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  • Robert Burr 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Flyin' Miata   

    525 HP MX-5 Habu by Flyin’ Miata 

    0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 123 mph. Rated at 525 horsepower at 6200 rpm, it’s basically the LS3 from the fifth-generation Camaro SS. Flyin’ Miata LS V-8 conversions start at $49,995 plus a Miata. The total chit for this car is $85,301, including $30,900 for the base Mazda GT. Not cheap, but if Carroll Shelby’s name were on the car, it would be a bargain.


    Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SLONL8ax9CI






  • Mark Gilbert 3:21pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    Ready To Rock and Roll 

    Put the final coat of wax on and had the windows tinted this morning. Finally ready to show her off at the meeting Sunday. We should have 3 to 4 new RF models in attendance so anyone interested in seeing these beautiful new cars should attend the monthly meeting on Sunday. See you there…

    MX-5 RF Club

    MX-5 RF CLub

    • Robert Burr 3:29pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, you really should try to work up a bit of enthusiasm about the new car.

      • Mark Gilbert 3:41pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Believe me, I’m trying really hard to control myself!

  • Mark Gilbert 2:18pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , old car   

    It’s never easy saying goodbye to your old car………… 

    But when you’re talking a new RF, it’s out with the old and in with the new…

  • Mark Gilbert 3:29pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Thank You Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach 

    A very special thank you goes out to Cedrick Dinkins and all the folks at Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach. Not only were they able to get me the MX-5 RF I wanted, but gave me an incredible deal too. This car is in very high demand but they still were able to find the car I wanted and brought it in from across the state and make the deal happen for me. I really appreciate all the time and effort Cedrick put in to make this happen. If any of you are in the market for a new or used car, make sure you contact Cedrick Dinkins at Grieco Mazda of Delray Beach. He will certainly take great care of you and get you the very best deal possible on your next vehicle. Again, thanks Cedrick for all your help. I love my new RF!!!! Zoom Zoom.

    Sincerely, Mark

    • Mark Gilbert 4:21pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Special thanks goes out to John, Gary and Betsy for coming along for the ride at Grieco today. Even though you guys ” busted my chops” a little, it was all in good fun and I’m glad you were able to join in this special day. Looking forward to many more Zoom Zoom fun times with the Miata Club.

  • Mark Gilbert 8:50am on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    RF Owners Review 

    Here is a review from an owner on Miata.net. I couldn’t have written my experience with the car any better than what he has done. Every owner/driver will have their own feel for the RF of course but I can tell you in the short week that I’ve been driving one, it is a great little car and the Zoom Zoom feeling is alive and well in the new RF. Hope you enjoy the review. –Mark

    I wanted to take the time and write a detailed comparison of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF to the 2016 MX-5 Convertible. First and foremost, we know that the two cars are two very different things when it comes to a convertible compared to a Targa folding top fastback body style. I don’t want us to get to hung up on that difference. We all know that it actually creates two separate classes for the cars in general. Both from the same bloodline, siblings if you will, but each with its very own personality and qualities. I have owned them both. I have spent time in each car and can tell you key elements from each that I think will assist in those who are purchasing an RF or a convertible version or who is thinking about one or the other.

    For the convertible, I had the 2016 Club. I went with the Club because the price was less (I knew I would get more of a return when it was trade time for an RF, if I decided to trade it when the RF came in) I also really liked the aero package that comes on the Club with its lower front air dam and the back spoiler. (A sidenote would be if you like the aero package that comes on the club you can have it added for a small amount extra to the GT version) When I bought the Club I did get the navigation chip so that I could use the built in infotainment system for trips. I got an automatic transmission because I liked that I could drive the car in heavy traffic and answer calls, drink my coffee, whatever and not have to shift gears all at the same time. So auto or manual will be your personal preference. The idea of the automatic sports transmission mode and shift paddles was fun and something that could be enjoyed no matter how I was using the car day to day.

    Now, for the RF. I originally had a Launch Edition on order, but after 3 weeks in port and not shipping to the dealer, I happened to come cross a GT RF in Ceramic at a local dealer and I bought it. I quickly received my $500 deposit back from Mazda and I received a great deal at the dealer on the new RF. The RF is also an automatic, so the only difference is that with the GT model you get the leather heated seats, the blind spot monitoring (this comes standard with all RF models) and the other small upgrades like the lane sensing. For the sake of this write up I really don’t want to focus to much on the comparison between the Club and the GT but really the handling differences.

