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  • Mark Gilbert 9:18am on Monday, July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hats, , t-shirts   

    Vista Print Semi Annual Sale 

    Vista Print is running their 50% off semi annual sale now through July 24th for anyone interested in designing and purchasing t-shirts, hats or polo’s for the club events. Use promo code SAVEBIG for the 50% off savings. Tees start at just $4.99. Happy shopping!

     
  • Bronson Griggs 5:23pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , classified, , , ,   

    2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition for Sale 

    Complete with watch!  Like new with 6,000 miles – great car!  $27,500   Call Bronson 813-309-2595

     

     
    • Robert Burr 7:07pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very good price for a collector’s item with such low mileage. I’m guessing the sticker price was about $37k 18 months ago.

  • Robert Burr 11:26am on Friday, July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: SOuthern Palms Mazda, ,   

    Our Club Sponsor Dealership: Southern Palms Mazda 

    The South Florida Miata Club is privileged to have one of the best Mazda dealers in South Florida as the underwriter of our web site and email communications: Southern Palms Mazda.

    Southern Palms Mazda logoPlease join me in showing our appreciation to John Lovelett, general manager of Southern Palms Mazda of West Palm Beach for their generous support — allowing us to post our events, share our ideas and enjoy the benefits of a well-functioning web site at the heart of our organization.

    August is the month when the annual sponsorship comes due, so we’re only weeks away from the time when we hope our sponsor will renew their commitment to our club.

    It’s only right and proper that we express our thanks and show our appreciation for their generosity, and tell them we hope they will continue being our sponsor for another year.

    Please join me in sending a short message to Southern Palms Mazda general manager John Lovelett to let him know we appreciate their generous support as our web site sponsor.

    His email address is: jlovelett@wpbmazda.com

     
  • Robert Burr 8:40pm on Monday, July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: membership   

    Active Members on the Email List 

    We currently have 173 registered members on our web site, of which about 80 regularly open and read the email messages several times per month. From time to time, we eliminate users who have moved on or no longer wish to remain active members.

    If, for any reason at all, you wish to be removed from the membership roles, please let us know so we can stop sending messages your way.

    On the other hand, if you wish to remain an active member of the South Florida Miata Club, please make the effort to open the newsletter email, click on a link, visit the web site from time to time, interact with your fellow members, suggest a road trip or otherwise let us know that you remain interested.

    I think we can surmise that anyone who has not opened or read a message, clicked on a link or attended a meeting for the past six months, is no longer interested in being an active member. And, it’s easy for anyone to re-register and re-activate their membership if they change their mind.

    So, this is just a reminder to stay active, read the newsletter, click on a link, come to meetings, let us know you care — or not. Thank you.

    Robert Burr
    webmaster
    rob@quantumleap.net

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:10pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    July Monthly Meeting 

    We had a great turnout for our monthly meeting today at Lester’s. We welcomed new members to our wonderful club along with our loyal regular members. Looking forward to more zoom-zoom good times down the road.

    John’s Pictures: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B145uWiYJEPnRf

     
  • Andrew 3:55pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: error, failure, , Screen   

    Alert – Infotainment Center Issue 

    Heads up for anyone with a ND:

    On Monday, I noticed that the LCD screen on my 2016 GT was displaying 4-7 white thin horizontal lines (see attached photo). It is most prominent on startup and fades a bit with use of the applications. I noticed when I was using the Nav and saw that parts of the map was broken up by the lines.

    I usually set the display to off unless I am using the Navigation system or listening to music. So perhaps it might have started earlier. The car is garage kept and although I was driving it for about an 1hr in the sun, the display was not too hot to the touch.

    Off to the dealer I went, knowing that most likely the display will need to be replaced (not in stock) under warranty. On a computer system its either the video card or the monitor. Plus the dash will need to be taken apart to replace the unit (it would be nice if I could get them to pre-wire the display for a backup camera – wishful thinking).

    Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on the outcome. There is some chatter in the MX-5 Miata forum discussing the screen going completely blank. This has not happened to me, but for anyone with a hack, I would start to consider on a way to remove it should the need arise to have the display replaced. Not sure if they would argue that the issue is due to a hack and voids the warranty. I have not hacked my system, its what some were saying on the forum.

    The entertainment center still functions it’s just the lines are annoying and indicative of pending failure.

     
    • Robert Burr 4:12pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, will keep an eye out for such issues.

    • Andrew 10:02am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      July 10 Update: All fixed; zoom zoom again. Gunther replaced the display unit (list for approx $1100 plus labor) under warranty and they did it an hour. Yesterday I received a call from Teri (service rep) advising they received the part. Set appt for 8:30 today, arrived early and it was done; no hassle or issue.

    • Mark Gilbert 6:25pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you got it fixed without any issues. Guess Cathy made it there without a problem.

