Originally Posted by 96rdstr
Joe forgot to mention that the NA is King, and that is the 1st and formost reason for all the NA models years to be done.
Honestly, I don't know how I feel about that.
The NA is certainly "easier" to modify in some respects, and the age and cost of the NA cars certainly suggests that they are more prone to be modified. And to tell you the truth, I still
prefer the svelte, unpretentious look of the NA over the more butch styling of the NB, especially in the later years when the factory started hanging those gods-awful plastic bits below the doors.
On the other hand, aftermarket turbo support for the 1.6 engine has always been spotty. We're generally the last to get the new manifold designs from FM and Bell, probably because the 1.8 is judged by them to be a more lucrative market. In fact, Bell still does not seem to have a version of the über-sexy S4 manifold for the 1.6, nor do they spec a version of the S5 kit for it. I don't blame them.
And let's face it- the NB is a superior chassis. Sure it put on a few pounds, but it's just a more solid platform than its headlight-challenged older sibling.
For instance, the NB is banned in STS2 (along with Lotuses) and given a "C" classing in stock, vs an "E" classification for all the NAs, both 1.6 and 1.8.
And let's face it, the NBs are getting cheap, while the NAs are just getting old. A person looking to buy a Miata these days, and really doing a proper job of their research, would be hard-pressed to come up with a reason to purchase an NA over an NB. If I were car-shopping today, I'd buy a '99/'00.