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Old 02-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #46
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I think this car is the modern MG.
You are correct. I had a '76 Triumph Spitfire and a '70 split-bumper MGB. Both were wonderful, elemental sports cars. Perfect on a winding country road. Terrible for daily drivers. Broke down frequently and leaked oil regularly. To this day, the smell of jute and burnt oil brings a tear to my eye.

I have a '92 Miata with koni shocks, summer compound plus one tires and chassis bracing. 67,000 miles. Looks like a new car, drives better than new. It outperforms both the Spitfire and the B in acceleration, handling and braking. And while doing that, it is as reliable as a Honda Accord, gets great gas mileage (between 30 and 35 usually) and has 95% of the character of the old British sports cars. It is a hoot to drive.

It is annoyingly loud with the top up, miserable for long drives without earplugs. I keep the top down 99% of the time. You can see the underside of tractor trailers on the highway in this car so if that freaks you out, don't get one. But it is one of the most fun vehicles I have ever driven, and you can have that fun without getting a ticket or arrested.

I've thought about selling it as I'd rather be on two wheels for my fun rides, but every time I look at it in the garage, I just can't bring myself to part with it.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #47
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'93 LE. Noisy, rough riding, but as much fun as my HondaST1100. Both knock lots of years off my 60 when riding or driving.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:10 AM   #48
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Mazda teams up with FIAT for the next MX-5.

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/23/m...next-gen-mx-5/
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:43 AM   #49
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Hopefully Fiat will just take a back seat in the design, and let Mazda do it. Just bring the cash and added production volume please.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:16 AM   #50
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Hopefully Fiat will just take a back seat in the design, and let Mazda do it. Just bring the cash and added production volume please.
I hope not. I really hated the Furai "inspiration" that has taken over Mazda. Talk about bad design. At least they have dumped that idea and slowly returning to less organic designs.

Most likely, Mazda will be designing the chassis. Then Fiat and Mazda will have their own bodies. (Like how Volvo, Ford and Mazda share the Ford C1 platform.) This seems to hint that Fiat is going to be bringing back the Spider. I'd love to see a more affordable Alfa 8C-like design.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:41 PM   #51
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'93 LE. Noisy, rough riding, but as much fun as my HondaST1100. Both knock lots of years off my 60 when riding or driving.
I have a '95 base with AC and nothing else. Roll-ups, non-assisted steering, no cruise, and a radio/cassette player that doesn't make a sound (and why should it, with the wind noise to compete?). I got it 2 years ago with 67,000 miles and a fairly new top, for a fair price. Then got just enough hail damage to total it without being noticeable from the cockpit, so State Farm paid me what I owed and a bit more, and let me keep it. Now, it's got a clear title, liability insurance for $13 a month, and is still an absolute hoot to drive. As close as it gets to an early 70s MGB, or a Fiat Spider. Oh, and I got a home-made trailer hitch free on craigslist (guy's wife got a new model and the hitch wouldn't work on it) so I can haul the kayaks to the lake.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:52 PM   #52
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Engine swap went smashingly well. Need to drive it a bit more then change the oil, and finish breaking in the new clutch and flywheel.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:28 AM   #53
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Just picked up a 2006 MX-5 base model with 38,000 miles on it.

Super clean (seriously, it looks brand f'n new) and the only option seems to be auto windows.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #54
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Just picked up a 2006 MX-5 base model with 38,000 miles on it.

Super clean (seriously, it looks brand f'n new) and the only option seems to be auto windows.


Good for you. Today I realized that I've essentially had a riding hiatus for the past 19 months or so, ever since I got my Miata.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #55
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Good for you. Today I realized that I've essentially had a riding hiatus for the past 19 months or so, ever since I got my Miata.
My Miata wasn't capable of keeping me off bikes, but it was fun.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:08 PM   #56
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Now that I've had a couple weeks with the 1.8 in and the few tweaks I've done to the car overall I'll say this: Driving to the limit with the 1.6 was an act of violence. This engine pushes it closer to a declaration of war, and I've got more i need to do.

Love this car so much.
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:46 PM   #57
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Miatas are a hoot to drive. My first one was a 94 with a soft top, just picked this bad boy up, a 99 touring edition with a hard top. Anyone who says the miata keeps them off two wheels is obviously doing something wrong. This is how I rode 4 hours to my race this past weekend.

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Old 06-18-2012, 05:37 AM   #58
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:59 AM   #59
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Miatas are a hoot to drive. My first one was a 94 with a soft top, just picked this bad boy up, a 99 touring edition with a hard top. Anyone who says the miata keeps them off two wheels is obviously doing something wrong. This is how I rode 4 hours to my race this past weekend.

Took me a minute to figure out those were lashing straps under your trailer nose and not a small fire starting in the street!
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:52 AM   #60
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I just bought a RHT Mx-5 and boy do I love this car.

If you have the money and garage space, and you enjoy driving, you'd be really dumb not to have one. The weight distribution in this car is perfect. It goes around corners like nothing. The steering is more precise than a brain surgeon. The engine, though not powerful, is rev happy and pure fun. The gear box is smooth and so gratifying to cycle through. It's just the perfect driver's car. And to top it off, you can drop the roof on a sunny day (or cloudy day, who gives a shit?) and you get all the fun of being in a convertible.

It's the first car that I have ever bought without practicality in mind. And I don't regret it at all. It's my only cage, yet it's not as impractical as you might believe.

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