Registry: 1999 Mazda MX-5
Jack Kintner's 1999 Mazda MX-5
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Something I don't see mentioned very often is how good a car this is in traffic, especially with the top down, because of its quick and balanced handling and great visibility. And believe me, it's nice to have in a great international city like Vancouver with its not so great international drivers.
Formerly a Porsche guy (911) for many years, I find the Miata way more fun at one tenth the price, and so far (8 years) no tickets - I think the dark green metallic color (close to but not quite BRG) makes it into a bit of a stealth mobile. There have been about half a dozen times when I've zipped into a got-me-dead-to-rights kind of deal only lo find, as if Luke Skywalker were in the trunk, cops rendered mysteriously unaware, either looking the other way, eating a sandwich or doing a Barney Fife with something obvious but invisible right under their noses.
In other words, this car (and the color, I'm sure) has good kop karma and so far (8 years) no tickets, richly deserve them though I may. My red Porsche, on the other hand, drew citations like road kill draws flies.
In what the Brits would call twiddly bits in the hills - and both British Columbia and Washington state have some classic sports car roads - it does as well or better leaving Detroit Iron like Mustangs in the dirt as did my Porsche. It reminds me a lot of the Lotus Elan I drove in the '60's, being all about lightness and nimble handling.
And another bonus - it's small enough to sometimes sneak around barriers when mountain passes are closed for snow, giving you the ultimate pleasure of many miles of empty road all to yourself before hitting snowbanks. And then, surprise surprise, the only car I've had that's better in the snow was my college ride, a two-stroke front wheel drive SAAB.
It's got sway bars, Bilstein shocks, Winwood brakes but basically is mechanically stock. No leaks, no rattles, everything works just fine. Next step - I'm looking at a new ECU Flyin' Miata is now offering, perhaps as a part of a turbocharger package. I'd like to hear from any of you who have turboed that year engine. A lottery win will earn me a V-8 transplant. THEN I'll get tickets but won't care, being rich.
Until then, Zoom Zoom Zoom!
|Owner:||Jack Kintner [Jack Kintner]|
|Location:||Blaine, WA, USA|
|Current Colour:||GREEN METALLIC|
|Last Updated:||2017-01-22 05:36:15|
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Check Digit: 1 = OK
Model Year: 1999
Plant Code: 0
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This vehicle's information was last updated on 2017-01-22 05:36:15
|Jun 6, 2009||Jack Kintner||Added to Registry (ID 33258)|
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