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 the fourth leg of the Olympic Flame, the torch is passed to the latest and all-new Mazda Miata. Yes, there’s also an MX-5 in its name, but does anyone outside the inner circles call it that? It’s OK to say Miata, Mazda. It’s not a jacked-up 4WD or ground-pounding Corvette machomobile. Neither was the MGB or the Alfa Giulietta Spider. It’s a roadster, the all-time best-seller, and the only one still true to the classic tradition of agility and finesse. Of driving more by thought than muscle. We’re at Streets of Willow, a place I know better than my own bedroom. Way better, in fact, with all four generations of Miatas in race prep, warmed up in a neat row-to-go. Courtesy of Mazda, I’ve got a delicious opportunity to wring them out back-to-back. I’ve got Miata history. It was my honor in 1992 to win the very first national championship for a Miata, in Showroom Stock C (SSC) at the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta. But it was a long time before I … [Read more...] about 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Track Drive Review
The new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Sport are the best antidotes for the coming onslaught of autonomous vehicles. No lane-departure controls, no adaptive cruise controls, no cross-traffic alerts, nor blind-spot information systems. Say “hell no” to automatic braking systems. Autonomy? We don’t need no stinkin’ autonomy. The Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club are cars to drive, not to be driven in. The only concession to such modern automation gadgetry is the navigation system in the Spider Abarth and the rotary knob that controls infotainment screens in both, poorly located too close to the gearshift. The Miata and Spider Abarth—Spiata, if you will—are your first defenses against the onslaught of these building blocks towards driverless cars. If you accept the theory that autonomous vehicle technology will soon begin accelerating the way computers and the internet have, then … [Read more...] about 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
Flyin' Miata Summer Camp. The crew hosts a day of seminars covering everything from new products to a timing belt how-to, and this year, a total of 11 V8 conversions showed up in the same room. There are many ways to pull over 400 horsepower from a Mazda Miata, but few are more entertaining than plopping a honkin' American V8 behind the headlights.The shop routinely plays host to Keith Tanner's delicious Targa Miata as well as the company's NB development mule, Elvis, and his NC sister, Betty, but with six customer cars with FM V8 conversions on hand plus two homebrew specials hanging about, the total hit an all-time high.No one's throwing out any specific numbers, but estimates put the final horsepower figure at around 4,500 ponies. For perspective, you'd need to amass around 27 stock NC models to crest the same number. Cue the mad-scientist laughter.This year marked the 15th Flyin' Miata Summer camp, and fans of the brand trekked from as far as Maine and Florida for five days of … [Read more...] about This is what 4,500 hp worth of V8 Miatas looks like
For the Miata, we want history to repeat, but with one exception: the dealer markup. The redesigned and hotly-anticipated 2016 Mazda Miata is poised to once again be the best sports car in America, as widely hailed back in 1989. It improves upon past generations by featuring a solid weight reduction and a revised suspension, both of which will make it the most fun-to-drive Miata ever. The said attributes have been hot-button topics of debate among all the Mazda enthusiasts who are salivating at their chance of owning the track-ready roadster. Will History Repeat?But with two scoops of good news, a pinch of bad news might follow. And that bad news if the potential for dealer markups. In the searing heat of July 25, 1989, Jim Mateja from the Chicago Tribune penned a piece dubbed "When Money Doesn't Talk" which surfaced the fat $3,000 markups that accompanied the 1989 Miata because of poor planning and unscrupulous dealerships. You can read the story here.In the case of 1989, Mazda … [Read more...] about Mazda Issues 2016 Miata Markup Warning
The 1960s was the golden age for convertibles: Lotus Elans, MG Midgets, Austin Healey Sprites, Triumph TR6s, Chevy Corvettes and others. By the mid-70s, market forces, safety regulations and horrific build quality conspired to kill the open seat convertible. Ten years later, when large convertibles started to make a comeback. In 1989, Mazda’s California design team issued forth an Elan-evoking drop-top– without the leaky oil and the wonky electrics. In the next ten years, Mazda sold nearly 500k Miatas. To celebrate the model’s tenth anniversary, Mazda created a special Anniversary Edition (10AM) model based on the then-new second generation car (codenamed NB).Unlike previous special edition MX-5’s, the 10AM was more than a simple paint and badge job. The biggest change: the brand’s boffins replaced the MX’s slick-shifting five-speed gearbox with a six-speed manual transmission. This close ratio gear box improved the car’s performance and made … [Read more...] about Review: 1999 Mazda Miata 10th Anniversary Edition
