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That huge stuffed dog isn’t hiding the fact from us this low mileage, possibly one-owner 2001 Mazda Miata listed on Craigslist in Parlin, New Jersey features the very undesirable automatic transmission. Placing that faux pas aside for a moment, with only 57K original miles and an asking price of $4,000, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool shows the private seller wants only $320 above the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $3,680 which discounts (-20%) due to the slush box transmission.
A quick internet check confirmed our hunch that between the Miata Forums and YouTube videos available, converting this low-mileage example to a manual transmission could be a long weekend exercise no one would fault you for. Other than the oversize stuffed dog in the passenger seat, this NB Miata appears unmolested so there is a lot of car here for not a lot of money. One other possibility is to use this as a nice donor car to stuff a V8 under the hood using a Monster Miata kit. The world is your oyster with this NB, so Good luck with the purchase!
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