MX5 - Car Club South Australia

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16 Mar 20

Paint and Leather Colour Matching

I am a new member of the club and attended the 30th Birthday Meeting at the Birdwood Motor Museum last weekend.  I have a 2002 Titanium MX5 and most members would know that the paint and upholstery colours of this model are unique and difficult to make small repairs to blend with the original.   I have had a few small mobile paint repairers refuse to tackle even the smallest scratch or dent because they are unwilling to make an effort to match the paintwork. I am fairly fussy and like a good job to be done. I wholeheartedly recommend ‘Scuffs’ – contact details below.

I also tracked down a supplier of a wonderful Colour Dye for leather upholstery repairs like minor cracking and nicks. The product is called TRG Easy Dye, made is Spain. The colour ‘chocolate’ matches the tan leather of the Titanium almost 100% and importantly is not acrylic. The supplier has many colours available and it’s easy to apply and moreover is a quality product.

I was put onto the following by a member of the Sporting Car Club who himself was very particular with repair work and thought I would bring the following to the notice of your members.

  • Panel and Paint Repairs

Miko Kotro – Scuffs / mobile: 0408-636-035

  • Leather upholstery repairs

TRG Easy Dye
(Supplier: Orthopedic Footware  (Joe))
U16/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka SA. Tel: 8262-2694

Gerry Rankine / 0418 827 080

MX-5 Recalls and Faults

Some interesting reading on MX-5 NC 2005-14 faults.  It is an Australian site but some of the US references are relevant to Australia.  Also, here is a general list of US recalls and maintenance that even includes the ND.  Ring any bells?  Don’t let them rattle you!    4 Jul 16

5-Star Safety Rating for MX-5 ND

Should you hit a pedestrian in your MX-5, you can feel cheered in the knowledge that the ND scores the highest crash score for pedestrian safety!

Read The Advertiser article and retain it in your wallet to console any wretched pedestrian who carelessly bounces off your bonnet at any time.

Sick of Scraping your Rims?

Check out the SmartRim wireless sensor that can be fitted to a car and detects proximity to curbs and other obstacles.

NC Trim Rattles

The hot Summer weather seems to bring out the trim squeaks and rattles and there are two in particular I have experienced in my NC:  the rattle in the (soft-top) hood catch or its moulded plastic covering and a squeak-rattle in the rear trim below the wind-breaker, around the rear speakers.  The links refer to the factory bulletins issued in the US.   Both issues can be repaired as a DIY job, as it is essentially a padding job, but the rear trim requires the removal of fair bit of the surrounding trim to get access.

Des Long, President.
22 Feb 15

Check out MX-5 Car Talk

MX-5 Car Talk is a popular ‘Twitter-style’ forum for casual exchanges of all matter of ideas with immediate interest to MX-5 drivers and owners in Australia, with State based pages and multiple threads. Check it out.

Adelaide Road Traffic Information

Want to know up to the minute Roadworks, Incidents & Planned Events in South Australia?   Check this web site then.


If you post images or video on line you might be compromising  your privacy more than you could imagine.  Check this video.   The message – use your GPS on your camera or smart-phone very cautiously.

Here’s a gem for those who work on their cars.

This web site has the Service Technical Manuals for all MX-5 models. The various chapters are in .pdf format and can be downloaded if need be.

Thanks to Tony Colhoun for spotting this site.