Is There A More Reliable Sports Car Than The Miata?

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Today we witnessed the possible death of a Miata. It collapsed into a ditch and will be sold. Could there be another sports car that could survive this kind of abuse?


Reader ninjacoco refused to believe that a small crash like that could really kill an MX-5.

MIATA: I move for no man.
valve_float: So be it!
[parry thrust]
[valve_float hoons the MIATA's left control arm off]
valve_float: Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
MIATA: 'Tis but a scratch.
valve_float: A scratch? Your control arm's off!
MIATA: No, it isn't.
valve_float: Well, what's that then?
MIATA: I've had worse.
ARTHUR: You liar!
valve_float: Come on you pansy!
[valve_float burns the MIATA's clutch off]
valve_float: Victory is mine!
We thank thee Lord, that in thy merc-
MIATA: Come on then.
valve_float: Whaaaat?
MIATA: Have at you!
valve_float: You are indeed brave, Sir Miata, but the fight is mine.
MIATA: Oh, you had enough, eh?
valve_float: Look, you stupid bastard, you're stuck in a ditch.
MIATA: Pffft!
valve_float: Look!
MIATA: Just a flesh wound.
valve_float: Look, stop that.
MIATA: Chicken! Chicken!
valve_float: Look, I'll have your wheel. Right!
MIATA: Right, I'll do you for that!
valve_float: You'll what?
MIATA: Come 'ere!
valve_float: What are you going to do, bleed oil on me?
MIATA: I'm invincible!
valve_float: You're a loony.
MIATA: The Silver Piñata always triumphs!
Have at you! Come on then.
[valve_float watches the MIATA's other wheel sink into the swamp]
MIATA: All right; we'll call it a draw.
valve_float: Come, Patsy.
[coconuts banging together]
MIATA: Oh, oh, I see, running away then. You yellow
bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to you.
I'll bite your legs off!

Still, is the Miata really is the most reliable sports car ever made? What about those Volvo P1800s that rack up trillions of miles, or those early ‘80s Celicas with 22R truck motors in them? Can you think of a more reliable sports car than an MX-5?

Photo Credit: valve_float



Only time will tell for the Toysbaru, but both Toyota and Subaru have pretty solid reliability histories, so this car should be doubly reliable right ? ;) My humble prediction is that any of these that haven't been hooned to death (there won't be many) will make for pretty reliable cheap sports cars in 5-10 years.