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Bought 1992 Miata... now I know why itís so loveable. I wish my Evora would shift as



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I had a few Miata's the last a 2017 RF with a short shift kit, I think the 400 has a great gearbox, just needs a shorter throw.
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Agree with both above; after 3 Miata's (current owner 2016), continued awe of how well the car does what is intended, including crisp shifting...........Evora 400 very similar, slightly longer throw.....complementary I feel considering direct vs cable connections.......
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My therapy yesterday aftr sending my 15 yr old poodle to heaven was a nice 45 minute top down cruise in the wife's 12 Miata GT PRHT. It is an auto as she does not shift but the paddles do everything I ask of it. Just wish redline wasn't so low!!! Most fun occurs when you see hairpin 20mph corners
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This was my last Miata, it had about 10k worth of upgrades. Does anyone make a SSK for the 400?
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I have a 6 speed 2008 Miata and it is superb. The 5 speed Miata transmission is supposed to be even better.

The solution is to own both an Evora and a Miata. I am aiming at adding the Evora.
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My therapy yesterday aftr sending my 15 yr old poodle to heaven......:
That sucks. 15 years is a good run for a big dog. Losing an old pal like that is tough.

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That sucks. 15 years is a good run for a big dog. Losing an old pal like that is tough.
She actually a toy but still 15years and they are instilled in your heart. I can't quite fall in love with new RF and neither can my wife. We don't know why but maybe if they smarten up and make it in True Red like our 2012..... and add 50HP.

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There's honestly something magical about the NA and NB Miata. Size, weight, suspension, simplicity. It's a joy to drive in any situation. Subtle, stiff (enough), communicative, maneuverable, and makes all the right sounds. One thing that I don't hear alot about is the gearing. The ratios are just perfectly selected to match the character of the engine. The shifter is magnificent. It's direct linkage to the transmission is just superior to a remote box. The flex and bend of a rod or cable isn't there. Our mid-engine cars will never be as good. As soon as I sold it I started thinking about buying another one.

I wasn't happy with the steering feel in the ND and it's a tight squeeze for me. But I love that it's being made.

I believe that as cars get heavier and more complicated, younger enthusiasts will continue to re-discover the joys of a simple sports car and hopefully Lotus will re-think the plan to not replace the Elise.

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I've had 2 Miata's, a 1997 and a 2004 Mazdaspeed turbo, and for my money there are no better Sports Cars on the planet. So easy to use, fantastic balance, cheap to own/maintain, not too serious, just pure joy. Only about a billion times better than my S2000 and Exige. They are just fantastic packages.
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I have been driving a 1991 Miata everyday for the past 4-years. I bought it with 60k actual miles and it just turned 90k last week. It is a great car for L.A. traffic. I love it!

I bought a new 2016 MX-5 (Miata) ND with the club package (Brembo brakes, forged BBS wheels, Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential) on the last day of November 2016. Overall, I like the 1991 better than the new car, although the new car is faster.

In fact, the new MX-5 sits in the garage most of the time and I recently decided to sell it (it has less than 4k miles on it!). I realized I only need my 2011 Elise SC for weekends and the NA Miata for everyday and I'll be happy!

Good luck with your new Miata!
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The earlier Miata's had more charm IMO, but I start at 1994 with the 1.8 Protege engine, as the 1.6 was just too anorexic for my taste. 1994-1998 are the cars to have (IMO), with my favorite being the 1995 Merlot M Edition with the BBS wheels.


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I have been driving a 1991 Miata everyday for the past 4-years. I bought it with 60k actual miles and it just turned 90k last week. It is a great car for L.A. traffic. I love it!

I bought a new 2016 MX-5 (Miata) ND with the club package (Brembo brakes, forged BBS wheels, Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential) on the last day of November 2016. Overall, I like the 1991 better than the new car, although the new car is faster.

In fact, the new MX-5 sits in the garage most of the time and I recently decided to sell it (it has less than 4k miles on it!). I realized I only need my 2011 Elise SC for weekends and the NA Miata for everyday and I'll be happy!

Good luck with your new Miata!
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My therapy yesterday aftr sending my 15 yr old poodle to heaven was a nice 45 minute top down cruise in the wife's 12 Miata GT PRHT. It is an auto as she does not shift but the paddles do everything I ask of it. Just wish redline wasn't so low!!! Most fun occurs when you see hairpin 20mph corners


Sorry to hear about your dog, itís always hard.


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I have been driving a 1991 Miata everyday for the past 4-years. I bought it with 60k actual miles and it just turned 90k last week. It is a great car for L.A. traffic. I love it!



I bought a new 2016 MX-5 (Miata) ND with the club package (Brembo brakes, forged BBS wheels, Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential) on the last day of November 2016. Overall, I like the 1991 better than the new car, although the new car is faster.



In fact, the new MX-5 sits in the garage most of the time and I recently decided to sell it (it has less than 4k miles on it!). I realized I only need my 2011 Elise SC for weekends and the NA Miata for everyday and I'll be happy!



Good luck with your new Miata!

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Got mine with 109k mostly garage kept. All manual (even the windows), need some minor repairs, but got it for funny price. Really love it.


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I can confirm that owning both is the solution . . . I have my 1990 Spec Miata with a blower that I track (between racing and tracking, I've got 15K track miles on it) and a '14 Evora S that I use to enjoy on the street. I tracked the Evora S a couple of times, but I like the cage, belts and low cost of tracking of the Miata. The best of both worlds
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Owning both is amazing.

I actually bought my 1995 Miata as a project, drop it into a Lotus Super Seven clone kit, but I find that I enjoy driving it so much I might need to buy another one so I can have both the clone and the OG Miata.

The place where it truly excels is when you have a 3-hour highway drive between you and your destination. I can drive my Elise all day on back roads, with my butt shifting all over the seat I never notice how firm those seats are...but put me on 100+ miles of freeway and I find that I don't actually enjoy it. The stock seats on the Miata, I could sit in for 8 hours of highway (plus it has cruise control).
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The only thing that dissapointed me about the Evora was the shifting feel. I've since installed the Sector 111 shifter and transcables and it is actually a huge improvement. It is a little difficult to adjust but once you get it right it transforms the car. Shifts are easy and direct now. Best mod for the money in my opinion for Evora/S.

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I've had my share of cars from a beater Ford ranger to whatever you might consider to be exotic or supercar. But the sweetest shifting car that offered the most pure driving enjoyment was a new off the showroom 1989 Miata which I got as a high school graduation gift. I miss that car.
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