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    Mazda MX-5/Miata

    Anyone own, owned, or driven one?

    Backstory: I bought an electric guitar recently, my first since high school, and it occurred to me if I'm gonna play it with other people I'll need a car for lugging amps and cables and stuff around. Can't just take it on the train like I can with my acoustic. So I'm considering learning to drive and getting a car and all that. While I was researching I came across these cars and have spent the last week or so just reading everything I can find about them, and have sort of fallen a little in love with the early ones (with the popup headlights and 1.6L).

    One thing I haven't been able to find out in all my reading, though, is an accurate account of the boot (trunk) space/layout. I've seen a few pictures and it looks like my guitar and amp should fit, but it's hard to be sure without measurements; and since transporting the guitar and bits is kind of my entire justification for even considering learning how to drive, I thought it might be a good idea to confirm whether the whole caper is even feasible before I get any more involved...

    So! If anyone has an early MX-5/Miata, and has a few spare minutes, a tape measure and some rudimentary tech drawing skills, I'd really appreciate if you could put together a quick diagram of the boot layout and dimensions.

    Or alternately just share your stories about this car.
    Last edited by ascend; 04-20-09 at 05:30 AM. Reason: boot/trunk

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    "there is no perfect sports car"

    actually, miata can be a forgiving RWD car.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    I put a Gibson Firebird an MG Midget in the 80's, so Im sure you
    could get a guitar in the front seat and a combo amp in the
    trunk of a Miata, which is a little larger

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    I had a Miata. I loved it, but the leaky roof, and gasket seals on the engine caused me to pass it on. I still miss it on warm sunny days.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Also ask here: http://forum.miata.net/ and here: http://sccaforums.com/

    I'd love to have one as a second or third car. If I could afford the extra expenses, I'd race the bugger. I only got to drive one hard once, and its balance and point-ability really impressed me.

    For now, take your guitar -- or at least its empty case, if you use a hard case -- and go find a Miata to do some test fitting. That's what I did when I went car shopping for the first time (except that I had my tuba case), and some models got eliminated while some others became candidates.

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    You might be able to fit a small amp in the trunk, but that's pretty much it. I'll bet just about any guitar can be placed on the passenger seat.

    A miata it not a very practical car. For probably less money you can get an early honda hatchback and be able to fit friends AND guitars/amps back there. But if you think you'd be happy with a two seater (one seater when transporting anything large), the miata IS a blast to drive. My uncle had one that hit 300K miles before he got rid of it.

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    If you are a guy I don't suggest a Miata

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Yeah, I will if I don't get anything here. I'd rather not mess about joining yet another forum just to ask one question though, so I'm saving those as a kind of last resort for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzbox
    If you are a guy I don't suggest a Miata
    Meh. I'm comfortable in my masculinity; I'll drive whatever I like thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
    If you are a guy I don't suggest a Miata
    it's true, around here, people refer to it as the lesbian mobile
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    it's true, around here, people refer to it as the lesbian mobile
    Was that before or after you bought one?
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    i love Miatas, particularly the 1G cars.

    but the boot is absurdly tiny. and make sure it has the shield on the left side inner wing before putting anything in it. otherwise, you get dents in the left fender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
    If you are a guy I don't suggest a Miata
    Most of the Miatas I see at any one time around here tend to have roll bars, sponsor stickers and Hoosier slicks -- unless they're in a different class, in which case those Hoosiers aren't allowed and they use sticky street-legal rubber instead.

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    Just measured mine out.
    The boot opening is 17 x 38 x 10

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    If you want practicality, buy a Corolla hatchback.

    If you want to enjoy driving and have some fun, get the MX-5. The 1.6lt version has more than enough power if you know how to use a manual gearbox. See if you can get one with the optional hardtop (just the thing for that Melbourne weather).

    And if you live anywhere near Prahran I can recommend a very good mechanic.