The conventions of auto writing require that we come up with at least one labored metaphor for every comparison test, so here goes: You guys remember that movie It Might Get Loud? Obviously, the Scion FR-S is Jack White: deliberately stripped-down and retro, perhaps too self-consciously context-sensitive, adored without reservation by a bunch of people who have never signed a mortgage. The Genesis 2.0t R-Spec is the Edge: a lot of sharp edges and technical brilliance intended to cover up a fundamental deficit of talent.The Miata? Well… When we meet Mr. Page in the aforementioned movie, he is being chauffeured to an ancient English home. He is a sixty-ish man in a bespoke greatcoat: quiet, reserved, old. He tells a few stories in a voice that barely registers over the road noise and looks thoughtfully out the window at the lovely countryside and whatnot. You know he wouldn’t fit into the infamous dragon suit, and you wouldn’t want to see him in it even if he … [Read more...] about Boomerang Basement Bolides – First Place: Mazda Miata PRHT
It’s no secret we’re fans of Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, so you can bet that we’ve been eagerly following the gestation of the fourth generation of the affordable sports car, looking for any little bit of news. Well, after passing the time by publishing our latest intel on the new roadster, meticulously breaking down the car’s chassis (which Mazda previewed at this year’s New York auto show), and celebrating the Miata’s 25th anniversary, we finally have fresh fodder: The 2016 Miata will debut on September 3. There will be simultaneous events in the U.S. (in Monterey, California), Barcelona, and Japan. Okay, so knowing when the sheets will be pulled off of the latest Miata isn’t exactly earth-stopping news, but it finally attaches a timeline to our collective anticipation. Following Mazda’s naming convention for the first three Miata generations—the first-gen was referred to as the NA, the second-gen was called … [Read more...] about 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to Be Revealed Simultaneously on Three Continents
With Mazda’s pokey little MX-5 Miata sports car celebrating its 25th birthday this year and the new, fourth-generation car’s arrival just around the corner (tomorrow!), we called a staff meeting to determine how best to celebrate. Cross-country trip? Already done (thanks, Road & Track). Take one racing? Also not exactly a new concept for the easy-to-race Miata, plus—shockingly—no one in the office has a race-prepped Mazda. Ultimately, we figured that the most appropriate course of action involved simply driving the thing.As it turns out, finding examples of each generation of Miata to drive isn’t terribly difficult. Survey the staff at any car magazine, and chances are you’ll find numerous Miata owners. There’s a good reason for this—the MX-5 is lightweight, agile, and doesn’t need to be driven fast to reach its limits. These traits make it not only an ideal palate-cleanser for folks who review cars for a living, but also a ball … [Read more...] about Happy 25th, MX-5 Miata! Three Generations of Mazda’s Sports Car Compared—Plus Our Original Reviews!
Silver was not my first choice. But after spending weeks on the prowl for an older Mazda Miata, I found the right car within walking distance of my childhood home.Our new-to-us Miata is a 2004 model with a six-speed manual and only 43,000 miles under its belt. Always stored for the winter, as most Miatas are in this part of eastern Canada, the car is in ridiculously good condition, revving seductively and shifting like nothing else shifts this side of an RX-8.I’m not a huge fan of the MY2004-2005 OEM wheels. I’d prefer cloth seats. It’s silver, not the black I was after.But after considering German droptops and Jeep Wranglers and numerous vehicles that did not come close to fulfilling my list of requirements, I couldn’t deny my initial instincts.I wanted a Miata for 28 years. I have one now.What caused me to avoid the other cars on the list we showed you earlier this week?The Jeep Wrangler was let down on a few counts. First, tedious softtop … [Read more...] about Introducing Tim’s Early-Life Crisis: 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Test