1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1994 Mazda Miata: No Brakes. No Suspension. But Good Oil Pressure.

March 09, 2010

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Last night I drove our new project car for the first time. How was it? Well, let me just say we have a lot of work to do, starting with the stench that still permeates the interior.

Incredibly, however, even with no working suspension parts, or actual braking ability, our 1994 Mazda Miata is fun to bang around town in. The engine pulls to its redline without any funny noises, the transmission shifts well if you take your time and the steering wheel changes the car's direction even if it is in my crotch (I never did fit well in first gen Miatas. The driver's seat is just too high and the steering wheel too low.)

Other goodness is the air conditioning, which froze me out, the clutch, which seems fresh, and the oil pressure, which is as it should be.

Should be a fun year with this thing. In the meantime, I hear our Corvette Z06 is fixed. Full update on that tomorrow. Cross your fingers.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief

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