Classic Red Automatic. Have fun commuting or heading to the beach. Ready to go..
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Largo, Florida, United States
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|Engine:||1.8 ltr DOHC 4|
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2003 Mazda MX-5 MiataThanks for stopping by to check out this 2003 Mazda Miata. A nicely kept car. Recent work to keep it nice. Owner purchased customized NC Miata, and had no parking for two of them. Ready to drive and enjoy
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This is a 2003 Mazda Miata. A 3 owner car that was traded at a local Tampa Bay area franchise Mazda dealer. They do not retail any trade over 5 years old as policy, so they often have nicer older cars that they put up for bid. This is one of them. I was on the hunt for a station wagon for one of my Saab customers, and this one just called out and said â€œtake me homeâ€. I'd purchased the car, sold and took it back when the most recent owner of record bought a customized NC Miata with a whole bunch of aftermarket parts on it. This is a re-list as it missed its original reserve by a couple hundred $$, so I've relisted as a BUY it Now with Best offer.
It was in pretty nice shape when it came to the workshop, and we have taken it to the next level as I'd done a bunch of service and repair items to it under the care of the prior owner
Its well equipped with cruise control that works, air conditioning that works, power windows and locks that work. Its also equipped with the unusual to find automatic transmissionâ€¦
The miles are a little higher than is typical for this year of production, but in this part of the country, the Miata is a year â€˜round car, since we have not had snow on the ground since 1977. However it also means that it doesnâ€™t sit the whole winter poorly stored, with the flat spotted tires, the dead battery and the rodents living in the engine compartment. So itâ€™s a pretty good trade-off in my opinion.
Read on for more descriptive information
Exterior. Classic Red. Arenâ€™t they all? This one has had some paint repair as the clear coat was failing. Matches really well and the quality of the work is very good. A small amount of road rash/bug marks on the hood, again from being driven on a regular basis. The rest of the car is very presentable, with clear headlights, good glass all around, all of the trim present and in good condition. Overall, a car that is in age appropriate condition. Its not a trailer queen or a show car, but it can be used every day.
The Interior. Its all there. Seats have been recently recovered, as the original grey cloth was getting a little shabby from daily use, and the correct pattern cloth material is not easily found. The radio has been upgraded to a single CD Kenwood unit with USB port. Door panels are nice and tight, floor mats are replacement custom fit all weather mats to keep the sand out of the carpet. Underneath the driverâ€™s floor mat there is a small wear point where the prior owner placed her heel. All of the windows work, the heat and A/C are very functional and there ae no nasty odors or stains.
Drivetrain. This is a 1.8 DOHC inline 4 with a 4 speed automatic and the open rearâ€¦.standard equipment. Starts right up, idles smooth, shifts well, stops decently, runs cool with good oil pressure. NO SMOKE, no funny smells. All of the controls work, tracks straight and pretty much does all of the things that its supposed to do. The ride is Miata firm, but assured and no rattles or squeaks, unusual for an open top car . A/C and heat work, cruise control works, power windows smooth.
I do mostly Volvo, Saab, and VW cars, and those folks are pretty particular so we went over the carâ€™s mechanics pretty closely to make sure itâ€™s a turnkey car for the next owner.
1. An oil and filter change.
2. A remanufactured Mass Airflow Sensor. The output voltage was a little off, and as a result it was running a bit rich with higher than expected fuel consumption. Did the trickâ€¦now averaging in the high 20â€™s.
3. A new O2 sensor for both the front and the rear. The failing MAF causing it to run a little rich suggesting that these be changed too.
4. A coolant flush and a new radiator. The old one was starting to leak right where the part number is stamped on the top. No coolant loss, but the occasional telltale whiff of coolant after a long idle period sent me to investigate.
5. A fresh battery. A weak point of these cars. Mazda equipped these with a very low capacity battery and they tend to have a short life.
6. An Idle Control Valve cleaning.
7. New rear brakes
8. Both front tires are new
9. 4 wheel alignment
Done at 90k were a new top, front brakes, and a full fluid change. Why the new top? Actually my stupidity is your gain. As I mentioned earlier, I do mostly Saabs, Volvo, and VW cars, and Iâ€™m 6 foot 4 inches, which means the Miata is a tight fit. When I'd first gotten the car, I brought it in the shop for a full inspection. Iâ€™d just finished the inspection sheet on a VW Beetle and was coming over to do the Miata. I popped the pencil above my ear, walked over to the Miata and hopped in. Reached down to grab the sheet and picked my head up to start itâ€¦.you guessed it, put a hole in the top with the pencil (one of the fancy Japanese mechanical ones)â€¦right above the driverâ€™s seatâ€¦ So off to get a brand new top. Not a cheap, ill fitting $149 e-bay top, but a quality top that was professionally installed by a shop that did the top and interior on a restomod that is the ad for the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction that sold for over $250,000. Yes they do good work.
The result is a car that is a responsive and pleasant driving car. It all works as it should, heads down the road as it should, and its ready for its new owner. With the automatic, it makes for a really nice commuter; no â€œrowingâ€ the gearbox to roll in rush hour traffic.
