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  • Robert Burr 9:13am on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Registration   

    Registration Issues 

    Our web site was experiencing issues with the registration system. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to have it fixed soon.

    Update: I think this issue is fixed If you experience problems trying to register, please email rob@quantumleap.net

  • Robert Blanchard 10:52am on Friday, January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hard dog roll bar, mechanic, question,   

    Two Questions: mechanic and hard dog roll bar 

    Hello guys, thanks for the add! Finally, deposit down on a 2003, paying in full today…

    Two questions

    1. Any reputable mechanics in the South Miami area that one can recommend to work/are familiar with the Miata? No need now but just to have in the books for when I can’t tackle an issue.

    2. Looking to install a hard dog roll bar… eventually I want a hard top but I was wondering if with the hard top hard dog will one still be able to close the soft top? Or is the hard top roll bar strictly for hard top and soft top strictly for soft top?


    Robert Blanchard

    • Anonymous 8:02am on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The Hardtop versions are a little lower and just a bit further back. No issues with soft top. Just a little smaller to fit Hardtop.

    • Craig Freger 1:31pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      For a good independent shop, Mazdapros in Hollywood seems to be well-regarded among Mazda owners. A family-owned business. I have not used them for service because I have used dealer service to date, but I have met the family at one of their cruise-in events and they are nice people and Mazda enthusiasts. The patriarch, Edgar Carranza, seems to know his stuff.

      For good dealer service at fair prices, Lou Bachrodt Mazda in Coconut Creek. I hate to recommend Lou Bachrodt because the new sales managers there are terrible to deal with, but that’s sales. On the service side, I have nothing but nice things to say about the manager, Mike Kubic.

    • Craig Freger 1:34pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Forgot the link to Lou Bachrodt.

    • Anonymous 3:22pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks guys for info I called Mazda Pros and taking her there on Monday for a once over and some stainless steel braided lines. Then she is off to her new home in South Miami where I hope to do a couple of track days, some Autocross, a few meets and just enjoy the weather with the top down on the weekends…

    • Osvaldo Suarez 3:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You can close the soft top and then install the hard top. That’s how I had mine until my son needed a soft top. I gave him my soft top, and now my 99 is a dedicated coupe. I don’t know any dedicated Miata mechanics I would personally recommend, but not much goes wrong with Miatas. I do all my own work on my two older models. The 16 is still under warranty and it runs perfectly.

  • Robert Burr 3:27pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Thank You   

    A Big Thank You for all the effort 

    Thank You

    Special Thanks go to John Morris, Mark Gilbert, Gary Koester and all the active and dedicated members who help plan the upcoming road trips and monthly meetings, and post these exciting adventures on the web site. Please let them know that you really appreciate their dedication to our sports car club. They deserve our sincere gratitude.



    • Robert Burr 3:29pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, very impressed with all the effort that goes into the planning and execution of these monthly meetings and fabulous road trips.

  • Robert Cooper 10:36am on Thursday, November 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2002, code, misfire   

    P0300 Multiple Misfire Detected 

    Anyone know a local, reliable mechanic/shop that can troubleshoot and repair my Miata?

    It’s a 2002 base model with about 110,000 miles. Every now and then she’s been losing power for 2-3 seconds and the check-engine light comes on. I got the code read from Advance Auto – P0300. About all I can do myself is replace plugs, wires, and coil packs. If y’all don’t think that’s it, I’d rather take it to a professional.

    Thanks everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Mark Gilbert 12:01pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mazda Pros in Hollywood. Haven’t used them myself but have heard a lot of good reviews on them. http://www.mazdapros.com/

    • Frank Falcone 2:44pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds very familiar. In my case (2004 Miata Mazdaspeed), It turned out to be a flaky coil pack. Took me a while to figure it out (and Ryan’s help). Problem was the condition got worse when the other coil back went out while I was trying to figure it out. The second had more severe symptoms for its failure. They are simple to change and not too expensive. A few auto parts stores even stock them and some have lifetime warranties.

    • Andrew 8:07pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I recently used them for a competitive aligned (to Flying Miata specs) on my ND; note it came from the factory with the rear way out of alignment. Very reasonably priced at $65. I second using them, but be forewarned, the place when you get there isn’t very appealing to look at. I almost left because I thought this could not be a “Pro” shop (and I am being kind), but they do work on Miata and RX-8 and RX-7, pretty much all Mazda cars. I believe they have a forum and a club following. Upon speaking with them, they appear to know what they are doing even though the place could use polishing. Perhaps that is why the price is more reasonable than the dealer.

      You may want to call to make an appointment as there is very limited space to park on the street and 441 is under construction.

    • Robert Cooper 6:18am on Saturday, November 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks everyone. I ordered the two coil packs, new plugs, and NGK wires. After that, it’s to Mazda Pros if that doesn’t cure it.

    • Robert Cooper 4:41am on Friday, December 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks everyone for your advice. New plugs, coil packs, and wires totally cured her. As an added benefit, she runs like new and gets better gas mileage. Wow! She’s like a new car!

  • Robert Burr 12:48pm on Sunday, November 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 95 Miata,   

    Bart Needs Advice on a good mechanic 

    Name: Bart Corredera
    Email: bcorredera@mindspring.com
    phone: 305-891-6692
    My Car (year and model): 95 miata base

    Comment: I recently acquired a 95 Miata base and I am looking for a recommended mechanic in South Florida to install a Fast Forward supercharger and was hoping you could recommend someone. I would be open to a club member that has done this kind of work.


  • Robert Cooper 3:00pm on Monday, November 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2002 Miata, new top   

    New top for 2002 Miata 

    Ready for a new top on my ’02. Any shop recommendations?

    • John Morris 3:04pm on Monday, November 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I spoke to one of our members Sunday at our monthly meeting and he said he went to Broward Top he was given many choices and they did a great job.

    • Robert Cooper 3:07pm on Monday, November 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. That was a quick response. Thanks so much for the info.

  • Robert Burr 4:51pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , tips,   

    Miata Club Website Tips 

    Miata Friends,

    Take a few moments to check out the club’s new website with some nice features to help us communicate more easily and efficiently.

    South Florida Miata Club

    South Florida Miata Club welcomes all sports car enthusiasts to our monthly meetings and special events.

    If you have not done so already, register with your username, email and password. Also, tell us about your car and the city in which you live.

    Then, when you log in to the web site, type your username (not your email address) along with your password to get access to all these great features.

    First and foremost, pay attention to upcoming events. We’re making sure you have all the info you need, in addition to date, time and place, you’ll find a map and information about each event so you’ll be fully informed.

    There’s also information about our club, our leaders, our sponsor, cool club merchandise you can buy online, and a form you can use to ask questions or contact club leaders.

    Send message to other members. Post a note about your latest activity to share. Post a few photos of your car, your friends and recent activities.

    You can read and partake in the forums to enjoy interactive discussions. Suggest a great location for an upcoming road trip, talk about modifications, or about a good place to get reliable service.

    Look at all the recent photos, videos, Miata news and classified ads.


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