2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: Expensive Experiment
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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Consumer Review

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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

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Fun while it lasted. Good "summer car" value for its price range, if you plan on keeping it for four or more years. SEVERE depreciation in first two years. In fact, the local dealer refused to take mine in on trade for an SUV because they have so much trouble getting rid of used Miatas. Mine's for sale. Car also has annoying, minor mechanical problems: Clutch shudder; valve ping; crunchy shifting; hard to keep aligned; the worst paint job I've seen on any car; ridiculous cupholders.

Favorite Features

Great styling. Convertible top very easy to put up and down. Hard top also easy to install. Excellent MPG: 25-30. Good handling. Great summer car.

Suggested Improvements

Fix mechanical problems and cheap paint job. Upgrade horsepower to 180 range.
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