"Bianca". 1990 Mazda Miata, White.
This is the picture that was on buysell.com when I was looking for a Miata.
The moment I saw it, I knew the car was something special.
The name is derived from the "Bianco", Italian for "White".
I took posession of my dream car on November 4th, 2000, after
dreaming about owning one for 6 years or so. It sure feels good. I've owned it
for a year and a half now, and have had some time to find out some more about
this wonderful car, so here's a summary.
Rear wheel drive is very cool. My old '87 Mercury Topaz was, of course,
front wheel drive. Rear wheel's a lot more fun to drive. Makes for
interesting wet-road incidents though. Having taken it on a 3 week drive
throughout British Columbia and Alberta in the dead of winter, venturing as
far north as Edmonton, I'm confident in saying this car can go nearly anywhere.
Plastic windows are a major pain. I put my top down once without
carefully making sure the rear window folded right, and I ended up with a
crease on it for about a week and a half. Not to mention what I've been
hearing about rolling up towels to protect the window when it's down. It's
worth it for a convertible though. Last winter, in a moment of frustration and
insanity, I put my fist through the window. In the cold it was rather brittle,
and cracked quite easily. The all-weather tape on the window reminds me of it
every time I see the car. Won't happen again, sir.
Make sure all bolts are installed. The previous owner had a set of
headers installed, and a bolt was left out that's supposed to bolt the
headers to the transmission to prevent flexing. As a result, they flexed,
and developed a crack all the way around one of the pipes. Make the most
horendous rattling noise. Had to take the headers out and weld them.
Miatas are wonderful to take apart. I've had half my interior out of
the car more times than I can count, and my doors pulled to bits nearly as many
times. Everything's just a piece of cake to take apart.
Update: May 21, 2003
I've added a news page that I'll add updates to now,
rather than always adding them to the individual pages.