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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 14-04-2017, 22:17 Thread Starter
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Hi all - and some advice please

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I'm mid 50's and having my second childhood...

My daily is a MX5 Mk3 (NC).
However, I want a second ragtop as well to fiddle with.
I noticed how cheap these TF's are, and they are kinda nice looking as well.

Been looking at the one below, but it seems just a bit too cheap compared to others with low mileage at that year. What do yo think, as I'm tempted.
I'm going to get one regardless, so I'll be on regularly hopefully.

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It looks like a good one, from the photo's it has a feeling of being looked after. The interior isn't original as those seats wouldn't have been fitted to a 135 but I don't see that as a problem just an indicator that an owner has spent time and money on the car at sometime in the past.
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It looks like a good one, from the photo's it has a feeling of being looked after. The interior isn't original as those seats wouldn't have been fitted to a 135 but I don't see that as a problem just an indicator that an owner has spent time and money on the car at sometime in the past.
Cheers buddy.

I'm not too worried about potential hg problems - if it fails, it fails and I'd get it sorted.
Do these cars have any particular rust issues?.
Also, at what kinda mileage do the clutches need replacing?, as if a potential purchase is near to clutch failure mileage, I could use it as a bargaining tool on the price?
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As you asked for advice: sell the Mazda and buy one F and one TF.

Both are fantastic cars and true sports cars with genuine heritage.

Of course, I might just be teasing... but surely you didn't expect to mention the M word here and get away with it that easily did you?!

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Welcome to the forum. That looks a good TF: clean, low mileage, history, hardtop ...

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Cheers buddy.

I'm not too worried about potential hg problems - if it fails, it fails and I'd get it sorted.
Do these cars have any particular rust issues?.
Also, at what kinda mileage do the clutches need replacing?, as if a potential purchase is near to clutch failure mileage, I could use it as a bargaining tool on the price?
For rust, the main issues tend to be the front subframe mounts and the underfloor coolant pipes - the latter if they haven't been replaced I would be tempted to so.

As for the clutch unless it have been abused I wouldn't expect it to need replacing at any time. However the arm that goes through the bell housing can size due to a lack of use and the clutch fluid isn't on the service schedule and if unchanged for a long time it can make the clutch feel like it is failing.
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Hi and welcome to the forum

That car has been loved so a good price.
The MOT history checks out - https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/
Also check out the buying guide in the general section or Buying a second hand MGF

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It looks lovely!

I was in a similar situation as you a few years ago, although I am now over 70, ie a bit beyond the mid-life thing, having an MG Midget that is a perfect as I can make it and a new Mini Cooper as a daily driver, I really needed a slightly flawed car that I could fiddle with and make as good as possible and look great as well.

My 04 TF fits the bill. It was in very good condition when I bought it but I bought it to improve it and the things that I felt should be done to any TF, I have busied myself doing.
Such as changing the underfloor coolant pipes for stainless, having the relays changed in the SCU (it is a Pektron car), changing the heater control resistor pack, putting in a glass rear window ,rewiring the rear loom where it can fail near the left hand rear boot hinge and changing the standard quite stiff suspension for the readily available "comfort" damper and spring units. I have also fitted a low coolant alarm which was the first thing I did.
I have done many other things but those were my priorities and have kept me happily busy over the last few years and the car has been driveable at the same time, so best of both worlds!

I love the look of the car, just sitting in the garage doing nothing it looks fab...I had an MX5 too a few years ago but it was so bland and required so little attention from me I had to trade it in for something that would be more of a challenge.

I would go for that one..have you checked its MOT history on the MOT history checker website? You can learn interesting things about how cars have been maintained from it.

Good luck!

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Looks good. Check for rust around the arches.


That is about the going rate for an 04, so everything looks genuine.
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Thanks for all the input chaps.

I may look into that one, but it's quite a long way from me unfortunately.
I think I'll hold out and try to find one a bit more local for ease of collection / test drive etc.

It will just be good to have another car to use for my daily as well as the mixer. I can swap between them during the week. The mixer is good, but a harsh bumpy ride which can get a bit tedious sometimes.

I'm in the Hindhead area in Hampshire by the way. Be interesting to meet up with any TF owners in the area.
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i think you will find a TF of 03/04 vintage will have a firmer ride than an MX5, which is too hard for some, me included!

Relatively easy to fix though, by throwing money at it.
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....I may look into that one, but it's quite a long way from me unfortunately.
I think I'll hold out and try to find one a bit more local for ease of collection / test drive etc.

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I'm in the Hindhead area in Hampshire by the way. Be interesting to meet up with any TF owners in the area.
46 miles from GU35...that's not far for a decent car, it's a good excuse for a drive in the Mazda.
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I agree with Talkingcars, there are many F/TF's on the market but sadly few have been looked after let alone at a good price. If you are interested in getting a TF this one looks too good not to take a look.
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Yeh,

You guys may be right.
It just stems from driving all over the place in the past, to find the cars rarely as described - especially by dealers!!
I may give the guy a call.
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I've emailed him and await a reply...
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46 miles from GU35...that's not far for a decent car, it's a good excuse for a drive in the Mazda.
Probably worried that either the MAZDA wont get that far, or everyone will be laughing at him driving a "hairdressers" car
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Probably worried that either the MAZDA wont get that far, or everyone will be laughing at him driving a "hairdressers" car

You're a bad boy.......

Mixers are GR8, but I want something else as well.

How do you know I'm not a hairdresser?.....

The seller got back to me and it sounds good. I'm gonna ring him tmrw and have a natter.
All being well, I'll take it.
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Had a chat with the seller and seems a good bloke.
Apparently, it had a new hg by a MG dealer / specialist in 2010 as part of a pre sale inspection / deal, and not a huge number of miles covered since then.
The recent cambelt / water pump change was also carried out by a MG specialist. This was owned by an oldish guy (who has money and looked after it) for the odd w/e jaunt.

The guy seemed quite honest.
Subject to a couple of formalities, I'll probably take it and will be in possession next week some point.
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