I Bought My Budget Dream Car!

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    I went shopping for an Acura NSX. I found one from 1992 in red; it was absolutely gorgeous, low miles, and had a two-owner clean history. I went for a test drive, and that's where things fell apart. I had in my head how legendary of a car this was, but it unfortunately didn't live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, the NSX is quite good. The shifting is absolutely perfect, the torque curve genuinely impressed me for a relatively low powered engine, and the handling was without a doubt quite solid. However the steering and the braking left a lot to be desired, which I was shocked by, considering the manual steering rack. Perhaps I just caught a lemon, but left a bitter taste that turned me away from the car. So to my true love I went, and I absolutely love it. Check out the video for the full breakdown!
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Rick Davis
Rick Davis

I look forward to following your build. I sincerely hope you use Fab9 Tuning and go with Ecutek, as Bryan seems to have done the best job with the Edelbrock SC kit. Also...the raceroms are phenomenal (only via Ecutek) I've kept my 2016 Club normally aspirated but replaced the exhaust and had it tuned for 93 octane as well as e85. These cars really respond well to power mods. Enjoy!!! PS....pop and crackle adds a nice touch. Bryan added a little to my calibration. It passes the wife test so it isn't obnoxious.

32 daqiqa oldin
Kyle Delsan
Kyle Delsan

I new it was a miata from the thumbnail

4 soat oldin
ousi00
ousi00

Actually the NSX corner slower than the S2000. I owned both. It is MR so during cornering it's quite stable. The NSX suffer from initial understeer and it's not as agile as the S2000 during short corners. The S2000 is very fast in long sweeper since it doesn't have much understeer to begin with. The brake of the NSX is lackluster even if you deleted/upgraded the ABS and swapped out with 4-pot fixed calipers. I guess it's the brake booster. Steering gets loose (ball joints, tie rods, and the manual rack itself) and it's a long ratio steering rack, but they don't make the rack anymore so you won't get the feel back. When I had it, it was quite an eye-opener. However, the car industry moved on and better cars can be got for whatever aspects. Even the FK8 Civic Type R is faster than an NA1/NA2 NSX in nearly all aspects when stock or with simple bolt-ons - which I own now.

22 soat oldin
case1177
case1177

thats right, mx 5 is always the answer!

Kun oldin
MooseyQ
MooseyQ

Uhg.......a miata?!

Kun oldin
dschNgz
dschNgz

0w20 ? Just put water in it,its the same after a while

Kun oldin
smokeldogg
smokeldogg

You can get yourself a Trans Am with an LS1 for cheap.

Kun oldin
Cassandra Stornoway
Cassandra Stornoway

Great choice

Kun oldin
allride
allride

Nice! Looking forward to this project

Kun oldin
Dylan Lowe
Dylan Lowe

Anybody that doesn't like the look of the MX-5's is probably dead inside

2 kun oldin
Michael Freund
Michael Freund

I was recently cross shopping a MX-5 with a Rav4. I guess I like sequential numbers.

2 kun oldin
SuperFacecloth
SuperFacecloth

Red sweater-jazz hands... Best red sweater-jazz hands of the 20's so far bro.

2 kun oldin
Laccer
Laccer

I own a 99 1.6 NB. It's not a fast car, any grocery getter would love to race me and most of them would win but none of them has that amazing handling and fun factor that Miatas have. Speed isn't everything, making 300+ HP doesn't help if you can't use half of it on public roads.

3 kun oldin
Adrian Munoz
Adrian Munoz

Try looking into the 2.5l swap for the ND.

3 kun oldin
Canada Bob
Canada Bob

0/10 was expecting a Pontiac Aztek. Kidding aside, nice catch !

3 kun oldin
RIOS Unlimited
RIOS Unlimited

I bought a 2015 MX-5 Miata last week. I look forward to the future projects on your ride.

3 kun oldin
Raph Gambuto
Raph Gambuto

true budget drivers car

3 kun oldin
Adam N
Adam N

mx555

3 kun oldin
koeniglicher
koeniglicher

You really should sell Japanese cars.

4 kun oldin
Splitch
Splitch

That's a lot of math to rationalize away a 6mph difference in trap speed.

4 kun oldin
cabal51
cabal51

I bought a white 2016 Miata in October that's spec'd almost exactly like yours appears to be (Club, manual 6-speed, BBS, Brembos, and no extra nonsense) and I love this car like I've loved none other! I feel vindicated that you agree with me.

5 kun oldin
lone damaged wolf
lone damaged wolf

Budget lol rich people are funny

5 kun oldin
Finn Halland
Finn Halland

You made the best choise, no doubt and the colour is so much better than the yellow (it will never be a Ferrari) not to say red wich is turning pink after a couple of sunny days. What i wonder is how you compare this modern car to a couple of vintages and how well one of them compare. The S2000. Are they offered for around the same price there? Newest S2000 must be 2003 or something. Miata 2016. Are they at the same price tag? Further i wonder about the comparason of the S2000 and its performance BEFORE V-tec kiks in. It is a v-tec engine and is meant to copete by using that. It was never buildt for torque and i dosen`t need it for the purpose the car is ment for. I am sure you more than anybody know that.

