My new car and it ain't a Honda...


_JT

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But it is Japanese! It's a mk3 MX5! One of the cars on my car-bucket-list. I needed a new car and finally had the budget for a really nice one but not for a decent Type R. So I bought one (1.8), more or less the only really nice looking one. Had it checked by a garage. Engine went after a couple of 100 miles :angry2: Completely lost faith in the car. Decided to take the opportunity to swap to a 2.0 cause it's more or less just as expensive. Found a really good one. But let me tell you, the engine of the mk3 is a piece of sh1t technically. Structurally flawed. Very much more so than I thought even after doing research before buying. Engine-wise an MX5 will never touch any DOHC B, K, H of F series. And every generation of MX5 is technically flawed. NA and NB are rust buckets and so nasty that when you start to see any rust you are way too late. NC has flawed engines. And from a source very known in the MX5 community here I heard that body wise the ND is a disaster and dealers are worrying about the costs of fixing everything under warranty. The gearbox has also seen several revisions because it has some real problems. Very weird for such a popular Japanese drivers car with so much design effort put into it to be so flawed, every generation!

But driving it is insanely fun! It's a bit less serious than a Type R but no less fun. I really love how it drives, the low driving position, the gearbox, playing around with rwd and dropping the top. My heart stays true to Honda though and some day in a not too distant future I will be making up my mind about a DC2, EK9 or FD2. Maybe a GT86 in between. But for now, here she is.






Plans:
- LSD
- Bilstein B12
- 1cm spacers every side on rear axle
- Powder coat wheels bronze
- Better brake pads
- Maybe a different exhaust
- Subtle exterior mods like a small spoiler lip on the trunk or a duckbill spoiler
 



gwailo

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Could be right, Ford did own part of Mazda for a while, but that was a couple of years ago.
 


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Engine in nc are ford engine both 18 and 2.0 what someone told me.
It's a modified Ford engine yes. Unfortunately Mazda hasn't modified it enough to make it a better engine...Unfortunately there are no parts for a K-swap.
 

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elchunk

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Nice car, they are great fun to drive. If I wasn't such a lad ass I'd consider one too. Lol.
 



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