This was my first Miata. It was a mid-life crisis car and it proved all I wanted it to be! Excellent performance and a fun car to drive. Mine with the auto only gets about 21/26 mpg. It isn't as frugal as I thought. The top is the original factory top and is still in good condition. I am impressed with the reliability. It is a solid car in every respect.
I love the cool pop-up headlights but understand why the stopped making them. It is hard to see past them at night.
Wouldn't it be cool to see a v6 miata? I bet it would hum.
I've got a 95 M-edition in Merlot, purchased
for a song about four months ago. Beautiful
car, a joy to drive. It's flashy, zippy, handles
tight and clean, and holds a lot more than it
looks. It never fails to get attention and
admiration. It feels utterly safe to drive, with
that edge of excitement that comes with
owning such a fast, sexy little machine. With
only one exception, something inexpensive
to fix, it has never let me down.
This is my primary mode of transportation--I
will never go back to more "sensible"
vehicles. There isn't much I'd change about
this car, and I have no regrets whatsoever
about buying it.
Forgiving shift. Fast and powerful for its size.
Excellent visibility. Handles curves like a
slotcar. Lots of roadfeel without lots of
roadbumps! Comfortable to drive; lots of
room for even taller people.
Drains batteries fast. Plugwires have
already had to be replaced once (at 21k
miles). Cupholder, when occupied, makes
shifting awkward. Goofy location for trunk/
gas release levers. I want more horsepower
Gave myself a new '95 M-Edition for
50th birthday. Best decision I ever
made. Garage it in the winter. Love it
each spring and summer. Totally trouble
free,low maintainence expense----the
joy of my life. Glad I chose it over
the BMW Z3 that had just come out.
Beautiful design---used each summer in
parades and always gets admiring
glances---and absolute mechanical
reliability. Mere oil changes through 6
years is all I've needed.
A bit more power---but that can be
added by affordable after market mods.
One of the greatest things about a
Miata is, even if you have one that's
less than perfect, people will often
think you paid 2 to 3 times as much as
you actually did. It's a great value
car for the price -- handles
wonderfully, looks spiffy, and can
make driving fun again for even the
most jaded driver.
1. The handling. 2. The easy-drop
convertable top (I once did it in 20
seconds at a traffic light stop!) 3.
The sheer fun of this car.
I honestly can't think of any. I love
this little Miata of mine.
Love this car! Bought it in '98 with 32K miles and have put another 50K on it myself. I have not had a single problem with this car, save an airbag recall last year. The only other maintanece has been new brakes and tires at 70K (should have had new tires earlier), a new battery last week (82K), and oil changes. It is a blast to drive - corners like nobody's business. The looks are great-timeless and classy. I drive it hard and still get 28 mpg.
Handling. I know that isn't really a feature, but I enjoy driving this car as much today as I did when I bought it.
Could use a few extra ponies - or, more acurately, some more torque. Once you get the revs up, its not too bad though. And lets face it who needs the extra points on their license?