Garage: 1992 Mazda Miata MX-5

Miata MX5

Miata MX5

Shortly after the sale of the second (and sometimes first) love of my life the SV650, I was left with a horrible dilemma. What am I going to do without a second vehicle?

My wife was nine months pregnant and was due literally ANY day. ANY day. Many people go through a period of time during moments when there just doesn’t seem to be that much mental clarity. Sometimes it is after their kids go away to college, or sometimes it is when they are about to have kids. I did what any man going through one of these times does…I bought a Miata.

That at least is what my wife tells me. I would rather say that the Miata is one of the single best handling cars to drive stock and as a result is likely one of the funnest cars that you can drive within the realms of legality. I won’t go into a full review as that will come later on, but here is the story.

The car cost me the exact same price as my motorcycle was sold for $2600, and it was immaculately clean and had been fully detailed with 118,000 miles on it. It is a base model for the year, which includes neither power windows, power mirrors, power roof, or power steering making it the ideal enthusiast car. It has load of details that continue to travel along those lines. The Miata has a 5 speed transmission and four wheel disk brakes that are not anti-lock brakes. Because this is the ’92 model there is only a drivers side airbag, which has a certain benefit for me…my 3 year old can drive in it without any worry of being killed by the airbags. That doesn’t seem like the best logic, but my daughter LOVES this car. She begs me to take her in trips and we have probably put about 1000 miles in it together in the few short months of driving it.

There are only a few problems with the car. It has a couple of leaks that need to be taken care of and appear to be at the hoses, and I need to do the brakes. Other than that it is one of the best things you can buy for $2600.

Here are the specs:

Engine: 1.6L DOHC 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 116hp@ 6500rpm
Torque: 100 ft-lb@ 5500rpm
Drive: Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual

Curb weight: 2264 lbs

Fuel Economy: 21/27 according to Mazda. I get 32mph consistantly.

2 comments ↓

#1 Ronnie Overby on 12.26.08 at 5:41 pm

Where is your car located ?

#2 Austin on 12.26.08 at 8:44 pm

We are located in the Phoenix area.

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