New to MX 5

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New to MX 5

Post by redbeard45 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:34 pm

So weʻre looking at joining the ranks of MX5 owners after many years dreaming and are just deciding between two cars. One has soft top, one has electric hard top. Our preference is hard top for quietness, winter running (it will be used by my wife every day?) Any thoughts or preferences about which is better - soft top falling to pieces versus electrics failing?
The hard top has done over 100k kms and has the 6 speed whereas soft top has done half that and has 5 speed. Iʻve heard the 6 speeds can be a little bit of a n (expensive?) problem. This one is a little noisy in 3rd/ 4th with a slight notch getting into 3rd. Early signs of trouble? However, this could be caused by the clutch as it cuts in around 1/2 an inch off the floor and is like a switch. Donʻt think this is right? Certainly 5 speed is more normal in clutch take up and is easier to drive.
When do we panic about the water pump? They are both 2000ccs.
The hard top has the sat nav display. Can you find a manual for these - can it be programmed in English? Any use in NZ?
Sorry to ask so many questions in our first post but its decision making time and there are positive factors about both.

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Re: New to MX 5

Post by Keith Jones » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:15 pm

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