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2004 Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata Convertible

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Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 178 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata

  • Still the standard when it comes to delivering top-down thrills without breaking the bank.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Big fun in a small package, quick steering and precise handling, thrilling acceleration.

  • Cons

    Peaky engine, small trunk, drones on the freeway, tight cabin.

  • What's New for 2004

    The Miata gets the Mazdaspeed makeover, with a 178-horsepower turbocharged engine, high-performance suspension and distinctive styling enhancements.

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Customer Reviews

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257,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M)

176,000 miles & 81,000 miles on 2nd car. Both are Turbos. Burn rubber every day. Race 1x/week Los Angeles 1/8 mile, Auto X monthly. Still nothing breaks except rims, tires, windshield, oil, filters, break pads, etc. etc. etc. Only 1 clutch, 26 sets of tires, 6 sets of rims bent or cracked....




100% race car every day

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M)

1=I own 2 of these cars since very rare 2=burn rubber every day no problems 3=drift drag pop clutch stops! Tough car! 4-148k+67k miles each!=little repairs! 5-raced8 states autox & eats tires/rims! 6-ran over motorcycle=$500 cheap damage! 7-can't break car=like a diesel truck! 8-3cracked windshields=crazy driving! 9-3sets bent rims, 18 sets tires! 10-best tough durable hot red-line car! 11-if you did this "workout" with any other car, it would break weekly! 12-brake pads & clutch last over 100k 13-still burning rubber every day! 14-get gps+radar+laser+camera beeper! 15-get after market tougher rims! 16-tires=usa Japanese Euro only! 17-cheap oil/filter/service changes! 18-frugal fun car!




Still the best roadster around!

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M)

This car is absolutely the most fun I've had in a car in my life. The car is fun as is but when you take the top down there is no other car i'd rather have. Handling, performance, reliability are all first rate. The MSM feels faster than S2000s.




The little roadster who could

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I was looking for a fun to drive, small, 2 seat convertible that would fit in my small 2 car garage and tote my golf bag in the trunk. I have been pleasantly surprised. The turbo-charged Miata has adequate torque and horsepower. Having owned Honda S2000 and Corvettes I just wasn't all that impressed with the power in the 2nd gen. base model Miata. The MazdaSpeed is much better in that regard. I'm not impressed with the stability of the tires and 17in wheels over unlevel pavement. It's not as stable over 85mph as I had expected. However, I love the short throw shifter and clutch response. It looks great. The manual drop top is easy to use from the driver seat.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great car!!

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I just picked up my MazdaSpeed. Wow I love it, I had a GTI 1.8t before this car. I would not even think about trading back unless I wanted the space but I own another that seats more. I love this car my friends say it's a girl car then I shut them up on the back roads. Mazda you get an A+ from me. For a stock car this thing kicks.




1st mazdaspeed miata over 100,000

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Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Retired hot rod driver, auto cross racer & x=dirt bike rider! 7 states racing auto-x, drag racing in Houston, daily burnouts, no baby chirps. Many 360's & figure 8's. I can even slingshot this car backwards at redline! 9 sets of back tires! 2 cracked windshields from body twist=racing! 3 damaged rims=my fault! Changed clutch@99k miles=67%used! Front pads=99k! Syn oil changes@3k miles. Most reliable & tough car ever owned! Best fun per mile ever! Not 1 ticket or stopped by a cop in 106k miles of burnouts and drifting! Top 1% fun & reliable! 1000+ daily burnouts in 3 years with no mechanical problems! Can any car on Earth do all this above? Avoid PWC towing, almost went swimming!



Full 2004 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata Review

What's New for 2004

The Miata gets the Mazdaspeed makeover, with a 178-horsepower turbocharged engine, high-performance suspension and distinctive styling enhancements.

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Gas Mileage

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  • 18
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  • 24
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