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#4335 of 4364 Back pain from the Miata?
May 06, 2009 (10:26 am)
I test drove an 05 Miata at Carmax today. The test drive lasted no more than 10 minutes. Shortly after the drive, I developed moderate lower back pain (definitely not a chronic situation with me).
Has anyone else experienced this when switching to a Miata? If so, did the pain subside once you got used to the car?
I'm really hoping this is a temporary thing, because I really loved the car.
#4336 of 4364 Re: Back pain from the Miata? [branch15_5]
May 06, 2009 (11:07 am)
I had a 1990 Miata and had no issues with back problems. The only thing I can think of is when youclimbed in. If the hard top orsoft top was up you may have stretched a few muscles getting in as they are tight!
Enjoy the car if you get it!
#4337 of 4364 Re: Back pain from the Miata? [branch15_5]
May 07, 2009 (6:11 am)
The 2005 is an NB model, so that's the 1.8l.
The 2006+ models are the NCs, and those have a lot of extra legroom, plus a more powerful 2.0l engine.
That makes the 2006 and later models roomier, especially in terms of leg room, though people still complain about the seats. Mazda put in new seats for 2009.
Prices have dropped because Mazda has a $5000 incentive on 2008 models, since the late-arrival 2009s are finally here. I recommend shopping for a new 2008 left over, if you can still find them they are a screaming bargain right now, with some people getting brand new ones for $15.9k.
Probably cheaper than a Cube would be, lucien.
#4338 of 4364 Re:Back pain from the Miata? by branch15_5
May 08, 2009 (5:51 pm)
I have owned my 2004 MazdaSpeed Miata for 1 1/2 yrs. It took me some time (prob. 2 months) to get the seat adjusted to prevent my back from hurting after more than a few minutes of driving it. I am 6' and 200 lbs, so it is a bit tight for me. It doesn't ride like a Lexus; but it is a hoot to drive !
I found by moving the seat about 2in. closer to the wheel and then tilting back the seatback, it prevents my back ache. This arrangement is completely differenent than how I adjust the seat in my sedan. However, I'm sure everyone has to find the correct seat position for him/her.
I have driven the car on 100 + mile trips, without stopping, and while I'm driving I forget about my back. Honestly, I can be a little stiff afterward; but not bad.
The wind in the hair, and pure driving pleasure is something I'm not willing to part with.
Haven't driven the 2006 and newer models, so I can't speak to their relative seat comfort.
#4339 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [ateixeira]
Aug 21, 2009 (8:13 pm)
Been busy and just read your post on your new purchase Juice. Excellent!! Once a Miata owner, always a Miata owner.
Wise and awesome purchase on the PRHT. Two thumbs up!
#4340 of 4364 Re: Considering a used Miata by branch15_5 [done37]
Aug 25, 2009 (9:51 am)
#4341 of 4364 Re: Back pain from the Miata? [branch15_5]
Feb 13, 2010 (7:23 am)
I had the same problem with my1993 model. Finally figured out it happened every time I drove my second car (the Mazda). I folded over a pillow to put in the back of the seat so the angle is not so deep. Presto, no more back pain. Try it.
#4342 of 4364 Looking for a good repair shop in the Austin TX area
Apr 18, 2010 (6:25 pm)
I just bought a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata with 54,000 on it. As I'm contemplating a vacation trip of at least 5000 miles, I think I ought to have the 60,000 service done before I leave town.
I hope somebody knows an Austin area shop with experience with the Mazdaspeed.
#4343 of 4364 squeeky alt belt.
Sep 01, 2010 (7:34 pm)
The alternator belt on my 97 is squeeking. It is only 2 weeks old. The one I replaced was almost new too. Any suggestions?
#4344 of 4364 Re: squeeky alt belt. [scuba_al]
Sep 02, 2010 (6:31 am)
Is the tension correct? Not too loose or tight? Any wear on the side of the old belt that may indicate a misalignment or interference?