Sunday, November 11, 2012

Random Walk, Mazda Miata MX-5

Today's random walk, 1992 Mazda Miata, 5 speed manual transmission, 1.6 cubic engine.
Mazda Miata MX-5 (photo:

My friend Cheryl is selling her 1992 Mazda Miata, a car that she's had for about 9 years. Unfortunately or fortunately for me (depending on how you look at it), she was unable to drive this car due to a medical problem, as it  doesn't have power steering and is a manual transmission. As a result she has only put about 100 miles on the car. She let me drive it once and I immediately fell in love with it. I used to have a Datsun 300ZX and her Mazda Miata reminded me of it very much, even the red color was is the same as my Datsun. I had casually mentioned that I would love to buy it, but she wasn't ready to give it up and mentioned giving it to a relative. This car has been sitting in her garage or shed for the entire time and is now not running. She believes it is just due to sitting and bad gas, filters, etc..

Recently, however, she mentioned that she wanted to sell it, and I told her that I could help her by posting it on Craigslist as I had helped my husband sell a car on their site just months ago. She was excited about this and said we would talk about the details soon and I could help her post it.

About 4 weeks have gone by and she isn't in a rush to sell or post the car. I was recently visiting her and mentioned that I was still interested in buying this car, to my delight she said that would be great and that she would after all, prefer to sell it to someone she knows, keep it in the family if you will.

Yeah for today I decided to do some research on the car to see what I was getting myself into.
I was perusing a couple of websites like this The Kelly Blue Book Website and found amazing information in regards to this model car 1992 Mazda Miata. The amount she wants for is seems fair even though it's not currently running, the price for the miles on it (68,000) is about right.
Also all the review were really positive and it gets really good gas mileage for a gas powered car (28-30 mpg). This is really important to me that it gets good mileage. Some of the reviews even mentioned better gas mileage than that (30-38 mpg). This is really great news to me!

On this website msn Autos, has been one of my all time favorites for any car research I've ever done, again I was able to look over about 75 reviews and get a good idea of how real owners of this car felt about it, and I have to say that the reviews were really positive and exciting for a new purchase. The overall response is that it is a really great vehicle and a lot of fun to drive. Low maintenance and well built.

Exciting....I can't wait to buy this car, I will be making payments on it. Cheryl is excited to have her garage space back as she wants to use it for her landscape business. Win, Win.

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