1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: Couldn't be happier.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Couldn't be happier.
By vectorwolf on


1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Convertible


I purchased this vehicle in July 2002 with 45,000 miles on the odomoeter. It now has nearly 70,000, and I've yet to have any mechanical, or other, problems. It's as quick off the line as any V-6, turns heads wherever you go, and is far more roomy and comfortable than it's exterior go-kart appearance lets on. It's terrific in bad weather as well. No leaks unless you're driving in horizontal rain. And, amazingly enough, with only a pair of snow tires on the rear wheels (any generic brand will do), you'll be passing by other poor souls in SUV's in the dead of winter. Well worth the trouble of actually locating one for sale. Zoom, zoom. :-)

Best Features

1. My car has Montego Blue paint. It actually shifts color from midnight blue to a medium/dark green in light. Absolutely beautiful in the best of conditions. 2. The top can be lowered in 10 seconds, and raised in just a couple more.

Worst Features

1. The plastic rear window has long since fogged over, effectively rear window visibility to something resembling modern art... 2. There is a persistent (but seemingly harmless) rattle from the engine that seems to come and go. Changing the oil seems to temporarily stop this.
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