1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The highest-mileage Miata on staff (by a hair) was bought with 173,000 on the odometer and some upgrades that put it into STS class in autocross. After a couple years of long-haul commuting, it had an engine rebuild at 250,000 miles and has slowly seen some much-needed repairs and upgrades as well.

It's still fairly ratty in appearance, but we racked up plenty of regional STS-class trophies in its life so far. Now, thanks to other upgrades and modifications, it's making a move to CSP but with a bias toward streetable fun rather than nationally competitive. The horsepower/torque numbers listed at right are dyno-proven numbers at the wheels.

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1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Apr
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Apr 12, 2013 | Mazda
Speakers Out

Our old speakers were crap.

Dec
19
Dec 19, 2012 | Mazda
More cooling system woes

With nearly every part of the cooling system replaced, the last one had to go, too.

Oct
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Oct 31, 2012 | Mazda
Spurt spurt spurt

Oh, coolant, won't you please stay inside?

Oct
03
Oct 3, 2012 | Mazda
Hot Wheels for Track Days

The right steelies can look excellent.

Aug
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Aug 15, 2012 | Mazda
Fun at The FIRM

We take our trusty Miata to the track.

Jul
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Jul 13, 2012 | Mazda
Stiff mounts for a Miata

These mounts are easier to install than OEM.

Jun
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Jun 29, 2012 | Mazda
What does it actually weigh?

We plop one of our white Miatas on the scales.

Jun
20
Jun 20, 2012 | Mazda
An evening of garage therapy

We make a handful of upgrades at once.

Apr
20
Apr 20, 2012 | Mazda
A Most Unfortunate Leak

When one coolant leak is fixed, another pops up.

Feb
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Feb 23, 2012 | Mazda
Bendy Bends

We discover the root cause of our car's shimmy: bent wheels.

Aug
03
Aug 3, 2011 | Mazda
Crank Pulleys Can Indeed Fail

We finally figure out why setting timing on this car was such an ordeal.

Jul
19
Jul 19, 2011 | Mazda
Artsy Fartsy Photo Shoot

After a proper washing, we relived a little bit of our college days with some self-indulgent photography.

Jul
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Jul 17, 2011 | Mazda
Retro Fabulous

Our old Miata gets a vintage steering wheel.

Jun
21
Jun 21, 2011 | Mazda
How do you bust an injector?

We discover a cracked fuel injector.

Jun
15
Jun 15, 2011 | Mazda
Another tick mark on the "The answer is always Miata" tally.

A Miata with a luggage rack is supremely useful as a furniture hauler.

Jun
03
Jun 3, 2011 | Mazda
Greetings from the new guy

Preparing for the trip was no small task: this 250,000-mile '91 Miata was due for an engine rebuild, and there were many more broken pieces along the way.

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