1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: The Door Bars

May 23, 2012

Miata door bar

I'm still on the fence about the door bars on our long-term Project Miata. I definitely appreciate the extra rigidity and safety. But after sliding in and out over the bar while driving around town over the weekend, I'm not sure I'd want to put up with them on a daily basis if it was my own car.

And I certainly don't like the havoc they wreak upon the door armrests. 

That being said, those bars do make the Miata an even more serious sports car/track-day car. I guess you just need to channel your inner Dukes of Hazzard, albeit without the fully sealed doors. 

I'll keep thinking on this one.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 137,197 miles. 

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