Yes and no. It depends on where you live and what you plan to do with it
Just as a run about car, I would also take it it to car cruises and stuff
Not very safe (small and no roll-bar stock). RWD tends to be a little unpredictable for early drivers.
However, it will make them a good driver if they’re careful and understand what a car can, and will, do.
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Of course this isn’t addressing all the regular bonuses that matter when buying any car (not just a first) such as gas mileage, affordability, and reliability (if not reliability, ease or maintenance). In these categories, Miata is always the answer. 😆
is that even a question or are you trying to fool us
No, I genuinely want one!
Yes. Good mpg (25-30 depending on how you drive) safe if you get one with air bags and install a roll bar, not too much power so you can learn how to drive without worrying about crashing into a crowd. Id recommend it
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dont care whether it is a good first car or not all that i care about is that i was lucky enough to get one for my first car and i will hopefully never sell it
It is, I use mine as a daily and even manages to fit a lot of my army kit in when I go home and back, it’s a car that does get looks on the motorway too, if you don’t plan on driving like Ken block everywhere you go you don’t need a roll bar I feel safe enough with my driving just get one with no rust or freshly imported less work to do the better
Hmm, is a two door cheap to run and easy to fix RWD convertable praised as one of the last driver’s cars a good choice? No, get a hatchback.
Theyre great cars, and nearly everything about them is perfect for a first car. The only thing is, youd better be hella careful with that rwd. Being a new driver, rwd can be pretty dangerous, and i wouldnt want to see a perfectly good miata get messed up 😁
They are great cars for 1 :) The boot space is fine for 1-2 people, it gets decent mileage and you get some basic creature comforts.
The car is reliable for the most part, the only real problem with tham are bad rust on the sils/rear quarters, but that goes for most japs/convertables.
They are also great cars to start tinkering with, as repairs are usually fairly simple, the only real problem are rusty bolts that can snap easily, but that goes for all old cars…. :P
As far as driving is concerned, They don’t have a lot of power, so they don’t really overwhelm you with power and kick the back end out, tho i would sugest going for a miata with an open diff, since that is going to be quit a bit safer untill you get some experiance :)
As far as the rollbar is concerned, you don’t really need it to daily the car. A lot of people will tell you that they got it for safety, but thats a bunch of nonsence, because youre more likely to crack your head on a roll bar in a rear end accident (~25% of all crashes), than it is to save you in a roll ower (2.1% of all crashes, + miatas low center of gravity makes it almost impossible to roll). The real reason why many (including me) get a roll bar is because it helps with body roll, as miatas are not very riged duo to tham beying a roadster.
Hope some of this helps :P
Also, the car is safer than you might think. One time, i went off the track and in to a trea at ~60km/h, the impack as was ~front 1/2, hit the trea with the drivers side, it was ~2m thick oak, it literally spun the car in the air 360, but i walked away from it completely uninjured(probably would would of had a broken noze if it had an air bag, but mine didn’t xD). The windshield didn’t even crank, which indicates that the frame holds up well to hard impacts.