Long-Term 1994 Mazda Miata – Month Six Update

Introduction

In July 2016 I bought a 1994 Mazda Miata in Southern New Jersey from a lady who had owned the car for over 20 years.  It was in great condition, low mileage, and didn’t need much work.  She didn’t have any of the service records which I didn’t like, but it did have a newer top, and paint job.  Over the past six months I’ve driven it 996 miles, completed my first autocross, drove the Blue Ridge mountains, fixed it, broke it, and modified it. And as I continue to modify and get it ready to race, I want you all to follow along here.

The letter from the previous owner (Helen)
The letter from the previous owner (Helen)

Here are some details about the car when I bought it.

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I’m too happy to be in a Mazda Miata

Specifics:

Model Year: 1994

Make: Mazda Miata MX-5

Options: Rare Sport Wheels, A- Package (includes power mirrors, torsen limited-slip differential, am/fm stereo, power steering, leather wrapped steering wheel, headrest speakers), Five-speed manual transmission

Price: $3,600

Mileage at purchase (July 2016): 108,763

Average miles per gallon (mpg): 21.25 mpg

Currently Mileage (1/14/17): 109,759

Miles driven: 996 miles

Cost of Repairs:

Buff out scratch on front bumper on September 17th at 108,951 miles: $20

Someone did a hit and run in the parking lot of my office!
Someone did a hit and run in the parking lot of my office!

OEM reverse light switch at 108,930 miles September 5th, 2016 : $40

Oil change with 5w-30 on December 3, 2016: $45.16

Cost of Upgrades:

Hardtop: $800

My Mazda Miata Hardtop with rear defroster
My Mazda Miata Hardtop with rear defroster

Hardtop side latches: $55

Stereo and headrest speakers from Jeff Anderson: $221.80

Final Thoughts:

Over the past six months I have replace the reverse light switch, added a hardtop, fixed the gauge bezel, taken the water marks off the windows, changed the oil (5w-30 synthetic), and upgraded the stereo and speakers.  And that’s just the beginning! Stay tuned here, as I update and upgrade my 1994 Mazda Miata.

1994 Mazda Miata w/ Hardtop
My 1994 Mazda Miata w/ a Hardtop
Back of my 1994 Mazda Miata with Hardtop
Back of my 1994 Mazda Miata with Hardtop
It's usual habitat: 1994 Mazda Miata
It’s usual habitat: 1994 Mazda Miata