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Beautifiul color. I wanted the Montego Blue but my negotiating skills didn't measure up thus Atlantic Blue which is a nice color...
Thanks, Fun! The Le Mans Blue came with the M-Sport package. I "had" to have both. :-)
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Warm enough for me (52 degrees) to drop the top and take a drive. Drove into city (carefully) and then came up through Lincoln Tunnel and cruised along the Hudson river from NJ side.
I only saw one 6 series with top down up in Montclair area.

One shot shows a NCL cruise ship departing from NY Harbor with Empire State in background.

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Warm enough for me (52 degrees) to drop the top and take a drive. Drove into city (carefully) and then came up through Lincoln Tunnel and cruised along the Hudson river from NJ side.
I only saw one 6 series with top down up in Montclair area.

One shot shows a NCL cruise ship departing from NY Harbor with Empire State in background.

Another has the One World Trade Center nearing completion (formerly called Freedom Tower)

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Love the pictures! This weekend was great in NJ and the Freedom Tower/One World Trade is really coming along. If you haven't gone to the memorial site, it is really moving.
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Love the pictures! This weekend was great in NJ and the Freedom Tower/One World Trade is really coming along. If you haven't gone to the memorial site, it is really moving.
I'm visiting in Hunterdon Cty for a few days (Lebanon, a few miles off 22 near the Baptist Camp). It's 62F today, I haven't felt this temperature since last Fall in NH. Because of some sketchey roads between here and NH I took the Saab Aero.
Very nice rolling countryside you have. Sure would be nice to be cruising in the Coupe de Hill.
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I'm visiting in Hunterdon Cty for a few days (Lebanon, a few miles off 22 near the Baptist Camp). It's 62F today, I haven't felt this temperature since last Fall in NH. Because of some sketchey roads between here and NH I took the Saab Aero.
Very nice rolling countryside you have. Sure would be nice to be cruising in the Coupe de Hill.
Are you serious??? I live in Lebanon... And I love Saabs, had an 01 9-3 back in the day and would have gotten another one instead of the 328 but was a little nervous about repair shops/warranty/etc...
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Great pics of two beautiful cars!

Looks like Saddle Brown is clearly a favorite among the E93 community.
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I wanted saddle brown with the Montego Blue which I thought was stunning.
Again I was a poor negotiator and lost out to boring sand color.
I agree I love that color.
My SO said it "Looked like xxxx". Perfect paraphase.

Maybe next time....
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Hey you warm climate pansies!

I drove my clapped out 1990 Miata in 38 degree central Indiana splendor today. (OK, so I was wearing my bomber jacket and had the heater BLASTING! But at least the side windows were down.)

If the sun is shining and the wind chill is above "arctic" I'm driving topless (I mean the car. I wouldn't expose the "man boobs" to frostbite.)
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I wanted saddle brown with the Montego Blue which I thought was stunning.
Again I was a poor negotiator and lost out to boring sand color.
I agree I love that color.
My SO said it "Looked like xxxx". Perfect paraphase.

Maybe next time....
I was about to resign myself to black...then I saw my 328xi monaco blue with a saddle brown interior. Talked $28,900 to just under $26 and drove away.

Looks like the Saddle Brown isn't as easy of a color to get with the newer 3's
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Dang, had the Big Chicken in the background last week. 18 miles there, 18 back with top down to pick up some serious wheel chocks. Recall zero other cars with top down but a Honda De Sol had its roof panel removed
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Anyone want to see a rusty Crystal White Miata under overcast Hoosier skies? I'll kick the snow off of her and snap one off with the cell phone upon request.
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I had a friend who had a Del Sol and his roof was removed not by choice...
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Hey MP3 E46,

Looks like you also have a soft spot for topless Mazdas.

Yours looks to be an "NC" with much less "character" than my 200,000 mile "classic".
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Looks like you also have a soft spot for topless Mazdas.

Yours looks to be an "NC" with much less "character" than my 200,000 mile "classic".
Prefer the MX-5 in many ways to the E93 but it's not good for longer drives as suspension is now too rough. I had a Silver 91 NA and it was great too. Once an NC's suspension is swapped out it's as much fun as an NA or NB. They were bashed for a long time by NA and NB owners but in the last few years as more people modify them the masses are realizing it's a great car.

Under 11K miles on mine (owned from new)... at this rate I'll be about 100 years old before it hits 200K. Very reliable cars according to Miata.Net
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Prefer the MX-5 in many ways to the E93 but it's not good for longer drives as suspension is now too rough. I had a Silver 91 NA and it was great too. Once an NC's suspension is swapped out it's as much fun as an NA or NB. They were bashed for a long time by NA and NB owners but in the last few years as more people modify them the masses are realizing it's a great car.

