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Old 10-14-2008, 05:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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most women move my seat back when they get in the car after me. I have long legs but I sit impossibly close to the steering wheel. I prefer to drive like I'm in a gokart, at least when I'm racing.

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Old 11-26-2008, 10:19 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I guess I should say that I have no clue about the newer mx-5....
With regards to the current-gen MX-5 Miata: the upper limit for drivers seems to be around 6'4". It can accommodate passengers as tall as 6'6".

At 5'10", I've never had a problem, but I have two very differently-proportioned 6'6" co-workers who can't drive my car.

Looking forward to seeing how far you can push your Miata's FE, Ed!
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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...this is a case where total height doesn't matter so much as where that height is located....
I have the opposite problem: I'm only 6' tall but am kinda leggy, 35" inseam. I sat in the Miata when they just came out (and almost bought one) again in 2000 at an auto show (came close to buying one again) I just couldn't see getting my legs comfortable, my left leg would want to get wedged between the steering wheel and the door panel with my left foot hovering over the clutch pedal. I saw no room to redo the seat track to slide the seat back any further because of the rear bulkhead (without changing to a seat with a thinner seatback).

I might give it another try someday, the aluminum drag seat is a good idea. I love the look of those little MX5's, good to know you can get good FE with one.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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One would think that a car like that has 40+ mpg potential for sure. Maybe the gears are just too short? I have a 2002 Civic Si hatch, short gears, 60 mph is like 3050 rpm. I commend you taller ones for considering such a small car. I know many who INSIST they need an SUV because of their size.

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