Pennzoil Q&A

Click here to participate in the Pennzoil Q&A

Recent Topics
Lube to ValveTrain: -35C, 0w-30 vs. 10w-30 cold
by ExMachina
09/01/15 07:18 PM
Brake pads again
by Ndx
09/01/15 07:16 PM
2015 Tacoma Rear Differential, 4K mi., Amsoil SVG
by btanchors
09/01/15 07:11 PM
Fram PH9688 ~6500 miles/6 months
by Xrs2zz
09/01/15 07:09 PM
2015 Tacoma Transfer Case, 4K mi., Amsoil SVG
by btanchors
09/01/15 07:06 PM
Mustang seat leathers
by buck91
09/01/15 07:01 PM
Extended OCI 2004 Civic Hybrid
by DaCookieMonster
09/01/15 07:00 PM
2015_Tacoma Front Differential, 4K mi., Amsoil SVG
by btanchors
09/01/15 06:53 PM
2015 Tacoma V6, 2.5K, Amsoil Signature 5W-30
by btanchors
09/01/15 06:45 PM
Napa September 2015 sale
by slacktide_bitog
09/01/15 06:44 PM
F1 - 2015 Italian Grand Prix
by gofast182
09/01/15 06:37 PM
LX 288 John Deere riding mower
by CourierDriver
09/01/15 06:34 PM
Newest Members
moirraine, AZDA, muktasir, PgPilot, zeng
55227 Registered Users
Who's Online
125 registered (Astro14, Al, andyd, asiancivicmaniac, AcuraTL, 13 invisible), 1529 Guests and 164 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
55227 Members
66 Forums
236788 Topics
3815967 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#3122638 - 09/12/13 01:18 PM Many Owners, Would you Worry?
bobbob Offline


Registered: 06/07/10
Posts: 241
Loc: Az, from NJ, via NYC
I am looking at an '06 Miata that spent its life on Hawaii with 6 owners, does that raise a red flag? Thanks guys

Top
#3122641 - 09/12/13 01:20 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
95busa Offline


Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 1243
Loc: Tennessee
Nope. Lots of military members in Hawaii. When they change station the vehicle gets sold. Happens every few years. This may not be the reason, but it is a possibility.
_________________________
2005 Ford F250 Super Duty 4x4
2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
2014 Kia Forte KOUP- totaled by a drunk driver

Top
#3122646 - 09/12/13 01:24 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
eljefino Online   content


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 26925
Loc: ME
If you're just looking at carfaxes sometimes titles are generated when someone gets married, moves out of their paretns house, pays off a loan, etc. This could be misinterpreted as multiple owners.

Top
#3122655 - 09/12/13 01:31 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 6556
Loc: Ontario, Canada
2 trade ins would make 5 owners, so it was sold once privately too? It's probably fine, just change the trans and dif fluids and perhaps the coolant as they may never have been done.
_________________________
07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 115km MM F1 5W20
06 CRV, 5 spd auto AWD, 230km

Top
#3122676 - 09/12/13 01:50 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 29263
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: bobbob
I am looking at an '06 Miata that spent its life on Hawaii with 6 owners, does that raise a red flag? Thanks guys

It would raise a flag from a maintenance perspective. People typically neglect maintenance when they know they'll be selling a car soon and things slip through cracks. But if the car has all maintenance records, then I'd be OK with it.
_________________________
'02 530i (PPE 5W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)

Top
#3122701 - 09/12/13 02:32 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 3057
Loc: Colorado
I just bought a car with 8 owners. After doing a little research it was in one family the whole time and somehow the title was transferred between family members in one house holed.

Top
#3122731 - 09/12/13 03:10 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
stockrex Offline


Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 1763
Loc: Michigan
most miata driver are careful fun loving older folks where in MI, so I would say look at the vehicle carefully. inspect all the fluids.
_________________________
07Ridgeline:33k,08Dmax:14k,10Fit:40k:90Toyota1Ton:88k
Oil Whisperer!*Fear the DINO*

Top
#3122738 - 09/12/13 03:14 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 7187
Loc: Texas
Which island? Even on the Big Island, its hard to get any true 'highway' mileage on a car. Not much space on Oahu and the freeways are pretty congested. The Big Island has mostly 2-lane roads outside the towns with low speed limits, and in the towns lots of stops. I'd be more worried about that kind of driving cycle. All miles are pretty much 'city' miles compared to a mainland car.

Body-wise, I'd look for rust. Its a salt-air environment, but not as bad as you might think because it rains a lot in most areas.
_________________________
'66 Dodge Polara & '69 Dodge Coronet R/T both 440/727
'08 Ram 1500 4.7/545RFE
'12 Challenger SRT8 392/6-speed
'99 Cherokee 4.0, '11 Grand Cherokee 3.6

Top
#3122788 - 09/12/13 04:07 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: eljefino]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 12614
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: eljefino
If you're just looking at carfaxes sometimes titles are generated when someone gets married, moves out of their paretns house, pays off a loan, etc. This could be misinterpreted as multiple owners.



Good point, and definitely could be the case.
_________________________
2011.5 BMW M3 saloon ZCP
der stärkste buchstabe der welt
Castrol Edge Professional TWS 10w60 + Mahle OX 254D3

Top
#3123025 - 09/12/13 08:06 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: bobbob]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 7586
Loc: Florida
Some people buy a fun car to drive occasionally when their financial situation is good, and then when a financial problem happens, the car is the first thing they sell. Usually they treat that car like a treasure. Other times as people get older, they have difficulty getting in and out of a sports car, and stiff suspensions make their backs hurt. My father encountered numerous co-workers in their 50s who encountered this situation, although they usually got a Corvette, not a Miata. Again, those cars are treated like a treasure while the people are still able to drive them.
_________________________
2010 Lancer Ralliart Sportback

Top
#3123118 - 09/12/13 09:18 PM Re: Many Owners, Would you Worry? [Re: eljefino]
friendly_jacek Offline


Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 6303
Loc: southeast US
Originally Posted By: eljefino
If you're just looking at carfaxes sometimes titles are generated when someone gets married, moves out of their paretns house, pays off a loan, etc. This could be misinterpreted as multiple owners.


Great advice. A friend of mine bought a Saturn that had 4 title "incidents" in one year and we were not sure why, but it could be it.

Top