This is mainly for my record keeping, but maybe it’ll motivate you to purchase a Miata as aswell! There extremely fun and frugral to run if your somewhat mechanically inclined.

If you wana know about how I went about finding and purchasing my miata here’s a link to a post on it: Purchasing a MX-5 Miata NC for $4200!

Year/Make/Miles: 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata with currently 159k miles.

Todo List:

  • Driver Seat belt is slow to retract, need to replace or steam clean
  • Replace Differential and manual transmission fluid

Expenses:

  • Bought for $4,200 including tags/taxes
  • Rear view mirror $12
  • Oil change $26
  • Cleaning supplies $15
  • Seafoam/Engine cleaners $10
  • Scanner tool $17
  • Power steering fluid $9
  • Windshield washer fluid $3
  • Miscellaneous Tools $15
  • Shifter knob $55
  • Wheel center cap $7
  • Trunk lift struts $14
  • Antenna $9
  • Aux cable $7
  • Windshield wipers $21
  • 4 Used Tires $150
  • 2 Rockford Speakers and door clips $69.07
  • Aux coupler $3.25
  • Mount/Balance/rotate 4 Tires $34
  • Stubby antenna $10.47
  • Stubs for convertible top $3
  • Rearview visors $49
  • New Mazda carpet mats $72
  • Accessory usb plug kit $15
  • Ground loop isolator $8
  • Backlight bulb $9
  • Sound deadening $35
  • Thermostat $30
  • Coolant $30
  • Cobalt Aftermarket Exhaust $250
  • Electrical tools $10
  • Used trunk carpet replacement $24
  • Oil change $20 8/02/2017 Total = $5,223

Maintenance:

  • Oil changed at 153,833 miles on 3/9/17
  • Sea-foamed on 3/4/17
  • Power steering fluid flushed 3/3/17
  • 4 Tires changed on 3/9/17
  • Radiator cap changed on 3/10/17
  • Headlights restored 3/9/17
  • Drainage pipes cleaned 3/10/17
  • Oil change at 157,861 8/21/2017
  • Coolant flush on 9/16/2017

The Kelly Blue Book Value puts my miata at:

Which I think is a bit low, because manual un-modified Miata’s like mine on the completed section of ebay and craigslist are going for $6000ish.

The NADA clean retail is closer to what I have seen online:

Overall, I’m happy. I have a great running fun car for right above 5 grand, which when I get tired of I know I can easily sell for atleast $5.5k. Essentially, during my ownership my only costs will have been insurance and gas!