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Hey everyone,

Work has been keeping me beyond busy, so I haven't had much time to spend on here lately. It's also just getting to the end of winter here, so I haven't had too many chances to get out and enjoy the road. That being said, most of my driving over the last month has been via our new Mazda adventure.

My wife and I finally got the finances in order to get ourselves our dream car: a 2020 Mazda Miata RF Grand Touring in Soul Red Crystal! We drove 800 miles (12 hours total) through mountain passes to get this thing before it was scooped up. The car only has 7400 miles on it and is hands down the most fun car I've ever driven.

The 6 isn't going anywhere, and neither am I (6club is my home), but this thing is definitely going to be getting the majority of the attention in the near future. Plus, the 6 is exactly how I want it at this point, so I don't see any more mods coming for it in the near future. It's SO good to be driving a stick again.

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Eventual Mods:
  • XPEL Front Bumper/Hood protectant.
  • Custom matching red shift knob.
  • Front Splitter
  • Side Skirts
  • Rear difuser
  • Small trunk spoiler (like the 6)
  • Painted calipers.
  • (Maybe) Red Lugs
  • LED the things.
 

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..."our" dream car.... yeah, right ! :ROFLMAO:

Congrats !
Actually, it is lol. I sold her on this car when we rented it on vacation a few years ago - she's been drooling over it as much as I have. Next: teaching her how to drive a stick :) - Not worried at all though, she can operate heavy equipment.

Thanks!!
 

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When we bought a Miata about 12-13 years ago (a 93), my better half "obtained" it as her preferred vehicle. She had never taken to any of my other fun cars (MR2s of all vintages and an S2000). That is the only downside I can think of for buying a 4th gen Miata in the future.
That's awesome though - at least she can appreciate the Zoom Zoom.
 

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Maaaaybe - I mean, I've got a car that has the same whp as my 6, is rwd, redlines 1.5k higher, and weighs ~1000lbs less - I'm enjoying it as it is lol.
 

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I'm still a fan (of course!), but it just looks sooooo much better with the top down.
Those pics are coming! It's still in the 30s here and snow showers regularly, so we haven't had a chance to enjoy the top down yet.

Considering also that Mazda has succumbed to peer pressure and has given up on the "Zoom-zoom" for the SUV craze, I'd enjoy it as much as possible while you can. My 6 will be my last Mazda unless they get their head out of their ass...
Yeah, they're doing all they can to survive in a market that cares more about being "green" (without fully understanding what that entails), and having way more stuff than they need.

Unfortunately, there's nowhere you can run at this point as the sedan is a dying breed everywhere. I can't see Mazda ever getting rid of the Miata, so I'll stay with them as long as they make it haha.
 

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I auto-slalomed a '20 RF 6mt in a Mazda drive event 2 summers ago. It was really nice, and I ran it pretty darned intensively during that event. It didn't disappoint 😊. Also did the same with a 6mt softtop version. Equally nice. The RF will allow its use in the Eastern Seaboard states (or maybe you've moved?) all year round if you should so choose, albeit with four gnarly snows. I'd put the Xpel film on the hood, frt fenders, bumper... sooner rather than later.

Very nice car. Congrats!
Nice!! And yeah, haven't actually tested it much yet at this point, still in a break in period, but it's so much fun to drive. I was shocked to see the redline over 7500 RPMs - they really want this thing humming haha.

We're in Montana now so our winters are longer and colder than back in New England (we prefer it this way) - The RF will be seeing the light of day only when it's sunny and not wet out haha. Garage queen all the way. And I booked my Xpel whole hood + fenders + mirrors on Wednesday! It's due to be put on in June since they're so heavily booked.
 

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Good... I would have said go for four Nokian Hakkapeliitta snows (that are the cat's b*m in prairie snow) - but if she'll be a garage queen, well, better yet.

Seeing as she's well-nigh new I would under-seal the car with a waxy, self-healing under-seal, and a waxy cavity seal. Just recently Bilt-Hamber rust protective products became available 'Stateside. Their waxes and polishes were, for some time, but recently the undeseals became available. Their rep is stellar in the UK. Underseal UB or UC (first is brownish, 2nd is clear) and their Dynax S-50 cavity sealer. Re the supposedly phosphated- and E-Coated suspension members, subframes (typically poorly protected in Mazda's) I'd first scuff-up and brush-paint best I could, apply S-50 with its spray wand to boxed-in areas of wishbones, etc that can't be reached by brush, then use UB or UC to do the whole-rest of the non-boxed-in areas of the undercarriage. Do this, and it'll last and last and last in low-humidity Montana 🙂.
I'll definitely look into it! Going to do my best to preserve this as long as possible......or until they forcibly remove fuel from the world as they seem so hell-bent on doing.

Do they salt the roads in montana? Or do they just use mag chloride? If they just use mag, there is no reason to seal the underside. I agree that your Miata will be a beast in the snow with some proper studless tires.
Depends on where you are. My area is mostly sand because we're in an ancient lakebed and get very little rain, so we do our best to preserve water as much as possible.

