1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Aftermarket Is Not MySpace for Cars After All

February 28, 2011

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The other day I saw spinners (to see what I'm talking about here's a video of 20-inch spinners on a Blazer) on a lowered, purple Impala. Another time a rear spoiler that looked similar to this one on a Civic. It's because of customizations like these that I had previously disliked aftermarket enhancements. Aftermarket stuff seemed to just give leave to car owners to treat their rides like a MySpace page. Chaotic mess with no rhyme or reason.

But the Project 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata opened my eyes to the fact that aftermarket could actually be used to improve a car's looks and performance (wuuut?), when you know what you're doing that is.

With the hardtop, Momo steering wheel, and 6UL wheels, to name a few, our little Miata stands out from all others in a good way. Subtle enhancements that make this a kick-ass sleeper.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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