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Everyone Misunderstands the Mazda MX-5 Luggage Rack

I’m a big fan of the Mazda MX-5, which is also called Mazda Miata. I had one a few years ago and I still miss it. I think this is the perfect car. Unless you need a third seat or luggage space..

Speaking of luggage. What fascinates me is that virtually everyone installs the luggage rack the wrong way!

The only exception is the third gen Miata where it’s usually done right, and despite the fact that we all see the 3rd gen on the road most of us still don’t get it.

Here is what I mean:

Miata NB

The rack on this beautfiul 2nd gen should be rotated by 180 degrees. The short sticking out part should be towards the front, not back.


Because its function is to prevent your luggage from chopping your head off if you crash into something. It’s not there to prevent your luggage from falling down because of the crazy acceleration of the Miata.

Because, let’s face it, the Miata doesn’t accelerate that quickly.

3rd gen (“NC”) owners get it usually right, because the luggage racks are shipped with a brake light, since the rack obscures the 3rd brake lamp. So there’s just one way to install it, the correct way, the way that prevents your bags from killing you.

Or not just you. Everyone else that is unlucky enough to be crashed into by a Miata!

Just saying.

(Fanboy disclaimer: Luckily, this is a mostly theoretical discussion. The Miata handles awesomly. It’s rare that you would loose control and crash.)

But still.. I wonder, what else in life is obviously wrong, that we, the average people who never thought too much about it, don’t get?

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