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Old 10-29-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default Debating getting a Miata and/or to go with my STi

OK guys I love my STi. I still go into my garage at night and literally stare at it. Anyways here's the current deal. I have a Nissan Xterra as my DD that I plan to keep

I use my STI on the weekends when I go to meets and all. I plan to go on like weekend cruises locally on twistie roads but that may never happen. Who knows.

Even though I got my car in June and I love it I wonder if it's not right for me. I'm not into modding the car as it's not my thing. I've done basic stuff like for protection (mudflaps and clearbra) but not mucking with the motor or suspension. I'm in my low 40s so my priorities in life are a bit different than most WRX/STi drivers. So for awhile I had looked at older Miatas as I think like you can get an older one for relatively cheap ($5k) and you don't have to worry about it. Who cares if it gets rock chips, it's reliable, cheap to maintain and insure. Plus if I get into AutoXing or tracking the Miata will be far cheaper. I'm considering getting a Miata now but that means 3 cars and that means, since I live in a townhouse, 1 car in the garage and two in the driveway.

Any thoughts? Just seems like the STi, while a beautiful can, nice to drive for my situation not worth it.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:57 PM   #2
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So modding the STI isn't your thing but you want to get a Miata and do autocross. Autocrossing the Miata will involve suspension, maybe some engine work so you will be "mucking" with that anyway. Why not take the $5k and put it into suspension and engine parts and autocross the STI? I understand that the Miata is a great autocross car and you don't want to chop up your paint on your STI but if the modding is the problem I think getting into autocross is the opposite of what you want.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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So modding the STI isn't your thing but you want to get a Miata and do autocross. Autocrossing the Miata will involve suspension, maybe some engine work so you will be "mucking" with that anyway. Why not take the $5k and put it into suspension and engine parts and autocross the STI? I understand that the Miata is a great autocross car and you don't want to chop up your paint on your STI but if the modding is the problem I think getting into autocross is the opposite of what you want.
Notice I said "if" I get into AutoXing or tracking. Unless you are being competitive all you need to have fun is good tires and halfway decent tires. I'm not talking about racing which is different.

Anyways the point I'm thinking is that a Miata, an older one, you don't care about as much as at least I do about my STi. I like baby it and worry about it getting messed up. Miata it's like who cares and and everything is so cheap and you can have fun. Granted they are slow compared to an STi. But really on the street you can't legally have tons of fun in an STi. Like driving a Ferrari on the street. I'm just getting this feeling my STi is gonna be a garage queen. A Miata I'd drive everywhere. I wouldn't really care.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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Garage Queen STi limited?

If you're worried about not getting good use out of the car, perhaps you should sell it.

To me
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:38 PM   #5
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Garage Queen STi limited?

If you're worried about not getting good use out of the car, perhaps you should sell it.

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Old 10-30-2014, 09:43 PM   #6
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Keep the STI and get an old Miata. I plan on getting a late 80's miata soon just to **** with and maybe autocross eventually.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:44 PM   #7
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Sell the STI, get a Miata / S2K / Z3 and be done with it.

Then sell the Miata, buy another STI and post in the OT "I miss my Miata" thread.

Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:46 PM   #8
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Sell everything and ride a bike
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:00 PM   #9
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Sell the STI, get a Miata / S2K / Z3 and be done with it.

Then sell the Miata, buy another STI and post in the OT "I miss my Miata" thread.

Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:14 PM   #10
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More Miatas run on the track every weekend than any other car. Why? Cheap, great handling, light, easy on expendables, reliable. Plenty of guys who started on the track in Subarus graduated to Miatas.

I've taken some time off doing track stuff and have started looking and a Miata is on top of my list. $10 rotors, run a set of Hoosiers for an entire year, spend $12 for gas for an entire day.

Something breaks on a track day and you'll find about any part from other drivers.
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:17 PM   #11
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Having both a 91 miata (1.8 swap and thats about it) and a 600+whp sti. I honestly almost enjoy driving the miata more. It isnt fast but it is alot of fun and more pure if thats a way to put it. Plus everytime i drive the sti i feel like im going to blow up a sb that cost more then the miata that is equally as fun to drive.