5 kun oldin
Gaz Edwards
Gaz Edwards

part of the reason i like (wouldnt buy one) a first/second gen mx5 is because of their simplicity

5 kun oldin
ItsJustAlex
ItsJustAlex

a new miata makes 181hp @ 7500 RPMs and 151 ft lbs of torque. his is the pre engine revision model. wonder what he got it for.

6 kun oldin
Anton Maranto
Anton Maranto

I had been thinking about it for a long time as well, but watching this made me pull the trigger. Thanks Jason! I was lucky enough to get a 2016 launch edition and it is perfection 👌

6 kun oldin
Howard Swing
Howard Swing

Bla Bla Bla Wbo cares

6 kun oldin
I don't read comments/replies
I don't read comments/replies

So you just bought a mid engined miata

6 kun oldin
SandBox86
SandBox86

.. dude you're old..

7 kun oldin
listerine 2010
listerine 2010

Miata is a phenomenal car ,good choice.

7 kun oldin
Deyon Singh
Deyon Singh

I want a NSX, gets a Miata.....kill me

7 kun oldin
megagurka
megagurka

So, I'm getting a new car, probably either a Model 3 or a 2019 MX-5. They are two of the most exciting and at the same time economically sensible cars (if you want something fun). Of course they are very different. I'm a single guy and don't need a lot of cargo capacity, but the MX-5 is really pushing it and I'm not sure it works as an only car year around (we get pretty cold winters where I live in Sweden). I could keep my GTI as winter car and just use the MX-5 as a summer toy, or just get the Model 3 instead, but I would miss the top down roadster driving feeling. Hmmm, difficult decisions... :)

7 kun oldin
George F
George F

S2000 is so much better and not girly like the Miata although that gen is the best looking yet

7 kun oldin
lookoutforKURT
lookoutforKURT

if you cant be caught driving a "girly" car you have some insecurities you might want to talk about with someone bro

4 kun oldin
Alex Fry
Alex Fry

I don’t know whether to buy an mx5 now or save and buy a tesla...

7 kun oldin
Rick Stevens
Rick Stevens

To much for the Supra ?

8 kun oldin
KW eightthree
KW eightthree

Na, 124 Spider Abarth is more better. TURBO!

8 kun oldin
it's raining
it's raining

an rx7 2021 under the blanket!!

8 kun oldin
A-Frame-Wedge
A-Frame-Wedge

Should of directed that $1500 to WHO and give it to an organization that isn't a propaganda arm of the CCP

8 kun oldin
DANIAL ZAKI
DANIAL ZAKI

why not a cayman?

8 kun oldin
egxxx
egxxx

S2000 > Del Sol > Miata

8 kun oldin
Rick Ensink
Rick Ensink

But if you want to supercharge the car with a 13:1 compression ratio, the supercharger is going te be inefficiënt right? becouse the combustion chamber compresses the air that mutch it cant really have any more air? or are you going to use low compression pistons to make it like 10:1 ?

8 kun oldin
1423 171
1423 171

a standard Camaro SS has a SIGNIFICANTLY better weight to power ratio at 8lbs/hp and considering it's at 3685lbs yet gets triple the HP. and you can get a 2016 for around 25k. if you're willing to spend a little more I feel like it would be a much more fun car considering it's also a FM engine placement with excellent weight distribution and personally I'd like to have the extra grunt of a V8 if i was gonna daily a stick shift it's like easy mode

9 kun oldin
Ali Rizvi
Ali Rizvi

what are your thoughts on the lotus elise, the one powered by toyota?

9 kun oldin
Ali Rizvi
Ali Rizvi

i love how much you like your car and know what you want. i also had a meet your hero moment with the RS3. just bought a 2016 RS7.

9 kun oldin
Clint Luethy
Clint Luethy

My NA was Yellow and I really liked it. Yellow definitely looks good on Miata.

9 kun oldin
megamanxu
megamanxu

Say what u like, I like miatas looks

10 kun oldin
Zero Hour
Zero Hour

k24 swap, N.A 300 bhp?

10 kun oldin
Master Shake
Master Shake

Congratulations on your new car. Always nice to get something that you want and deserve to have. I look forward to your future videos where you put this car through the paces and improvements.

11 kun oldin
Vok250
Vok250

Dream car for me.

11 kun oldin
Ranil Abeyasinghe
Ranil Abeyasinghe

It's a ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM.

11 kun oldin
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner

the black color looks good

12 kun oldin
Paul D
Paul D

The Miata is that one kid in highschool that everyone likes.

12 kun oldin
Alexander Ramsey
Alexander Ramsey

You sold an s2k and bought a Miata?? What? What's the difference? What am I missing here

13 kun oldin
scott wolforth
scott wolforth

Heres a crazy idea, dont let the s2000 get under 6000rpm?

