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My first vehicle purchased
By ihanson on
Vehicle2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI flew across country (MN to AZ) to pick up my silver 2001 LS with 17" rims, chrome style bar and leather interior, and most importantly a rust free body. I drove it the 2,000 miles home in February with no issues and it has been a champ back here since then. I had been looking at something fun to drive that didn't need to be that practical since I have a '97 Buick with 200k+ miles that's still running strong to fill in as my winter car. This Miata will take the pressure off the Regal and is WAY more fun to drive. I regularly go on rides purely for pleasure, and blasting the tunes from an iPod through a tape adapter works just fine for those jaunts.
Best FeaturesIts inherent qualities - 50/50 weight distribution, low riding position, precise steering, independent 4 wheel suspension. The silver with large wheels looks great; because the vehicle is so small it is really easy to clean. I was also pleasantly surprised by the trunk space. My gf and I packed for 4 days of travel and still had enough space for a gallon of washer fluid and gallon of coolant that I picked up on the journey. Also, if you have the soft top up you can store a good amount of items on that back flat space.
Worst FeaturesSoft top can be difficult to close in cold weather - I strained my neck/back doing it this weekend. Clutch engages a little bit late for my personal tastes; I preferred the Honda Civic Si transmission over the Miata's, but that was a 2013 vs a 2001 so not really a fair comparison. Seats are definitely not that comfortable after a couple hours - I found it useful to put a jacket folded in half along my back to cushion it. They're not too bad though if you're driving less than 100 miles at a time.
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