End of story buy a miata
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:47 AM   #12
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There have been a couple of Miatas in my garage over the past several years, including one that I ran in SCCA Solo II autocross for a season. The comments from others regarding cost are certainly correct, the Miata is easy on the pocketbook. It handles well, looks good, all of that is true.

Then I got my first WRX.

The WRX is, in my opinion, a Performance Car (4 doors...) with disappointing looks, whereas the Miata is a Sports Car (2 doors, soft or removable top) with disappointing performance. I don't know how you can ever get the acceleration rush and handling you feel from a WRX in a Miata (that doesn't have about $5,000 worth of modifications).

Speaking only for myself, I prefer performance to looks.

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Old 10-31-2014, 10:55 AM   #13
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I love the miata. If I didn't live in Iowa I would own one. But unlike you, mine would be heavily modified. I don't see why you are opposed to modifications.
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Old 10-31-2014, 11:09 AM   #14
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I don't know how you can ever get the acceleration rush and handling you feel from a WRX in a Miata (that doesn't have about $5,000 worth of modifications).
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One of these kits will improve the acceleration

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Old 10-31-2014, 02:20 PM   #15
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People who own and drive Miatas love them! 3 of us at our shop, my self included have one. They're a blast to drive, you can beat on them all day, and they're fairly reliable. However, they are very slow and leave some to be desired in a few aspects. With that said there is a lot of good aftermarket support for them.

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Old 10-31-2014, 02:25 PM   #16
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Coincidentally, I was recently looking at Miata's for some similar reasons. First priority was better milage and dependability. I found a '90 Miata with 160k on it for $1799 locally.
There are some screaming deals out there.

This looks sweet. This is a very dry climate and roads aren't salted so rust isn't an issue.
https://bend.craigslist.org/cto/4740125912.html
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:24 PM   #17
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Buy the Miata, get rid of the xterra unless you really need it to tow or something.

Eventually you'll get rid of the STi because Miata.



Yes, the colors are bad, it just happened that way
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:40 PM   #18
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S2000

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Old 10-31-2014, 03:51 PM   #19
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:02 PM   #20
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Or maybe a BRZ.
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:22 PM   #21
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$5k brz?

Call me when you see it before 2018
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:23 PM   #22
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If you must keep the Xterra, then I'd sell the STI and put a deposit down on the new Miata that will be here next year. The car looks freaking incredible and it will certainly perform.

If you don't have the patience, then pick up a newer used one. My preference would be the slightly heavier retractable hardtop since it will give you the best of both worlds. Do some mild suspension work, slightly wider wheels and stickier rubber, and some basic bolt-ons. It would be one hell of a fun car.

If you want to save some money then get an older Miata. A friend has a silver 99 with coilovers, wheels/tires, roll bar, etc. It looks nothing like a woman's car now and it's hell fun to drive. It's MUCH slower than my stock WRX, but there's more of a sensation of speed. He's thinking about a Flyin' Miata turbo for it now. If it were me, I'd probably do a Jackson Racing SC for the more linear powerband and reliability. I've worked on his car a ton and they're very simple cars and the underbody/chassis bits are race-derived. One thing though, old Miatas leak oil. My friend has spent some cash fixing little leaks here and there.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:37 PM   #23
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$5k brz?

Call me when you see it before 2018
True, was not thinking price. Not many good s2000 for 5k either. Plenty of miatas

My thoughts were that in the future the BRZ might be just like the Miata. Older cars with great handling that people get cheap and mod for autox. Two extra seats as well, albeit they are small.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:46 PM   #24
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All great cars.

Proooobably not going to be all great in a lower price point.

Solid miata for five, for sure.
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Old 11-01-2014, 12:01 PM   #25
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Had two Miatas, an 08 and a 10. Then a 13 Mustang V6 and a 13 Impreza. The Miatas were the best driving cars I've ever owned in my 64 years and 50+ cars. Turned the Mustang and Impreza in for a 15 WRX Limited. Happy with the decision. Since I live in North Central PA, Miatas and Mustang not practical for year round. The WRX is like squeezing the Miata, Mustang and Impreza into one great all around car.
The new Miata sure looks hot though.
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