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2000 MX-5 Miata LS of Laura Byrd

This 2000 MX-5 LS was purchased in 2003, from a BMW dealership in San Diego. She has lived an interesting life, and was shipped to Italy in 2011 to be used as my press vehicle. She lived in Italy for three years, and was driven up and down the Amalfi Coast many times. I was a contributor at Vintage Motorsport Magazine, and drove her all over Italy to cover vintage races. I repainted her in Italy, and shipped her back to the USA when I returned in 2014.

Her leather seats and soft top have both been replaced in black, from the original tan. She also has a tow kit installed, and in 2003, the first year I owned her, towed my 100-year Harley Davidson Sportster to Las Vegas for the HD 100-year celebration. I used a T-back trailer outfitted with matching chrome wheels, and she was the star at the HD dealership in Vegas. She now lives on Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California, and is driven very little. Total original mileage is 107,000.

Laura Byrd, Oceanside, California

2000 MX-5 Miata LS of Laura Byrd from Oceanside, California

Meet the New Mazda CLub Members

This section highlights some of the new members that have joined the club since the last ONLY WAY. Once again welcome to all of you!!

Recent members names may appear in a subsequent issue as printing deadlines may have prevented your name from appearing in this issue.

John Boyer
Lisle, Illinois

John Prewitt
Quitman, Arkansas
John has an ‘85 yellow RX-7.

Richard Basarich
Gurnee, Illinois
Richard has an ‘82 white RX-7 GL.

Richard Basarich
Gurnee, Illinois
Richard has an ‘82 white RX-7 GL.

Morris V. Chay
Santa Rosa, California
Morris has an ‘86 brown B2000.

Anthony Brooks
Jacksonville, Florida

Technical Section – Q & A’s – Upkeep Hints

Please note: Questions and answers are provided for information and advice purposes. No liability either express or implied is assumed by reliance on the information presented either by the writers or the MC.

Some or all of the below is from our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/mazdaclubusa. This is just a part of what appears there and in the member magazine.

Also be sure to see our Facebook group for immediate help from fellow members.

Q:     Anyone have an idea of how long a garage kept convertible top will last before replacement? I have a 2003 Miata. What would be the cost to replace?

Doug

Q:     I think a well cared for vinyl top should last 10+ years. It really depends upon how often you clean and treat it, and how long it sits under the sun, rain, hail.

I’ve never had a canvas top, but my understanding is that they are more difficult to keep clean and looking good.

To answer your cost question. A new Robbins vinyl top with rain rail will set you back close to $600, but there are many cheaper options, starting from around $175 for an eBay top.

Dougal McGuire

Mazda CX-30 fits between the CX-3 and CX-5 in the brand’s lineup

by Jake Holmes from CNET.com

The newest Mazda crossover is called the CX-30. It fits right in between the existing CX-3 subcompact and CX-5 compact models, which is why many expected it to be called the CX-4 rather than the CX-30. Revealed Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, it’ll go on sale in Europe this summer before launching in other global markets. Though Mazda USA representatives have no official confirmation just yet, it’s almost a certainty the the CX-30 will also make it to the US.

Mazda CX-30
Size-wise, it slots right between the CX-3 and the CX-5.Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow

As we’ve come to expect from the company’s other introductions, the Mazda CX-30 is a great-looking car with striking proportions. Black plastic fender cladding hints at SUV toughness, while a sloping rear window adds a dose of sportiness. Compared to the CX-3, the CX-30 has a slightly higher ground clearance, a longer length and a longer wheelbase, all of which contribute to making it a little more eye-catching than Mazda’s smaller crossover.

Mazda chief designer Ryo Yanagisawa told Roadshow on Wednesday, through a translator, that the CX-30 is the second vehicle with Mazda’s newest generation of its Kodo Soul of Motion design language. The first was was teh new Mazda 3 — and going forward, all future models will follow this design language.

