Need to Keep an Eye on That Oil - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: Need to Keep an Eye on That Oil

May 12, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: Need to Keep an Eye on That Oil

I was alerted by our resident Miata mechanic that our '97 hardtop has a slight thirst for oil. So after taking it for a spin I pulled it into my Miata-sized garage to give it a little love. I had stopped and checked the oil during my drive and sure enough it was a bit low.

I can't say that I'm surprised. You really have to ring this thing's neck to have fun even with the supercharger. And when you're talking about a tired old, four-cylinder, its bound to use more oil than your average Corolla.

Didn't stop me from having a great time driving it though. It's easy to forget how enjoyable it is to drive a light car with some decent power. Those big meats don't hurt either. I even like the Oldham seat update. Only thing that still bothers me about this car is the shifter as I fumbled into third more than a few times. Nothing a little more practice wouldn't fix I'm sure.

Ed Hellwig, Editor

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