Thursday, January 24, 2019

Super Size Me..ata? 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata

"Hey, what we need is a lifted Miata" -- said nobody ever. Actually...this is far more desirable of a car than a Pontiac Aztec, Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, or anything made during the evil Daimler-Chrysler merger era.  Anyway, find this 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata offered for $4999 in Charlotte, NC via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1992 mazda miata mx-5 
condition: excellent 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 173000 
paint color: red 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
Want a fun car guaranteed to make you smile? This is it! Clean title 1992 Mazda Miata with a 3 inch pacco lift kit and huge wheels! 

Specs below:
1992 original LNC engine- 173,000
Manual 5 speed with new OE clutch
Pacco Motorsports 3 inch lift kit
Bassett Racing wheels 15x8 backspaced 
Kendra 235/75/15 kevlar tires 
Drift Armor rear bash bar 
LRB aluminum panels 
Pioneer headunit with new speakers 
Full LED light conversion
Race land luggage rack 
Derlin Garage star bushing upgrade
Fresh tune up and recent oil change 

This car is complete and ready to enjoy! No trades. 
Priced to sell local to Charlotte  

See a better way to go muddin?


  1. I'm not saying this wouldn't provide some level of fun, but the off-road Miata concept is inherently idiotic. This particular car is a perfect example of that.

    By doing this modification, you're removing the Miata's strongest assets (performance, handling, maneuverability, etc.) and creating a really light-duty off-roader. There's not a lot of serious terrain this could be used on. Lifting it and adding bigger tires and steel wheels is only going to add strain to the drivetrain and suspension. No mention of engine upgrades or even gearing changes to handle the mods.

    It's hard to tell in photos, but this doesn't even seem to have a simple roll bar. Not ideal in a convertible off-roader. Without some more equipment, this toy is all show and will spend it's time at the beach. To do this right, you'd be investing more post-purchase. But at this price, you can get a 4-cylinder Jeep that's more capable even in stock form. As a "cute" off-roader, even a Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker would be a better choice than this Miata.

    Just my 2 cents.

    1. I generally agree with your assessment. However, this would be fun in a dirt road rally type scenario. I rented a jeep in northern AZ this summer and went on a really cool dirt back road. It was a bit muddy, there were a couple of back trails that I needed the lift on the jeep, the 4wd wasn't really necessary for the most part. This thing would have been a champ on that drive with the lift.

    2. You're being rational. A stock Miata isn't rational in most accounts.

      A lifted Miata is only rational for the most disturbingly twisted car guys. I love it.

  2. It would be fun to complemented this with a slammed dually

  3. For those wondering the front fenders on a Miata were made of pure diamond nearly uncutable. Or the owner is amazingly lazy or didn't have a sawzall.

    1. He probably sold the front fenders to buy those tires. Or meth.

  4. The suspension lit looks like the parts for the off road version of the Exocet.
    which looks like fun.

    I have friends who have driveways where this is the only Miata that would get through, so maybe this would be a fun toy.

  5. A frisbee would make more sense strapped to the deck lid than the tire, given its relatively diminutive size compare to the Nittos. Plus, you know, frisbee.

    1. I think the frisbee would be more useful in a blow out situation than the undersized spare. Cause at least you could play some disc golf while you waited for AAA.

    2. You have a wisdom about you, my friend. Don’t put that in a bushel basket.

  6. Why bother??? I like oddball cars and trucks, but this is just too damn weird. And wrong.


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