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Mazda MX-5 Miata Ratings

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    4/29/2010 1:09:46 PM

    2009 Mazda MX-5 MIATA

    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.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    4/29/2010 6:09:22 AM

    2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    I LOVE this little car!!!

    Pros: 1)Overall looks, shape, bodystyle. 2)Sound of the engine. 3)Feeling I get when I drive it.

    Cons: 1)Sound of the horn. 2)That it took me so long to get one.

    I see people driving convertibles that cost far more than what I paid for my MX-5 Miata, but I know in my heart its impossible for them to derive any more joy and pleasure out of their expensive vehicles than I get out of mine.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    6/22/2006 3:35:51 PM

    2005 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Cloth (M5)

    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 hot

    This 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

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    7/29/2005 3:28:06 PM

    2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata - LS (M5)

    Pros: the wind in one's hair

    Cons: the constant fear on the freeway

    Advice: consider your driving conditions and act accordingly; guard against wishful thinking

    I've been driving this car since December 2001, and, while one can quibble about power and this and that, it's pretty much lived up to my expectations. It's been fun. But, as a resident of a large southern city, most of whose motorists are driving SUVs or pickup trucks, I can assure you that I'd never buy another. (I've just been creamed by a motorist who failed to heed a stop sign, so maybe I'm feeling a bit negative.) But I (and my coworkers who drive Miatas, of whom there are several) all recognize that safety in this baby is a concern. Drivers of big and high vehicles often cant see you; you can decide if they care. If you live in a smaller community, or have the option to drive it only for recreation, these factors may be of less concern to you. But if you're routinely driving it on freeways -- well, hey, have fun, life is short. Shorter perhaps than you might expect.

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    8/15/2004 4:19:35 PM

    2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Cloth (M5)

    Pros: handling

    Cons: grueling, punishing ride

    Advice: Perhaps the Miata ain't what it used to be.

    I'm wondering whether my three day old Miata is a lemon. The AC has failed after 300 miles. Highway driving at 70 mph and above is nothing short of brutal. The car shakes violently. Conversation is not possible, and it is difficult to hear the radio. I'm hoping some expert here will give me advice.

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    7/9/2004 4:13:47 AM

    2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata - LS (M5)

    Pros: The way it handles in turns.

    Cons: Cleaning inside of rear window.

    Advice: Take a test drive and you will fall in love with this car.

    The Miata I am driving now is my 4th one. I love the way they handle and the fun when the top is down on a sunny day. Will get all of work and bills out of your head.

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    4/14/2004 4:47:43 AM

    2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Shinsen (M5)

    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.