Miata Thoughts… Owners Weigh In?

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  1. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    Wife wants a convertible. I had a ‘97 Miata some years back… last older shape. Loved it. Simple fun.
    So what are the variations, quirks and concerns of generations of the Miata through say 2019?
    Thanks.
     
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    My preference is for the second generation. I have owned my 2001 LS for 15 years now. 80k virtually trouble-free miles. Get a good Tilley to avoid skin cancer!
     

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    Was there ever a Mazdaspeed version of the Miata? You may want to drive it too ;)
     
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    Here ya go...

     
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    I had a 2000 Limited that I bought new. It was a fun car. Never had any problems with it. But I have always preferred the classic look of the NA Miatas. So now I have a low mileage 1990 that I bought from the original owner. It’s a blast to drive, and always gets attention. It has also gone up in value since I acquired it. They are pretty easy to work on, and parts are readily available. For the true “sports car” feel, the NA (1st gen) can’t be beat.
     
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    Had a blue one almost identical to Boreas, loved it. Sort of got scorched in the Louisiana sun, but really great to drive. At 6ft I found it a little tight, and the front screen top edge oddly enough cut off the over hanging junction lights, so I couldn’t see the lights change! Once I moved to Texas, DFW area I felt the size made it too vulnerable in any collision, so I sold it, sadly…. But for a good price.
     
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    i have a hard time getting in one...not user friendly to someone 6'4"
     
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    This guy has some interesting takes on them...



     
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    My wife had two, 1990 and 2000. Loved them both, but after the newer one started to cost money with replacement parts, we traded it in on a 2017 Fiat Spider 124. Did look at a new Miata, but the Fiat offered way better deal than the Mazda. Plus, we found that the Fiat was literally built on the same line in Japan as the Mazda. The only differences were the sheet metal, transmission and motor. In fact, except for the Mazda/Fiat emblem on the steering wheel, the interiors were exactly the same. Plus, the Fiat motor was a turbo, which provides a lot more sportiness to the car. I'm not sure if Fiat is even importing them any more, but if they are, might be worth checking out.
     
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    I loved my 1991 Miata, and if I lived somewhere that had some hills and twisty roads I might buy another. The current generation is impressive, and if your budget can handle it I would say you should go for it. Really, though, you can't go too far wrong with any generation.
     
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    80k miles in 22 years? That thing is brand new!
     
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    No winters, no rust! Original brake pads!
     
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    What I noticed was with each iteration, they were more like riding in a bathtub due to the safety police. If my arm can't comfortably rest on the sill, I don't want it.
     
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    There was. I saw an '04 around here last year with 80k miles. It was $12k.
     
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    I have a '91 that I've put about 90,000 miles on in 20 years. Drove it from Seattle to Milwaukee and back once, and I've made many trips up and down the Pacific Coast. Took it to performance driving school at Thunder Hills Race Track. Spent many wonderful weekends on drives with the local Miata club.

    Twenty years is longer than I've owned any other vehicle. It's given me less trouble in those 20 years than most cars do in 10 - and it was already 10 years old when I got it.

    Basically, I think you can't go wrong with a Miata. They're fantastic cars.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. The hunt likely begins Monday?
    I also like the idea of that Fiat.
    The outlier may be that Ford T-bird
     
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    I bought my 2007 NC1 (3rd gen) MX-5 new, the Grand Touring version with a 6 speed manual, leather seats, power retractable hardtop, LSD and suspension package. I have no intention of ever getting rid of it as it's just too much fun.
     
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    Should be perfect for the wife
     
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    I owned a 2001 Miata for around five years and loved it. The only problem I ever had was the cam position sensor going bad, so I kept a spare in the glove compartment and a wrench in case it went bad on the road again, like a five minute repair. I put on a Borla exhaust that gave the engine a nice growl, sounded good accelerating in 2nd and 3rd. Driving a Miata with the top down on a Summer night is like being in Heaven. I ended up selling it because of rust, the original owner lived near the ocean and didn't take care of it. So I would recommend an NB, the second generation.
     
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    I've been thinking lately of a pre retirement fun build with a MEV frame and body on a early Miata donor car then later drop a 289 Ford engine in it.

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    Normally I'm not into kit cars but this one seems different.
     
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