Fwd: Bruce!

Jason borrowed Bruce in San Francisco. That car is amazing. so much fun. It can’t be beat. Note that this car is 17 years old and has over 160,000 miles on it. Yet it more fun to drive than 90% of the cars on the road today.

Begin forwarded message:

From: Jason Ahmad
Date: June 12, 2008 12:32:08 PM EDT
To: Sachin Agarwal
Subject: Bruce!

In review, I have to think that miatas may provide the most fun/$ this side of a motorcycle. Some points of brilliance:

* Making 80 feel like 140
* Teeth
* Comic arrivals
* 8 gallons of gas total in 4 days (not being driven lightly)
* Unparalleled turning radius
* Personal responsibility (as enforced by the anti-roll protection of ‘don’t’)

Overall quite the inventory. And overall the car’s in quite good shape, honestly. Tires actually have enough tread – well beyond the wear bars. Clutch feels perfect. Motor didn’t sound to be low on oil or have any such obvious issues. Brakes are totally fine, the only possible issue being low-grade pads. But regardless of their initial bite (or lack thereof), they showed very little fade, and the rear calipers appeared to work correctly (as evidenced by both the hand brake and visible rotor wear). It sounds very much like there’s a leak somewhere in the exhaust, but that’s way minor all things considered.

Anyway, thanks so much for the ride!!

Shall I mail you the key?



  1. I have owned five Miatas over the years and they truly can’t be beat for inexpensive fun on four wheels! Thanks for making me crave another one. Now that I’ve decided to not buy another car on credit, I’m going to have to start a Miata savings account.

  2. Once a Miata owner, always a miata owner. Many people see my carand say "I owned a Miata before and I really want to get oneagain." Great thing is you can pick up a 15 year old one for under$3k and it runs pretty damn well.

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