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Hello, all. I haven't posted in a while, but I'm back, baby!
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I truly believe this was the right car for me at the wrong time. I've had cars with manual transmissions my whole life but right now all the cars at our house (my wife's 2016 CX-5, my 2002 VW Cabrio and the the 2021 Mazda3 Turbo) are lacking in the 3rd pedal department. That may be a big part of the issue.

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There is so much to like about this car. First, have you seen the interior on these things? This was easily the highest quality interior I've have with any car. That red two tone motif was a great place to be. The Bose audio was the best setup I've had in a car from the factory. Zooming across intersections was effortless. The ride ate up crappy roads better than any other car I've owned as well. So what's the deal?

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Well, for starters, it's not exactly the Mazdaspeed reincarnated. While it's the quickest Mazda not called a Miata currently for sale, for me, it's just not fun. I prefer cars that reward being wrung out to redline, and this isn't one of them. Maybe I'm spoiled because my last two cars were a mk7 VW GLI and 1994 Mazda Miata, and both were far more fun to drive, if not as refined or as quiet.

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(not bad for a Maaco paint job)

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(this interior was pretty love it or hate it-I loved it until I hated it)

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(I think these repurposed MK6 wheels look good powder-coated black on here)

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My wife's CX-5, also an automatic, is somehow more fun to rev out, even though it's 70hp down. The steering feels better in the older CUV and besides being slower, it's basically better at everything than the 3. It has more room and gas mileage is considerably better. And it's almost paid off! Sure, the infotainment isn't great, but that's exactly what the new car will have (plus Apple Car Play/Android auto).

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My weekend car is a 2002 Cabrio and has just been called into active duty. It still has a tape player. And it's about as slow as a Prius. But you can't drop the top in a Prius. What it lacks in speed and tech it makes up for in gobs of nostalgia because of the old gauges, indigo/red lights. If it only was a manual...

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(still a good looking car after 20 years - and a mild suspension correction)

This is why I sold my Mazda3. So I could save up for this car that is being factory ordered and will be in my hands in a few short months (The car pictured is not mine, just optioned exactly like mine).

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2022 Miata Club with the Brembo BBS Recaro package. The Recaro seats might be what I'm most excited about. Well, that and this color-Soul Red Crystal. If you have ever seen a new CX-5 in red, this is that color. It's absolutely stunning in person and I can't wait to detail it.

This has been a car I've been wanting ever since I started hanging out with Miata groups like Bay Area Miata Association and specifically in August of 2018, when Mazda had an invitation-only event for the ND2. The ND2 Miata was a mid-cycle update for the 4th generation Miata that added a higher redline (7,500rpm) and more hp. The redline thing was one thing I hated about the outgoing white hatchback. After 5,000rpm, the car just had no oomph. It had so much torque, it didn't need the revs, but it also wasn't fun to drive spiritedly. It's hard to explain but it really bothered me.

As you all know, I was rather fond of my little blue jelly bean, but it was 25+ years old and just wasn't quite nice enough to drive every day.
This new one aims to change that.
Anyways, now you know. I'm so damn excited. After the year I had I can't wait to have another bucket list car.
 

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You're car brothers with @kiznarsh! I drove his car before he bought it, and it's a ton of fun. Well done.
The crazy thing is I've only driven one ND, that was a 2019 RF, on my lunch break, 3 years ago. But local inventories are awful so I'm buying blind. I did sit in one when I sold the Mazda3, the salesperson who helped me actually has a Sport. I can confirm I still fit.

 

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I sure don't fit, but I still had a blast. You'll fit fine, and have a great time. Can't wait to see it. Best choice on color too. **** slaps in the sun.
no lie, a couple of days ago, I was out for a drive at lunch, had my polarized aviators on (I believe I was excited about buying Top Gun tickets) and a red club with BBS' rolled next to me and my jaw literally dropped. It's so gorgeous.
 

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This is the first generation of Miata that has me turning my neck, and your spec is how I'd want one. Good choice.
 

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So jealous of the folks that can fit in ND Miatas. I've tried multiple times at dealers to sit in NDs (hard and soft top) and the Abarth 124 to no avail.... I'm 2-3" too tall for them. Mazda has been killing it lately, glad to see you're sticking with those cars :)
 

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So jealous of the folks that can fit in ND Miatas. I've tried multiple times at dealers to sit in NDs (hard and soft top) and the Abarth 124 to no avail.... I'm 2-3" too tall for them. Mazda has been killing it lately, glad to see you're sticking with those cars :)
There's always the BRZ/GR86, but I needed the convertible. For my sanity.
 