Its got a spare which looks good. Has all of the tools. One key, one remote. Tires are about 80% in the rear and brand new on the front., and are Falken Zie, a premium all season tire. Mounted on 16 inch factory alloys with just some minor curbing..so minor it does not photograph. Title in hand. Title shows ACTUAL MILES!!! Iâ€™ll be putting a few more miles on it over the next week just to make sure I have not missed anything it needs to be the best it can be so weâ€™ve added a few miles to the listing.
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions that I get on my listings:
Whatâ€™s the worst thing about this car?
Kind of wish it had a few less miles, but other than that, nothing known that has not been described or pictured in the listing that I am aware of.
Whatâ€™s the best part of the car?
It does everything its supposed to do.
Could I drive this car back home
Canâ€™t see why not.
The BUY IT NOW, is not unreasonable given the condition of this car. Itâ€™s a used car, not an investment in automotive art SO IF YOU ARE REASONABLE, I WILL BE TOO . Please take an opportunity to look at the photos, ask any questions that you might have, and then feel free to press that BUY button, or make me an offer that is fair for both.â€¦â€¦â€¦
A Few words about condition, business philosophy, and why Iâ€™ve listed on E-Bay since 2001.
I try to accurately describe the listed vehicle to the best of my ability, but like you I am human, and assure you that I will not hide any known defects that materially impact the vehicle. I want you to feel â€œcomfyâ€ pressing the bid button! I donâ€™t offer anything that I would not and have not driven myself, but please understand that all vehicles are complex machines and what works perfect right now may not the next time. Just like a new pet from the shelter, its first act as new member of the family might be to â€œmark its spotâ€.
What I try to bring to the table as competitive advantages are three fold:
1. Knowledge of the brands of vehicles I choose to offer.
2. Ability to find skilled crafts people in the trade who do good work at a fair price.
3. Lower overhead. Iâ€™m not in the local retail market, so no fancy showroom in a high cost location.
Iâ€™ll be glad to share any additional information that I have about any item listed, and about the marque in general, but please understand that its up to you to determine if the car listed in this auction is the right one for you. Please donâ€™t assumeâ€¦.itâ€™s a good way to be disappointedâ€¦the only â€˜stupidâ€™ questions are the ones not asked, and after the auction is over is not the time to determine whether or not yâ€™all want the listed vehicle!
Even NEW CARS might need some attentionâ€¦like the 7 window regulators that were put in my wifeâ€™s car by the franchise dealer (false economy by the designers), so if you have any doubts, feel free to make arrangements to have the vehicle inspected while its â€œat the auctionâ€ or ask for a copy of the inspection report which I will gladly provide to all bidders. Also, please feel free to contract with an independent concern to have the car third party inspectedâ€¦Iâ€™ll be glad to share my experience with them, but please donâ€™t ask me to recommend one over anotherâ€¦some are better than othersâ€¦some do an excellent job, some are a waste of time and money.
Spending every last dime you have on a used car with an expectation that it will give you faithful service with no additional expenses for the next 10 years probably is not a real good idea, so use your head, spend within your means, and leave a little in reserve for a â€˜rainy dayâ€™.
I try very hard to use objective terms in the listings, and where possible, can provide quantitative data on things that can be measured without taking the car apart, so if you have questions on things like tread depth, compression readings, voltages and the like, feel free to ask and if its possible to provide the data I will. However, please keep in mind that terms like Excellent, Mint, Good, etc. are subjective terms that vary from situation to situation, and from individual to individual, so if in doubt please refer to the photos AND feel free to ask detailed questions.
Remember that this is a USED CAR!!!!. While I try my best to make sure each unit has been carefully described, you should be aware that they are not in "as new" condition, except where the addition of new parts has been indicated. There can be undiscovered flaws, but each car has been gone through using a two page checklist, a daily use evaluation (that means Iâ€™ve actually driven it, in traffic, just like an owner might use it, and an overall visual inspection. Cars with built in diagnostics such as OBDII are also read, and identified flaws corrected. We donâ€™t just shut the light off, we find out why the light came on in the first place so. Each car has been given a check of all safety systems, all operational controls are functional, and any needed repairs or replacements are performed unless otherwise indicated. Unless otherwise indicated, these cars are being â€œAS ISâ€, WITH NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. To make things really clear, if its not as described, Iâ€™ll bust my butt to make it right before it goes out the door, but if you blow a hose while doing 90 mph 6,000 miles down the road and warp the head â€˜cause you decide to make it to the next exit 26 miles south and expect me the pick up the tab, please donâ€™t bother to bidâ€¦neither one of us will be happyâ€¦.
While I do my best to offer the best cars that I can, I am not able to predict the future (If I could, I could see a job at the Federal Reserve...), hence the "no warranty" provision of the transaction.
If you feel the need to find a warranty of some sort, there are some excellent providers that can be found on the 'net, along with some not so good ones. I don't offer them since some companies that offer some sort of protection do so at a cost that I don't think is reasonable and offer as "incentive" for the seller as much as 50% of the purchase price! I'm here to offer cars, some interesting parts, and some other auto related items and leave it at that. Iâ€™m not in this to lose money, or to rob folks, just to try to keep busy, earn a decent living, and make it to retirement without having to dip into my savings from my days in Corporate America.
