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Old 08-12-2016, 07:03 PM   #155
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Had a Z4, gave me skin cancer due to all the top down driving. I love drop tops. Drove my son's NA series Miata. So sweet when it hit 4k and started to really pull. Fun car, the only reason I have a BRZ is that I don't want the fight of stuffing my fat arse in the thing every day for the drive to work, otherwise, I'd be on completely different forums.
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And you would be wrong. I'm probably older than you are.

Yes and No.

1) I don't like convertibles. Any convertibles.Nor do I like t-tops,or targa tops. Just not my thing,kinda like I'd never be caught dead buying a white car.There's just certain aspect of cars that don't appeal to me.

2) The car feels like a glorified go kart. Honestly,it's just not my style. I guess I'm supposed to love it just because everyone else does. And here I was thinking that I lived in a free country with the freedom to like or dislike whatever I want. Silly me,I guess.

........and that's OK .....

I was never attracted to convertibles until I discovered that the 2nd mrs humfrz didn't like riding on the back of my motorbike ........ However, the sex was great, so I let that pass.......

I had eyed the older miatas, but saw them as "small, underpowered and usually driven by girls". Bummer!

However, I had caught the "roadster fever" and being a long time Saturn owner, I ordered a Saturn Sky. Then after seeing one in person, I discovered it had no trunk ..... not good for touring, (mrs humfrz likes to change clothes every day .... ).

About that time the new Miata's (NC) hit the dealerships, so I went and took one for a test drive ........ that was it ...... it "fit" me perfectly.

So, I took it home and get my deposit back on the Sky.

We had 8 years and 88,000 miles of roadster fun .......

NO ....... my Miata was NOT WHITE ..........


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Old 08-12-2016, 07:38 PM   #157
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Haha.

One time at the drag strip in my 350Z, I accidentally left my digital readout in temperature mode. After shifting to second gear, I glanced at the display and thought it was showing 93MPH. (wtf?) When I realized it was showing degrees rather than MPH, I started cycling through the options until...my shift light came on! "Ohhh yeah, I'm racing"....I forgot.

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Had a Z4, gave me skin cancer due to all the top down driving. I love drop tops. Drove my son's NA series Miata. So sweet when it hit 4k and started to really pull. Fun car, the only reason I have a BRZ is that I don't want the fight of stuffing my fat arse in the thing every day for the drive to work, otherwise, I'd be on completely different forums.
Hi @Yal ...... I see a Buick in your near future .......

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Shortly after placing a deposit to reserve my FR-S I stumbled upon a silhouette drawing showing the NC MX-5 superimposed on a twin for comparitive size. At that moment I had a feeling I might need to exercise my right of refusal when the car arrived. Fortunately it was fine when I finally got to sit in one.

The MX-5 is just such a tiny car. Now, having driven my FR-S for 4 years (winters excluded) I think I'd feel a bit better driving a tiny car. Mind you, I'd probably get the Fiat as it seems more authentic and stylish and they were smart to actually put a Fiat engine in there so Fiat dealers shouldn't have any issues servicing it. The turbo will also allow much more room for tuning to increase power and response.

Perhaps it would be better if Toyota can manage to put their own engine in the next gen. model. I am sure Subaru is better prepared for spark plugs and other stuff. Toyota techs probably find the few twins they service to be a pain. They have a learning curve and relatively few cars to work on.

Maybe I'll take a look at the Spiders on the lot after work tomorrow...somebody...stop...me..!
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Well said sir. I am way past the 'FR-S / BRZ are slow' thing. It's just laughable to me. My previous car was quicker in the straights, but I don't care. Straight line speed has nothing to do with this platform, and I'm having STUPID amounts of fun just driving it.
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Shortly after placing a deposit to reserve my FR-S I stumbled upon a silhouette drawing showing the NC MX-5 superimposed on a twin for comparitive size. At that moment I had a feeling I might need to exercise my right of refusal when the car arrived. Fortunately it was fine when I finally got to sit in one.

The MX-5 is just such a tiny car. Now, having driven my FR-S for 4 years (winters excluded) I think I'd feel a bit better driving a tiny car. Mind you, I'd probably get the Fiat as it seems more authentic and stylish and they were smart to actually put a Fiat engine in there so Fiat dealers shouldn't have any issues servicing it. The turbo will also allow much more room for tuning to increase power and response.

Perhaps it would be better if Toyota can manage to put their own engine in the next gen. model. I am sure Subaru is better prepared for spark plugs and other stuff. Toyota techs probably find the few twins they service to be a pain. They have a learning curve and relatively few cars to work on.

Maybe I'll take a look at the Spiders on the lot after work tomorrow...somebody...stop...me..!


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If I were to get a ragtop, it'd be the ZZW30. A highly underrated platform. Swap in the 2ZZ and you've got yourself quite the gem.

Edit: Quick reasoning. When I worked at the local Toyota dealership as the used lot attendant, we had both an MR-2 Spyder, and a Boxter. I got to drive both while doing daily errands on the job. The MR-2 felt better in every category. Even the interior wasn't really a bonus with the Porsche.
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To tag onto @Tcoat 's post, I have found the FR-S to be "noticeably" larger than the MX-5, when it comes to long haul touring.

Here's how:

The front passenger side of the FR-S does NOT have a transmission hump that protrudes into the passenger leg room area.

The trunk is a bit larger and has the capability to be expanded into the back seat.

The "back seat" of the FR-S is quite handy for storage of cushions, pillows, pads, large purses and other travel stuff ....... you would like to get your hands on without stopping and opening the trunk.

The seats in the FR-S are just enough wider to be noticeable. The front seat spacing in the FR-S is further apart, especially at the shoulders (ya, I love mrs humfrz - I just don't want to touch her all day).

The cabin is quieter (because coupe) for listening to music/having a conversation.

The only downside to the FR-S is that the TOP WON"T GO DOWN FOR DRIVING THROUGH THE REDWOODS OR YOSEMITE ........


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I saw what you did there.
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I have seen people accidentally hit their wipers while turning on an autocross track. They often come through the timing lights with them still going because they are otherwise busy driving while on course.
Guilty of this.

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All this MX-5 talk is making me want to order the 2017 MX-5 RF even more (to compliment the FR-S -not replace it).
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