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Hi all, I just sold my 02 civic auto (boring) and got a 91 miata manual, and I went on the freeway and the rpm is pretty high (around 4k-5k) at 5th gear going 80mph, is this normal for this car? I'm very new to manual and miata so I'm just kinda worried.

Oh yeah, I was driving on main street passing Alhambra, CA's mazda dealer, another white miata with a red top just came out of the dealer and kept tailing me VERY closely. It's only my first week of learning to drive a manual so I got pretty pissed :(. Hopefully it wasn't one of you guys. :cry:
 

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That is just the way miata's are. They are not a high speed car. If you travel a long distance on the freeway with exhaust you'll most likely be def when you get were you need to get to.
 

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But it's perfectly fine (other than eating up more gas) to drive a long distance at 80mph at high RPM, say under 100 miles right? Sorry for all the dumb questions but I'm just worried cause I've never drove a stick especially since it's a 91.
 

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That is just the way miata's are. They are not a high speed car. If you travel a long distance on the freeway with exhaust you'll most likely be def when you get were you need to get to.
I drove my Miata with the RSR installed with leaky soft top to NorCal from SoCal not too long ago (six hours drive). My ears felt like they were at a rock festival for the next 6 hours after I got out of my car.
 

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Yep, at 55mph nearly every car is at it's most efficent. Going past that, and fighting to cut all that drag, really kills your gas milage.
 

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That is just the way miata's are. They are not a high speed car. If you travel a long distance on the freeway with exhaust you'll most likely be def when you get were you need to get to.
Yep that's why I got a pair of these to compliment me on long trips. Blocks out all the noise. Sounds like a live concert on the go. Unobtrusive enough that it doesn't look obvious to cops.
 
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