Under 11K miles on mine (owned from new)... at this rate I'll be about 100 years old before it hits 200K. Very reliable cars according to Miata.Net
I also hang out at Miata.net (I post as MR2Bigamist since I also own a 1987 MR2). Great bunch of people.

Yeah, the NC is a bit heavier but with the proper suspension mods it asserts itself due to its greater horsepower and refinement.

I bought my NA with 190,000 miles from a nice lady (coincidentally 15 miles from where I found my 325i) in Virginia. She had maintained it service-wise but the poor thing is a bit rusty and beaten.

But she still runs like a champ. I'm sure yours will still be kicking near the mid century mark if you change the oil and keep it wheels side up.
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Bruins and Greg,

Great pics of two beautiful cars!

Looks like Saddle Brown is clearly a favorite among the E93 community.
Thanks kat.. Yeah the Saddle Brown was the closer for me on this car. Love the combination.


Last Sight, I'm actually taking some visitors to the memorial downtown this weekend.
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Prefer the MX-5 in many ways to the E93 but it's not good for longer drives as suspension is now too rough. I had a Silver 91 NA and it was great too. Once an NC's suspension is swapped out it's as much fun as an NA or NB. They were bashed for a long time by NA and NB owners but in the last few years as more people modify them the masses are realizing it's a great car.

Under 11K miles on mine (owned from new)... at this rate I'll be about 100 years old before it hits 200K. Very reliable cars according to Miata.Net
Miatas are great cars and a blast to drive.





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Yeah, driving a Miata flat out is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. Mine is pretty well spent but is still a hoot to drive on deserted country roads on a sunny day.

Its the best $850 bucks I ever spent. She pulls 30 psi of oil pressure at 5,000 rpm, the body is rusty and dented and the top leaks like a sieve but she still revs to the red line and tucks her tail in under trail braking.

I plan on dropping an LS1 V8 in her in the spring (and shoring up the chassis and body panels) if I have the time and the dough.

Dollar per dollar I doubt an Enzo is more fun.
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Yeah, driving a Miata flat out is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. Mine is pretty well spent but is still a hoot to drive on deserted country roads on a sunny day.

Its the best $850 bucks I ever spent. She pulls 30 psi of oil pressure at 5,000 rpm, the body is rusty and dented and the top leaks like a sieve but she still revs to the red line and tucks her tail in under trail braking.

I plan on dropping an LS1 V8 in her in the spring (and shoring up the chassis and body panels) if I have the time and the dough.

Dollar per dollar I doubt an Enzo is more fun.
Holy paradigm shift in chassis dynamics Batman! I so want in on that project anyway. I've got a chop saw, a MIG welder and a lot of steel plate and tubing lying around...
With that engine you are going to have to bump up the registration weight category. And rig a speedo with a higher top end.
Shades of a 427 Cobra! (NOT a 428 Cobra Jet)
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SOME GROUND RULES
1. The picture has to have been taken this year.
2. Your top has to be down.
3. You must have some identifiable local landmark in the background. It can be one of national significance, or one of local fame, such as a popular ice cream stand, theater, restaurant, track or whatever.
4. Cellphone pics accepted (but be ready for ugly comments about cheesey quality.
5. The car must have been driven at least 10 miles that day with the top down! No rolling it out, dropping the top and then rolling it back in.
6. You must report the number of top down BMWs, A*d*s and M*rc*d*s you saw on your 10 mile drive.
I guess that I missed this thread while I was on a ski trip last week, but here's my pic.

1. It was taken on Feb. 24 during our local BMW CCA chapter Foothills to the Mountains cruise in East San Diego County.
2. Duh!
3. This photo was taken on the way up to Mt. Cuyamaca (6,512') where temperature gauge reported 38*, while the rest of the county enjoyed temps in the low 70's. I didn't get a picture of the "Welcome to Mt Cuyamaca" sign.
4. Taken by a fellow club member with a hi-end Canon Mark something.
5. The drive was 95 miles.
6. There was another Z4 M Roadster, a Z4 Roadster, and an E36 'Vert on the drive, all with their tops down.
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Holy paradigm shift in chassis dynamics Batman!
Actually the all aluminum LS1 only adds about 125lbs to the car and much of that behind the center line due to the weight of the T56 transmission. The car has about a 52/48 weight distribution.


