No Soundtrack Needed - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: No Soundtrack Needed

December 15, 2010

 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: No Soundtrack Needed

I got a chance to take out our Miata last night, but it has an aftermarket radio with a detachable face, and I couldn't find the darn thing. And so I drove home without tunes. But between the road and wind noise and the whine of the supercharger, this car makes enough sounds to keep your ears occupied. It was an unadulterated, mechanical sound, reminiscent of our Corvette Z06 -- only much less throaty.

As I listened to the music of the road, I had to wonder how effective those faceless units really are at deterring thieves. My car stereo was stolen a few years ago -- while the detachable face was resting safely in my house. I have no idea how the thieves got the stereo to work without it.

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate

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