For $19,999, Is This Low-Mileage 1992 Mazda Miata a Deal?

Good Price or No Dice 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata

It’s Labor Day Here in America, and in Honor, Today good price or no dice Miata is a labor of love. wooJust 36,000 miles under its tires, Iand see if it costs less.

Everything certainly seems to be coming of late, with roaring reviews and strong sales for the electric Mustang Mach-E, the Maverick compact pickup fueling the pre-order frenzy, and both the Bronco and Bronco Sport like edibles in a willy Sell ​​Nelson show timeout. Keeping all this in mind,That company, it seems, is on a roll of late. We all like to jump on a bandwagon whenever possible, and so last Friday 1990 Ford Bronco both received praise in the comments for its presentation And a solid 67 percent of Nice Price wins for the $9,000 demand.

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The only lament many of you gave about the price of Friday’s Bronco was that while such things are priced today, it is more a reflection than the current market. real value. that fact Was Many consider this an unfortunate but irreversible condition. Similar One can lament about the value of used cars even at today’s level. 1992 Mazda Miata, which clocks in with an asking price that’s more than you might normally be willing to pay for such a car. Then, however, you take a look at it.

The ad for this Miata claims that it is the car of an owner who has lived in California all his life. There it was pampered and kept, in the words of the seller, as bone stock.

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Now, when it comes to cars, we all love bone stock. When it comes to those cups of beef broth, urban hipsters like to sip in their cuffed jeans and sustainably farmed scarves, not so much.

As well as being all factory, this Miata also appears to be all like New. The ad notes recent details and the ceramic coating that really brings out the glow in the red. All the plastic work seems to be in the exact same condition as the chintzy wheel caps that are usually worn down to the base material on cars of this age and therefore look bad.

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Miata interiors are also cheap and usually look bad if they haven’t been maintained or replaced pieces over time. the photos make it look like it still has waifs of the original salesman’s Cheap Cologne in it. On the downside (probably), the original stereo has been replaced by a more modern aftermarket unit, thus raising the question of whether the car can really be called bone stock.

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Mechanically, things seem to be in pretty good shape as well. The ad notes a recent 30K service — on a car nearly 30 years old, mind you — and claims the engine to be Mazda’s “legendary 1.6 long nose.” I think the general term for this mill is “Big Nose”. This refers to a change in the crank pulley mount that has replaced a . swept aside crank shearing issue which influenced a small number of earlier cars.

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The title is clear and the seller is willing to consider a “reasonable offer” as advertised. We need to judge how reasonable a starting point of $19,999 might be. What do you think, is $19,999 a good jumping-off point for this amazingly clean and well-preserved Miata? Or, does that make up the price that protection do all the work for zero?

You decide!

Sacramento, California, Craigslist, or go Here If the ad disappears.

H/t to Kyle R for the hookup!

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