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Mazda MX-5 Miata: Find it. Fix it. Trick it. is a necessary companion to any Miata owner. Think of it as "Miata 101". 160 pages and nearly 400 large, full color pictures make it easy to understand and a treat to read, while Keith Tanner's clear, entertaining style will help you through difficult jobs .

The book contains an overview of the history of the car, from the intial design competition to the decision to stop production a little early in 2005. A complete buyer's guide will help find the perfect Miata, while a detailed spotter's guide will help make identification a breeze. For those wondering what the fuss is about, there's a section on how it feels to drive each variation.

You'll hear from owners around the world and get a chance to check out a few sample Miatas for sale. You'll also read what the experts worldwide have to say about the Miata over the years.

It's more than just data, though. It also includes a number of projects to help get a "new" Miata into shape, from oil changes to finding out why that warning light is on. For more advanced owners, there are projects that cover popular upgrades from wheel/tire changes right up to forced induction. They're not just projects, they'll also give you the information you need to choose the best modifications for your car. All Miatas from 1990 to 2005 are covered, including the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Turbo model.

The Miata club scene and various competition venues are also covered, just in case you're wondering what to do with a Miata.

In other words, it's everything you need to know about the Miata.

Available through booksellers worldwide including Motorbooks International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indigo. Signed copies available from Flyin' Miata.

Table of contents:


Heritage - the history and background of the Miata

Experience - the sights, sounds and feelings of driving a Miata

Buy - how to choose a Miata of your own

Bond - projects to get you started

 Oil change
 Transmission/differential fluid change and shift boot replacement
 Coolant change
 Brake pads and rotors
 Flushing brake fluid
 Reading error codes

Life - what to do with your Miata? The club scene, motorsports and online.

Customize - Make it your own! More projects.

 Wheel/tire upgrades
 Sway bars
 Springs and shocks
 Steering wheel installation
 Turbocharging and supercharging
 Exhaust modifications
 Upgrading the Mazdaspeed MX-5 turbo

Data - Spotter's guide, annual changes, performance information, specifications, VIN decoding, maintenance schedule

Resources - links, sources for parts, books, racing