- My model of MX-5 is: Hoping to buy soon!
- I’m based near: West London
- I’m looking for technical help or recommendations on: MK3/NC steering
I am new(ish) here. I used to own 1998 1.8 NB but sold it about 14 years ago when the kids arrived. I’m now ready to join the MX-5 gang again!
My dream is a 25th Anniversary edition but I know they are pretty few and far between, so I’m open to looking at other cars too. So far I’ve test driven a 2017 1.5 ND and a 2014 NC 2.0 powershift (I had never considered an auto MX-5 was intrigued).
I loved the ND but would like to try a 2.0 as a comparison. I don’t think I got the most out of it by using the gears properly to make the most of the power.
The NC powershift was much more fun than I’d imagined and had plenty of poke. I also liked the slightly more spacious feel of the cabin. And every girl loves a glovebox! However, the steering just seemed a bit ‘off’ to me.
I am in NO WAY technical about cars so please excuse my rather lame descriptions…
Basically, at low speeds, the car felt great, and the steering, if anything, felt a tad ‘heavy and grippy’, but pleasantly so. Once I went above about 45 mph, I really had the sensation that the steering felt overly 'light. Almost like someone had dumped several huge bags of coal in the boot and the front wheels were riding a bit high, sort of like being on tip-toes! (Like I said, I am not technical ) I was acutely aware of the handling and felt that one tiny movement might send me spinning off the road. I’m sure it wouldn’t but I didn’t feel that in control.
Is this a ‘feature’ of the NC and is it just something to get used to, or do you think it was specific to the car?
I know I need to test drive some others to compare, but I thought I’d pick your very knowledgeable brains!