Though their silhouette is somewhat similar, Yanagisawa said that the 3 and CX-30 are distinguished primarily by the surfacing on their body panels: “The interplay of light and shadows is completely different.” On the Mazda3, light appears to plunge into the rear fender; on the CX-30, he said “the top of the front fender is the energy source.”

Mazda CX-30
Mazda uses “the interplay of light and shadow” to define its designs.Mazda

Obviously, as with most crossovers, the CX-30 also features lots of black plastic fender cladding. That reduces the visual height of the car, Yanagisawa said, “so the body looks slender and [like it’s] floating in the air.” With the clean upper panels and tough lower cladding, the car follows Mazda’s design brief of “sleek and bold.”

Within the cabin, and unlike Mazda’s other crossovers and the 3, the infotainment screen is angled toward the driver and the dash design wraps around onto the doors. That’s because the CX-30 is intended to be a multiple-passenger vehicle, and the wrap-around effect gives occupants, “a sense of safety and security.”

As a crossover, “we have four seats and adults can be seated comfortably even for a long journey” in the CX-30, Yanagisawa said. One of the most obvious design references to that is the fact that the windowline is the same height in front and back, whereas in the more driver-focused Mazda3 the beltline kicks upward. “So front occupants and rear occupants can share the same view of the journey,” Yanagisawa explained.

Mazda CX-30
A high-end Signature trim level is a possibility but not yet confirmed.Mazda

Interior materials, which have a total of four color combinations, are intended to give the car a more premium look and feel, Yanagisawa said. As to whether, like the CX-5 and CX-9, there would be a high-end Signature trim level, he said it’s still up in the air.

“We need to study whether we will have a Signature version,” he said, admitting that, “The Mazda brand is trying to shift to Mazda premium.”

Though US specifications have yet to be confirmed, the European CX-30 will offer a 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine and a 1.8-liter diesel, with both manual and automatic transmissions of six speeds on offer. Also available will be Mazda’s forthcoming SkyActiv X compression ignition power train, which like the 2.0-liter mill, will feature mild-hybrid technology. We’d bet that the diesel won’t make it to the US market, although Mazda does plan to sell a CX-5 diesel here. Also on offer will be all-wheel drive, as is expected from any crossover, as well as Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus torque-vectoring system.

We’ll have to wait some time to find out which of these features will make it to the US-market version. “We are finalizing the offerings to the US market, but naturally, we’re going to choose ones that will fit to each individual markets,” Naohito Saga, Mazda CX-30 program manager, told Roadshow through a translator.

Mazda CX-30
The CX-30’s interior follows the stylish design of other Mazda crossovers.Mazda

Interior room is said to be generous given the CX-30’s exterior dimensions. Cargo space is pegged at 15.2 cubic feet by European measurement standards, which Mazda says is roomy enough to fit a large baby stroller and a large bag. Mazda says it designed the seat cushions so passengers can slide in and out more easily.

The CX-30’s interior design is pretty and mostly reminiscent of other new Mazda crossovers, with an 8.8-inch dash-mounted infotainment screen operated by a rotary controller. Mazda says engineers specifically made sure to make the A- and C-pillars as narrow as possible to improve visibility, and that a high driving position was chosen to further improve forward sightlines.

Active-safety technologies include the things like pre-collision braking, as well as advanced features like a driver monitoring function that uses infrared cameras to keep tabs on the driver’s alertness level, forward cross-traffic alert for junctions and a low-speed traffic-jam assist that can control the car’s steering, braking and acceleration in busy traffic. As to passive safety, a knee airbag is standard globally, and the front bumper and hood are designed to soften the impact on a pedestrian in an accident.

Mazda CX-30
The sloping rear window helps distinguish the CX-30 from the CX-3.Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow

Despite being one of Mazda’s smaller models, the CX-30 doesn’t scrimp on refinement. Mazda noted that engineers fitted extra sound-deadening materials and even took steps like reducing the number of holes cut into the carpet to keep NVH out of the cabin. That’ll make it all the easier to enjoy the standard eight-speaker or optional Bose 12-speaker audio systems.

