Early Miata buyer's guide | What to know when shopping

https://www.youtube.com/embed/PqaWWj5AMxo

Which NA-chassis Mazda Miata is the one to buy? After all, the first-gen model received numerous changes during its production run from 1990-1997.

To help you decide, we breakdown of some of the most important model-year changes and even cover the many special editions released.

Crossworth
Crossworth New Reader
8/15/22 8:49 p.m.

Thank you Tim for the  video.

Nice compliment to your recent magazine article on NA Maita's.

I  agree, the 1.6 are rev happy, which equates to a more Zoom-Zoom feeling of fun a car to drive, even slow speeds.  

 

I have a NA6 and NA8 that I will be keeping until I can longer drive.

 

See you and staff and Monterey Kick-Off Aug 16,2022

 

 

 

jr02518
jr02518 HalfDork
8/15/22 9:06 p.m.

My '95 NA is now and will always just be a driver. At 165,000 miles it has been enjoyed!

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/16/22 12:40 p.m.

In reply to jr02518 :

There's something about those NB five-spokes on an NA. Nicely done. 

And I took mine for another top-down drive last night. smiley

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/16/22 12:41 p.m.

In reply to Crossworth :

Last night I took a friend for a quick drive in my 1.6. He echoed your comment: It just feels alive. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/16/22 1:12 p.m.

It's the cam. Mazda built the 1.6 to wake up at 4000. Customers started asking for "more low end power" so that's how they tuned the 1.8. The trend towards a big flat torque curve has continued ever since, with the ND2 finally picking up an interesting upper end for the first time since 1993.

I think the collector NA of choice is the 1993 LE. It's a more interesting and less common car than the 1991 BRG.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/16/22 4:55 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Oh yeah, seeing those red seats in the black car always makes me snap my head around. And you can't forget the stellar speaker covers in the doors. 

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