how long do mazda miatas last
you can make one last forever if you keep fixing the things that break. Its hard to asnwer a question like that.
The car is twenty two years old. What shape is it in?
This isnt a very specific question but for a general answer. the mazda miata NA and NB (1990 to....early 2000s) has either the 1.6 or 1.8 motor. both are small and stand up to abuse rather well. They can easily last 250K+ miles as long as maintenance is not overlooked. The only big weak point that I know of is the valves. Often, these motors (1.8 especially) will develop valve tick after 100K-150K miles. The only other thing I can think of off the top of my head is that the miata itself is sensitive to heat....the cooling system is not perfect so driving it on a very hot day (100+ deg F) for a long period of time can lead it to overheat. on the non mechanic relatedl side....the soft top rear window is horrible if it is plastic. It likes to fade from see through to yellow very fast, especially if the miata is left in the sun. The easy answer to that is to get either a soft top with a glass window or get a hardtop (which you will likely want anyway for long drives). We have two in the family (one 1.8 daily driver and one 1.6 track car) both great cars, very fun to drive. Our 1.8 regularly drives 300+ miles and has never given us any trouble and our 1.6 even lasted 2 seasons on the stock motor (turbo'ed) before it finally had to get a rebuild.
This link has a lot of models you can learn from and make your own educated choice: http://www.edmunds.com/mazda/mx-5-miata/ hope this helps my friend happy hunting :)
early ones need the occasional rag top replaced and had a weak crankshaft keyway and occasional issues with crank end play. The first results in a no start and teh latter, a clunk on shifting. Both relativiely eeasily fixed
Change the oil, dont let the coolant leak and drive "normal". Replace the timing belt at 60k and 120k and the miata is very capable of 300,000 miles.
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