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I'm looking for a bit of guidance here from those with more knowledge about the Mazda MX6 than I do, although I am no stranger to the world of making quality modifications to my own cars. I currently run a 2011 MX5 with home installed BBR supercharger, BBR suspension and a load of other interesting mods, the car is known in a few MX5 circles as the GM or Green Machine due to its distinctive colour.

Sadly at the start of the month my Brother in Law died and I've been helping my Wife and Sister in Law out as a co-executor non elect (so to speak) just helping out where I can. One of the tasks I have been left with is to sell on his two cars:

1. A 1997 Mazda MX6. Circa 85k miles covered. The car is stunning and has had a lot of high quality body restoration work carried out, suspension mods which have still to be appraised to see exactly what they are but certainly some form of adjustable coilovers. It is the 2.5 litre engine so 200 bhp stock I believe and it is fitted with a Wizard of Nos N2O kit jetted to +75bhp. So quite an interesting car although it will have niche appeal I would think.

2. A 2000 MR2 that he bought earlier this year as his new project car. In truth I am seriously considering buying the car myself and continuing the project.

As I say, I'm just really putting the MX6 out there for the moment to see what interest there would be for the car, indeed my BiL may well have frequented some forums so the car may well be known. To that end I shall put more info up when I have the cars in my possession and have fully appraised them.

Please don't consider this as an advert, it isn't, I'm simply trying to gauge what if any interest there would be and obviously thought that this may well be the best place to get some honest feedback for his MX6.

I've been tuning cars since I was a very young lad so fully understand that you never recoup what you spend on the cars but equally it is not a £500-£700 giveaway runabout, it has been a very well restored and looked after car. He toured France in the middle of last year covering I believe over 5k miles, a testimony to the reliability of the car.

I trust someone can offer up some advice.

Thanks.
 

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Sorry this post brings you on the heals of a sad event, but good things always come from all corners

The fact that the mx6 is loaded with a nos kit certainly has an appeal. In north america, it would have a wide appeal, but in the uk, not sure.

I will post this on the facebook mx6 group and get some feedback.

Any chance you could post some picture of the car. it sounds interesting.
 

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Hi Mxfife. I'd be happy to have a look at the MX6 and help you appraise it when it's in your posession.

Going by your username, I'm assuming that you are in Fife, Scotland the same as me.

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Hi Mxfife. I'd be happy to have a look at the MX6 and help you appraise it when it's in your posession.

Going by your username, I'm assuming that you are in Fife, Scotland the same as me.

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Thanks to yourself and TwoPedalWarrior for the kind replies.

Yes, I'm just down the road in Dunfermline and would love to take you up on the offer of assistance with appraising the car, at least it will give me a starting point.

What I can do is PM you my mobile number and just give me a shout when you can have a look atv the car and we can arrange a suitable meeting point.

Thanks again,

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Sorry this post brings you on the heals of a sad event, but good things always come from all corners

The fact that the mx6 is loaded with a nos kit certainly has an appeal. In north america, it would have a wide appeal, but in the uk, not sure.

I will post this on the facebook mx6 group and get some feedback.

Any chance you could post some picture of the car. it sounds interesting.
I'll get some images of the car posted up over the next couple of days.

Thanks for posting on the FB group, it's not a media that I use anymore.

Cheers,

Steve
 

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Just one image of the car at the moment, taken in France during 2014.

I'll get out over the next few days and get some current and clearer images.
 

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Hi Mark,

is there a way that I can make a private message on this forum, I have sent a message but it appears to go on an open message board, I don't want to be posting personal details (phone numbers/e mail addresses up on a public forum.

Thanks,

Steve.
 

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Well what a pleasure it was meeting Steve today and what a very good example. Never seen an NOS install on an MX6 up close. Can't get over the size of the tanks in the boot lol.

Car has a new full body spray 2 years old, very good tyres all round, grooved and drilled discs, and coilovers that may well be D2s.

Engine sounds sweet and has 80,000miles.

I advised him to advertise on here and perhaps on a specialist site... Does anyone else have any input into where he can advertise online?
 

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Hi Steve,

So sorry to hear the news about your brother-in-law. It's always a terrible shock when someone in the family passes away.

His car looks awesome and one of my favourite colours too. I am so glad that he got to take her to France before leaving this world.

Have you considered joining the UK Probe Owner's Club UKPOC - Club Forum ? Index page as the dedicated UK MX-6 forum closed down a couple of years ago very sadly.

I am still a member and there are one or two ex UK MX-6 forum members on there too.

I think that your car would get a lot of interest on the UK Probe forum.

Also there is Car & Classic to advertise on Classic Cars for Sale on Car And Classic | www.carandclassic.co.uk

Mark how are you? Long time on speak.

Steve, Mark came down from Scotland and we went together to look at his silver car prior to buying it.

Anyway some interesting news Mark - BaBaKa is going home later this year - Long story ..:)

She could not keep away .. LOL

Good question Steve - Mark how do we pm each other?

Nite all

Paula

 

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EDIT.

As it seems that you cannot edit or delete posts on this forum ... :frown2: I should have said "Anyway some interesting news Mark - BaBaKa is coming home later this year - Long story ".. :smile2:

She could not keep away .. :grin2:
 

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Hi,

I've just caught up with this thread again and am actually ready to advertise the car, it's on ebay at the moment.

