Beater? That's Our Project Miata. - 1994 Mazda Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1994 Mazda Miata: Beater? That's Our Project Miata.

March 10, 2010

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My neighbor Dave walked across the street the other day, pointed to our slightly used Miata, which was sitting in my driveway at the time, and said, "Scott, what's with the beater?"

"Beater?" I said with manufacturered shock. "That's our new Miata project car. We just bought it for the website."

"Why?"

"What do you mean?" I snapped back.

"Don't you guys at Edmunds.com have a bunch of new cars you can drive?"

"Yes," I said. "Dozens of them."

"Than why bother with this thing? First of all, it's a girl's car. Second of all, look at it, it's all worn out." Then he opened the door. "And it smells inside."

"We thought it would be fun," I countered. "It was dirt cheap, and these first gen Miatas can be cool if you fix them up. Manly too. Do it right and this thing is like a little Shelby Cobra. 289 of course. You'll see when we're done with it."

"Well, I don't get it," he says walking away. "Let me know when you get one of those Aston Martins, you know like James Bond. I always liked those."

By the way Dave drives a beige Toyota Avalon. And no, he doesn't get it.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief

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