First-gen Mazda Miata buyer's guide | What you need to know

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Are all first-generation, NA-chassis Mazda Miatas the same? Absolutely not.

Here is a breakdown of some of the most important changes that happened during the production run–plus the many special editions released–from 1990-1997.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/18/22 9:12 a.m.

Is the Miata a classic? Well, I do have Antique tags on mine... laugh

shadetree30
shadetree30 HalfDork
11/9/22 3:47 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I dunno, but it IS the answer...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/9/22 5:45 p.m.
shadetree30 said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I dunno, but it IS the answer...

That is very true. 

billbrewer59
billbrewer59 New Reader
10/16/23 12:39 p.m.

     Not sure about this one. I drove the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley in a nearly new MX-5 Miata back in 1991 and it was a nice little Japanese car. Later, I drove a 1999 NB Miata and it was a good little car. In 2014 I drove a customized turbocharged NB with a custom fastback hardtop, front & rear spoilers and Lotus Elise seats. I have driven several other Miatas as well. Each time I think that it will be great fun and that I'll want to sell my old British iron for a dependable modern sports car and each time I come away slightly bored and uninvolved with them. No one I know of has ever had that response to a ride in my 1953 Morgan or 1960 Triumph TR3A. Maybe Miata is the answer, but I didn't ask that question.

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