First Impressions of Our Well-Worn Friend - 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata: First Impressions of Our Well-Worn Friend

August 03, 2010


Finally got around to getting in our Miata project car. It's been in and out of Jay's hands most of its time here, so I figured I would just wait until it had a good chunk of its work done before trying it out.

What surprised me? It's a roomy little sucker. I'm 6'2" and I fit in this Miata just fine. It has a good driving position and the seats are decent given their age. Drives pretty solid too. Good clutch take up and a easy to row gearbox. Yeah, there's not much power, but the engine is willing to rev without threatening to throw a rod.

Jay's suspension mods feel fine to me too. Yeah, it rides pretty firm and all, but there's enough give to make it bearable. Looking forward to getting it on a real road and sampling the stick of the big Hankooks. No doubt they look tough on the new wheels. All in all, a pretty solid ride given what we paid. Can't imagine finding something more enjoyable for the money.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, @ 178,231 miles

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