We all know the mantra that ‘Miata is always the answer,’ but could today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe NA MX5’s price prove that answer to be questionable? When positioned as potential dating material, people of unconventional facades are stereotypically described by their advocates as ‘having a good personality.’ That is supposed to somehow make up for their lack of visual appeal. With that being said, I’d like to point out that last Friday’s 2008 BMW M6 convertible most likely has a very nice personality. At least I hope it does. sThe fact is, the E64 Six-series looks like the before picture in just about any comparison. Woof! Making up for that was a 500-pony V10 engine, a rare (one of only 378 built, it seems) six-speed manual transmission, and, apparently, a decent price. That modest $26,900 asking was a mere sliver of what the car went for new and even a Carfax report showing some shunts in its past couldn’t stop the mighty but … [Read more...] about At $16,900, Is This 1990 Mazda Miata The Answer To A Question Nobody Asked?
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Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story By J.G. Pasterjak • Photos by Mark Langello Whether or not you’re a fan of his music, you have to recognize Trent Reznor—the creative force behind Nine Inch Nails—as a bit of a pioneer in the music industry. Sure, he took inspiration from the many bands who paved the way before him, but he did something particularly creative when he released “Year Zero” in 2007: He made several of the album’s songs available via Apple’s GarageBand software. Listeners could then take an active approach to the music, remixing, tweaking and rearranging tracks within the software and creating something wholly their own from the pieces Reznor gave them. So, what’s this have to do with a Porsche 962 and a Miata at Roebling Road? Bear with us; we’re getting there. See, … [Read more...] about Fair Fight? Spec Miata vs. Porsche 962
The Top 179 Best Selling Cars in America – February 2018 Year End Here you will find the YTD passenger car leaders in the United States for February 2018 YTD. Each month we compile passenger car sales data and reports for North American markets and analyze it to create the best selling list below. Quick NavigationOur Take On The NumbersBest Seller Report & RankingsSegment Analysis Also check out our other Segment reports or dive deeper into Passenger Car Sales. Our Take On The Passenger Car Numbers Continuing the decline from a year ago, all passenger car sales in America fell by 10.6% in the first quarter of 2018 compared with 2017 – slightly less steep, but a considerable decline nonetheless. For the month of March, sales overall of passenger cars fell by 8.7%, again an ease on the decline seen this time last year. That’s not to say things are rosy in this segment – while the Toyota Camry has had a strong Q1 this year, it narrowly missed … [Read more...] about March 2018 YTD U.S. Passenger Car Sales Rankings – Top 144 Best-Selling Cars In America – Every Car Ranked
I really miss my 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata, like a lot. Curiosity got the best of me recently and I went looking for how much a good NA Miata would cost. You can imagine my surprise after seeing how high prices for the classic sports car have risen. And for the life of me, I can’t see why people are willing to pay that much for the car.February 9, 1989, Mazda took the wraps off of MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show. The vehicle took a lot of inspiration from classic British roadsters for its design and driving philosophy. A lot of the car’s components were new for Mazda, as the automaker wasn’t well versed in making compact, rear-wheel-drive roadsters. Clearly, the brand did a heck of a job, as the roadster was one of the most-affordable and enjoyable sports cars on the road when it came out. Fast forward 28 years to today and the NA Miata is still one of the best used options on the market. Anyone that’s gotten behind the wheel of the original Miata will know why … [Read more...] about When In The World Did NA Mazda MX-5 Miata Prices Get So High?
