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.
I bought this car after wanting one for 4 years, and it was the best purchase of my life... even with the high mileage, the car looks and drives wonderfully, and i still have yet to go past 6000 rpm...
Bought it used from the 2nd lady owner.
WOW what a great little car. Red paint
a little faded in spots, but this car
is bullet proof. My mechanic wants
it. The camshaft problem for 90-91
modles has not surfaced at all @ 98,000
miles. It's a 3rd car for us and it's
just what we need. (and want)
Fun to drive. Tight feeling after
almost 15 years. Headrest speakers.
I've had this car since 1990 and it has
really been driven especially in the
first 8-10 years. Never had any major
repairs or problems except having to
replace roof after 10 years. Alot of
fun to drive with a great manual
transmission. I'm 6'2" and I always
felt comfortable in the drivers seat.
excellent handling; great stick-shift;
convertible roof very easy to take down
and put up
more power would be nice; change
position of emergency brake