Here’s the latest reader rant – along with my reply!
Jason writes: Just a quick thanks. I have been back and forth about what to do with my old car since it got hit by a deer (minor damage) and hasn’t run in a couple years since I parked it last. It’s probably going to have to sit another 3 years until my truck is paid off, but it might just be worth keeping and fixing down the road. It’s a 1990 Miata -14 years newer than your TA, but it still has all the flair of a classic car except with a basic computer and one airbag that can be removed.
The airbag doesn’t even work in it anymore.
I would replace the steering wheel with a classic look steering wheel like a classic British roadster.
It turns 30 next year and value should start ticking up over the rest of its years. I bought it when the price was low – $2,600.00 I did spend more on quality go fast/stop fast goodies, but there was never an expectation of return on aftermarket upgrades. And as well, I don’t think I ever wanted to get rid of it anyways. It’s a great car. It amazes me that at this point, how many people don’t know what a great car the first-gen Miatas are.
The only reason it isn’t running now is that I had to make a choice for reliable transportation. I had to make a choice and I needed a vehicle that worked for living in the country. The Miata doesn’t tow, doesn’t have storage space; heck, doesn’t even fit my Doberman in it for a run to the vet. On top of it all, living in the country on a dirt road, the Miata is not a winter vehicle (which is why it sat idle long enough to fall into non-running condition). But with your prediction of where things are moving . . . Yeah, I’m going to hold onto it. Once the truck is paid off, I will get it back running again. It is stored out of the elements now and I think it can hold on. And just the thought of driving it again reminds me of all the fun I had in the past with it. Thank you for convincing me not to do something stupid like getting rid of it. I’ll have to wait for it, but I will be happy to have my glorified go-kart back when I can afford to make it happen.
My reply: Glad I was able to be of service! And you’re right; first-gen Miatas are superb cars. They are very hard to hurt, very easy to love – and will run reliably almost indefinitely.
Which makes them very much unlike anything that’s new!
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