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    I daily drove a Triumph Spitfire with the top...

    I daily drove a Triumph Spitfire with the top down for 3/4 of the year for a couple years. And then my first Miata was a 96 that I owned for about 7 years... I parked in a garage at home and at work...
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    Vacation Hypermiling in the wife's Miata

    Road tripping this week in my wife's 2015 Miata with 6 speed auto. Couldn't resist a little mild mpg play along the way! I set tires to 35 before we left.

    I think the most she's seen in this car...
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    Oh, I couldn't answer that question. I left the...

    Oh, I couldn't answer that question. I left the aircraft industry behind over 20 years ago! I enjoyed working in flight test instrumentation except for the fact that sometimes we had to fly to...
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    I guess I'll chime in as part of the "never...

    I guess I'll chime in as part of the "never noticed this thread before" crowd:

    After getting an AS degree in Electronics in 1986, I spent 8 years in the US Air Force as a Nuclear Weapons...
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    I wouldn't replace shocks at 30k "just because"....

    I wouldn't replace shocks at 30k "just because". If you're happy with how they feel and perform, you don't need to replace them. Replace them when they no longer meet your personal criteria for ride,...
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    My Mirage got modded for autocross shortly after...

    My Mirage got modded for autocross shortly after I bought it. Adjustable coilover shocks all around.

    But, I've had my wife's 2007 Miata that needed shocks by 25k miles. And more recently, my Kia...
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    Shocks are a sensitive item. A lot of people will...

    Shocks are a sensitive item. A lot of people will say they're fine at 30k, even 50k or 60k. They still pass the old "bounce test" where you bounce a corner of the car and the car doesn't keep...
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    Nice review! With nearly 30k miles on it, odds...

    Nice review!

    With nearly 30k miles on it, odds are really good that your rear shocks are weak. That will make the car feel "floppy". The Mirage has a lot of roll, anyway. You need good shocks to...
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    For the record: This battery performed well...

    For the record:

    This battery performed well enough for about a year. It never had a lot of reserve capacity. If I did something like a lot of back-to-back restarts, or start it a couple times to...
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    We're describing the same situation from two...

    We're describing the same situation from two slightly different perspectives. We're not really disagreeing, just coming at it from different angles.

    The clutch is fine for its intended purpose.
  11. I'll sell you my 2015 that already has coilovers...

    I'll sell you my 2015 that already has coilovers and wheels and full exhaust for $5500. It's a rust-free Florida car. Come get it!
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    An F1 clutch is not just better materials, it's...

    An F1 clutch is not just better materials, it's different technology. It's a multi-plate clutch (and not just 2 or 4... more like 7 or 8), which most "normal" drivers would find completely impossible...
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    Wheel fitment on the Mirage takes a lot of...

    Wheel fitment on the Mirage takes a lot of consideration of wheel offset. You get to a certain point where you have the perfect width and offset on the front... that same offset won't work on the...
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    I've had no trouble with the Godspeed suspension....

    I've had no trouble with the Godspeed suspension. Just make sure you set it up correctly. "Too low" is a thing. "Too stiff" is also a thing. And you can set the shock length vs. spring perch heights...
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    Ditch the drive-through. Park the car and go in....

    Ditch the drive-through. Park the car and go in. One restart. No idling, no creeping. Just coast into the parking lot.

    That won't make a huge difference, but it's only about a 20 mile route......
  16. I ordered a Mini-VCI cable from Amazon last...

    I ordered a Mini-VCI cable from Amazon last night.

    Cover me, I'm goin' in!
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    Doubtful. It's rolled over 100k. Those...

    Doubtful. It's rolled over 100k.


    Those things have been available as reproductions for at least the last 30 years.
    http://www.victoriabritish.com/icatalog/mg/full.aspx?Page=96


    I was...
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    Not a bad looking car, but way overpriced. But,...

    Not a bad looking car, but way overpriced. But, they're a dealer, it's to be expected. I think you're better buying from a private party, particularly one who is an obvious enthusiast and has given...
  19. I'm thinking about buying a Mini VCI kit and...

    I'm thinking about buying a Mini VCI kit and trying this out. Seems like there are several options I wouldn't mind changing.

    But, I've got too many other projects going on right now. Gonna wait a...
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    I have a wad of keys that's got my house key,...

    I have a wad of keys that's got my house key, small garage door fob, and a cool aluminum pill container with "emergency" Ibuprofen in it. I grab that most of the time when I leave, unless I know my...
  21. I'm really surprised that it's not an option that...

    I'm really surprised that it's not an option that can be just turned off in the system. Surely, there's some country somewhere that doesn't require it?

    I'm right there with you. I don't have TPMS...
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    Is 66 a good year? Things to consider. My LBC...

    Is 66 a good year?

    Things to consider. My LBC cars were all Spitfires, 1973-1976. They were basically the same design from 1962 until end of production in 1981, and the same could be said...
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    I'm not an MG guy, but I used to be a Triumph...

    I'm not an MG guy, but I used to be a Triumph guy. I know a thing or two about little British cars.

    Low mileage isn't uncommon for those cars as they were often bought as weekend toys, and......
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    Well, yes... but... how many of us have been...

    Well, yes... but... how many of us have been driving without one for how many hundreds of thousands of miles without a problem?

    The engineers decided it wasn't necessary. Less weight, less...
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    The Mirage doesn't use a pilot bearing. (at...

    The Mirage doesn't use a pilot bearing. (at least, mine didn't, and the clutch kit didn't include one)

    He's talking input shaft bearing. They must have used one from the CVT on his car. :)
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