By basic black on
2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
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.
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.
Fix mechanical problems and cheap paint
job. Upgrade horsepower to 180 range.