I wonder how many Mazda owners get total strangers inquiring about their hundred-thousand dollar Miata...
I told one guy that the Spider was essentially "the MX5 in an Italian suit" and his jaw dropped. "It's so much better looking than the angry cockroach they call a car!"I wonder how many Mazda owners get total strangers inquiring about their hundred-thousand dollar Miata...
Think that in Italy we have the opposite reaction from Miata owners, especially from the ones owning the first and second generation. They usually try to overtake or outrun you as soon as they see the 124, and they get so mad when they realize there is no hope for them.-A passenger in an NA Miata gave me a shaka while at a stop light.
To be honest I got many more compliments on the 2001 BMW Z3 I sold just before buying the Spider. People think I am driving a Miata now. A little disappointed.As the weather thaws and I drive my Spider more regularly, I’ve been getting compliments from total strangers.
Driving home yesterday, a young dude in a VW GTI rolls down his window to give me a thumbs up. When we line up next to each other he says “GORGEOUS CAR, SIR!” I am still trying to get over the sir part, but I took his compliment all the same.
Filling up at the gas station the day before, a guy comes over and asks “Is that a Ferrari?” “No.” I say. “It is a Fiat.” He couldn’t hear me well so we went back and forth a few times. When he finally heard FIAT, he look puzzled and walked away. I still took it as a compliment...
Last fall dad and I are parking the Spider, when an older gentleman comes over and says “Beautiful car! Is that a Lamborghini?” Turns out he had migrated from Italy to Canada decades ago, so dad struck a conversation with him in Italian.
I owned cars that prompted strangers to offer their compliment before: my 2005 Chrysler 300 SRT8, and my 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT come to mind. But I admit it catches me by surprise that people swoon over my little $30,000 red Fiat.
Perhaps the fact that these cars are so rare is a factor.
Are you guys getting the same?