As I prepare to start my 10th year (really) working with NASA Mid-Atlantic, and seventh year behind the wheel on track, it only feels appropriate to give a little nod to the equally-little car that set me down the path of autocross, Hyperdrive, HPDE, Time Trial, and eventually, racing. My freshman year at James Madison University saw me step onto the football field as a member of the Marching Royal Dukes. I was a total “fine arts nerd” in high school and figured that after four years of (very fun) marching band in high school, the logical step was to continue in college. Spoiler: it wasn’t. I had an okay time but my heart wasn’t in it. Thankfully, I found Madison Motorsports at my freshman “clubs fair” and dove right in. The MM crowd was incredibly welcoming, even for the freshmen who couldn’t bring cars to school (“Freshmen may have cars as sophomores,” as JMU says). But, after securing a summer job working for the Apple Store back … [Read more...] about Winning the HPDE: Five Years in a Mazda Miata
A Long-term Relationship Ed. Note: Clean Fleet Report, like Steve, focuses on green machines, but we don’t assume that any technology (like battery or fuel cell electrics, is the solution. We like to assume consumers make rational choices and those choices lead to them buying a variety of different vehicles, including two-passenger sports cars like the Miata/MX-5. We view the Miata as one of the more fuel efficient vehicles in this class. It’s great for your health to eat lean chicken and sautéed vegetables every day. But sometimes you want a big, juicy hamburger. The MX-5 Miata is an automotive treat that I’ve loved for 26 years. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been focusing my automotive attention on cars that are easier on the environment—hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and particularly, all-electric vehicles. I even ordered my own Chevrolet Bolt EV, which has been my personal car for more than 14 months. I believe that … [Read more...] about Personal: Mazda MX-5/Miata–My Indulgence
April 18, 2014 by Gary Grant Leave a Comment For sports car fans, perhaps the most significant presence at this year’s New York Auto Show was Mazda’s display commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worlds most faithful roadster. A collection of significant models was on hand that included some of the little car’s history. At the front of the line were production numbers 14 and 15, cars that were on the show stand at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Who could have guessed what an impact the tiny machine would have on motoring history. In the next row sat #17, the first Miata race car. With 6,500 racing miles on the odometer, this is the first of over 5,000 Miatas that have been raced over the years. More than any other model. It truly changed the face of auto racing. My favourite is the M Coupe which is from about 1996 if I recall correctly. I absolutely freaked out when images of this car appeared back then, I wanted them to build it so badly. I was pretty excited to … [Read more...] about Mazda celebrates 25 years of Miata at NYIAS
If you own an NA or NB Mazda MX-5 Miata and want something to make your car stand out, this might be the accessory for you. It's a transparent "bubble" hardtop, formed in the same shape as the OEM top, except its totally see-through. The piece, developed by enthusiast Jonathan Mark, is made of durable acrylic and uses the same mounting points as the normal hardtop, but weighs in at just 20 pounds–less than half the weight of the factory item. In order to cut down on heat and keep the cabin cool, there's an ultra violet filter film. It's the best of both worlds, really: The visibility of having no roof, but the comfort and isolation of having an installed top. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below There are some drawbacks to the bubble piece, though. The top's website—which looks like it was made in 2005—says the piece isn't designed for speeds over 80 mph, and it scratches easily. Still, it's cooler than the stock top. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The … [Read more...] about This Fully Transparent Bubble Hardtop Is the Coolest Accessory for Your Miata
2018 Subaru BRZ Limited with a six-speed manual and half a day to play on wet, windy roads hemmed by pine trees in the foothills of a massive mountain range. But Michigan was on my mind.Some cars work everywhere. Michigan's the perfect place to find those that do: The roads are flat and pockmarked, and the seasonal extremes are brutal. It's easy to love a car on one of those bucket-list Alpine passes, but on Michigan roads the car has to work hard to win you over. For example, the MX-5 Miata works in Michigan just fine. It's fun in all conditions in which you can get the rear tires to hook up, and some that you can't. It cheerfully entertains in traffic, on city streets, undulating but uninteresting country roads.Some grand tourers work perfectly well there, too, soaking up enough punishment from the atrocious roadways without battering the occupants. The more voluptuous Aston Martins are particularly good at this trick, and they're plenty entertaining to cruise around in — or … [Read more...] about 2018 Subaru BRZ Quick Spin Review | Curves required
Earlier this year, we got wind of a new tire from General called the G-Max RS, which seemed to have some spectacular claims attached to it. General claimed for its new Ultra High Performance (UHP) tire that its dry handling would be light years ahead of its B-segment competitors, have up to 35 percent better tread life, a class-leading 50,000-mile warranty, a segment-busting 360 UTGQ treadwear rating, and an unprecedented 45-day free trial period.What’s more, the G-Max RS just looks the part. Arguably, it’s the best-looking UHP tire in the hotly contested B-market UHP segment, with an aggressive tread pattern, a rounded shoulder, and a smooth, unadorned sidewall. When it hits dealerships in late February of 2018, it will be available in 50 SKUs, many of them in late-model domestic rear-drive performance sizes, such as those for Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, and Charger. Moreover, because of its high grip, owners of pro touring, auto cross, and road-course track rats will be … [Read more...] about General’s G-Max RS May Change The Way UHP Tires Are Made!