AD #1627 – Top 5 Models in China, MX-5 Miata’s Unique Development, Yes it’s a Buick…I Get It

May 26th, 2015 at 11:52am

Runtime: 7:49

- Top 5 Models in China
- Daimler Partners with Qualcomm
- Lamborghini SUV Could Double Sales
- Yes it’s a Buick… I Get It
- MX-5 Miata’s Unique Development
- Customization Isn’t Easy

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20 Comments to “AD #1627 – Top 5 Models in China, MX-5 Miata’s Unique Development, Yes it’s a Buick…I Get It”

  1. Mike Says:

    I once had an “opportunity” to buy a used ‘Vette. I am sure it had great skid pad numbers when new, but it drove like a poor truck when I sampled it. A friend now tells me he wants to sell his Z4 because it doesn’t “ride” very well. There is a difference between what you want for track day and what is reasonable to drive.

  2. Lisk Says:

    What a joke. I guess there are different levels of “restored” I’ve watched this guy butcher cars on his show just to make a buck. Putting a new interior and painting a car is not “restoring” it.

  3. pedro fernandez Says:

    I agree, the FR-S is nice on winding roads (we ain’t got any) but on a trip of just 2 hrs, it gets to you, this suspension and skinny tires gets tiresome after a while, even though the roads around here are in decent shape, I just could not drive it up north in pothole hellhole.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Gee, just what the world needs, a way for lazy EV drivers to charge their cars without having to plug them in, and probably burn 25% more coal to pay for the inefficiency of the wireless charging.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 For me, a stiff-riding car like my ’96 ‘Vette with Z51 suspension is ok, some of the time, but I wouldn’t want to drive it all of the time. Still, it is fun, even on road trips, to the extent that road trips can be fun. To me, its being rather noisy is more tiring than the stiff ride.

    I suspect a Z4 has a cushy ride compare to my ‘Vette.

  6. dcars Says:

    I’ll take a C6 thanks. I hope it rides nice.

  7. RumNCoke Says:

    #1 #5 – I also have a C5 with Z51 suspension and its probably over the top for daily driving. That was a common complaint before Magneride shocks came along. And the damn run flats don’t help either.

  8. Drew Says:

    Last Fall, I took our 2001 Mata 600 miles one-way to drive the Tail of the Dragon (brackets the TN/NC state line in the Smokies). This was the first time I spent significant time in the seat. 2 hours is the limit of its comfort. I suspect the others guys in their Mustang, 911, and C30 endured less strain during the trip. Ah, but all was forgiven when we hit the twisties if the Dragon.

    Still looking forward to the first impressions of the new Miata, errrrr, MX5.

  9. Buzzerd Says:

    Eco-Weave- I was just following the trend- Ford Ecoboost, Ram Ecodiesel, Chevy Ecotec, eco modes for cars…… eco eco eco.

  10. HtG Says:

    So here’s my internet question for Mazda’s engineer, Mr. Coleman*: Did you engineer the Miata to be a blonde or red headed chick car?

    It don’t matter what auto journalists or owners or even Todd Lassa has to say, the internet just gonna hate.

    But I do wonder why no one is publishing driving impressions from Japan, where the car is already on sale. Isn’t it?

    *I would personally like to invite Mr. Coleman to appear on AAH in the future to talk about the Miata.

  11. HtG Says:

    I also must congratulate GM and the Department of Justice for dropping the news that GM will agree to criminal charges in relation to ignition switches ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY.

    Bravo, neither wants to see this story featured prominently. Hard to tell who wants to bury it more.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Your C5 probably rides better than my last-year C4, but still, not cushy.

    When I replaced the OEM run-flat tires on my MINI with regular tires, Pirelli of some sort, it made the car better than new, both a better ride, and substantially less road noise on noisy pavement.

  13. w l simpson Says:

    Resto/modding my 64 C2 was fun, driving it was
    not. I did not learn the value of all numbers matching until it was too late.

  14. Tony Gray Says:

    My 85 Corvette with the Z51 was indeed a rough riding vehicle. I told folks they replaced the shocks with concrete. But that was after they softened the rates from 84…I heard those cars with the Z51 were absolutely brutal.

  15. George Ricci Says:

    Fast N’ Loud – Restore? more like destroy. I would not let those guys wash my car, let along work on it.

  16. G.A.Branigan Says:

    And it’s time for something completely different: How a self parking car workz.

  17. cwolf Says:

    What killed my interest in Rawlings show was his continuous use of a cheap and easy air-ride suspension. The guy doesn’t realize that hacking up a car that has potential doesn’t make you the biggest buck. Maybe in another 10 years he will have the talent, unless he hires someone with better vision.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m one of these “old fashioned” people who likes old cars to remain old cars. A ’32 Ford didn’t have a Chevy V8 and air conditioning, it had a flathead V8, and when I see them, I like them best with a flathead V8.

  19. HtG Says:

    Same here, Kit. Though when Jay Leno brings his older cars back into working order, I guess it’s fine if he improves the cooling or electrics. He’s respectful of what the cars or bikes were.

  20. Chuck Grenci Says:

    1, 12, 14;

    Had an ’84 with Z-51, it was harsh, but on interstate (and other smooth roads), well, ‘heaven’ (at least to me). Sold it when daughter #1 went to college (still miss it some after all these years). Crossfire V-8, only 205 hp (with 335 lb/ft torque); got a little winded north of 100 mph (but neck-snapping acceleration till then). In its’ day it was a pretty massive leap from the C-3′s.