Sure they're pretty, but are they usable cars?
This beauty is my every day transportation, so it gets driven a lot... and I love it!
When Butterfly & I still lived in Austin, TX, we took a vacation up in Silverton
Colorado, and drove there (and back again) in the Miata. The trip was a lot
easier than I expected it to be! It's really an amazingly comfortable car to do
1,100 mile trips in! In fact, since then I have made the drive to/from Austin to
Albuquerque in it, and was again very comfortable the whole way.
Having a nice stereo and a bunch of CDs didn't hurt!
But they have limits.
For one thing, they don't have much of a trunk. In fact, it's often referred
to as the rear glove box.
Having recently moved to New Mexico, where it snows,
I'm beginning to see why
so many people use their Miatas as summer-drivers only. But I'm far too much of a
hard-head for that! Unless there's stuff falling from the sky, or it's just too
cold to move the top without hurting it, I'm generally topdown.
On the other hand, if it's really bad weather, I tend to borrow my wife's Isuzu
Trooper... loooove that 4-wheel drive! Why don't they offer that as an option on
the Miata? Hmmm...
It's the bad road conditions that make me the most nervous, as Miatas aren't really
the most snow-footed of beasties. Ah well, I'm working on it. Maybe I'll find a way
to squeeze a set of Blizzak snow tires out of the budget?