Mazda MX-5 Miata: Find It. Fix It. Trick It.

Overview

With its arrival in the United States in 1990, the Mazda Miata inspired the return of the open roadster. Though other makes and models followed, the Miata remains the convertible sports car of choice for budget-conscious enthusiasts, as popular in autocross and amateur racing circles as it is among pleasure drivers.

This book shows readers how to make the most of any Miata: what to look for in a used model and how to perform common maintenance and repairs, as well as over 15 ...

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Overview

With its arrival in the United States in 1990, the Mazda Miata inspired the return of the open roadster. Though other makes and models followed, the Miata remains the convertible sports car of choice for budget-conscious enthusiasts, as popular in autocross and amateur racing circles as it is among pleasure drivers.

This book shows readers how to make the most of any Miata: what to look for in a used model and how to perform common maintenance and repairs, as well as over 15 projects to improve performance and appearance. Focusing on the engine, wheels and tires, suspension, body kits, interior, and more, the projects include full details on required parts, cost, time, tools, and skill necessary for completion. With easy-to-follow directions and clear illustrations, this handy guide is a virtual road map for taking the Miata the full distance.

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Editorial Reviews

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Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, January 2008

“Anyone who owns or is contemplating buying a Miata would do himself a service by picking up this book.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760327920
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 729,121
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Tanner has been working on Miatas for over a decade and has been a technician at Flyin’ Miata for more than five years. He spends his days modifying, repairing, dismantling, and providing technical support for all Miatas. At home, he's restored a 1967 Land Rover and a 1966 Cadillac to go along with his classic Mini, Mazda 323 GTX, and a few Miatas. He's also built a Lotus Seven replica that uses Miata mechanicals, and his latest project is a Miata for the Targa Newfoundland race. He's published two other books in the Motorbooks Workshop series—Mazda Miata MX-5 Performance Projects and How to Build a Cheap Sports Car—and has also written a number of magazine articles. When he's not playing with cars, he's out on skis or a bike. He lives in Colorado in a house with a large garage hidden underneath.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: Heritage

Chapter 2: Experience

Chapter 3: Buy

Chapter 4: Bond

Chapter 5: Life

Chapter 6: Customize

Chapter 7: Data

Index

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Introduction

Miatas are everywhere these days. It's not a surprise when you think about it-there have been nearly three-quarters of a million produced over more than a decade and a half, and it's a robust little car that lives a long time.

To many people, the Miata is a cute little convertible that is perfect for tooling around town on a warm, sunny day. Fair enough-they're good at that. But they're good at other things too. They've won dozens of national racing titles. Drivers have caught the sports car bug thanks to the Miata's lively and friendly handling. Clubs have sprouted up worldwide and brought people together, resulting in a lot of friendships and more than a few marriages. A strong aftermarket has developed to let owners make their Miatas a little more personal.

Miatas are driven by high school students, by sports car fans, by racers, and by people who just want a fun car with a roof that goes down. Many of them are second cars and only come out when it's sunny. But in every case, the driver has a smile on his or her face.

This book is intended for all of those Miata drivers and those who want to join them. I hope it will help you choose a Miata, learn a little bit about details-such as why people with a 1993 LE are so proud of that fact-discover a few things you can do with it, and find out how you can make it your own.

While there was a lot of research and checking done as this book was being prepared, there are likely a few oversights and mistakes. I apologize in advance. You can find corrections and clarifications at the book's website, findfixtrickmiata.com.

A brief disclaimer: I work at a Miata performance company called Flyin' Miata. Because ofthat, there are a number of cars in this book with Flyin' Miata banners on them and equipped with Flyin' Miata parts. This is not intended as an endorsement but is simply a result of what is readily available to me.

-Keith Tanner, January 2007
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