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April Road Trip, April 9, 2016, Treasure Coast Miata Parts Super Store

Posted by Lou Marett on April 10, 2016 at 11:43am 0 Comments

On Saturday, April 9, South Florida Miatas joined with the Treasure Coast Miata Car Club and the Treasure Coast British Sports Car Club for a visit to the the Treasure Coast Miata Parts Super Store in Hobe Sound.  The owner gave us a tour of the facility which is a Miata lover's dream. They have every used part imaginable and can, repair, build and dismantle any and all Miatas.  They also sponsor a Miata racing team at both West Palm Raceway and Homestead Raceway.  

Lunch at Harry and the Natives in Hobe Sound followed.  The food and service were both excellent. If you are looking for an interesting and different "beachcomber" experience this is the place to go.

The trip home included a "top down" ride along A1A through Jupiter past many beautiful ocean front estates.

2016 MX-5 is Only Vehicle to Take Home Two Awards from 2016 Autobytel Car and Truck Awards

Posted by Robert Burr on March 25, 2016 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was recently named the winner of not one, but two prestigious 2016 Autobytel Car and Truck Awards.  Mazda's lightweight roadster took home top honors as Autobytel Convertible of the Year and Autobytel Sports Car of the Year.

The MX-5, which has received numerous awards since it was redesigned for 2016, encompasses Mazda’s full suite of SKYACTIV Technology and KODO—Soul of Motion design.

According to Autobytel, winners are chosen based on their “excellent design, leading technology, top performance, safety, and value.”

Mazda MX-5 Named 2016 World Car Design of the Year

Posted by Robert Burr on March 24, 2016 at 11:13am 0 Comments

The Mazda MX-5 (known as Mazda Roadster in Japan) has won the 2016 World Car Design of the Year award. It is the first time a Japanese model has won the award.

World Car Design of the Year was established by World Car Awards in 2006 to recognize excellence and innovation in car design. This year's winner was chosen by a panel of design experts and 73 automotive journalists from 23 different countries. The MX-5 was announced victorious over other finalists Jaguar XE and Mazda CX-3 at the New York International Auto Show on March 24. In addition, the MX-5 was the finalist for the title of World Car of the Year 2016 and competed for the honor against the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

http://www.mazdausamedia.com/2016-03-24-All-New-Mazda-MX-5-Named-2016-World-Car-Design-of-the-Year

Mazda MX-5 RF hardtop convertible

Posted by Robert Burr on March 22, 2016 at 7:58pm 0 Comments

Mazda MX-5 RF hardtop convertible revealed at NY Auto Show. Stunning. http://www.mazdausamedia.com/2016-03-22-Mazda-MX-5-RF-with-Retractable-Hardtop-Makes-Global-Debut

Mazda Commits to Making Automatic Braking Standard on New Vehicles

Posted by Robert Burr on March 17, 2016 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced today that it will make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on all of its new vehicles by September 1, 2022, as part of its i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies strategy.

To watch a video on Mazda's Smart City Braking System visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHn0SJmI_wE.

2016 Miatas

Posted by John Morris on March 6, 2016 at 7:20pm 1 Comment

Good luck to Karl & Karen with thier new pristine whit Miatas. Many happy,joyfull,healthey miles with lots of smiles.

John

ANOTHER CORRECTION

Posted by Lou Marett on January 25, 2016 at 3:06pm 0 Comments

Sorry.  I was right the first time. On Sunday, February 21, we are meeting at 9:00AM at  the WEST PALM BEACH SERVICE AREA mile marker 94, Florida's Turnpike.

Mazda Prototypes to Race With New MZ-2.0T Engine

Posted by Robert Burr on January 8, 2016 at 8:19pm 0 Comments

Engine will make its race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona





The two-car Mazda Prototype race team will be powered by the new gasoline-fueled MZ-2.0T engine this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The engine has been in development for much of the past year and has completed nearly 4,000 test miles prior to this weekend’s “ROAR before the 24” test session at the Daytona International Speedway.



A gasoline, direct-injected engine -- like many of the Mazda passenger cars -- helps with the horsepower and throttle response and yet still produces great fuel economy. When the driver puts the pedal down, it goes. It’s creating roughly 285 horsepower per liter, which is much higher than the estimated 110 horsepower per liter of the 5.5-liter V8 Daytona Prototype…

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Preparing My Miata for Florida Winter

Posted by Nate Vickery on December 23, 2015 at 7:26am 0 Comments

A couple of months back, I decided to move to Florida. The most helpful out of them all however, was one friend in particular, who warned me not to take Florida winter for granted, even though it has a tendency to be mild. Having decided to look into the matter, I learned a lot about preparing one’s car for the winter.

My Wagon

I bought my pre-owned, grey Mazda Miata, back during college days, in quite a nasty condition. It turned out, however, that the woman that I bought it from either knew nothing or didn’t care about adding up to your car’s resale value, prior to putting it on market. The tires were age old, the engine didn’t…

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We're up to 190 Miata Members

Posted by Robert Burr on December 19, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

This Miata web site has 190 active members!

We all enjoy having the calendar online to know about upcoming events and it's a great place to post photos and make friends.

Happy Holidays and best wishes to all our Miata enthusiast friends!

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Hi, I'm somewhat new to the region and was seeking some advice.  I've been using my dad's Miata ('99) and the rain rail needs to be replaced.  I took it to the Mazda dealer and he said it would be at least $1,000 to replace the rail.  I thought that was kind of high considering the posts I've read said it is fairly simple.  Does anyone have any advice on replacing the rain rail?  Or do you have a go-to person?  I would like to get it fixed sooner because the poor trunk is taking a beating.

Thanks-

 

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Comment by Ali on December 13, 2013 at 5:58pm
Rain rails are very delicate. Even a slight bend will cause your soft top to leak. It's not impossible, you just need to know what you're doing. Also, try going to an upholstery place that specializes on soft tops for a quote on replacing the rain rails. Most likely the price will be much cheaper than the dealer. For 1000$ consider buying yourself a hardtop instead!

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