » Fri Nov 19, 2004 6:41 pm

steveti wrote:Thought it was time to make a change and look for a real sports car


Quote of the century :D Although the car lacks slightly in performance, it certainly is a sports car!!

Welcome 8)

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NOT

Postby loftladderman » Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:40 pm

Maybe not a "Sports Car"...we must agree to disagree...but it is certainly a "FUN" car that makes me grin every time I take to the roads in one :-)
Welcome to the OC steveti and enjoy :-)
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Re: NOT

Postby Petrolhead » Sat Nov 20, 2004 2:17 pm

loftladderman wrote:Maybe not a "Sports Car"...we must agree to disagree...but it is certainly a "FUN" car that makes me grin every time I take to the roads in one :-)
Welcome to the OC steveti and enjoy :-)


EH!??

What you on about man, of course it's a Sportscar :roll:

You're maybe getting confused with "Supercar" :wink:
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Nah

Postby loftladderman » Sun Nov 21, 2004 8:53 pm

If it pleases you to think of it as a sports car, then do so :-)
I do not consider a Westfield S500 a "Supercar", nor a Stimpson Scorcher with a Fireblade engine in her.... nor the VX220 Turbo.....Nor the V8 Dax.... plus many, many more....but by hell...they are ALL SPORTS CARS :-)
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Postby steveti » Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:04 pm

Thanks for the welcomes.

Perhaps showing my age a bit (mid 40's but stuck at 27 :wink: ) but when I said 'real sports car' I meant in the spirit of the old MG's, TR's, Sprites Midgets, Stags and yes even the Triumph Spitfire. Not necessarily the fastest most powerful cars of their day, but a hell of alot of fun to drive and also provide the option of open top motoring. Anyway who cares, fun car, sports car? What counts is the grin factor.

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Postby Petrolhead » Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:23 am

Hi Steve, sorry, how rude of me.

But anyway, I'm still kind of confused as to why anyone could consider the MX5 NOT being a sports car :lol: :lol: :lol:

It's not even JUST a sportscar, it's quite possibly the best alround sportscar ever made! :lol:

50/50 weight balance
Independant suspension all round
Disk brakes all round
Short lock steering rack
Perfect driving position
Awesome handling
Two seats
Soft top
Classic sportscar looks

I could go on.

So seriously, are you extracting the michael or what?
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LOL

Postby loftladderman » Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:26 am

It's not even JUST a sportscar, it's quite possibly the best alround sportscar ever made!

50/50 weight balance
Independant suspension all round
Disk brakes all round
Short lock steering rack
Perfect driving position
Awesome handling
Two seats
Soft top
Classic sportscar looks


Agree wholeheartedly with ALL the above Petrolhead....
BUT....Erm.....where does POWER / SPEED fit in the above list ???
I have a Turbo / NOS / Water-methanol injection / e-manage / 1.8 injectors / Profec 2 commander unit / race clutch / lightened flywheel / FM2 Willwood brakes / Tein rollovers / etc etc.... all the usual to make her perform LIKE a sports car and also stop like one.

Should I have to do all this to get "Sports Car" like performance ???
LOL
I have a few of these cars and LOVE THEM ALL and yes I am sort of extracting the urine a wee bit too :-)
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Postby Petrolhead » Mon Nov 22, 2004 9:35 am

Speed/power?

I thought the words were "Sports" and "Car" :roll:

Anyway, it sounds like we need to race since you've started quoting mods :twisted:

Crail or Edzel, or even better, ROTORSTOCK 2005 :lol:

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No probs

Postby loftladderman » Mon Nov 22, 2004 6:14 pm

Dave
Your on...now I have my rolling road output figures (and after I have been back again to set up the E-manage and the water / methanol injection that is :-))

I have never been into my car is faster than your car as you well know, but Edzel works for me :-)

I now know thanks to the rolling road, what it makes at the rear wheels without the use of the Nitrous and also what I run on the strip at (sub 13 secs) ..... so am quite happy to have a play with anyone who thinks their wee lass is faster than my wee lass :-)
If I could lose 6 stone.... I could be so much faster...but then to lose 6 stone I would have to chop both my legs off :-( LOL

I am still playing with the Nitrous, and am limited to testing at Edzel when I can get the track time :-(

Will be a laugh at least...as driving her anytime makes me giggle :-)

Never heard of Rotorstock 2005...what is it ??

