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fun car to drive
By da chiangsta on 09/19/05 06:01 AM (PDT)

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

Review

Outstanding car for local driving, I only wish I could say the same about the highway. At 60 mph on the highway at 6th gear, the car is at 3000 RPMs. This is by far one of the best handling cars you can get for its price range. The engine is very responsive but it's missing a little bit of power on take off; you don't really see its power until you hit about 5K RPMs. The 6 speed manual shifter and clutch is great after I broke it in; it shifts quiet, short throw and easy. The interior is nice, but I won't recommend the leather package especially in Hawaii. It gets too hot in the car during the day. All the instruments are easy to find and not complicated to use. The 17 inch rims looks great.
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A Turbo with a 4 year warranty
By D Zuskin on 07/23/05 23:02 PM (PDT)

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

Review

A Turbo with a 4 year warranty. That's what Mazda delivers in the 2004 MazdaSpeed MX-5. At 3500 RPM when the turbo kicks in, it feels like someone just pulled the trigger. Zoom Zoom Zoom.
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Turbo Zoom-Zoom Fun
By KodeKobra on 06/10/05 12:39 PM (PDT)

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

Review

This is a true sports car. So don't look for cruise control or a comfy ride. The engine is super strong. The turbo doesn't kick in smooth. Watch your RPMs. The car goes faster than the gears allow, i.e., you hit the rev-limiter before hitting top speed. But this car isn't about how fast you can go. This car is about how much fun you can squeeze out of a car. On the fun scale, it scores 11 out of 10. Despite its many factory installed features, owners still need to add on after the fact to make it a complete ride.
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Can't ask for more for the price
By jersey_emt on 06/05/05 22:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

This is an awesome little car. If you don't have fun driving it, you may very well not ever have fun driving ANY car.
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SKIDPAD
By SKIDPAD by JP on 05/02/05 19:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

This car accelerates off the corner at an amazing rate. There is no sign of body roll no matter how hard it is pushed. Passing speed is the most impressive.
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Now I know ZOOM-ZOOM
By MM on 04/01/05 13:07 PM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

It is really lots of fun to drive! I've had it just over a month now, and I'm having a problem with the sound system. When playing music with medium to high base sounds, at medium volume level, the "base" sounds muffled-like & rattly (as if a speaker were blown).
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MSM going strong after first year
By rigby64 on 03/23/05 16:19 PM (PST)

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

Review

Just coming up on my first year of owning my Mazdaspeed MX-5 and I'm still loving it! Its a blast to drive. For the money, it's one of the best roadsters out there.
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not your ordinary Miata
By beefy mx-5 on 03/16/05 02:59 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

I purchased my MS Miata in Feb. '05. Overall, the car is great. When I test drove the car, I didn't imagine it to handle like a go cart. The instant I got into the Miata, I had a good feeling about it. The design was marvelous. The tranny was a little hard to get used to at first but by the time the car was broken in, it shifts fine. The turbo in the car is excellent. but the ride is a little bumpier then I thought it would be; I could feel every little texture of the road. The interior was done just right, everything is easy to use. The sound system is just right. The best thing about this vehicle is the price. It is a good car for around town driving but needs work on the highway.
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Don't judge a book by its cover
By GSW on 02/23/05 20:33 PM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

A very mercurial car. Fun to drive on smooth roads, but the shorter sidewalls of the 17" tires result in a very stiff ride and really hurt the front end grip on rough roads. The car has good power, but only at wide open throttle and under full boost, which doesn't kick in until about 4500 rpm. With a fuel cutoff at 6500 rpm, the powerband is VERY narrow, so expect a LOT of shifting if you're going to drive it aggressively. And don't make the mistake of shifting early - falling out of full boost on an upshift can really upset the balance of the car. Same brakes as the SE MX-5, so they feel underpowered with the extra weight of the Mazdaspeed. Lots of potential, but it misses the mark.
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MazdaSpeed Miata: excellent!
By Biasin on 02/05/05 02:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

I've owned approximately 10 Mazdas and they've all been extremely reliable and wonderful cars. In 2001, I bought a Miata LS w/6 speed and ABS and all I wanted was a little more power which the good folks at MazdaSpeed now provide. I actually considered an S2000 but after test driving it and the MS MX-5 I preferred the Miata because it FELT faster and had way more torque at low RPM. It definitely pulls harder in the higher gears without needing to downshift and the interior quality is far superior to the Honda's. Also, the stereo is an awesome sounding 6 CD BOSE system which is much better than the Honda's single disc factory unit. Keep up the good work, MazdaSpeed. I look forward to the MS 3!
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