Greetings fellow MX5ers
I had my first MX5 Mk1 a few years ago. Loved it to bits, until it started falling into bits and had to pass it on to someone who had the knowledge, and could afford to put her back together again.
Now I have a bit of cash (probably up to around £5000 or so) and having failed to persuade myself that a more “sensible” car would do, I’m on the lookout for my next MX5…
I’m thinking I might go for an NB this time, though could probably persuaded by the right NA. Even after much reading, I’m still not entirely sure what advantages an NC would offer but I guess that’s another option too. Not particularly looking for an investment, just a car that’s fun to drive and relatively reliable.
Given my past experience, and the nature of MX5’s generally, rust (and avoiding it) is my major concern and this time I want to try and do it right either by getting a car that has already been fully treated (undersealed, sills etc) or paying to have this done as soon as it comes into my ownership. Any recommendations as to what I should be looking for in terms of specific treatments (could be wrong but Dinitrol seems to get a lot of praise?) and/or proof that this has been done correctly? Or if not done already, how much I should be expecting to pay for the same?
If it’s not considered sacrilegious, I’d also really like to be able to get the car fitted with SatNav and an MP3 player so any advice on whether this is likely to be practical, approximate cost and also whether some models are better suited to this than others would be much appreciated.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills to carry out work on a car myself, which is why I want to ensure I have the budget to pay for someone else to do things properly if/when required (albeit hopefully not TOO often).
This will be my only, day to day car and although my overall annual mileage is relatively low, I do tend to make a few longer road trips each year.
Any thoughts/advice on the above or as to what I should be looking for (model, specification etc) would be very much appreciated and of course, if anyone has or knows of a car which might fit the bill, please do feel free to get in contact. (If it makes any difference, I live on the south coast of England, though would travel – within reason – for the right car.)
With many thanks in advance for any thoughts.