  • Mark Gilbert 3:49pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Reservations,   

    Jungle Queen Dinner Cruise 

    Just a friendly reminder that our July 21st road trip to the Jungle Queen is quickly approaching. Please take note that you must make advance reservations through the Jungle Queen web site as soon as possible as the month of July is their busiest time of the year and you don’t want to miss out on going on this great road trip as the boat will get booked up very quickly. Once tickets are sold out, that’s it. Groupon has discount coupons available for this cruise so book your space now.
    Important: The link for reserving your space on the cruse is

    http://www.junglequeen.com/jungle-queen-sightseeing,-dinner-and-show-cruise.html

    Jungle Queen Dinner Cruise

     
    • Doug Quara 5:17pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I made two reservations for this dinner cruise but Tammy will be out of town that weekend. I am selling both reservations. I will sell both to a couple or just one (and I’ll attend myself). I will sell at a discount. Please reach out to Doug at 954-684-9557 if you have not yet made your reservation. I checked with Jungle Queen, and the reservations are transferable.

  • Rosalyn and Brian Scherf 8:26pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Kolbe, nature center, Quilt, quilt reception, reception   

    Roz’s quilt reception at Anne Kolb Nature Center… 

    Make plans to attend Roz’s quilt reception at Anne Kolb Nature Center on November 10, 2018 from 5 to 7pm. This one is open to the public. They have lots to do including boat tours, hiking, etc.

    Please RSVP by middle of October if you plan on coming.

    More information to follow.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:00am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: PPF, Repaint, Rock Chips   

    Got My Car Back 

    Thankfully after 3 long weeks, I got my car back yesterday after having the entire front end repainted because of numerous rock chips. Now the car has to sit for another 2 weeks while the paint dries completely so the PPF can be put on. Getting the entire hood, bumper and partial fenders done. Don’t want to see any more rock chips in the future! It’s expensive but well worth the money. Anyone buying a new Miata should have it done

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  • Robert Burr 7:47am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Other car   

    What Is Your Other Car? 

    MX5 sports car enthusiasts share the love of our sports cars, we enjoy road trips and gatherings, talking about our cars and gaining greater appreciation and knowledge of the subject.

    But, many of us also have another car or two in the family. A two seater convertible is a great ride, but it’s not practical for every purpose under the sun.

    So, what is your other car?

    In our case, we need a car than can carry more luggage, scuba gear, Home Depot supplies, a few extra passengers, etc. I just turned in our second Mazda CX-5 for a new Kia Niro hybrid that gets more than 50 miles to the gallon, with a good aerodynamic design, good cargo space, lots of techie features and — again, about 600 miles on a small tank full of gas. When you start it up, there’s no noise. It rolls down the road very efficiently, it has very large batteries and an electric motor that delivers 29hp in addition to the efficient 1.6 liter 110 hp gas engine (total 195 ft lb torque) that comes on when you need power, or to recharge the battery bank. Once the car is rolling, it takes very little power to maintain speed. And, there is no drive shaft. Looking forward to taking it on a road trip up to Weeki Wachee to see the mermaids for a gathering of friends in a few weeks time to really test the roadworthiness.

    https://www.caranddriver.com/kia/niro

     
    • Mark Gilbert 10:03am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We have a Toyota Rav4 SUV. For a couple of years, 2010 -11, Toyota offered the Rav4 with 3 row seating on a limited basis and I was lucky enough to order one so we have seating for 7 in a small SUV. Works out great when the family is in town.

    • Blas Rolando 12:25pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      As seen on TV!
      My other car is a 1995 Ford Bronco Eddy Bauer.

    • Doug Quara 6:57pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      1991 Acura NSX
      2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum
      2014 Acura RLX

      Love ‘em all.

    • Andrew 10:55pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Last November we we leased (for the first time), a 2018 CX-5. We had a Subaru Forester for 7 years prior to that. When the lease is up, who knows what will be the next car, but most likely another SUV.

    • John Morris 4:33am on Sunday, July 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Rob & Robin, Good luck with your New Do Everything Car. Wishing you many Happy Healthy & Fun miles.

    • Keith & Mary Parker 7:21pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The 2001 Miata is one of nine vehicles we have, and only two of them are projects! My everyday driver, other than the Miata, is a 2005 Subaru Baja pickup. Mary’s everyday driver is a 2012 Honda Odyssey. So we have the Japanese market covered. The others are a mix of vintage British, German and American classics.
      A word of caaution: one of my fellow driving instructors, who is also an EMT, cautioned me that in his line of work KIA stands for Killed In Automobile….

    • Robert Burr 9:15pm on Thursday, July 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve heard the KIA abbreviation. To be fair, the model we’re driving scored the highest in its class in the latest crash tests.

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