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I so want in on that project anyway. I've got a chop saw, a MIG welder and a lot of steel plate and tubing lying around...
Cool if you want to head towards the Hoosier state this summer we'd put you up and put you to work on the project (once I get the dough and of course I still have to do the body work on the 325i).

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With that engine you are going to have to bump up the registration weight category. And rig a speedo with a higher top end.
Shades of a 427 Cobra!
Like I said the guys that have done it say it only adds about 125-150 lbs to the car and of course more than doubles the horsepower! I'd love to build a faithful kit Cobra like an E.R.A. but the V8 Miata is cheaper and more of a sleeper.

And I happen to have an old Miata laying around.

These cars are a terror on the track leaving Vipers and Vettes in the dust. But as drag cars they are somewhat limited, since they have a hard time getting traction.
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I also hang out at Miata.net (I post as MR2Bigamist since I also own a 1987 MR2). Great bunch of people.

Yeah, the NC is a bit heavier but with the proper suspension mods it asserts itself due to its greater horsepower and refinement.

I bought my NA with 190,000 miles from a nice lady (coincidentally 15 miles from where I found my 325i) in Virginia. She had maintained it service-wise but the poor thing is a bit rusty and beaten.

But she still runs like a champ. I'm sure yours will still be kicking near the mid century mark if you change the oil and keep it wheels side up.
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Yeah, driving a Miata flat out is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. Mine is pretty well spent but is still a hoot to drive on deserted country roads on a sunny day.

Its the best $850 bucks I ever spent. She pulls 30 psi of oil pressure at 5,000 rpm, the body is rusty and dented and the top leaks like a sieve but she still revs to the red line and tucks her tail in under trail braking.

I plan on dropping an LS1 V8 in her in the spring (and shoring up the chassis and body panels) if I have the time and the dough.

Dollar per dollar I doubt an Enzo is more fun.
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Actually the all aluminum LS1 only adds about 125lbs to the car and much of that behind the center line due to the weight of the T56 transmission. The car has about a 52/48 weight distribution.




Cool if you want to head towards the Hoosier state this summer we'd put you up and put you to work on the project (once I get the dough and of course I still have to do the body work on the 325i).



Like I said the guys that have done it say it only adds about 125-150 lbs to the car and of course more than doubles the horsepower! I'd love to build a faithful kit Cobra like an E.R.A. but the V8 Miata is cheaper and more of a sleeper.

And I happen to have an old Miata laying around.

These cars are a terror on the track leaving Vipers and Vettes in the dust. But as drag cars they are somewhat limited, since they have a hard time getting traction.
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I also hang out at Miata.net (I post as MR2Bigamist since I also own a 1987 MR2). Great bunch of people.

Yeah, the NC is a bit heavier but with the proper suspension mods it asserts itself due to its greater horsepower and refinement.

I bought my NA with 190,000 miles from a nice lady (coincidentally 15 miles from where I found my 325i) in Virginia. She had maintained it service-wise but the poor thing is a bit rusty and beaten.

But she still runs like a champ. I'm sure yours will still be kicking near the mid century mark if you change the oil and keep it wheels side up.
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Yeah, driving a Miata flat out is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on. Mine is pretty well spent but is still a hoot to drive on deserted country roads on a sunny day.

Its the best $850 bucks I ever spent. She pulls 30 psi of oil pressure at 5,000 rpm, the body is rusty and dented and the top leaks like a sieve but she still revs to the red line and tucks her tail in under trail braking.

I plan on dropping an LS1 V8 in her in the spring (and shoring up the chassis and body panels) if I have the time and the dough.

Dollar per dollar I doubt an Enzo is more fun.
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Actually the all aluminum LS1 only adds about 125lbs to the car and much of that behind the center line due to the weight of the T56 transmission. The car has about a 52/48 weight distribution.




Cool if you want to head towards the Hoosier state this summer we'd put you up and put you to work on the project (once I get the dough and of course I still have to do the body work on the 325i).



Like I said the guys that have done it say it only adds about 125-150 lbs to the car and of course more than doubles the horsepower! I'd love to build a faithful kit Cobra like an E.R.A. but the V8 Miata is cheaper and more of a sleeper.

And I happen to have an old Miata laying around.

These cars are a terror on the track leaving Vipers and Vettes in the dust. But as drag cars they are somewhat limited, since they have a hard time getting traction.
Kewl way to highjack a thread, BB.

I'm bumping this to the top, 'cause as the weekend approaches maybe more E93's will get a chance to drop top and enjoy some spring weather.
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