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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: List of Quirks

December 02, 2010

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: List of Quirks

I love our new Project Miata: 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It doesn't have that grindy 2nd gear nor the zombie interior of the old one and I don't feel grimy after sitting in it. And some of the quirks this one does have aren't that big of a deal but I'll just list them here.

1) A loose bolt behind the driver seat that clunks around, especially during acceleration and braking. Apparently you have to put the top down to get at it and since this top is a bit more involved than the old one -- zippers, buttons and straps -- no one has bothered.

2) Aftermarket radio has an annoying "don't forget me" chime after you turn the car off. I'm probably the only one annoyed by this though.

3) Molting steering wheel, but I hear that may change soon.

4) ... Actually that's all I got.

The interior is in pretty good shape. The previous owner took great care of it. No tears or mystery smells. And like the older Project Miata, this is just so much fun to drive.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 127,029 miles

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