In Reply to: Has anyone rented a Z3, Miata out of SF... posted by WernerS on February 13, 2000 at 08:22:58:
I picked one up in SF back ca. '93. It had an automatic transmission & no boot, but it was nevertheless great fun (& reasonably priced too). Before that experience, I had dismissed the Miata b/c of what I assumed were its Japanese econocar origins. Quickly discovered that there's a lot more to the Miata than meets the eye. I had so much fun that I bought one (needless to say with a proper transmission!) when I got home.
Have a 2.8 now, but still have a lot of respect for Miatas - in some ways, they're a lot more fun to throw around on tight roads than a Z3. Alas, I don't think Hertz rents them anymore.