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  1. Hi all, I just bought a manual 2016 MX-5 (ND) Soft-Top. When I brought it for servicing last week, the mechanic can't locate the fuel filter. After looking for it for 45 mins, he finally concluded that the fuel filter must be hidden underneath the soft-top canvas because he has looked everywhere. As it was late, he asked me to come another day so that he can have a head-start on dismantling the soft-top canvas to reach the fuel filter. I was wondering if anyone knows where the fuel filter is on a 2016 ND Soft-Top? Is it really underneath the soft-top canvas and a dismantle has to be done on the soft-top canvas to access the fuel filter? I appreciate if there are suggestions or youtube links in accessing the fuel filter. Thanks.
  2. Last week, we published a post where we reported that two thirds of the Toyota 86s sold in US were automatics. However, Mazda begs to differ with some stats of their own and give the manual transmission supporters some hope. U.S. publication Autoblog spoke to Mazda PR program manager Tim Olson and was told that a staggering 76% of the MX-5 buyers in America selected the manual transmission option, leaving the rest with the six-speed automatic. Being the purer car, the sales data was based on the soft-top version of the car from July 2018. As for the MX-5 RF, 52% of the sales in the past 12 months were made up of stick shift cars while the remaining 48% sold have the automatic gearbox. While the above numbers do proof that driving enthusiasts are still voting with their money for manual gearboxes, it is weird to find Toyota reporting that only 33% of its 86 buyers opt for the self-shifting option.
  3. Using the Tesla Model S P85 as his daily drive, Christian von Koenigsegg surprisingly does not own any Koenigsegg despite being the boss of the company. In an interview with Road and Track, von Koenigsegg revealed that he also has a Model 3 on the way while his wife gets around in a Volvo XC90 and a Porsche 911 Targa. And eight months ago, they managed to add another car to their collection, a 1992 NA Mazda MX-5. This is no ordinary car as it was the exact same car von Koenigsegg owned around the time his company was founded a quarter of a century ago. “My first MX-5 has been back in my hands for about eight months,” he told the publication. “Our transport manager went to a car show on a Swedish island called Öland, and there was this black Mazda MX-5 that said it ‘used to be Christian von Koenigsegg’s car.’ So, he called me up and I spoke to the owner. “I overpaid a little bit to get it back, but now I can enjoy it on warm summer days! It’s in great condition, and it’s actually as enjoyable as I remembered to drive!” von Koenigsegg said. While the MX-5 might pale in comparison in terms of power with all the hypercars that he builds, von Koenigsegg loves it and says the car is a “good example on how you can have fun with a car with almost no power.”
  4. Eyke

    New MX-5 2016

    http://www.mazda.com/stories/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th2/movie_photo/
  5. Aerosmith

    Mazda Mx-5 Miata Reliability

    Deciding to get either a mx-5 or an eg6 for fun driving, occasional thrashing around and maybe rare tracking in malayasia. saw a red NA mx-5 on sgcarmart and went down for a look. it has some rust on the hood and some oil leaks in the engine bay. i know the reliability of this car is legendary especially in USA. but is the cost of repairs and maintenance low in singapore context? also, assuming the NA is going for about $7k depreciation while the NC is going for $10k depreciation and finally the MRS is also around $10k depreciation, which is actually a better buy in terms of yearly maintenance costs? thanks for all input.
  6. While Mazda's newly revealed MX-5 already looks good as it is, many photoshop pros have seem to have worked their magic and rendered their own MX-5 build. Check them out! 1. Rendered by Eric Shell 2. Rendered by JONSIBAL. A set of RS Watanabe with some bolt on flares and a front lip can do wonders in my opinion! 3. Rendered by X-Tomi 4. Rendered by Car Throttle on how the MPS version should look like. Almost perfect for me. 5. Rendered by Oillie Evans and James Eades. A 10/10 for me. Mazda needs to give us a fastback version of the MX-5 and a matching ducktail spoiler ASAP. So which one is your favourite? Let us know!
  7. This is probably the most creative way to piss your racing opponent off if you do happen to find yourself neck and neck with your rival in a straight line. For those who are well-versed in the internet lingo, 'Trolling' would best describe what the driver on the left did to this guy with the camera. But then again, in a one-make race with a not-exactly-fast Mazda MX-5, you need to be a bit more innovative to win races. Watch and find out what was done. http://dai.ly/x24qrzg_10643559-836982839653703-46859749-n_auto
  8. Twenty-five years after the original Mazda MX-5 was revealed at the 1989 Chicago Motor show, Mazda has given us our first insight into the technology that will underpin the all-new fourth-generation MX-5 – due on sale in 2015. Now these images show how the car could look. Displayed at last week's New York Motor Show wasn't the new Mazda MX-5 itself, but the advanced new SKYACTIV-chassis and engine that will form the backbone of the new MX-5, and the new Alfa Spider being co-developed alongside it. Mazda has confirmed the engine will be positioned behind the front axle and closer to the car’s centre than ever before, plus the centre of gravity will be lower than previous generations – factors that should improve the handling. The new chassis has also been engineered for “outstanding body rigidity and crashworthiness”, while the weight has been reduced by more than 100kg through the use of thinner, higher-strength steels. As a result, entry-level soft-top models are expected to weigh less than 1,050kg. New Mazda MX-5: extra details: At this stage there are no other official details from Mazda, although the car is expected to gain a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor for improved stability, comfort and interior space. The engine range is likely to include a pair of naturally-aspirated four-cylinder SKYACTIV petrol engines – one a 1.5-litre unit and the other a 2.0-litre, with around 130bhp and 165bhp respectively. As you can see in the picture, a manual gearbox will continue to be offered, with an auto as an option. Mazda is giving little away about the car’s design, but it’s believed to be a very different interpretation of the ‘Kodo’ design language – rather than a cardboard cut-out of the new Mazda3 or Mazda6. Expect simple-surfacing and classic roadster proportions with a long bonnet and the cabin pushed back towards the rear axle.
  9. Nostalgia

