Busted Air Conditioning - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Busted Air Conditioning

October 11, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Don't let that blue light fool you. Even though it's implying the air conditioning is turned on in our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata project car, trust me, the system definitely isn't producing any cold air.

Which is a fine thing to find out as you're driving home ahead of a hot southern California weekend.

Besides the lack of cold air coming out of the vents, it's also easy to tell the A/C isn't working because when you turn it on you can't feel any drag on the engine. And in the Miata, you always felt an immediate drag.

Although I'm not a big fan of baking in cars, I guess this makes the supercharged, roll-bar and race seat-equipped Miata even more of a hardcore sports car now.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 143,824 miles

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