To help calibrate what Iâ€™m doing, like you, I go searching on e-bay for a decent deal on a car to make sure that what Iâ€™m doing is the right thing. Iâ€™ve been both thrilled and so angry I could spit nails over the way folks describe what they are offering.
Unless specified in the description, all cars have a clean title history. Please e-mail me for particulars on any vehicle. In no case will I sell a car that has had any structural damage that has the potential to impact the safety or quality of the vehicle. If I donâ€™t feel comfy showing the car in person, it will never make it to E-Bay.
You are welcome to inspect the cars at any time during normal business hours and the reserve price, if any, will be LESS than the local offer price for the car. I built my first VW motor when I was 14, and that's more years ago than I'd like to admit, and approach each car as if it was going to be my own or a family memberâ€™s.
In my prior career I was a corporate "weenie" with the same firm for 25 years and when it came time to do something different, I turned my hobby into a business. That â€œhobbyâ€ has turned in to a full time, 6 day a week business for almost 16 years. Although we may never meet face to face, I want to earn your trust, and hopefully your repeat business and your recommendation. Iâ€™m not some â€œex new car dealer whose wife threw him out of the houseâ€, â€œan official liquidation center for vehicle disposalâ€, or a â€œnew car trade in wholesalerâ€ who never even drives what they are selling, but a car nut and now small business person who believes that it is possible to buy a car from an ethical source who is familiar with the car. I stick with marques Iâ€™m familiar with, so as to minimize potential problems, and source the cars from reliable sources. Most of them come from New Car dealers, but some come from private party referrals, and every once in a while a car that was traded in by a local customer whoâ€™s needs have changed. As a matter of policy, if I donâ€™t have the title AND a history for the car, you wonâ€™t see it on e-bay!!
Lifeâ€™s too short to lie, and while one personâ€™s trash â€¦â€¦ Iâ€™ll try hard to call â€˜em as I see â€˜em.
New car stores exist to sell and service NEW CARS. If you feel the need to have the â€œnew carâ€ experience, its there for you. Like the â€œfree coffeeâ€, solid mahogany doors to the rest rooms and the fancy carpet in the waiting room are â€œno chargeâ€??? Just hope you find the one person in the place who actually cares.
The Fine Print and other info worth reading:
Car is offered FOB Tampa Bay FL. Car is 20 minutes from Tampa Airport and beautiful Gulf Beaches . Winning bidder will get an e-mail with a request for information, followed by an express package with transaction detail and supporting documentation. Balance due within 7 business days via either certified funds, cash on local pick up or wire transfer with proper vetting with the financial institutions on both ends of the transaction. Seller can hold for 21 days at no additional charge while buyer makes shipping/travel arrangements.
Please bid with the understanding that the winning bidder has entered into a binding contract to buy the car. Due to the large increase in deadbeat auction winners, by bidding, you have agreed that if you fail to complete the transaction except for those unusual events, you will compensate the seller for the full incurred cost of re-listing the item, plus a service fee equal to 15% of the bid, payable upon demand.
I will gladly answer any and all questions via e-mail and you can also reach me at 727-455-8491 from 9:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. eastern time except Sunday.. Please be aware that I am a solo operation, and it will sometimes take a little while to phone folks back, but I do check e-mail at least twice a day, â€˜cept Sunday. I donâ€™t use an answering service, I donâ€™t have anyone who â€œtakes care of stuffâ€ for me, and I donâ€™t use a third party listing service. Hate to do it, but because of some less than â€œstand upâ€ folks on e-bay, Iâ€™ve been forced to go to â€œprivate auctionsâ€ on autos.
Florida deliveries are subject to local sales tax and $249 title/transaction fee in addition to winning auction bid and any applicable registration fees imposed by the STATE of FLORIDA. Shipped vehicles are not subject to FL sales tax, but are subject to a $149 transaction fee to cover the costs of moving the documents back and forth and to offset the costs of providing insurance coverage for the vehicles while awaiting shipment. Out of state buyers who require a non-permanent tag to drive the car home must be charged sales tax under FL law. ALL SALES SUBJECT TO THE FLORIDA STATUES AND BUYER AGREES TO STATE OF FL JURISDICTION. ALL LISTINGS CAN BE LEGALLY REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF FL AND CONFORM TO APPROPRIATE FL REQUIREMENTS. By bidding, you agree that these terms will apply to the transaction.
If youâ€™d like to come visit, please call for an appointment and directions to our facility. A local buyer can end the auction early by exceeding the reserve providing the reserve has not been met. After the reserve has been met, the auction will not be ended early for a local purchaser. The car is displayed locally but not advertised in any other forum while on E-Bay. Out of state buyers, please contact me for shipping costs to your location at least 24 hours prior to auction close so that I can quote an accurate price as it varies a good bit by car and location, which is not included in the auction bid price. Thank you for bidding
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