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1994 Mazda Miata: Not a Lockbox

July 23, 2010

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Maybe if our long term 1994 Mazda Miata were a 1990 Mazda Miata, maybe I could have taken it directly home last night instead of having to come back to our offices after I met some friends for dinner.

See, the rub is that I have my laptop with me virtually all the time. And the Miata doesn't have a roof. And even if it did, who cares, that wouldn't keep anyone out who really wanted a slick new (not so much) computer. So what, right? Dump it in the trunk. Right?

Not so fast. See, for 1992, Mazda added a trunk release button to the center-console of the Miata. While that little bin does, in fact, lock, saying it's safe is like saying your sister's diary with its lock was safe. Pretty much, if you have fingers you could pry that box open. That's assuming the one you're dealing with isn't broken. Ours is broken. The slot the metal tab fits into is sort of jacked up and doesn't hold tight.

So the options were: Take my own car. Risk it. Come back to the office and pick up my stuff once I was done street parking.

None were ideal as I really do enjoy driving this Miata and wanted to take a drive up the coast later that night-- Top-down, heat on-- I'm rallying against Jay's desire to ruin the open-air feel with a hardtop. It's not a racecar, I vote to keep it a roadster.

Maybe I'm getting soft, but it seems to me that if you're going to have a soft-top, access to the fixed and locked part of the vehicle should not be a box-cutter away.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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