used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

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ChristianAB
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Re: used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

Postby ChristianAB » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:26 pm

I will admit publicly that I name my cars. But lately, I have been struggling to find a name for this one. Being an mx5, one might be forgiven for thinking that "pocket rocket" would be appropriate but no, it's not that simple. Let me explain: on A and B roads, this particular mx5 is effectively performing an act which is closer to complete and utter 'road domination' than anything else this side of 911 Turbo.
On the one hand, It will easily overtake wider but theoretically faster modern cars such as Audi R8 v10s, Jags, Astons and most recent Porsches thanks to its small footprint. But on the other hand, it will also imprint a sensation of speed on its pilot which is tenfold what could be achieved in the aforementioned cars because,...well...it's just that raw. I went out for a drive today and the only guy that I came across and whom I thought was experiencing something similar to my ordeal was driving a small Peugeot 205 rally car. In a nutshell, I will admit to being properly scared by the performance at times.
And that is not something I have experienced in any other cars, or supercars for that matter, until now. Again, I need to be very specific: there are cars out there which have a ludicrous amount of power, that is, too much for their chassis, their tires, and consequently their owners may be scared of such cars but in reality, that power cannot deployed in most situations without resulting in an accident or jail time. Here though, I am referring to a different kind of fear. It requires a lot of skill but in truth, the power of my little mx5 can almost always legally and safely be put to the road, but I will chicken out well before using most of it just as often.

However last night, I finally came across a fitting designation, an adequate way to convey the extent to which this car is an education to all involved when driven properly. I have decided to call it: The Collective.
This may be a puzzling and obscure choice to most. Nevertheless, I already have ample evidence that those who have driven it, who have experienced what it can do with their own senses, will instinctively understand what I mean: such ferocious intensity can only have originated in another realm.

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Re: used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

Postby sussex2 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:55 am

ChristianAB wrote:
Rolyan wrote:
ChristianAB wrote:Essentially, you can outrun a Ferrari but park anywhere.

Where I come from, that's a biggie. There are places where I don't even like leaving the MX5; I wouldn't dare leave (or drive) a 911.

As an aside, I know the mk2 are dire with rust, including serious safety implications, but isn't the mk3 onwards sorted?


Not fully, it's not as bad as before but it's still an issue. But you can bring the car to a specialist shop that will protect it in just the right places, which is a no-brainer for me.


We bought our year 2000 Mk2 MX5 for 800 quid and spent twice that getting the rust properly sorted, including the chassis rails.
It hasn't been modified in any way and has the 1.6 110bhp engine - no ABS or A/C or electric windows.
The hood will probably need replacing in the next year or so but it can wait as it stands.
It isn't perfect and the handling can sometimes wallow a bit (depends on the road) and you do need to rev it beyond 5k to get anything out of it.
What it has done is given us a great little car for the last five years. A car that has cost a fraction of more exotic machines and, which has been probably more reliable than them as well.
Because it cost so little you are not afraid of using it either. The heater can melt your shoes and the car is fully warm in about half a mile.

ps We use http://www.themx5restorer.co.uk/ for all servicing and work and they have been excellent - they know these cars inside and out and I wouldn't trust anyone else.

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Re: used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

Postby ChristianAB » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:10 pm

sussex2 wrote:ps We use http://www.themx5restorer.co.uk/ for all servicing and work and they have been excellent - they know these cars inside and out and I wouldn't trust anyone else.


That's the guys I used for mine too! :D

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Location: Surrey-Kent borders and wherever good driving roads are.

Re: used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

Postby jcochrane » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:44 pm

Glad you're enjoying the MX5. A good choice guaranteed to provide plenty of fun and a very reasonable cost. Driven all the marks at one time or another. All with slightly different characters but with fun as the common denominator. :D

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Re: used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

Postby titian » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:07 pm

Would love to join in the fun but I just can't get out of the damn things posting.php?mode=reply&f=2&t=489#

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Re: used 911 or tuned MX5 ?

Postby sussex2 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:46 pm

ChristianAB wrote:
sussex2 wrote:ps We use http://www.themx5restorer.co.uk/ for all servicing and work and they have been excellent - they know these cars inside and out and I wouldn't trust anyone else.


That's the guys I used for mine too! :D


They are the best


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