1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Clean Cars Run Better

March 19, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Clean Cars Run Better

This morning I dropped our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata off at the car wash and ran into editor John DiPietro waiting for the Quest to be washed. "Glad to see the Miata getting some love," he noted as we watched the car wash attendant dry it off.

Apparently our Miata doesn't get to go to the car wash all that often, even though we're supposed to wash the long-term cars every Monday. "Why is that?" I asked JDP, curious to hear his theory. "Probably because people think that since the paint is faded and chipped it doesn't need to run to the car wash all that often. The whole 'no respect cuz it's not a looker' mentality," he hypothesized.

That made me sad. Our Miata should enjoy the same pampering as our other long-termers. OK, maybe not a detailing but certainly some TLC. I dunno, is a beater worth washing frequently?

In all honestly, I couldn't think of anything else to blog on this car, especially since I've already gushed about how much I like it. Yup, I STILL like it. And I love how smoothly it downshifts. Very forgiving when practicing heel-toe downshifting.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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