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1997 Mazda Miata: What Year Would You Get For A Project Car?

January 20, 2012

 1997 Mazda Miata

Alright, so let's say you think our project Miata is so awesome (right?) that you want to buy a used Miata and start your own project Miata. Ah, but what year or generation would you get? Would you get a first-gen car (1990 to 1997) like ours and put most of your money in parts? Or maybe you'd go with a third-gen car (2006 and up), keeping it nice, and just do some mild mods. Or maybe the sweet spot would be a second-generation car (1999 to 2005).

I think I'd probably go second-generation.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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