I just bought my '96 Miata a month ago and I am just loving the fun. it is everything people say it is. It is the most fun drive I have had the pleasure of taking. The clutch is light, the gearbox is smooth and the handling is impeccable. It does take a lil skill to drive ... it is easy to over steer and 180. But nothing beats cruising with the top down and darting nimbly around traffic. I have wanted this car for a long time and I am so happy I have her!
Tight handling, surprisingly quick, lightweight, small dimensions, easy drop top, flip lights, low profile, gorgeous looks ... and trust me people notice, easy shifting, an all around fun ride!
As every one says more power couldn't hurt but as I expected that is easily remedied if you have the means for aftermarket parts, and the manual top it too hard to put up from inside the car.