Needs A Pull Strap - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Needs A Pull Strap

August 26, 2011

 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Needs A Pull Strap

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:

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Needs A Pull Strap

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

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