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So jealous of the folks who can pull off dailying a Miata! My hobbies preclude it, but they are absolutely one of the most fun cars available at any price. It makes perfect sense why some of the "best" cars on the market are also winding up soulless to the point of boring. I've owned a few vehicles like that and while they do everything well, they also all feel interchangeable and forgettable in this wild ride of life and the heyday of ICE...

Super stoked for ya!
 

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So jealous of the folks who can pull off dailying a Miata! My hobbies preclude it, but they are absolutely one of the most fun cars available at any price. It makes perfect sense why some of the "best" cars on the market are also winding up soulless to the point of boring. I've owned a few vehicles like that and while they do everything well, they also all feel interchangeable and forgettable in this wild ride of life and the heyday of ICE...

Super stoked for ya!
My hobbies are video games, car detailing and photography. I love going on drives to clear my head and it just wasn't fun at all in the Mazda3. The Cabrio will probably be sold soon, as well as it's not exactly a barn burner. But it IS fun to tool around in. I just refuse to park it outside so it'll have to go.
 

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None of the pics except the Miata (wait, it seriously had a Maaco paint job???) are showing up.
 
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Nicely done. I feel much the same as you, something light and raw is incomparable. I am leaning towards a twin because i am not a convertible fan (too much attention) but i miss my old 94 Miata and am tempted by the new ones.
 

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Congrats. I also have a 2022 Miata Club RF B/B/R on order, also in Soul Red Crystal. Would have preferred the soft top, but here in the midwest, I need winter-ability.

Looking at delivery in August, and it will look exactly like this:

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I freaking LOVE Soul Red Crystal. It's possibly my all time favorite color of any car, at any price, period.

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I was able to test drive a used one, and it's a carnival ride on wheels, so I threw caution to the wind and ordered one.
 

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None of the pics except the Miata (wait, it seriously had a Maaco paint job???) are showing up.
Congrats. I also have a 2022 Miata Club RF B/B/R on order, also in Soul Red Crystal. Would have preferred the soft top, but here in the midwest, I need winter-ability.

Looking at delivery in August, and it will look exactly like this:

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I freaking LOVE Soul Red Crystal. It's possibly my all time favorite color of any car, at any price, period.

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I was able to test drive a used one, and it's a carnival ride on wheels, so I threw caution to the wind and ordered one.
Heck yeah!!! The RF is easily the sexier of the two, so honestly, you can't go wrong with these. I will be amazed if I see this car before August.
 

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Issue with Mazda turbos are they’re meant for midrange torque , in a way , it mimics the torque wave of a diesel minus the diesel idiosyncrasies. My 981 is at a point I’m scared to put mileage on due to the appreciation (mine has extremely low miles). All the recent ND acquisition posts has made me consider buying another one.
 

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I'm sure the 2.5T was completely engineered with the SUV's in mind, not surprising it's not the greatest fun in the "fun" cars we know and expect from Mazda. But inline with them becoming a luxury brand or whatever they're doing.

That is a great NA, reminds me of how enchanting their utter simplicity is.
 

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I'm sure the 2.5T was completely engineered with the SUV's in mind, not surprising it's not the greatest fun in the "fun" cars we know and expect from Mazda. But inline with them becoming a luxury brand or whatever they're doing.

That is a great NA, reminds me of how enchanting their utter simplicity is.
And this is why good classic Japanese cars are selling for alarming amounts now.
People want to relive that time when cars felt analog and direct and you were in total control of them.
The Japanese cars actually held up well enough to enjoy again.
OP- I totally understand.
While the (auto only) 2.5T Mazdas seem like nice cars, they just don't make me want to drive them like a good old slow but felt fast Mazda Protege5 did.
I test drove a manual Mazda3s 2.3 hatch when they first came out.
My first reaction was- this is a nice comfortable quick car, but it also feels less visceral than a slower Protege5.
What's more important: speed or feel?
 

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And this is why good classic Japanese cars are selling for alarming amounts now.
People want to relive that time when cars felt analog and direct and you were in total control of them.
The Japanese cars actually held up well enough to enjoy again.
OP- I totally understand.
While the (auto only) 2.5T Mazdas seem like nice cars, they just don't make me want to drive them like a good old slow but felt fast Mazda Protege5 did.
I test drove a manual Mazda3s 2.3 hatch when they first came out.
My first reaction was- this is a nice comfortable quick car, but it also feels less visceral than a slower Protege5.
What's more important: speed or feel?
I STILL think about my parents' old protege they purchased new in 2001. Better steering than any car I've ever driven. Frankly, the most fun suspension, brakes, and steering out of any car I've driven. It was all in the feels. Those engineers must have had so much.
 
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