Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
David asks: I’ve been thinking of getting a Mazda Miata. It is to have something fun to drive, that is not new, and does not cost an arm and a leg? What years/models would you suggest?
My reply: Almost any Miata! The car remains minimalist to this day, with very mild/incremental changes over the years accounting for the differences, year-to-year. But the fundamentals have aways stayed the same. An ’89 Miata and a new Miata deliver remarkably similar experiences. Your main consideration, then, is to find a good Miata – with the year being almost irrelevant.
And the really good new here is that it is very hard to hurt a Miata. These cars are Corolla-reliable/durable, even when used as weekend track-day cars. Even ones with 100k-plus miles are safe bets on account of the excellence of their underlying engineering.
The usual due diligence is important, but other than that it really comes down to your preferences as regards year-to-year styling changes, whether you prefer the six-speed manual that became standard about a year ago (vs. the five speed), incremental increases in the output of the engine and so on.
It is very hard to go wrong with a Miata – and I’m the regulars here will amen and agree with all of the above and offer some additional thoughts that maybe helpful here.
You are in for a lot of fun once you have one!
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