After looking at Miata, S2000, and the MR2. I finally decided if I could find a 2001 Miata SE (British Racing Green) for a fair amount I would buy on as a fun run about car. We have had the car for nearly a year and it has exceeded all expectations.
It is just so much fun to drive with the top down on sunny days. If the temperature is above 40 and it is sunny we drive with the top down. If not we just drive a different car.
Mine has the 6-speed, and I wish it had the 5-speeds gears, and then the 6th gear would truly be an OVERDRIVE. It would make the occasional highway drive much more pleasant. That being said it is not intended for the highway, but for the back twisty roads.