Do you remember the Mazda MX-5 Miata? Perhaps not if you are a millennial reading this. That’s because it is a car from almost 3 decades ago. The older a car gets, the more signs of age you will notice, no matter how often you maintain it or how sparsely you use it. The MX-5 Miata, also known as the NA generation, is facing that issue now, and owners of this model are not ready to give up their cars yet. This is why Mazda is starting a restoration program for the car.
Mazda came up with this solution as they kept hearing from MX-5 Miata owners that they cannot let go of their cars, and that they want to keep on driving them, no matter how old the car gets. A lot of Miata owners also requested for Mazda to produce parts of the 28-year-old model.
Now, their prayers have been answered and Mazda will start accepting customer cars by early 2018 to restore them to their original shape. The restoration process will vary from one car to another, depending on the customer’s requests. The company will ask their clients what they want to get out of their Miata exactly, before working on the car. But first, Mazda plans to get a certification from German inspection group TÜV Rheinland Japan Co., Ltd so that they could produce high-quality vehicles.
Aside from fully restoring the vehicles, the company will keep in touch with customers to know exactly what other parts of the Miata must be reproduced. But for now, they plan to already start reproducing some components of the classic car such as convertible soft tops, original-spec Bridgestone SF325 tires of the same 185/ 60R14 size, and the Nardi wooden steering wheel and shifter that can be found on some NA Miatas.
Mazda has made a great move, considering that this is a real treat for their loyal customers. Overall, they have sold over a million Miata models worldwide, so there will definitely be a market for the replacement parts. And after 28 years, it is just the right time for them to start the restoration program.
Many automakers in Europe provide the same service to their customers. But this is more common with upscale brands like Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Currently, Mazda is the first automaker that restores more affordable, and widely produced cars.
As far as we know, the Japanese automaker’s restorative service will only be available in Japan. So Miata customers from all over the world will have to consider the shipping costs they have to pay to send the car to Japan, on top of the restoration fee that they will be paying for.