Deja Vu Cockeyed Gearshifter - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Deja Vu Cockeyed Gearshifter

March 29, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Deja Vu Cockeyed Gearshifter

When I jumped into our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata it was deja vu all over again. Hadn't I seen this cockeyed gearshifter somewhere before? Oh yeah, that '84 Ferrari (pictured below). Fortunately our '97 Miata isn't as high-maintenance, plus it's actually fun to drive so I'll cut it some slack.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Deja Vu Cockeyed Gearshifter

I asked Project Miata JayKav what was the deal with the crooked knob (which he lifted from the previous Project '94 Miata). Apparently when he put it on straight, it was too tight so he nearly couldn't take it off again. "I think it's been overtightened way too many times," he said.

Good thing there's that handy-dandy picture to the right of the gearshifter in case anyone needs reminding of the layout of the gears. Pfew! Heh.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 130,122 miles

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