    MX-5 25th Anniversary website

    A little bit of nostalgia here http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/craftmanship/mx-5/mx-5_25th/ Hope the next one is just as good! It already sounds promising: http://jalopnik.com/5912579/the-next-mazda-mx+5-roadster-will-spawn-an-alfa-romeo
  10. Mazda has launched the limited edition MX-5 Sport Graphite for the U.K. market. Only 500 examples of the roadster will be produced. The Sport Graphite comes in three exclusive colors, namely Zeal Red Mica, Aquatic Blue Mica and Aluminum Silver Metallic. It also comes with a contrasting Meteor Grey retractable hardtop roof. 17-inch dark gunmetal alloy wheels complete the exterior updates. On the inside, the occupants get pampered by black leather heated seats with grey stitching. There
  11. [extract] As the automotive industry enters the 21st century, we could see more and more automakers adding or introducing a variety of features and structural bracing onto their new, redesigned models. And when there
  12. The Mazda MX-5 is one terrific compact roadster but many have commented that it is a little lacking on horsepower. The current generation delivers around 170bhp and 190Nm of torque. For those who felt that the MX-5 is a little lacking in power; would a more powerful and more sporty-looking version appeal to you? Then sit back and read on. Mazda is bringing its MX-5 GT Concept to the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed which starts on the 28th of June to the 01st of July. The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept will be on display throughout the festival on Mazda's stand, as well as taking part in the hill climb in the 'First Glance' category. Mazda is said to be debuting the car, a right-hand drive model, in order to gauge public reaction towards it. There might be a chance for the car to go into production and it all depends on the public. The MX-5 GT Concept is hugely based on the company
  13. [extract] Back in November last year, Alfa Romeo (which is under the Fiat Group) is challenging, particularly at the Mazda MX-5, the rear wheel drive roadster market segment with a new generation Spider. But now it seems that things are going to change. The MX-5 will receive a sibling but it will not be a Mazda. Mazda Motor Corporation and Fiat Group Automobiles have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for both companies
  14. Auto shows or exhibitions are usually the place where auto manufacturers showcase their cars and technologies. In Japan, if you want to see new car models, you will have to visit the Tokyo Motor Show. But the Tokyo Auto Salon is where designers and engineers unleash their talents in customisation. At the upcoming 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon (13-15 January), Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase several of their customised vehicles. On top of this, Mazda will also display its SKYACTIV engines and transmissions. First of all is the new and recently released CX-5. This special edition CX-5 is based on a standard CX-5 model grade. It combines a red exterior body paint work with matte black alloy wheels and a slightly lowered body height. Next is the Mazda Demio (also known as the Mazda 2) SKYACTIV Smart Stylish. This model's low centre of gravity is expressed through M'z Custom aero parts including front under spoiler, side skirts, and rear underskirt. Next is the Mazda Axela (Mazda 3) SKYACTIV Sport. The Axela comes with a range of aero parts including front air dam skirt, rear bumper, and rear roof spoiler for the exterior. The interior gets black leather upholstery for the seats, centre console and door trims. The centre console, meter hood and door switch panel surfaces are finished in piano black. The Mazda Roadster (MX-5) Black Tuned integrates black-based features onto both the interior and exterior of the car. This tuned model offers a full range of exclusive aftermarket items which includes BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, Brembo brake system (painted in gold for the front callipers) and RECARO seats. Next up is the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R 2012. Mazda states that this model is an expression of the further pursuit of superlative driving performance, a further evolution of the limited edition Mazda RX-8 Spirit R with 6-speed manual transmission. In addition to the base model's unique sporty design and dynamic performance, the model features BBS 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes and rotors, and vehicle height lowered by 20mm. And lastly the Mazda Roadster (MX-5) NR-A
  15. FaezClutchless