14 kun oldin
Ping Pang
Ping Pang

Miatas perform much better with castrol

14 kun oldin
watthehelizawingclip
watthehelizawingclip

The american version of professor brian cox👍

15 kun oldin
ywanman Manen
ywanman Manen

I tought it was Golf 3. Disapointed.

15 kun oldin
ArcoZakus
ArcoZakus

( 13:58 ) I LOVE IT!

15 kun oldin
Supa Donkey
Supa Donkey

At the end cracked me up LOL. Can't wait this thing to be over.

16 kun oldin
ahh01010
ahh01010

@Engineering Explained I was also looking for a 2016 club, but I read there are numerous transmission failure for the 2016 model, and people had them replaced. Have your been replaced by the previous owner? I now have the 2017 sport trim, loving it... also black and it is being wrapped.

17 kun oldin
lorenzo tint
lorenzo tint

Very convincing Video. Did not think I would watch it all the way through

19 kun oldin
Sebastian Tu
Sebastian Tu

Awesome! I love that there's a youtuber with my car now! Could you please please please tell us a great alignment spec for the miata? I've been struggling pretty hard to find some that I'm happy with.

20 kun oldin
Cool and Quirky Cars
Cool and Quirky Cars

Great choice! I hope it brings you many miles of smiles. Is there a one-stop shop you use for Miata mods, including horsepower bumps/ mods?

20 kun oldin
Jac Flasche
Jac Flasche

Good choice. S2000 is good but new Miata is even more fun. 2019 is the one to get though. I bet that one beats the stats of the s2000

20 kun oldin
Berth'
Berth'

Mazda is better than Honda

21 kun oldin
Travis Terrell
Travis Terrell

The hardtops of the this later gen MX-5 look SOOO good.

21 kun oldin
Easy Come Easy Go
Easy Come Easy Go

You were going 80mph😱. Are you one of those cov19 speeders they complain about, lol Family guy said it right when they made fun of the Miata 😂 But lets get back to the topic. Just tell us you didnt want to swing 60k for a used nsx, so u went with plan B. Im not a nsx fan, id rather have the supra ( but who am i kidding im not youtube rich, im laid off and broke. Thanks cov19 ). Its just a no brainer pick between the two. But its hard to justify 60k on a 30yr car Before mods i guess. But compared to the miata the nsx has more potential I say. And Definitly wins on the looks department.

21 kun oldin
Sean Seidman
Sean Seidman

Great video as always. I just bought an Miata RF! Have missed driving a miata since i sold my NA. I have raced both down-force and non down-force race cars, but i smile most in the Miata!

22 kun oldin
Carlos Ayuso
Carlos Ayuso

make it rotary engine

22 kun oldin
PanikiMan
PanikiMan

Jaguar f-type, second hand, 28.000km, is it worthed? Maintenance is money pit? How about reliability?

22 kun oldin
Therude lad
Therude lad

Atleast get the NA or the NB miata cuz they look much better and they are problably lighter than this "new mx5" and i hate that it looks so tryhard edgy just like all new cars plus the newer miatas will problably doesnt have the driving feeling of the old miata plus THE OLD MIATA HAS POPUPS (atleast the na version) AND DOESNT LOOK SO TRYHARD EDGY PLUS ON TOP OF THAT ITS EVEN CHEAPER AND LIGHTER THAN THE NEW MIATA so a more practical buy would be the old miata due to its huge aftermarket and lower weight AND POPUP HEADLIGHTS!

23 kun oldin
Greg S
Greg S

They should sell new wheels "precurbed" so you just don't have to worry about it. lmao

24 kun oldin
adam toth
adam toth

I bought my budget dream car too. 87' mercedes benz 190e cosworth 2.3-16v

24 kun oldin
Sam FR
Sam FR

How do you even fit in that car?! I was planning to buy one but I had to cut off few inches of my legs!

25 kun oldin
Vico Chen
Vico Chen

If you are gonna to buy a Mazda, Why not choose a rotary car like a rx8 or rx7?

25 kun oldin
Niroc 64
Niroc 64

It has high compression, maybe try an e85 tune?

25 kun oldin
devan singh
devan singh

I got mad respect for this guy and the knowledge he has and provides us with. Truly a legend on the YouTube platform and always interesting. I just never understand why he buys the most boring cars imaginable 😂.. Tesla, then that underpowered Subaru, now this Miata. If he loves them, great, more power to him. They’re just such terrible choices for me personally. Again, this guy is awesome just never could get his choice in cars.

26 kun oldin
Justin Reynolds
Justin Reynolds

How tall are you? I have always loved the idea of these but at 6'2 I am just not sure.. obviously I have never gone and sat in one.

26 kun oldin
Kohan kye
Kohan kye

Enjoyed your videos for too long not to subscribe. Just did.

27 kun oldin
Chuck Taylor
Chuck Taylor

Jade green. Hope the 2016 doesn't have direct injection.

28 kun oldin

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