The NB may be the superior car, but the NA is the better MiataMiatas are for faggetz.
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The Miata originally popped into my head because its a lightweight RWD car. Then I went to a few autocrosses and realized that they kick butt there. Then I did more and more research and decided that I really like them a lot. Then I drove one and that basically sealed the deal. In a matter of about a year I went from "why would I want this little girls car" to "omfg I need this in my life". I've wanted one ever since. Finally got my NB this weekend They are ridiculously fun and emotionally appealing cars. If you've never drive one, do it. Really.
btw, I picked an NB because its newer/fresher and therefore has lower mileage (typically). Its also stiffer, has a much better interior, yet drives the same as an NA and weighs only a little more. Honestly, you cant go wrong with any model.
The engines are, quite literally, built for boost. The 1.6l's even have all the factory oil feed/drains still cast in the block. Mazda took the 323gt(x) and basically modified it to be a better NA engine.What do all you Miata fans think of forced induction? I've been reading a few articles. Some people like it, some don't.
Honestly, there ain't much to go wrong on these cars. I'm racing on a 140k mile car that's 21 years old and hasn't exactly been the most well maintained car in its life as the P.O. was a girl in college. I've had 1 major problem that was only an early design issue for 1 year of these cars.When I come to buying my next car, if my budget is not as limited and I don't carry the occasional backseat passenger, I'd seriously consider an MX-5. But the MR2 and even the MG TF have their charms and I'd have to drive each of them to choose between them. I'd go for the NC if the budget permits, as if I were going to upgrade my car I'd like it to be newer. Also, lower mileage and fewer potential problems, and I don't mind trading off a tiny bit of driving enjoyment for a car that would be better to own in the long run.
I was going to get an ap2. Then I paid a third of what it costs for a Miata. I haven't driven an ap2, but my Miata is more fun than an ap1, imhoI like Miatas, specifically NB's but would rather buy a AP2 S2k. I've driven all three gen's and they were brilliant handling cars, especially the NA but it just doesn't get me going. I think if I got one I would have to put a rotary or LSx engine in it to make it mental/unique.
Really? The NC I drove once felt much more grown up than the NB - the NB was more raw feeling. I also felt like it had much better torque across the range, but that was probably the shorter ratio 6-speed versus the 5-peed in the NB.I was quite surprised at how similar they are to drive.