The shocks are it seems D2s I found the Cert of conformity for them.

I don't want to be cheeky and just pop on a link to ebay for the car but in many ways it is the best way of putting it out there either directly or by the link.

The images for example show the car going through the body shop back in May 2014 and a few other images of it as it is now, so in many ways it is the best method of putting an advert for the car out there.

Having now had it long enough to get a proper look over it, it really is in exceptional condition for any 1997 car and really needs an enthusiast to take it under their wing, spend perhaps two or three hundred quid on it and they will have what is still a very modern looking car possibly amongst the best bodywise in the UK and with only 5 minor faults that I can find.






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Hi Steve,

Thank you so much for letting us know about Ebay

Everyone this is the link: Mazda MX6 | eBay

I have told the guy who is selling BaBaKa back to me as he is an arch Mazda enthusiast and he will spread the word.

We don't want the car falling into the hands of a boy racer, do we? :surprise:

I have posted an update on my relevant thread on the UK Ford Probe Owner's Club forum about the car.

Let's hope the car goes to a great home ..:smile2:

Please keep us informed as it will a fittting tribute to your brother-in-law that his MX-6 goes to the right buyer.

Take care

Paula
 

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Hi Steve,

I see that you have removed the car from Ebay.

Is it sold?

Hi Paula,

sadly the car is not sold, I had one bid of £500 and a private contact offering me £1000. Now I'm long enough in the tooth and been playing around cars for long enough to know that the car is not worth a lot of cash but the Wizards of Nos kit itself does have considerable value second hand, the 11lb bottles cost nearly £300 new each without gas and I have two of them, the bottle holders are around the £70 mark new plus all the other odds and end would if brand new add up to a whopping £975. Needless to say I spent the day yesterday stripping the nitrous kit out and putting the car back to standard, it's a very simple job.

It now leaves me with a bit of a dilemma, I did actually for a fleeting moment wonder what putting the +75bhp nitrous kit onto my MX5 that would push it up to a peak of 340bhp but I'm not 100% certain of the exact method of installing the kit to a supercharged car, you certainly would not want a NO + fuel mix getting squeezed through the supercharger so the injectors must be fitted post charger and it is all very tight under the bonnet of the 5 with the charger in place:




and in reality it's current 260bhp is more than enough to entertain.

I will find the right place to sell on the nitrous kit and sell the car on in standard trim, as mentioned it was a simple de-install and the car is running as sweet as a nut without, as you would expect at a mere 80k miles.

What I may end up doing is giving the car a thorough inspection underneath and if it is all in reasonable condition I may well take it on and do the repairs that I mentioned to really take the car up to the next level I've en driving new and newish cars for eleven years plus now and the MX5 as per the image was a retirement project after I was put in a position where I was left with no option but to take early retirement. I had been talking about doing the supercharger installation for years and retirement gave me the opportunity, virtually every aspect of the car has been modded using BBR kit so this is not some mad track day only car in fact it retains almost OEM ride quality but handle and grips nothing like a factory car, it just excels in every department really and proved itself on a 4k mle driving holiday in France towards the end of 2014.

I do however now need a new project, doing anything more to the MX5 would simply be gilding the lily and perhaps a few hundred pounds and some fairly straight forward jobs to the MX6 would be that nice little passtime/project I need.

The advert was as honest as it could be so lifting staright out of the advert the only issues I can find are :

1. The driver’s seat bolster is worn and torn as per the images. I can have the seat re-upholstered or source a good second hand seat or even consider a pair of aftermarket seats. There must be some good seats out there though I'm sure, budget in around £200.

2. The handbrake needs attention, worst case scenario new cables and refurbed callipers. Callipers around £60-80/side handbrake cable set circa £100 but I suspect they are fine.

3. The driver’s door trim requires some new fixings to re-attach it to the door as it tends to pop out from the door, time and patience on my part to make the repair.

4. The radio aerial does not operate as it should i.e. it should go up when the radio is switched on, I believe this may be because there is an aftermarket DAB radio fitted that does not send a live signal to the ariel, when powered up. A fixed ariel will be the simple answer to this or I could find a live going out from the radio when it is switched on.

5. Under the bonnet on the driver’s side there is a small section of rust that could do with being attended to possibly before the next MOT, it's about the size of a two pence piece on the strut turret. I would cut the rusted section out ans weld in a new section to match the structure beneath, then grind it, tidy it and spray it, the finished repair would be invisible.

I honestly believe that with those fairly minor repairs carried out at a cost not exceeding £500 assuming everything else is all in order I would have myself a truly exceptional MX6 on my hands.

Where they will go in value in the coming years is anyones guess, I don't know if they will ever have the cult status that the MX5 will for a plethora of reasons but that does not alter the fact that it is still even by modern standards a beautiful car to look at and is very practical too.

We shall see once I get ot up on my ramps for a proper poke around underneath, given that I have a set of these ADJUSTABLE CAR RAMPS ramps getting a proper look is not an issue.

I am quietly hoping that it is all sound underneath, despite not being a fan of FWD cars, I could see myself making an exception with this for many reasons including a level of sentimentality.
 
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