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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Rear Window Defogger

January 27, 2011

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Rear Window Defogger

After hopping into the Miata early the other morning, I noticed the rear window obscured by fog. I also noticed the lines in the hardtop's glass indicating the presence of a defroster/defogger. Knowing our car didn't originally come with this optional hardtop, I wasn't sure if this feature was operational. I checked the dash (and the owner's manual to be sure) and nope -- where the rear defroster switch would be there is a blank. Actually, as our Miata was fitted with an aftermarket anti-theft system, there is a red LED there.

In any event, I kicked it old school and just wiped the sucker off in about 10 seconds. Back east on the same day, it would've been a different story...

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 128,494 miles

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