Mazda Sports Cars Ratings

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: +5500RMP romp, unbelievable handling

    Cons: Squeaky breaks, no dial speedometer

    Advice: If you are looking for a sports car don't even consider the AT. Get the GT package.

    Very responsive handling, braking. Power is definately best after 5500 RPM--considerably sluggish in the 2-4k range. Breaks squeak with mid-pressure (a very common complaint) which has been difficult to fix. Rotaries have some quirks--let it warm up, don't do a 'quick back out of the driveway or you will flood engine (requires a tow and 6 hours of reconditioning). Overall, for the money it would be very difficult to get the acceleration, handling and looks of the Rx-8 MT. For all its quirks I love it!

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: Dynamic stability

    Cons: Gas consumption

    Advice: Drive the 350Z. You will love the ride of the RX 8

    Smooth ride with great support. Seats four with comfort and the Bose sound is amazing. This car is a complete package but gas mileage is not as reported by the sticker even with easy driving. I still love the car.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: sporty

    Cons: no spare

    Advice: IF possible, Buy It!

    I loved the pick-up and handling. I was disappointed in the fact that there was no spare. If a person were to blow a tire a flat tire fix kit will not do. The car is absolutely perfect. The back seat fit my 6 foot plus husband during the test drive. We are sold this is our next car.

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    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.

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    2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata - Base

    Pros: Power and handling

    Cons: Having to cover the top when it's down

    Advice: Test drive one

    Just picked my up Saturday. I had a RSX S before and so far I don't regret the change at all. The MazdaSpeed Miata is the most fun I've had in a long time on two wheels. The modifications made make the following: Turbo: Excellent midrange and overall acceleration Bilsteins and other suspension mods: Excellent handling, but don't expect a totally smooth drive, but then you shouldn't care if your interested in this car. Styling: Very appealing and gets away from a total 'chick' car appearance. Six speed matched gear box: Typical Miata feeling but even more solid and smooth. Wheels and Tires: Hart racing and Toyo 240/40/17's make for a great look and unbelivable handling. (wonder how long they'll last). Bose 225 Watt Stereo: No worries here to hear the music with the top down.

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    2004 Mazda RX-8 - 6 Speed Manual (M6)

    Pros: 'Suicide' doors

    Cons: Gas mileage

    Advice: None except that it is in demand. Put down the few extra hundred or thousands. Great car.

    This car is such fun to drive. You need to keep the RPM's up and don't even actually speed. It is _so_ fun to just accelerate and especially decelerate quickly. This car stops fast. I mean it really stops quickly. Saved me from an accident earlier today

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    2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata - SE (M6)

    Pros: During cornering there is no sloppy give in the suspension. Quality looks.

    Cons: The car functions precisely as it was designed to.

    Advice: Have fun. Compare with Toyota Spyder and others. This is one fine auto.

    I have almost 20,000 miles on this car. It is a fine auto. My wife loves it. When she happens to have it coming home from work, the top is always down. It handles with ease. It traverses a corner in a playful manner. It makes driving fun. I have also driven it through almost two winters with no problems. I have put all season Toyo tires on it. These are high performance all season tires. My wife and I went on our first vacation without children in 18 years and we had a fine time. The trunk held a tent, sleeping bags, air matresses, clothes etc. Mileage was excellent- 35 plus miles per gallon. I am so pleased with the quality and class of this vehicle.