And there's no way this thing is trudging through snow unless absolutely necessary; that's why I have the 6 with dedicated snow tires :D
 

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Not sure how they think thats gonna happen, you can make an ICE run on almost anything, but when you run out of lithium, youre not going anywhere.
Hey, don't ask me, I'm not part of the gang pushing for the rapid decimation of an industry that has propelled human advacement more than anything else in history (petrolleum). And I'm all too familiar with the finite precious materials (that take an absurd amount of energy/effort to mine and refine) used to create technology that is used up after 20 years and dumped on some 3rd world country because it can't ever be recycled.


....But I digress. I've been shocked to see that this little thing is getting 35+ MPGs regularly. Been trying to whittle down the regular fuel the dealer put in it so I can get some premium in there since it's recommended by Mazda.
 

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Well
  1. Time to get a dash came for this.
  2. I know the brakes work really well!
Took the roadster out for a nice drive yesterday and had the top down. Was at a redlight in some traffic, went green and I started going with traffic. Wasn't good enough for the guy behind me (apparently), and he started going ballistic (like, I've only ever seen a few people this visibly angry). When we came to a stop at the next red light 200 meters away, I gave him a slow clap for having gotten so angry over me having the nerve to not get him to the next red light 3 seconds faster.

Next green, he floors it around us in the other lane, gets in front and slams on his brakes. Thank God for this car's brakes. We smiled and waved to him as we went our separate ways. I hope that guy had a wonderful rest of his weekend.

In lighter news, got the plates on it finally! Took forever for the stealership to send the title to our DMV. Plates are for a non-profit that aids in Search and Assist efforts in the area (we get a lot of lost adventurers around here).
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That's pretty scary... Says it's 'way better not to engage. That's easy for me to SAY, not so much to PRACTISE.
I'm usually the same way, but I figured I had the entire rest of the traffic around me as a witness to whatever may have occurred. Some other guy in a truck behind us saw the whole thing and gave the dude an earful for us. :D
 

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I think there's a combination of things going on here. We can't compare cars of today to cars of 20 - 30+ years ago because the materials used in making the frames/etc are vastly cheaper now and can't hold up to the elements regardless of what's on the road.

That being said, the brine 100% gets on your vehicles even in dry conditions - I drove plenty of miles in my 6 and picked up so much thin film all over my car. I specifically remember days where you could see the brine/salt/whatever as a cloud of haze above the road from all the traffic going over it.
 

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. The OP should do his best to protect subframes and suspension fabrications with the best creeping/self-healing waxy preservative materials he can suss out... now, or 'real soon!
Agreed. Because once that rust starts it will never stop.
Nah, first thing on the list (and on the books for June) is XPEL paint protectant for the entire front end and entire hood. Because of the low amounts of rain in our parts and the vast amount of water needed to sustain the farms/growing population, salt is never used for winter road treatment. They will "chip" the roads prior to winter, which involves dumping a large amount of crumbled (small rock-sized) tar chunks connected with maleable tar on the roads. The concoction covers the entire road and allows for a fair amount of additional grip.

The unfortunate side-effect of chipping the roads is that they're littered with small rocks with a vengeance for hitting windshields. We've got full windshield protection on this car and will be getting the XPel cover to ensure our best chances of not catching an errant paint-ruiner.
 

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I was in Miami for a work event (driving exotic cars at Homestead speedway) last month - tough work. But the rental aisle at National surprised me, as this was one of the choices which naturally I took. Slushbox unfortunately, but still a fun little ride. Tough getting in and out of, and hard to believe many people would really choose it as a rental, as I could barely fit my carry-on in the trunk. That said, I still don't see much draw to the hard top. I'd much rather have the full convertible, at least if I was in FL. If I lived in a snowbelt state, maybe, but at that point it's not getting out much in the bad weather anyway if it's a 2nd car.
To each his/her own I suppose. We rented the convertible for a vacation once to confirm that our luggage fits perfectly in the trunk. We also confirmed that we much prefer the hard top for several reasons (explained in reply to cdn's post). We're also small people, so getting in/out isn't an issue for us. Sure, it's low to the ground, but what do you expect from a sports car?


Convertible tops have a finite life; they're spendy to replace... That's one consideration. Also, roadnoise?
Correct, they fade despite best efforts and will eventually need replacing. The hard top has more pieces that can fail, however, and I can't imagine it's cheap to replace, but at least I know the top itself won't degrade over time. When our hard top is up, you're in a fully enclosed ca and road noise is nominal (realizing you're in a low-slung sports car with stiff suspension). We also live where it's perfectly sunny but can be 0F out, so the hard top will keep us warmer while cruising.
 

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How is the fit for your height, Byakuya? I’d love one of those but am 6’-2” and when I sit in a Miata at the dealership it feels too constrained for me, especially the legroom. Thanks.
Not gonna lie, this car probably isn't made for anyone over 6ft. You can adjust things a bit to try and get that extra leg room but, as far as I can tell, it's even smaller than previous gens. I'm 5'7" and wife is 5'4" and it's like th car is built for us specifically.

Hes a short ass Asian ;) Im 6ft and dont fit either.
Close, but no cigar. :p

I'm short but I'm a mix breed of mostly French Canadian, German, Irish, and other Western European. So far as I know, no Asian.
 
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