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Mazda Parts Website Answers, ‘Hey, Can I Borrow Your Miata?’ in a Handy Flowchart

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As any owner would agree, a Mazda Miata is a very special thing. This can make the usual familial or friendly request of “Hey, can I borrow your car?” into something of a minefield.

Luckily, a handy flowchart has started floating around the internet that can help you out with that.

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The original post on said that the flowchart is from Mazda, but it is actually from a website called, which presumably sells handcrafted artisanal wombat sculptures. It seems that the people of also feel the special connection to Mazda’s two-seat roadster that owners do.

Bob Cockerham, director of, said of the chart, “We know the MX-5 is more affordable than a Porsche or BMW, but does the low sticker price make it any easier to loan your car to a friend? For instance, if your friend used to be a professional BMX racer, that’s probably not someone you want to hand the keys to.”

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The current Mazda Miata is the fourth generation of the brand’s iconic roadster, and is available generally as either a soft-top or a hard targa-top convertible, in either case powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with either the highly-acclaimed standard six-speed transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. This multi-award-winning model is even consistently one of the brand’s better-selling vehicles year-over-year, in a time where crossover sales are king.

Cockerham seems to sum it up pretty well: “According to our decision tree, there’s never a good reason to lend your Miata. To anyone. Ever.”

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