    Next generation MX-5 will be turbocharged

    [extract] The next generation Mazda MX-5 is expected to be released in 2014 and Mazda promised that it will go back to basics as its main focus. Mazda has focused entirely on making the MX-5 just like the original first model but with one minor change. The new car will be smaller and narrower, lighter with sharp handling features and for the first time, it will be turbocharged. Images of a Mazda MX-5 MPS began to emerge in my mind after hearing this news. (Of course there
  16. [extract] The Alfa Romeo Spider, first released in the mid 1960s, lasted for almost three decades. It is one of Alfa Romeo
  17. [extract] The Mazda MX-5 has been ranked the highest sports car in the 2011 J.D. Power vehicle ownership satisfaction survey published recently. It beats worthy opponents such as the Volkswagen Scirocco, Audi TT, Mercedes Benz CLK and SLK. This is not the first time that the Mazda MX-5 has been successful in the J.D. Power Survey. It even notched up a satisfaction rating of 82.4 percent, an increase on its last year
  18. Rigval

    A JDM Mazda MX-5 Roadster gets driven

    Sometime in December last year the guys over at Sgcarmart.com had tested the Mazda MX-5 2.0. I happened to have a drive in one recently and I liked it. This car isn't the latest super smiley facelifted one that they tried but it is essentially the same car except this is the soft top 2.0 JDM roadster version with the earlier less-smiley nose that only had 10,000km on the clock. It had the optional hard top fitted when I drove it. This car is very much the traditional British roadster. By that I mean that is is small, agile, nimble, light and most importantly affordable. This are the basic criteria that makes the MX-5 as 'British' as they come even though the car is 100% made in Japan. The car fits me well and I am a really chunky guy. I did not have any problems entering and exiting the car. The last Mazda I remember clambering in was the 1990s FD3S Mazda RX7 Efini. That car was a superb pure sports car where every gram counted, and boy was it tight. No problems here though and I sat snug in its seats, low to the ground. Let's head straight to the driving experience now. The car really felt brand new and while I first was skeptical about the low mileage, the car felt new all over. It was still tight and nothing squeaked at all. This car is actually faster than its quoted 8.9seconds 0-100km/h time. I'd say if you're gunning it you'd achieve mid-8 second times instead of that high 8.9second quoted. It is also very nimble, and direction changes are made with ease. The car's steering is extremely feelsome. There is feedback through the wheel (although not at sensitive as some would have liked it) but it is certainly better than most of the cars on sale today. It is in my opinion better than the all-wheel drive rally specials that we can buy these days and even better than a large brute, the Nissan Fairlady. Of course, this car isn't in those categories but it still has one of the purest helms a person can have their hands on. Maybe bar a Lotus Elise or two. At speeds above 120km/h it feels secure and safe even though it only has a curb weight of around 1,150kg. When you turn into a sharp bend it responds. I remember that the front end reacts well (uncorrupted by any power as its rear wheel driven) and that rear felt secure yet not tied down till it dulls the car. Push it harder and the tail comes into play like any other rear wheel drive car. If you're in the mood (and skillful enough) you could push the tail out into oversteer if the conditions allow. I would not recommend this in town as you have curbs, sidewalks and property everywhere around you. One more trait that I like about this car is that you sit very close to the rear axle. Not many cars give you this experience. The only other cars that allow you to sit way back are the Mercedes SLK and the BMW Z4 and these cars cost a whole lot more than the Mazda MX-5. Sitting on the axle brings you another level of car control as you can tell how the tail is reacting. And with that quick responding steering, it is a driving experience to savor. On bumpy undulating roads, especially mid-corner bumps the tail would hop and skip a bit. This is due to the lightness of the car and the slightly firm damping that a sports car like this has. However this makes the experience of driving a British roadster even more realistic. I have driven lots of traditional British sports cars
  19. Blogger

    Beautiful Roads of SG

    When Singapore roads are mentioned, the image conjured is often of well paved roads with HDB blocks rising in all directions and the next traffic light a few meters away. Hop over to our neighbouring country and the view changes dramatically. Especially when going up to places like Ipoh where dramatic views are a sight to behold along the way. Over in the European countries roads such as the Le Viaduc de Millau just demands you to slow down and take in the amazing sight. Le Viaduc de Millau So what if you just want to take a chill out drive on a lazy weekend afternoon? Well, thankfully, there are still places in Singapore where is more than just concrete and traffic lights. Take Mandai road for example, located at the peripherals of the Upper Seletar Reservoir. This gorgeous, although rather short road mimics the feel of driving along in a countryside with a beautiful lake to the left. Travel pass it in the evening on a clear day, the water ripples and dazzles with the setting sun. A picture postcard moment. A countryside feel It's a pity I can't stop to take a better picture, it is hard to drive and snap at the same time. If you fancy just a straight long drive without feeling like you are driving in town, there is the all famous Changi Coast Road that runs for a good 8km or so along side the Changi Airport Runway. When I am feeling stressed or depress, driving down this road almost always gurantee a quick relieve. Best of all, do it driving top down. Ah, driving nirvana. Changi Coast Road Cruising with one of these top down on a coastal road is a bliss
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