    So, I drove the two cars back to back. I actually had the Club convertible with me the day I went to the dealership to test drive the RF. For those of you who drive the convertible you will notice on the RF a little tighter steering when the convertible feels really light and loose (in a good way) in your hands. The RF has a more rigid “held in place” feel to the steering mechanism. This is all by design. Mazda wanted the RF to have a little more control to compensate for the weight and body differences. To be honest with you I like the feel of the RF steering better for my tastes in driving. So it was nice to be surprised and say “wow, that’s a different feel…” its not going to be so different that you will be turned off by it if you were used to driving the convertible. I would have to say that unless you drove the cars back to back you would not really feel anything because you adjust to the car you are driving at the time. But, back to back, yes you will notice and you will be pleased. It was the first place that I noticed that these were two very different cars and not just a re-purposing of the convertible with a folding hard top portion added.

    I read a lot of reviews and articles talking about the added weight and the effect it had on performance and speed. It seemed that people talked about this in a negative way, that the added weight of the top would give handling differences and slower speeds because of it. I was concerned at first, thinking that I was going to lose that zoom zoom zip of the light weight convertible that we love. I was shocked to find the opposite. I have been racking my brain on how to explain the responsive performance feeling. It feels like you have MORE power in the RF compared to the convertible. The word I’m looking for is more of a “pep” or “snap” kind of like a “revving up” or a slingshot feeling when you put your foot down in acceleration. We know that the automatic drive train and the engine are the same as the convertible but I think the “feel” of a difference comes from the drivers push on the vehicle. When driving you will find your input has to be more aggressive. The driver has to put more attack into the drive and has more control of the power. In the convertible I felt that I eased into the performance when with the RF I put my foot down and the car rockets forward. So its a combination of rpm torque and performance combined. As a driver of an RF, I feel more engaged, more in control. As for the convertible with the automatic transmission it felt more sterile and disengaged in my drive, and I think because of that I was concerned about pushing the car harder. The RF with its more aggressive, interactive, drive experience coupled with a much more quiet cockpit feels more like a race car to me than the convertible ever did. I can hear the engine, I can feel the power and I have much more available power to my disposal when I want it. Let me remind you the engine and drive train from the convertible to the RF are the exact same, but for myself I felt less comfortable and less in control in the soft top. Because of this I was less aggressive in my drive experience when driving the convertible. I find I can push the RF harder, I let it take control of the road. I never feel concerned that it might get away from me. It feels like it was really tweaked and built for speed. The convertible was fun to push, but you could feel the body roll, here there’s a difference here in the RF. Not only did Mazda tweak the steering but they also stiffened up the suspension on the RF not to mention made the body more rigid. A driver will truly enjoy the experience.

    How about open air noise differences? The great debate. We know there is going to be a little more noise with the Targa top open compared to the convertible. This is purely based on aerodynamics. But it’s an enjoyable experience nonetheless. I heard a few people talking about a whistling near their head, they called it almost unbearable. I hear the wind rushing myself but it’s nothing to complain about. The convertible had its own wind rushing nuances that left my ears humming after an 80 mile an hour run down the highway. The RF does too, just different. Any vehicle where you have air in and out of the cabin will give you some affect like this. Years ago I drove a 1975 Corvette, with its removable T tops. It to had its own unique experience with wind aerodynamics, but that’s what made it so memorable. So, please don’t let this be a hangup for those looking to purchase an RF.

    Sorry that this got a little long but all in all I hope it puts a buyers mind at ease if you are thinking of adding an RF to your driving arsenal, I am VERY glad I did. Head down and test drive for yourself, I know you will be pleasantly surprised with this new breed of MX-5 Miata!

    • Doug Quara 12:17pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting. I’ve seen a few on the road already, and having seen the launch edition, I would love to have one. But until my beloved ‘nell’ (’94 I bought new) starts failing me, there are no new Miatas in my future. (Like I need a fourth 2-seat sports car!)

      I thought the comments regarding acceleration were interesting. Considering the 2016 and 2017 models have the same drivetrain, I am a little baffled. The only things I can think of to explain the differences in the car are: 1. Perception based on open-air vs targa-style. 2. “Normal” car-to-car variation. 3. Firmware differences; it’s possible the 2017 models have newer more aggressive settings.

      Most drivers cannot feel a difference of a couple of hundred pounds, but they do make a difference. In this case, the reviewer stated that the heavier RF model felt stronger. Strange.

      Anyways, I enjoyed the perspective, and again, thanks for sharing the post.