Though it’s still unknown when it will launch in the US market, the Mazda CX-30 looks to be a great addition to the company’s crossover lineup, splitting the difference between the CX-3 and CX-5 and, hopefully, offering all the same driving satisfaction we’ve come to expect from the brand.

All New Mazda CX-3

A NEW ERA: A NEW STANDARD

The challenge: to build a car that can be used anywhere, in any way, to support creative, individualistic lifestyles. The result: azda CX-3. Finding inspiration in the essential values people seek in a car rather than target numbers in a specification sheet, CX-3 is designed and engineered to stimulate the emotions by closely matching human sensibilities. Mazda’s KODO — Soul of Motion design language again sets a new benchmark for quality and style, while a full suite of revolutionary SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY delivers performance that enhances modern lifestyles on any road from the inner city to the great outdoors and you can record everything with a dash camera from BlackboxMyCar that are perfect for this. CX-3 is the perfect tool for expressing your individuality and adding spice to your life. If you are looking for a new cars for sale just like this one to get out on these streets then check out this new car dealer for great options.

These include a stress analysis on the rear suspension subframe, and a modal analysis of the battery pack structure and mounts. If what you are looking for is how to do repairs on your cars then you must visit Maserati certified repair shop for professional help.

You can always check Ford OurFairdeal for a used one and enjoy the same amazing experience,


A NEW ERA: A RADICAL DESIGN DEPARTURE

CX-3 marks another advance in Mazda’s KODO design philosophy. Inspired by the power, grace and beauty of animals in the wild and avoiding all preconceptions of how a crossover should look, CX-3’s styling is an eye-catching expression of dynamic motion with a sense of purpose. Large-diameter wheels add to the stable, well-planted stance, enhancing the striking proportions of the sleek cabin and short overhangs. Combined with clean lines shorn of unnecessary details this creates a unique statement of charismatic style so is the perfect mix for anyone that want to have a great car and find the perfect accessories at sites like www.productexpert.com .


ROOM TO ENJOY

You never feel short of space in CX-3. The front seats offer ample shoulder and legroom for people of any build and the rear seats offer comfortable headroom and knee space, when you’re trying to protect your seats do it carefully or with experts because this ones are state of the art seats . In addition, rear seats are located higher and closer to the centre of the cabin than the front seats, creating a layout that makes it easier for passengers in the rear to see out of the front or converse with people in the front seats.

Mazda MX-5 Finally Has The Power It Deserves

from Car & Driver by Joseph Capparella

We have cared a lot about the Mazda MX-5 Miata for nearly three decades. So, too, have the thousands of loyal Miata owners who race their cars, modify their cars, and take them to Miata Club meets. But do you know who cares about the Miata even more? Mazda. The little roadster truly is the company’s pride and joy, a North Star doubling as its philosophical center. Definitely do the math and know the total cost each month before buying a new vehicle.
Price creep with performance goodies, noisy on the highway.
Thus, it isn’t surprising that Mazda is both steadfast about keeping the Miata true to its original missive and always looking for ways to make it better. The precedent of continuous improvement could be seen in the first three generations of MX-5, each of which received tweaks throughout its life cycle. It’s now time for the current, fourth-generation Miata (ND to the cognoscenti) to get better; for 2019, that means a revised 2.0-liter inline-four Skyactiv engine. If you ever need to do any kind of Mazda or other premium brand lighting fix or replacement TruckElectrics is the best, visit their site.

More Oomph for 2019

Previously, the ND Miata was powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four that was little more than a Mazda 3 engine turned longitudinally and stuffed into the MX-5’s small engine bay. Vehicle dynamics engineer Dave Coleman admits that the car was originally designed around the less powerful 1.5-liter four-cylinder that’s available in other markets and that by the time the decision was made to install a bigger engine in the Miata bound for the United States, it was too late to truly fine-tune the 2.0-liter for a sports-car application. Of course, the engine itself was hardly a dud—responsive and eager, it made the current car quicker than any Miata before it in our testing despite its meager 155 horsepower. And it also have the greatest lock security for today standards, so is not that easy to get into the car without a key, and even if you get locked out of your car, you can simply get a Canadian Towing Locked Out of Car Service to get help since you can’t just break in into the car.

