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Fun fun fun.
Pros: Handling and road feel.
Cons: Needs more horsepower.You only buy this car is you are looking for some fun, not practicality. The handling and feel is great. You feel like you are connected to the car and road, so much so that even when you are going 45mph you feel like you are flying at 60mph. This is cheap fun and will get you 75-80 percent of what you would expect with a high-priced sports car, minus speed. Suspension is adequate for most people but parts are cheap enough for enthusiasts to mod to hearts content. If you haven't driven a 2500 pound car like this, you will be in for a surprise, and hopefully leave with a smile.
Pros: The performance
Cons: No pockets in the doors
Advice: Buy itJust received this MX-5 last week. First tank full of gas averaged 31.2 mpg. Hey, that's more than the stickered rating. Performance is excellent for a 163 hp motor, and the six speed automatic, yes automatic transmission works great. I can't think of anything negative, other than it is noisier than my Mazda 6 was, but it's fun. The six cd radio has a better sound than my 6's Bose system had. That surprised me. This is a true sportscar, so getting in and out is more difficult than in my previous car, but after you are in the MX-5, it is more comfortable. Two things that I can't understand why Mazda didn't put in this car, is pockets in the doors, and a true center consul. It has other places, but the normal places that I mentioned, well they're not there. If you are looking for a nice all around sportscar, that won't break the bank, both in cost and cost of operation, this is it.
Pros: ease of the top going up or down
Cons: the engine full power always there
Advice: you might want to get the tan interior the black gets very hotThis car is reminder of the days of the MG TR3,4,6 It is a blast to drive sure it is tight in the cockpit but thats the way its supposed to feel The gear box shifted with ease engine response was crisp a very nice car
Pros: The handleing
Cons: The lack of a readily accessable space to accomodate a kleenex box -us old people need that
Advice: If you can't afford one,don.t drive one - because if you drive one you'll buy one.A superb second car - obviously not a family car. A realy fun way to get from point A to point B - even when in town. This car is a dream come true for me. I'm a retired Ford engineer (and, yes I feel guilty about buying a car made in the Orient) but I've given up waiting on Ford to produce a similar product, domesticaly. Yes I know Ford holds a sizeable interest in Mazda and even ultilizes some of Mazda's platforms, but I still feel guilt. My rationale is that I'm old now (79)- the kids have vacated our abode - I can afford the car - the MX-5 is a great summer car - and who knows how many summers I have left?
Pros: The new body style
Cons: The gas cap cover hinge is a bit wimpy, when waxing it is easy to push it down. Then you must bend it back.
Advice: BUY!!This is the first MX5 I have driven. We looked at an older BMW Z3. No contest, the MX5 was the car! The BMW was faster but the MX5 was much more responsive and more fun to drive. Quick and corners fantastic. I had owned Triumph when I was younger, TR 3A and TR 250, so understand the feel of the sports car. The MX5 is the most fun car I have ever driven.
Pros: Handling is superb
Cons: Standard radio not the best.
Advice: Get oneWhat a fun car. Very solid like my old 911.
Pros: Convertible top.
Cons: Roominess and ease of entry.
Advice: Enjoy it.I have been waiting to buy this car for 4 years. Finally my husband surprised me on Valentine's Day. Got a great deal at the Lake City Mazda dealer.....couldn't even buy a used one for the price we paid. The Shinsen is a real head turner.....the color is rare and the groud effects are great. Good gas mileage and best of all....Fun To Drive...I took it to the North Carolina mountains and it cornered beautifully. Great car for Mid Lifers who want to experience their youth without too high of a price.