This car ain't a car - it's a way of
life. How many cars have owners clubs,
millions of accessories, newsgroups,
shows, hats & T-shirts? There is a
reason. Most other Miata owners on a
sunny day will pop their lights to say
hi on a crowded freeway. No problems,
zippy engine, european pizazz with
Japanese reliability & performance.
Cheap to buy, operate & maintain. Not
much pretention, but you can certainly
feel the jealous eyes coming from SUV's
on a warm Spring day.
i cant seem to get where i am going,
the car keeps taking me down all these
back roads and alternate routes. cant
get the car off my mind ,i just want to
keep driving, its also getting
expensive on gas doing 500 miles a
week,am now late for work most days, so
the car is not very practicle if you
want to do any thing but have fun
Owned for a bit over two years and love the car. Outstanding reliability. Finely balanced ride/handling trade off. You feel the road, but it's not punishing. A bit on the noisy side even with the hardtop. Without the hardtop, visibility is so-so to the right and left rear. The hardtop also significantly stiffens the structure. As a result, I leave mine on all of the time. The engine is adequate from a power standpoint, and is responsive to throttle inputs, revving quickly. The stock exhaust strikes a perfect balance of tone and sound level- it's an audio delight. Shift action is excellent although if not careful, a rushed 2-3 shift may bypass 3rd and snick into 5th. Excellent car.
Take an ordinary day with time in the office, add a business trip or errand, take down the top on the Miata, and presto, instant mini-vacation. What a mood elevator. I bought the car with 100K and have added 36k over three years as my daily driver. I even drove it this winter (not recommended). Throw some sand bags in the trunk, make sure the tires are good, and be careful. Goes fast enough, stops fast, very reliable, depreciates slowly. Only thing that could be better is gas mileage (about 25 in town, 30 on the highway in a very small car). But, it's just the car to be in on a nice day.
Had a 1967 MGB and never thought I could match the experience. My 1997 "M" Edition blows away the "B". I am the original owner and only driver of my "M". Still today stopped at a traffic light people roll down their window and say what a beautiful car. The driving experience at sundown or at night with the top down and the pipes purring is indescribable if you haven't experienced it. This is absolutely the most fun car to drive in the whole world. All the other two-seaters are "phonies" with their too-much power and comfort features. Yes the "B" was a classic never to be replaced, until the Miata, especially the last of the original breed, the 1997 "M" Edition.