The Mazda Corporation is known for its excellence in producing economical driver-oriented cars. The Miata is a lightweight front engine rear wheel drive roadster. The Miata captures Mazda’s vision perhaps more so than any other model manufactured by the brand. Produced since 1989 and currently enjoying its fourth generation production run, the Miata is one of Mazda’s most historically popular models that owners to this day maintain through the use of a Mazda Miata service manual.
The first generation Mazda Miata was introduced in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. Given the production code NA, this generation of Miatas were manufactured until 1997. An 1.6L inline four-cylinder engine was originally produced with a 1.8L inline four-cylinder engine being offered in 1994. The bodywork is all steel except for the aluminum hood. Transmissions offered for the NA were either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual which buyers found to be advantageous.
The second generation Mazda Miata, also known by its production code NB, debuted for the 1998 model year. The most notable exterior changes included fixed headlamps and styling cues from the RX-7. Just like with all Mazdas, the corporation added some changes and these included an introduction of a variable intake control system and an increase in engine compression to the engine. Transmission options were kept the same as the NA with a 6-speed manual also offered. The NB was also offered in a Mazdaspeed variant. This model is the only model to come with a turbocharged engine from the factory.
After its debut at the New York International Auto Show in 2005, the third generation Miata began sales globally which was a step in the right direction for sales. This generation Miata carrying production code NC was manufactured from 2005 until 2015, making it the longest generation produced yet. The NC received an exterior redesign which included a retractable hard top option for the first time. A 2.0L MZR engine was offered for the first time as well.
The fourth and current generation Miata began sales in 2015 after much anticipation. Labeled with production code ND, this generation is the first to use Mazda’s SkyActiv technology. Because the SkyActiv technology is so innovative, owners of Miatas have been able to keep their vehicles in the best shape by utilizing a Mazda Miata Repair Manual. These manuals allow owners and technicians the ability to repair any problems that arise.