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Miata Fiata Talk Podcast Field Trip to the Alfa/Fiat Dealer, Comparing Fiat 124 Spider to NB MX-5 Miata

Today the Miata Fiata Talk podcast crew took a little field trip to a local Fiat dealer to make a very unscientific comparison between Sakshik’s NB Miata and the new Fiata 124 Spider.

The similarities I think are pretty obvious. The cars are nearly identical in size and dimensions, but what stands out the most is how the lines of both cars look slightly similar to each other. Sure the headlights and tail lights are different, but if you squint just right you can totally see it…

We stopped by the Fiat dealer on the way back from the last Cars & Coffee of the 2016 season at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, I’ll post some pictures from that event separately. For now enjoy these pix;

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There’s very little similarity between the Fiata and the NC’s…

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Next, we’ll try to test-drive both the new Mazda MX-5 ND and the Fiat 124 Spider for our podcast… stay tuned. And check out: #MiataFiataTalk, @MiataFiataTalk, #MiataFiata, #FiataMiata

Miata Fiata Talk: We Started a Podcast! Episode 1 Talks About Shopping for a Pre-Owned Mazda MX-5, Have a Listen!

Great news everyone! A few Miata friends and I started a podcast.

It’s called Miata Fiata Talk and we just recorded our first episode, have a listen:

Miata Fiata Talk: Episode #1: Shopping for a Pre-Owned MX-5 Miata or any other Used Car for that matter.

Participants: Chris, Sakshik and Russ with Dan working the sound/recording system.

Chris owns a 2008 silver NC1 GT PRHT with an appearance package, a Manual Transmission and a bunch of mods. He uses the car for Autocross a lot. Sakshik owns a 2000 NB MT that he also Autocrosses. People already know about me and my 2007 NC1 GT PRHT that is stock and not used for any kind of racing other than Road Trips that get me to the race track. And Dan currently owns a couple of cool cars including a Mini Cooper and a Ford Mustang.

For the very first episode we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves by discussing the shopping experience for a pre-owned Miata, since none of us bought one new off the dealer lot. Occasionally we went way off topic, especially when talking about cars we owned in the past. For Chris it was the Mini Cooper and for me a Ford Crown Vic (of which I had a grand total of ten).

In this episode we also cover a bunch of things to look out to when searching for the Miata you are after. Sakshik had a recent experience buying a Mazda from a used-car dealer. I bought mine through Craigslist while Chris bought his on AutoTrader.com

Chris has a whole check list of things to look out for when shopping for a used car. The rest of us were winging it talking about our experiences. I mentioned the story of how I actually won a bid on a car in Miami, Florida for a good price but then found out that the car had multiple moderate crashes. So I didn’t actually buy it. When it came to test drives I went to see three cars, one MT one AT and one at a local dealer that wouldn’t let me drive it, and finally one I actually bought.

Have a listen. Give us suggestions. Criticism is very welcome!

Stay tuned for more 🙂

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Fiat 124 Spider: Fiata Sighting at Auburn Hills, Michigan (FCA HQ)

Taking advantage of the opportunity of being in Detroit for the Grand Prix I figured it would be a good chance to spy the pre-release Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider in the wild… friends I talked to claimed they were roaming around and you could spot them everywhere, so when I failed to see one within the first few days of being in Michigan I started obsessing about it, making it my mission to see the Fiata in the flesh before I leave Detroit to go home.

I succeeded!

Although at a cost. The cost of fuel that is… trying to spy a Fiata on Detroit suburbs streets was nothing more than a fuel burning exercise with very limited success.

The most obvious place to look for the new Fiata that I could think of was driving through the FCA HQ at Auburn Hills. Being a big SRT fan I’ve visited the place before and knew it was possible to visit as “general public” driving around Chrysler Dr. I did this heading out to Detroit to register for the Grand Prix with SCCA but failed to see one on the first day. Getting a little antsy I reached out to a few Chrysler people I knew, including my host for the weekend, to pick their brain on where would be the most likely place to spy a Fiata without getting into trouble. And both said that since the embargo has been lifted as the car was presented at various auto shows, it shouldn’t be an issue… hell one of the guys said they should be hitting dealer lots in the next month or so, so I’m sure they’re stamped by huge quantities already in production form.

But I haven’t seen one yet, so I was eager for a chance. The most likely scenario of spying one at the HQ was being at the right place and at the right time… so to optimize I chances I did a drive-by right around lunch time and then once again at quiting time, at the end of the day…. the success came just after 11am… I saw a beautiful red model that I caught just out of the corner of my eye leaving the parking lot as I drove past… I had to slow way down for that car to catch up to me and took a few snaps:

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FCA HQ has it’s own Interstate 75 exit/entrance ramps, and the gray haired big wig driving this thing hopped on and took off. I thought it would be weird following him, so I went the other way hoping I would spot a parked version of this car so I could take some much better still shots. But I failed in locating one.

First impressions of the car: I feel like I’ve seen it before! I realize it’s a new model and all, but it has a familiar look to it, something ordinary something that’s already on the market. I realize people would say: well, it’s based on the Miata and that’s already out. But that’s now what I mean. It looks nothing like a Miata. The ND MX-5 is unique with it’s looks, it looks like nothing else on the market. While the Fiat 124 Spider that has yet to hit the dealer lots already looks like a slightly squared NB Miata that’s been sold for a decade.

I don’t know how I feel about it yet…. I guess it’ll grow on me.

Found a Place That Rents MX-5’s! You Can Win a 3-Day Rental During Their Launch Too… Good Luck!

Good news!

Thanks to an Aussie marshal colleague and a fellow Mazda nut, I’ve stumbled across another company that rents MX-5 Miata’s!

They are even offering a Sweepstakes where the winner would take one of their beautiful ND MX-5’s on a 3-day complimentary rental… presumably in the Sydney area.

Not much info is posted yet on their facebook page save for a few instagram photos which I’ll share below:

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Pretty awesome deal if you ask me!

For details about the drawing please visit their facebook page:  www.facebook.com/EvaceCarRental

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I wish them all the best in their new operation, and of course good luck to the potential winner of this generous drawing!

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more info: www.facebook.com/EvaceCarRental

A few observations from my previous trip to the Sydney, NSW area… there are a ton of MX-5’s already on the streets and the community is pretty tight with multiple events happening year round. I would seriously consider doing one of these rentals on my next trip there, especially if a cruise somewhere exotic was involved like a drive to Bathurst or even something up the coast through Bondi Beach, etc.

I’m thinking the company is targeting international visitors as generally Car Rental companies in Australia are called Car Hire (soooo British!). But anyway, I’m all for supporting MX-5 businesses!

If anyone has information on other places I could rent a Miata or a Fiata with the upcoming release of the Fiat’s version of the MX-5, the 124 Spider or even the Abarth 124 Spider, I would love to hear all about it. Please share the information in the comment below!