1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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.

Latest updates

Apr
12
Apr 12, 2013
Speakers Out

Our old speakers were crap.

Dec
19
Dec 19, 2012
More cooling system woes

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

Oct
31
Oct 31, 2012
Spurt spurt spurt

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

Oct
03
Oct 3, 2012
Hot Wheels for Track Days

The right steelies can look excellent.

Aug
15
Aug 15, 2012
Fun at The FIRM

We take our trusty Miata to the track.

Jul
13
Jul 13, 2012
Stiff mounts for a Miata

These mounts are easier to install than OEM.

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

We plop one of our white Miatas on the scales.

Jun
20
Jun 20, 2012
An evening of garage therapy

We make a handful of upgrades at once.

Apr
20
Apr 20, 2012
A Most Unfortunate Leak

When one coolant leak is fixed, another pops up.

Feb
23
Feb 23, 2012
Bendy Bends

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

Aug
03
Aug 3, 2011
Crank Pulleys Can Indeed Fail

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

Jul
19
Jul 19, 2011
Artsy Fartsy Photo Shoot

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

Jul
17
Jul 17, 2011
Retro Fabulous

Our old Miata gets a vintage steering wheel.

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

We discover a cracked fuel injector.

Jun
15
Jun 15, 2011
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
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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