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  • Robert Blanchard 10:52am on Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: hard dog roll bar, mechanic, question,   

    Two Questions: mechanic and hard dog roll bar 

    Hello guys, thanks for the add! Finally, deposit down on a 2003, paying in full today…

    Two questions

    1. Any reputable mechanics in the South Miami area that one can recommend to work/are familiar with the Miata? No need now but just to have in the books for when I can’t tackle an issue.

    2. Looking to install a hard dog roll bar… eventually I want a hard top but I was wondering if with the hard top hard dog will one still be able to close the soft top? Or is the hard top roll bar strictly for hard top and soft top strictly for soft top?


    Robert Blanchard

    • Anonymous 8:02am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Hardtop versions are a little lower and just a bit further back. No issues with soft top. Just a little smaller to fit Hardtop.

    • Craig Freger 1:31pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For a good independent shop, Mazdapros in Hollywood seems to be well-regarded among Mazda owners. A family-owned business. I have not used them for service because I have used dealer service to date, but I have met the family at one of their cruise-in events and they are nice people and Mazda enthusiasts. The patriarch, Edgar Carranza, seems to know his stuff.

      For good dealer service at fair prices, Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. I hate to recommend Lou Bachrodt because the new sales managers there are terrible to deal with, but that’s sales. On the service side, I have nothing but nice things to say about the manager, Mike Kubic.

    • Craig Freger 1:34pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Forgot the link to Lou Bachrodt.

    • Anonymous 3:22pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks guys for info I called Mazda Pros and taking her there on Monday for a once over and some stainless steel braided lines. Then she is off to her new home in South Miami where I hope to do a couple of track days, some Autocross, a few meets and just enjoy the weather with the top down on the weekends…

    • Osvaldo Suarez 3:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You can close the soft top and then install the hard top. That’s how I had mine until my son needed a soft top. I gave him my soft top, and now my 99 is a dedicated coupe. I don’t know any dedicated Miata mechanics I would personally recommend, but not much goes wrong with Miatas. I do all my own work on my two older models. The 16 is still under warranty and it runs perfectly.

  • Mark Gilbert 7:23am on Sunday, January 6, 2019 Permalink |
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    Vista Print Semi-Annual Sale 

    VistaprintVista Print is running their 50% off sale for anyone interested in designing their own t-shirts for club activities.

    Use promo code: exclusive

    Tees start at $4.99.


    • Robert Burr 3:44pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink |
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      Strawberry Road Trip in March 

      There’s plenty of time to plan ahead for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival on Saturday, March 2 in Plant City, Florida. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with Miata friends around the state for fun, food and friendship.


      Florida Strawberry Festival

      The festival is open from 10am to 10pm and admission is $10.

      Hotel rooms are already sold out in Plant City, but there are rooms available a dozen miles away in Lakeland if drivers want to gather on Friday evening ahead of the festival.

      Check your calendars to see if your schedule permits.

      Strawberry food items include Fresh Strawberries, World-Famous Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake, Assorted Strawberry Coated Nuts, Strawberry Milkshakes, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Sandwiches, Strawberry Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Cheesecake, Bowl of Berries (Sugar-free available), Strawberry Pizza, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Parfait, Deep Fried Strawberry Cheese Burst, Strawberry Crepes, Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Cream Puffs, Strawberry Kettle Korn, Strawberry Fritters, The Sweetheart Chocolate Strawberry Donut, The Strawberry Orie, The Chocoberry Orie, Strawberry Fudge and more.

      • marcy nieporent 4:38pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        what are the recommendations for staying over the weekend?? what towns/ are near the site of the event???

      • Robert Burr 4:43pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I found some rooms available in Lakeland, only 12 miles away for the festival fairgrounds. Search for hotels in Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Brandon, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Polk City, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills. All are close.


        Because the festival draws 500k people, rooms are already booked in the region, six months ahead.

      • marcy nieporent 4:59pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        anyone expressed interest in staying at any one location?? where is the venue for the event?? don’t want to drive too much further than the place hosting the festival.

      • Robert Burr 10:48am on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The event page contains these details. 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City from 10am to 10pm, the admission is $10. It will be difficult for one club member to reserve all the hotel rooms for all of our friends, but anyone can easily use Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, or even Google Maps, as in the link above, to find a suitable hotel room in a nearby location that matches their own budget. I found a good deal ($68) at Best Motel Lakeland, twelve miles away. 863-683-5961.

