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Old 05-01-2010, 08:09 AM
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Hi all

I have a question, what do you think are the selection criteria for NA and NB models ?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of NA(1.6L) and NB(1.6L/1.8L) models?

==>For example, what model should be preferred for a good view of road?
==> Or, what model provides the most pleasure?

Sorry in advance if these questions have already been raised!

Thank you in advance for response data.

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Flame-less answer is: Drive a few of each generation with the different engines and drive trains and see what your personal preference is.
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I know but I'd like to have feedback from others, it's good to compare ideas.
Weigh the pros and cons between the conductors and drivers of NA NB
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NB's are more refined and a bit more room it seemed

NA's are cheaper and lighter

NA's won't make me cry so much if the car gets wadded up into a wall, as another tub is 1,000-2,000.
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NA actually has more interior room than an NB (NB has a bigger trunk though), but NB is indeed more refined and has a stiffer chassis.
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I for one like the NA's nostalgia of having pop up headlights and yet I love the clean look of the NB. The NA also has a ton more salvage yard parts as seeing how they hardly changed a thing in those models for 10 years. As far as nimble drive-ability I'd say the NA but as far as lines and looks I'd vote NB. lol.
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Thank you for the answers !
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Early NA is lighter.
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What do you plan on doing with the car?

Its sounds like you want a nice car that will be driven daily, and maybe see the track once in awhile. That being the case, I would look hard at an NB.

I myself and looking for a car that will do a good bit of autoX, but will also get used around town. And I know that I will eventually want 250+ HP. So I am keeping an eye out for a good NB deal. A 6SP NB with the torsen differantial stock will save me tons of time and money down the road swaping those parts in. The tougher chassis is helpful, and taking a good bit of weight of an NB is not all that hard. The 1.8L will also spool a turbo more easaly. The extra engine bay room of the NB is also nice.


If you want a really track-focused car and you are on a budget, NA is the way to go. You can swap in all the good NB parts (subject the laws in your area) and save some cash and end up with a slightly lighter car.
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Originally Posted by Sparetire View Post
Its sounds like you want a nice car that will be driven daily, and maybe see the track once in awhile. That being the case, I would look hard at an NB.

You very well understand my desires.

Daily drive and track.
HP goal 250hp
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94-95 NA, but I'm biased: you get a 1.8L, but not all the OBD-II garbage. NBs mostly have glass rear windows unless replaced; NAs generally have plastic windows unless an NB top frame or the extra straps were added.

Keep in mind my comments are related to US-Spec cars. If you're in France, I have no idea what they did over there.
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I wish I could run very precisely the version NB 1.8L 140hp.
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Both are great. I have had 3 NA's and now have a MSM. I got a chance to drive my old CSP NA today and its such great fun. The NB is def more refined but something about the NA just brings a smile to your face that a NB cannot.
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nb = sexier
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I personally like the NA for the flip ups and the fact that most of them are obd1. In my state (MA), they changed the rule so that anything obd1 only gets a safety check. As long as you find a way to quiet the exhaust enough so that the inspector doesnt notice, you're good
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If your state is testing emissions via OBDII scan, then an NA 1.8 liter (94-95) is great b/c it's possible to go standalone w/ Megasquirt without the headaches of all the OBDII crapola.

Plus all the NA availability and interchangeability is there, too.
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well this is just my opinion but
i think that if you go NA, parts are easier to find and you could have a sweet boosted ride for like 5k and for the NB its like 10k. NB is sexy. i have a NB and like 12k in it. i wish i had a cheaper NA and had more money in the bank. that way i could just go beat on it. any car over like 7k or so to me is like a lot more money to maintain like insurance for example. or getting nice parts instead of gettho doing it. i think i would rather bank money and have a crazy NA rusted, boosted, with holes in the floor for water to drain and never put the top up lol but thats just me.
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Just do a search of this kind of topic on M.net. It's been discussed a Brazillian times before.

I'll just add one: Headlights on the 99-00 Miata are the worst of any year from 90-2010. General Internet consensus seems to be that they don't adapt to HID conversions particularly well either.
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