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Ayrshire newbie

Postby Delboy69 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:17 am

Hi folks just got myself an 06 mx5 from my father in law,1st time having a 2 seater convertible so no doubt will be asking a few questions,dumb or otherwise lol at somepoint
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Re: Ayrshire newbie

Postby IanH » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:00 pm


Welcome along, no such thing as a stupid question, we were all new owners at one point.

Enjoy the car.
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Re: Ayrshire newbie

Postby drumtochty » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:28 pm

If you will keep it for a while!!!!!!!!!!!

If it is a soft top, check the hood drains are clear, google Clear NC hood drains.

Get the car up on a ramp and get it cleaned underneath and rust protected, dirty job but someone has to do it.
Including the cavities and under the wheel arch protectors and front undercovers.


Under no circumstances run the car with the oil below the Full mark on the dipstick. It is a bit hard to read so get a hacksaw and cut a ridge at the low and high points to make the dipstick easier to read.

The NC engine can use oil if run at high revs.

The antifeeze needs changed at 11 years if it has not been done, it needs done.


I guess the gearbox and diff oil may not have been changed again if not done, they needs done. Castrol Multivehicle or Redline MT90 are useful in the gearbox if the gearchange is a bit notchy. Not in the diff you must use a 75W/90 GL5 oil in the diff.

The 5 speed box is less of an issue with oil any 75/90 GL4 oil will do there.

Reports of the neck of the coolant expansion tank cracking, coolant leaking out and engines being cooked at around 65k miles. £70 just for a replacement tank.

Google scuttle grommets as the need removed and a bit of silicon put in there to stop water getting on certain electrical parts that need to be dry.

Knocking noises going over bumps tends to be the antiroll bar droplinks as they are made from toffee.
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Re: Ayrshire newbie

Postby Bob the Train » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:09 am

Well done Eddie. Good suggestions there.
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Re: Ayrshire newbie

Postby Delboy69 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:44 pm

Thanks for the info guys,will keep me busy by the sound of it
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Re: Ayrshire newbie

Postby chillax » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:39 pm

Delboy69 wrote:Thanks for the info guys,will keep me busy by the sound of it

They are great cars to tinker with mate! Oh, and addictive! Enjoy the club! :D
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