by wandoriver87 on Oct 22, 2014 Vehicle: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible
So folks this car is amazing. Bought back in 1989 and was the 2,355 built. Mom drove it for 20yrs until coming down with Cancer, so she sat in the garage for 5yrs. Recently, dad gave it to me with just a few minor problems. He had stripped the bolt head on the #4 spark plug..fixed. New tires and a good wax down. Now, I drive this on most days. She has 64k on her and runs great. I replaced the computer and updated that. Cleaned out the drains due to minor clogs. Just love it. I've been told and warned if I sell it I would be disowned from the Family. Now, this is the car wonderful and for the folks that have low miles....bank!!!
by pawprintboxers on Oct 1, 2014 Vehicle: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible
I bought my 1990 just 2 years ago. It was an early Christmas present to myself. I had admired the Miatas but just never bought one.
Believe me I am making up for lost time. Excellent commuter car, great gas mileage, easy to park, zips all over, looks fabulous and I always have a smile on my face.
I gave it new rims and a new top. I have only had to replace a few minor parts that 25 years dictated needing to be replaced. But nothing major at all. This is the little car that next quits. I am in love !!
by rbarrwest on Apr 4, 2014 Vehicle: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible
A great car!!!! I have had mine since December of 1989 and have 115,000 miles on it.
But as my wife points out, it's hell when your mid-life crisis car is 24 years old!
There is one problem to watch out for if you buy a '90.
Some of them have the infamous crankshaft problem.
It usually appears after the timing belt has been replaced and additional miles put on the car.
Mine appeared at about 95000 miles.
The problem has to do with the design of the crankshaft nose, keyway, cam drive sprocket and pulley bolt.
The key was designed too short.
For a good discussion of this problem see www.miata.net/garage/crankshaft.html.
I had to replace the engine with one from a '92.
by ashb0891 on Oct 10, 2013 Vehicle: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible
Having gone through the difficult choice of selling my 2011 Camaro V6 to pay for school, the time came to choose something that was equally fun to drive, cheap to insure for a 22yo guy, and easy for me to work on. I had always loved the Miata, and I found my little gem; an early build 1990 model with only 78,000mi. I couldn't be happier, I have yet to tire of driving it, and living in Texas, I can have the top down almost every day, which is a great thing for me. Aside from replacing a few worn out parts, it has been faultlessly reliable, and easily the most grin inducing car out of the many I have owned or fixed up. A highly recommended purchase for those who can accommodate such a car!
by my90miata on Apr 14, 2011 Vehicle: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible
Bought this car with 182,000 on it and I have never looked back.
What a great car.
Not real fast but has plenty of giddyup and the handling is awesome.
Very inexpensive to fix because there are so many still on the road.
I live in Florida and the top is down on a daily basis.
Got some wear on the top, but still not a lot out of the wallet to replace.
It's like a go-cart on the highway.
by JC-MX5 on Nov 14, 2010 Vehicle: 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible
Since buying my 1990 Miata, I've been nothing short of satisfied. This fun, 2-door rag top is great from every angle and will leave a smile on your face long after you've stopped driving. It's reliable, fuel efficient (Mine sips to the tune of 36 mpg highway) and the most fun you can have in a car for the least amount of money spent. I recommend it to everyone, literally. I have yet to find a fault in my Miata and I don't expect to any time soon. After 20 years and 90k miles, she still has as much bite as the day she was born.
When the car was introduced in 1990, it was originally called the MX-5 Miata. It was the critics that just called it the Miata in the first place, and that's how it came to be. If effect, it's ALWAY...
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