        Was that helpful?

    • Robert Burr 11:30am on Friday, October 5, 2018 Permalink |
      Tags: Orange Bowl, , Release   

      Junior Orange Bowl Parade – release form 

      Our December special event road trip — the annual Junior Orange Bowl Children’s Parade in Coral Gables — requires an individual release form for every participant.

      If you’re planning to be in the parade, click on the link below, print this form, fill it out and give it (or send it) to our event coordinator, Lou Marett. Thanks!

      Mandatory Waiver and Release Form

      • Mark Gilbert 10:07am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Permalink |
        Tags: , , , November 10, , ,   

        Summer Crush Cruise In 

        Here is an update on the November 10 cruise in to the Summer Crush Winery. I have invited all the Miata Clubs in the state to join us — with overwhelming response. So far 50 cars have signed up to be going among the clubs.

        The following clubs confirmed that they will be having members joining us there:

          • South Florida Miata Club
          • South Florida Miata’s Owners Group
          • Space Coast Miata Club
          • Treasure Coast Miata Club
          • Daytona Area Miata Club
          • Florida Miata Cruise Club
          • Tampa Bay Miatas
          • Southwest Florida Miata Club
          • Central Florida Miata Club
          • The Villages Miata Club
          • First Coast Miata Club
          • Sunriders Miata Club

        Looks to be a great event so please save the date on your calendars — and share this link to our event page: http://www.southfloridamiatas.com/events/florida-miatas-cruise-in-to-the-summer-crush-winery/

        Miata Cruise-In Summer Crush Winery - November 10, 2018

        • Mark Gilbert 12:29pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 Permalink |
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          Great Reviews By Cars.com & Jalopnick 

          Here is the new review by Cars.com of the 2019 MX-5 with the added horsepower and other enhancements. You can tell the guy is definitely in love with the car. Aren’t we all!!
          Also a new Mazda commercial coming soon.



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

          • Robert Burr 7:47am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink |
            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.


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

              1991 Acura NSX
              2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum
              2014 Acura RLX

              Love ‘em all.

            • Andrew 10:55pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to 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 | Log in to 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 | Log in to 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 | Log in to 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.

            • Russell Kimkaran 7:40am on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              My other car is a BMW X3. Need it when family come from the island of Trinidad to visit and shop.

          • Robert Maurer 7:52pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Permalink |
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            backup camera installed in an RF 

            Any wanting a backup camera installed in an RF email Dan at precisioncarradio@gmail.comContact 

            Rev9.com for camera and $200 install charge.



            • Robert Burr 7:56pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              If I understand correctly, you’re say it is the cost of the camera plus $200 to install? What is the cost of the standard camera from Rev9 that fits the MX-5 RF?

          • Steve and Tracy Dillon 3:54pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Permalink |
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            Doesn’t seem to show up as much on… 

            The paint chip problem doesn’t seem to show up as much on our White ND. Looks like it chips the red off to show a white primer.

            On Miata.net people were quoting like $2,500 for front, hood and rockers, so I discounted the Idea.

            Andrew, how much of car is covered in the $900 you mentioned?


            • Mark Gilbert 4:07pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              I found a place that does mostly exotics and went to see him. Had 2 Lambos, a Porsche and ZR1 in there being completely wrapped. Quoted me $800 to do the bumper and partial front of hood and fenders and mirrors. The name of the company is Auto Nuvo in Fort Lauderdale.

            • Andrew 8:20am on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

              The entire front bumper, about 12″ of the hood and fenders, the mirrors, door handle and inside door panel (above the arm rest. I did not do the headlights. That cost a little over $900 in 2016. For the entire hood and fender, the price would have gone over $1500. My last car (that had PPF) was a 2003 Infinity G35 where I applied the sames areas and that worked very well. Back then, only had one large rock penetrate the film on the hood and left a very small chip/ding. I believe the film prevented serious damage from that impact. The film held until I sold the car in 2010. I use Plexus to clean, polish and maintain the PPF (also applies to window tint).

              The company I used was Auto Supershield out of Boca.

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