Acceleration Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Mazda even cares enough about the Miata to address small details. The 2019 car now has a telescoping steering wheel, which was engineered to give taller drivers an easier reach to the wheel while adding a minimum of weight. Despite its more complex mechanism, the new function adds only about half a pound to the waifish Miata’s curb weight. A backup camera is also newly standard in accordance with federal regulations. These new features, along with some extra weight in the engine, add up to a claimed weight gain of just seven pounds overall. We measured the 2019 car at 2345 pounds—21 pounds heavier than our long-term Club—with much of that disparity attributable to the extra weight of the Recaro seats that are newly available as part of the pricey Brembo/BBS package that can drive the softtop’s price to a rather dear $35,000-plus (exact pricing is forthcoming), while the 2019 RF can approach $40,000. Expect a bare-bones 2019 Miata softtop to start around $26,500.

From a big-picture perspective, though, the Miata remains a unique proposition: a lightweight, simple sports car that succeeds in placing driving pleasure above all other considerations. It has changed so little over the years that we almost wonder if Mazda is being too faithful to the MX-5 ideal for its own good. And yet, that such a small automaker has taken such painstaking care to maintain the ethos of a car that today presents such a difficult business case is telling. The Miata is hardly for everyone, but everyone should be able to appreciate that it not only still exists but that it keeps getting better and for me the best part of this is that when looking for used vehicles for sale you will most likely find this car at the used car dealerships.

Technical Section – Q & A’s – Upkeep Hints

Please note: Questions and answers are provided for information and advice purposes. No liability either express or implied is assumed by reliance on the information presented either by the writers or the MC.

Some or all of the below is from our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/mazdaclubusa. This is just a part of what appears there and in the member magazine.

Also be sure to see our Facebook group for immediate help from fellow members.

Q:     I recently purchased an used 2008 Mazda 3 (manual transmission) with about 120,00 miles on it. Sometimes, when I attempt to shift from 2nd to 3rd, the gearshift sticks, and I’m unable to shift into 3rd. I have to pull over and repeatedly jiggle the gearshift to pop it out of second gear. Also, when stopped, I’ve sometimes had trouble putting the car into 1st. And, overall, shifting from 1st to 2nd is a little rough. The brake/clutch fluid is topped off, so it’s not that. And the clutch itself seems fine so I’m wondering if I should take my car to a transmission shop?

LX Classic

A:     The solution to your issue is one of the three following things (ranked from most to least likely):

A new clutch. While the clutch material may well still have some life in it, the two halves of the disk have started to separate and they are still partially engaged even when you push the pedal all of the way to the floor.

A Clutch Master Cylinder and/or Clutch Slave Cylinder starting to fail. In this scenario, even when you push the pedal all of the way to the floor, the clutch pressure plate doesn’t fully release, and as with Option 1, the clutch disk is still partially engaged.

Low hydraulic fluid in the Clutch Master Cylinder. It could be you are pumping (or have pumped) some air into the hydraulic clutch line, and the air is compressing instead of pushing on the pressure plate to open it up all of the way. The clutch disk is still partially engaged.

Q: Last week I was driving down the highway and my started making some weird noises and started to get very worried. I tried to contact a mechanic right away, but they were way to expensive. So I was wondering if you know where could I find some parts for my car. It’s a  2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Thanks, it would help me a lot!

A: Well, we’ve worked with many dealerships, try checking out dodge Ram dealership near me , and hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for. Also a quick advise, sometimes is better to buy a used car instead of wasting a lot of money on parts for your car, keep that in mind!

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