      • Mark Gilbert 1:30pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Doug, I can tell you the car feels so much quicker than my NC. When accelerating in second gear, I’ve thrown my wife back in her seat numerous times and I wasn’t even trying to push the car, yet. For some reason, this model feels even faster than the cars we test drove at Dolphins stadium for that Mazda event last year. And we were tearing those cars up. Can’t wait to pick my car up tomorrow. Should be a great weekend!

    • Robert Burr 5:07pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It seems to have more power in the lower RPMs, so running through the gears has the feeling of being quicker. The older motor had real power above 4k RPM, like a lot of high-strung engines. The surprise is good torque between 2.5 and 4k now. A bonus is getting 32-35 miles to the gallon, versus 26-28.

  • Harry Hunsicker 1:12am on Thursday, February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking forward to meeting other MX5 fans 

    Looking forward to meeting other MX5 fans!

    • John Morris 8:47am on Thursday, February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the clubHarry. Looking forward to meeting you and your car.

    • Robert Burr 9:07am on Thursday, February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We’re a fun group, love driving the cars, road trips, special events, monthly meetings. Check the events section of the web site and click on the booking button to let us know you’re attending. See you soon.

      We meet in Sebring March 26.

  • Edgar 1:59pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Coconut Creek, Lou Bachrodt Mazda, , ,   

    MX-5 Miatas for Sale 

    My names Edgar Vazquez and I work at Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. We have a wide variety of 2016 Miatas on our lot that we are trying to get rid of. We have about over 10 of them. Our dealership is doing crazy discounts and rebates to just to sell them and get rid of them. It is almost March and we are doing everything we can.

    If you or someone you know that loves Miatas and is looking for a Outrageous and literally out of this world deal come in or send them over to Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek and ask for Edgar. If you absolutely love these cars, there is no better time to buy one than right now!! I will personally work with you and assist you in purchasing a New 2016 Mx-5 Miata.

    Call me at my number at 954-200-9862 Don’t Waste Time!!!!

    • Blas Rolando 2:37pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh oh!

      • Blas Rolando 10:48pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Do I want one?
        Do I need one?

        • Mark Gilbert 5:35am on Thursday, February 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          You can give the MAZDASPEED to your son and buy the new ND for you!

          • Blas Rolando 8:56am on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Do you really think that I can get away with that?

    • Mark Gilbert 3:01pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Go for it Blas. You know you want one!

    • Robert Burr 3:18pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My lease just ran out. I’ve been shopping for a new Miata for the past three weeks. I am amazed at some of the great offers I’ve seen: up to $8,000 off list price for a new Grand Touring model. Although Grieco is the sponsor of our web site — and we all greatly appreciate that — it’s good to see all the dealers reaching out to loyal Miata fanatics to spread the word on great deals. The new models, in my opinion, are a great improvement on creature features, navigation, phone integration, blind-spot monitoring, better mileage, quieter cabin with less road noise. The passenger space is compromised, as is the glove compartment, but I’m a happy camper.

    • Erik 9:26pm on Sunday, April 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I can vouch for the ND being truly great its a bit cramped compared to the NC , But its just a very good car and so easy and fun to drive .

      I’m not saying this because I own one .. I Own one because what i’m saying is true!

  • Robert Burr 12:29pm on Monday, February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AVO turbocharger, ,   

    AVO Turbocharger for MX-5 RF 

    Does anyone have experience with the AVO turbocharger for ND models? It seems there are three different options for the kits and the install seems relatively simple with the right setup.

    • Mark Gilbert 2:33pm on Monday, February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The car seems plenty quick to me. Much more so than my NC. Wouldn’t that void your warranty by putting that on the car?

      • Robert Burr 3:59pm on Monday, February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I think it might void the warranty. IN this case I think its 36k miles and three years.

  • Robert Burr 8:07pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Launch Edition landed 

    Got lucky and found a virgin MX-5 RF launch edition sitting on the lot. They didn’t know what they had. Someone made a deposit and didn’t follow through. Could not resist. Discovered that in addition to tan leather seats and dash, the Launch Edition includes custom chrome step plate and hand/painted black top.

    Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition

    • Mark Gilbert 6:37am on Sunday, February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Rob! I know you will have many miles of smiles coming up. Zoom Zoom………………..

    • Eric Wallens 3:55pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well done and nice car!

    • Blas Rolando 5:49am on Monday, February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well car and done nice!

  • Mark Gilbert 7:02pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    NC Rubber Mats For Sale 

    Still have the rubber floor mats for sale from my NC. Asking price is $20.

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