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Old March 15th 16, 11:35 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
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On Thursday, February 6, 1997 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, Dean wrote:
> Does anyone have any experience or information on how well the Miata
> performs in any kind of road accident? I have a late 1996 (October)
> MX5 (Miata) 1.8. Does the windscreen frame provide adequate protection
> in the (unlikely) event of a rollover or should I fit a rollover bar?
>
> I love the look of the car, especially with the top down.
>
> If you have information, please post follow up message to the
> newsgroup.
>
> Thanking you in advance, Dean


I had a 1995 Special Edition Miata with only 44K miles. One day on Hwy 49 just before entering Downieville I did not see the curve come up before it was too late. I hit the mountain side straight on. Both airbags deployed and the windshild cracked, but I walked away without a scratch. In a frontal collision the Miata will do OK. I do not know about roll overs. But if you do that kind of driving beat to get a roll bar. I perefr to drive with the hardtop installed too.
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Old March 19th 16, 12:47 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.mazda.miata
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Default Miata crash survivability

On Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:35:38 -0700, abdamania wrote:

> On Thursday, February 6, 1997 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-8, Dean wrote:
>> Does anyone have any experience or information on how well the Miata
>> performs in any kind of road accident? I have a late 1996 (October) MX5
>> (Miata) 1.8. Does the windscreen frame provide adequate protection in
>> the (unlikely) event of a rollover or should I fit a rollover bar?
>>
>> I love the look of the car, especially with the top down.
>>
>> If you have information, please post follow up message to the
>> newsgroup.
>>
>> Thanking you in advance, Dean

>
> I had a 1995 Special Edition Miata with only 44K miles. One day on Hwy
> 49 just before entering Downieville I did not see the curve come up
> before it was too late. I hit the mountain side straight on. Both
> airbags deployed and the windshild cracked, but I walked away without a
> scratch. In a frontal collision the Miata will do OK.


Yes.

> I do not know
> about roll overs.


At a track day I went to, someone rolled a Miata a couple of times by
getting in the clay next to the track. He was unhurt, but his windshield
was flat. The windshield provides some protection, but it is limited.

> But if you do that kind of driving beat to get a roll
> bar. I perefr to drive with the hardtop installed too.


Beats the idea of driving a convertible?

Leon
 




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