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    I don't think you're going to fit a hardcase or an amp into the trunke, especially with the spare in. People who think they are girl car have never driven one or don't understand what a sports car. My top is solid and doesn't leak. I bought mine because I also have a turbo MR2 and wanted something I could beat on day to day but still have fun driving. It's a very forgiving car the limit, push it till it screams and it's still neutral to slightly push-y.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Just measured mine out.
    The boot opening is 17 x 38 x 10
    Did you end up getting your Miata back, or did you buy another?

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    I know for a fact that you can not get two sets of golf clubs in the trunk of a miata, not huge tour bags, small carry bags,,, that and it is a total chick car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Most of the Miatas I see at any one time around here tend to have roll bars, sponsor stickers and Hoosier slicks -- unless they're in a different class, in which case those Hoosiers aren't allowed and they use sticky street-legal rubber instead.
    Still doesn't get rid of the fact that most guys who buy Miatas are... well... are they really guys???

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    Cheap to insure

    Cheap to mantain

    I was OK comfortable being 6'1

    Love the handling

    Carry crazy speed around the corners

    ... where it matters.
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    My wife had one ('a 96) for quite a while. I drove it quite a bit. It is fun to drive... but it is very small inside. I'm 6' and 142 lbs and don't mind a small car but the Miata was very tight. With the seat all the way back my head brushed the inside of the top and my knees hit the dash if I moved them. No extra head room or leg room or elbow room. It is also tiring for long distances. The convertable top makes for a loud interior. We drove it up to Tahoe (~5 hours on the back roads) for a weekend and by the end we were beat like we'd been on motorcycles all day. If your driving plans include any long trips, or you are taller or wider than I am, you may not like it that much. And there is little carrying capacity... can't fit a bike in it.

    On the other hand, its a well built reliable car. The clutch and shifter are awesome, I can't think of a better car to learn how to drive a manual in. They are popular so there's a lot of knowledge, spare parts and aftermarket support for them. It's just not a very practical car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Did you end up getting your Miata back, or did you buy another?
    Bought a new (to me) one.
    Same year, same color, nicer trim level.
    Did the same mods to it. New breather, new heads, wide mid-pipe, duel exhaust + I added Edelbrock springs (lowered 1.5 inches) and adjustable shocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    Still doesn't get rid of the fact that most guys who buy Miatas are... well... are they really guys???
    The MX-5 was always a respectable sports car in AUS. It wasn't flashy, it handled well (it re-set the benchmark) and it was reliable. It was never considered a 'hairdressers car' - which is what I think you are suggesting!

    At highschool one of the teachers had a 1960s Lotus Elan. The MX-5 not only looks like it, but it behaves like its descendent.

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    An early generation Miata was one of the first sports cars I ever drove back in the summer of 2000. It was sitting on a car lot not too far from home. I'd just had to move back in with my parents for a bit and was feeling a bit low about it. Saw the car and decided a test drive was in order. It needed new tires, but still held the corners well. The engine had a nice revving attitude and the gearshift worked with snick-snick precision. The downer was that the radiator had a very noticeable leak. Between that and the tires, I decided the lot was asking too much and passed on it. Kinda regretted it later, but there are others and I'll have one sooner or later. As it is, I drive a 1974 MGB most days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK1974 View Post
    An early generation Miata was one of the first sports cars I ever drove back in the summer of 2000. It was sitting on a car lot not too far from home. I'd just had to move back in with my parents for a bit and was feeling a bit low about it. Saw the car and decided a test drive was in order. It needed new tires, but still held the corners well. The engine had a nice revving attitude and the gearshift worked with snick-snick precision. The downer was that the radiator had a very noticeable leak. Between that and the tires, I decided the lot was asking too much and passed on it. Kinda regretted it later, but there are others and I'll have one sooner or later. As it is, I drive a 1974 MGB most days.
    My second car was a 67 MGB. Great love for that car.

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    Never owned or driven one. But I was a passenger, once. The owner, borderline Athena,was driving. I was in the passenger seat (I've been a Clyde since H.S.). And my wife, also borderline Athena, was wedged between us.

    That was AFTER the same driver managed to fit her boyfriend and 3 other guys in the car.
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