Wanted a Miata since i first noticed it but not practical with 3 small kids - so when the youngest went to college momma got a new baby and we love her! She had 51,000 miles on her 2 years ago and we've added another 15,000. She is sweet! Handles great-love to take her on curvy country roads. I am horrible at a stick shifts but she tolerates me very well. On vacations she'll get 40 miles to the gallon. We have not done anything to her mechanically. People sometimes think we have an expensive sports car because they are fairly rare in our neck of the woods - paid $3k for her and wouldn't take 3 times that for her. Husband thought it was a girls car but takes her out as much as I do. A total joy to drive.
lLove the way she handles and is so maintenance free.
Make sure you get the hardtop with her - that way you can enjoy her nearly year round!
This morning my miata turned 147,000 miles while making a mental note that it is it 's birthday this week. It's been a great ride and it's been well taken care of. The few repairs needed include rt door window motor, rt. rear brake caliper and timing belt @ 98k, clutch plate @ 110K and an engine pulley/gear wheel 133k. Original equipment that is still in place includes all lighting, brake system, engine (no cam prob yet), exhaust system ( just started with a sound near the manifold last week) and the soft-top including zipper still work well. It continues to be a great little car. Now I need to consider the exhaust replacement, original Mazda or after market, any thoughts?
Hardtop in the winter and over all reliability, great handling on back country roads in the mountains and on the coast when you have the road to yourself.
None really other than it will be interesting to see 10 yrs from now if Mazda decided to re-intro reliability with gen 3.
I've owned a couple of Miatas and I've always loved the concept: small, RWD, lightweight, convertible with a nice stiff suspension. My 90 is the A-package which has the alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a cassette player that was quickly replaced for an Alpine cd player. (To get teh power hoo-has and cruise, you have to get the B-package). At 140,000 miles, (16,000 of which I've put on the car) the car has aged well. Nothing has "broken down" and the maintainence that I've performed (oil changes, tire rotations, synthetic fluid changes, shock replacements, etc.) has been very easy. The aftermarket support for the Miata is vast, making it easy to modify.
Easy soft top function, easy to work on, cheap to own and insure. Easily the most fun-for-your-buck out there.
15" wheels instead of the 14's. My red and black two-tone interior I'm installing is going to look "improved" for sure!
As an original owner of one of the first cars off the first boat I expected some design/build problems. To date no major problems, especially since the three teenagers got their own cars. All learned to drive stick and still try to "borrow" their Father's car. Original top and interior, looks almost as good as new. Driven in all seasons except "salt," often with the top down. The car sits outside all winter under a cover and starts reliably even after four weeks with sub-zero temperatures. Average yearly maint. now runs around $150 including tires.
Fun! Still get stopped by people who want to talk about how much they like the car. Great design, very well built. The newer designs are a little less "pure" and drive better unless you like the feel of older British sports cars.
Never shift in the apex of a turn, or while turning on a slippery surface unless you have really good reflexes and car control. If I thought it could be improved I would have traded for a newer year.