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Mazda MX-5: Miata Shopping in Singapore while on Southeast Asia MX-5 Miata Road Trip

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Normally my time spent in Singapore revolves around foodie experiences, but this time I did something completely new that I’ve never done while visiting the tiny island state: I went car shopping! Naturally I wasn’t actually going to buy a car while on my 24 hour visit, but since my friend and I had some time to kill between lunch and dinner, we decided to hit the dealerships to kick some tires of new and used ND Mazda MX-5’s and Roadsters.

I’ve passed a whole row of dealership a million times while in Singapore as the East-West MRT line goes directly above them, but never set foot inside until now. And it was a really neat experience.

We first went to check out a Mazda dealer with a new Singapore-spec ND MX-5 in stock:

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The dealership is like any other in the US, except that all the cars are locked including this gem that I went ahead and posed with. Why? Probably has something to do with the sticker price.

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Oh yeah! You read that right… $166k for a stick shift, and $169 for the auto. That’s not a mistake. Car ownership in Singapore is pricey. It’s important to understand that the majority of that price goes to the COE – or Certificate of Entitlement that you buy for a period of 10 years at which point you are expected to scrap the vehicle, unless of course you buy another COE and pay for annual inspections. Singapore is a crowded city and the high prices help with congestion, though you wouldn’t notice it after being stuck in many traffic jams. Of course after spending a small fortune on a car, many continue to dump more money into it by modifying and customizing the crap out of it to their liking.

The dealership also had some cars that not only we don’t have in the US but ones I didn’t know Mazda made… like these two minivans:

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Mazda 8 and a Mazda Biante… whatever that is.

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After we finished gawking at the new cars, my buddy Joey whom I was going to marshal with in Malaysia a few days later got in touch, he works for a dealership on the other side of town near Changi, and after a brief chat we decided to go and visit him at work to see more new and used cars for sale.

Unlike American or Australian dealerships, Singapore has to make due with the little space they have. So one dealership complex we visited was a five or six story parking lot, with various dealers sharing space on each floor. So we went hunting for a pre-owned Mazda Miata there.

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singapore car shopping toyota veilside

While living in Asia I was very fond of the futuristic looking minivans from Toyota called Alphard and Veilside. The Veilside was a sporty version of the Alphard if I were to describe the two. The latest models seem to resemble something from the Transformers movie.

singapore car shopping toyota harier

singapore car shopping toyota mark X

The Toyota Harrier was the Japanese domestic version of the Lexus RX until of course Toyota killed off the model and started selling Lexus directly to the Japanese market. The cheaper version was so popular they decided to reintroduce it, but now the two look quite different. The white sedan is a Toyota Mark X model, just like the one used in the Hangover 2 movie in the Bangkok scenes. Neat car!

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singapore car shopping honda s2000

And then we stumbled upon this beauty… what looks to be a heavily modified Honda S2000 Type S… shame it’s going to be scrapped.

And finally, a JDM market ND Mazda Roadster:

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With a price tag north of $100k SGD… nice!

So happy to have had this opportunity to check out some cars for sale in Singapore. It was quite an experience to say the least. I can’t even imagine how the locals could justify paying prices that they do, but hey! when you make money you spend money… so it’s all good!

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Mazda MX-5: Singapore Miata Owner Meet-Up, Southeast Asia MX-5 Miata Road Trip

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Singapore was the second stop on my Southeast Asia MX-5 Miata Road Trip and one I was really looking forward to. I used to live in Singapore back in 2011. It is where I picked up my marshaling hobby, and a place I love to come back to for their amazing food, excellent weather and great friends. Now I added another dimension to my trip: meeting with Mazda MX-5 Miata owners!

I knew it would be pretty difficult organizing a meeting during a work week, and especially during a work day as Singaporeans take their jobs very seriously and work some ridiculously long hours, but I was lucky enough that one owner was able to meet me around lunch time. My goal before visiting Singapore was to take some shots of a Miata with the Aston-Martin body kit and one that had a touch screen Stereo system installed because that’s what I’d like to do on my car. And what do you know? Woon, the owner of a beautiful 2008 GT PRHT with an Aston body kit and a touch screen was able to meet me. Sweet!

There’s not too many places in Singapore to stop on a street and do a photo shoot so our initial meeting was in the parking lot of Novena Square near to where I stay while visiting friends in town. Woon found a secluded area and I went nuts with my picture taking.

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The car is pretty heavily modified inside and out. Custom seats. Custom dash, nicely done in suede material that’s soft to the touch. Custom hood with louvers and functional heat extraction slots. Sway bars. Big brakes. And it all must be scrapped in two years time to comply with Singapore’s strict 10 year COE rules. More about that later.

I wanted to take some day time shots so Woon was kind enough to drive out to the street where we continued the shoot.

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Though originally Blue, the car is sporting a nice White wrap that makes perfect sense for the hot climate of Singapore. In fact I think that’s one of the things I’d really like to do to my car to preserve the paint better from the effects of the sun as well as small scratches.

I was incredibly thankful for the opportunity to meet a Singapore MX-5 owner, and especially a car that ticked all the boxes for my prerequisites or wish list so to speak.