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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Buckocaster51, May 20, 2014.
I'm 6-2 and "stocky." Will I fit?
Anybody with Miata experience?
Girlfriend's got one. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if we broke up -- most fun car I've driven in a long time. Here's the Miata mantra: it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. Not overpowered by a long shot but corners like its on rails & feels alive under you. Keep the revs up, find the apex, go. And underneath all that fun, it's dead reliable. Really a great car.
Oh yeah, at 5'11", no problem. Try one on but I bet you'll feel good. The slim fit is part of the charm.
I drove one for the first time last year at Road Atlanta. Fit like a glove from the second I got behind the wheel. I suggest you try one out.
Sorry men, in my world thats a chick car.
You should hire one for a weekend and try it out, but I reckon you'll be addicted at the end. If there are any twisty narrow roads near you, these cars were made for them. I regularly drive a mountain road near me with a collection of different sports cars and the MX-5 has no trouble keeping up with some serious performance vehicles. As for them being girls cars, I guess some men need to "enhance" their self-esteem with a big car, others don't
I live in the Driftless Region of NE Iowa...we have a few twisty, narrow roads.
I play pink guitars. I'm secure.
To drive it once or twice, maybe.
As the primary driver, it won't work.
We had the windshield replaced on the '03 Miata last week, and the tech couldn't even sit in it to do the work. And he was a slim guy.
See? There ARE advantages to being barely 5 foot eight.
In case anyone cares, the fit in the S-2000 is considerably tighter than the Miata. Especially the "AP-1" version they had the first 4-5 years.
I'm 6'2" and "chunky," and I fit it just fine. I sold Mazdas for a while, and I drove a Miata every chance I got. They might not be good for a long holiday road trip because they don't carry much luggage, but they are incredibly fun to drive. Plus, there's that Mazda reliability.
Boring World, IMO.
Now, the Miata is a whole different thing than the S-2000 but the Miata is more fun to drive than 97% of the cars out there that people actually buy (as opposed to $ 300,000 McLarens). No one who actually drove the wheels off of a Miata would ever put it down like that.
Maybe this boils down to a guy's inseam. If a guy is all upper body and short legs, he could fit. All I know is none of the 6 2 guys we know could ever get the door closed with the seat all the way back. But come to think of it, they are long legged guys.
You're right about the reliability. The engine and drivetrain are so conservative and overengineered, short of wrecking it bad or hitting every pothole you could find you're not going to retire it.
You go girl!
is it 1980 or something?
A bandmate of mine James - dad was an auto mechanic for 40 years.
Specialized in Triumph's, MG's, British Leyland junk, etc.
Owned/drove/wrenched on many.
James told me that within a year of the Miata's introduction his dad had one.
He said it was everything the little import sportscars were and one thing they were not - reliable/trouble-free.
Went on to own 2 more. He died and his widow still drives the last one.
I saw a V8 one once. Pretty popular aftermarket conversion I hear.
I've always thought that the Toyota MR2 was more of a drivers car than the MX5.
Have a turbo CX7 AWD and tried to sit in a Miata while in for service a couple of months ago. I'm 5-7 approx and 168 lbs and could barely get into it.
I like having heavy metal around me, couldn't imagine how anyone over 6 feet could stand it in there...no pun intended.
My son is 6'4" and has just gotten a '90 model. He fits fine, but is slender and flexible, being 21 yrs old. He did have to remove the sun visors though.
I have a preference for Mercury Capris 1972-76. I could fit in them, and they ran just fine.
Tried to get in a Miata, but my shoulders are too wide and my legs are too long. Guess I'm stuck with Subarus, lol.
Find one for sale and take it for a spin. Drive it with the top up and down, you'll know if you fit pretty fast.