Getting back to the performace / sports car thing...my whole point is "we should not have to spend an arm and a 2 legs to get the MX5 to perform".....it should be like THAT when we buy them".
I was sort of on a wind up, but the above does hold true.
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Postby grouse » Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:38 pm

Try this.....

http://www.cars.com/carsapp/national/?s ... ship2.tmpl

The jury's still out........... :lol:
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Postby DouglasH » Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:07 pm

Is this any way to welcome anyone to the world of Mx-5 ownership, not to mention encourage new members to the club, fortunately steveti (hello and welcome steveti) seems mature and wise enough to ignore the negative comments and carry on enjoying his sports car. I would certainly have been cheesed off if I had posted the same thing four years ago and had that response.

I agree with what Dave has already listed as criteria for a sports car, I could reproduce hundreds more quotes from various books and web sites all saying the same, but at the end of the day our little Mx-5's are sports cars.

Please try to remember your first week of ownership, after you purchased your pride and joy, did you have a grin on your face, did you tell all your workmates what kind of car you had just bought..I think you know the answer to that.
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Oi

Postby loftladderman » Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:03 am

Oi Douglas
YOU OF ALL PEOPLE should know how I feel about my MX's :-)
I mean....I still have 4 of them at present.
I am charmed and enamoured with them but I am not blind to their total lack of power either in standard form.

What do most folk who buy a secondhand one do ?
Change the intake and exhaust, maybe alter the timing to get more what ???
Power !
This has little or nothing to do with achieving more top end output, just power.

Value for money ? Oh yes.
Great fun ? Oh yes !
Compared to an old Triumph Spitfire it is brilliant.

"Sports Car" does include everything said by others above, but surely it must also include some power of some sort ?
Or maybe a new "Smart" car convertible, is now classed as a "Sports Car" ?

We welcome everyone to "our" club, but a club membership who agree on everything IS boring in the extreme.
The diversity of our membership is what makes the club and we are, none of us, clones of the other.
Neither are our cars.
Thank goodness !
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Postby graeme » Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:11 pm

A couple of years ago, some of you might remember Mazda invited the Club to go to Frankfurt to discuss the designs for the Mk3. (For those who think focus groups are a waste of time, Mazda tore up their plans for the Mk3 after those meetings and went back to the drawing board, freely admitting that they had got it all wrong).
One of the things that was suggested by one attendee was a 2 litre engine in the new model. Mazda told the OC that their research showed that 80% of people who purchase an MX-5 do not buy it for the power, but for the handling and the fun.[/b]
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Postby kevham » Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:57 pm

I used to feel that the MX5 lacked power but after having a Scooby Turbo for a while I came to the conclusion that power wasn't everything. The '5 is by far much more fun even in standard form both on road and on track.

A few years back I had a ride in an FM2 turbo'd 5 and I just felt that it was a different car (and a LOT more expensive) - not a '5 any more.

For me the standard MX5/Roadster is the best value SPORTSCAR :twisted: ever.

I know this sounds sad but buying my first '5 changed my life completely and I just can't see me being without one again.

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Postby loftladderman » Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:18 pm

Your ganging up on me now and I have NEVER SAID THE CARS ARE NOT FUN !
Quite the oposite if you read my bits above.
It is a fun car to own / drive.
I just think it lacks the power to be termed a sportscar is all.
You can all huff and puff all you want and tell me Mazda say 80% of owners love it being underpowered.
It is a free world and I prefer anything sporty to be just that. Sporty.
Sporty in handling. Sporty in looks AND sporty in Performance !
Hey....2 out of 3 aint bad :-)
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Postby Mak » Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:20 pm

Mack
Talking about Good MX5s :D
Did you sell your white one on Ebay?
If only I had enough of the green stuff, it sounded ideal!!!!!!

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Postby Petrolhead » Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:05 am

Nah, it never met the reserve (I was watching it up to the last second) :lol:

Prolly cause it wasn't a sportscar :twisted:

Anyway, the two main points are:

1 - You're wrong, the MX5 IS of course a Sportscar, obviously

and

2 - You just like fighting on forums, as do I :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hope to meet soon :wink:
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