Approximately five years ago I started becoming very interested in Mazda Miatas. The tiny size, great handling and exciting appearance of this true sports car appealed to me like no automobile since the MG and Triumph roadsters of the 1960s and 1970s.
Through the years, I have become increasingly more fond of Miatas and for almost a year now, I have been wanting to buy a used model. Due to the convenience provided by the Internet, I have probably viewed more than 100 Miatas but had no interest in most of them. This is because I am only interested in purchasing one that features an automatic transmission.
It appears that most Miatas feature manual transmissions. Although I have driven mostly manual-transmission vehicles throughout most of my adult life, I don’t think I should be using a clutch on a regular basis now.
Several years back, I broke the femur bone in my left leg and the leg is not fully as strong as it used to be. I’m afraid that I would exert unnecessary wear and tear on a clutch because of the leg, so I’ve decided to try to purchase an automatic transmission-equipped Miata.
Recently, a person responded to an online ad I’m running wherein I state that I’m looking for a good condition, automatic transmission Mazda Miata. The man had a red 1995 Miata for sale about 12 miles from my home. A good friend and I went to check out the 1995 Miata and we both test-drove it.
Here are my impressions of the 1995 Mazda Miata after taking it for a nice test drive.
Because Mazda Miatas are built so low to the ground, getting in and out of them reminds me of entering and exiting a racing car. The 1995 Miata is indeed low-slung, but it was also fun and basically easy to get in and out of the vehicle.
The first thing I noticed with the interior of the 1995 Mazda Miata was how basic it was. To me, that is not a bad thing.
The car was not loaded with accessories that I would seldom, if ever use. It not only seemed like a true sports car, but it really reminded me of a racing car. The interior was not necessarily stripped-down, but it also wasn’t cluttered with equipment.
Driver and passenger bucket seats were standard equipment with the 1995 Mazda Miata. The driver’s seat was nice and comfortable and it was easy to adjust the seat. The optional equipment power windows and power exterior mirrors were features I was glad to see, even if the driver’s window did go up and down slowly.
On the day that I test-drove the 1995 Mazda Miata it was raining lightly outside. It was good to see that intermittent windshield wipers that worked well were a standard feature with the car.
After turning the key in the ignition, the Miata’s 1.8 liter I4 DOHC 16V engine started easily and it sounded good. The 128 horsepower engine noise was not loud, but it did possess a fairly throaty and powerful sound.
The 1995 Mazda Miata that I took on a road test was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The car reponded quickly and effortlessly when I put my foot on the gas pedal and it felt solid and stable when I accelerated. The industrial park where I test-drove the car contained some hilly areas and the Miata traversed them with ease. The standard-equipment power brakes in the Miata featured plenty of stopping power, but were not overly sensitive.
One of the things I was most interested in experiencing with the 1995 Mazda Miata was its handling characteristics. Repeatedly, I tried backing and driving forward into parking spaces, to see how the vehicle maneuvered in tight spaces. Because of the light rain, we were not able to lower the convertible top. The person selling the car assured me that little effort was required to lower the top.
The 1995 Mazda Miata was a joy to park. The optional power steering on the car made it simple to navigate the tightest of parking spaces. Very little turning of the steering wheel was required to park the car.
According to edmunds.com, the width of the 1995 Mazda Miata is 65.9 inches, its height is 48.2 inches and the length is 155.4 inches. Although the 1995 Miata is a very small automobile, there appeared to be plenty of hip, head and leg room when I was driving it. It was also nice to see that the trunk on the car was big enough to hold a few bags of groceries.
As it turns out, I did not purchase the red 1995 Miata. Even though I really wanted to buy it, there were complications with the car’s title, so I bowed out of the picture. For anybody considering buying a used 1995 Mazda Miata, I must say that I loved driving one of them. Also, there were almost no negative comments about the 1995 Miata on the various automotive review web sites I looked the car up on.
Personal experience with test-driving the 1995 Mazda Miata