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Pros: Power and handling
Cons: Having to cover the top when it's down
Advice: Test drive oneJust 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.
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
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.
Pros: 9000 RPM redline
Cons: small trunk
Advice: Don't be afraid to negiotiate on priceA lot of reviews seem to concentrate on the lack of power in this car. To be sure, it isn't as brutish as a 350Z, but it makes up for it in so many other ways. The handling is superb, and the thrill of a 9000 RPM redline cannot be overstated. In the twisties the RX-8 seems glued to the road, providing enough feedback to really push the car to its limit without fear. Compared to the 350, this car seems much more composed. The 350 hit its limit (a considerable limit, to be sure) hard, and was very unforgiving of driver error. The RX-8 was much more civilized, even with the optional DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) turned off. The back seat is quite roomy for a sports car, and I was easily able to get in and out. For a 6'4' guy like me that is amazing. While we are on the topic of interiors, Mazda finally has it right. Every car in the 2004 lineup has an outstanding interior. Their design team deserves some recognition. Now that the dealerships are starting to get these in in greater quantity, the prices are coming down. I picked up my 2004 silver RX-8, wiht the Grand Touring Package and spare tire for under 30K.
Pros: All the ameneties...I got practically all the Options and the 3 loaded packages
Cons: No cassette player and no spare/donut tire at all. They give a flat tire kit. Also it has the road side assistance package
Advice: Look at others before you see the best one.It was a thrill...has got all the bells and whistles anyone could ask for....Wow! On top of it all, it handles easily and gives a superlative safety feeling which is real!
Pros: six speed transmission, suspension package
Cons: The cabin needs to be a bit more roomy
Advice: Prepare to have alot of fun driving this great sports carI love this sports car . . this is my second Miata. I owned a 1999 new and really enjoyed it except for the cronic front wheel shimmy @ around 65 mph. When I saw the 2002 SE MX-5 in Yellow Mica .. . . I knew I had to have it. There is a big difference in comfort and the six speed is fantastic. We drove it up the west coast this fall and many people were unsure of the make of my Miata. I think they thought they were looking at a test car at first. Great on the corners and don't worry about hi revs of 6,000 rpm's . . it really likes it.
Pros: The four dours
Cons: The fact that the dealers are demanding MSRP PLUS.
Advice: Wait until the furor dies down, forcing dealers to offer incentivesI took the car through a slalom-type drive in a very empty parking lot, then up a very steep and winding mountain road. The acceleration, cornering, and smoothness of the ride stunned me. I had read a lot of the literature and was already convinced that this was the car for me. I was, however, prepared to be disappointed by what I saw as the car's relative smallness and the possibility that the 2+2 would turn out to be just 2+jump seat. I was also shocked that throughout most of the drive, I felt like I was in the same seat position as the Mazda-6, a much larger car.