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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Pie Hole

November 22, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Did some extremely last-minute shopping for Thanksgiving this morning. Before we knew it there was just no place to store the pie safely for the ride home. (Passenger's hands and knees were already taken up by the huge bags of adult beverages.) But check it out. A 9-inch apple pie from Du-Par's fit perfectly in the spare tire. And didn't go anywhere even while taking the crazy corners on the way home.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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1997 Mazda Miata: Will It Fit?

March 30, 2012

1997 Mazda Miata

If you you bring it, you're not going to need it. That's the logic behind packing for a track day. Now while not everybody has the ability to pack an extra steering rack or a spare differential, you can, at least, pack most of the tools you'll need to do basic repairs. Let me break down what all that crap is lying on the floor behind our Miata.

There's a low profile jack, jacks stands, a set of track worthy brake pads, a brown paper bag full of various tools (yes, a brown paper bag) brake fluid, extra oil, zip ties, gaff tape, camera gear, snacks and a helmet box. Of course all that's going fit, right?

Well, yes and no.

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1997 Mazda Miata: Minimal but Manageable

April 29, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata

You won't find a heck of a lot of handy stowage cubbies in a first-gen Miata. In fact, you won't find any unless you count the chintzy cupholders or flip open the lid to the shallow center console and take away a spot to rest your shifting arm.  However there are a pair of door pockets that don't look like they'd hold much but actually are perfect for securely holding a phone and wallet. And that's just fine with me in this lightweight, minimalistic sports car whose focus is right where it should be -- on driving. 

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ ~ 130,800 miles

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Too Small for a Carry-On?

December 13, 2010

1997 Mazda Miata

OK, I know you guys really want to hear more about the new supercharger in our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata. But Project Miata editor JayKav will be doing another update on it soon so stay tuned.

In the meantime, the other day, I had to take my visiting sister to the airport. But before I picked her up, I asked her how big her luggage was since I was driving our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata. "I just have a carry-on," was the reply. But when I arrived and saw her fat carry-on, I was a little concerned.

See, we have a spare tire in our already tiny trunk. Would there be enough room back there for even this standard-size carry-on? As I stood there pondering this, my sister said, "If it can fit in the overhead compartment it can fit in there." She had a point so I gave it a shot.

1997 Mazda Miata

Sure enough if we shoved it into the side of the trunk top first, it slots in nicely. We just had to lift the bottom up and slot it out again when we wanted to take it out.

On a side note, after some heavy rains, the trunk showed that it has a leak. There wasn't standing water a la Cruze but if you poked the lining, water seeped through. Suffice it to say it drenched a backpack I put in there. When I told Project Miata editor JayKav, he said this is nothing a hardtop can't fix. Nooooo!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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