I've had two Miatas: an '04 that was pretty slick, and a '99 that I picked up in New Jersey and drove back to Dallas.
Fun fact: Jersey is right next to New York City. Manhattan was visible from the used car dealership. Driving through Times Square, on a Saturday night at 7pm, in the snow, in a Miata, is about as fun as one would expect. But, hey - it was right there. What would you have done?
I bought the '99 with 60k miles, and put another 40k on it over the next year. I then bought a Boxster S. The Miata spent awhile sitting in the garage. Like, four years. I'd drive it occasionally just to remind myself why I was paying so much for a Porsche.
A few years later - say, five years after buying the car - it had about 140k on the odometer. I'd never had to touch anything other than brakes, tires and oil. The AC was flakey, but considering the age of the car and the mileage at that point, I couldn't really complain. I installed a Hard Dog rollbar - nice thing about Miatas is the aftermarket support - drove it at track events for another year when I didn't feel like buying slicks for the Boxster.
Then, one day, a friend slammed it into a concrete pillar in an underground parking garage.
I paid $6500 for the car when it was about 4 years old.
I put well over 100k miles on the car, and probably spent $1k-$2k in maintenance and repairs during that time.
The insurance company gave me $8k.
Overall, I'd call that a win.
It's a really, really fun car. Certainly not as distinctive as the Solstice, but don't knock it. There's a reason they're popular track cars - handles like a go-cart, loves to oversteer (but very predictably), and they're CHEAP.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one for a weekend track car.
Blue-ish 2006 2.4, Werks stage 1 turbo, Borla cat-back, DDM braces, Spec aluminum flywheel, Spec stage 2 clutch, Werks aluminum radiator, some gauges, RKSport hood, Morimoto FX-Rs, GReddy Profec, Norm's fenders
'07 GXP, Werks Big Wheel K04 and tune, Solo catless downpipe, TCE Wilwood 6 piston front brakes, 4-piston rears , stainless brake lines, slotted/drilled rotors, BC Racing BR coilovers, Performance Autowerks intercooler, DDMWorks CAI, charge pipes and braces, RPM rollbar
Last edited by raygun; 04-26-2018 at 03:53 PM.