My dad bought this car new in late 1989
during "Miata mania." Car ran like a
champ. Great handling car. I bought
the car from him with 44K miles. At
60,500, performance decreased
noticably. Turns out that I need a new
crankshaft. The car has been
maintained by J. R. Mills at North
Point Mazda in Little Rock for anything
above an oil or air filter change.
Mazda had a customer assistance program
for 90-91 model cars with this problem;
however, that is not the case anymore
as I was rudely informed by Mazda,
Inc. Other than the crankshaft, the
crank sensor went at about 30K miles.
It uses no oil, and is a blast to
Great handling; top that is easy to
work. With a little care, the top will
last many years. My top is still
orginal and in great shape. There is
plenty of aftermarket support for
Miatas. Make the car as fast as your
wallet will allow.
Should you purchase a 90 - 91 model
car, inspect the key and key way at the
nose of the crankshaft. You could save
$2500. The new crankshaft has a keyway
that extends the lenght of the key.