1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Needs A Pull Strap
August 26, 2011
See this? This is ugly. Some would call it utilitarian. Some would call it functional. I'll call it ugly.
As I see it there are only two reasons to keep the door pull/armrest in this car.
And neither of them are very good.
First, we need a means to close the door -- something to grab and pull. Here's an idea. It's an oldie but a goodie. Porsche does it well in the Boxster Spyder:
I see no reason this wouldn't improve things in the Miata.
Also, with what remains of the armrest gone, we'll need a place to, well, rest our arms. Nothing a little carefully placed roll bar padding won't fix. We'd need to cut it to fit half-way around the door bars so the door would still close, but I think it would be an improvement over the current situation.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor