Hey Bubba gump.
Notice the name. Cosmo, Mazda Tech. I have worked for Mazda for over 15 years I have seen lots of things go wrong on Mazda's and have had a VERY large gambit of problems with mazda's to solve over the years.
Ok here goes. The 1.6L and 1.8L motos are KNOWN for either wearing out valve seals or wearing out valve seats. The block itself is buillit proof but in some cases of high milage, I have seen cylingders that are egg shaped (on the mic).
THe PCV system on the Miata is faily simple and foolproof. AS long as the PCV is working properly (oh and the car won't run if its stuck open).
Now they problem that he is describing is "smoking when first started". This sounds to me like a great candidate for either worn out or dried up valve seals/guides.
I wouldn't however sudgest just doing a 'head' job at this point with that milage. I would personally have the complete motor looked at.
P.S. If a motor job bankrupts you. Maybe you should buy a bus pass and not a car buddy.
Thursday, October 5th, 2006 AT 6:22 AM