Category Archives: Automotive
Both of our vehicles need an oil change, but I’ve been lazy and haven’t taken care of it yet. I hate the thought of doing it tomorrow (Sunday) but might not have a choice. If we don’t have anything planned for tomorrow, I may go to an auto parts store and buy my special oil for my car and take care of it. With Liz’s van, its more convenient to take it to a quick lube place, and a similar expense. I like to change my car’s oil because I use a special weight oil. 0W-30, which I don’t think you can get at the quick lube places. It takes a while in my car as the oil filter is poorly places, maybe one day I’ll get a filter relocation kit. I enjoy doing routine maintenance on my car, and its cheaper in some cases.
Noticed recently that the driver side door speaker in my Miata is on its last leg. I started to look into the options to replace it, thought about going to Circuit city or sound advice, but thought I’d ask around. A friend suggested I try the miata.net forums/classifieds, which I should have thought of right away. I went online to miata.net and didn’t find any of the Bose speakers I need, so I posted a wanted ad. Within 2 hours or so, I had several e-mail replies, and one guy offered to mail me a few of his spares (since he said he had at least 6 spares), then I could just reimburse him for the shipping. Basically he is giving me a few of his spare bose speakers so I can fix my Miata. All it will cost me is shipping. I was excited to read that e-mail and Liz was happy too because it means we don’t have to spend much money to get this fixed. The guy said he would mail them today, so I should have them by this weekend. I also have someone who can help me install the replacement which is also nice. Now if I could just get a CD player for the van!
For the past few months, our garage door has been getting more and more annoying. It would open a few inches and stop and we’d have to get out of our car and help it up while someone else pushed the button. Finally yesterday I had someone come and take a look. They adjusted some things and lubricated the whole system and now it works much better. There are still some gaps I’m going to try to get them to fix, where sunlight makes it through. This also means its not water tight in a few places. The door is older and will need to be replaced at some point, but for now I’m going to have them try to re-adjust it to keep it usable as long as possible.
This morning, I took the girls outside and we pruned some bushes and picked up the yard waste. Then we went in the back yard and I weeded the yard a bit, we had a few spots where some tall weeds were growing up.
As a side note, I had my car looked at by the auto shop that installed my new top and they are going to adjust a few thing and take care of the problems I’ve had with the top. I will probably make an appointment next week to have them take care of it.
Its becomming more and more evident to me that people who drive larger vehicles are a bit careless. I can’t tell you how many times now, someone in a large vehicle has nearly run me off the road because they cut in front of me and don’t even look. I realize I dirve a small car, but a little common sense would do a world of good before you take a swift turn into another lane on a highway. Again this morning, on the interstate on the way to work, someone in a large van swerves into my line while I’m right next to them. I put on my horn and they backed into the previous lane and no harm done. But serious, people are so careless and only self-aware on the roads, I bet a large portion of accidents are due to this very issue. And I don’t even want to think of how many beautiful Miata’s are sent to the junk yard because someone in a large vehicle wasn’t paying attention and merged themselves into an accident.
Well its been 4 days now since I had my top replaced. I think I have a few issues with the new top and a’m going to have to take my car back to the auto shop to fix. The top is hard to latch, it is so tight that the top won’t sit on the ledge of frame close enough to latch properly. Its just about impossible if the window is already zipped. I have to unzip the window, then latch the top, then re-zip the window. I also have some rippling going on in the rear drivers side of the top, which looks bad, so I”m going to try to have them re-adjust the top so it latches properly, and fix the rippling.
On my way to work this morning, I happened to stop at a red light next to another Miata. This one was a newer model, red in color with black top and interrior. The lady in the car got my attention and proceeded to chat about her Miata and how she had one just like mine. She asked if I was in the club and I said no. I do have a Miata club sticker on my windshield, but its from the previous owner. Although at some point I’d like to get to be part of the club around here and go to some of the meets. Miata owners are so nice! Its really got its own culture! Miata is an old German word which means “reward”. 🙂
There are lots of people that if they hear you own a Miata, will instantly make fun of you . These are people who are not educated “automotive” people, but usually people who have never driven a Miata. Typical things that get made fun of is the size of the car, the size of the driver compared to the car, etc. Also people thing because its so small and has a 4 cylendar engine that its weak and a “Girly” car. All I can say in response of this balogna is that you gotta drive it before you make fun of it. Let me take around a few onramps at 70MPh in near 75 degree turns. You’ll see how the Miata handles the corners with no slippage and hugs the road like the little roadster she is. Don’t let the convertible top fool you either, a soft top is fantastic, and extremely relaxing, put it down during your drive home from work, and it makes all your worries disappear. Basically, at least ride shotgun with someone who can really drive the car as it was meant to be driven, and you’ll be asking for the keys soon enough. Appearances can be deceiving, be careful when making fun of a poor little Miata, you may find they are not as “girly” as you think!
Miatas are used in autocrossing heavily, and lots of people are using their Miatas in drifting. These are not a “girly” car, and its the BEST Selling sports car EVER according to many studies and reports.
I picked up my poor little car on Saturday after a very traumatic separation for the two of us during a top installation. I dropped her off on Thursday and didn’t pick her up until Saturday at 4. It was a long separation but we both survived. My Miata now has a brand new custom top and it looks good. I do have a few minor complaints:
1. I now have a zippered top, meaning the top won’t go down unless you unzip the rear window. Not that big a deal.
2. They didn’t cleanup, I need to vaccuum out the rear shelf because of some fabric shedding and dust.
3. This morning I noticed some rippling in the rear drivers side of the top near the frame. I am going to call and see if they can re-adjust this section to get rid of the ripples.
Otherwise, I’m very happy with the work, it looks good and now I don’t have to be embarrassed about my duct tape patch job anymore. Next on the radar, is getting some kind of fix for the worn leather seats. I got a quote for $425 from them to fix the seats, but I can get a used set cheaper or for now I might just get a good pair of seat covers. Lastly, I’d like to get a touchup paint job to fix some fading on some parts of the car.