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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? - the motherload of Miata info!
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