Mariner-4 on the Miataforum
Congratulations to Paul on the selection of his Miata for the April Miata of the Month!
The car was stock when I bought it in 2003, had 89K miles and I drove it stock for ten years. I’ve done a little autocross, but it was, and still is, mostly my commuter car. Occasionally my commute is from Alabama to Florida or Alabama to New Orleans. It has always been a reliable mode of transportation and a joy to sit in for ten hours of driving. Sometimes I take the long way around, especially if the road looks promising on the map.
I’ve driven it on the roadbed that the Crawler-Transporter used to move the Saturn IV and Space Shuttle from the assembly building to the launch pad. I’ve driven it on Bourbon Street. I drove it up the old railroad bed chasing kids on dirt bikes off my property one time (got Kudzu vines hung in the belly pan). I drove through Mentone AL at 4 AM on black ice, that was scary. I’ve driven it up and down the Little River Canyon Rim Parkway, which I can tell you is desolate on a Wednesday afternoon in March. I love driving the winding country roads!
Today it has 225K miles and this is the year of upgrades and refurbishments. I’m currently looking for a used ’99-’00 1.8 to install. I enjoy doing a lot of the work myself. It took me three months to get the courage to drill holes in my fenders for the side marker lights. I installed the coil-over shocks in about 4 hours with the help of a friend from the local Miata club.
Will you be next?
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