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seanhardtop
#1 Posted : 05 December 2018 09:59:52(UTC)
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Hi New to the forum .what a good price to pay for a mk3 with the electric roof? Whats the main things to look out for? Do you know any mx 5 reapatable used car specialist?

Sorry for all the questions but looking to get one before summer. Also is the manchester mx 5 club functional not seen much posts for meets  in lancashire area etc?

Thanks for any info and is there any branch member that could meet me and let me pick there brains over a coffee beer

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#2 Posted : 05 December 2018 12:07:42(UTC)
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There's more to go wrong on a car with an electric roof, that goes for any make/model of car/sports car. The only comment I can make about the PRHT (Powered Retractable Hard Top) is they seem to be on the whole pretty reliable on the MX-5 in as so we get very few members with problems.

A good option if you leave your car outside to the elements 24/7 let alone better security, if that doesn't worry you then the soft top version is still great, that's my choice.

Expect to pay more for the PRHT version, although it's still all about condition/history with that model too.

Insert your location and the more local members to you can maybe help with your search for the right car.

 

Good luck with your search.

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seanhardtop on 06/12/2018(UTC)
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#3 Posted : 05 December 2018 12:52:09(UTC)
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In September when I was looking had a budget of 3K that seemed to get me 06-07 any models, varied between 70-140k in miles

I paid 2.7K, 2.0 Sport with PRHT 56 Reg 112K Miles, would like it to have had lesser miles under the clock but then again 70k not looked after or 112k with lots of invoices.

Also there's a kit for sorting the roof if stuck open,which was a game changer so at least if it fails you can get it down and sort at a later date, don't get me wrong not loooking forward to ever doing this, looks a pain

Also put a bit aside for jobs that might need doing fluids etc.

 

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seanhardtop on 06/12/2018(UTC)
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#4 Posted : 05 December 2018 13:00:27(UTC)
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As Mick says PRHT's are very reliable. You would be regarded as unlucky to find one with a significant problem. There are sometimes creaks and groans as the car flex's over road undulations but that's not a cause for concern. Likely to mean that the mechanism joints need tightening. Its been suggested to me that you shouldn't do this yourself as over tightening can cause the glass to crack. May also have rattles from the catch but again that's a simple cheap quick tightening fix at any Mazda dealer.

As for what to pay... how long is a piece of string. PRHTs were available from 2006? to 2014 so there are lots to choose from at various budgets. Depends what you want to spend PVC trading tend to deal in high end low mileage examples so a quick look at their website is likely to give you a good indication of the max you are likely to pay

Alos take a look at www.roadsterblog for more info on Mk3's and the various special edition options that were available
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seanhardtop on 06/12/2018(UTC)
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#5 Posted : 07 December 2018 15:25:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: seanhardtop Go to Quoted Post

Whats the main things to look out for?

Check the condition of the seal which runs right across the back of the roof, where it hinges above the rear window - I've seen a couple of posts where this has deteriorated (probably due to age / sun exposure) & the replacement part's very expensive.

Also I've seen a few posts where the allen bolts adjacent to the quadrants on the mechanism at either side have worked loose, causing grinding noises & potential damage to the gears - seems to have been an issue just on early production cars, I think Mazda thread-locked these in the factory after the issue became apparent?

Apart from these possible issues (of which I'm pleased to say that my car's suffered from neither since I bought it new in early 2012) there doesn't seem to be anything else to look out for.  I treat all the seals with silicone lubricant every 3 or 4 months; for me, the PRHT was definitely the right choice especially as a fairly high proportion of my driving's motorway miles, the PRHT is (in my opinion) considerably more refined at speed with the roof up than the soft-top.

Plus the added security of course!  I look at it as two cars in one - an open topped convertible & also a sports coupe.

 

 

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#6 Posted : 07 December 2018 15:51:09(UTC)
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https://www.evanshalshaw.com/search/VehicleDetails/used-car-mazda-mx_5--manual-petrol-silver-convertible-AO56CFY/

Another option is a soft top with a hard top . Low mileage and a 6 speed 2.0

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#7 Posted : 07 December 2018 16:05:40(UTC)
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Amazes me that dealers would show pictures of ripped car mats and half missing keys for the cost to them to put things right.

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#8 Posted : 07 December 2018 16:37:38(UTC)
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I’ve posted this link before, I think it explains the roof procedure more clearly than just reading the owners hand book.

https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=392593

The silver/chrome dome bolts (andy1964 refers to these) keep the teeth on the gear wheels in mesh, if lose you may hear a clicking noise (when operating the roof) from the teeth as they lose mesh. Damage to the teeth may occur if the bolts are loose.

Keep the silver dome bolts nice and tight and lub the teeth.

 

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