want to get daughter a miata

Asked by Oct 07, 2009 at 10:31 AM about the Mazda MX-5 Miata

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

good morning.  im looking to get my daughter a miata.

i have (max) 15k to spend; id like to spend 6k-10k ... but im willing to go up to 15k.  

my question is there any particular years where these cars shined or conversly is there any years that i should stay away from.

ill prolly go to the auto auction to get this for her seeing as my brother in law has a dealers license.

thanks in advance!!

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Well, pretty much any year Miata is an excellent choice for reliability :) I know that the 1989-early 1991 models had an issue with the nose of the crankshaft that left unattended could lead to crankshaft failure. You can check if a car is affected by the VIN#, if it's 209447, the car is fine, less, and it has the problem. However, besides this small run of early cars, every Miata from late 1991 to today is a nearly bulletproof automobile. And you shouldn't have any problem at all finding a good car with what you want for under $15k :)

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6-10k will get you a pretty nice NB. If you're getting an NA (1990-1997), the crank issue is one thing to look out for (1990 and part of 1991 only), and you may as well spring for the '94-'97 with the 1.8L engine, vs. the '90-93 1.6L. I would probably recommend the NB, though, '99 - '05. They have fixed headlights (although the pop-ups on the NA are pretty reliable), variable valve timing was added to the motor in 2001. Their values also aren't particularly high right now, just a little higher than NAs, which appear to have stabilized in value. Miatas are very good cars, and will last forever, but you should still be able to find an NB with under 100k miles for under $7k on the used market. 15k is borderline NC territory (2006 and up), but I really don't like how they look.

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Great choice! I would find an NB if I had 15k! 98+ very nice cars! There is also always parts on craigslist for those years too. However, a good 94+ Miata for a couple grand will be very nice too!

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I too also like the 1991 through 93 NA if your looking at mileage the 75 K range make your first stop a reliable MX-5 mechanic to get a new timing belt and water pump which they have to take off to do the belt and he can address the crank shaft key pin replacement issue it's a good way to know if the guy knows his stuff ck the VIN#, if it's 209447 to see if car had a issue if you can turn a wrench you can fix alot your self on a na and thous pop up lights really light up the road at night. Also get a stick 5 seed not a automatic there a blast and whale your at it take part of the 15 grand and have a light weight fly wheel replace the oem one it will liven up the car and save the engine. the revs will increase

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I too also like the 1991 through 93 NA if your looking at mileage the 75 K range make your first stop a reliable MX-5 mechanic to get a new timing belt and water pump which they have to take off to do the belt and he can address the crank shaft key pin replacement issue it's a good way to know if the guy knows his stuff ck the VIN#, if it's 209447 to see if car had a issue if you can turn a wrench you can fix alot your self on a na and thous pop up lights really light up the road at night. Also get a stick 5 seed not a automatic there a blast and whale your at it take part of the 15 grand and have a light weight fly wheel replace the oem one it will liven up the car and save the engine. the revs will increase also you and your daughter will have a great time doing little maintenance projects break pads and change the oil owning a NA is more like having a pet in the family than a car. and there are clubs all over the place

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my VIN ends in 148149...is this the generation with the crank shaft issues???

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