Dealing With the Hard Top - 1994 Mazda Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1994 Mazda Miata: Dealing With the Hard Top

August 25, 2010

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Are sunny days sweeping the clouds away? Even if they are, I couldn't really enjoy them now that our 1994 Mazda Miata has a bolted-down hard top. Pout. Project Miata editor Jason Kavanagh definitely has a different idea of what makes a fun drive. He of the Angeles-Crest-blasting, canyon-carving, Lemons-racing variety while I like leisurely drives around town on my Vespa...OK, I lie, I like taking corners fast, too (though not on my Vespa).

But I do have to say, now that I don't have to worry about the soft top flying off of our crapwagon, I can kind of see JayKav's point. Sure, the enclosed quarters of our Miata feel especially claustrophobic on a beautiful day, but this car is now so focused I can almost forgive him for taking away its top-down spontaneity.

On another note, I FINALLY got the hang of that 2nd gear. The trick is to place the gearshifter in 2nd, not shove it. This has made my time in the Miata even more fun and stress-free. Oh, and bonus? It's perhaps the only long-term car I can park in my new garage without fear of scraping the sides. I want to drive it again!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 179,510 miles

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